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'

Bleach: Volume 4 (2007)


With hordes of soul-eating Hollows descending on the human world, Soul Reaper Ichigo and his rival Uryu have their hands more than full! A Hollow that... Read more

Bleach: Volume 5 (2007)


Rukia the Soul Reaper knows she is on borrowed time, staying in the world of the living longer than allowed. Having transferred her powers to Ichigo,... Read more

Bleach: Volume 6 (2007)


Guided by the mysterious talking cat Yoruichi, Ichigo and school friends Orihime, Chad and Uryu make the dangerous crossing over to the Soul Society.... Read more

Bleach: Volume 7 (2007)


Ichigo and company succeeded in breaching the walls of the Seireitei, the Soul Reaper's compound, where they find themselves split up and in serious d... Read more

Bleach: Volume 8 (2008)


Ichigo and his comrades are chased from one end of the Seireitei to another while fending off the furious attacks of the Soul Reapers that guard the c... Read more

Bleach: Volume 9 (2008)


In the world of the living, Ichigo's sisters find themselves in the spotlight as "Karakura Superheroes", while in the Soul Society all-out war is decl... Read more

Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Starring: Youki Kudoh

At the Yokota Air Force base in Japan, a nervous American military is on the brink of the Vietnam War. But a greater threat exists within the walls of... Read more

Brave Story (2006)

Director: Koichi Chigira
Starring: Takako Matsu, Eiji Wentz

When eleven-year-old Wataru is told he can change his destiny by entering a magic gateway into another world, he jumps at the chance. But on his quest... Read more

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)

Director: Makoto Shinkai

A.k.a. "Journey to Agartha". A coming-of-age anime from director Makoto Shinkai ("5 Centimetres Per Second") following the adventures of a young girl... Read more

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe

The popular anime series "Cowboy Bebop" gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie". Set in the late 21st century,... Read more