Guide and list with the best anime series and movies, 50 classic and essential works!
The anime Japanese is booming, growing above the sleeve 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, such as 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).
22º –KIMETSU NO YAIBA (DEMON SLAYER)
Manga original: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Koyoharu Gotōge)
Fecha emisión: 2021 –Actualidad
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 returning from work at night, he has to ask a strange and mysterious man to let him stay the night at his house. But before sleeping, 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 keep 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 an 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 movie was released just a month earlier, of stunning visual beauty.
21º – TERRAMAR TALES
Original title: Gedo Senki
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: July 29, 2006
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 population see dragons 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.
20º – KAIBA
Original title: Kaiba
Date of issue: 2008
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.
19 – TOKYO GHOUL
Original manga: Tōkyō Gūru (Sui Ishida)
Release date: 2014 – Present
Format: Series, OVA
Tokyo Ghoul represents one of the darkest manga of the current seinen, encompassing 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 secretly 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).
18º – TOKYO GODFATHERS
Original title: Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu
Release date: August 30, 2003
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 of them 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 they have. 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.
17º – FÉNIX 2772
Original title: Hola no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone
Studio: Tezuka Productions, Toho
Release date: March 15, 1980
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 able to 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 ofOsamu 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.
16 – DETECTIVE CONAN
Original title: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: March 11, 1984
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 him. father of his childhood best friend.
Gosho Aoyama , creator of the manga (and also of theYaibamanga), does not tire of making stories of this research machine, while he does not stop reaping good reviews of its 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!)
15 – NAUSICAÄ DEL VALLE DEL VENTO
Original title: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: March 11, 1984
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 there is a peaceful agricultural kingdom known as the “Valley of the Wind”, whose seaside location frees you from the spread of deadly jungle toxins.
The young and charismatic 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 of Hayao 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.
14º – SAMURAI CHAMPLOO
Original title: Samurai Chanpurū
Issue date: 2004-2005
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 scenario influenced by hip hop, seeing (and enjoying) samurai mixed with hiphop 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.
13º –NANATSU NO TAIZAI (SEVEN DEADLY SINS)
Manga original: Nanatsu no Taizai (Nakaba Suzuki)
Estudio: Studio Deen
Fecha emisión: 2014 –Actualidad
Formato: Serie, OVA, películas
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 her 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.
13th – BOKU NO HERO (MY HERO ACADEMIA)
Original manga: Boku no Hero (Kōhei Horikoshi)
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 impressive anime series was released in 2016. Its story, created in the world of manga by Kōhei Horikoshiin the 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 now 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 criminals, 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 unjust fate leaves him sitting admiring the 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.
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 great city, until one day, while dreaming of each other, their minds were exchanged, beginning a truly 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, London Film Festival and 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 gained 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 until it was adapted for the first time into anime, in series 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 broadcast for the first time from October 7, 1997 in Japan, until March 31, 1998, when the last episode 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 weren’t 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 aired 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, which also adapted the film’s script 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 culminating 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 such as 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
Whoever 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, in addition to 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 set 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 situated in the fantasy genre since it shows humans confronting 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, he is lightly touched by his enemy, so he 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.
7º –DEATH NOTE
Manga original: Death Note (Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata)
Fecha de emisión: 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 their 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 the fence against Yagami more and more.
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.
6º –COWBOY BEBOP
Manga original: Cowboy Bebop (Hajime Yatate)
Fecha de emisión: 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 ship Bebop, along with several companions.
Little by little and as the chapters go by, details of the characters’ past are discovered, while their adventures are increasingly dangerous and stimulating. The anime aired as of 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 turns out 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 the visual level, we are facing a work of art, and at the plot level, it exceeds the quintessence.
4º – DRAGON BALL Z
Manga original: 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 definitively. 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 more as a cult title that now moves a lot of fandom.
Other works such as The Fist of the North Star or Saint Seiya(Knights of the Zodiac), were pioneers in the television broadcasting and anime films 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 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 films was spectacular, with an overwhelming graphic level and very entertaining plots.
3rd – CHIHIRO’S JOURNEY Original
title: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Release date: July 20, 2001
Spirited Away ( The Mysterious Disappearance of Sen and Chihiro / Spirited Away ) is one of the most important titles in Studio Ghibli. Created from the script by Hayao Miyazakiand under his direction, he takes us fully into 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.
2nd – AKIRA
Original manga: Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo)
Studio: TMS Entertainment
Release date: July 16, 1988
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 were able 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 is 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 vandal gang of 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.
1º – GHOST IN THE SHELL
Manga original: The Ghost in the Shell (Masamune Shirow)
Estudio: Production I.G, Bandai Visual, Manga Entertainment
Fecha estreno: 18 de noviembre de 1995
Although the original manga The Ghost in the Shell , by Masamune Shirow had quite an interesting reception in the Japanese fandom, who were looking forward to cyberpunk and the most dystopian 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 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.
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