Greetings. I may write posts in the future about my 7 favorite Ghibli movies (for example, Tonari no Totoro) and my 7 favorite movies that are part of a series of movies or continue an anime’s story (for example, Madoka Magica: Rebellion story or one of the Kara no Kyoukai movies). But for this post, I’m focusing on non-ghibli movies, and only movies that are stand-alone, not connected to an anime series or part of a movie series. These are my current 7 favorites. I can’t decide which of these movies I liked better than others; my enjoyment level was 10/10 for all of them. So they are simply listed in alphabetical order.
English Title: Akira
Production Information. Director: Katsuhiro Otomo. Based on the manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. Studio: Tokyo Movie Shinsha. Year of Release: 1988.
Genres: sci-fi, supernatural, military, horror, psychological, and action.
2. Ibara no Ou
English Title: King of Thorn
Production Information. Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama. Based on the manga by Yuji Iwahara. Animated by studio Sunrise. Year of release was 2009.
Genres: sci-fi, thriller, mystery, psychological, and action.
3. Koe no Katachi
English Title: A Silent Voice or The Shape of Voice
Production Information: Directed by Naoko Yamada. Based on the manga by Yoshitoki Ooima. Animated by Kyoto Animation. Year of release was 2016.
Genres: Drama, school.
4. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
English Title: Wolf Children; Ame and Yuki The Wolf Children
Production Information. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Source: Original. Animated by studio Chizu. Released in 2013.
Genres: Fantasy, drama, and slice-of-life.
English Title: Paprika
Production Information. Directed by Satoshi Kon. Based on the novel Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Animed by studio Madhouse. Year of Release was 2006.
Genres: Psychological, sci-fi, dementia, thriller, and mystery.
6. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
English Title: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time; The Girl Who Conquered Time.
Production Information. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Based on the novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Animated by studio Madhouse. Year of Release was 2006.
Genres: Adventure, sci-fi, romance, and drama.
7. Tokyo Godfathers
English Title: Tokyo Godfathers
Production Information. Directed by Satoshi Kon. Source: Original. Animated by Studio Madhouse. Year of Release was 2003.
Genres: drama, comedy, Christmas.
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