So, you’re thinking about getting into the curious universe of anime and manga but have zero idea about where to begin? Well, don’t worry – you’re not alone here.
After all, the genre has been thriving for more than fifty years and has become quite large to say the least. Hence, choosing the best one to start with can be quite difficult.
But, as we’ve said before – don’t worry. You have come to the right place to get some help. In this article, we’re going to make a list of a few movies to watch as a newbie Otaku.
Hope you’ll like them!
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Best Anime Movies For Beginners
Here’s a heads-up before we begin with our list. Each and every anime available here can be watched on Crunchyroll and Netflix. However, if you don’t want to spend your money, we’ll ask you to download whatever you need from The PirateBay. It’s free!
Movie – 1: Your Name (2016)
“A breathtaking piece of art, nothing less than that.”
Your Name, directed by the one-and-only Makoto Shinkai, is an excellent blend of romance, drama, and fantasy. And, the plotline? Well, for a romantic drama, it’s pretty unique too.
The movie starts with you getting introduced to the protagonists Mitsuha and Taki finding some sort of connection between each other. It’s almost like they’re linked in some way.
It might seem like a regular slice of life rom-com movie. But, as you get into it, you’ll find a thing or two to be different than the usual. And, that’s what makes this film a masterpiece.
Movie – 2: Garden Of Words (2013)
“A dreamy animation, coming alive with a realistic storyline.”
Another movie made by Makoto Shinkai, Garden of Words tells a story about Takao Akizuki, an aspiring shoemaker. Oh, yes – you’ve definitely read/heard it right.
Takao is so much into shoe designing, he frequently skips classes and works in solitude. But, one day, while fleeing from the school, Takao meets a girl who also skips her for beer and all.
And, both of their lives change forever.
The narrative of the movie isn’t out of the world or anything. However, the animation of it is quite eloquent, especially for a 2013-flick. A must-watch for the beginners!
Movie – 3: I Want To Eat Your Pancreas (2018)
“A sad yet beautiful narrative boasted with some amazing music.”
The movie is all about an introverted guy Haruki Shiga who’s a lonewolf and prefers to stay that way … until he finds a diary written by Sakura, his classmate.
The girl is apparently suffering from some sort of pancreatic disease and decided to keep it a secret from everyone else. She’s afraid that she might lose everyone if she talks about it.
However, quite unnaturally, Haruki and Sakura become good friends. After a point, they start going out together, too. But, we think you can already guess how it ends, right?
Movie – 4: My Neighbor, Tororo (1988)
“A true classic, in every sense.”
Two sisters, Mei and Satsuki, move to a new place (a countryside) with their dad so that they could be closer to their ill mother. But, little they knew that they’d find a friend or two here.
Well, let us break the ice for you.
The place they’re living is an inhabitant of a type of magical creature known as Tororo. They are pretty friendly and offer a sense of absolute wholesomeness throughout the film.
And, it’s a Studio Ghibli movie. ‘Nuf said!
Movie – 5: Ghost In The Shell (1995)
“A thrilling drama, with a twist of well-choreographed neo-noir action.”
Ghost in the Shell, in essence, is a wild ride – from the very beginning till the end. It’s quite an exhilarating experience that doesn’t let you rest your eyes for even a second.
Influenced by a manga written in 1989, the anime tells the narrative of Batou and Kusanagi trying to find a hacker. All they know is the name of the person – The Puppet Master.
And, before we conclude, please don’t watch the movie. It might be a decent try in depicting the tech-influenced world, but otherwise, it’s not good at all.
So, What’s Your Choice?
That’ll be all for this article. We hope it has given you some food for thought and maybe, just maybe an example of what a beginner should watch. However, if you’re a veteran reading the