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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'

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

Vexille ( Blu-ray ) (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

When Marnie Was There (2014)

7.7/10
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Twelve-year-old Anna believes she sits outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself off from everyone around her.... Read more

When Marnie Was There ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

7.7/10
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Twelve-year-old Anna believes she sits outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself off from everyone around her.... Read more

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

8/10
Director: Yoshifumi Kondo

Written and produced by Manga maestro Hayao Miyazaki this classic anime sees young bookworm Shizuku spending her summer reading and translating popula... Read more

Wolf Children (2012)

8.2/10
Director: Mamoru Hosoda

From award-winning director Mamoru Hosoda ("Summer Wars", "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time"), an elegiac animated fantasy which follows the growth and... Read more

Your Name (2016)

8.4/10
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ryo Narita, Mone Kamishiraishi

Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She's a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother... Read more

Your Name (Blu-Ray) (2016)

8.4/10
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ryo Narita, Mone Kamishiraishi

Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She's a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother... Read more