I came today with another five movies recommendations, but this time are not from Spain. I want to recommend some anime movies, yeah, I am a nerd I know. Actually, these movies are to people who actually they don’t watch anime usually. I understand that anime can be very crazy and not a good thing for all the people, but with these recommendations I will try to introduce yourself in the famous Japan animation a little bit. So, if you watch anime usually maybe you have watched all these movies, but check it out too, maybe you find something you don’t know.
The first one and oldest one, it is “Akira” from 1988. A cyberpunk action film. It has all, the biker gang whose leader is the protagonist, an authoritarian government, the amazing and distant future of 2019, an accident which trigger that the best friends of the protagonist got incredible telekinetic abilities. It is an adult movie so I don’t recommend watch it with kids, it has also some hard imagines and moments and also some gore. But the film had a significant impact on popular culture worldwide, if you like the cyberpunk theme, I am sure you had watched in others movies some tributed of this one. It is history of the cinema you should do it the favour of watch it.
The second one and the second that I most like from this list is “Your name”. It is a romantic fantasy film that is almost perfect in my opinion. It starts like a common movie where a high school boy in Tokyo and a high school girl in the Japanese countryside who suddenly and inexplicably begin to swap bodies. But it is amazing and it just make me happy when I watch it. It uses the trope of the power of love beat everything, but it makes me believe it.
And for the third ones of course it is a Studio Ghibli film, because there is no list of anime movies without at least one of Studio Ghibli. The one I recommend it is “Spirited away”. I like it because it introduces you in a lot of things of the traditional Japan culture, but it teaches you about these things because the protagonist a ten years old girl doesn’t know about it, like you probably and while she learns, you learn too. The film starts when Chihiro, the girl, and her parents are moving to another neighbourhood and they enter in the world of Kami by mistake, after her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. This one is perfect to watch with the family.
To have a bit of all taste, I will recommend to you “Perfect Blue”. It is a psychological thrilled movie, if this is a theme you are into, you need to watch for sure. The plot follows a member of a Japanese idol group who retires from music to pursue an acting career. As she becomes a victim of stalking, gruesome murders begin to occur, and she starts to lose her grip on reality. This is a movie where the line of reality and fantasy are blurry and you will distrust everything you see.
The last one and my favourite one is “Wolf Children”. It is a drama film and the first time I heard about it was in a video of a Spanish youtuber in which he said: “This is like Twilight, but if you made it correctly.” After I had watched I give to him the reason. It is a movie about parenting, raise a child, grow and find your own paths in the crazy life, the difficult of being a single woman, but with half human half wolf children. It will make you cry and laugh.