Anime movies that you shouldn't miss

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08 Apr 2019

#AnimeBytes: Cult anime films that are nothing short of perfection

Some of the world's best films have been inspired by anime.

Notable examples include Inception, Requiem For A Dream, The Matrix, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and more.

A lot of these movies have garnered a cult following over the years, as they have a special place in the hearts of fans.

Here're some of the best works from Japan that you shouldn't miss.

Film #1

Your Name: Giving 'timeless stories' a whole new meaning

Your Name: Giving 'timeless stories' a whole new meaning

Synopsis: A boy in Tokyo and a girl in rural Japan have their bodies swapped and try to find meaning in their lives.

One of the highest grossing anime films ever, Your Name (or Kimi no Na wa) is essentially a love story.

It is presented in such an interesting and unique way that it stays with you for a very long time.

Film #2

Ghost in the Shell: Inspired almost every other sci-fi movie

Synopsis: A female Cyborg (strong female protagonists were rare back then) tries to catch a criminal while pondering about her own reality in a surrealistic fictional world.

Existential, surprisingly relatable and way ahead of its time, Ghost in the Shell inspired The Matrix while giving science fiction a new face and a distinct vibe.

Its insightful philosophical undertones make this film a cult classic.

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Film #3

Perfect Blue: Convoluted realities mixed with cerebral, existential horror

Perfect Blue: Convoluted realities mixed with cerebral, existential horror

Synopsis: Pop-idol Mima tries to shed her 'good girl' image but becomes a victim of stalking, reaching a point where she is unable to differentiate fiction from reality.

Words fail to describe the atmosphere this film creates. It tries to delve into the Japanese pop industry and does so with the help of surreal imagery and visual metaphor.

A definite must-watch for cinema lovers.

Film #4

Grave of the Fireflies: Probably the saddest film ever made

Synopsis: This harrowing tale of survival focuses on a teenager protecting his younger sister against all odds amid bombings and devastation in a war-torn Japan.

The horrors of war have been described by thousands of films, but none comes close to this one as it breaks your heart in a million little pieces!

Do not watch if you can't handle emotional distress.

Film #5

A Silent Voice: Touching story about a bullied hearing-impaired girl

A Silent Voice: Touching story about a bullied hearing-impaired girl

Synopsis: A student bullies his hearing-impaired classmate and she is forced to change schools.

Years later, on the verge of committing suicide, he chooses to make amends.

Few films can claim to cover so many facets of human psyche and yet be as emotionally deep as A Silent Voice.

It has striking animation, relatable characters, and a storyline that'll make you cry, then smile.

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Who is the director of Perfect Blue?

Asked 2019-04-08 20:34:56 by Rishika Dutta

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Perfect Blue was directed by Satoshi Kon. He has also directed Paprika, another cult anime film.

What is the story of Your Name?

Asked 2019-04-08 20:34:56 by Ananya Khan

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Your Name follows a boy in Tokyo and a girl in rural Japan who have their bodies swapped and try to find meaning in their lives.

What is the plot of A Silent Voice?

Asked 2019-04-08 20:34:56 by Dhruv Sen

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It is a film about a student who bullies his hearing-impaired classmate and she is forced to change schools. Years later, he chooses to make amends.

Which popular films were inspired by anime?

Asked 2019-04-08 20:34:56 by Paridhi Venkatesan

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Hollywood has adapted anime on several occasions. Some popular films include The Matrix, Inception, Requiem For A Dream, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, etc.

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