TTT: Top Ten Tuesday-Where Have These Films Been Hiding? Lesser Known Anime Films You Seriously Need Watch-

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Welcome back to another lovely Top Ten Tuesday! You know…where I usually recommend animus for you to watch, (but you probably won’t), but I still try anyways XD This is my life. HALP!

All jokes aside, I wanted to bring some great anime films to your attentions. I did a list of my favorite fantasy anime films awhile back so some of those choices might make it onto this list as well. There are some really kick ass anime movies out there! I can’t help but gush about them on occasions like these. I am probably going to keep today’s post pretty simple. I will list the anime film with its synopsis….and that’s it! Haha. What a lazy asshole I am!

Sometimes I am in the mood to write my own personal summaries with them but I’m kind of not feeling it today. You guys already know I wouldn’t have these films on my list if I didn’t enjoy/love them. Maybe I’ll write a blog of anime I don’t like next? I haven’t done that yet! What do you guys think? Should I write about all the anime I dropped/couldn’t get into? Let me know in the comments section! I enjoy hearing from you guys.

Let’s get on with this bad boy!

1. Colorful


Film synopsis:

“I died and was kicked out of the cycle of reincarnation because of the sin “I” committed. An angel told me that “I” won a lottery and he gave me a chance to remember the sin. My spirit possessed the body of the 14-year-old boy Makoto, who committed suicide and “I” tried to recollect my memory. “I” felt distressed by the terrible circumstances of Makoto and the fact that “I” was borrowing his body. “I” have started to realize that people are hurting each other because the world is too colorful to distinguish the true color of themselves from others.”

2. Hotarubi no Mori e

Gin Hotarubi no Mori e

Film 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.”

3. HAL


Film synopsis:

“Kurumi is a beautiful young woman whose beloved boyfriend, Hal, died in a sudden airplane accident. Left heartbroken and gloomy, she isolates herself in a small house. But this soon comes to change when her grandfather requests the help of a humanoid robot named Q01.

Taking on the appearance of Hal, Q01 is sent to Kurumi’s house in order to save her from her state of despair. As Hal returns day after day and increases his efforts, Kurumi, despite her initial reluctance, slowly begins to open up to him and break free from her depression. But there is more to Hal than meets the eye, and these two will soon learn an unexpected truth about this relationship between a human and an android.” 

4. Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda (The Anthem of the Heart)

The anthem of the heart

Film synopsis:

“Jun is a girl whose words have been sealed away. She was once a very happy girl, but because of a certain thing she said when she was very young, her family was torn apart. One day, the egg fairy appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else. Since this traumatic experience, Jun lives in the shadows away from the limelight. But, one day, she is nominated to become an executive member of the “community outreach council.” On top of that, Jun is also appointed to play the main lead in their musical…” 

5. Memories

Memories 2

Film synopsis:

“From Katsuhiro Otomo, acclaimed creator of Akira, comes an animated masterpiece: three short stories all put together as a series of Memories. Part one is titled Magnetic Rose, a science fiction tale that tells a chilling story of love, loss, and the unwillingness to forget. Part two is titled Stink Bomb, a tongue-in-cheek story of a chemical researcher who is just looking for a way to get rid of his cold… so why is everybody around him dying? Part three is titled Cannon Fodder and is an introspective tale about modern wars and simply following orders. Music conducted by Yoko Kanno, Jun Miyake, Hiroyuki Nagashima, and Takkyu Ishino.” 

6. Project Itoh <Harmony>


Film synopsis:

“In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn’t that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn’t work, but one of the girls—Tuan Kirie—grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet…from itself.”

7. The Red Turtle

the red turtle

Film synopsis:

“A nameless man set adrift by a storm wakes up on a deserted island. Finding fresh fruit and water, as well as variety of animals and a sweeping forest of bamboo, the man decides to leave the island. The man builds a raft from bamboo, and attempts to sail away. However, an unseen animal destroys the raft, forcing the man back to the island. Attempting to escape with another raft, his plan is foiled again by the unknown animal. Trying a third time, he finds that the animal is a red turtle.”

8. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

the tale

Film synopsis:

“Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.”

9. Miss Hokusai

Miss housaki

Film synopsis:

“As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches- sold under the name of her father- are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art.” 

10. Sakasama no Patema (Patema Inverted)

Patema Inverted

Film synopsis:

“Patema is a plucky young girl from an underground civilization boasting an incredible network of tunnels. Inspired by a friend that mysteriously went missing, she is often reprimanded due to her constant excursions of these tunnels due to her royal status. After she enters what is known as the “forbidden zone,” she accidentally falls into a giant bottomless pit after being startled by a strange creature.

Finding herself on the surface, a world literally turned upside down, she begins falling towards the sky only to be saved by Age, a discontented student of the totalitarian nation known as Aiga. The people of Aiga are taught to believe that “Inverts,” like Patema, are sinners that will be “swallowed by the sky,” but Age has resisted this propaganda and decides to protect his new friend. A chance meeting between two curious teenagers leads to an exploration of two unique worlds as they begin working together to unveil the secrets of their origins in Sakasama no Patema, a heart-warming film about overcoming differences in order to coexist.” 

Honorable Mentions:
Perfect Blue
The Wind Rises
Tamako Love Story
The Empire of Corpses
Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

4 thoughts on “TTT: Top Ten Tuesday-Where Have These Films Been Hiding? Lesser Known Anime Films You Seriously Need Watch-

  1. Another fun list of movies I’ve mostly never heard of! Thanks for sharing. I added several of these to my watch list. I guess I’ll be popping into the hole-in-the-wall anime rental store down the street a little more frequently now!

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    1. Some of these are newer films (at least produced in the last few years) but they are SUPER good! I still haven’t been able to watch the Red Turtle but it gets critical acclaim. I’m dying to see it!

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