10 Highest Rated Anime Movies on MyAnimeList

Anime films have a special place in the hearts of fans, offering a cinematic experience on the big screen. Over the years, fans have eagerly awaited new releases. When it comes to anime films, Studio Ghibli, Kyoto Animation, and Makoto Shinkai are often the first names that come to mind, and for good reason – their films are hits that make big profits at the box office.

However, according to MyAnimeList ratings, other studios’ anime films are just as highly regarded. Among them is Ufotable, which has two films in the top ten highest rated anime films on MyAnimeList. So, which anime films have high ratings on MyAnimeList? Find out in the following reviews!

Movies on MyAnimeList

Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen — 8.64

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, produced by Ufotable, made history as the highest-grossing film in Japanese history in 2020. This movie broke the record previously held by Spirited Away for 19 years. In addition, this adult-rated animated film boasts first-class animation that is visually stunning and mesmerizing.

Continuing from season 1 of the anime series, the film follows the trio of Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu, along with Nezuko, as they investigate the mysterious disappearance of passengers on a train. Accompanied by Fire Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they embark on a mission to uncover the truth, unaware of the devil plotting evil plans. The Demon Slayer Team must do everything in their power to save the passengers. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is available for streaming on BTS.

Howls Moving Castle — 8.66

Howl’s Moving Castle, a Studio Ghibli film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2004 and won the Osella Awards for Technical Achievement. The film also won numerous prestigious awards in Japan. In 2006, it was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, but lost to Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The story follows Sophie, the daughter of a hat maker, whose life changes when a beautiful witch saves her from danger. The witch introduces Sophie to Howl, a wizard known for his magical powers and playboy ways, who lives in a moving castle. However, their meeting sparks jealousy in the Witch of the Waste, who curses Sophie and turns her into an old woman. To break the curse, Sophie must accompany Howl on a dangerous adventure in his mobile castle. Howl’s Moving Castle is available for streaming on Netflix.

Princess Mononok — 8.67

Anime films always hold a special place in the hearts of their fans, offering a more cinematic experience on a wider screen. While Studio Ghibli, Kyoto Animation, and Makoto Shinkai are often the first names that come to mind, many other anime films have high ratings on MyAnimeList. One of them is Ufotable’s production, which includes two films in the top ten highest-rated films on MyAnimeList. Curious about what movies have high ratings on MyAnimeList? Check out the following reviews!

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train set a record as the highest-grossing film in Japanese history in 2020, ending Spirited Away’s 19-year reign. This Ufotable film is also the highest-grossing adult-rated animated film of all time, boasting first-class animation that dazzles audiences with stunning visuals. The film follows Tanjiro, Inosuke, Zenitsu, and Nezuko, who are on a mission to investigate the mystery of the disappearance of passengers on a train, and features Fire Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. The Demon Slayer Team must do everything they can to save the passengers. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is available on BTS.

Howl’s Moving Castle premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2004 and won the Osella Awards for Technical Achievement. This Studio Ghibli film also won many prestigious awards in Japan and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars in 2006. The film follows Sophie, a daughter of a hat maker, whose life is turned upside down when she meets the wizard Howl, known for his magical powers and playboyishness. However, Sophie’s meeting with Howl makes the Witch of the Waste jealous, and she curses Sophie to become a hag. To return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl on a dangerous adventure in his mobile castle. Howl’s Moving Castle is available on Netflix.

Princess Mononoke, released in 1997, is the oldest entry on this list. This Studio Ghibli film won several awards, including the Best Japanese Film, Best Animated, and Fan’s Choice Japanese Film awards at the 52nd Mainichi Film Awards, and the Best Film award at the 21st Japan Academy Awards in 1998. The film follows Ashitaka, a young prince who seeks a cure for a curse placed on him after his village is attacked by a boar demon. While at Tatara, he becomes embroiled in a conflict between Lady Eboshi and Princess San, who represents the sacred spirits in the forest, and tries to reconcile them. Princess Mononoke is available on Netflix.

Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song — 8.69

Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song is the final installment in the trilogy of films adapting Heaven’s Feel, the third and final route of the Fate/stay night visual novel. This 2020 film directly continues from Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly, and had broadcast delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It ranks 9th as the highest-grossing film of 2020 at the Japanese box office.

The film’s story revolves around the Fifth Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City, which has reached a turning point as the hidden enemy is revealed. Shirou Emiya, Rin Toosaka, and Illyasviel von Einzbern realize the severity of the situation and must fight the enemy to protect those they care about. Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song is available to watch on Bstation.

Spirited Away — 8.78

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, also known as Spirited Away, has placed anime in the eyes of the world. This film won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003 and held the record as the highest-grossing film in Japanese history for 19 years, from 2001 to 2020, until it was overtaken by Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train.

The story of Spirited Away follows Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old girl who, on the way to her new home, stumbles upon an abandoned amusement park. After entering, she finds herself in a strange world where the food turns her parents into pigs. Trapped in the spirit world, Chihiro must find a way to escape and save her parents. Spirited Away is available to watch on Netflix.

Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen — 8,80

Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen, released in 2017, is the final installment in the Kizumonogatari film trilogy. This prequel trilogy leads up to the events of the Bakemonogatari anime series. In this third chapter, Koyomi Araragi has become a vampire after assisting Kiss-shot in her resurrection.

Kiss-shot has the power to restore Araragi’s humanity once she regains all her strength. However, Araragi fears losing his humanity and contemplates death. Tsubasa encourages him to stay alive. After helping Kiss-shot regain her full power, Araragi is faced with a dilemma. He cannot return to being human as it may provoke Kiss-shot’s wrath, but he also does not want to remain a vampire. Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen is available to watch on Bstation.

Kimi no Na wa — 8.85

Who hasn’t heard of this film? Your Name, created by Makoto Shinkai, is often the first recommendation for those who want to watch anime films for the first time. The film has a unique and emotional story that has won many awards, including the LAFCA Animation Award in 2016, the Best Animated Film at the Mainichi Film Awards 2017, and the Grand Prize Award at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival.

The story of Your Name revolves around two high school students, Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana, who live in different places; Mitsuha lives in a rural village and dreams of city life, while Taki lives in Tokyo. One day, they wake up to find that they have swapped bodies. Mitsuha is now in Taki’s body in Tokyo, and Taki is in Mitsuha’s body in the village. They seek answers to this phenomenon and embark on a journey to find each other. Your Name is available on Bstation.

Violet Evergarden Movie — 8.92

The Violet Evergarden Movie, produced by Kyoto Animation, has become a beloved film among audiences. This movie is a sequel to the anime series released in 2018 and is known for its touching and emotional storyline. Despite being released during the COVID-19 pandemic, the film has won numerous awards, including the Excellence Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival and the Animation of the Year in the Tokyo Anime Award Festival film category in 2021.

Set several years after the end of the Great War, the movie follows Violet as she works as an Auto Memory Doll, writing letters for others. While continuing to understand emotions and the meaning of love, Violet searches for hope that the man who once told her “I love you” might still be alive after all these years. You can watch the Violet Evergarden Movie on Netflix.

Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare — 8.92

The Gintama franchise is well-loved by fans of shounen anime. However, the second film takes a different approach, venturing into the isekai genre. In this film, Gintoki finds himself transported to a post-apocalyptic version of the Edo period, where a mysterious disease called the White Plague is decimating the population.

Gintoki’s journey to this world is triggered when he catches a movie thief at a premiere and examines the footage, only to be unexpectedly transported to this new reality. He finds himself five years in the future and reunites with the Yorozuya team to try and identify the source of the outbreak. The Gintama Movie 2: Be Forever Yorozuya is available to stream on iQIYI.

Koe no Katachi — 8.94

A Silent Voice or Koe no Katachi is a heartwarming and emotional anime film that was released in 2016. Despite not making a big impact at the box office, it is still considered one of the best anime films of all time. The film won multiple awards, including the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animated Film and the Japanese Academy Award for Best Animation.

The story of A Silent Voice revolves around Shouya Ishida, a boy who wants to make amends for his past mistakes. During his elementary school days, Shouya bullied Shoko Nishimiya, his classmate who was deaf. Due to his actions, Shoko had to transfer to another school. Shouya’s classmates blamed him for his behavior, and he became an outcast. In high school, Shouya tries to turn his life around, and he meets Shoko again. The film depicts his journey towards redemption and his relationship with Shoko. A Silent Voice can be watched on Bstation.

Zephyrine

Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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