Some of the most breathtaking and heartfelt films that one can watch emerge from the world of anime with Anime Movies. What sets them apart from the rest of the conventional films are the meticulous details of every emotion with a mix of action, drama, and romance.
Cozy up in a warm blanket and cuddle with your loved ones under the beautiful lights of Christmas while watching some of the best anime movies. Bring out that warm cup of coffee and get ready as in today’s list, we are bringing you the best 15 anime movies you can enjoy during Christmas.
1 Tokyo Godfathers
Tokyo Godfathers is the first of the best Anime movies can watch during Christmas. The story begins under the starry Christmas night of Tokyo, Japan, where three homeless friends find an abandoned baby while foraging through the garbage bins. Among the three, a transvestite suffers delusions about being a mother and convinces others to watch over the child.
The next morning they set out on a journey to find the child’s parents. Directed by Satoshi Kon, he brought this fantastic film to life that deals with multiple issues such as love, friendships, drug abuse, and homelessness. This is a warm and funny yet action-packed anime that never disappoints.
2 5 Centimeters Per Second
Takaki and Araki, two classmates who have been friends since elementary school and became close, are coming face to face with complicated terms. Araki’s parents change their job, and now she has to move away with them.
Their relationships start to falter as the communication gap begins to widen. Things take a turn for the worse when Takaki finds out he is moving to another city too. Caught with the guilt of what could have been, Takaki decides to visit Araki for the last time. A beautiful masterpiece that makes your heart cry.
The plot revolves around two young students and how love and relationship always triumph if a sincere effort is put in. The protagonist, Ryuji Takasu, lives with his mother in a run-down house. Despite being a kind boy, his classmates avoid him due to his crooked look. You may watch at Netflix.
Taiga Aisaka, a self-centered girl, lives right next to Ryuji in an apartment but can’t seem to keep her life together. While Ryuji cares for her and helps her with household chores, they help each other with their love life.
4 Itsudatte My Santa
Christmas eve is a time where families come together, put aside their differences, and celebrate the time together. But for our protagonist, Santa, Christmas is a time that he truly hates and despises because his parents abandoned him on this day.
Soon he meets Mai, a young girl who asks him to spend a night with her to give him the best Christmas experience. This is an excellent movie to watch with the kids, as the festivities and true essence of Christmas are explored from a kid’s perspective.
5 Whisper of the Heart
People fall in love for various reasons; some listen to the same music; some are in the same work field. It’s not uncommon to fall for someone you haven’t even met, but still, there’s a connection that draws those strangers together.
In this film, a young girl visits the library and then borrows books but soon realizes that the same boy has checked out each book she selects. After a while, she meets an irritable guy and can’t stand his personality. But as luck plays out, he turns out to be the same guy from the library.
The artwork is impeccable; from the city’s night shots to the typical Japanese house setting, everything is crafted beautifully.
6 Wolf Children
With a heartfelt storyline, crisp animation, and beautiful background, Wolf Children is an astonishing film. The plot revolves around a family of werewolves who live quietly in society while hiding their traits. On one such fateful day, the father wolf dies in an accident while hunting for food. Now the mother must raise her children’s all alone while sheltering them from the cruel world.
7 Your Lie in April
Out of all the musical instruments out there, we all can agree that the piano is one of the classiest instruments that can be played. This story is about a pianist named Arima Kousei, considered to be a prodigy during his childhood. Due to some traumatic events, Arima lost the ability to play and doesn’t want to try playing ever again.
One fateful day, Arima meets a talented violinist at the park, and after hearing his story, she vows to guide him back to the musical world. Everything is woven wonderfully together, from the characters to the background music, which makes this a brilliant romance anime that can be enjoyed with the family.
8 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Imagine waking up from a slumber and realizing that a few of your friends are missing, the rest of them don’t recognize you, and aliens have turned into humans. It might not be the best way to wake up, but this is precisely what happens in this film.
Kyon goes to sleep after preparing for a Christmas party requested by Haruhi; the next morning, things seem slightly different when he goes to school. With many mysteries to solve, his friends, and his memory, our protagonist sets out on an adventure. Aliens, time travelers, and espers this movie has it all.
Spending time with your cousins, especially if they are the same age as you, can be quite fun. Holidays no longer have to be boring as you now have a crime partner to do naughty things together.
As a young kid, Aizawa Yuuichi frequently visited his cousin, who lived in the city. However, one day something unfortunate happened with Aizawa, which made him stop visiting his cousin for seven years. Yuuichi, now a teenager, finally decides to see his cousin with absolutely no memories of the fun time they spent together.
The thing that makes this special is viewers don’t realize what seems like a happy film holds a deeper meaning.
10 Winter Sonata
A Korean drama that can move people’s hearts and make them shed a tear. ‘Winter Sonata’ follows the story of Jun-Sang and Yoo-Jin, who meet each other in high school after Jun moves to a small town in the country. They fall in love eventually without realizing they faulted their stars.
Jun dies in a terrible accident while their relationship is blossoming. Yoo-Jin processes the pain and slowly moves on with her life. Ten years later, she ends up meeting a guy who looks just like her high school sweetheart. She now has to fight her inner demons and decide between her current boyfriend or the guy who reminds her of what could have been.
11 A Silent Voice
As responsible members of society, it’s essential to understand that no one should be bullied because they are disabled. ‘A Silent Voice’ beautifully captures the story of Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf high school student.
Life’s not easy for her as she is bullied daily at her new school, and Shoya Ishida, her classmate, made it his purpose to make her life miserable. It grew to such a point that she had to change her school again. Shoya was ostracised for this and lost all his friends. Years later, he sets out on the path of redeeming himself. It indeed strikes a chord with the viewers as they get lost while watching.
12 Your Name
According to Japanese tradition, a red braided cord represents the invisible string of fate that connects two strangers. Mitshua never shy’s down from showing that she has no interest in getting involved with her father’s politics. She’s a straightforward girl who lives with her grandmother and little sister and wants to try her luck in Tokyo.
In comes our second protagonist, Taki, a high school boy who has a part-time job in an Italian restaurant. In his mind, he wants to pursue becoming an artist or an architect but has strange dreams about becoming a high school girl.
The bond between the characters is portrayed with stunning visuals and a well-written script.
13 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Set in a futuristic era, the year is 2071, humans have colonized Mars, and intergalactic travel is now possible. The citizens on Mars enjoy a peaceful and luxurious life until a terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus in the air. The government issued a 300 woo-long record bounty, the biggest reward in history, to capture the culprits.
The investigation has been taken over by the bounty hunting crew of spaceship Bebop. During their research, they come across a guy with no past or future and begin questioning the meaning of life itself. They try to figure out the line between sanity and insanity and what’s real in this world.
It soon becomes apparent that they are not the only ones pursuing this case, and they have to find out the truth before others if they want to cash in the bounty. Part of the cult classic anime series, ‘Cowboy Bebop’ is a must-watch, especially for anime lovers.
14 Castle in the Sky (1986)
Lost civilization, pirates, army, and a mysterious girl floating in the sky indeed set the mood for an exciting watch. A little boy comes across a girl floating down from the sky by the name of Sheeta. The boy decides to help her upon hearing that she is being chased by government agents, the army, and the pirates.
A high flying adventure soon ensures where they use numerous flying machines to escape from their followers. All their hopes about finding Sheeta’s identity now rest in a floating castle where civilization used to exist.
It’s a pleasure to watch this film on a relaxing weekend, and the animation makes this a smooth movie.
15 The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Members of the Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live quietly in another person’s home and borrow only the little things to live peacefully. However, Arrietty, the daughter of the family, is discovered by a boy one day, and the life of the Clock family completely changes. ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ reminds me of ‘Spirited Away’ and is an admirable film.
A simple yet charming movie that’s best suited to watch if you have young kids.
Anime movies are an absolute joy to watch as they tap into the fantasy world where everything is possible. The vibrant and diverse world of anime movies captures the audience and turns them into anime lovers. Here’s another list of best anime movies you should check out before 2021 begins to get you in the groove with the films from this list.
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