Anime movies are usually shorter than the length of a typical anime season, but that in turn allows for a bigger budget and more time spent making it. This is why the production value and animation quality of anime films are usually higher than that of an anime television series.
Films are also forced to be more selective in their composition and content due to the limited runtime, which makes each scene all the more impactful. Here are some of the best anime movies with jaw-dropping visuals.
Your Name Sets the Industry Standard for a Well-Executed Film
The grass on the other side always looks greener – but what if there was a chance to explore that other side? This is exactly what happens to Mitsuha Miyamizu, a country girl who has always longed for the city. One day, she wakes up and finds herself in the body of Taki Tachibana, a high school student from the bustling city. When Taki finds himself in Mitsuha’s body as well, the two quickly discover that they have switched bodies. To understand the reason for this strange phenomenon, the two begin to look for each other.
your name is a multi-award winning film that is nationally acclaimed for the beautiful story woven into its stunning visuals. The animation is perfectly vibrant and impactful, incorporating background and environment as forms of symbolism to further enhance the story. Produced by CoMix Wave Films and directed by Makoto Shinkai, also known for other visual masterpieces like The garden of words and five centimeters per secondit’s no wonder that your name has become such an industry standard for animated films.
When the Demon Slayer Corps’ efforts fail to solve a series of mysterious disappearances surrounding a train, the Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku is called in to solve it personally. Accompanied by Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu and Inosuke, they must fight harder than ever to stop the sinister plan the demon responsible has put into action.
When a movie is adapted by ufotable, an animation studio renowned for its high-quality animations, it’s no surprise that Demon Slayer: Mugen Train became the highest-grossing film in Japan in January 2021. Coupled with the stunning music and sound effects, ufotable really brings out the highlights of the demon slayer franchise. One of the highlights of demon slayer on screen sees his animated fight scenes. Although also beautifully drawn in the original manga, the film really brings the different forms of breathing to life.
Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms combines flawless storytelling with a compelling setting
In maquiaIn the fantasy world of Iorphes, Iorphes are mystical beings who do not age past their youth and can live for thousands of years. They choose to stay away from the problems of humanity, peacefully spending their days weaving their lives into a web called Hibiol. That is, until the peace is broken when the greedy kingdom of Mazarte invades their homeland in hopes of adding immortality to their bloodline.
Maquia is one of those Iorphs who has always felt a sense of loneliness, even among her people. Caught up in Mazarte’s attack, Maquia makes a miraculous escape on the back of a crazed dragon that takes her far beyond the borders she knows. On the verge of despair, she is drawn to the cries of a single orphaned baby. Deciding to raise the child alone, she must now prepare for the tribulations of motherhood as well as the reality of raising a human who is aging much faster than her.
When a movie is written and directed by Mari Okada – known for other emotional rollercoasters like Anohana – he is certainly about to strike deep. A thing maquia uses color particularly well to illustrate Maquia’s growing maturity and emotional journey as she discovers the cruelties of the human world.
A silent voice portrays bullying without speaking
In elementary school, the rambunctious Shoya Ishida decides to bully the deaf Shoko Nishimiya for fun when she transfers to school. But when the school finds out, Shoya is singled out and made a scapegoat. This time, it’s his classmates who bully him, just like he once did with Shoko. In his senior year of high school, Shoya is still isolated and deeply regrets the misdeeds of his childhood. Can he make amends or is it too late?
The subject of bullying is heavy and requires great care to be portrayed with tact and beauty. Kyoto Animation, under the direction of Naoko Yamada, manages to convey the deep and heavy themes of bullying and repentance in an artistically beautiful way. A silent voice is filled with parallels, and what’s truly amazing is the fact that most of them are conveyed visually without words or explanation. It is as if the viewer is witnessing the world through the senses of Shoko herself.
Violet Evergarden: The Movie Raises the Bar for Emotional Animated Movies
The world changes many years later Violet Evergardenis the Great War. The development of technology such as telephones means that auto-memory dolls have seen a drop in demand, but Violet Evergarden still writes letters for people as she continues to search for the meaning of her own emotions. One day, she hears of a rumor, a glimmer of hope, that the person who once told her “I love you” might still be alive.
Kyoto Animation excels at conveying emotion through purposeful composition in its films, and this is certainly accentuated in Violet Evergarden: The Movie. Coupled with the jaw-dropping quality of the animation itself, it really allows this film to experience all of the emotional ups and downs that its storyline entailed.
Animated films have increased in quality and number over time as animation technology has improved. Modern audiences these days expect stunning visuals to accompany compelling stories. These movies certainly managed to deliver on both fronts.
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