A Beginner’s Guide To The Wonderful World Of Japanese Anime Movies
When we think about animated movies, Japanese anime is the first thing that comes to our mind. Despite the huge market of commercial Hollywood animated movies across the world, Japanese animes have successfully carved a space for themselves. Since the inception of Walt Disney production, animated movies have come a long way so far.
From kid-friendly films to matured content-oriented psychological flicks, the new era anime movies too making their mark amongst the youth, enthralling the kids and adults alike. The ever-popular comics form of manga has made its way from Japanese islands to the drawing rooms of the audience of the United States through various films and television series. So, if you’re thinking of giving it a try in your spare hours, we have some great recommendations to start with.
Spirited Away (2001)
The Studio Ghibli mega-hit Spirited Away should be the first one on the list. The masterclass of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki is something that nobody should miss out on. This is the movie that absolutely revitalizes the Japanese box-office, emulating James Cameron’s Titanic in terms of box-office sales. Arguably one of the best-animated films of all time Spirited Away received widespread global acclamation over the years.
The story revolves around the character of a teenage girl called Chihiro who must work through her way to free her parents and herself from the spirit world. The fanciful adventure of the young girl has been depicted flawlessly by the director Hayao Miyazaki to ooze out the indomitable spirit of a ten-year-old girl who is ready to face every hindrance on her way or survival in the creepy magical world of Yubaba with the help of her enigmatic friend Haku. Quite deservedly the movie has earned an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, the only Japanese animated movie to win such an honor.
Porco Rosso (1992)
Another Studio Ghibli movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki is Porco Rosso. The comedy-adventure film was one of the earlier works of Miyazaki where he represented his obsession for aviation through the protagonist of the film, an airborne bounty hunter called Porco Rosso. Porco is a skilled pilot, a former Ace who makes his living by doing contract jobs, like rescuing the hostages from the air pirates.
The entire plot was set up during World War I but as usual, a little twist was there just like the other Miyazaki flicks. Porco Rosso is actually a pig who used to be a human once. The whole movie is filled with hilarious acts of the enigmatic Porco and his fantastic flying adventures throughout. So, fly with Porco to experience a journey towards redemption.
Summer Wars (2009)
Directed by famous Academy Award-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda Summer Wars is another fine movie for beginners who want to step into the world of anime with a crispy science fiction flick. The film tells us the adventurous story of a math genius called Kenji Koiso who cracked a mathematical code but released a wicked artificial intelligence accidentally in the while doing so.
The AI is called Love Machine and is capable of running havoc in the virtual world. Now Kenji and his love-interest Natsuki have to work together to stop the evil AI from causing further destruction. If you’re a sci-fi adventure lover, then the movie is perfect for you.
A Silent Voice (2016)
Another drama A Silent Voice is actually a popular Japanese manga series created by Yoshitoki Oima but later adopted by Yamada for his teen drama movie retaining the same name of the comics series. The film has captured various sensitive social issues of teenagers as well as adults and saw a huge box-office success following its theatrical release.
The anime film exhibits an emotional story of two central characters namely Shoya Ishida and Shoko Nishimiya, both of them are psychologically disturbed due to several issues and their journey to the mainstream of society in search of redemption.
From the local Japanese manga lovers to the international fans – anime made a long journey to the heart of an English-speaking audience over the years. Now the form of animated movies has become so popular that even Hollywood simply can’t stay out of the widespread influence of it. The cartoon based animes will continue to impress the kids and adults alike in the future. So if you still haven’t experienced one, go and start with one of these recommendations.
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