As far as movies can go and influence a huge community, sometimes they touch you in a rather personal level. I started watching anime when i was a teenager and since then it has taught me things no one else could have taught. I feel connected to the characters and i learn through their experiences as they transcend throughout the story. Out of all the other things that i have learned from anime, which i will mention later, the most important thing is how important it is to empathise with others before judging them. It has always made me want to become a better person. I have a huge list of anime that i like but in this article i will be mentioning 5 of the best anime movies which changed me as a person and has taught me legions that always push me to become a better human being.
Paprika is a 2006 Japanese science-fiction anime film by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui‘s novel about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. Otakus all over the world believe that Inception directed by Christopher Nolan is an adaptation of this anime. The movie is full of mind boggling twits and visuals. It takes some time to understand the character built up and the concepts of the movie but as the climax comes nearer the story becomes clearer and conveys its message. What I learned from the movie was that how we humans are easily get influenced by greed and power, how it is never enough. Each character conveys a different message to the audience. The movie filled my heart with such a powerful emotion I could not help but empathise with each individual. Now and then I can totally relate the people around me with the characters of the movie and that helps me to understand them in a better way. It is a must watch even if you are not an anime enthusiast. I would say it is much more twisted and thrilling than its live adaptation, Inception.
Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese anime film by Mamoru Hosoda. The story follows a young mother who is left to raise two half-human half-wolf children, Ame and Yuki, after their werewolf father dies. It may sound like some fiction crunch but i am afraid words will never be enough to describe the depth of the message the movie gives. I have watched it like thousand times yet it never fails to fill my eyes with tears and my heart with this inexplicable sadness. The movie starts with introducing an indifferent male character who is noticed by an innocent girl in a lecture hall where they share a textbook at first and the relationship grows to the point where the girl confesses. The guy reveals that he is not a human but a werewolf. The female accepts him with all her heart at they get married. The have a girl child sometime later and another male child and the family is showed to be happily existing while working hard to make a living, but one day it ends with the father not returning home and then later being found dead because it drowned at the canal. She is not able to revive the body since no one knows that in the body of a wolf it was her husband who died. Collecting all her strength she decides to live for her children. The movie is so beautiful, so heartwarming yet cruel. It portrays the selflessness of a mother and how she managed to raise two wolf children, the sacrifices she makes and the challenges she faces. Eventually the ending sends a very soul touching message of how things work on earth and how children have to make their own choices at the end. A must watch.
The Movie is a 2016 Japanese animated teen drama film produced by Kyoto Animation. It is a moving story of Shoya Ishida, a school bully, and Shoko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. Shoya, a former class bully reaches out to the deaf girl, Shoko, whom he had tormented in grade school. He feels unworthy of redemption but tries to make things right. Since it is a high school story it has influenced me so deeply. The way Shoya tries to communicate a person he had tormented is drastically beautiful and heartwarming. The challenges faced by a disabled girl, her trying to fit it, have a normal life. Its mesmerising. Every character has something to teach. Some stories are happy, some stories are sad, but a sad story does not always have to be a sad story, that is what I learned. There’s a lot of heart in this story, you will laugh, and you will cry. Watch it
Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese animated epic historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli. A central theme of Princess Mononoke is the environment. The film centers on the adventure of Ashitaka as he journeys to the west to undo a fatal curse inflicted upon a boar turned into a demon because of an iron bullet. The visuals are amazing, the characters are captivating and the plot is a cherry on the top. This movie portrays all aspects of human civilization and how it has damaged the environment. It shows how stupid humans become under the influence of power and greed, and how it has the habit of destroying anything it cannot control. There is a bitter sweet love story but the plot has nothing to do with it. But it sure makes the vibes stronger and influence the audience in a breathtaking way. Best Ending Ever. This imaginative and intriguing Anime deserves all the plaudits heaped upon it. Watch it.
As an introduction, Only Yesterday is a Studio Ghibli’s 1991 animation about a working woman in Tokyo, lost in childhood memories. It is an utterly beguiling classic, delicate, charming and tender, an animation that draws on the “family movie” tradition of Japan’s classic live-action cinema. The reason why i am so into this movie is because it is about a woman, the way she grows up, all the changes that take place in our lives, in our bodies, puberty, change in feelings, new emotions, they are so beautifully and realistically depicted in the movie. Taeko has portrayed the normal woman so wonderfully i feel i can relate so much to her.