Along with the best-selling Makoto Shinkai movies titled Kimi no Na wa. which conquers the Box Office and has caused a stir in Japan, Akiba Souken also conducted a poll of fans to know which Makoto Shinkai’s anime movie is that they think are the best and most popular. Polling was conducted between August 29 and September 30 by producing 998 votes. Makoto Shinkai movies is known to have a cool animation artwork and focusing on story with emotional factor, and often called as the successor of Hayao Miyazaki. Here are the results quoted from honeyfeed.fm.
1. Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.) / 432 votes
The story is set a month after a comet has fallen for the very first time in a thousand years in Japan. Mitsuha, a high school girl residing in the countryside, wishes to live in the city because she’s tired of life in the tiny place without any interesting place to go. Then, there’s Taki. He’s a high schooler living in Tokyo with his friends while working as a part-timer at an Italian restaurant. He has also a strong interest in fine arts relating architecture. One day, Mitsuha dreams of herself as a young man. On the other hand, Taki has also a dream where he is a female student enrolled in high school in the countryside. What is the secret behind their dreams?
The storyline is conceptually quite simple, but many detail is included as the story moves on. The anime drives a lot of fundamental elements, that could be very philosophical, without having to be too difficult for the average audience to understand. Aside from that, none of the story is sacrificed so as to drive these ideas, they are inseparably mixed together. You can read our Kimi no Na wa. review to find other information.
2. Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words) / 205 votes
Makoto Shinkai is a director that has become extremely popular over the years. And for great factor, too. After striking the anime industry in 2007 with his opus magnum “5 Centimeters Per Second”, he rapidly identified himself as a director with the ability to blend masterful artistic talent with emotional, bittersweet storytelling.
“The Garden of Words” is a short-term film depicting the relationship and romance between a 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman.
Takao, the boy, feels lost and alienated by his unsure future and passion for shoemaking. At the same time, Yukino feels displaced in an adult society where she feels she doesn’t belong.
From Makoto Shinkai comes 5 Centimetes per Second, an anime movie that tells the story of a couple childhood friend in love, and how they make an effort to keep their relationship dealing with hardships that life throws at them. Through three small stories, or episodes as they are called, we are told the story of the way they grow up and farther away from each other.
The movie tells of a love this is little by little torn apart as lovers move further away, both in home and heart. It’s fundamental themes are amazingly incorporated into the story; about growing up, letting go of an unreachable past, and taking control of one’s own life. Although they can be not necessarily very obvious during the entire movie, the final scene signifies these themes, and what the main protagonist decided on in the end. Here is 5 Centimeters per Second review for you.
4. Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days) / 40 votes
The Place Promised begins with a really calm slice of life setting, but do not get fooled by first appearances. It soon has a lot more dramatic tone, with a sense of sci. fi. over it as well, depending on which of the two male leads’ story it’s currently following.
Together with the dreams of the female lead poppign in every now and then, you have three excellent story which holds you on a heavy, emotional level, and it all ends with mixing the three together in a single wonderful end scene, which I am going to remember quite a long time.
The characters in the Place Promised are wonderful, deep and realistic. They’re just average kids experiencing all this, and that lets you connect with them, you feel like you want them to accomplish their dream from the bottom of your heart.
5. Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo (Children who Chase Lost Voices) / 36 votes
Think about someone looking at Studio Ghibli in expect of producing something similar, but wind up absolutely missing the point and providing a train wreck of an anime movie. This is how I might express Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo .
Even though, to be perfectly honest, I do not completely agree with the Ghibli comparison several have done. The similarities end after a mysterious land, similarly magical creatures and character designs that, with some small adjustments, could have come from any of Hayao Miyazaki’s flicks. The others is characteristic Shinkai style, although this time unclear with a serious identity crisis.
On a first glance Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo doesn’t sound too bad. A girl named Asuna is about to be slain by a magical monster when a strange boy pops up and saves her. One thing leads to another and soon she’s thrown into Agartha; a land unfamiliar to human being.
6. Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko (She and Her Cat): Everything Flows / 34 votes
In case your also pondering if the relationship is involving the girl and the cat, then the short-term answer is YES but I believe its not as twisted as you could possibly imagine.
The story is the most fantastic thing about this short-term anime, its not simply something that is gonna cause you to tear up but its likely to move you, watching “Kanojo” from the cats POV as she is struggling with getting a job and the worries of having to adjust to living alone as a new adult in the society.
the story is going to be best part about this anime, its fast paced considering that anime is quite short, but won’t fail to assure you understand everything very clearly, the cat narrates most of it, featuring us flash backs from the life of Kanojo when she was a kid and her troubles as she was growing up.
7. Dareka no Manazashi / 25 votes
7 minutes. It doesn’t ask for much more of your precious time. Around all the problems in life, if you make a decision and manage to invest that length of time in watching this super short film, what will you get is something that will definitely stick with you for a long time.
Dareka no Manazashi awes with its simplicity. It shows the specific period of human life, i. e., the growing up phase and the improvements that come along with it in one’s life, that almost every people goes through. It’s about how we typically put up facades in public just with regard to showing ourselves as intellectual grown-ups. Also, it is about how during this process, we wind up losing our child-like innocence and the ability to be brazenly honest concerning our true feelings.
The anime film shows the advent of the transition period in a girl’s life, her gradual years of growing up from a child to a self-sustaining adult, and how it has an affect on her relations with her father and family.
8. Hoshi no Koe (Voices of a Distant Star) / 22 votes
Showing a fantastic story in mere 25 minutes can be quite a difficult task, but Makoto Shinkai almost single handedly was able to take some action with Hoshi no Koe. However, considering that it was in fact only created by a single person, it does have its fair share of flaws (some even more prominent when compared to others).
The storyline is straightforward. Two childhood friends are separated, but make an effort to stay get in touch with each other, although the gap between them grows. This generates a fairly emotional love story, plus it does it all in the short time amount of 25 minutes.
I truly enjoyed this OVA, and how it is able to do what it does in such short time. It was quite emotional and sad at times, but not to the stage where you will find yourself crying uncontrollably.