Anime movies are typically the Japanese origin computer animation, which got widespread popularity internationally with the hand-drawn works of Osamu Tezuka in the 1960s. So you see there is a difference with the usual animation movies you watch and anime movies which specifically defines Japanese style product.
Undoubtedly when you are up to watching anime movies, the concept and the execution of characters far excel the common characteristic cartoon characters, whether in terms of story, mystery, adventure, or literally anything.
There are movies which are total science fiction or based on plots and conditions completely irrelevant to real-life terms, yet you enjoy them for hours. Don’t you? That’s the beauty of it.
Lately, it has been seen that anime fans find it difficult to choose the best among so many anime movies, especially on websites like Amazon prime video, and end up downloading something of menial interest.
Relax that’s not gonna happen anymore. I would enlist 5 best anime movies that you can check out on Amazon Prime. The plot summary and extra details about the movies will give you the hinge about what to choose and what to not.
So here they are with brief details.
The plot summary descriptions of the movies are given below.
#1: Your Name
GENRE: Fantasy Romantic Drama Film
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
TIME DURATION: 1 hr 52 minutes
This is a 2016 Japanese romantic drama film produced by Noritaka Kawaguchi and Genki Kawamura.
The story depicts the life of two complete strangers Mitsuha (girl) and Taki (boy) living in two different places who start switching their bodies often after a bizarre connection is set up by a ritual in Mitsuha’s village. Surprisingly Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body and Taki in Misuha’s.
They lead, experience, and try to adjust each other’s lives around through their interchanged bodies every day. Leaving notes of daily activities and suggestions on their cell phones while their bodies switch is the only way they remain in touch, until they finally wish to meet each other in person.
But in their pursuit to meet each other they learn about a barrier which is not only separated by distance but by time also since they both belong from different timelines. Their zeal for union takes them through many ups and downs and finally, they meet in Tokyo but in total amazement.
#2: Perfect Blue
GENRE: Psychological horror film
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
TIME DURATION: 1 hr 30 min
It’s a 1997 Japanese animated psychological horror movie directed by Satoshi Kon and written by Sadayuki Murai. The film is based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis.
The movie plot depicts the life of a popular lead singer Mima Kirigoe of Idol group “CHAMI” who decides to leave her singing career to become an actress. The first file that she signs is a crime drama, Double-Blind. Many of her fans are upset about her sudden change, including a stalker “Me-Mania”.
On the set of Double-Blind, Mima manages to get the role of a rape victim in a strip club, but still, she gives her consent for the role. With time she finds it difficult to distinguish between reality from her work since the filming atmosphere is seemingly more real than mere show business, shoving her in mental instability.
Afterward, several people involved with the Double-Blind movie are found murdered, which increasingly made her more unstable and doubt her own innocence and the reality of the film.
The story takes a gripping interest as it unfolds secrets about who is behind all the murders with Mima as the central Target.
#3: Spirited Away
GENRE: Mystery/ Coming-of-age fantasy film
IMDB: 8.6/ 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Meta Critic: 96%
TIME DURATION: 2h 5m
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, showing the adventure of a little girl named Chihiro.
Chihiro moves to a new small town in the countryside with her parents, and she is pretty much upset about it. As they drive through the countryside road, her father takes a wrong turn and reaches a deserted place with a dead-end tunnel.
Out of inquisitively they enter the tunnel and find a barren amusement park with restaurants, good smelling food, but no people and staff.
Chihiro’s parents decide to try some of the food in the restaurant but Chihiro refuses to eat and wishes to explore the theme park. Meanwhile, she meets a boy named Haku who tells her that she and her family are in great danger.
When she runs back to her parents, she is bewildered to see her parents turned into pigs and she later discovers that the park is actually inhabited by demons, evil gods, and spirits.
In trying to solve the mystery of this park and to save her parents, she reaches a bathhouse at the center of this park where these demonic creatures take rest. The bathhouse owner is an evil witch Yubaba who captivates every trespasser as workers and she does the same with Chihiro as well when she trespasses the bathhouse.
Chihiro has got only Haku to rely on as she struggles and fights her way out of the spirited place with a hope to return to her real normal world-saving her parents first.
#4: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
GENRE: Science fiction romantic Drama Film
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Common Sense Media: 4/5
TIME DURATION: 1h 44m
The story showcases a girl named Makoto Konno, at Kuranose high school, who inadvertently falls into a situation one day which gives her the ability to leap through time that is to the past.
Initially, Makoto utilizes her time-leaping power to get good grades, avoid being late to her classes, reliving a karaoke session for many hours, etc. But soon she realizes that her frequent traveling back to past for her own selfish motives is adversely influencing other’s lives as well.
Now Makoto tries to leap to past with caution in order to prevent any further undesirable shift of events, but her troubles turn to freezing shock when her best friend Chiaki Mamiya, who tries to confess his love for her reveals that he is from the future and uses the same walnut-shaped object to time travel which gave Makoto her ability in the first place.
The story undergoes many time-traveling leaps of adventures and finally Chiaki returns to future once time resumes, but before he departs, he tells that he would wait for Makoto in the future.
#5: Batman Ninja
GENRE: Fantasy/ Superhero Film
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Common Sense Media: 3.5/5
TIME DURATION: 1h 25m
As the name suggests, Batman Ninja, a 2018 Japanese animated superhero movie features the DC comics character Batman of Gotham. The movie is directed by Junpei Mizusaki and produced by Warner Bros and Takashi Okazaki, the creator of Afro Samurai, is the actual character designer for the film plot.
So Batman while battling against the Gorilla Grodd at Arkham Asylum is accidentally caught in the explosion of Quake Engine Time Displacement machine created by Grodd himself and is transported to Japan during the time of Feudal lords along with many of Batman’s worst enemies, like Joker and also Batman’s team allies, like Alfred and Catwoman.
The Joker along with other adversaries is trying to rule the divided land of Japan with Joker taking the lead. In this timeline, the Dark Knight’s high-tech machinery and weapons get damaged while fighting the villains, and he has to rely solely upon his intellect, fighting skills, and his comrades which get extended with the Samurai Army support who takes Batman as their savior or hero.
Eventually, Batman along with his team support rages war against the lunatic enemies and finally restores peace and order to the land and returns to the present day Gotham city.
So finally you have the list of 5 best anime movies on Amazon prime. So don’t waste your time, go to Amazon prime and start searching for them.
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