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Anime

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'

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

8.1/10
Director: Isao Takahata

Eight years in the making and hot on the heels of Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli co-founder Takahata's adaptation of a centuries old Japanes... Read more

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

8.1/10
Director: Isao Takahata

Eight years in the making and hot on the heels of Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli co-founder Takahata's adaptation of a centuries old Japanes... Read more

The Wind Rises (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement at the age of 72. If he sticks to his word he will have gone out on a sublime... Read more

The Wind Rises ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement at the age of 72. If he sticks to his word he will have gone out on a sublime... Read more

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

7.9/10
Director: Satoshi Kon

In this unofficial animated remake of John Ford's "3 Godfathers" from director Satoshi Kon ("Perfect Blue"), three homeless people - an alcoholic, a t... Read more

Transformers: Super God Masterforce Collection (1987)

7.1/10

The original tale of the enduring '80s icons, 'The Transformers' continues in this second Japanese sequel! The sudden re-emergence of Decepticon foe... Read more

Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)

5.6/10
Director: Akiyuki Shinbo

From the beginning of time, powerful, grotesque Demons and beautiful, noble Guardians have battled for Earth. A deep hatred eternally burns between De... Read more

Vampire Hunter D (1985)

7.2/10
Director: Toyoo Ashida

Eerie, exotic animation for adults, set in the year 12,090, when the Earth is ruled by vampires. A beautiful woman fancied by the chief bloodsucker of... Read more

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2001)

7.7/10
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Starring: Animation

Based on the third novel from Hideyuki Kikuchi's series about a futuristic human-vampire hybrid warrior. D has been hired to track down Meier Link, a... Read more

Vexille (2007)

6.9/10
Director: Fumihiko Sori

By the year 2077, the UN has banned robot technology because of its threat to humankind; but there are fears that such technologies are being develope... Read more