Ten of the best anime

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Ten of the best anime

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Writer and director: Isao TakahataMade in Japan

Sita is a young boy who along with his sister Setsuko are displaced and aimless in Kobe, Japan during World War II and must resist the cruel world in order to find happy moments. Under the rain of bombs and fire, involved in death and misery, the boy who runs towards the people fleeing the bombing to find a bite, the younger sister who has no share of the sweetness of life except an empty box of chocolates. The rain of the destruction of humanity, the flames that are the last light of hope. The glow of the night worm and the ashes are given life in a sweet box that will find no way but to throw away.

My Neighbor Totoro

Writer and director: Hayao MiyazakiMade in Japan

Totoro is a lovable creature that comes to life in children’s imaginations and brings to life the gentle spirit of energy and life in a kind and giving nature. Satsuki and Mei are two little girls who go to a country house with their father for a summer vacation, and the children notice the presence of the iconic spirits of the forest, of which Totoro is the most inspiring.

Angel egg

Writer and director: Mamoru Oshii

A girl carrying a large egg under her dress meets a soldier with a cross-shaped weapon in a dark city with mysterious gothic ruins. Flowing water, rain, the sound of church bells, disfigured fishermen, shadowy giant fish, the story of Noah’s Ark, the encounter of two mysterious characters and two objects carried by them.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Writer and director: Hayao Miyazaki

After being attacked by an evil boar, Ashitaka’s arm is put under a deadly spell and he must travel to another land to find an antidote. But after reaching the destination, he sees that humans are engaged in a war with the gods of the forest to take over its resources. On his way to save the forest and bring peace, Ashitaka encounters San (Prince Mononoke), who was raised by wolves.

Howell’s Moving Castle (2004)

Writer and director: Hayao Miyazaki

Sophie, a young girl who is turned into an old person by a spiteful witch, sets out to undo the spell and ends up in Howell’s Moving Castle. A castle that moves like a wandering giant and has swallowed many secrets. Facing the three members of this castle, Sophie faces more challenges in the hope of returning to normal conditions.

City of Ghosts (2001)

Writer and director: Hayao Miyazaki

Chihiro and her parents get lost on their way to the new city and enter an abandoned place that is the entrance to a magical city with unique rules and problems. All places and events are a beautiful metaphor for the life of a ten-year-old girl. A story that has a more strange surface than Alice in Wonderland and more fascinating magic than the Wizard of Oz

Ponyo (2008)

Writer and director: Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo is a mermaid in the form of a small golden fish who leaves the magical underwater world to enter the human world. She befriends a five-year-old boy named Sasuke.

The Secret World of Ariti(2010)

Author: Hayao Miyazaki

Director: Hiromasa Yunbayashi

In the green countryside and at the end of a traditional Japanese house, fourteen-year-old Ariti and her parents are among the few surviving little people around. To survive, this endangered species borrows from the lives of humans with whom it is impossible to interact. New challenges arise from this disparate relationship until Ariti stumbles upon a boy who came to recuperate on vacation.

Children of the Wolf (2012)

Writer and director: Mamoru Hosuda

The wolf children anime depicts the story of a single mother who faces challenges in everyday life and social relationships to raise her werewolf children. Hana’s (meaning flower in Japanese) maternal kindness as the mother of two rebellious werewolf cubs, Ame (Rain) and Yuki (Snow), along with the fighting spirit necessary to accept a heartfelt choice, reinforces the film’s sense of kinship.

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Author: Masashi Ando

Anna is a 12-year-old girl who is sent to a village with a good climate to improve her mental and physical condition and later to live with her relatives. He befriends an unusual girl named Marnie in a mysterious mansion in the swamp.


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