Editorial

5 Essential Anime Films you need to View Pt.2

This is part two of this series. I know I should have called it 10 Essential Anime Films you need to View but I realized after I had written the first post in the series that I had left out too many note-worthy films. There are other movies that I have heard about, Wicked City, BioHunter, Crying Freeman, Spriggan, Demon City and many others. I have not seen these films yet so I can’t comment on them and it would not be right to add them to my list.

1.) Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi )

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I love this film. Love. I saw it in the theatre after it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Disney mis-handled the ad campaign for this film and few people new about it in America, including myself. This is one bright and beautiful film with a cool story about finding courage adversity in a young. Plus, Miyazaki is behind the helm so I knew what to expect. Then you see the film and there are surprises sprinkled throughout. Great film. Magical.

2.) Golgo 13: The Professional

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Very cool flick. James Bond as an assassin. I love the back story to Blue and Gold. An entire film could be made out of that. Snake was is good as well. The scene snippet when the three of them are together and Dawson sends Snake to kill Golgo, you see it through the same camera angle that you would in a live action movie.

3.) Metropolis

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Great ending. It’s very rare when an anime film can elicit an emotional response but I actually felt sorry for the main protagonist and what he loses. I like the way the animation is mixed with CGI as well.

4.) Akira

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This is the film that hooked many fans into the genre permanently. Fist of the North Star did it for me. I haven’t seen this film in years but I do remember how good the action was and how intricate the story was.

5.) Perfect Blue

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A crime movie with a multitude of twists and turns. I had to watch this film a few times just to understand the third act. The twists are good, you never see them coming. This film made me a fan of Satoshi Kon as well.

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  • Jed

    I’m quite new to the anime scene, though I have watched a number of cool/awesome anime myself- Ghost Fighter, Howl’s Moving Castle… and Akira is getting to be quite an experience!

    Great article by the way!

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  • Jed

    I’m quite new to the anime scene, though I have watched a number of cool/awesome anime myself- Ghost Fighter, Howl’s Moving Castle… and Akira is getting to be quite an experience!

    Great article by the way!

    Jed’s last blog post..KEVIN ZEGERS: More than just a pretty boy!

  • Spirited Away, Metropolis and Akira are wonderful movies. Love them! Haven’t seen Golgo 13 or Perfect Blue yet. Oh, Cowboy Bebop The Movie is also a must see movie.

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  • Spirited Away, Metropolis and Akira are wonderful movies. Love them! Haven’t seen Golgo 13 or Perfect Blue yet. Oh, Cowboy Bebop The Movie is also a must see movie.

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  • Thanks for the comment Jed. I saw Howl’s Moving Castle in theaters and was really let down by it. Since you are new to anime, I suggest you look up the films in part one of this series. The films featured there are the ones you need to see immediately.
    STG, I have the Cowboy Bebop movie, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, if I’m not mistaken. I haven’t watched it yet. It’s been sitting in my draw for four years now I think. I love Spirited Away and really like Metropolis. You’ve gotta see Golgo 13. It’s very fuc*ked up in some instances and has tons of action.

  • Thanks for the comment Jed. I saw Howl’s Moving Castle in theaters and was really let down by it. Since you are new to anime, I suggest you look up the films in part one of this series. The films featured there are the ones you need to see immediately.
    STG, I have the Cowboy Bebop movie, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, if I’m not mistaken. I haven’t watched it yet. It’s been sitting in my draw for four years now I think. I love Spirited Away and really like Metropolis. You’ve gotta see Golgo 13. It’s very fuc*ked up in some instances and has tons of action.

  • Thanks for the tip! Might give it a look 🙂 Been a long time since I’ve seen an anime. My time doesn’t work the way it used to. I used to have time to do anything before… Maybe I am getting slower 😉

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  • Thanks for the tip! Might give it a look 🙂 Been a long time since I’ve seen an anime. My time doesn’t work the way it used to. I used to have time to do anything before… Maybe I am getting slower 😉

    soundtrackgeek’s last blog post..Retro Wednesday: Kumite! Kumite! Kumite!

  • Slower? Lol. Use NetFlix if you don’t want to leave your home or iTunes.

  • Slower? Lol. Use NetFlix if you don’t want to leave your home or iTunes.

  • too time consuming 😉

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  • too time consuming 😉

    soundtrackgeek’s last blog post..Retro Wednesday: Kumite! Kumite! Kumite!

  • Jesus Christ.

  • Jesus Christ.

  • Now that’s an Anime I haven’t seen yet!

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  • Now that’s an Anime I haven’t seen yet!

    soundtrackgeek’s last blog post..Retro Wednesday: Kumite! Kumite! Kumite!

  • Thanks for the comments, Reginald. I’m quite the anime fan myself, although I typically can’t stand the derivative big-robot style stuff. Spirited Away should certainly be #1 – perfect pick there (Miyazaki’s best). The only one I haven’t seen on your list is Golgo.

    On Satoshi Kon, have you had a chance to see Paranoia Agent (his 13 episode series) or Paprika yet? They are equally fantastic. He’s one of my favorite anime auteurs.

    This isn’t a movie, but every anime fan I ever encounter I recommend Monster to. It is, quite simply, one of the most amazing creations I have ever encountered, a perfect blend of The Omen and The Fugitive.

    Looking forward to the second part of your list.

    Evan Derrick’s last blog post..REVIEW: The Bank Job

  • Thanks for the comments, Reginald. I’m quite the anime fan myself, although I typically can’t stand the derivative big-robot style stuff. Spirited Away should certainly be #1 – perfect pick there (Miyazaki’s best). The only one I haven’t seen on your list is Golgo.

    On Satoshi Kon, have you had a chance to see Paranoia Agent (his 13 episode series) or Paprika yet? They are equally fantastic. He’s one of my favorite anime auteurs.

    This isn’t a movie, but every anime fan I ever encounter I recommend Monster to. It is, quite simply, one of the most amazing creations I have ever encountered, a perfect blend of The Omen and The Fugitive.

    Looking forward to the second part of your list.

    Evan Derrick’s last blog post..REVIEW: The Bank Job

  • No problem man. We movie bloggers have to stick together. I’m a newbie as well. I saw your site LAMB. You’ve got a good crew working at Moviezeal. Its just me over here.

    This is actually the second part of the list. The first part is here.

    Golgo 13 is a movie first, anime second. Golgo could easily be made into a live action feature film with very little changes. If you watch the film, you’ll like it.

    I haven’t seen Paranoia Agent but I did watch the first twelve minutes of Paprika. I just never got back to it. I still have it so I will eventually see the whole thing. I will also hunt down Monster. Who is the director of that?
    In your profile you say that hate people that talk in the theater. So do I. One of my very first posts (right here) was about that subject.

  • No problem man. We movie bloggers have to stick together. I’m a newbie as well. I saw your site LAMB. You’ve got a good crew working at Moviezeal. Its just me over here.

    This is actually the second part of the list. The first part is here.

    Golgo 13 is a movie first, anime second. Golgo could easily be made into a live action feature film with very little changes. If you watch the film, you’ll like it.

    I haven’t seen Paranoia Agent but I did watch the first twelve minutes of Paprika. I just never got back to it. I still have it so I will eventually see the whole thing. I will also hunt down Monster. Who is the director of that?
    In your profile you say that hate people that talk in the theater. So do I. One of my very first posts (right here) was about that subject.

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