Top 10 Best Anime Movies for Beginners


Hello Guys, Welcome back to Yognut. In the previous article, I had written about the best Anime Series for Beginners. In this article, I’ll write about best anime movies for beginners. Apart from a great series there are also many great movies that you can watch. If you haven’t read my previous article, the link is down below.

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Best Anime Movies for Beginners
Best Anime Movies For Beginners

Here is the list of Top 10 Best Anime Movies For Beginners:-

10. The Garden of Words

Hepburn Name :  Kotonoha no Niwa

Genre : Romance , Drama

Running Time : 46 Minutes

Director : Makoto Shinaki

Date of Release : April 28, 2013

The movie follows a 15-year-old boy named Takao Akizuki who is an aspiring Shoe Maker, who usually skips classes to make shoe designs, where he meets a mysterious woman also skips her work, and enjoys her time by drinking beer and eating chocolates. They meet each other on Rainy Day and by interacting they became close to each other.

The Story is good , the movie has top of class Animation the details in the movie is very Brilliant and in some places it looks real .

IMDb Rating : 7.5

“To me she represents nothing less than the very secrets of the world.”

Takao Akizuki

9. 5 Centimeters per Second

Hepburn Name : Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru

Genre : Drama , Romance

Running Time : 1 Hr 3 Min

Director : Makoto Shinkai

Date of Release : March 3, 2007

The Movie is divided into 3 episodes each episode is focused on the different life parts of its Main Character Takaki Tono.

First Episode is titled “Cherry Blossom”, it is set in 1991. Takaki befriends with Akari who has been recently transferred into an Elementary School. They become close and they share the common interests. when Graduating from Elementary School Akari shifts to a nearby town.

The second episode is titled ” Cosmonaut”, it is set in 1999 Takaki is now in 3rd year of Senior High School this episode introduces Kanae Sumida who is in love with Takagi, but never confesses to him.

The third episode is titled “5 Centimeters per Second”, it is set in 2008, in this episode, Takaki is a Programmer in Tokyo and it follows the aftermath of previous two episodes.

IMDb Rating : 7.6

“I wonder when I got into the habit of writing messages to nobody”

Takaki Tono

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8. Weathering With You

Hepburn Name :  Tenki no Ko

Genre : Drama , Romance

Running Time : 1 Hr 51 Min

Director : Makoto Shinkai

Date of Release : July 19, 2019

The Movie is Set in 2021, the plot follows a high school boy named Hodaka Morishima moves to Tokyo, Japan in hope to get a job. His Ferry gets hit by a storm but Hodoka is saved by a person named Keisuke Suga who later gives him his business card,while arriving in Tokyo he meets a girl named Hina Amano who works in McDonald’s.She has a special ability to control the weather.

The Movie is heartwarming and will keep you hooked till the end.

IMDb Rating : 7.6

” I was rushing desperately, trying to reach the light. When I thought I did, I reached a dead-end instead. Then I decided I wanted to enter that light. And at the edge of it, I found you. “

Hodoka Morishima

7. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Hepburn Name : Toki o Kakeru Shōjo

Genre : Science Fiction

Running Time : 1 Hr 44 Min

Director : Mamoru Hosoda

Date of Release : July 15, 2006

The Movie focuses on a 17 year old High School Student named Makaoto Konno,who accidently discovers a device that allows her to leap through time. So whenever her life is in danger or any unwanted situation comes they travels in the past to avoid that incident. She sometimes uses the ability to her own benefit as she is unaware that it may affect the future.

The Movie is well directed and the story line is good.

IMDb Rating : 7.8

You don’t get to choose who or when you meet. However, you do get to choose who you hold onto.

Makoto Konno

6. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

Hepburn Name : Kimi no Suizo wo Tabetai

Genre : Drama , Romance

Running Time : 1 Hr 49 Min

Director : Shin’ichirô Ushijima

Date of Release: August 23, 2018

Haruki Shiga is a High School who has no Friends and has no interest in making friends.One day at Hospital he finds an unknown dairy, when he reads it he founds out that the Diary belonged to his classmate named Sakura, who is suffering from a pancreatic disease and has kept that secret from everybody including her best friend. Although their personalites differ their friendship grows very quickly.

It is a beautiful and heart touching but it is not for everybody, it has a very sad ending. If you want to watch this Movie be ready to shed tears.

IMDb Rating : 7.9

“The world of fiction is more fun than reality”

Haruki Shiga

5. My Neighbour Totoro

Hepburn Name : Tonari no Totoro

Genre : Fantasy

Running Time : 1 Hr 28 Min

Director : Hayao Miyazaki

Date of Release : April 16, 1988

Two sisters named Satsuki(10 years old ) and Mei (4 years old ) move into the house in the country with her father so that they could be closer to their mother who is ill. They discover a nearby forest that is believed to inhabited by magical creatures named Totoro. They discover them and become friends with them.

The Movie is considered as one of the greatest Studio Ghibli Movie ever released.

IMDb Rating : 8.2

“Try Laughing. Then Whatever Scares You Will Go Away.”

Tatsuo Kusakabe

4. A Silent Voice

Hepburn Name : Koe no katachi

Genre : Drama , Romance

Running Time : 2 Hr 10 Min

Director : Naoko Yamada

Date of Release : September 17, 2016

The story revolves around Shouya Ishida who is a middle school student, he is a bully who loves to disturb other people for the sake of his own fun.One day a new student named Shoko Nishimiya arrives in their class who has difficulty in hearing and speech and mainly communicates through sign language and by writing. Shouya begins to bully her very badly and the bullying continues until she gets transferred to high school. When Shouya reaches High School he is rejected by everyone by having a bad image of an infamous bully. So he goes in the path of Redemption.

The movie is beautifully directed the story line is very deep. The Animation is top notch.

IMDb Rating : 8.2

I intended to listen to your voice, but it really was nothing but intentions. It’s pretty obvious, huh? Of course there’s more going on than what people choose to tell you… But I convinced myself that was all there is to a person. I knew that, but still I interpreted the stuff I didn’t understand about you in ways convenient for me… That’s just how I am.

Shouya Ishida

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3. Your Name

Hepburn Name : Kimi no na wa

Genre : Drama , Romance

Running Time : 1 Hr 52 Min

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Date of Release : 26 August 2016

The movie starts with Taki switching places with Mitsuha. Mitsuha is a high school girl who lives in the town of Itomori in Japan’s Hida region. She is bored with country life, whereas Taki is a High school boy in Tokyo. They begin to switch bodies with each other when they wake up. They communicate with each other by writing messages in the paper, their phones, and sometimes on each other skin. They decide to cooperate with each other in order to find the root cause of their switch.

Your Name is considered as Makoto Shinkai’s one of the finest works and many reviewers consider this movie as one of the greatest Japanese Animated movie ever released.

IMDb Rating : 8.4

There’s no way we could meet. But one thing is certain. If we see each other, we’ll know. That you were the one who was inside me. That I was the one who was inside you.

Mitsuha Miyamizu

2. Grave of the Fireflies

Hepburn Name : Hotaru no Haka

Genre : War , Drama

Running Time : 1 Hr 33 Min

Director : Isao Takahata

Date of Release : April 16 , 1998

The Movie is based on the true story and it has been adopted from the short story of the same name. Its setting is during the period of World War 2. Two siblings named Setsuko and Seita are forced to leave their home after their house is bombed and destroyed they live with their aunt who doer=snot treat them properly, the siblings leave their Aunt’s home and they have to make their own living through the remaining expenses.

The Movie depicts the after effects of War , how it can destroy lives and families and the suffering that citizens have to face.

IMDb Rating : 8.5

“Why do fireflies have to die so soon?”


1. Spirited Away

Hepburn Name : Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

Genre : Fantasy

Running Time : 2 Hr 5 Min

Director : Hayao Miyazaki

Date of Release : July 20 , 2001

Chihiro 10 year old girl is on the way to reach her new house with her parents. They accidentally take a wrong turn and find a tunnel that leads to an abandoned Amusement Park. Chihiro pleads them to visit the park they agree. While Exploring the part they find out a empty restaurant and her parents starts eating food but after sometime they transform into pigs. In order to escape from the Amusement Park and get her parents back to their Human Form,she stays there to find out the secret of the Park.

The Movie was a great hit and many of the reviewers consider as one of the Greatest Studio Ghibli movie ever released.

IMDb Rating : 8.6

“I finally get a bouquet and it’s a goodbye present. That’s depressing.”


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Conclusion :

There are a lot of Great Movies that you can watch, these are the best anime movies for beginners that you should watch if you are new to Anime and discovering something new to watch. So that’s it for the article, thank you for reading.

Have a good day, Adios.