I saw Yumeka's top 20-11 favorite animated movies post (which is here: http://animeyume.com/blog/2014/05/09/yumekas-top-20-animated-movies-20-11), so I decided to make one myself, but I haven't seen much non-anime ones yet to fully review them, so this list will just be about my favorite anime movies I've seen.
Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
Eh...don't get me wrong, I really like this. I really really do. But I can't seem to find it in me to put it in my top favorites for some reason. I don't know if it's the whole growing up theme that scares me since I myself have to get out into the world some day, or the whole parenting theme. I have no idea. Other things about it turn me off, but they're not worth mentioning so I'll be quiet. But I really like it regardless, and I plan on getting the manga soon to see what that's like.
Top 13 Favorite Anime Movies
13. Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi
I know what you're thinking: "you have a marketing vehicle on your top favorites list?! What's wrong with you, you person of clearly poor taste?!" Yeah, I won't deny this movie has a heck of a lot of flaws, and pretty glaring ones too, but it's admittedly a VAST improvement over previous Precure All Stars movies. It has a good and decent story, it's not about a cliche evil villain attempting to destroy the world, the movie exclusive character is very realistic and down to earth with relatable flaws, the villain itself is very well done, and it stresses the importance of talking to friends and the fact that friendships are very fragile, prone to being broken over the slightest misunderstanding, but it can definitely be fixed if you take action. I laud this movie for at least trying to be different, even though it could have been a whole lot better. I guess you can call this my guilty pleasure.
12. Only Yesterday
Isao Takahata is seriously the king of slice-of-life.
11. Summer Wars
This is the movie that pretty much turned me into a Mamoru Hosoda fan. Yes, it's pretty much a copy and paste of Digimon: Our War Game, but it's able to stand on its own two feet as well.
10. Heartcatch Precure: Fashion Show In The City of Flowers
My goodness, was this movie hard to find! I didn't get to see it when it finally got fansubbed, and I didn't transition to torrents until this year, and the torrents for this are all dead. I finally managed to find it subbed on a random streaming site (can't remember which one), and I'm really glad I got to see it.
9. Anthem of the Heart
8. Junkers Come Here
7. Who's Left Behind
6. Tale of Princess Kaguya
The minute I heard about this movie, I knew I had to see it, and boy am I glad I did!
5. When Marnie Was There
For Ghibli's swansong, a movie like this is a wonderful note to go out on considering its themes of accepting loss and dealing with your problems.
4. Happy Birthday: Inochi Kagayaku Toki
An anime featuring actual disabled kids?! That's a rarity! Yes, this movie features disabled kids, along with issues like bullying and child abuse. This movie's been unsubbed for a long time until one of my favorite fansub groups finally gave it the love it deserved, and it still holds a special place in my heart. When it comes to heartwarming moments and tear jerkers it does NOT mess around, especially near the end! It may come across as rather melodramatic at times, and one scene in the movie seemed rather forced, but it didn't kill my enjoyment of this movie one bit. Seriously, this movie's amazing! Why are you not watching it yet? Go watch it, you fool!
3. Whisper of the Heart
I love this movie.
2. Ringing Bell
I read about this on Anime News Network in 2009, when Justin Sevakis wrote an article about it on the Buried Treasure column. This was before Discotek got the license for it (heck, before I even heard about them at all). I sought it out on YouTube and...wow. I have never seen a movie so dark and somber and twisted in my entire life. You KNOW a movie's good when it makes you think about it years and years after you've seen it, and what better way to measure a movie's quality than the impact it makes on you? The story pulls NO punches in its presentation, the morals can range from good to very questionable, the animation is wonderful, the music is haunting in a good way, and the ending...good lord! I really recommend it to everyone, but this is NOT for the sensitive or the faint of heart. But if you want a good cry and a good story that doesn't insult your intelligence, this is for you. I have a bootleg, but Discotek's releasing a DVD for it, so when I get that, I'll throw it out.
1. Dog of Flanders
I heard about a blogger's post about it, and I watched it completely blind. Best decision I ever made. Seriously, this is the best movie ever. It keeps the conflict small, but its still riveting enough to keep your attention. The characters are all very well developed with subtle backgrounds, even in the short run time the movie has. The drama is so absolutely well done, as it knows when to raise the tension and when to punch you in the gut while still leaving room for heartwarming, humorous, and light hearted parts as well. It's the perfect balance of humor, drama, and down to earth antics. The animation is very good for its time (I seem to like cel animation better than digital, but I don't discriminate!), the music is wonderful and fits everything perfectly, the voice acting is a little odd in the Japanese version but absolutely perfect in English. This is a great movie which I feel everybody, both adults and children, should see before they die.