Anime for grown-ups

I didn’t want to write “for adults”…

A list of very interesting anime movie for grown-ups, from classics to now. I’m staying off Ghibli here, which imho are a must see, all of them. Including, of course When Marnie was There, a gem.

Many are of these are from Madhouse, a studio that has produced many fine films and may become the best studio if Ghibli ceases to produce films.


  • Akira (1988)
  • Blood The Last Vampire (2000)
  • Patlabor 2 (1993)

Keiichi Hara

Hiroyuki Okiura

Mamoru Hosoda

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  • Summer Wars
  • Wolf Children
  • Bakemono no Ko

Cowboy Bebop saga

  • Cowboy Bebop, TV series (1998)
  • Cowboy Bebop The Movie  — Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Samurai Champloo TV Series, also by Shinichirō Watanabe

NGE saga

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion. Original TV series.
  • Evangelion movies…

Ghost in the Shell saga

  • Ghost In The Shell (1995). Original TV series.
  • Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex TV Series

Makoto Shinkai… sunsets galore

  • Hoshi No Koe (The Voices Of A Distant Star)
  • Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days)
  • The Garden of Words (2013)
  • 5 Centimeters Per Second
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (2011)

Satoshi Kon

  • Paprika
  • Tokyo godfathers
  • Paranoia Agent, TV series
  • Millennium Actress

Others (unsorted yet)

  • Piano Forest – Piano no Mori (2007)
  • Tekkon Kinkreet (2006)
  • Time Of Eve
  • Persona 3 the Movie-1-Spring of Birth
  • Hotarubi no Mori e
  • The animatrix

A selection for smaller children:

  • Friends. (2011)
  • Mai Mai Miracle (2009)
  • Patema Inverted
  • Welcome to the Space Show
  • Ronja (ok, this one’s Ghibli, but it’s not so well known)

The o-nigiri project. Películas para ver con niños.

Una lista de pelis que ver con los niños que se salgan de la línea Disney.

Friends, la isla de los monstruos. En el enlace la tenéis enterita. Subtítulos en inglés. Producción japonesa de animación computerizada 3D (la primera que se ha hecho que sea largometraje, por lo visto).

Enest et célestine. Francesa, nominada al óscar 2014. Con moraleja, pero parece que es muy bonita visualmente.

Panique au Village. Colección de cortos belgas de stop-motion. Muy locos. Aquí tenéis uno de ellos.

Del Estudio Ghibli:

Beyond Ghibli

Sad because you finished with each and every Ghibli movie ever made? (and Borrower Arrietty is still unreleased in your country) (and you can’t afford a trip to their museum in Tokyo to watch the special shorts there).

Here is a list of Ghibliesque movies I have enjoyed:

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Ghibli films – a summary

I have now watched most Studio Ghibli major pictures. What an amazing cinematic experience, thanks to some friends who took a copy of Totoro on a trip.

Here’s a list of movies I have enjoyed, with some relevant info: my personal rating, the age from which I think children can endure them, plus the age from which children may enjoy them (very different concepts).

About the rating: these movies are excellent, so a grade of n actually means 8+n/10 on a 0-10 scale. I.e. 0 still means 8 (none of these movies fall below this), 5 means 9, 10 means 10.

Resumen: Se listan: El número de la película en el catálogo de Ghibli (hay negativos, porque se hicieron antes de que el estudio existiera como tal). Mi nota personal: 0 sería un 8, 5 un 9 y 10 pues un 10. Lo hago así porque son todas buenísimas. Luego, la edad a partir de la cual se puede tolerar la película, y por fin la edad a partir de la cual se puede entender y disfrutar de ella. Son dos cosas bien distintas: Susurro del Corazón le gustó mucho a nuestra niña, pero no capta  que trata de conflictos adolescentes, ni lo hará hasta que tenga 12 años aproximadamente…

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Top 50 animated films

Time Out’s list of the 50 greatest animated films, curated by Terry Gilliam, shows a large number of films from Studio Ghibli, including the top film! These are good times fo Ghibli, at least in Spain:

  • Ponyo on the cliff was broadly played during the summer an has just been released on DVD, as is Whisper of the Heart (#21).
  • Totoro (#1) is being shown in some cinemas (ok, only two in the city of Madrid), and the DVD is due on December 9th.

Ghibli movies in the list:

You can find the complete list below, with links to Time Out reviews (when provided by them).


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wikipedia: reliable sources

Here is what, for many, is a weak point in wikipedia: the sources. What is accepted as “true”. Here is a list of claims that may have been challenged in wikipedia, or not. See how many you get right!

  • About the katakana Japanese syllabary:  in a manga, the speech of a foreign character or a robot may be represented by, for example, コンニチワ konnichiwa (“hello”) instead of the more usual hiragana こんにちは.
  • About Hugo_Stiglitz (a character in Inglourious_Basterds): Fittingly, the character’s guitar riff theme is taken from Slaughter, a blaxploitation movie starring Jim Brown.
  • In the article about the film Watchmen: Classical music excerpts include Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” in a Vietnam battle (a reference to Apocalypse now) and Mozart’s Requiem at the resolution in Antarctica.
  • Getting serious:  In the article about the well-known D’Alembert’s_paradox of hydrodynamics: Recently the following alternative resolution of d’Alembert’s paradox was claimed [7][8][9] … This is a different resolution from that by Prandtl and it is claimed to be supported by both theory, computation and experiment. Notice that Refs. 7, 8, and 9 correspond to two articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book published by Springer!

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