Best 50 Historical Movie Anime You Should Know About

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Anime Sanjuushi: Aramis no Bouken, Glass no Usagi, Kamui no Ken, and more!

50: Anime Sanjuushi: Aramis no Bouken

English: The Three Musketeers: Aramis the Adventure
Japanese: アニメ三銃士 アラミスの冒険
MAL Score: 6.59
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Aramis fell off her horse and received the aid of a man named Francois. They fell in love with each other at first sight and spent their time happily for a while. Francois was killed by Manson and the Ironmask’s people, so Aramis swore revenge. Then she went to Paris to be a musketeer.

1 year after the end of TV series, D’Artagnan had a drink with 3 musketeers and found that Jussac and the Cardinal’s Guards harrassed a woman in a tavern in Paris. Of couse, they fought Jussac and the Cardinal’s guards and won. On his way to home, D’Artagnan witnessed the woman whom he rescued from Jussac about to jump into the river, and rescued her again. D’Artagnan brought her to home but she disappeared soon. After a day, D’Artagnan heard that the woman was killed last night and Rochefort and Cardinal’s guards arrested him for murder because his hat was found by the woman’s body. Aramis discovers that the story has a link with Catherine de Médicis, and launches out an investigation. This one will bring back her to the castle of her beloved where she will have to face Pizzaro to protect a dangerous document.

(Source: AniDB)

49: Glass no Usagi

English: Glass Rabbit
Japanese: ガラスのうさぎ
MAL Score: 6.62
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Toshiko Ei and her family are residents of Tokyo. Her father is a respected and skilled glass craftsmen so the family makes a good living. However, the Ei family soon finds itself having to suffer through many tragic hardships as a result of World War II.

(Source: ANN)

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48: Kamui no Ken

Japanese: カムイの剣
MAL Score: 6.63
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A young boy named Jiro finds his mother and sister murdered in his home. Falsely accused of the crime, he flees from his village and meets a priest named Tenkai, who has him kill a rogue ninja named Tarouza. After fulfilling that task, Jiro undergoes training to become a master assassin. Many years later, Jiro finds out that he was an orphan and his real father was Tarouza, who had worked for Tenkai until he aborted his mission when he fell in love with an Ainu woman. The young ninja discovers that the Shogunate was to retrieve the lost treasure of Captain Kidd and use it to once again isolate Japan from the rest of the world. Using the clues that Tarouza had kept secret, Jiro—along with the female ninja Oyuki and a slave named Sam—travels to Russia and America to search for the treasure in hopes of using it to extract revenge from Tenkai.

(Source: ANN)

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47: Chocchan Monogatari

Japanese: チョッちゃん物語
MAL Score: 6.65
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

This feature length film is based on autobiography of Cho “Chocchan” Kuroyanagi, who is better known as the mother of an actress Tetsuko Kuroyanagi.

The story starts in pre-World War 2 Japan when Chocchan marries violinist despite the objection of both of their families. They live in poverty, have three children and are happy together. Any misfortune they face with a smile. But new obstacle for their happiness comes when the war breaks out and Chocchan’s husband must leave for the front…

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46: Akage no Anne: Green Gables e no Michi

Japanese: 赤毛のアン グリーンゲーブルズへの道
MAL Score: 6.67
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A recap film of the first 6 episodes of the TV series.

Anne is an orphan full of imagination. When she arrives at her new home she learns that sometimes you have to be a sensible person too; at the same time her unique character changes, or at least attracts, the people around her. The story covers Anne’s growth from about eleven to seventeen years old as she makes friends, goes to school and studies. At a difficult point in her life, Anne will have to make a hard choice and perhaps find a new dream.

45: Tsukumo

English: Possessions
Japanese: 九十九
MAL Score: 6.67
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

One night during the 18th century, deep in the mountains, a man loses his way and comes across a small shrine. As he enters, the space transforms into a room of a different world.

(Source: Annecy)

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44: Bakumatsu no Spasibo

Japanese: 幕末のスパシーボ
MAL Score: 6.69
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Based on the real life events around Yevfimy Vasilyevich Putyatin, a Russian admiral noted for his diplomatic missions to Japan and China, and the signing of the Treaty of Shimoda in 1855.

(Source: AniDB)

43: Furusato Japan

English: Japan, Our Homeland
Japanese: ふるさとJAPAN
MAL Score: 6.75
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

It was the spring of 1956, roughly 10 years after the end of the Pacific War. A new teacher named Rieko Sakamoto is assigned to an elementary school in Kiba, downtown Tokyo. At the same time, Shizu Miyanaga, a transfer student from Kobe, joins the class #4 of the 6th grade. Shizu is a bright, pretty girl who dreams to become a singer. Blessed with both athletic and academic abilities, Shizu quickly becomes the center of everyone’s attention in the class. Akira, the son of a joiner and also the class president, starts to develop a special feeling for Shizu…

(Source: AniDB)

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42: Anne no Nikki

English: The Diary of Anne Frank
Japanese: アンネの日記
MAL Score: 6.80
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Amsterdam, June 12, 1942. Anne celebrates her 13th birthday and begins her diary, which she calls “Kitty”. Hiding for two years from the German threat, the young girl writes about her idealistic views on the world, her ambitions, her fears and her first love, Peter.

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41: Kaguya-hime

Japanese: かぐや姫
MAL Score: 6.80
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A short puppet animation movie by Kazuhiko Watanabe.

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40: Hi no Tori: Houou-hen

English: Phoenix: Karma Chapter
Japanese: 火の鳥 鳳凰編
MAL Score: 6.85
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Akanemaru, a skilled sculptor, sets out to find the muse for his masterpiece, the legendary immortal bird Phoenix. However, on his journey, he encounters unexpected trouble when he runs into Gaou, a one-eyed, one-armed bandit. Despite Akanemaru’s friendly demeanor, Gaou, who harbors animosity toward the world as a ruthless man, attacks and robs him.

As they go their separate ways, the unfortunate incident fades into oblivion. Years later, Akanemaru is forced to accept a new assignment and abandon his dream, while Gaou is stricken with sudden misfortune—a twist of fate that will change both their lives forever. But little do they know that these new circumstances will eventually lead them to cross paths once more: this time as rivals.

Set in Japan’s Nara period, Hi no Tori: Houou-hen explores the fragile balance between action and consequence as it follows the lives of two men who must inevitably confront the responsibilities of their choices.

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39: Haikara-san ga Tooru Movie 2: Hana no Tokyo Dai Roman

Japanese: 劇場版 はいからさんが通る 後編 ~花の東京大ロマン~
MAL Score: 6.86
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The story follows Benio “Haikara-san” Hanamura, who lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy. Contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions instead of the traditional kimono, and is not as interested in housework as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman’s right to a career and to marry for love.

(Source: ANN)

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38: Hashire Melos (Movie)

English: Run Melos!
Japanese: 走れメロス
MAL Score: 6.87
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Melos is a good boy from Messina and has come to Syracuse, the magnificent city of temples, to buy a ritual sword for his sister’s marriage ceremony. He meets a very talented sculptor and they become friends. Later, the King’s guards arrest Melos while he was having a walk in the castle’s gardens and Syracuse’s King, obsessed by the idea of assassins out to kill him, sentences him to death. Melos is desperate, but most of all he wants to be present at his sister’s marriage, so he asks the King for three days to go to Messina for the celebration and then return to Syracuse where he will accept the death penalty. The King does not trust Melos, but, trying to demonstrate that nobody could trust him, asks him to find a volunteer substitute in case he breaks his promise. The sculptor accepts to be Melos’ substitute in this case…

(Source: ANN)

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37: Versailles no Bara: Seimei Aru Kagiri Aishite

Japanese: ベルサイユのばら 生命あるかぎり愛して
MAL Score: 6.89
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A theatrical re-edit/summary of the TV series. Some of the voice actors were changed (eg. Oscar is played by Keiko Toda instead of re-using the original audio by Reiko Tajima).

36: Crayon Shin-chan Movie 03: Unkokusai no Yabou

Japanese: クレヨンしんちゃん 雲黒斎の野望
MAL Score: 6.89
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A member of the Time Patrol finds out that there is a disturbance in Japan, 1570. While heading to that particular time and location to investigate, she is attacked and ends up stuck underground the Nohara residence at the end of the 20th century Japan. Having limited resources at hand, she is forced to ask for the help of the Nohara family. Together they go back in time and meet with a samurai named Fubuki-maru who believes that they are the legendary three persons and dog whom someone from her family would eventually meet in a crucial moment. The lonely samurai asks for their assistance in defeating the man that possesses strange magical powers, the sinister Unkokusai lord.

(Source: ANN)

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35: Alps no Shoujo Heidi (1979)

English: The Story of Heidi
Japanese: アルプスの少女ハイジ (1979)
MAL Score: 6.89
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Condensed version of the entire TV series where all the voice actors, except for Heidi and the grandfather, were replaced.

34: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Owarinaki Tabi

English: Buddha 2: The Endless Journey
Japanese: 手塚治虫のブッダ-終わりなき旅-
MAL Score: 6.89
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

2500 years ago, in India, Siddhartha was born as a prince of the Shakya clan, but he gives up his position as a prince to see the world. While he travels he meets a strange boy named Assaji, who can predict the future and a monk with only one eye. Overwhelmed by the sufferings he witnesses around him, Siddhartha strives to restore peace. Meanwhile, Prince Ruri of Kosara begins his attack on the Shakya clan.

(Source: IMDB)

33: Asura

Japanese: アシュラ
MAL Score: 7.04
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Asura is an unrelentingly dark drama that follows the struggles of a young boy who did whatever it took to survive during a time of war and famine in medieval Japan.

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32: Ohoshi-sama no Rail

English: Rail of the Star: A True Story of Children
Japanese: お星さまのレール
MAL Score: 7.06
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

This is the autobiographic tale of Kobayashi Chitose, a young Japanese girl growing up in a Japanese-occupied North Korea. As World War II progresses, Chitose begins to realize that her family will not be able to escape the effects of the conflict. From the simple disappointment of not being able to get the type of backpack she wants for school, to her father’s recruitment as a soldier, the war begins to impact her life in a very real manner. But the end of the war does not mean the end of hardship for her. The Koreans, fed up with years of Japanese rule and persecution, have joined forces with a Chinese-backed communist government and are systematically making life a living horror for the Japanese left in North Korea. Fearing reprisal since he was a Japanese veteran, Chitose’s father risks everything to get his family out of the north and to the US-occupied area south of the 38th parallel.

(Source: AniDB)

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31: Crayon Shin-chan Movie 12: Arashi wo Yobu! Yuuhi no Kasukabe Boys

Japanese: 映画 クレヨンしんちゃん 嵐を呼ぶ!夕陽のカスカベボーイズ
MAL Score: 7.06
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A fantasy action set in a world of Western films. One day the Nohara family, Kasukabe Defense Forces (Shinnosuke Nohara and his mates: Kazama-kun, Nene-chan, Masao-kun and Bo-chan), and other people living in Kasukabe City get lost in a world within a Wild West film, which is a city ruled by an evil governor named Justice. The time progression has been stopped there because the film is unfinished but people are losing their memories about the past little by little. To go back to their former world, the Kasukabe Defense Forces tries to defeat Governor Justice and finish the film before everyone loses their memories.

(Source: Manabu Tsuribe)

30: Raiyantsuuri no Uta

Japanese: ライヤンツーリーのうた
MAL Score: 7.08
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

An indentured Chinese laborer, brought to Japan to work in a coal mine during WWII, manages to escape his captors. He hides out in the Japanese countryside, so far from human habitation that he does not realize when the war ends, with ultimately tragic results. Based on a story by Yoichi Takashi.

29: Naruto Movie 1: Dai Katsugeki!! Yuki Hime Shinobu Houjou Dattebayo!

English: Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Japanese: 劇場版 NARUTO 大活劇!雪姫忍法帖だってばよ!!
MAL Score: 7.10
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Naruto Uzumaki and his squadmates, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno, are sent on a mission to escort a movie crew on its way to film in the Land of Snow. They soon find out that they are accompanying a famous actress, Yukie Fujikaze, who persistently refuses to travel there, making the trip far more difficult than originally intended. After a surprising encounter with ninjas from the Land of Snow, Naruto discovers that there is more to Yukie than meets the eye.

Dai Katsugeki!! Yuki Hime Shinobu Houjou Dattebayo! follows the group as they attempt to overcome the obstacles in the Land of Snow and unveil Yukie’s true purpose there as well.

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28: Kanashimi no Belladonna

English: Belladonna of Sadness
Japanese: 哀しみのベラドンナ
MAL Score: 7.12
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The beautiful Jeanne marries a man named Jean, and the happy newlyweds make their way to the Lord’s castle with a cow’s worth of money for his blessings. However, the demonic Lord is unmoved by their offering, ignoring their desperate, impoverished pleas. The Lord’s wife offers an alternative: Jeanne must become the Lord’s conquest for the night in a ritual deflowering.

Scarred by the experience, the shaken Jeanne receives no sympathy from her husband. Instead, she is neglected. But as Jeanne drifts off to sleep, she is met by a strange spirit that encourages her to deliver retribution to those who wronged her. And with a mysterious surge of pleasure and an unquenching libido, Jeanne agrees.

Kanashimi no Belladonna is a captivating, psychosexual adventure that tells a story of cunning witchcraft and deceitful superstition in a poor, rural village of medieval France.

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27: Hi no Ame ga Furu

Japanese: 火の雨がふる
MAL Score: 7.16
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

An anti-war anime based on a book containing contemporary accounts of the fire-bombing of the city of Fukuoka on the evening of June 19, 1945.

26: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Maihitoyo

Japanese: 劇場版 遙かなる時空(とき)の中で 舞一夜(まいひとよ)
MAL Score: 7.17
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

One rainy day, Akane crosses path with a kind young man who tacitly offers to her his coat. On their second encounter, he confesses that he has no recollection of who he is, his name or his past, but feels contented by just being with her. Besotted, Akane sets out to find his name, and to unravel his enigmatic connection with a famous cursed dance rumoured to kill anyone who attempts to perform it.

(Source: ANN)

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25: Ihatov Gensou: Kenji no Haru

English: Spring and Chaos
Japanese: イーハトーブ幻想 Kenjiの春
MAL Score: 7.19
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A unique biographical sketch of the life of the great modern Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, Spring and Chaos is a highly stylized and intense film that draws on Miyazawa’s writing techniques to tell his life story. Miyazawa often used animals as the main characters in his stories and poems, and it is this technique that allows director Shoji Kawamori to recreate Miyazawa’s fanciful land of Ihatov and use it as the backdrop for Miyazawa’s life. Beautiful and affecting, Spring and Chaos is a fitting tribute to one of Japan’s greatest writers.

(Source: Rotten Tomatoes)

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24: Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai

Japanese: 百日紅~Miss HOKUSAI~
MAL Score: 7.19
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.

One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.

A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not really interested in.

Third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. “We’re father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, in a way or another.”

Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Renoir and van Gogh, Monet and Klimt.

However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all his life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.

(Source: Production I.G)

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23: Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ouka, Tenbou no Kakehashi

English: Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden: Chapter 3 – Conspiracy of the Military
Japanese: 曇天に笑う<外伝> ~桜華、天望の架橋~
MAL Score: 7.20
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The three brothers discover that the human experiment banned after destroying the “Orochi”, is still going on to secretly revive the evil snake. They also find out that some ex-members of the Yamainu (the Japanese military unit formed to kill the snake) are behind this conspiracy. The brothers fight together again in a battle against the military.

(Source: Amazon Prime Video)

22: Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru

English: Night on the Galactic Railroad
Japanese: 銀河鉄道の夜
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Giovanni is a young boy who lives on the outskirts of a small rustic village. His mother is bedridden and his father has not returned home since leaving to work on a fishing boat. An outcast at school, Giovanni has only one friend: Campanella, the mayor’s son. During the town’s Festival of Stars, Giovanni starts to daydream atop a hill and looks up to find a steam engine train floating in the air. He boards the train only to find his friend Campanella already there. And so, the two begin their journey through the stars where they come across unusual people and visit many beautiful and haunting places.

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21: Doraemon Movie 21: Nobita no Taiyou Ou Densetsu

English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s the Legend of the Sun King
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太の太陽王伝説
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Doraemon and its friends open a hole in the time and they’re travel to the Country of Mayana, a lost Mayan civilization in the jungle. There, Nobita will know its perfect double, prince Thio, heir to the throne. Both will decide to interchange papers to try to save to the Country of Mayana of the claws of the infernal Ledina witch and her evil forces.

(Source: ANN)

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20: Shashinkan

English: The Portrait Studio
Japanese: 寫眞館
MAL Score: 7.31
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The story takes place before WWII at a photo studio on top of a hill. Many people visit this studio to have their photos taken. One day, a couple comes, but the wife is so shy that she always lowers her head. The owner of the studio tries all kinds of tricks to get her to smile and eventually succeeds.

One year later, the couple comes again, but this time they bring their daughter along. She always looks grumpy, and again, the owner has to try everything to get her to smile. Thus starts a long-running relationship between the girl and the owner, and time passes to years and then decades…

(Source: MAL)

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19: Fuse: Teppou Musume no Torimonochou

English: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress
Japanese: 伏 鉄砲娘の捕物帳
MAL Score: 7.34
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In Kyokutei Bakin’s classic Japanese epic novel Nansou Satomi Hakkenden, eight samurai serve the Satomi clan during Japan’s tumultuous Sengoku (Warring States) era. The Edo-era samurai are the reincarnations of the spirits that Princess Fuse mothered with a dog named Yatsufusa. In Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden, the female hunter Hamaji comes to her brother in order to hunt Fuse. Thus, the karmic cycle of retribution that began long ago with the Satomi family begins anew.

(Source: ANN)

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18: Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine Movie

English: The Royal Tutor Movie
Japanese: 劇場 王室教師ハイネ
MAL Score: 7.34
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The four princes of Grannzreich—Kai, Bruno, Leonhard, and Licht— continue to compete for the right to their kingdom’s throne under the guidance of their beloved royal tutor, the competent yet childlike Heine Wittgenstein.

One day, during a political visit to Grannzreich, the king of the neighboring Romano Kingdom arrives at the royal palace with his twin sons, Ivan and Eugene. In the hopes of befriending the twins, Heine and the four princes meet their visitors, but their efforts are thwarted instantly when the two twin princes declare that they refuse to address those who will never reach the throne. Dispersing the tension between the boys, Heine reveals that he, upon their father King Victor von Grannzreich’s request, will be tutoring the Romano princes alongside the Grannzreichs for the duration of their stay, in hopes of strengthening the future relations between the two kingdoms.

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17: Hadashi no Gen 2

English: Barefoot Gen 2
Japanese: はだしのゲン 2
MAL Score: 7.35
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Three years have passed since the bombing of Hiroshima and Gen is now a fourth-grader. Hiroshima is still a ruin, and Gen must scrounge for scrap metal to help keep himself and his remaining family fed, but at least commerce has returned to the land. As his mother gradually grows ill from radiation sickness, Gen and Ryuta befriend a group of orphans led by a tough-nosed older child and including a girl who still bears ugly burn scars from the day of the bomb. An old man suffering from depression is also drawn into the group as they come together to support each other and form a makeshift family. Reality is still harsh, however, as many orphans still die lonely deaths and the grim reminders of what happened linger everywhere.

(Source: ANN)

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16: Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ketsubetsu, Yamainu no Chikai

English: Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden: Chapter 1 – One Year After the Battle
Japanese: 曇天に笑う<外伝> ~決別、犲の誓い~
MAL Score: 7.41
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

One year has passed after the great battle against the “Orochi” (gigantic snake). Tenka had been paralyzed from the final battle and he took part of the government’s human experiment before the battle. Tenka withdrew himself from society, but his younger brothers, Soramaru and Chuutaro, find out the secret past about their older brother.

(Source: Amazon Prime Video)

15: Haikara-san ga Tooru Movie 1: Benio, Hana no 17-sai

Japanese: 劇場版 はいからさんが通る 前編 ~紅緒、花の17歳~
MAL Score: 7.49
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The story follows Benio “Haikara-san” Hanamura, who lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy—contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions instead of the traditional kimono, and is not as interested in housework as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman’s right to a career and to marry for love.

(Source: ANN)

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14: Ojiisan no Lamp

Japanese: おぢいさんのランプ
MAL Score: 7.54
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

When a young boy named Tooichi stumbles upon an old lamp in his grandfather’s shed, he mistakes it for a toy and takes it outside to play. When his grandfather discovers this, he reprimands the boy and begins recounting the story behind the artifact—of how a small, traditional Japanese town became Westernized.

In his youth, Tooichi’s grandfather, Minosuke, made a living by doing errands and chores for the townspeople. After one errand takes him to a nearby town, he witnesses Western lamps—a technology unfamiliar to him—light up the streets, igniting a spark in the young boy. From that moment on, lamps became Minosuke’s passion and profession, changing his and the townspeople’s lives forever.

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13: Princess Principal: Crown Handler Movie 1

English: Princess Principal Crown Handler
Japanese: プリンセス プリンシパル Crown Handler
MAL Score: 7.54
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The film is set in London at the end of the 19th century and after the attempted assassination of the Imperial princess in the television anime. The Empire is increasing counter-spy actions in the wake of the incident, and finds Control, the Commonwealth group in charge of covert operations against the Empire, at unease and suspecting its spy within the royal family as a double agent. Control assigns their spy ring Dove with a new mission to extract a secondhand bookstore owner and deliver him to Commonwealth hands. Ange, Dorothy, and Chise successfully spring the bookstore owner from an Imperial prison. Control also assigns Dove to make contact with Bishop, their spy within the royal family, to ascertain their loyalties.

(Source: ANN)

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12: Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Shukumei, Soutou no Fuuma

English: Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden: Chapter 2 – The Tragedy of Fuuma Ninja Tribe
Japanese: 曇天に笑う<外伝> ~宿命、双頭の風魔~
MAL Score: 7.57
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Fuuma ninja clan is a secret ninja tribe that is waiting for the “Orochi” (gigantic snake) to resurrect for generations. Shirasu and his twin brother Ichiu grew up in this viscous environment and this tells how they become the leaders of the clan.

(Source: Amazon Prime Video)

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11: Nezha Zhi Mo Tong Jiang Shi

English: Ne Zha
Japanese: 哪吒之魔童降世
MAL Score: 7.65
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

From the heavenly object known as the Chaos Pearl, two elements are extracted: the Spirit Pearl and the Demon Orb. In an attempt to suppress their power, the Lord of Heaven sends the Spirit Pearl to Earth to reincarnate as Ne Zha, the third son of Li Jing, while the Demon Orb is scheduled to be destroyed by a lightning strike. However, because of a conspiracy by the Dragon King to steal the Spirit Pearl for his own son, Ne Zha is instead reincarnated with the Demon Orb.

With no way to remove the cursed effects of the Demon Orb, Ne Zha is raised under the belief that he will become the great demon hunter the Spirit Pearl destined for him to be. Fighting against his chaotic and mischievous nature, Ne Zha must decide whether to accept his evil fate or repel against it to prove he is worthy of the future his parents foretold.

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10: Giovanni no Shima

English: Giovanni’s Island
Japanese: ジョバンニの島
MAL Score: 7.69
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast… and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.

On August 15th, they told us we had lost the war. At that time, we did not really understand. Then one day, everything changed. Many soldiers, wearing uniforms we had never seen before, arrived on the island. That was the day I met Tanya.

(Source: Production I.G)

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9: Ushiro no Shoumen Daare

English: Who’s Left Behind
Japanese: うしろの正面だあれ
MAL Score: 7.77
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Kayoko is a young girl in 1940, just starting first grade. She’s a bit of a crybaby, which is no secret to those around her. She loves playing with friends and singing cute schoolyard chants, and occasionally having fun with her three older brothers. Her mother is pregnant, and so she looks forward to being a big sister, only partially understanding the responsibility that might bring. Meanwhile, the war effort is growing, and it`s only the natural thing to do to be patriotic and support the country…

Kayoko goes so far as to contribute her favorite dolly, whose materials could help build explosives. Time passes, and as she grows older, Kayoko sees how the war has affected her life and those around her. Nothing can prepare her for 1945, however, and the bleak times that are soon to come. Based on original creator Kayoko Ebina’s real life experience during World War 2 on Showa era.

(Source: ANN)

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8: Hadashi no Gen

English: Barefoot Gen
Japanese: はだしのゲン
MAL Score: 7.78
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

It’s the summer of 1945. 3 years have elapsed since the war between Japan and USA began. Gen is a young boy living a struggling yet satisfying life in the city of Hiroshima, that has been strangely spared by the bombing taken in almost every other Japanese City. Food is scarce, and Gen’s family is suffering from severe malnutrition, which endangers his pregnant mother. There isn’t much spare time as Gen and his little brother Shinji help their father and mother at work and try to make sure their family survives the tough times. Little do they know, what the Americans have in store for the city of Hiroshima and as of the 6th of August 1945, their lives are about to change dramatically.

(Source: ANN)

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7: Flanders no Inu (Movie)

English: The Dog of Flanders
Japanese: フランダースの犬 (1997)
MAL Score: 7.86
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Set in 19th-century Belgium, this classic tale, based on the Flemish novel by Oui’da, celebrates the affectionate bond between an innocent boy and his faithful dog. The stunning animation, a masterful combination of traditional and computer-aided animation, captures the natural splendor of the Flanders countryside and recreates the spirit of this classic story that has captivated audiences world wide for more than 130 years. In fact, the popularity of The Dog Of Flanders led the local Belgian government of Flanders to dedicate a statue to Nello and Patrash in 1985, immortalizing their devotion to each other.

(Source: AniDB)

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6: Kaze Tachinu

English: The Wind Rises
Japanese: 風立ちぬ
MAL Score: 8.10
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Although Jirou Horikoshi’s nearsightedness prevents him from ever becoming a pilot, he leaves his hometown to study aeronautical engineering at Tokyo Imperial University for one simple purpose: to design and build planes just like his hero, Italian aircraft pioneer Giovanni Battista Caproni. His arrival in the capital coincides with the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, during which he saves a maid serving the family of a young girl named Naoko Satomi; this disastrous event marks the beginning of over two decades of social unrest and malaise leading up to Japan’s eventual surrender in World War II.

For Jirou, the years leading up to the production of his infamous Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft will test every fiber of his being. His many travels and life experiences only urge him onward?—even as he realizes both the role of his creations in the war and the harsh realities of his personal life. As time marches on, he must confront an impossible question: at what cost does he chase his beautiful dream?

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5: Kaguya-hime no Monogatari

English: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Japanese: かぐや姫の物語
MAL Score: 8.21
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Deep in the countryside, a man named Okina works as a bamboo cutter in a forest, chopping away at the hollow plants day after day. One day, he discovers a small baby inside a glowing shoot. He immediately takes her home, convinced that she is a princess sent to Earth as a divine blessing from heaven. Okina and his wife Ouna take it upon themselves to raise the infant as their own, watching over her as she quickly grows into an energetic young girl. Given the name Kaguya, she fits right in with the village she has come to call home, going on adventures with the other children and enjoying what youth has to offer.

But when Okina finds a large fortune of gold and treasure in the forest, Kaguya’s life is completely changed. Believing this to be yet another gift from heaven, he takes it upon himself to turn his daughter into a real princess using the wealth he has just obtained, relocating the family to a mansion in the capital. As she leaves her friends behind to enter into an unwanted life of royalty, Kaguya’s origins and purpose slowly come to light.

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4: Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni

English: In This Corner of the World
Japanese: この世界の片隅に
MAL Score: 8.23
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Suzu Urano is a pure and kindhearted girl who loves to draw and keep her head in the clouds. Growing up in the outskirts of Hiroshima with her family, she is more than happy to help with her grandmother’s nori business.

However, when she becomes of age, Suzu leaves her beloved home to marry Shuusaku Houjou, a man she barely knows. As she integrates into her new husband’s household, the homesick bride struggles to adjust to the unfamiliar environment as the war effort extends far beyond its point of no return. When the war reaches Suzu’s own backyard and peace gives way to brutality, how will she support herself and those she comes to love along the way?

Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni paints a colorful yet haunting depiction of everyday life in the years before and after World War II, showcasing the perseverance and fortitude of ordinary Japanese during one of the darkest periods of modern history.

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3: Sennen Joyuu

English: Millennium Actress
Japanese: 千年女優
MAL Score: 8.26
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

At the turn of the millennium, Ginei Studio’s dilapidated buildings are set to be demolished. Ex-employee and filmmaker Genya Tachibana decides to honor this occasion with a commemorative documentary about the company’s star actress: Chiyoko Fujiwara, the reclusive sweetheart of Shouwa Era cinema. Having finally obtained permission to interview the retired starlet, an enamored Genya drags along cynical cameraman Kyouji Ida to meet her, ready to put his lifelong idol back in the spotlight once more.

Hidden in this secluded mountain retreat is a thousand years of history condensed into one lifetime, waiting to be narrated. Chiyoko’s recollections take them on an illusionary journey through Japanese cinematic history that transcends the boundaries of reality; the saga of her acting career intertwines with her filmography, the actors in her life blend seamlessly with the characters on screen, and the present melds with the past. Though the actress may have retired at the height of her career 30 years ago, the curtain on her life’s stage has yet to fall.

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2: Hotaru no Haka

English: Grave of the Fireflies
Japanese: 火垂るの墓
MAL Score: 8.50
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

As World War II reaches its conclusion in 1945, Japan faces widespread destruction in the form of American bombings, devastating city after city. Hotaru no Haka, also known as Grave of the Fireflies, is the story of Seita and his sister Setsuko, two Japanese children whose lives are ravaged by the brutal war. They have lost their mother, their father, their home, and the prospect of a bright future—all tragic consequences of the war.

Now orphaned and homeless, Seita and Setsuko have no choice but to drift across the countryside, beset by starvation and disease. Met with the apathy of adults along the way, they find that desperate circumstances can turn even the kindest of people cruel yet their youthful hope shines brightly in the face of unrelenting hardship, preventing the siblings from swiftly succumbing to an inevitable fate.

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1: Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku

Japanese: 蟲師 続章: 鈴の雫
MAL Score: 8.61
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

On a warm summer day, a boy heard the sound of bells ringing, as if in celebration, in the mountain near his home. Several years later in that same mountain, the mushishi Ginko encounters a strange girl with weeds growing out of her body. Soon after, Ginko coincidentally runs into the now grown-up boy Yoshiro on his way off the mountain. With Yoshiro’s help, Ginko soon begins to uncover who this mysterious girl is and what happened to her.

An adaptation of the last arc in the manga, Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku follows Ginko’s peculiar journey amidst the occult to unravel the mystery behind the enigmatic girl called Kaya and the mountain that has become her home.

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku
2. Hotaru no Haka
3. Sennen Joyuu
4. Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni
5. Kaguya-hime no Monogatari
6. Kaze Tachinu
7. Flanders no Inu (Movie)
8. Hadashi no Gen
9. Ushiro no Shoumen Daare
10. Giovanni no Shima
11. Nezha Zhi Mo Tong Jiang Shi
12. Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Shukumei, Soutou no Fuuma
13. Ojiisan no Lamp
14. Princess Principal: Crown Handler Movie 1
15. Haikara-san ga Tooru Movie 1: Benio, Hana no 17-sai
16. Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ketsubetsu, Yamainu no Chikai
17. Hadashi no Gen 2
18. Fuse: Teppou Musume no Torimonochou
19. Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine Movie
20. Shashinkan
21. Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru
22. Doraemon Movie 21: Nobita no Taiyou Ou Densetsu
23. Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ouka, Tenbou no Kakehashi
24. Ihatov Gensou: Kenji no Haru
25. Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
26. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Maihitoyo
27. Hi no Ame ga Furu
28. Kanashimi no Belladonna
29. Naruto Movie 1: Dai Katsugeki!! Yuki Hime Shinobu Houjou Dattebayo!
30. Raiyantsuuri no Uta
31. Ohoshi-sama no Rail
32. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 12: Arashi wo Yobu! Yuuhi no Kasukabe Boys
33. Asura
34. Versailles no Bara: Seimei Aru Kagiri Aishite
35. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 03: Unkokusai no Yabou
36. Alps no Shoujo Heidi (1979)
37. Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Owarinaki Tabi
38. Hashire Melos (Movie)
39. Haikara-san ga Tooru Movie 2: Hana no Tokyo Dai Roman
40. Hi no Tori: Houou-hen
41. Anne no Nikki
42. Kaguya-hime
43. Furusato Japan
44. Bakumatsu no Spasibo
45. Akage no Anne: Green Gables e no Michi
46. Tsukumo
47. Chocchan Monogatari
48. Kamui no Ken
49. Glass no Usagi
50. Anime Sanjuushi: Aramis no Bouken

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