Anime is a distinctive style of Japanese animation that has taken the world by storm and often features weird and wacky characters, outrageous hairdos and complex themes and storylines in bizarre and outlandish settings. Many will be familiar with the Pokemon anime but outside of this others may struggle to name any.
However, ever growing in popularity, Studio Ghibli and others have brought anime to the fore globally and not just in Eastern culture. Here we look at some of the best options to dive into if you’ve never watched anime before.
1.Howl’s Moving Castle
Based on the English fantasy novel of the same name, this film tells the story of a young woman who is cursed to age incredibly and so seeks out the powerful wizard Howl to help her reverse the spell. Supplanting the action from rural England into a sort of Japanese view of a fantasy land Europe, its design and feel are beautiful and bright throughout.
With a strong anti-war message, the subplots in this film can become quite complex and convoluted but the way they are intertwined are a tribute to the amazing abilities of the Studio Ghibli storytellers who interweave pressing and mature themes into a children’s tale.