8 Japanese Animated Films with Great Story and Visuals

Nov 27, 2018

More than enough, Japan has their fair share of amazing animation films with great storylines and awe-inspiring visuals. This list is not dedicated to enlisting every film Studio Ghibli has produced which by far is the most known studio to produce these kinds of films. Instead, this list is dedicated to some of the lesser known movies that every anime fan deserves to watch.

1. The Garden of Words

For its visuals alone, this ultra-detailed animation film looks like a painting in every frame. The visual looks so pristine that you can see the reflection of water droplets falling from the sky. It tells a story of two individuals meeting up in a garden patio where they share themselves little by little to each other. It is rather slow paced so that you can appreciate the quality of it.

Similar films to watch: Your Name, 5 Centimeters Per Second

2. Nausicaa the Valley of the Wind

One thing is for sure that every film that Studio Ghibli has produced will always have great visuals. This is one of those candidates that is one of the first films Studio Ghibli has ever produced. It is set on an apocalyptic world that’s been poisoned with spores and its main character Nausicaa will do what she can to stop it. This is one of Studio Ghibli’s early films.

Similar films to watch: Howl’s Moving Castle, Arrietty

2. Nausicaa the Valley of the Wind

One thing is for sure that every film that Studio Ghibli has produced will always have great visuals. This is one of those candidates that is one of the first films Studio Ghibli has ever produced. It is set on an apocalyptic world that’s been poisoned with spores and its main character Nausicaa will do what she can to stop it. This is one of Studio Ghibli’s early films.

Similar films to watch: Howl’s Moving Castle, Arrietty

3. Little Witch Academia

This little gem of a movie is certainly for magical school fans out there. It’s got romance, broomsticks and magical spells.

Similar films to watch: Kiki’s Delivery Service, Mary and the Witches’ Flower

4. Paprika

This is a film that can be confusing when you first watch it because it is, but the premise of this film is unusual and interesting. The story revolves around a device that can make you experience someone’s dream, and this means anything can happen. It’s a surreal fun experience that you should watch and find out

Similar films to watch: Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue

4. Paprika

This is a film that can be confusing when you first watch it because it is, but the premise of this film is unusual and interesting. The story revolves around a device that can make you experience someone’s dream, and this means anything can happen. It’s a surreal fun experience that you should watch and find out

Similar films to watch: Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue

5. Summer Wars

This film’s adventure centers around family relations and a cyberspace world where everyone in the world can access to and defeat viruses in a game showdown. It’s a fun movie to watch overall and makes you see the impact of having the internet shut down.

Similar films to watch: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Beast and the Boy

6. In This Corner of the World

This film is an adaptation of a manga by the same name and it shows the daily life of a young woman in the time that the tragic Hiroshima bombing occurred. It’s not anything too dark but it paints the sadness and happiness of each of the characters. Prepare tissues.

Similar films to watch: Grave of the Fireflies

6. In This Corner of the World

This film is an adaptation of a manga by the same name and it shows the daily life of a young woman in the time that the tragic Hiroshima bombing occurred. It’s not anything too dark but it paints the sadness and happiness of each of the characters. Prepare tissues.

Similar films to watch: Grave of the Fireflies

7. Wolf Children

A film that will make you cry in pieces. A story about a single mother taking care of her family while dealing with loss and transformations of her wolf children. This family drama will definitely get a place in your heart.

Similar films to watch: Tokyo Godfathers

8. Whisper of the Heart

This is a subtle film from Studio Ghibli that doesn’t showcase any magical adventures. But just the life of a simple girl in the 1990s. It’s for those who loves slice of life stories and coming of age stories. An underrated film that deserves to be watched.

Similar films to watch: The Cat Returns

8. Whisper of the Heart

This is a subtle film from Studio Ghibli that doesn’t showcase any magical adventures. But just the life of a simple girl in the 1990s. It’s for those who loves slice of life stories and coming of age stories. An underrated film that deserves to be watched.

Similar films to watch: The Cat Returns

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