The anime Japanese is booming, growing above the manga due to new technologies and spectacular moving images animation, is that both movies and series, are adaptations of totally original sleeves or stories, have improved every year its artistic quality, and since modern anime began in 1958, with the implementation of the first production company dedicated to this world, Toei Doga, the revolution of this art has been constant with authors, directors and screenwriters of the stature of Osamu Tezuka , Hayao Miyazaki , Katsuhiro Otomo , Shirow Masamune , Isao Takahata, Satoshi Kon, Shinichiro Watanabe, Kenji Nakamura, Rintaro, Mamoru Hosoda and Yoshiaki Kawajiri , among many others. In the late 80s and early 90s, a phenomenon known as ‘ mangamania ‘ occurred due to the premiere of several anime films that enchanted in the West, which opened the Japanese anime market to the world, which ended up turning anime into a mass phenomenon that has been enjoyed almost anywhere on the globe, with series that have won prestigious international awards and films that have stood out at such important festivals as Venice or the Oscars, although in Japan it has its own awards, like the Japan Art Festival (Japan Media Arts Festival) or the Japan Academy Awards, among others.
Below, we present the best works of anime in an order that takes into account its historical importance, its level of influence, its narrative and artistic quality, its longevity, and the impact it has had on the medium, no matter when it was created or by whom, within any demographic ( seinen, shonen , kodomo or shojo, although most works are from the first two) and of any genre (we find science fiction, fantasy, drama, philosophical, humor, adventure movies and series, superheroes, horror and action).
Table of Contents
best anime movies and series of all the time
50th – KIMETSU NO YAIBA (DEMON SLAYER)
- Original manga: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Koyoharu Gotōge)
- Studio: Ufotable
- Issue date: 2019 – Present
- Format: Series
Since the death of his father, young Tanjirou Kamado has had the enormous weight and responsibility of keeping his family afloat. One day Tanjirou decides to go to the local village to earn some money selling coal, but when he is coming back from work at night, he has to ask a strange and mysterious man to let him stay the night at his house. But before he goes to sleep, this man warns him that the night is full of hungry demons … When he finally returns home the next morning, he finds a brutal scene: His family has been brutally murdered, being the The only survivor was her little sister, Nezuko, who also turned into a bloodthirsty demon! Hatred has taken its toll on Tanjirou, who vows to avenge her family and take care of keeping her demon sister safe. Shortly after, he comes into contact with an intriguing group calling themselves the ‘Demon Slayer Corps’ (demon slayers) and joins them to end the lives of all the demons he meets. The anime is based on the spectacular manga created by Koyoharu Gotōge in 2016 (and called ‘Demon Slayer’ or ‘Guardians of the night’) in Shonen Jump magazine, with impressive success where the anime, which premiered in 2019 has only confirmed that it is one of the most shocking shonens of today. Before the anime series, which began in April 2019, a film was released just a month earlier, of stunning visual beauty.
49º – TERRAMAR TALES
- Original title: Gedo Senki
- Studio: Studio Ghibli
- Release date: July 29, 2006
- Format: Film
This film, belonging to the prestigious anime film studio, Studio Ghibli, where animes of the caliber of My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away were created , presented in 2006 this film, Tales from Earthsea ( The Chronicles Ged war ), directed by Gorō Miyazaki , son of the co – creator of Studio Ghibli , Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on a series of novels titled ‘History of Earthsea, written by Ursula K. Le Guin, and introduces us to the relationship between Ged, a powerful wizard, and Arren, a shy young prince who has a dark and tormented soul. , easily for outbursts of anger. While the kingdom is succumbing to a kind of general insanity that makes the dragon population see that they could not be existing, an evil witch tries to use the young prince, eliciting his evil side. It is a beautiful, hard and pure fantasy film, with a Gorō Miyazaki talentedly following in the wake of his father.
48º – KAIBA
- Original title: Kaiba
- Studio: Manglobe
- Date of issue: 2008
- Format: Series
The plot of this series takes us to a future where there are memories in memory chips separated from the body, and thanks to this, the death of the body no longer means the death of the soul. Additionally, memories may be viewed, altered, and transferred between bodies. The social stratum is divided between the rich, as always a rung above the rest, who use these memory chips to obtain eternal lives in carefully selected bodies, while for the poor, sell their own bodies and keep their souls on the chips. often it becomes the only way to earn a living … The protagonist of this anime is Kaiba, who wakes up in an empty room without any memory, with a mysterious hole in his chest and with a locket that only has the image of a woman who does not remember knowing. It is then when he will discover a new universe, full of lights and shadows, looking for answers that tell him who he really is and who the woman in the image is. The series, which had 12 episodes aired in 2008, received the2008 Award of Excellence for Animation by Japan Media Arts Festival , thanks to its great artistic value, with psychedelic and imaginative scenes and its deep, philosophical and disturbing history. The director was Masaaki Yuasa , known for his work on Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, Space Dandy, The Tatami Galaxy, and Devilman: Crybaby.
47º – TOKYO GHOUL
- Original manga: Tōkyō Gūru (Sui Ishida)
- Studio: Pierrot
- Release date: 2014 – Present
- Format: Series, OVA
Tokyo Ghoul represents one of the darkest manga of the current seinen, falling within the genre of dark fantasy. The story takes us to a world where ghouls, creatures that look like normal people but can only survive by eating human flesh, live in secret among the ordinary human population, hiding their true nature to evade persecution by the authorities, but sneakily feeding on clueless humans. The point is that the protagonist, Ken Kaneki, is attacked by one of them, who dies by accident during the confrontation with Ken, who is also seriously injured. When the health authorities arrive on the scene and take him to the hospital, they determine that Ken needs a transplant of some organs, so they use those of the ghoul (without knowing that he is a ghoul).
46º – TOKYO GODFATHERS
- Original title: Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu
- Studio: Madhouse
- Release date: August 30, 2003
- Format: Film
We are in Tokyo, just on Christmas Eve and three friends who live on the street find a baby in the garbage. Despite not owning anything (house, vehicle …), the three take the baby and call her Kiyoko, which means ‘pure’ in Japanese, and they embark on the search for the mother, based on the little that they know about her from the belongings she had around her when they found her. But the night is young and the city is vast. Before they know it, they are embroiled in a series of events including kidnapping, a death, and a mysterious red envelope … Awarded the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival ‘Award of Excellence’ , and directed by Satoshi Kon , known for other masterpieces such as Paprika and Perfect Blue, takes us to cold Tokyo with three unfortunate men in life who are involved in the adventure of their lives.
45º – FÉNIX 277
- Original title: Hola no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone
- Studio: Tezuka Productions, Toho
- Release date: March 15, 1980
- Format: Film
The plot of Fénix 2772 takes place in the distant future, where planet Earth is dying for lack of energy resources and a discouraging political climate, where all human beings are produced by computerized systems that determine their social roles, the color of their eyes , the size with which the baby is born, or even his profession. Godo was one of those children raised to be a cadet and was breastfed by the robot maid Olga. After observing his exceptional abilities, Rock, a dictatorial candidate seeking to become the next Prime Minister, selects Godo to fulfill his goal and travel into deep space to capture the cosmic and mystical being known as the Phoenix, as it is believed that His blood will heal the Earth. With this, Rock will finally be Prime Minister. But something does not happen as the villain expected since Godo loves life above all else, and does not want to harm any sentient being. Based on the greatest masterpiece of Osamu Tezuka , the Phoenix manga, this anime film was co-written by himself with Taku Sugiyama, who directed the 124-minute long film. The plot is deeply existentialist, with a lot of science fiction, with Western-style moments, as in the beginning, when the film spends 12 minutes silent without any character speaking, and with a visual beauty that impacts, considering what it is about from a movie from 1980.
44th – DETECTIVE CONAN
- Original title: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
- Studio: Studio Ghibli
- Release date: March 11, 1984
- Format: Film
Is there a more intriguing and mysterious shonen manga / anime than Detective Conan? Inspired by Sherlock Holmes and the novels by Agatha Christie, we find one of the best-selling manga in history that, in addition, in the anime version has been broadcast for more than two decades, since 1996, with more than 40 works related to the series between films, OVA and various specials. A detective plot machine, and new cases, as Detective Conan’s life progresses. The plot of Detective Conan centers on Detective Shinichi Kudo, a young detective who is still in high school, but who transformed into a boy while investigating a mysterious secret organization, and solves a multitude of cases while posing as the father of his childhood best friend.Gosho Aoyama , creator of the manga (and also of theYaibamanga), does not tire of making stories of this investigation machine, while he does not stop reaping good reviews of his anime versions, be it the series or the films that are released every little bit weather. Detective Conan is the fifth best-selling manga in history (Over 230 million copies worldwide!)
43º – NAUSICAÄ DEL VALLE DEL VENTO
- Original title: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
- Studio: Studio Ghibli
- Release date: March 11, 1984
- Format: Film
A millennium has passed since the catastrophic nuclear war called “Seven Days of Fire”, which destroyed almost all life on Earth. Humanity now lives in a constant struggle against the treacherous jungle that has evolved in response to the destruction caused by humanity. Filled with poisonous spores and huge insects, the jungle is rapidly spreading across Earth, threatening to swallow up the remains of the human race. Far from the jungle exists a peaceful agricultural kingdom known as the “Valley of the Wind”, whose seaside location frees you from the spread of deadly jungle toxins. The charismatic young princess of the Valley, Nausicaä, finds her peaceful kingdom disturbed when an airship from the kingdom of Tolmekia crashes violently in the Valley. One of the greatest masterpieces ofHayao Miyazaki , author of films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away or Howl’s Moving Castle , in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, made a joint work between this anime film and a prodigious manga. The film exudes a spectacular and fascinating anti-pollution and defense of nature air, with a touch of fantasy. A jewel.
42º – SAMURAI CHAMPLOO
- Original title: Samurai Chanpurū
- Studio: Manglobe
- Date of issue: 2004-2005
- Format: Series
Shinichirō Watanabe , brand new director of Cowboy Bebop, one of the most influential seinen character series in anime history, embarked on this title, another adult-style series but this time it was developed in another time. If Cowboy Bebop was set in the near future, Samurai Champloo is set in the Edo era (1603 to 1868) of Japan, but with an anachronistic setting influenced by hip hop, seeing (and enjoying) samurai mixed with hip-hop concepts … The series was originally aired between May 20, 2004 and March 19, 2005, with a duration of 26 chapters. A manga was created that was published months before the beginning of the anime, being written and drawn by Masaru Gotsubo (2004), with two volumes that contained an outline of the story that we would see in the anime. The music of the series is contemporary and the fight and combat scenes are beautiful.
41º – NANATSU NO TAIZAI (SEVEN DEADLY SINS)
- Original manga: Nanatsu no Taizai (Nakaba Suzuki)
- Studio: Studio Deen
- Issue date: 2014 – Present
- Format: Series, OVA, movies
Nanatsu no Taizai is not just any title. Its popularity has been so decisive that it managed to unseat One Piece as the best-selling manga in the first half of 2015 in Japan, with more than 7 million copies sold, and was awarded the Kodansha Award for Best Shonen in its 39th edition. The manga was created in 2012 and in 2014 it was possible to enjoy a first season of the anime series, which presents us with a world similar to the European Middle Ages, where the feared Holy Knights of Britannia use immensely powerful magic to protect the region of Britannia and its kingdoms. However, a small subset of these knights betrayed their homeland and turned swords against their comrades in an attempt to overthrow the ruler of Liones. They were defeated by the Holy Knights, but rumors persisted that these legendary knights, called the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights themselves staged a coup and became the new and tyrannical rulers of the Kingdom of Liones.
40th – BOKU NO HERO (MY HERO ACADEMIA)
- Original manga: Boku no Hero (Kōhei Horikoshi)
- Studio: Bones
- Date issued: 2016 – Present
- Format: Series, OVA, movies
Boku no Hero was and continues to be one of the most important phenomena in the anime world of the last five years, since this shocking anime series was released in 2016. Its story, created in the world of manga by Kōhei Horikoshiat Shueisha publishing house, in 2014, it is based on the world of superheroes, with an unapologetic plot full of action, bravery and adventure, with the following general story: The appearance of the ‘gifts’, newly discovered superpowers, has increased constantly over the years, with 80% of humanity currently possessing various abilities, from manipulating elements, throwing lightning bolts, super force, resizing or even shapeshifting. This renders the rest of the world powerless if they are attacked by some superhuman criminal, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual. Since he was a child, this ambitious high school student has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him sitting admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems his persistence has paid off: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might !! All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku as his successor! A series based on the culture of effort and epic.
39º – INUYASHA
- Original title: Inuyasha (Rumiko Takahashi)
- Studio: Sunrise
- Release date: 2000-2010
- Format: Series
Rumiko Takahashi , creator of manga / anime as important within shonen as Ranma 1/2 or Rin-ne, published between 1996 and 2008 one of the most interesting fantasy manga on the Japanese scene, winner of the Shogakukan Prize, among others. A shonen that managed to perfectly mix magic, fantasy, adventure and romanticism, with large doses of humor, which, due to its success, was adapted into a praised anime that was being broadcast, in two phases, between the years 2000 and 2010. The manga / anime plot features Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl whose normal life ends when a demon drags her into a cursed well, inside her family’s Shinto shrine. Instead of hitting the bottom of the well, Kagome ends 500 years in the past! During Japan’s violent Sengoku period. All this, with the true goal of the devil, a wish-granting jewel called Shikon Jewel, reborn within her.
38º – THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
Original title: Kaguya-hime no Monogatari
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: November 23, 2013
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) was the last film directed by Isao Takahata, co-creator of Studio Ghibli, one of the most important Japanese animation studios. Takahata was known thanks to his realistic side, creating anime films focused on historical, social and psychological aspects, and ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ was no exception, since it was based on a free adaptation of an anonymous literary tale titled ‘ The tale of the bamboo cutter ‘. The plot of the anime film introduces us to a bamboo cutter named Sanuki, who discovers a miniature girl inside a shiny bamboo shoot. Believing that she is a divine presence, he and his wife decide to raise her as their own daughter and call her ‘Princess’. The girl grows up and earns the nickname ‘Takenoko’ (Little Bamboo). Over the years
37º – PSYCO-PASS
Original title: Saiko Pasu
Studio: Production IG
Date of issue: 2012 – Present
Psycho-Pass is the greatest heir to the Blade Runner movie visual style in the anime world. Following in the wake of the cyberpunk boom of the 80s and 90s, Psycho-Pass began its broadcast in 2012 with a serious, mature and adult story, within the seinen demographic and recalling masterpieces such as Cowboy Bebop, a comparison that shows the high level of anime, which caused it to be adapted to light novels, manga and video games. The story places us in the near future where it is possible to ‘measure’ the criminal potential of a person before he has committed a criminal act and there is an entire police department that is dedicated to hunting down fugitives and future criminals. The protagonist is Akane Tsunemori, a rookie inspector within Unit One, who will be involved in a story of intense violence. The series has been very well received thanks to the mature plot, sometimes gore, and the visual effects of the animation.
36º – MONONOKE
Original title: Mononoke
Studio: Toei Animation
Issued on: 2007
Mononoke is one of the strangest and most different series that has been enjoyed in the anime world of Japan. Spin off of another anime limited series, Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror, Mononoke consists of 12 spectacular chapters that present a dark apothecary who always carries a sword. This was unthinkable in a society that, during the Edo Period, was biased in class, where samurai represented the highest echelon while merchants, including apothecaries, were at the lowest point. The apothecary must solve a series of supernatural cases that are leaving a trail of fatalities. Due to the tremendous success of the series, a manga was created based on several of the arcs of the anime series, published between 2008 and 2014. The anime series, which was directed by Kenji Nakamura , has an overwhelming and original animation that will delight of fans looking for another type of anime.
35º – THE BOY AND THE BEAST
Original title: Bakemono no Ko
Studio: Studio Chizu
Release date: July 11, 2015
The story of The Boy and the Beast focuses on two beings from two very different worlds who live very different lives, but who, after all, roam alone and isolated in their respective worlds. Ren is a nine-year-old boy who is rejected by the family that remains alive, so he lives reviled and mistreated, without parents, without a real family and without a place to go, so he decides to escape to the alleys of Shibuya. Through the twists and turns of the alleys, Ren encounters the intimidating Kumatetsu, a wolf-man who leads him to the beast kingdom of Shibuten, beginning a true urban fantasy adventure. Awarded the Japan Academy Award for Best Animated Film, and nominated for the Annie Award in the independent category, ‘The Boy and the Beast’ is a film with a very powerful social and psychological subplot, extolling friendship, the value of words and honor. It was directed by Mamoru Hosoda , known for other highly acclaimed works such as Summer Wars or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
34º – BLACK CLOVER
- Original manga: Black Clover (Yūki Tabata)
- Studio: Pierrot
- Date issued: 2017 – Present
- Format: Series, OVA, movies
One of the shonen manga of the moment also has one of the best anime ever viewed in the anime world, with spectacular effects that perfectly show the magical world created by Yūki Tabata in 2015. The plot has Asta as its protagonist, a boy who was born in the Clover Kingdom without any magical power, something unknown in the world he lives in, where everyone is born with the ability to use mana in the form of Magical Power. But Asta, equally, plans to evolve and end up becoming a good warrior, so to gain magical power, he begins a hard physical training. His goal is to end up becoming the next Wizard King, one of the most important positions in society … and nothing will stop him! Before starting the anime series in October 2017, an OVA was released in May of that year,
33rd – RANMA 1/2 NETTOHEN
Original manga: Ranma 1/2 (Rumiko Takahashi)
Studio: Studio Deen
Release date: 1989-1992
Format: Series, movies
Ranma 1/2 is one of the most important shonen manga in the history of the medium, having been awarded with prestigious industry awards and with more than 53 million copies sold worldwide. The manga was published between 1987 and 1996, being written and drawn by the unique Rumiko Takahashi, author of other best sellers such as Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Inuyasha and Rin-ne , and the manga was adapted to anime in two series, three films. and four OVAs. Ranma’s first series was a failure. Created by Studio Deen, it aired between April and September 1989, on the Fuji TV channel, but after 18 episodes it was canceled due to audience problems. It was then that the system of said series was rethought, it was renamed Ranma ½ Nettōhenand it was broadcast in another type of schedule, with a more powerful animation aspect, and the critical and public success arrived very soon, making this series reach 143 episodes aired, between 1989 and 1992. The OVAs and films have been released since then, and the last one was released in 2008. It is pure humor, with many martial arts and adventures, which is similar in some aspects to Dragon Ball, albeit with its own point of magic. The plot introduces us to Ranma Saotome, a young teenage martial arts expert who, as a result of an accident, is cursed to become a girl when cold water is splashed on him, while if the water is hot, he becomes a boy again. . It is then that Ranma will search in every possible way for a way to get rid of his curse, while his enemies hinder and interfere with his goal.
32º – NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL
Original title: Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome
Studio: Science Saru
Release date: April 7, 2017
The anime film of the year 2017, without a doubt, was ‘Night is short, Walk on Girl’, which was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Animated Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the prestigious Academy Award from Japanin the category of ‘Animation of the year’. The film, in turn, is based on the homonymous light novel, by Tomihiko Morimi (writer) and Yusuke Nakamura (illustrator), which tells us about the night out of two university students, in a romantic comedy full of humor, psychological themes and curiosities of the Japanese nightlife. The success of the film not only lies in the story itself but also in the spectacular type of animation used, with psychedelic, surreal and really modern touches that collided head-on with the usual animation style in anime cinema, with a certain air of animation. European, although with the hallmarks of its own culture and its type of humor.
31º – INTERSTELLA 5555 – THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM
Original title: Intāsutera Fō Faibu
Studio: Toei Animation, Daft Life Ltd., Wild Bunch, BAC Films
Release date: May 28, 2003
On an alien planet, a band plays to a packed audience; keyboardist Octave, guitarist Arpegius, drummer Baryl and bassist Stella. But, when they are in their prime, a military force invades the planet and kidnaps the gang. That is why a space pilot named Shep wakes up when in the middle of his sleep he hears Stella’s call, who asks for help and to save her from this sinister kidnapping, so he begins to chase the kidnappers through a hole worm, where it ends up crashing on Earth, the place where the members of the band have been taken … This title is the result of the collaboration between the production companies Toei Animation, Daft Life Ltd., Wild Bunchy BAC Films, from Japan and France, and it was the opportunity for the music group Daft Punk to promote their new album,Discovery , since the soundtrack is in charge of them, in an adult, dark and science fiction plot, with psychedelic and ultramodern touches.
30º – ONE PIECE
Original manga: One Piece
Studio: Toei Animation
Issue date: 1999 – Present
It is evident that One Piece is one of the most influential manga and anime in the history of shonen, in addition to having contributed to the boom of best sellers, being the title that has sold the most copies of manga in history, with more than 400 million in all the world. His anime series is almost as long-lived as the manga, beginning in 1999 to have exceeded 900 chapters issued since then in a story that continues to discover details of the magical and fantastic world full of pirates that Eiichiro Oda masterfully devised. The series mixes humor with epic, the culture of effort (which is used so much in Japan) and action, where the anime is not as gory as the original manga. He won the Animation Kobe Theme Song Award of the year 2000.
29th – BLEACH
Original manga: Burīchi
Broadcast date: 2004-2012, 2006-2010
Format: Series, movies
The Bleach manga and anime were one of the most followed in both media by the shonen fandom, which they found in the fantasy story created by Tite Kubo, one of the most intriguing and action-packed narratives on the market, surpassing critics and followers of such famous manga / anime as Naruto or One Piece, although at one point, the acclaim for the original work waned due to some decisions made by Kubo , although part of his fandom was maintained. Anyway, the first arcs were jewels of shonen, perfect examples of character and world development, of intrigue and mystery, and, of course, of action in abundance in a plot that introduces us to Ichigo Kurosaki, a young teenager who receives some strange powers of a shinigami (spirit) and becomes the protector of the recently dead, so that they can access Heaven. These need protection because the world is also inhabited by demonic spirits known as hollows. The Serie, Noriyuki Abe , was broadcast between 2004 and 2012, and 4 anime films were made between 2006 and 2010, directed by Abe himself and Hideki Tachibana.
28th – NARUTO / BORUTO
Original manga: Naruto, Boruto (Masashi Kishimoto)
Date issued: 2002-2017 (Naruto), 2017 – Present time (Boruto)
Format: Series, movies
The story of the manga and anime Naruto, created by Masashi KishimotoIt is one of the longest-lived shonen writings, and one of the most cohesive, interesting and spectacular. It introduces us to Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who constantly seeks to obtain the recognition of his companions and also dreams of becoming the Hokage, that is, the leader of his people. The plot unfolded and split into two parts, the first set in Naruto’s preteen years and the second in his teens and later growth. In the case of anime, the first part of the series was titled Naruto, to dry, and was issued between 2002 and 2007, with 220 episodes in total, to be followed by Naruto Shippuden, the second part, issued from 2007 to 2017, with another 500 episodes, in which action, humor, fantasy and Japanese folklore were mixed, with references to their gods, demons and mythological beings in a series heir to the narrative concept of Dragon Ball Z. As far as animated cinema is concerned, 11 films have been released so far. Currently, since 2017, it is broadcast Boruto: Naruto Next Generations , the sequel to Naruto Shippuden and evolution of the story.
27th – PAPRIKA
Original title: Papurika
Studio: Madhouse, Sony Pictures Classics
Release date: September 2, 2006
The plot of Paprika places us in the very near future, and introduces us to the psychiatrist Atsuko Chiba, who is investigating within a revolutionary project to better power therapies with patients with mental problems. This project is based on trying to interact and navigate through the dreams of patients, analyzing their possible traumas and the moments in which they occurred. In this way, Dr. Chiba, through her alter-ego called Paprika, begins working with the device to test it and, incidentally, help psychiatric patients outside the research center. This is how one of the most revolutionary anime of the beginning of the century begins, in which dream, reality and imagination came together to give rise to a story that focuses not only on impressive visual effects, but also in the humanity of its characters in the midst of a technology that is very difficult to control. This anime won awards at the following prestigious competitions: Montreal New Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and Fantasporto. The director of the film is Satoshi Kon , known for must-have titles like Perfect Blue and Tokyo Godfathers.
26th – WICKED CITY
Original title: Yōjū Toshi
Studio: Japan Home Video, Video Art, Madhouse
Release date: April 25, 1987
Fantasy and science fiction work wonderfully when they come together, and can give rise to true works of art, such as Wicked City (1987), by director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll). This production would be done before several of his other masterpieces, such as Neo Tokyo or Ninja Scroll, but his stamp and signature are evident with the tremendous visual brutality and explicit violence that he shows. It is impossible not to feel an aura of adrenaline excitement every time an action scene occurs, because Kawajiri solves it with a bestiality that always impacts the viewer. The plot of Wicked City occurs at the end of the 20th century (it must be taken into account that, if the film was released in 1987, it is taken into account that around the year 2000 was the future for them, so the film has science concepts fiction and, above all, cyberpunk) and explores the idea that the world of humanity secretly coexists with the world of demons, and humans have created a pseudo-police force known as the Black Guard, to protect the boundaries between the two.
25º – NEO TOKYO
Original title: Hepburn: Meikyū Monogatari
Studio: Madhouse, Project Team Argos
Release date: September 25, 1987
‘Neo Tokyo: Labyrinth of stories’ (or simply Neo Tokyo) is an anthological film, that is, with several stories within it (3 in total) that tell, describe and show us the future city of Neo Tokyo, a place that presents all the inherent characteristics of the subgenre of science fiction, cyberpunk. Its direct influence, of course, are two classics: First, the Akira manga , which was being published at that time, and had begun in 1982, and furthermore, this film would serve to further boost the future release of the film in 1988 than adapted that manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. On the other hand, the other influence would be Blade Runner, which in those years had also created a boom for that subgenre and people craved more adult, serious and sinister science fiction products. Neo Tokyo’s three storylines are titled ‘The Labyrinth’, ‘The Racing Driver’ and ‘Suspended Construction Work’. The three directors of these three stories are precisely three of the greatest directors and authors of science fiction: Rintaro (Metropolis), Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Schroll) and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). Almost nothing…
24º – TEKKONKINKREET
Original title: Tekkonkinkurīto
Studio: Studio 4 ° C
Release date: December 22, 2006
Tekkonkinkreet is a successful manga limited to three volumes only, written by Taiyō Matsumoto and published between 1993 and 1994, but it would not have its anime adaptation until 2006, although it was worth the wait since we are facing one of the quintessence of the Japanese animated world. The plot places us in a fictional Asian city known as Takaramachi (Treasure City), which tries to represent a pan-Asian style, with the influence of many cities of that vast continent, from Sri Lanka to China, passing through Japan, Hong Kong, etc. . The protagonists are two children who live on the street because they are orphans: the strategist Kuro (Black) and the child Shiro (White), and together they are known as ‘Los Gatos’. The plot will confront them with the yakuza herself, for the control of a strategic street in the city. The visual beauty of the film is on another scale, being a masterpiece with amazing and detailed landscapes.
23º – MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Original title: Tonari no Totoro
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: April 16, 1988
My Neighbor Totoro is one of the greatest classic anime in history and its image represents the Studio Ghibli logo. The plot tells the story of the two daughters (Satsuki and Mei) of a teacher, who has his wife (the girls’ mother) very ill. It is then that one of the daughters begins to have contact with various spirits of friendly Japanese, known within rural postwar Japan. The story is capable of mixing drama with comedy, the most staunch fantasy with the harshest, cruellest and saddest realism, being one of the maximum expressions of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated cinema. Totoro is the culture of Japan, one of its most recognizable images in anime and an example of how animated stories should be made for all audiences, with various subplots and various backgrounds. He was awarded many awards including the Grand Anime Prize, the Mainichi Film Prize, and the Kinema Junpo Prize in 1988.
22º – PERFECT BLUE
Original title: Pāfekuto Burū
Release date: August 5, 1997
Mima Kirigoe is a famous music singer from a group known as J-Pop “CHAM”. When she announces that she is going to abandon her musical career in order to consolidate a new career as a film actress, she begins to receive letters from her most staunch followers and fans, until she discovers that one of them is an obsessed stalker who, when interpreting that with The new decision is abandoning her lifelong fans, a spiral of harassment and personal loss of prestige begins and through the networks that will change Mima’s life. Perfect Blue delves deep into the psychological thriller, spawning one of the Madhouse studio’s most ambitious products, directed by Satoshi Kon. Perfect Blue won awards from the 1997 Fantasia Festival in Montreal and the Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal.
21º – HELLSING
Original manga: Hellsing (Kouta Hirano)
Release date: 2001-2002
When the Hellsing manga appeared, it became an immediate hit with followers of the dark fantasy seinen, as Kouta Hiranocreated a dark story, starring a very charismatic anti-heroic vampire and with drawings in the manga that were grotesque as well as exciting. The original manga series was published between 1997 and 2008, and after four years of success in the role, the Gonzo studio produced a 13-episode anime series that was also a success, becoming a cult title. The anime series uses the same characters and settings from the manga, but tells a different plot from Hirano’s original manga, with the intention that the viewer will be surprised. The series was written by Chiaki J. Konaka and directed by Umanosuke Iida, premiering on the Fuji Television channel on October 11, 2001 and would reach its conclusion on January 17, 2002. Between 2006 and 2010, 10 OVAs known as Hellsing Ultimate were released, also of an impressive artistic make, with stories that were more faithful to the original manga. These OVAs were performed by three different studies: Satelight (1–4), Madhouse (5–7) and Graphinica (8-10). They are also essential
20th – BLACK JACK
Original manga: Black Jack (Osamu Tezuka)
Studio: Tezuka Productions
Issued on: 1993-2000
Format: Movie, OVA
Black Jack was one of the most powerful and dark titles of Osamu Tezuka , the ‘God of manga and anime’, within an extensive bibliography of masterpieces. In the case of Black Jack, he told us the story of a doctor who used that name who, despite being a genius of medicine, has chosen not to obtain a medical license in order to operate from the shadows, free of rules and the corrupt bureaucratic establishment. In 1992, Osamu Dezaki, who was a regular contributor to productions related to Tezuka’s work – such as Astroboy, Dororoand many more anime – he directed and released a Black Jack movie and over eight years 12 OVAs were released to the VHS and DVD market in Japan, until 2000. A dramatic, philosophical and system-critical series, where the Tezuka’s imagination was lavished like never before, adapting the best stories from the original manga. Between 2004 and 2006 another anime series would be broadcast, of 61 episodes, but it was not the same as the OVA series, with a different visual style and with a different type of rhythm.
19th – PORCO ROSSO
Original title: Kurenai no Buta
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Issue date: July 18, 1992
Porco Rosso’s story revolves around a veteran Italian ace from World War I, who now lives as an independent bounty hunter in pursuit of the fearsome aerial pirates of the Adriatic Sea. What is shocking about this man is that an intriguing and dark curse has transformed him into an anthropomorphic pig, which is why, despite his name Marco Pagot, he is now known throughout the world as Porco Rosso. It is curious that within Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography, this is the least fantastic film of all, where the setting in which the action takes place has a historical and social basis, with a clear anti-fascist allegation, within a tone of humor, adventures and certain adult tone. In addition, the film is a tribute to World War I aviation, and its beauty in aeronautics,
18th – ATTACK ON THE TITANS
Original manga: Shingeki no Kyojin (Hajime Isayama)
Studio: Wit Studio, Production IG
Issue date: 2013 – Present
The last decade has had very good manga and anime that have emerged with real force, as is the case with titles such as Boku No Hero, Kimetsu no Yaiba or One Punch Man, among many others, but the impact of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) has been very difficult to match. The plot power of this dark fantasy manga and anime is impressive, showing a dark dystopian world where humanity must live in a walled city because outside of it live giants (titans) that eat humans. The city has a specialized squad of warriors that face these titans, to defend themselves or attack them … until a colossal titan, the largest ever seen, breaks one of the city walls. The anime began airing in 2013, and features several related anime films. The launch of each new season of the anime series is a worldwide event.
17th – THE MOVING CASTLE
Original title: Howl no Ugoku Shiro
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: September 5, 2004
We are before another work of art by Hayao Miyazaki, co-creator of Studio Ghibli, who created this film loosely based on the British novel of the same name written by Diana Wynne Jones and published in 1986. The film has a strong antiwar sentiment precisely because Miyazaki was deeply against the declaration of war by the United States to Iraq. The story takes place in a fictional kingdom where both the magic and technology of the early twentieth century prevail, in the purest steampunk style, in the context of a war with another kingdom. The film tells the story of a happy young hat maker named Sophie, who is turned into an old woman by the spell of a witch who enters her shop and curses her. That is when he will do everything possible to be normal again and decides to leave home towards the ‘wasteland’, the Animation Excellence Award at the Japan Art Festival , and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Sitges Film Festival . It was also nominated for the Oscars, the Golden Lion of Venice and the Annie Prize for animation.
16th – RUROUNI KENSHIN
Original manga: Rurouni Kenshin (Nobuhiro Watsuki)
Studio: Studio Gallop, Studio Deen
Issued on: 1996-1998
Format: Series, films
One of the most passionate samurai shonen manga in manga history was, without a doubt, Rurouni Kenshin. Published between 1994 and 1998, it got a powerful adaptation to the anime world in series form, which began to air on the Fuji TV channel on January 10, 1996 and ended on September 8, 1998. It was animated from the episode 1-66 by Studio Gallop, but from episode 67 it was animated by Studio Deen until the very end. The style of this anime, its soundtrack, everything works to fully introduce you to the plot of Kenshin, a samurai warrior who had been known in the past as Battōsai the butcher, having perpetrated countless murders while working for the government. Now, he offers protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed, But problems do not stop haunting him and he is involved in a plot that can change the Japanese government and society forever. In addition to the highly recommended series, at least until episode 66, the viewing of its two films and two OVAs, which serve to further understand the myth of this samurai warrior.
15th – FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
- Original manga: Fullmetal Alchemist (Hiromu Arakawa)
- Studio: Bones
- Issued on: 2009-2010
- Format: Series
Fullmetal Alchemist has two anime series adaptations, although this is undoubtedly the best of them. The first series was broadcast between 2003 and 2004, and was the winner of the Anime Grand Prix Award in the category of best anime of the year in 2006, in addition to having received many other recognitions, because the series, it must be said, was spectacular . But it is that for many fans, that series was bad because many concepts changed with respect to the original manga, something that the author of the manga, Hiromu Arakawa, had requested, but it was very disappointing for the followers of always … something that they did not notice new viewers who were not familiar with that manga. In the case of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the series was a carbon copy of the manga, the events occurring as in the original work of Arakawa, and with a new animation that was visually stunning, on another level. The original story is set in a steampunk world where alchemy predominates as the most important element of science. Witchcraft and sorcery are common, and two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, try to save their mother from death, but both end up badly upset after their spell goes awry. One of them loses an arm … and the other his whole body, having to keep his essence in armor! It is then when they go in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, which will help them to recover their bodies and their mother. The series had a total of 64 episodes. Witchcraft and sorcery are common, and two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, try to save their mother from death, but both end up badly upset after their spell goes awry. One of them loses an arm … and the other his whole body, having to keep his essence in armor! It is then when they go in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, which will help them to recover their bodies and their mother. The series had a total of 64 episodes. Witchcraft and sorcery are common, and two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, try to save their mother from death, but both end up badly upset after their spell goes awry. One of them loses an arm … and the other his whole body, having to keep his essence in armor! It is then when they go in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, which will help them to recover their bodies and their mother. The series had a total of 64 episodes.
14th – PARASYTE
Original manga: Parasyte (Hitoshi Iwaaki)
Issued on: 2014-2015
Even though the parasyte manga was published between the years 1988 to 1995, we could not enjoy an anime based on this wonderful work until 2014, precisely coinciding with a live-action adaptation, with a seinen character series that was broadcast between October of that year until March 2015, with 24 episodes that masterfully adapted that unparalleled manga. But although the adaptation was more or less faithful, it had several differences regarding the development of various characters, including the protagonist, who had a somewhat different character in the anime. The story centers on Sinichi, a young student who is attacked by a being of unknown origin, who tries to enter through his ear to take over his brain, but Sinichi manages to stop him, although, even so, said being, he seems a kind of worm, ends up entering your arm, and after an intense fight, Sinichi ends up falling asleep. The next morning, Sinichi thinks that he had a nightmare and that nothing had happened to him … until he discovers that his right hand has a will of its own, his name is Miggy and he is not the friendliest in the world! First of all, clarify that Parasyte is horror and terror, a dark seinen that asks what would happen if we were invaded by a colonizing species that feeds on us, secretly and camouflaging itself among us, with an evolution of the plot that increases with each new chapter to unsuspected points. The 24 chapters of the series are pure frenzy. His name is Miggy and he’s not the friendliest in the world! First of all, clarify that Parasyte is horror and terror, a dark seinen that asks what would happen if we were invaded by a colonizing species that feeds on us, secretly and camouflaging itself among us, with an evolution of the plot that increases with each new chapter to unsuspected points. The 24 chapters of the series are pure frenzy. His name is Miggy and he’s not the friendliest in the world! First of all, clarify that Parasyte is horror and terror, a dark seinen that asks what would happen if we were invaded by a colonizing species that feeds on us, secretly and camouflaging itself among us, with an evolution of the plot that increases with each new chapter to unsuspected points. The 24 chapters of the series are pure frenzy.
13th – NEON GENESIS EVANGELION
Original manga: Neon Genesis Evangelion (Hideaki Anno)
Studio: Gainax, Tatsunoko Production
Date / premiere: 1995-1996, 1997-2020
Format: Series, movies
When Neon Genesis Evangelion entered the scene, it had already rained a lot since the Mecha genre (of giant robots) had arrived in the Japanese anime market, with titles as characteristic as Mazinger Z (1972), Mobile Suit Gundam(1979) and all its counterparts – many series were created that were plagiarisms of the original concepts of these anime / manga. But even though the time of the Mecha seemed late, Neon Genesis Evangelion arrived to revolutionize the concept in a way never seen before. The original story took us back to 2015, fifteen years after a global cataclysm known as the ‘Second Impact’ had forever changed the future of humanity. The protagonist is Shinji Ikari, a young teenager who must move to the city of Tokyo-3 since his father, Gendo Ikari, needs him. Gendo Ikari is director of the special paramilitary force Nerv, in charge of the giant biomachines known as Evangelion, huge and manned machines that must be synchronized with the nervous systems of their pilots. And these machines are the only weapons capable of preventing the Angels from annihilating humanity! And Shinji Ikari will be the next pilot of one of these evangelions. The plot focuses heavily on Shinji’s dramatic pain, his thoughts and machinations, while the animation presents us with a bleak and dystopian landscape, with cyberpunk elements and elements of a post-apocalyptic character. Neon Genesis Evangelion became the first anime franchise to win three consecutive awards from the with cyberpunk elements and post-apocalyptic elements. Neon Genesis Evangelion became the first anime franchise to win three consecutive awards from the with cyberpunk elements and post-apocalyptic elements. Neon Genesis Evangelion became the first anime franchise to win three consecutive awards from the Anime Grand Prize , between 1996 and 1998, and also won the Animation Kobe Award in two consecutive years: 1996 and 1997.
12º – YOUR NAME
Original title: Kimi no Na wa
Studio: CoMix Wave Films, Toho
Release date: July 3, 2016
Kimi no Na wa is one of the greatest anime film phenomena of the 21st century. Based on the novel by Shinkai, it focuses on the relationship of two young men, Taki and Mitsuha, who dream of being able to change their lives sometime. One of them lives in the city and the other in a town, and one wants the tranquility of the countryside and the other wants to live the adventures of a big city, until one day, while dreaming of each other, their minds were exchanged, starting a really complex and emotionally impressive adventure that continues to dazzle millions of viewers around the world today. The director of this masterpiece is Makoto Shinkai , presenting himself as ‘the new Miyazaki’ thanks to his talent in animation, having been responsible for other masterpieces such asOther Worlds, The Garden of Words or 5 cm per second . Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) has been awarded up to 13 awards from different parts of the world such as 3 Japanese Academy Awards, and awards for ‘Best Animated Film’ at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, in the Tokyo International Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival, among others.
11º – BERSERK
Original manga: Berserk (Kentaro Miura)
Studio: Oriental Light and Magic, Studio 4 ° C
Release date: 1997-1998, 2012-2013
Format: Series and films
Berserk , the manga, was created in 1989 by Kentaro Miura and over the years has garnered tremendous recognition as one of the defining titles of dark fantasy, not only in the world of manga but in the world of comics in general. It took 9 years for it to be adapted into anime for the first time, in serial form. The director of the Berserk anime series was Naohito Takahashi, whose official title wasBerserk: Kenpū Denki(Berserk: Sword-Wind Tales, in English), would have a duration of 25 episodes and was aired for the first time from October 7, 1997 in Japan, until March 31, 1998, when the last chapter was broadcast. The plot was based on the ‘Black Swordsman’ arc which was followed by the ‘Golden Age’ arc. It was very faithful to the manga, although some modifications were made, such as the elimination of some characters, the most violent and brutal scenes of Kentaro Miura’s original work were avoided and themes such as friendship were emphasized above others in order to reach a In general, younger audience, considering that the original manga is tremendously beast, brutal, ultraviolent and horror seinen. We were not lucky enough to enjoy any more Berserk anime until 2012,much more brutality and a more adult tone , while ‘Berserk: Golden Age Arc III – The Advent’, released in February 2013, presented an original story, continuation of the two previous films. These films were animated with CGI, although they were rendered with a flat two-dimensional effect to match the visual style of the television series. The same did not happen with the last anime production of Berserk, a series broadcast between 2016 and 2017, with 24 CGI-animated episodes that received bad reviews for this visual aspect so different from previous productions, although in terms of history, It received a lot of praise for its rawness and showmanship.
10th – THE GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
Original manga: Hotaru no Haka
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Date issued: April 16, 1988
Tomb of the Fireflies is one of the harshest, most dramatic and humane anime ever made. It was directed by Isao Takahata, who also adapted the script for the film based on the autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, a Japanese man who lived through the Second World War in harsh conditions and the consequences it had for his life and society. The impeccably visual film, with images that serve as a metaphor for the cruelty of war, is set in the city of Kobe, in World War II Japan, and focuses on the hard lives of Seita and Setsuko , who do everything they can to barely survive. Isao Takahata is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli, alongside the acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki. Takahata, who died in April 2018, focused on telling stories of a historical and dramatic nature, and this is considered his culmination work.
9th – NINJA SCROLL
Original title: Jūbē Ninpūchō
Studio: Animate Film
Release date: June 5, 1993
Ninja Scroll is considered along with Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995), responsible for the mangamania that occurred in the West in the early and mid-90s, with the irruption of titles of any genre, with adult plots, very powerful visually and without any complex compared to any other type of animation in the world. Ninja Scroll is based on a visual power only comparable to jewels like Akira, Wicked City, Demon City or Ghost in the Shell , and a very beastly plot, bordering on gore, totally explicit violence and without limitations when it comes to presenting semi-naked bodies . Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri , also known by cult titles such asVampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Wicked City, the plot introduces us to Kibagami Jubei, a mercenary swordsman who fights against the Eight Devils of Kimon, a group of ninjas with supernatural powers who try to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate, during the Edo period of feudal Japan. .
8th – THE PRINCESS MONONOKE
Original title: Mononoke Hime
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: July 12, 1997
Anyone who knows Hayao Miyazaki’s work in the cinema will know about this title, being considered one of his quintessentials, one of his most impressive works of climate and naturalistic denunciation, as well as being one of his most powerful titles at a visual level, and more adults , so to speak, by the extreme graphic violence in some scenes and by the forcefulness of the environmental message that it keeps inside. The plot is located in the Muromachi period (which includes the years 1336 – 1573) in Japan, which although it is a real era of the Japanese country, the story is located in the fantasy genre since it shows humans facing the guardians, who They are beings of a supernatural nature (various spirits and monsters), because they want to exploit the world’s natural resources. The story begins when the last emishi prince, Ashitaka, saves his village from the horrible attack of a Tatarigami, which is a demon that kills everything it touches, although unfortunately for Ashitaka, it is lightly touched by its enemy, so it has very little life left. It is then that he begins a journey to the west, in search of salvation before the wound in his arm spreads throughout his body and ends up turning into a demon … or worse! The story is cruel and bloody at times, but at others it is pure tenderness, nature, light and mythology, being one of the most original anime productions that exist. It is not easy to see, due to its slow development, and its plot complexity. so it has very little life left. It is then that he begins a journey to the west, in search of salvation before the wound in his arm spreads throughout his body and ends up turning into a demon … or worse! The story is cruel and bloody at times, but at others it is pure tenderness, nature, light and mythology, being one of the most original anime productions that exist. It is not easy to see, due to its slow development, and its plot complexity. so it has very little life left. It is then that he begins a journey to the west, in search of salvation before the wound in his arm spreads throughout his body and ends up turning into a demon … or worse! The story is cruel and bloody at times, but at others it is pure tenderness, nature, light and mythology, being one of the most original anime productions that exist. It is not easy to see, due to its slow development, and its plot complexity. being one of the most original anime productions that exist. It is not easy to see, due to its slow development, and its plot complexity. being one of the most original anime productions that exist. It is not easy to see, due to its slow development, and its plot complexity.
7th – DEATH NOTE
Original manga: Death Note (Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata)
Date of issue: 2006-2007
Between 2003 and 2006, the writer Tsugumi Ohba and the cartoonist Takeshi Obata, published one of the most acclaimed fantastic manga seinen in the history of the genre. With a simple premise, they built a plot that was based on psychological, philosophical, ethical aspects and based its plot on a rivalry, between the protagonist and the antagonist, which turned out to be one of the best ever conceived in the medium of manga or anime . The story features Light Yagami, a young student who one day finds a book called ‘Death Note’ lying on the street. And said book has the ability to kill the person whose name has been written within it, so an unprecedented sneak attack begins. That’s when ‘L’ appears, a skillful and meticulous investigator who closes more and more the fence against Yagami. Meanwhile, the Shinigami Ryuk, the previous owner of the book, conspires his dark plans around the protagonist. The anime managed to spectacularly convey the plot of the manga and aired between October 2006 and June 2007, with 37 gripping chapters.
6th – COWBOY BEBOP
Original manga: Cowboy Bebop (Hajime Yatate)
Date of issue: 1998-1999
This anime is an absolute reference for fans of seinen, adult and science fiction stories. Cowboy Bebop mixes various concepts in its narrative, from Neo-Noir and cyberpunk in its setting, to Western in its rhythm, and the noir in its presentation of characters. The series is set in the year 2071, an era in which you can travel through space and several planets have been colonized. The main protagonist of the play is Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter, ex-soldier, who man the Bebop ship, along with several companions. Little by little and as the chapters go by, details of the characters’ pasts are discovered, while their adventures become more and more dangerous and stimulating. The anime aired from October 1998, Shinichirō Watanabe , acclaimed for works like Samurai Champloo and Space Dance . The anime series occupies 26 chapters in total.
5th – METROPOLIS
Original manga: Metropolis (Osamu Tezuka)
Release date: May 26, 2001
Based on the homonymous manga by Osamu Tezuka, considered the God of manga and anime in Japan, it is a fairly free adaptation of that work, with which it has a difference of 52 years since the manga was published and this anime film was released. . The director of the film was Rintaro , known by titles such as Neo Tokyo, The Dagger of Kamui or Phoenix: Karma Chapter , among others, while the screenwriter of the film in charge of adapting Tezuka’s work was none other than Katsuhiro Otomo , the creator of Akira(manga and anime). The plot shows us the futuristic city of Metropolis, where humans and robots coexist, although robots are discriminated against and segregated at the lower levels of the city. Much of Metropolis’ human population is unemployed and unemployed, and many people blame robots for ‘stealing’ their jobs. Duke Red, the unofficial ruler of Metropolis, has overseen the construction of a massive skyscraper called the Ziggurat, which he claims will allow humanity to spread its power across the planet. But a rogue robot interrupts the opening ceremony of the Ziggurat, claiming rights for the robots … but is ripped apart by Rock !, the adopted son of Duke Red, who happens to be the head of the Marduk Party, an obscure organization that seeks to implement anti-robot sentiments in the metropolis. Meanwhile, scheming private detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew, Kenichi, travel to town to find Dr. Laughton, a mad scientist wanted for organ trafficking. At a visual level, we are facing a work of art, and at a plot level, it exceeds the quintessence.
4th – DRAGON BALL ZOriginal manga:
- Dragon Ball (Akira Toriyama)
- Studio: Toei Animation
- Issue date and premieres: 1986-1996
- Format: Series, movies
Dragon Ball Z changed the way of understanding manga and anime in the West. In Europe, Latin America or the United States, he gained legions of followers thanks to his anime tv series, being the media culmination that the medium needed to open up in the western market permanently. It is true that the filmAkira, by Katsuhiro Otomo, opened the market for the first time and although it was initially consumed by many people, it initially functioned rather as a cult title that now moves a lot of fandom. Other works such as The Fist of the North Staror Saint Seiya(Knights of the Zodiac), were pioneers in the television broadcasting and anime movies in the market of many countries, but they did not accumulate as much success as Dragon Ball, which would have a much longer series and with many more viewers. The original Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama (not including Dragon Ball Super) was adapted by the Japanese production company, Toei Animation, into two series with different titles: First Dragon Ball and then Dragon Ball Z. The first ‘season’, Dragon Ball, was the adaptation of the first 194 chapters (out of 519) of the manga of the same name, which had been published in the well-known and acclaimed Weekly Shōnen Jump manga magazine from 1984 to 1995. This first ‘season’ of the anime consists of 153 episodes, originally broadcast in Japan on the Fuji TV channel, from February 26, 1986 to April 19, 1989.
This series told us the story of Son Goku, a boy with a prodigious strength who is convinced by Bulma to go in search of the Dragon Balls all over the world. Thus, he would meet Krillin, Yamcha, Ten Shin Han, Master Mutenroshi, and he would face such formidable enemies with the Red Ribbon Army, Piccolo Daimao or Piccolo Jr, participating in the well-known Martial Arts Tournaments and, even, meeting God. Dragon Ball’s second ‘season’ (or sequel), Dragon Ball Z, adapts the last 325 chapters of the manga series, and was based on the adulthood of Son Goku, being the father of Son Gohan and discovering his true origins, discovering that he was a Saiyan, an alien from a planet of space warriors, the planet Vegeta. In Dragon Ball Z he would have to face his worst enemies ever: Vegeta, Freeza, Cell and the monster Bu, in fast-paced adventures separated into four great sagas, comprised of the final villains he faced. Regarding the OVA and anime films, Dragon Ball had three films that were released during the transmission of the first tv anime, Dragon Ball. The first was Curse of the Blood Rubies , released in 1986, followed by Sleeping Princess at Devil’s Castle.in 1987 and, finally, Mystical Adventure would arrive in 1988. 15 spectacular anime films were released by Dragon Ball Z, among which was ‘ Gohan and Trunks: A different future ‘,’ The duel breaks out ‘,’ The attack of the dragon ‘,’ Fusion ‘ and ‘ The return of Broly ‘. The quality of Dragon Ball Z, the series, and its related movies was spectacular, with an overwhelming graphic level and very entertaining plots.
3rd – CHIHIRO’S JOURNEY Original
Spirited Away ( The mysterious disappearance of Sen and Chihiro / Spirited Away ) it is one of the most important titles of the Studio Ghibli. Created from the script by Hayao Miyazakiand under his direction, he immerses us fully in the world of the yokais and the different spirits of Japan, with an impressive magical and mystical halo that is overwhelming in every way. The story stars Chihiro, a twelve-year-old girl who is moving with her family, when she is trapped in a magical world. He will have to manage to escape and thus return to reality with his parents, also trapped. Visually it is fascinating, one of the most beautiful animated films ever made, having been awarded several prestigious awards, including an Oscar Award – being the only anime film that has achieved it so far – and a Golden Bear at the Festival. of Berlin. It aired on July 20, 2001.
- title: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
- Studio: Studio Ghibli
- Release date: July 20, 2001
- Format: Film
2nd – AKIRA
- Original manga: Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
- Studio: TMS Entertainment
- Release date: July 16, 1988
- Format: Film
Akira was the anime that broke the barrier that limited anime in the West, opening a deep gap where the rest of the Japanese productions managed to pass so that mangamania could be produced. Akira is based on the manga byKatsuhiro Otomo who, precisely, wrote the script for the film with Izō Hashimoto, and directed the animated film, together with assistant director Hiroshi Adachi. They tried to adapt the 2000 pages of the original manga into a 124-minute film, and although some ideas from the original work failed to be captured, the end result of the film was great. It’s pure cyberpunk, setting us in 2019, a year before the Olympic Games are to be held in Tokyo, and the city has improved a lot after having suffered the ravages of World War III. Kaneda and his friends, among whom is Tetsuo, are part of a gang of vandalism bikers who take on other gangs on the endless roads of the city, until an episode changes their lives forever. Tetsuo is kidnapped by the government due to an incident, and when Kaneda begins to investigate he will discover something that surpasses them all … What or who is Akira? On a visual level, this film broke barriers, and on a plot level, its harsh, harsh and adult tone dazzled an entire generation.
1st – GHOST IN THE SHELL
- Original manga: The Ghost in the Shell (Masamune Shirow)
- Studio: Production IG, Bandai Visual, Manga Entertainment
- Release date: November 18,1995
- Format: Movie
Although the original manga The Ghost in the Shell , by Masamune Shirow had quite an interesting reception in the Japanese fandom, who were eagerly looking for the most dystopian cyberpunk and science fiction in the late 80s, it would not be until the premiere of the film 1995 anime when this title would eventually take off as one of the most important in anime history. There are quite a few differences between manga and anime, and the latter medium solves Shirow’s initial approaches much better. Mamoru Oshiihe knew how to see that it worked and that it could be forgotten about the manga, like the enormous sexuality that Masamune Shirow tried to show in the work on paper, replaced by more existentialism and more philosophy. The action runaway by huge machines and all kinds of vehicles are exchanged in the anime for moments of intense reflection and a bleak landscape of a future in which humanity seems to have lost the essence that defines us. In Ghost in the Shell, the protagonist of the play is the android known as Major Motoko Kusanagi, who is the leader of the assault team of Section 9 of Public Security of “New Port City” in Japan, and must perform all kinds of missions, including assassinations, to protect the government from the continuous terrorist attacks. While the action occurs, Kusanagi does not stop wondering if he has’ ghost ‘(soul) and what is its origin, in a world where, with the advancement of cybernetic technology, the human body has been able to be’ augmented ‘or even completely replaced by cybernetic parts. Its sequel is also essential,Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) , an artwork that amplifies the plot, focusing on other characters from this dystopian future.