Kinema Junpo's top ten anime films

A couple of years back, Japan's premier film publication Kinema Junpo published their list of the country's best animated features. They cheated a little bit, so the list includes 13 movies. Furthermore, Urusei Yatsura, The Little Norse Prince and The White Serpent share a joint 7th place. The rest of the movies share a joint 10th place.

I like this list. All of the movies on it are great, but the ranking of them is original, and the list leaves out several fan favorites - a sure fire way of generating discussion!

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro


  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


  • My Neighbor Totoro


  • Crayon Shin-chan: The Adult Empire Strikes Back


  • Akira


  • The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots


  • Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer


  • The Little Norse Prince


  • The Tale of the White Serpent


  • Summer Days With Coo


  • Summer Wars


  • Castle in the Sky


  • Grave of the Fireflies



  • Several I haven't seen. No Satoshi Kon is a surprise, particularly when a film like Summer Wars (which I personally dislike) is included.

  • Love the inclusion of Castle in the Sky.

  • Hehe, the "Mamoru Hosoda at the expense of Satoshi Kon" comment is the one I expected. I've seen it come up in discussion of this list before. I like both directors, though.

    The only movie here I haven't seen myself is The White Serpent – the one that inspired Hayao Miyazaki to get into animation. Which is probably the main reason most people are interested in seeing it these days, I'd wager.

    On another note - I really, really love that they included the Crayon Shin-chan movie and even ranked it so high! Shin-chan is always hilarious, but this one surprised me by being a really good movie too. This, and Urusei Yatsura 2 are easily my top favorites on this list.

  • I know Hosoda is highly regarded, I just haven't enjoyed any of his films. Like you, The White Serpent is one I haven't seen. Would you recommend Summer Days with Coo?

  • Summer Days with Coo is perhaps a little long, but otherwise absolutely well worth seeing. It's Crayon Shin-chan director Keiichi Hara going for something more serious; a path he continued to follow in Colorful two years later (also a movie worth seeing).

  • Cheers. I'll try and check them out.

  • Thanks for posting this Geir. I'd been running out of good new animation and started randomly experimenting with anime on Netflix. I was shocked to discover I'm no longer 13. This gives me a few unfamiliar places to start.

  • You're welcome! All of the movies on this list are great, but taste also comes into play, of course. I hope you enjoy the titles you've been inspired to check out!

  • Great choices. Of course you've also seen The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, also from the director of Summer Wars? I'm missing the great Satoshi Kon from this list though.

  • Yes, I've seen The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (I've also seen the older live action adaptation, incidentally, but not yet the more recent one). Satoshi Kon's absence was pointed out in an earlier comment. I guess the KineJun jury just really, really like Keiichi Hara more than they like Kon!

  • No Eva? No Kon Satoshi? And no Utena? Oh well, each to their own. I usually agree with Kinema Junpo's selection but not this time around. Summer Wars is a particularly odd choice as it was average at best and seemed to rip off Pokemon. But Akira, Grave of the Fireflies and the ghibli titles are all amazing.

  • If you want to call Summer Wars a rip-off, you don't actually have to look further than one of Hosoda's own, earlier movies: Digimon Adventure: Our War Game. That aside, I completely disagree about it being average. Personally I rank it as my favorite of Hosoda's movies.

    I agree about the omission of Kon, though – a sad oversight by KineJun.

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