Best 50 Movie Anime Made By Madhouse

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Di Gi Charat: Hoshi no Tabi, Kamui no Ken, Grimm Douwa: Kin no Tori, and more!

50: Di Gi Charat: Hoshi no Tabi

English: Di Gi Charat Movie: A Trip To The Planet
Japanese: 劇場版 Di Gi Charat[デ ジ キャラット] 星の旅
MAL Score: 6.58
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Dejiko decided to take a vacation and visit her home, Planet Di Gi Charat, together with Puchiko, Gema, and (accidentally) Rabi~en~Rose. However, Piyoko and her aids would not let go this chance to capture her.

(Source: ANN)

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49: 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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48: Grimm Douwa: Kin no Tori

English: The Golden Bird
Japanese: グリム童話 金の鳥
MAL Score: 6.70
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

“Kin No Tori” is an adaptation of the homonymous fairy tale “The Golden Bird” by Brothers Grimm.

A golden apple is stolen from the King’s garden. The King orders his three sons to guard the apples in turn and to find out who is the thief. When the youngest son, Hansu, presents a feather that he got from the golden bird that stole the apple the king sends his three sons to bring this bird to him and so Hansu journey begins.

Completed in 1984, this film was shelved for three years before being theatrically released.

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47: WXIII Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor

English: Patlabor Movie 3: WXIII
Japanese: WXIII 機動警察パトレイバー
MAL Score: 6.73
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

When the level of Labor accidents begin to escalate around Tokyo Bay, police detectives Kusumi and Hata are assigned to investigate. What they discover leads to a series of government cover-ups, conspiracy concerning a new biological weapon entitled WXIII-Wasted Thirteen and a tragic, personal connection to Hata. The only hope to stop this threat is to cooperate with the military and lead WXIII into a showdown with the Labors of Special Vehicle Division 2.

(Source: ANN)

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46: Highlander: The Search for Vengeance

Japanese: ハイランダー
MAL Score: 6.74
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Colin MacLeod, the immortal Scottish Highlander, travels with the wise-cracking ghost Amergan in search of the immortal despot Marcus Octavius, who killed Colin’s lover on the Celtic plains centuries earlier. The once great city of New York is now submerged under water, with only one dominant fortress towering over the sea, the fortress of Marcus Octavius. MacLeod is torn between saving the survivors of New York and hunting down his nemesis.

(Source: ANN)

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45: 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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44: Ace wo Nerae! (1979)

English: Aim for the Ace! (1979)
Japanese: エースをねらえ!
MAL Score: 6.83
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

High school freshman Hiromi joins the tennis club because of her admiration for Ryuzaki. Ryuzaki is a senior, who’s the best tennis player on the team and also nicknamed “Ochoufujin”, (“Madame Butterfly”), because of her elegance on the tennis court. However, the new coach, Jin Munakata, wants the inexperienced Hiromi to play in a forthcoming tournament.

Due to this, Hiromi considers quitting tennis for good but, in the depth of her soul, she soon realizes that she loves tennis after all. She returns to the club and, under Munakata’s coaching, her talent starts to bloom.

In the end, Hiromi develops a strong emotional bond with her coach, not knowing that Munakata is risking his life because of a chronic illness.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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43: Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Itsudatte My Darling

English: Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling
Japanese: うる星やつら いつだって マイ ダーリン
MAL Score: 6.83
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Lupica, another one of the legion of space princesses that all seem to have found out about Earth in some tour book, appears and abducts Ataru!

But Lupica isn’t after Ataru for his great looks or charming personality (because he doesn’t have either). Lupica’s goal is the greatest love potion in the galaxy, which she intends to use to induce her sweetheart to tie the knot. To get it, she needs the possessor of the greatest lust in the universe…

(Source: AniDB)

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41: 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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40: Overlord Movie: Ple Ple Pleiades

Japanese: 劇場版 オーバーロード ぷれぷれぷれあです
MAL Score: 6.87
Type: Movie
Episodes: 2

Synopsis

Initially aired in theaters. Later released as specials bundled with the Blu-ray and DVD volumes of Overlord Movies 1 and 2.

39: Hells

Japanese: ヘルズ, (ヘルズエンジェルス)
MAL Score: 6.90
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Amagane Rinne had an accident and died while hurrying to school. She suddenly arrived in an awkward school… in Hell, filled with demons. While she is struggling and wishing to go back to the world whence she came from, she makes friends with her demon schoolmates and develops an uncommon bond.

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38: Overlord Movie: Manner Movie

Japanese: 劇場版総集編オーバーロードマナームービー
MAL Score: 6.91
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A theater manners short bundled with the recap movie’s BD/DVD releases. Each film had its own short with slight differences (eg. Fushisha no Ou had a smiling Shalltear but the Shikoku no Eiyuu one showed her sneering). Due to the minimal changes between the two, resulting in only a few seconds of alternative footage, MAL will reflect it as a single episode as the blunt majority was identical.

37: Nasu: Andalusia no Natsu

English: Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
Japanese: 茄子 アンダルシアの夏
MAL Score: 7.02
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Pepe is a Spanish cyclist competing in an multi-stage Iberian cycling race similar to the Tour de France. He is a support rider for one of the teams competing in the race, and his role is to assist the team’s top rider in winning the overall race. As the story unfolds, the racers are set to ride through Pepe’s home town in Andalusia on the same day as the wedding of his elder brother Angel to his former girlfriend Carmen. Their relationship was a factor in his decision to leave the town to pursue professional cycling, and the wedding is a frustrating reminder that his career hasn’t turned out as he would have liked. Now, with the sponsor planning to drop him from the team and his family and friends cheering him on, Pepe abandons his assigned role and strives for glory.

(Source: ANN)

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36: Unico: Mahou no Shima e

English: Unico in the Island of Magic
Japanese: ユニコ 魔法の島へ
MAL Score: 7.02
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Based on “Unico and the Kingdom of the Sun,” which was newly written as a theater version, this animated film features a battle between the wizard Kukuruku and Unico. Kukuruku builds a castle using dolls transformed from men as building parts. The story revolves around the sorrow and terror of men who have been transfigured into dolls, and a girl named Cherry who wishes to recover the kindness in her brother, who is a student of Kukuruku. This work reminds us of the fact that “transformation” or “transfiguration” – favorite themes of Tezuka Osamu – involves not only material aspects, but also man’s immaterial heart.

(Source: Tezuka Osamu’s Website)

35: Manie-Manie: Meikyuu Monogatari

English: Neo Tokyo
Japanese: Manie-Manie 迷宮物語
MAL Score: 7.05
Type: Movie
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Manie-Manie: Meikyuu Monogatari is an anthology film composed of three short films by acclaimed directors Rintaro, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Katsuhiro Otomo.

Labyrinth Labyrinthos
While Sachi is searching for her cat, Cicerone, they both fall through a mirror and become trapped in a mysterious, mind-bending labyrinth. They follow a clown’s shadow into the distance, not knowing where it will lead them.

Running Man
Bob Stone is a reporter working on an article about racer Zack Hugh, the ten-year reigning champion of an extremely popular and deadly automobile race. By the time the two meet, Zack’s body and mind are shells of what they used to be. When the next race starts, Bob observes what happens when both man and machine are pushed to their breaking point, and what it takes to be an enduring champion.

The Order to Stop Construction
Salaryman Tsutomo Sugioka is dispatched into the heart of a dangerous jungle in order to halt a construction project after the foreman’s mysterious disappearance. There, he discovers the deadly and uncontrollable world created by the automated construction robots. When the chief robot is resistant to his orders, Tsutomo must figure out another way to stop the project before his company’s financial losses become too great.

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34: Kimi no Koe wo Todoketai

English: Your Voice -KIMIKOE-
Japanese: きみの声をとどけたい
MAL Score: 7.05
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The story focuses on high school girl Nagisa Yukiai who lives in a seaside town. She has believed her grandmother’s story that spirits dwell in words and they are called “kotodama” (word spirit). One day, she strays into a mini FM station that has not been used for years. As an impulse of the moment, she tries to talk like a DJ using the facility. But her voice accidentally broadcasted reaches someone she has never expected.

(Source: Crunchyroll)

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33: Tenjou Tenge: The Past Chapter

English: TenjhoTenge: The Past Chapter
Japanese: 天上天下 THE PAST CHAPTER
MAL Score: 7.06
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Mitsuomi Takayanagi and Maya Natsume both want to become stronger. On there way to becoming the best they learn that there are many things going on behind the scenes, and Shin, Maya’s brother, may be the cause of all of it. Mitsuomi feels that he is the only one that can stop him. A retelling of what happened in the past of tenjou tenge, in movie form.

(Source: ANN)

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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: Unico

English: The Fantastic Adventures Of Unico
Japanese: ユニコ
MAL Score: 7.14
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it’s because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only gods should be able to decide or let people be happy or not. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can’t stand giving this fate to an innocent like Unico, so Unico’s adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a neverending journey to escape the wrath of the gods. In this adventure, Unico meets Beezel a devil child and then Katy (Chao), a cat who wants to be a witch! Can he become friends with them?

(Source: AniDB)

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30: Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou

English: Mai-Mai Miracle
Japanese: マイマイ新子と千年の魔法
MAL Score: 7.22
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The story is set in 1955 in Kokuga, Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

One thousand years ago it was the site of the ancient capital, Suo no Kuni, and traces of the Heian Period (year 794-1185) are passed down to us in the form of ruins and historical place names.

The protagonist is Shinko, a third grade elementary school student, who was born and raised in one of the town’s venerable families. She is a little girl whose characteristic is a strange curl on her forehead (she calls it her “Mai Mai”), and her love for playing in the fields. On the other hand, her secret joy is to imagine and to daydream about the world of one thousand years ago. Her fantasies travel far into the days of the Heian Period…

One day, a girl called Kiiko transfers from Tokyo and enters Shinko’s class. This girl from the big city has difficulty feeling at home in this small town, but gradually her friendship with Shinko deepens.

Before long, the two of them become engulfed in a strange incident of one thousand years earlier…?!

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29: Hunter x Hunter Movie 1: Phantom Rouge

Japanese: 劇場版 HUNTER×HUNTER 緋色の幻影(ファントム ルージュ)
MAL Score: 7.25
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After completing their work at Yorknew City, Leorio Paladiknight and Kurapika investigate the rumored sightings of a boy with scarlet red eyes, as they believe this person to be a member of the now non-existent Kurta Clan. Kurapika hopes to find another survivor of the clan besides himself, but instead ends up losing both his eyes after an attack from someone who seems to be his childhood friend.

Leorio tends to Kurapika’s wounds, and then sends for both Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck to help retrieve Kurapika’s eyeballs. However, their search brings them face-to-face with the infamous group of thieves known as Phantom Troupe—the same people who massacred the entire Kurta Clan five years ago for their scarlet eyes, which change color during moments of rage.

Hunter x Hunter Movie 1: Phantom Rouge follows the boys’ quest to locate their friend’s eyes and catch the thief, causing them to delve deep into Phantom Troupe’s past. And in doing so, they encounter a mysterious girl who appears to be linked to it all…

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28: Hunter x Hunter Movie 2: The Last Mission

Japanese: 劇場版 HUNTERxHUNTER THE LAST MISSION
MAL Score: 7.25
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Nen: the hidden source of energy and potential that runs through everyone, and gives those that master it a source of great power. Inside Nen is the potential for limitless light and limitless darkness. The Hunter Association has arisen to control access to it. Hunters come in many shapes and forms, and with many different appetites – but all of them have learned to master Nen, and use it to chase wealth, power, and their dreams.

The greatest and most powerful Hunter is Isaac Netero, chairman of the Hunter Association. Decades ago he sealed away Jed, a Hunter who had mastered the use of On, the dark “shadow” of Nen. Now On users have reappeared at the Heaven’s Arena “Battle Olympia” tournament. For Netero, this is the last mission: to protect the Association and the world from a threat driven by hatred and the thirst for revenge. And he’s going to need all the help he can get in order to succeed.

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27: Tibet Inu Monogatari

English: The Tibetan Dog
Japanese: チベット犬物語
MAL Score: 7.28
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After the death of his mother, Tenzin decided to leave town to live with his father in the Tibetan grasslands. Life is tough at first, until one day the young man witnesses a fight between Tibetan guard dogs and a dog with golden hairs outside the pack.

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26: Cardcaptor Sakura: Kero-chan ni Omakase!

Japanese: ケロちゃんにおまかせ!
MAL Score: 7.33
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Following the events of Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card, Kero and Spinel share a plate of takoyaki (octopus balls). They get into a fight over who gets the last piece, and in the process send it flying out the window. They both chase the takoyaki, and each other, in a mighty effort to be the “takoyaki captor”.

(Source: ANN)

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25: 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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24: Ningen Shikkaku: Director’s Cut-ban

Japanese: 人間失格 ディレクターズカット版
MAL Score: 7.50
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A theatrical film version of Madhouse’s Aoi Bungaku Series anime. The film will re-edit the four episodes based on Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) novel, which have character designs inspired by manga artist and novel illustrator Takeshi Obata. This “director’s cut” will include new “navigation” footage which is being created specifically for the film with narrator Masato Sakai.

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23: Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! Movie

English: Okko’s Inn
Japanese: 映画 若おかみは小学生!
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are ghosts who live there that only she can see – not scary ghosts, but playful child ghosts who keep her company and help her feel less lonely. A sign outside says the spring welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to the happiness of others becomes the key to taking care of herself.

(Source: Animation is Film Festival)

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22: Metropolis

Japanese: メトロポリス
MAL Score: 7.53
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the great city of Metropolis, severe community structures and prejudice dominate a world where humans and robots live together. Unrest and violence increase with each new day.

Searching for the scientist Dr. Laughton, suspected to violate human rights by trading organs, the Japanese detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi arrive at Metropolis. In the scientist’s laboratory, Kenichi discovers a girl without any memory of her past life. He decides to help her, so they run away together. His uncle follows him and penetrates the dark secrets of the city to find Duke Red, the man ruling from the shadows. Meanwhile, Kenichi desperately tries to protect the mysterious girl from the people hunting her. However, Duke Red and his adoptive son have their own deep reasons for chasing the girl. These reasons are connected to her true identity and the struggle for the domination of Metropolis…

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21: Juubee Ninpuuchou

English: Ninja Scroll
Japanese: 獣兵衛忍風帖
MAL Score: 7.61
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Jubei Kibagami wanders feudal Japan as an itinerant swordsman-for-hire. After a past betrayal left him masterless, he has no more patience for warring political factions and their schemes. Unfortunately, both past and political intrigue collide when he meets and saves a female ninja named Kagero from a man with the ability to make his body as hard as stone.

The sole survivor of a ninja clan, Kagero continues her team’s last mission: investigate a mysterious plague that wiped out an entire village. Jubei wants nothing to do with this, but the stone-like man’s allies, a group of ninja with supernatural powers known as the Devils of Kimon, make that option difficult. To make matters worse, a government spy poisons Jubei, promising him an antidote if he can unravel the true intentions of the Devils of Kimon and their connection to the plague. The trail leads to shadow leaders, a plot to overthrow the government, and a man that Jubei thought he would never see again.

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20: Overlord Movie 1: Fushisha no Ou

English: Overlord: The Undead King
Japanese: 【前編】劇場版総集編 オーバーロード 不死者の王
MAL Score: 7.61
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

First Overlord recap film.

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19: Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 1

English: Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 カードキャプターさくら
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

During an after-school shopping trip, Sakura Kinomoto decides to participate in the Tomoeda Shopping District’s year-end lottery, with the grand prize being a round trip to Hong Kong. Surprisingly, she draws the winning ball. Alongside her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, her older brother Touya, her crush Yukito Tsukishiro, and Keroberos, Sakura heads off to Hong Kong.

However, vacation for the Cardcaptor will get cut short. Little does Sakura know, the trip may be connected to her recent, prophetic dreams featuring a mysterious woman and Clow Reed himself, creator of the Clow Cards.

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18: Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku

English: The Princess and the Pilot
Japanese: とある飛空士への追憶
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The war between the Levamme Empire and the Amatsukami Imperium has been raging for years. In the midst of this struggle, the prince of the Levamme Empire declares his love for Juana del Moral and vows to end the war in one year, as part of his marriage proposal. When the Amatsukami catch wind of this, they assault the del Moral residence, targeting Juana’s life. As a last ditch effort to bring the prince his bride, the San Maltilia Airforce hires a mercenary of mixed blood—a bestado—to fly Juana to the Levamme capital in secret. The pilot, Charles, accepts the mission…but traversing an ocean alone, into enemy territory, proves a much more dangerous ordeal than anyone could have anticipated.

(Source: NIS America)

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17: Overlord Movie 2: Shikkoku no Eiyuu

English: Overlord: The Dark Hero
Japanese: 【後編】劇場版総集編 オーバーロード 漆黒の英雄
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Second Overlord recap film.

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16: Piano no Mori

Japanese: ピアノの森 The Perfect World of Kai
MAL Score: 7.65
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Piano no Mori tells the story of Shuuhei Amamiya, a transfer student, and Kai Ichinose, a problem child from the rough areas of town. Upon transferring to Moriwaki Elementary and telling the other kids about his talent for piano, Shuuhei quickly finds himself as the victim of bully Daigaku Kanehira.

Daigaku dares Shuuhei to find and play a cursed piano in the forest, which leads him to meet Kai, who claims to be the owner of the piano and the only one who can play it. Intrigued, Shuuhei follows Kai to the hidden piano in the forest and listens to him play a beautiful medley.

Earning the respect of not only Shuuhei but school music teacher Sousuke Ajino as well, Kai now finds himself formally learning how to play the piano.

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15: Memories

Japanese: MEMORIES(メモリーズ)
MAL Score: 7.73
Type: Movie
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

Memories is a compilation of three standalone short films encompassing different genres.

Magnetic Rose
In the far reaches of space, after tracing a distress signal to a large abandoned space station, a pair of engineers—Heintz Beckner and Miguel Costrela—find a derelict mansion and decide to explore on foot. Their investigation reveals a dark secret surrounding the fate of Eva Friedel, a renowned opera singer with a tragic history. Hallucinations soon begin to plague them, and they must fight to retain their sanity in order to escape the station alive.

Stink Bomb
Hapless lab technician Nobuo Tanaka consumes some pills at his laboratory to cure a cold. Unknown to him, however, the pills are actually experimental drugs that enhance his flatulence to a lethal degree. As the toxic gas escaping him kills everyone in his vicinity, he is ordered by his superiors to retreat to the company headquarters in Tokyo. The journey to the city is made all the more arduous as Nobuo struggles with his deadly odor while the police, military, and foreign adversaries are hot on his trail.

Cannon Fodder
In a fortress city filled to the brim with cannons, a young boy wishes to surpass his father by becoming a revered artillery officer. Despite no proof of an enemy nation, he cannot resist the urge to partake in the daily bombardment routines organized by the city. Whether at school or just before bedtime, he only dreams of someday firing a cannon for the sake of his homeland.

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14: 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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13: Vampire Hunter D (2000)

English: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Japanese: バンパイアハンターD
MAL Score: 7.89
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The story revolves around D, the infamous “dhampir” (born of a vampire father and a human mother) outcast and renowned vampire hunter. His prowess at hunting the creatures of the night allowing his acceptance among humans, he is called upon to locate Charlotte Elbourne, the lovely daughter of an affluent family who has been mysteriously kidnapped.

When the sun sets, the hunt goes on! Charlotte’s father offers a rich bounty, be she dead or alive, a task D willingly accepts, even with notorious Markus brothers and their gang of bounty hunters seeking the prize as well. Amidst the chase and unknown to all lurks, a sinister evil which has been secretly manipulating their every move and has set a chilling trap that none will expect and few will survive. With the tables turned and the secrets revealed, the hunters could quickly become the hunted!

(Source: AniDB)

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12: Death Billiards

English: Death Billiards
Japanese: デス ビリヤード
MAL Score: 7.91
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Two men have just arrived at a location known as Quindecim and are unable to remember how they got there. They are immediately greeted by a young woman who escorts them to a small bar, where a bartender awaits them. They are told that they will have to participate in a game, randomly chosen by roulette, and will be unable to leave until its completion; if they refuse, the consequences will be dire. In addition to the rules of the game, the two men are told to play as if their lives are at stake.

The game that has been chosen is billiards. But there’s more to it than just pocketing pool balls, as the two are about to find out the outcome could mean life or death.

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11: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Waga Yuku wa Hoshi no Taikai

Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説: わが征くは星の大海
MAL Score: 7.92
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Four months before Count von Lohengramm of the Galactic Empire faced Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance at the Battle of Astarte, he was still just Reinhard von Müsel. The youngest admiral in the Empire’s history, Reinhard was disdained and dismissed by his peers as the brother of the Kaiser’s concubine.

Upon arriving at Iserlohn Fortress with his expeditionary fleet, Reinhard immediately receives an order from the ambitious and cunning Fleet Admiral Gregor von Mückenberger: to intercept an Alliance fleet in a neighboring starzone. Despite recognizing this as a veiled attempt to get him killed in combat, Reinhard nevertheless orders his tired and weary men to engage the enemy in the atmosphere of the gas giant Legnica. But unbeknownst to him, this will mark the first of his many historic encounters with the Hero of El Facil.

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10: Trigun: Badlands Rumble

English: Trigun – Badlands Rumble
Japanese: トライガン
MAL Score: 7.96
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Vash the Stampede is a contradiction. He has a notorious reputation as “The Humanoid Typhoon,” laying anything he comes across to waste on the desolate planet of Gunsmoke. However, Vash is in fact very non-confrontational and kind-hearted, living by a code of pacifism.

Twenty years ago, a high-profile bank heist went sour. The ringleader, Gasback Gallon Getaway, swore to get back at his backstabbing crew and the man who stopped him from killing them: Vash the Stampede. In the present day, the traitorous crew has been living the good life as successful entrepreneurs and politicians. Although two decades have passed, Gasback’s bitterness has not waned as he aims to take them down one by one, by any means necessary.

Just in time to foil Gasback’s plot, Vash has arrived in Macca City. Teaming up with the mysterious Amelia Ann McFly, along with the insurance agents Milly Thompson and Meryl Stryfe, Vash is ready to rumble.

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9: Paprika

English: Paprika
Japanese: パプリカ
MAL Score: 8.05
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The world of dreams can be an incredible window into the psyche, showing one’s deepest desires, aspirations, and repressed memories. One hopeful tech lab has been developing the “DC Mini,” a device with the power to delve into the dreams of others. Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita have been tirelessly working to develop this technology with the hopes of using it to deeply explore patients’ minds and help cure them of their psychological disorders.

However, having access to the deepest corners of a person’s mind comes with a tremendous responsibility. In the wrong hands, the DC Mini could be used as a form of psychological terrorism and cause mental breakdowns in the minds of targets. When this technology is stolen and people around them start acting strangely, Atsuko and Kosaku know they have a serious problem on their hands. Enlisting the help of Officer Konakawa, who has been receiving this experimental therapy, they search both the real and dream worlds for their mental terrorist.

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8: Summer Wars

English: Summer Wars
Japanese: サマーウォーズ
MAL Score: 8.07
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

OZ, a virtual world connected to the internet, has become extremely popular worldwide as a spot for people to engage in a large variety of activities, such as playing sports or shopping, through avatars created and customized by the user. OZ also possesses a near impenetrable security due to its strong encryption, ensuring that any personal data transmitted through the networks will be kept safe in order to protect those who use it. Because of its convenient applications, the majority of society has become highly dependent on the simulated reality, even going as far as entrusting the system with bringing back the unmanned asteroid explorer, Arawashi.

Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old math genius and part-time OZ moderator who is invited by his crush Natsuki Shinohara on a summer trip. But unbeknownst to him, this adventure requires him to act as her fiancé. Shortly after arriving at Natsuki’s family’s estate, which is preparing for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday, he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Kenji is able to crack the code, but little does he know that his math expertise has just put Earth in great danger.

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7: Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

English: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Japanese: 時をかける少女
MAL Score: 8.16
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Makoto Konno is in her last year of high school, but is having a hard time deciding what to do with her future. In between enduring the pressure of her teachers and killing time with her best friends, Makoto’s life suddenly changes when she accidentally discovers that she is capable of literally leaping through time.

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo follows Makoto as she plays around with her newfound power. However, she soon learns the hard way that every choice has a consequence, and time is a lot more complicated than it may seem.

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6: Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: Fuuin Sareta Card

English: Card Captor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card
Japanese: 劇場版 カードキャプターさくら 封印されたカード
MAL Score: 8.21
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

For this year’s Nadeshiko Festival, Sakura Kinomoto’s elementary school class is presenting a play. She will portray a princess who struggles to respond to the love confession of the neighboring country’s prince. Sakura empathizes with her character all too well, since she herself still owes an answer to the boy who confessed his love for her four months ago.

When cousins Shaoran and Meiling Li return from Hong Kong to pay a surprise visit to their friends in Japan, Sakura receives further encouragement to finally declare her feelings. However, she is repeatedly distracted by a presence reminiscent of a Clow Card as well as unexplained disappearances around town.

Eventually, Sakura learns of another of Clow Reed’s creations—the “Nothing”—which was formerly sealed away beneath the magician’s old house. It has power equal to all 52 cards Sakura possesses, and furthermore, it wants to take those cards away from her! Objects, space, and people disappear from Tomoeda with each card that is stolen. Sakura sets out to capture the Nothing so everything will return to normal, but what must she sacrifice in the process?

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5: No Game No Life: Zero

Japanese: ノーゲーム ノーライフ ゼロ
MAL Score: 8.25
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In ancient Disboard, Riku is an angry, young warrior intent on saving humanity from the warring Exceed, the sixteen sentient species, fighting to establish the “One True God” amongst the Old Deus. In a lawless land, humanity’s lack of magic and weak bodies have made them easy targets for the other Exceed, leaving the humans on the brink of extinction. One day, however, hope returns to humanity when Riku finds a powerful female Ex-machina, whom he names Schwi, in an abandoned elf city. Exiled from her Cluster because of her research into human emotions, Schwi is convinced that humanity has only survived due to the power of these feelings and is determined to understand the human heart. Forming an unlikely partnership in the midst of the overwhelming chaos, Riku and Schwi must now find the answers to their individual shortcomings in each other, and discover for themselves what it truly means to be human as they fight for their lives together against all odds. Each with a powerful new ally in tow, it is now up to them to prevent the extinction of the human race and establish peace throughout Disboard!

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4: 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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3: Tokyo Godfathers

English: Tokyo Godfathers
Japanese: 東京ゴッドファーザーズ
MAL Score: 8.29
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

One Christmas Eve, Hana, Gin, and Miyuki are rummaging for presents through heaps of garbage when they chance upon an abandoned baby in the cold winter night. Appalled at the pitiful sight, Hana’s maternal instincts kick in and she insists on finding the baby’s biological mother to demand an explanation. Naming the baby Kiyoko—meaning pure child—they begin their search using the possible clues left alongside her: a mysterious key and a single note. However, their plans are soon thrown into disarray as they get caught up in a series of unprecedented events.

Tokyo Godfathers follows the journey of the trio as they stick together through thick and thin, hoping to deliver Kiyoko to her true home, and find their very own Christmas miracle.

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2: Redline

English: Redline
Japanese: REDLINE
MAL Score: 8.29
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Every five years, an exhilarating race called Redline is held, and the universe’s most anticipated competition has only one rule: that there are none. Racers are pushed to their absolute limit—a feeling that daredevil driver JP knows all too well. Having just qualified to participate in Redline, he is eager to battle against the other highly skilled drivers, particularly the beautiful rising star and the only other human that qualified, Sonoshee McLaren.

But this year’s Redline may be far more dangerous than usual—it has been announced to take place on the planet Roboworld with its trigger-happy military and criminals who look to turn the race to their own advantage. However, the potential danger doesn’t stop the racers; in fact, it only adds to the thrill. Relying solely on his vehicle’s speed, JP prepares for the event to come, aiming to take first place in the biggest race of his life.

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1: Perfect Blue

English: Perfect Blue
Japanese: パーフェクトブルー
MAL Score: 8.51
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

J-pop idol group CHAM! has spent the last two years entertaining its fans. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and CHAM! must see one of its members, Mima Kirigoe, leave the group to pursue her acting career. While Mima’s choice is met with a mixed response, she hopes her fans will continue to support her.

However, Mima’s life begins to change drastically after her departure from the group. Wanting to shed her pop-idol image, she takes on a role in a crime drama series, and her career as an actress gradually becomes more demanding and taxing for both Mima and her manager, Rumi Hidaka. To add to Mima’s growing unease, an obsessed fan who is incapable of accepting that Mima has quit being an innocent idol, begins stalking her; a new anonymous website begins to impersonate her life with intricate detail; and CHAM! also appears to be doing better without her. One by one, each disturbing development drives Mima to become increasingly unhinged and unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

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

1. Perfect Blue
2. Tokyo Godfathers
3. Redline
4. Sennen Joyuu
5. No Game No Life: Zero
6. Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: Fuuin Sareta Card
7. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
8. Summer Wars
9. Paprika
10. Trigun: Badlands Rumble
11. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Waga Yuku wa Hoshi no Taikai
12. Death Billiards
13. Vampire Hunter D (2000)
14. Hadashi no Gen
15. Memories
16. Piano no Mori
17. Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 1
18. Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku
19. Overlord Movie 2: Shikkoku no Eiyuu
20. Juubee Ninpuuchou
21. Overlord Movie 1: Fushisha no Ou
22. Metropolis
23. Wakaokami wa Shougakusei! Movie
24. Ningen Shikkaku: Director’s Cut-ban
25. Hadashi no Gen 2
26. Cardcaptor Sakura: Kero-chan ni Omakase!
27. Tibet Inu Monogatari
28. Hunter x Hunter Movie 1: Phantom Rouge
29. Hunter x Hunter Movie 2: The Last Mission
30. Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou
31. Unico
32. Tenjou Tenge: The Past Chapter
33. Ohoshi-sama no Rail
34. Manie-Manie: Meikyuu Monogatari
35. Kimi no Koe wo Todoketai
36. Nasu: Andalusia no Natsu
37. Unico: Mahou no Shima e
38. Overlord Movie: Manner Movie
39. Hells
40. Overlord Movie: Ple Ple Pleiades
41. Hi no Tori: Houou-hen
42. No Game No Life: Zero – Manner Movie
43. Ace wo Nerae! (1979)
44. Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Itsudatte My Darling
45. Anne no Nikki
46. Highlander: The Search for Vengeance
47. WXIII Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor
48. Grimm Douwa: Kin no Tori
49. Kamui no Ken
50. Di Gi Charat: Hoshi no Tabi

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