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Top 10 Japanese Animated Movies of all Time (Studio Ghibli)

If you are a fan of Japanese Animated Movies (Studio Ghibli) Founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata in Tokyo, then you are in right place. Listed below are the best Japanese Animated Movies which will make you sad or you may even cry. I have seen these movies and it really touched my heart. I became a great fan of Japanese Animated Movies (specially by Studio Ghibli) when i first saw Spirited Away. Since then i have been looking for Japanese Animated Movies and some i found best are listed below:


Top 10 Japanese Animated Movies by Studio Ghibli

These  Top 10 Japanese Animated Movies are well reviewed and very popular not only in japan but in the world. Ghibli Studio has that magic to make you nostalgic and it is best because it has Adventures, Dramas, Emotions and lastly The musics are damn good.

1. Spirited Away

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) is the best animation film of all time. It’s a story of 10 years old girl named Chihiro. On a journey to free her parents.Its about a spirit world of supernatural Beings where a Chihiro has to free her parents who have turned into Giant pigs. She must summon the courage to live and work amongst spirits, with the help of the  Haku and the cast of unique characters she meets along the way. in simple words, it tells the story of Chihiro’s journey through a spirit world as she strives to save her parents and return home safely.

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2. The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty). Its a beautiful movie about a tiny four inch tall people called Borrowers. They take only what they need. They make their own home from items that they borrow from the humans. A girl named  Arrietty who is a 14 years old live there with her parents in human world. Their life takes a turn when the humans discover their daughter, Arrietty.  A heartwarming tale of friendship and courage between a tiny girl and a human boy.

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3. When Marnie was There

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) is a beautiful Japanese Studio Ghibli production. Its an emotional journey of a tomboy named Anna.  An amazing story about a lonely foster kid. who is angry at the world, but she becomes friend with a mysterious girl who is known as Marnie that changes her life forever. The Story begins with a timid, taciturn 12-year-old girl anna who’s sent by her foster parents to the seaside for the summer, in the hope that the clear air and fresh surroundings might ease her asthma and tempt her out of her shell and there Anna meets her imaginary friend Marnie that changes her life forever.

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4. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya ( Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) is based on the 10th century Japanese folk tale.  Kaguya is from moon but sends down to earth and one evening  a man works as a bamboo cutter in a forest, he discovers a small baby inside a glowing shoot. He immediately takes her home. Later she grows into a beautiful and desirable young woman. This movie has magical adventure and will give you nostalgic and the sad part is she has to return on moon for ever.

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5. Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the fireflies (Hotaru no Haka) is one the best movies of all time. It is focuses on a teenager and his sister struggling to survive at the tail end of the second world war. Their tale of survival is as heartbreaking as it is true to life. It is an emotional animated film telling the story of two children from the port city of Kobe, made homeless by the bombs. Seita is a young teenager, and his sister Setsuko which is something 5 years old. Their father is serving in the Japanese navy, and their mother is a bomb victim. Many people cried after watching this movie. It’s not only an emotional movie or war movie but it fills with  lovely memorable childhood memories which will give you nostalgic.

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6. My Neighbor Totoro

My neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) is one of the best movies of studio ghibli directed by Hayao Miyazaki one of Japan’s most beloved animators. It is about Satsuke and Mei, Two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. Mei and Satsuki shift to a new house to be closer to their mother who is in the hospital. They soon become friends with Totoro (who is also the king of the forest) a giant rabbit-like creature who is a spirit. Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life.Japanese Animated Movies

7. Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service ( Majo no Takkyūbin).  This is the first film by celebrated animator Hayao Miyazaki to become available in the U. S. This story follows a Thirteen-year-old Kiki tries to become an independent witch and gets a job at a delivery service. She wakes up one day to find that she can neither fly her broom nor talk to her cat. Kiki brings with her exciting new experiences and comes to understand the true meaning of responsibility. The film won the 1989 Animage’s Anime Grand Prix Award.Japanese Animated Movies

8. Howl’s moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl no Ugoku Shiro) is about a girl  Sophie. She has an uneventful life at her late father’s hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl, who lives in a magical flying castle. However, the evil Witch of Waste takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which ages her prematurely. Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s moving castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.Japanese Animated Movies

9. The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu). This Movie is about a guy Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A6M World War II fighter plane. It’s the final feature-length film from one of the all-time greats of Japanese animation. Nominated for an Academy Award. And it was the last film of Hayao Miyazaki.  The fictionalized story of Jiro Horikoshi, Japan’s World War II airplane designer.  The man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. This is a beautiful movie and people must watch.Japanese Animated Movies

10. Princess Monoke

Princess Monoke (Mononoke-hime) is one of the best Japanese Animated Movies. Japanese epic historical fantasy anime film. This anime has broken a number of box office records in its native Japan. The story follows the battle between Princess Mononoke and a mining village. This is one of the International hit movies of japanese famous animator  Hayao Miyazaki.  A beautifully realized tale of civilization versus nature. One must Watch This Beautiful Movie.Japanese Animated Movies

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