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)