Do you love watching animation movies? There is a wide range of Japanese anime movies that you can watch. However, not all the movies are quality and exciting to watch. This is why I found it necessary to give you suggestions of the top 10 best list that you need to watch.

There are some things that make these animation movies great like their screenplay, technical achievements among others. Check out the full list so that you can choose the movies that you love.

1. Spirited away

Spited away is a top animated Japanese film produced by Studio Ghibli and written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This film is about a girl who is relocating to another town but on the way the family gets spirited. The girl has to start taking care of herself without her parents and escapes the spirited world. This film was produced in 2000, and then it was released in 2001. Spirited away was very successful, and in 2016 it was voted the best 4 movies in the 21st century.

2. Summer war

Summer war is a science fiction top anime film that was released in 2009. This anime was animated by Madhouse directed by Mamoru Hosda and distributed by Warner Bros. It is about a timid boy called Kenji Koiso who is taken for his birthday Ueda by a student. He is then implicated of hacking a virtual world artificial intelligence program, and he has to repair damages for harm is caused.

3. Akira

Akira is a science fiction top anime film since 1988 directed by Ktsuhiro Otomo. This film is about a teenage biker with mystic power and bike gang leader. This movie has been in the market for a very long time. This film has been taught in film history course all over the world. It was able to gain popularity when it appeared as a reference in South Park and also in Kanye West music video.

4. My Neighbor Totoro

This is a Japanese anime top film has been in the market since 1998. It is a fantasy film that talks about Satsuki, Mei and their father. In a setup of spirited woods, it shows how the family is able to deal with that in a postwar rural area in Japan. It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. This film has been able to win several awards and has been able to be a cultural icon.

5. Garden of words

This is an animated drama movie that has been in existence since 2013. With the movies, many scenes in been shot in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It is about a boy 15years of age called Takao Akizuki who dreams to be a shoemaker and a 27 years old mysterious woman called Yukari Yukino.

6. Your name

Your name is a science fiction fantasy top anime film since 2016 written and directed by Makoto Shinkai and animated by Comix Wave films then distribution done by Toho. This film is about Taki who resides in the city while Mitsuha in the upcountry. They realise they switched bodies, but they have no idea who is in their body. They start communicating on notes and text messages. This goes on until they get used, but everything changes when an accident happens.

7. Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke is an epic historical fantasy movie has been in the market since 1997. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. This film has a setup of 1336-1573 years of Japanese. It's all about a young warrior called Emishi Ashitaka. The warrior gets involved with a fight of control of resources between forest gods and humans. Mononoke means spirit or monsters. This film is full of dark and more violent scenes than any other movies produced by Ghibli films.

8. The girl who leapt through time

The girl who leapt through time is a science fiction romance movie has been in the market since 2006. Written by Satoko Okudera and directed by Mamoru and produced by Madhouse. The film is about a girl though times. The film has been able to gain its popularity since it has been able to win several awards. Kadokawa was able to release an English version of this movie in 2008 and 2016 respectively.

9. Wolf children

Wolf Children is a fantasy film that was released in 2012 by studio Chizu. It's about a girl know as Hana falls in love with a college guy when she gets pregnant for him and bears to kids who are half wolves. The dad to the two kids gets killed while hunting and Hana try to hide about her kids being half wolves by moving to the countryside.

10. Castle in the sky

Castle in the sky is an adventure movie that was released in 1986 by Ghibli studios. The film is about a world that people build flying cities and a catastrophe occurs that makes people start staying on the ground. Sheeta is abducted by the government agent and they are attacked by pirates and she tries to escape. Sheeta falls but is saved by magic and then he is found by a boy called Pazu. The two learn the girl was linked to flying cities and then they discover the flying castle before anyone does.


Japanese movies have been able to gain popularity in the world. There are many animated movies in Japan and you have to do a lot of research in order to pick the best. Lucky enough, I was able to save your time by doing the research on your behalf. Make a comparison and choose the animated movie you would love to watch.