Anime is the Japanese word for Animation. In Japan, the animation industry is more in the forefront than in the US, and animated shows covering virtually every genre can be found in the form of television shows, Original Animation Videos and feature films. Much like any other entertainment medium, anime can range from the very silly to the very serious, and is not necessarily intended for children or any specific age group. Below is a hand-picked selection of titles that Alice's mavens consider the best of the genre on offer. Right: 'Ghost In The Shell'

Texhnolyze Vol.5: Lies and Despair (2003)

Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki

Gangs wage a war in an experimental city deep inside the Earth. Read more

Texhnolyze Vol.6: Death and Serenity (2003)

Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki

Gangs wage a war in an experimental city deep inside the Earth. Read more

Tezuka: The Experimental Films (2007)

Director: Osamu Tezuka

Often considered the father of anime, and the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, Osamu Tezuka created such iconic animated characters as Astro Boy an... Read more

The Boy and the Beast (2016)

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, hes taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-aro... Read more

The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

A.K.A. "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro". From the creators of the enormously successful 'Princess Mononoke' comes this exciting, and fast-p... Read more

The Cat Returns (2002)

Director: Hiroyuki Morita

From Japan's Studio Ghibli comes this magical animated adventure that will delight and inspire both the young and the young at heart. After saving a... Read more

The Garden of Words (2013)

Director: Makoto Shinkai

When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favour of sketching in a rainy garde... Read more

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

17-year-old Makoto is an outgoing tomboy of a girl, living a happy, carefree life - but on this particular day everything seems to be going wrong... i... Read more

The King of Pigs (2011)

Director: Yeon Sang-ho

Kyung-Min and Jong-Suk recall one of their old classmates who fought back against the bullies and became king of the lower caste at school. Read more

The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1996)


One of the best-loved animation series' of the last 30 years, 'Mysterious Cities of Gold' was a French/Japanese collaboration, was dubbed into English... Read more