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Most Watched Best Japanese Animated Movies List of 2017

Anime movies have always been a favorite all over the globe. Japanese animated movies make it to the top of most popular animated movies of all times. The movies would seem like they are for children, but the true essence of the movie is much greater for children to understand. The Best Japanese animated movies try to indirectly portray the reality in the form of children’s animation movies.

Here is a list of the most watched and the best Japanese animated movies of all time:


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda):

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda)

One of the Best Japanese animated movies of the 2000s, this movie is about a girl named Makoto who over time travel finds the purpose of her life. She has two boys as her friends and the story revolves around their discovery of friendship through which Makoto discovers the true meaning and purpose of her life.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki):


Howl's Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki)

Loosely based on the novel by British author Diane Wayne Jones named ‘Howl’s’, this movie is based on the story of a girl who becomes a 90-year-old woman after a curse is placed on her and how she returns to the girl form taking help from a crazy wizard. The movie has death, war and depressing moments that is suitable for children only under parental guidance.

Princess Kaguya :

Princess Kaguya

This movie was directed by famous director Isao Takahata. It has one of the most alluring sceneries and amazing visuals. Most part of the movie is made with watercolor paintings which make it even more appealing. It is regarded as one of the best Ghibli films to make it to the list of Best Japanese animated movies of all time.

From Up On Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki):

From Up On Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki)

Based on a bunch of school kids who try to prevent their club house from closing down, From Up On Poppy Hill is one of the best Japanese animated movies. Son of popular director Hayayo Miyazaki, Goro Miyazaki proved his talent through this movie. Unlike his father, Goro’s movies are lean more towards reality rather than mystical.

Castle in the Sky:

Castle in the Sky

The movie is about two kids, a princess named Sheeta and a boy named Pazu who is obsessed with flying. They try to reach an old flying fortress full of treasures by fighting off sky pirates. The story is full of brilliantly timed action scenes and appealing visual effects. The giant iron robot in the movie is another favorite character which makes the movie one of the most watched Japanese animated movies.

The Wind Rises:

The Wind Rises

Most of Miyazaki’s movies are fantasy based, but he bid adieu to movie making with a reality base which upset many of his fans. But the movie is still one of the Best Japanese animated movies of all time, all thanks to how beautifully the love story is depicted in the movie along with the not so bright side of aviation industry.

Princess Mononoke:

Princess Mononoke

There is actually no Princess who goes by the name Mononoke in the movie, Mononoke actually means ghosts or spirits. The story revolves around how a warrior named Ashitaka is caught between forest gods and humans who are exhausting the forest resources. The scenic beauty of the movie and the well-balanced interaction of Ashitaka with the spirits and humans is what made the movie one of highest earning Japanese animated movies of all time.


best japanese animated movies

Based on a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, Paprika is one of the finest Japanese animated movies made till today. Loosely based on a concept similar to that of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Paprika is the story of invention of an instrument to get inside a person’s dreams. The device gets stolen and a psychiatrist and his dream alter ego try to get it back from the thief. The visual effects of the movie are just magnificent.

Ghost in the Shell:

best japanese animated movies

Sci-Fi movie Ghost in the Shell is the story of a female cyborg named Motoko and her journey of discovering herself. The movie uses a unique combination of hand drawn painting with computer generated animated scenes which makes its visuals even more appealing and edgy. The soundtrack of the movie enhances the visual effects of the movie.

Spirited Away:

best japanese animated movies


Just as the name suggests, this movie is based on a ten-year-old girl who has been trapped in the world of spirits where her parents have transformed into pigs. It won the Academy award for the Best Animation feature movie. It grossed a whopping 290 million dollars worldwide making it one of the Best Japanese Animated movies of all times.


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