By Fareeha Umair @DastaanWorld
While an anime series influences over a series of events, movies only have a few hours to render the same impact. Here are top 10 anime masterpieces that were able to create movie magic:
Your Name is a captivating story about a high school boy and girl, Taki and Mitsuha who swap bodies when a magical meteor passes over their town. The clincher? Taki lives in the city and Mitsuha lives in the middle of the country. Join them as they piece their (new) lives together with each other’s help.
A Silent Voice
As a bratty elementary school student, Shouya used to bully the deaf Shouko mercilessly. When the bullying ended up injuring her, she moved to another school. A Silent Voice tells the heartwarming tale of Shouya’s journey for repentance as he reunites with Shouko in high school.
Howl’s Moving Castle
It’s as the name says – this movie is literally about a moving castle but not just any castle. The incredibly ugly edifice belongs to Howl, a notorious wizard and womanizer. The story starts in a small town and follows Sophie Hatter who is turned into an old woman by the wicked Witch of the Waste and who needs Howl’s help to change back.
Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light
This movie is not for the faint of heart and is not a typical Romance either. The story follows a young girl, Hotaru and her friendship with a ghost boy, Gin. Romance blooms between the two as the girl reaches adolescence. Unfortunately, Gin cannot touch her because if he does, he will disappear.
In Princess Mononoke nature and human kind fight for dominance. The story revolves around a young village prince, Ashitaka who has been cursed by a demon boar god that tried to attack his home. The young prince travels to Iron Town for a cure where he encounters the matriarch, Lady Eboshi and her arch nemesis, Princess Mononoke who is out for her blood.
Cowboy Bebop (The Movie)
The best part about this movie is that you don’t need to check out the series before watching it even though it is set during the show. The story starts when an oil tanker explodes and spreads a deadly disease among the masses. It is up to Spike and the rest of the ragtag bunch of bounty hunters who are in his team to catch the perpetrator who has a whopping three hundred million woolong price on his head.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Not all anime movies explore romance, sci-fi and history. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time deals with time travel and specifically a girl who finds herself back and forth in time trying to save her friend’s life. However, when she finds out that her actions have consequences and there is a limit to her newfound ability, she finds herself racing against the clock.
There are some anime masterpieces that can make you ecstatic, horrified, uncomfortable and relieved at the same time. Spirited Away is one such flick. Stubborn and spoiled, 10 year old Chihiro finds herself trapped in a ghostly bath house and her parents turned into pigs. Lost, scared and with help from a spirit boy, Haku, she quickly finds out that if she wants to see her parents again and leave, she has to tap into resources she never knew she had.
Grave of the Fireflies
Get ready to get on the feels train for this one. Grave of the Fireflies is a devastating look at the terror and devastation that was reality for the Japanese during World War 2. The story is told from the perspective of 2 siblings and follows their journey as they try to navigate through war torn Japan in a bid to survive.
Parika is not for the faint of mind. It delves deep into the human condition and makes viewers questions their own morality. The setting is psychedelic since it is from the perspective of a psychotherapist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba who enters her patients’ dreams to understand them better. However, in the wrong hands, the device she uses to do this is a double edged sword. When it falls into the wrong hands, she springs into action before it can do some serious damage.