7 Anime Movies (Non-Ghibli Stand-alones)

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.

1. Akira

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

(This gorgeous fanart was found at Fanart.tv)

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.

5. Paprika

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.

For stopping by and reading — for your time and attention — I sincerely thank you. Your readership is immensely appreciated. Please, have a safe and happy Sunday.


(All images were found by searching the web and I don’t own any of them.)

2 thoughts on “7 Anime Movies (Non-Ghibli Stand-alones)

  1. I definitely agree with Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers. Kon left the world way too soon. Those movies are great and the former is literally the original Inception and 2nd most ripped off anime ever (Christopher Nolan is a thieving hack! Yeah, I said it!). Akira is certainly a classic that earned it’s spot, too.


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