Best 50 Romance Movie Anime You Should Watch

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Higashi no Eden Movie II: Paradise Lost, Kimagure Orange☆Road: Ano Hi ni Kaeritai, Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku, and more!

50: Higashi no Eden Movie II: Paradise Lost

English: Eden of The East the Movie II: Paradise Lost
Japanese: 東のエデン 劇場版II Paradise Lost
MAL Score: 7.61
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

As one of the 12 Sele??o that needs to save the country in order to win a game, Akira Takizawa decided to become the “King of Japan.” With that in mind, after his return from the U.S.A., the remaining Sele??o will also need to follow up on their own plans as they strive to outdo each other.

Saki Morimi and the other members of the “Eden of the East” are under suspicion of being terrorists, but they still do everything they can to help Takizawa reach his goal and unravel the secrets of his past, as the last fight between the Sele??o begins.

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49: Kimagure Orange☆Road: Ano Hi ni Kaeritai

Japanese: きまぐれオレンジ★ロード あの日にかえりたい
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After the TV-series of Kimagure Orange Road, Kyosuke and Madoka have finally arrived at the point where they are close to graduation and have to decide where they want to go to college. Naturally, they want to go together, so beside all the studying they also have to look for a proper college where they can enter both.

Hikaru, still a year from graduating, wants to support Kyosuke as well and does that in her own way. But while she does that, Madoka feels jealous and tells her feelings to Kyosuke.

And then Kyosuke has to take action to finally decide on the girl he loves… thus concluding the story of the Kimagure Orange Road.

(Source: AniDB)

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48: 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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47: Byousoku 5 Centimeter

English: 5 Centimeters Per Second
Japanese: 秒速5センチメートル
MAL Score: 7.65
Type: Movie
Episodes: 3

Synopsis

What happens when two people love each other but just aren’t meant to be together? Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are childhood friends, but circumstances beyond their control tear them apart. They promise to stay in contact, and although the progression of time widens the distance between them, the chain of memories remains ever-present.

Byousoku 5 Centimeter is a romantic drama that focuses on the mundane and harsh reality of long-distance relationships. Stuck in the past and unable to make any new memories, Takaki and Akari cling to the hope of seeing each other again. They live their everyday lives half-heartedly, both hurting themselves and the people around them.

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46: InuYasha Movie 2: Kagami no Naka no Mugenjo

English: InuYasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
Japanese: 犬夜叉 鏡の中の夢幻城
MAL Score: 7.67
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Inuyasha and company have finally destroyed Naraku. And each start to go in their separate ways. Sango going to find her younger brother Kohaku; Miroku back to his old home; Inuyasha, Kagome and Shippou go to gather the rest of the Shikon shards. Unfortunately this peace is not to last. Shortly afterwards the full moon rises, and just keeps rising each night bringing with it the promise of danger. Kagura and Kanna go in search of a mirror, where locked inside is the ruler of the eternal night, Kaguya. To set her free they must gather five items and drop them into the five lakes of Fuji. Setting her free means the worst danger for Inuyasha and the others. Who are forced to face this new threat.

(Source: ANN)

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45: Detective Conan Movie 21: The Crimson Love Letter

Japanese: 劇場版『名探偵コナン から紅の恋歌』
MAL Score: 7.67
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A bombing case at Nichiuri TV in autumn. The Satsuki Cup, which crowns the winner of Japan’s Hyakunin Isshu, is currently being filmed inside the facility. The incident results in a big commotion and, while the building is burning to ashes, the only people left inside are Heiji and Kazuha. They get rescued just in time by Conan, who rushes to the scene. Both the identity and purposes of the bomber are unknown.

While confusion takes over due to the explosion, Conan meets a mysterious beautiful girl who claims she is “Heiji’s fiancée”. Her name is Momiji Ooka and she is the Kyoto High School champion of the Karuta game. As fate would have it, Kazuha is going to face Momiji in the Hyakunin Isshu, so she begins to train with the help of Heiji’s mother, Shizuka, who is a skilled Karuta player.

At the same time, in a Japanese house in Arashiyama, Kyoto’s outskirts, the reigning Satsuki Cup champion is murdered. Pictures of the crime scene reveal Momji’s presence. Additionally, several Karuta cards were spread around the victim.

Conan and Heiji, along with the Osaka and Kyoto police departments, begin their investigation on the Satsuki Cup and the related murder case. As the inquiry goes on, they come across a secret connected with the Hyakunin Isshu.

(Source: Detective Conan Wiki)

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44: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kaguya-hime no Koibito

English: Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーンS かぐや姫の恋人
MAL Score: 7.68
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

An unusual snow storm hits Tokyo and the Sailor Senshi discover that an evil snow queen Kaguya, wants to freeze the entire earth. It’s up to the Inner Sailor Senshi along with the Outers, to defeat the Queen. Meanwhile, Luna falls in love with a human astronomer named Kakeru whose girlfriend is an astronaut about to take a space shuttle mission. Kakeru becomes ill and Luna wishes she could be a human to help him.

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43: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R: The Movie

English: Sailor Moon R: The Movie – The Promise of the Rose
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーンR THE MOVIE
MAL Score: 7.70
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

When Mamoru was little he gave a rose to a little boy named Fiore. Fiore promised that one day he would bring Mamoru lots of flowers. Now Fiore has come back to earth but his intentions are not merely to fulfil a promise…

(Source: ANN)

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42: Macross Plus Movie Edition

Japanese: マクロスプラス MOVIE EDITION
MAL Score: 7.72
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A.D. 2040—Thirty years have passed since the battle between the Earth and Zentraedi forces changed the lives of both races. On planet Eden, a top-secret project known as “Supernova” is being held to determine U.N. Spacy’s next-generation variable fighter. Competing to win the funding are Shinsei Industries’ YF-19 and General Galaxy’s YF-21. Piloting the YF-21 is Guld Goa Bowman, a half-human, half-Zentraedi. Shinsei receives its new test pilot in the form of the unruly fighter pilot Isamu Dyson, who was once a friend of Guld. Meanwhile, as Isamu and Guld furiously battle to see which of their fighters is superior, a Virturoid Idol named Sharon Apple is to perform her debut concert on Eden. In charge of Sharon is producer Myung Fang Lone, another former friend of Isamu and Guld. When the three meet each other, old disputes spark from a troubled past. Little do they know that their past incidents—along with the Supernova Project and Sharon Apple—will somehow bring them together.

(Source: ANN)

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41: The Last: Naruto the Movie

English: The Last: Naruto the Movie
Japanese: THE LAST NARUTO THE MOVIE
MAL Score: 7.77
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Two years have passed since the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War. Konohagakure has remained in a state of peace and harmony—until Sixth Hokage Kakashi Hatake notices the moon is dangerously approaching the Earth, posing the threat of planetary ruin.

Amidst the grave ordeal, the Konoha is invaded by a new evil, Toneri Oosutuski, who suddenly abducts Hinata Hyuuga’s little sister Hanabi. Kakashi dispatches a skilled ninja team comprised of Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, Shikamaru Nara, Sai, and Hinata in an effort to rescue Hanabi from the diabolical clutches of Toneri. However, during their mission, the team faces several obstacles that challenge them, foiling their efforts.

With her abduction, the relationships the team share with one another are tested, and with the world reaching the brink of destruction, they must race against time to ensure the safety of their planet. Meanwhile, as the battle ensues, Naruto is driven to fight for something greater than he has ever imagined—love.

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40: Jin-Rou

English: Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Japanese: 人狼 JIN-ROH
MAL Score: 7.78
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In an alternate history, following World War II, civil unrest and terrorism run rampant in a devastated Japan under foreign occupation. During a botched interception of underground munitions being transferred by a terrorist organization, Constable Kazuki Fuse, a soldier in an elite counter-terrorism unit, witnesses the true terror of human nature. He fails to prevent a teenage girl from carrying out a desperate suicide bombing that subsequently causes immense destruction to Tokyo. With mental scars and his competence under question, Kazuki is sent back to the military academy for re-evaluation. Unbeknownst to him, he will soon be caught up in a web of government conspiracies that have the power to determine the future of all of Japan.

Jin-Rou is a heart-wrenching tale of a man treading the fine line between human and beast, ultimately discovering to which side he truly belongs.

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39: Toshokan Sensou: Kakumei no Tsubasa

Japanese: 図書館戦争 革命のつばさ
MAL Score: 7.78
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Kasahara Iku and Dojo Atsushi receive an emergency recall in the middle of their date as Japan is rocked by a terror attack. Their new duty is a protection detail assigned to Touma Kurato, an author. Meanwhile, the relationship between Librarians and the Media Purity Committee is also worsening.

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38: Mind Game

Japanese: マインド ゲーム
MAL Score: 7.79
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After seeing her jump onto a subway at the last second and getting her ankle crushed between the doors, Nishi reconnects with his high school sweetheart, Myon. Nishi is still very much in love with Myon, but is shocked to learn that she is engaged to another man. Nishi agrees to meet Myon’s fiancé at her family’s Yakitori restaurant, but members of the Yakuza storm the joint and murder Nishi when he tries to stop them from raping Myon.

Nishi, now dead, wakes up and meets a constantly shapeshifting god, who mocks him for dying. The god tells Nishi to walk into a portal and disappear from existence, which Nishi rejects, choosing instead to sprint past the god and reanimate. With a new outlook on life and knowledge of how the Yakuza are going to attack him, Nishi kills one of the Yakuza with his own gun, fleeing in a stolen car with Myon and her sister.

Acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa’s debut film, Mind Game’s constantly shifting visuals tell a story about living one’s life without regrets that is unlike any other.

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37: InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken

English: InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Japanese: 映画 犬夜叉 天下覇道の剣
MAL Score: 7.80
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Izayoi and Inu no Taishou, Inuyasha’s parents, are having problems with a human named Setsuna no Takemaru. Sou’unga a magical sword that has been sealed away for 700 years is found. Now everyone is after the sword and its powers but it seems the sword has something else in mind.

(Source: ANN)

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36: Macross F Movie 1: Itsuwari no Utahime

English: Macross Frontier: The False Songstress
Japanese: 劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 ~イツワリノウタヒメ~
MAL Score: 7.81
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Half retelling of the original Frontier series, half new story. Conspiracies arise within the Frontier government when Sheryl Nome arrives to the colonial fleet for her concert and is soon marked as a spy for Galaxy while childhood friends, Alto Saotome and Ranka Lee both try to achieve their dreams as the battle between Frontier and the Vajra draws closer.

This movie serves as part one of the Frontier retelling and will conclude with the second, The Wings of Goodbye.

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35: Kara no Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)

English: the Garden of sinners Chapter 2: Murder Speculation Part A
Japanese: 劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners 第二章『殺人考察(前)』
MAL Score: 7.82
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the winter of 1995, Mikiya Kokutou passes a young woman during a late night stroll in the snow. Clad in a striking white kimono and bearing an enigmatic gaze, Shiki Ryougi smiles at Mikiya who stares back with curiosity. Later that spring, Mikiya notices Shiki at his high school entrance ceremony, and they become acquaintances through lunchtime conversations. As Shiki begins opening up to him, Mikiya learns about her unique upbringing.

Meanwhile, a series of unprecedented murders takes place across Mifune City. Seemingly related, these murders are particularly brutal and warrant a large scale police investigation. Because of his cousin’s work as a police investigator, Mikiya is given insight into the investigation. Concerned for Shiki’s safety, Mikiya decides to monitor her actions, but in doing so, he stumbles upon a truly frightening discovery that changes his life forever.

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34: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: Valentine-hen

Japanese: 世界一初恋~バレンタイン編~
MAL Score: 7.82
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Animated short with an original story that was screened alongside “Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Movie: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai.”

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33: Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer

Japanese: うる星やつら2 ビューティフル ドリーマー
MAL Score: 7.83
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Not all is normal in Tomobiki, even by its standards. The students have been preparing feverishly for the first day of the student fair, which is scheduled to go on the next day. However, problems arise when some begin to notice that the next day simply will not come. As the students begin to try to find the reason for the problem, their beliefs about reality and the world of dreams are challenged.

(Source: ANN)

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32: Initial D Third Stage

Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D THIRD STAGE
MAL Score: 7.88
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Takumi Fujiwara is a skilled street racer, but he suffers a crushing loss against the team Emperor’s leader Kyoichi Sudou due to his AE86 experiencing an engine failure. Doubting his abilities, the recent high school graduate is then approached by the Akagi RedSuns’ team leader Ryousuke Takahashi, who proposes the formation of a professional street racing team. Although it would be the ideal way to improve as a street racer, Takumi remains undecided.

Does the young street racer have what it takes to become a professional? Perhaps Ryousuke and the RedSuns can help him reevaluate his own doubts and misconceptions concerning street racing. However, first and foremost, Takumi decides to settle the score with Kyoichi Sudou…

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31: 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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30: Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda.

English: The Anthem of the Heart
Japanese: 心が叫びたがってるんだ。
MAL Score: 7.89
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Jun Naruse is a chatterbox whose life is colored by fairy tales and happy endings. However, influenced by her deep belief in those tales, she is too naive and trusting, and her words soon shatter her family’s bond when she inadvertently reveals her father’s affair. Naruse is scarred for life after being blamed for her parent’s divorce, and her regrets soon manifest into a fairy egg—a being who seals her mouth from speaking in order to protect everyone’s happy ending.

Now, even in high school, Naruse’s speech remains locked by the fairy egg. Even trying to speak causes her stomach to twist. Though unable to convey her thoughts through words, she is unexpectedly chosen to perform in a musical alongside three other students: Takumi Sakagami, Natsuki Nitou, and Daiki Tasaki. Naruse makes her way to the club room to reject the daunting task, but changes her mind when she overhears Sakagami’s beautiful singing.

Perhaps the fairy egg “curse” does not apply to singing, and perhaps Sakagami is the fairy tale prince she has been seeking all along. Will Naruse be able to convey the anthem of her heart?

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29: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Movie: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai

Japanese: 劇場版 世界一初恋 横澤隆史の場合
MAL Score: 7.90
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Movie adaptation of the Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai BL light novel.

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28: Umibe no étranger

Japanese: 海辺のエトランゼ
MAL Score: 7.95
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Shun Hashimoto is an openly gay aspiring novelist living in Okinawa who was abandoned by his parents after coming out to them. Mio Chibana is a reserved, orphaned high school student, often found spending his time by the sea. One day, the two meet on the beach, and Shun is instantly captivated by Mio. The days fly by as they slowly begin to grow closer until Mio suddenly announces that he has to leave for the mainland.

Three years pass before a 20-year-old Mio returns to Okinawa to confess his love to Shun. However, in those three years, Shun’s life has changed. Will he be able to accept Mio’s feelings and make such a commitment?

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27: Kurenai no Buta

English: Porco Rosso
Japanese: 紅の豚
MAL Score: 7.96
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After a curse turned him into a pig, World War I ace Marco Pagot becomes Porco Rosso, a mysterious bounty hunter who takes down sky pirates in the Adriatic Sea. He whiles away his days on a secluded island, rarely leaving other than to collect bounties or to visit the beautiful Gina, a songstress and owner of the Hotel Adriano.

One day, while traveling to fix his faulty engine, Porco Rosso is gunned down by a young American hotshot named Donald Curtis. Thrilled at the possibility of fame, Donald boldly declares that the flying pig is dead. Not wanting to disappoint Gina, Porco Rosso flees to the famous Piccolo S.P.A. airplane company and takes out a massive loan in order to repair and improve his fighter plane. There, he is surprised to find that the chief engineer of Piccolo S.P.A. is the 17-year-old Fio Piccolo, who hungers for a chance to prove herself. With Fio’s improvements, Porco Rosso prepares to challenge Donald officially and regain his honor.

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26: Macross: Do You Remember Love

Japanese: 超時空要塞マクロス -愛 おぼえていますか-
MAL Score: 7.96
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After warping light-years away from Earth, the spacecraft Macross carries a city of civilians and soldiers back home. They continuously fight off the threat of the Zentradi and Meltrandi, giant alien races with whom humanity wages war.

During a battle, the Macross transforms into a mecha operated by fighter pilot Hikaru Ichijou. Thrust into a number of hardships, Hikaru grows close to the city’s idol Minmay Lynn. As their relationship develops, however, it is viewed unfavorably by others due to Minmay’s status and popularity.

With war raging on and the state of Earth unknown, Hikaru and his fellow soldiers fight on against their mysterious enemies. Throughout the bloodshed, Hikaru and Minmay attempt to keep hold of their feelings for one another. Minmay pours her heart into her music, which may just turn out to be the key to finding peace.

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25: Kotonoha no Niwa

English: The Garden of Words
Japanese: 言の葉の庭
MAL Score: 7.96
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

On a rainy morning in Tokyo, Takao Akizuki, an aspiring shoemaker, decides to skip class to sketch designs in a beautiful garden. This is where he meets Yukari Yukino, a beautiful yet mysterious woman, for the very first time. Offering to make her new shoes, Takao continues to meet with Yukari throughout the rainy season, and without even realizing it, the two are able to alleviate the worries hidden in their hearts just by being with each other. However, their personal struggles have not disappeared completely, and as the end of the rainy season approaches, their relationship will be put to the test.

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24: Tamako Love Story

Japanese: たまこラブストーリー
MAL Score: 7.96
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

As she edges toward the end of her high school life, the energetic but generally clueless third-year Tamako Kitashirakawa has only one major concern: pulling off a stunning baton performance at the Usagiyama Marching Festival. But all too soon, she is confronted by the reality that all her friends have big plans for their futures; she, on the other hand, just operates with the moderate goal of continuing to work at her family’s restaurant.

Under the same brilliant sky, Mochizou Ooji intends to study at a university in Tokyo, leaving behind his family, friends, and most importantly, his first and only love Tamako. Unfortunately, the shy admirer cannot bring himself to declare his love, and Tamako is yet unaware that she is the source of such anguish. With time quickly running out, Mochizou must confess his feelings to Tamako soon, or his dream of romance will never be fulfilled.

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23: Macross F Movie 2: Sayonara no Tsubasa

Japanese: 劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 ~サヨナラノツバサ~
MAL Score: 7.97
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Second Macross Frontier movie.

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22: 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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21: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me

Japanese: 映画 中二病でも恋がしたい!-Take On Me-
MAL Score: 8.14
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Although already a third-year high school student, Rikka Takanashi remains a chuunibyou—a “disease” that causes people to fantasize about themselves and their surroundings. Her relationship with Yuuta Togashi has also gone unchanged for the past six months, and with entrance exams right around the corner, both of them strive to enroll at the same college. However, Tooka—Rikka’s elder sister—decides to take Rikka to Italy as she has found a stable job there. This unforeseen turn of events causes a commotion between the couple as neither of them want to be separated from each other. Desperate for ideas, they seek assistance from their friends, and after a brief conversation, they come up with a plan—to elope.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me is a sensational drama featuring the couple—Yuuta and Rikka—as they journey across Japan. The two attempt to prevent Rikka from being taken to Italy, but will they be able to succeed in doing so?

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20: Given Movie

Japanese: 映画 ギヴン
MAL Score: 8.15
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The band “given”—comprised of Ritsuka Uenoyama, Mafuyu Satou, Haruki Nakayama, and Akihiko Kaji—has advanced to the final screening of the Countdown-fes Amateur Contest, in which they will be judged on their live act. Although enthusiastic, they worry about having only one original song to perform.

Mafuyu embraces the idea of learning more about music in order to create new, emotionally resonant songs. In this regard, he unexpectedly receives help from Ugetsu Murata, Akihiko’s on-again, off-again lover. Ugetsu has unsuccessfully tried to let go of Akihiko, who himself is torn between lingering feelings for his past and an uncertain resolve for the future.

As the competition draws near, Haruki uncharacteristically begins to doubt his place in the band and the trust he shares with Akihiko. It is a given that not all attachments last forever, but it remains to be seen what can be salvaged from the ruins of heartbreak—or if only regrets will endure.

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19: 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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18: 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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17: Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome

English: Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
Japanese: 夜は短し歩けよ乙女
MAL Score: 8.21
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

On a mysterious night that seems to last for a year, an ordinary college student continues to chase one of his underclassmen, a girl with black hair—the girl of his dreams. Up until now, he has been relying on a simple plan, which is to calculatingly bump into her every day while making it seem like a meaningful coincidence. However, his efforts remain futile as their relationship is not progressing at all.

Meanwhile, the black-haired girl believes that everything is connected by fate and endeavors to experience as many new things as possible, leaving it all for destiny to decide. While strolling along the lively streets of Kyoto, she discovers that the very beginning of her fateful journey—a book she had as a child—is currently being sold in a second-hand bookstore. Upon knowing this, the college student eyes another opportunity to run into her “by chance”: this time, he hopes to get the book before she does and finally grasp the thread of fate that could connect their hearts.

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16: Mimi wo Sumaseba

English: Whisper of the Heart
Japanese: 耳をすませば
MAL Score: 8.22
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Shizuku Tsukishima is an energetic 14-year-old girl who enjoys reading and writing poetry in her free time. Glancing at the checkout cards of her books one evening, she notices that her library books are frequently checked out by a boy named Seiji Amasawa. Curiosity strikes Shizuku, and she decides to search for the boy who shares her love for literature.

Meeting a peculiar cat on the train, Shizuku follows the animal and is eventually led to a quaint antique shop, where she learns about a cat statuette known as “The Baron.” Taking an interest in the shop, she surprisingly finds Seiji, and the two quickly befriend one another. Shizuku learns while acquainting herself with Seiji that he has a dream that he would like to fulfill, causing her dismay as she remains uncertain of her future and has yet to recognize her talents.

However, as her relationship with Seiji grows, Shizuku becomes determined to work toward a goal. Guided by the whispers of her heart and inspiration from The Baron, she resolves to carve out her own potential and dreams.

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15: 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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14: 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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13: Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

English: Castle in the Sky
Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ
MAL Score: 8.28
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In a world filled with planes and airships, Sheeta is a young girl who has been kidnapped by government agents who seek her mysterious crystal amulet. While trapped aboard an airship, she finds herself without hope—that is, until the ship is raided by pirates. Taking advantage of the ensuing confusion, Sheeta manages to flee from her captors. Upon her escape, she meets Pazu, a boy who dreams of reaching the fabled flying castle, Laputa. The two decide to embark on a journey together to discover this castle in the sky. However, they soon find the government agents back on their trail, as they too are trying to reach Laputa for their own greedy purposes.

Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa follows the soaring adventures of Sheeta and Pazu, all while they learn how dreams and dire circumstances can bring two people closer together.

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12: Doukyuusei (Movie)

English: Doukyusei -Classmates-
Japanese: 同級生
MAL Score: 8.32
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Hikaru Kusakabe is a normal, carefree boy in a rock band who is always focused on the present. During the summer, his entire class is forced to participate in an upcoming chorus festival. By coincidence, he discovers his classmate Rihito Sajou—known for being an honor student with excellent grades—practicing his singing alone. Sajou just cannot seem to get their class’ song right, and Kusakabe, delighted at seeing a new side of his straight-laced classmate, offers to help him prepare for the event.

Although their lives and personalities are total opposites, they begin to grow closer as time progresses. But with the pressure of an unknown future, what will become of them and their growing relationship?

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11: Hotarubi no Mori e

Japanese: 蛍火の杜へ
MAL Score: 8.33
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear. In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.

Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.

Based on Yuki Midorikawa’s manga of the same name, Hotarubi no Mori e is a tale of friendship and compromise of two people who should never have crossed paths, as their lives become hopelessly intertwined.

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10: Tenki no Ko

English: Weathering With You
Japanese: 天気の子
MAL Score: 8.35
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Tokyo is currently experiencing rain showers that seem to disrupt the usual pace of everyone living there to no end. Amidst this seemingly eternal downpour arrives the runaway high school student Hodaka Morishima, who struggles to financially support himself—ending up with a job at a small-time publisher. At the same time, the orphaned Hina Amano also strives to find work to sustain herself and her younger brother.

Both fates intertwine when Hodaka attempts to rescue Hina from shady men, deciding to run away together. Subsequently, Hodaka discovers that Hina has a strange yet astounding power: the ability to call out the sun whenever she prays for it. With Tokyo’s unusual weather in mind, Hodaka sees the potential of this ability. He suggests that Hina should become a “sunshine girl”—someone who will clear the sky for people when they need it the most.

Things begin looking up for them at first. However, it is common knowledge that power always comes with a hefty price…

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9: Kara no Kyoukai 7: Satsujin Kousatsu (Go)

English: the Garden of sinners Chapter 7: Murder Speculation Part B
Japanese: 劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners 第七章『殺人考察(後)』
MAL Score: 8.42
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In February 1999, a string of murders has Shiki Ryougi and Mikiya Kokutou on edge. These crimes share a disturbing resemblance to a similar set of homicides from 1995, when Shiki and Mikiya first met, and awaken a dark, murderous desire that has laid dormant within Shiki’s soul ever since then.

With Shiki under suspicion due to her involvement in the past killings and supposed resemblance to the killer, she and Mikiya set out to find the true perpetrator. In the midst of their separate investigations, Mikiya grows increasingly concerned with Shiki’s well-being and hurries to find the one responsible in order to protect Shiki from her own impulses. With the lead he receives from his cousin, police investigator Daisuke Akimi, Mikiya is led into the underbelly of Mifune City, as the salvation of Shiki’s soul lies in his determination to prove her innocence once and for all.

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8: Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine

Japanese: 冴えない彼女の育てかた Fine
MAL Score: 8.47
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

With the second Winter Comiket just around the corner, Blessing Software has been vigorously producing its new game, “How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.” Despite Utaha Kasumigaoka and Eriri Spencer Sawamura leaving the circle, Megumi Katou and Tomoya Aki are hopeful that, by sticking to Tomoya’s original vision for the game, their upcoming creation will exceed Blessing Software’s previous installment.

With the addition of new members Iori and Izumi Hashima, development ensues—but not without its share of setbacks. Things rarely go as planned in the dating sim industry, with numerous obstacles forcing Tomoya to decide between helping his friends or completing the game.

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine draws the series to a close as Tomoya selects his final route, both within his personal life and Blessing Software.

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7: Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen

English: the Garden of sinners Chapter 5: Paradox Paradigm
Japanese: 劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners 第五章『矛盾螺旋』
MAL Score: 8.55
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In November 1998, a double homicide occurs at the newly constructed Ogawa apartment complex in the heart of Mifune City. The murderer, Tomoe Enjou, has fled in a panic. To his astonishment, he is not pursued by the police and news of the incident has not been reported through media outlets. After Shiki Ryougi defends Tomoe from a group of thugs, she allows him to use her residence as a hideout. However, a few days later, Tomoe is shaken to discover that his mother is alive, even though he is convinced that he killed her.

Coincidentally, Mikiya Kokutou is investigating a tip that his associate Touko Aozaki receives regarding the murder at the unique apartment complex. As he uncovers more information about the incident, Mikiya takes a particular interest in Tomoe. Deciding to investigate him further, Mikiya soon discovers the disturbing truth of the foreboding Ogawa complex.

The fifth installment of the Kara no Kyoukai film series, Mujun Rasen combines an intricately constructed mystery with established themes and characters to produce a dark, thought-provoking story.

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6: Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi

English: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
Japanese: ジョゼと虎と魚たち
MAL Score: 8.55
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A youth romantic drama with themes of growing up, the story focuses on college student Tsuneo and dreamer Josee, who lives her life stuck in a wheelchair. Josee—named after the heroine in Fran?oise Sagan’s Wonderful Clouds—spends most of her days reading and painting until by chance she encounters Tsuneo, and decides it’s time to face the real world.

(Source: MAL News)

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5: Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai

English: I want to eat your pancreas
Japanese: 君の膵臓をたべたい
MAL Score: 8.58
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The aloof protagonist: a bookworm who is deeply detached from the world he resides in. He has no interest in others and is firmly convinced that nobody has any interest in him either. His story begins when he stumbles across a handwritten book, titled “Living with Dying.” He soon identifies it as a secret diary belonging to his popular, bubbly classmate Sakura Yamauchi. She then confides in him about the pancreatic disease she is suffering from and that her time left is finite. Only her family knows about her terminal illness; not even her best friends are aware. Despite this revelation, he shows zero sympathy for her plight, but caught in the waves of Sakura’s persistent buoyancy, he eventually concedes to accompanying her for her remaining days.

As the pair of polar opposites interact, their connection strengthens, interweaving through their choices made with each passing day. Her apparent nonchalance and unpredictability disrupts the protagonist’s impassive flow of life, gradually opening his heart as he discovers and embraces the true meaning of living.

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4: Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu

English: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Japanese: 涼宮ハルヒの消失
MAL Score: 8.63
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

One cold Christmas day, Kyon heads over to school and the SOS Brigade’s holiday celebration, only to realize that Haruhi Suzumiya seems to have disappeared. Moreover, no one even remembers her or the SOS Brigade; Mikuru Asahina knows nothing and is now afraid of him, and Itsuki Koizumi has also gone missing. The Literature Club, formed only by an uncharacteristically shy Yuki Nagato, now occupies the old SOS club room.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu is based on the fourth light novel of the acclaimed Haruhi series and is set after the events of the anime series. Not uncultured in the supernatural, Kyon will have to deal with his whole life turned upside down like a bad joke, and maybe it’s better that way.

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3: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai

English: Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl
Japanese: 青春ブタ野郎はゆめみる少女の夢を見ない
MAL Score: 8.65
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Six months ago, Sakuta Azusagawa had a chance encounter with a bunny girl in a library. Ever since then, he’s been blissfully happy with his girlfriend: Mai Sakurajima, that same bunny girl. However, the reappearance of his mysterious first crush, the now-adult Shouko Makinohara, adds a new complication to his relationship with Mai. To make matters worse, he then encounters a middle school Shouko in the hospital, suffering from a grave illness. Mysteriously, his old scars begin throbbing whenever he’s near her.

With Shouko’s bizarre situation somehow revolving around him, Sakuta will need to come to terms with his own conflicting feelings, for better or worse. With a girl’s life in his hands, just what can he do?

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2: Howl no Ugoku Shiro

English: Howl’s Moving Castle
Japanese: ハウルの動く城
MAL Score: 8.66
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

That jumbled piece of architecture, that cacophony of hissing steam and creaking joints, with smoke billowing from it as it moves on its own… That castle is home to the magnificent wizard Howl, infamous for both his magical prowess and for being a womanizer—or so the rumor goes in Sophie Hatter’s small town. Sophie, as the plain daughter of a hatmaker, does not expect much from her future and is content with working hard in the shop.

However, Sophie’s simple life takes a turn for the exciting when she is ensnared in a disturbing situation, and the mysterious wizard appears to rescue her. Unfortunately, this encounter, brief as it may be, spurs the vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste—in a fit of jealousy caused by a past discord with Howl—to put a curse on the maiden, turning her into an old woman.

In an endeavor to return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl and a myriad of eccentric companions—ranging from a powerful fire demon to a hopping scarecrow—in his living castle, on a dangerous adventure as a raging war tears their kingdom apart.

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1: Kimi no Na wa.

English: Your Name.
Japanese: 君の名は。
MAL Score: 8.90
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, yearns to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo—a dream that stands in stark contrast to her present life in the countryside. Meanwhile in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student while juggling his part-time job and hopes for a future in architecture.

One day, Mitsuha awakens in a room that is not her own and suddenly finds herself living the dream life in Tokyo—but in Taki’s body! Elsewhere, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha’s life in the humble countryside. In pursuit of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for one another.

Kimi no Na wa. revolves around Mitsuha and Taki’s actions, which begin to have a dramatic impact on each other’s lives, weaving them into a fabric held together by fate and circumstance.

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

1. Kimi no Na wa.
2. Howl no Ugoku Shiro
3. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai
4. Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
5. Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai
6. Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
7. Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi
8. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine
9. Kara no Kyoukai 7: Satsujin Kousatsu (Go)
10. Tenki no Ko
11. Hotarubi no Mori e
12. Doukyuusei (Movie)
13. Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
14. Sennen Joyuu
15. No Game No Life: Zero
16. Mimi wo Sumaseba
17. Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: Fuuin Sareta Card
18. Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome
19. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
20. Given Movie
21. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me
22. Kaze Tachinu
23. Macross F Movie 2: Sayonara no Tsubasa
24. Kurenai no Buta
25. Macross: Do You Remember Love
26. Kotonoha no Niwa
27. Tamako Love Story
28. Umibe no étranger
29. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Movie: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai
30. Vampire Hunter D (2000)
31. Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda.
32. Initial D Third Stage
33. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer
34. Kara no Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)
35. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: Valentine-hen
36. Macross F Movie 1: Itsuwari no Utahime
37. InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken
38. Mind Game
39. Jin-Rou
40. Toshokan Sensou: Kakumei no Tsubasa
41. The Last: Naruto the Movie
42. Macross Plus Movie Edition
43. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R: The Movie
44. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kaguya-hime no Koibito
45. InuYasha Movie 2: Kagami no Naka no Mugenjo
46. Detective Conan Movie 21: The Crimson Love Letter
47. Byousoku 5 Centimeter
48. Kimagure Orange☆Road: Ano Hi ni Kaeritai
49. Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku
50. Higashi no Eden Movie II: Paradise Lost

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