Lighthearted Movies to Kick-start

Your Anime Viewing Habit

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, September 17, 2019 11:48pm


Lighthearted Movies to Kick-start Your Anime Viewing Habit

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, September 17, 2019 11:48pm

The Best of Anime transported us into the world of anime with all its character merchandise, cosplayers, and pocket events. The convention was filled with long-time anime fans—we can tell because they flawlessly chanted to the sing-along competition. No matter what age we are in, anime is one of the things we couldn’t (and don’t want to) outgrow. 

The Best of Anime left us wanting more! Photos by Ahl Mirambel

Conventions like that of Best of Anime organized by PRIMETRADE ASIA, INC. only leave fans wanting more. If you’re still high from anime conventions (or are hungry for more), binge on the following anime movies—or better yet, recommend them to a friend to convert him/her into the welcoming and colorful world of anime:

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Kiki’s Delivery follows the story of Kiki, a witch in training, who started a delivery service via her broom. This film from Studio Ghibli is a light watch, but it will remind viewers of the importance of perseverance and finding motivation in what you do.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

If you’re interested in films that warp the concepts of time and space, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time might be your type of movie. This follows the story of Makoto, who discovered she has the power to time-leap, moving through time in her own timeline. Her decisions and actions affect the timeline and the people around her. How will it all turn out?

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

5 Centimeters Per Second will remind you of your TOTGA. This coming-of-age-movie tells the story of love, friendship, and moving on. Meet Takaki, Akari, and Kanae along the way and relate to their stories as a student, a friend, a lover, and a career person. They will teach you how to make friendships, fall in love, renew bonds, and move on.

Ponyo (2008)
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

You’ll enjoy this another offer from Studio Ghibli. Witness another story of family and friendship, all while going on a bit of an underwater adventure with Ponyo! This is perfect for a light and refreshing watch—Ponyo will help you relieve your stress.

Wolf Children (2012)
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

Experience a bit of family drama with Wolf Children. This tells the story of Hana who fell in love with an odd man, who can transform into a wolf. Their love bore two children but Hana was left to raise them alone since the father was killed in an accident. Wolf Children shares lessons on choosing your paths and finding who you really are.

Kimi No Na Wa (2016)
Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

Kimi No Na Wa took 2016 by storm with its unique plot. The story follows the lives of Taki, a Tokyo high school boy, and Mitsuha, a schoolgirl from Itomori. They found out they switch bodies from time to time, and as the story progresses, they found themselves falling into each other.

A Silent Voice (2016)
Directed by: Naoko Yamada

A Silent Voice is a story of forgiveness, acceptance, and new beginnings. It centers onShoya, did major bullying to a deaf girl named Shoko during their childhood years. Years later, Shoya became a high school reject and came across Shoko once again. 

These are only some on our list. If you have any more anime recommendations, comment them below and let the binge-watching begin!


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