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8 Anime Movies You’ll Want To Watch Over And Over — 13 Comments

  1. Can we please get more articles like this? I really love level based media guide. I base a lot of what I view on knowing it’s an appropriate level. It helps me stay motivated to not view things that are completely beyond me. There are like 50 dramas (which is awesome), but not much for other categories. I would love all types of media to have such extensive lists.

    By the way, this list is sweet. Thanks heaps for putting it together, I will make great use of it :)

    • +1 for sweet list and more like this! I’ve only seen one of them but are now eager to check the rest out.

  2. It’s worth noting that Summer Wars and Girl Who Leapt Through Time have the same director. Additionally, Summer Wars is actually a sort of remake of one of the director’s previous movies that some people might already be familiar with: Digimon: Our War Game, released in the west as part of Digmon: The Movie.

  3. I’m very surprised to see Saiyuki on here! I would recommend Brave Story on here as well, I remember watching it during my stay in Japan and loved it to pieces! …and admittedly, I loved Crayon Shin-chan as well. >w< It seems you're a fan of Hosoda Mamoru–have you see Wolf Children?

    • Ah, you beat me to it! I was absolutely going to suggest this one.

      An absolutely incredible 時代劇 film…beautifully animated and beautifully choreographed. Just this gorgeous film about loss and damaged people forming bonds and being the most bad ass swordfighter around. I remember a review saying that the movie doesn’t do anything new, but does amazing things with familiar tropes.

      My only hesitation with adding it to my immersement iPod is the copious amounts of Chinese that I don’t feel like stripping out.

    • This does look pretty amazing. I am a huge fan of Samurai flicks. I will have to give it a watch. Sometimes a media does not have to do something new, if its flawlessly reproduces classic points.

  4. I’ve seen a few of these and liked all the ones I saw, but I especially want to second the recommendation for “Summer Wars.” I can’t say it does anything profoundly new, but it does everything so well that that doesn’t matter. While the difficulty may be ☆☆☆ it’s well-suited to watching once subbed and subsequent times raw. And if anyone wants to play KoiKoi after watching it here is a very nice online version (although my favorite version is, sadly, iPhone-only).

    I didn’t know the name Satoshi Kon when I saw “Paprika,” but within the first five minutes I could tell it was by the same director behind the anime series “Paranoia Agent.” Anyone who liked either will probably like the other as well.

    • Thank you for making a good point Octonion. Just because something has a star rating above where you are atm, does not mean you should not watch it.

      I did exactly as you suggested when I first saw “Summer Wars”. It was above my level but after I saw it once with subtitles—I have gone back periodically to watch raw. I have found it rewarding each time.

  5. If you want epic action, gorgeous visuals, and amazing sound then I would also recommend Karas (2005-2007). It’s a dark action show about a warrior known as Karas who protects the fragile balance between our world and the youkai realm from evil that threatens to shatter it.

    Karas is a 6 part OVA series but it is also sold as two movies called Karas: The Prophecy(1st) and Karas: The Revelation(2nd) which is just the OVA without any new footage and with nothing cut out.

    Just check out the opening of the show for yourself below. Yes, this is the very first scene of the 1st movie and it is one of my favorite action scenes ever.

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