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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence review

"Innocence is a cinematic celebration. It's an audiovisual delight, it's thematically sound and rich and it invites you to watch and enjoy it time and time again."

Dead Leaves

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Dead Leaves review

"Fans of animation and high adrenaline cinema owe it to themselves to check this one out, as long as you embrace its juvenile pleasures, Dead Leaves serves pure and unadulterated bliss."

Umfeld

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Umfeld review

"There's simply nothing out there that matches the experience of submerging yourself in 56 minutes of moody, ambient glitches tailored to wildly morphing abstract visuals."

Genius Party Beyond

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Genius Party Beyond review

"Studio 4°C establishes and confirms its title of best and most interesting animation house out there and dishes out a set of short films that challenge the medium in all sorts of ways."

Angel's Egg

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Angel's Egg review

"It's a strong, beautiful and extremely personal film that earned its place amongst the best work of Mamoru Oshii (and animation in general) and is the perfect example of mature animation."

Patlabor 2

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Patlabor 2 review

"A-grade Oshii material that should please his fans. It's an impressive tour de force, delivering a perfect mix of intriguing philosophy, intelligent writing and stunning audiovisual stimuli."

My Neighbors the Yamadas

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My Neighbors the Yamadas review

"A simple screenshot cannot capture the amount of love and detail this film houses. The animation is exceptional, the music a blast and the film consists of one big succession of memorable moments."

Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade review

"It's a very mature, accomplished and delicate film and it may take people a couple of viewings in order to fully grasp all the details, but there is plenty of beauty and wonder to return to."

Grave of the Fireflies

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Grave of the Fireflies review

"Not the ideal film for a fun evening on the couch, but it reaches well beyond the boundaries of traditional animation films and delivers an experience you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else"

Tekkonkinkreet

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Tekkonkinkreet review

"A film with a very authentic (Japanese) anime feel, yet it benefits greatly from Arias' outside influences. It's superbly animated, sports a terrific score and tells a truly intriguing story."

Mary and Max

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Mary and Max review

"It's funny, endearing and dark at the same time, hitting a very rare balance. Add to that the mastery coming from every frame and you have a true gem that should appeal to a pretty large crowd"

Redline

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Redline review

"When looking for 100 minutes flat-out entertainment, tailored to be as goofy, crazy and mad as possible, and backed by an amazing technical accomplishment, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better film"

Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell review

"Oshii's film remains a monument of film making that still knows to impress and entrance. It's a superb sci-fi film, boasting tons of highly atmospheric scenes and a good story to boot"

Hells

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Hells review

"One of the most uniquely satisfying anime ever released. A film that can only be compared with a very concise selection of otherwise incomparable animation projects."

Short Peace

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Short Peace review

"There's no weak link here, no bad parts or boring bits. It's a celebration of animation as an art form and it stands in stark contrast to other contemporary feature-length animation films."

Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen

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Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen review

"You may think 64 minutes is rather short, but it's perfect for a film like this."

Godkiller

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Godkiller review

"I found Godkiller to be a refreshing experience. I loved the art style, dug the soundtrack and simply swooned at the cyberpunk storytelling."

Blame!

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Blame! review

"They left Nihei's appeal and style intact, the action sequences are brutal and the megastructure looks as cool as it does in the manga."

My Neighbor Totoro

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My Neighbor Totoro review

"A sweet, soft-hearted and imaginative film. The fantastical elements are pure perfection, the attention to detail is simply stunning. It's a film that every kid should have the chance to experience."

The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters

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The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters review

"The film is smart, looks and sounds great and is filled to the brim with creativity. It is immensely funny, even if you can't catch all the details on the first viewing."

Big Fish and Begonia

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Big Fish and Begonia review

"Big Fish and Begonia is an absolute stunner, an audiovisual experience that dragged me into its world and didn't let go until the final frame faded and the last note died."

5 Centimeters per Second

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5 Centimeters per Second review

"Some people won't really pick up the film's bitter core, for them there are still the lovingly detailed visuals and the stunning atmosphere."

Perfect Blue

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Perfect Blue review

"Here's to hoping we'll ever see Kon's final film (Dream Machine) completed."

Renaissance

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Renaissance review

"For me Renaissance is a superb audiovisual experience. A grand sci-fi flick that sets up an intriguing glimpse of the future."

Godzilla: Monster Planet

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Godzilla: Monster Planet review

"Seshita is quickly making a name for himself. Making an entrance like this into the Gojira franchise is pretty daring, but it's a bet that paid off."

Akira

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Akira review

"Akira is nearing its 30th birthday, but it's still a marvel of a film. While the 80s feel is definitely there, it doesn't feel like it aged a lot."

Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen

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Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen review

"The Kizumonogatari experience is impossible to recommend, rather it has to be experienced. Reiketsu-hen provides perfect closure to this film series and conjures up the genius of the first film"

Wings of Honneamise

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Wings of Honneamise review

"Wings of Honneamise has everything to wow film fans. Interesting themes, blissful artwork, a stellar soundtrack and the perfect ending make for an amazing film"

Mind Game

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Mind Game review

"Yuasa delivers a wildly original, splendidly executed and surprisingly emotional animation that defies categorization and comparison. Mind Game is a film that needs to be experienced."

Memories

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Memories review

"Time is slowly taking away some of the impact of Memories, but there is still plenty of beauty here to keep you amazed for the entire running time."

Millennium Actress

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Millennium Actress review

"The animation is detailed, the direction solid and the film avoids any kind of filler, keeping the running time below the 90-minute limit."

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea review

"Ponyo is a feast for all fans that were wishing Miyazaki would return to his pre-Mononoke era, and for those people it might even reach the same heights as Totoro did."

Genius Party

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Genius Party review

"The best thing about this anthology is that you really can't do justice to the visual beauty with simple screen caps."

In This Corner of the World

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In This Corner of the World review

"Sunao Katabuchi crafted a gentle, warm and endearing film, but not without its share of sharp critique and gut-wrenching drama."

Isle of Dogs

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Isle of Dogs review

"If it's narritve and plot you're after Isle of Dogs may feel a little flimsy, but when you're longing for craft, wit and passion than Anderson's latest has you covered. "

Steamboy

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Steamboy review

"Steamboy is a treat for animation fans everywhere. Simple enough to not alienate Western audiences, superbly animated and spilling over with lush details."

The Wind Rises

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The Wind Rises review

"The Wind Rises is more than worthy closing act. It's one of Miyazaki's best films, a stunning ode to passion and perseverance in the face of a looming war."

Trava: Fist Planet

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Trava: Fist Planet review

"I used to compare Trava: Fist Planet to Dead Leaves, nowadays I'm not sure if that's a fair comparison."

Your Name

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Your Name review

"The real-world setting mixed with slight fantasy elements makes the film a bit more accessible compared to Shinkai's earlier films."

The Case of Hana & Alice

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The Case of Hana & Alice review

"Iwai found the right balance between Japanese live action drama and the magic of animation. The film looks great, the story is moving, the characters quirky but lovable."

Oblivion Island

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Oblivion Island review

"A true fantasy film that betrays I.G's struggle with full-CG animation, but makes up for that with excellent art direction and bucket loads of creativity."

Neo-Tokyo

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Neo-Tokyo review

"Neo-Tokyo (together with Robot Carnival, another 1987 anthology sporting promising names) helped to pave the way for a respectable stream of animated anthology films coming out of Japan."

Only Yesterday

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Only Yesterday review

"Takahata is one of the absolute masters of animation."

Sky Crawlers

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Sky Crawlers review

"Beautifully animated and scored, sporting a strong cast of characters, an intriguing plot and a fair selection of interesting themes, Sky Crawlers is Oshii's most complete film to date."

Garden of Words

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Garden of Words review

"Garden of Words is everything you'd expect from a Shinkai film."

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days review

"For a 10-year old animation film The Place Promised in Our Early Days still looks and feels remarkably fresh."

Minuscule

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Minuscule review

"It's cute, charming, funny and perfect for a warm summer evening. Don't expect anything deep or challenging, just let the film's charm sweep you away."

Porco Rosso

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Porco Rosso review

"Porco Rosso remains one of my favorite Miyazaki films. Personally I prefer his softer, smaller films over his big epics, as they are more aimed at atmosphere and less at getting a message across."

Strings

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Strings review

"Strings is a film that would probably appeal best to fans of animation, though I'd recommend it to everyone who likes to watch something outside the norm."

Metropia

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Metropia review

"Metropia is a film that will appeal to people who like a dystopian future coupled with a craving for unique animation."

The Girl Who Leapt through Time

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The Girl Who Leapt through Time review

" If you're in the mood for action or lots of plot twists, there's little here for you. But if you're up for a little variation on the Ghibli magic, this film might be a pretty good bet to make."

Gantz:O

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Gantz:O review

"Gantz:O is brutal, action-packed and a bit mad in the head."

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

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The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl review

"After Welcome to the Space Show, The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is somewhat of a return to form for Yuasa."

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya review

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya is still a marvel to behold and definitely worth your time, but it's also a film that feels like a natural end to Takahata's career."

Lu over the Wall

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Lu over the Wall review

"Lu over the Wall is the perfect blend of Yuasa and Miyazaki. A film that feels creative and original, but is also sweet, warm and comfortable at the same time."

A Silent Voice

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A Silent Voice review

"130 minutes is quite long for an anime feature, but Yamada need every minute of that to tell this story."

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review

"It's an exhilarating experience, a visual rollercoaster in the best sense of the word, but also a painful reminder of the unrealized potential that has bogged down US animation for the past 25 years."

Anomalisa

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Anomalisa review

"Anomalisa is an interesting film. On the one hand there's the superb work that went into animating the entire film."

Mirai

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Mirai review

"Mirai is lushly animated, features a competent score and above average voice acting , but most of all it has a strong and beautiful heart that keeps the drama both relevant and touching."

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust review

"With a major quality jump in animation and art style detail, a tighter focus on atmosphere and setting and some memorable, stand-out demon fights, this is a must-see for action/horror anime fans."

Harmony

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Harmony review

"Michael Arias made a name for himself when he joined Studio 4°C to direct Tekkonkinkreet, one of the landmark animtion features of the 00s."

The Animatrix

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The Animatrix review

"Eight very distinct and unique shorts offer plenty of stand-out material, more than enough wow moments and plenty of variety to breeze through this anthology and leave you wanting more."

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

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Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? review

"The animation is abundant and on point, the voice acting is superb and the plot balances small human drama and wild fantasy perfectly."

Batman Ninja

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Batman Ninja review

"Batman Ninja features sprawling animation, an amazing art style and some wacky action, making it a blast from start to finish."

Miss Hokusai

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Miss Hokusai review

"Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai is a much needed entry in the anime feature film segment. It isn't based off of a big, popular franchise."

Paprika

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Paprika review

"That said, Paprika is still an amazing film with plenty of memorable moments and a superb finale. If I sound a little negative that's only because his first two films are hard to surpass."

Frankenweenie

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Frankenweenie review

"Everything about Frankenweenie shows that this a film made with lots of passion and dedication."

The Dog of Flanders

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The Dog of Flanders review

"A very touching, very dear yet very sad story about a boy that got a lot less out of life than he deserved."

Sound & Fury

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Sound & Fury review

"Sound & Fury is a fine anthology, with some truly stand-out entries that are executed with the highest level of craft and creativity, but as a visual album there are still a few gaps to bridge."

Robot Carnival

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Robot Carnival review

"Like most anime anthologies, Robot Carnival is a film that seeks out the boundaries of anime. The animation is exemplary, the art styles wildly original and the stories support the madness."

A Tree of Palme

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A Tree of Palme review

"The art style is lovely, the fantasy elements feel otherworldly and Palme's journey is grand, without ever feeling cheesy or expected, making this one of the better fantasy epics I've seen."

Fantastic Mr Fox

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Fantastic Mr Fox review

"If you like (stop-motion) animation this film is a definite recommendation. The animation itself could've been better, but the whole setting is just too much fun to pass on."

A Town Called Panic

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A Town Called Panic review

"If you have a soft spot for claymation or you're just looking for a zany comedy, A Town Called Panic will not disappoint."

Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen

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Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen review

"Nekketsu-hen is a jolly bundle of weirdness and a breath of fresh air compared to most other contemporary anime productions out there."

Nasu: Summer in Andalusia

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Nasu: Summer in Andalusia review

"Nasu is a great seasonal film. Its summer vibe is tangible, it coincides with the Vuelta and it gives one of the best depictions of cycling ever caught on (fictional) film, let alone animation."

Modest Heroes

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Modest Heroes review

"Quality across the board with touches of originality sprinkled left and right, in order to keep things interesting. It's a pleasant, easy and slightly challenging watch that leaves you wanting more."

Spring & Chaos

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Spring & Chaos review

"Kawamori presents a worthy and classy tribute to the genius of Miyazawa, a film that may not be your average biography, but is much better because of it."

Kai Doh Maru

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Kai Doh Maru review

"Kai Doh Maru will not deliver a tight story or well-developed characters, but if you appreciate a unique art style, moody atmosphere and technical experimentation there's plenty to look forward to."

Blood: The Last Vampire

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Blood: The Last Vampire review

"It's short, it packs quite a punch and even though I had some minor gripes, the pacing, the visual quality and the kick-ass lead character make it very easy to forget about these minor quirks."