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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'

Mirai (2018)

7.1/10
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Kumiko Aso, Masaharu Fukuyama

A young boy named Kun feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, Kun stumbles upon a magical garden t... Read more

Mirai (Blu-Ray) (2018)

7.1/10
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Kumiko Aso, Masaharu Fukuyama

A young boy named Kun feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, Kun stumbles upon a magical garden t... Read more

Mary and the Witch's Flower (Blu-Ray) (2017)

6.8/10
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring: Ewen Bremner, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Lynda Baron, Morwenna Banks

Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blos... Read more

Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)

6.8/10
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring: Ewen Bremner, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Lynda Baron, Morwenna Banks

Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blos... Read more

In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2016)

7.9/10
Director: Sunao Katabuchi

As she combats her daily struggles In Hiroshima during World War II, an 18-year-old woman gets married and has to maintain the will to live. Read more

A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi) (2016)

8.2/10
Director: Naoko Yamada

A deaf elementary school girl, Shoko Nishimiya, upon transferring, meets a boy named Shoya Ishida in her new class. Shoya, who is not deaf, leads the... 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

The Boy and the Beast (2016)

7.7/10
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

Miss Hokusai (2015)

6.7/10
Director: Keiichi Hara
Starring: Gaku Hamada, Kengo Kora, Yutaka Matsushige, Anne Watanabe, Jun Miho

As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dr... Read more