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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'

Ponyo (2008)

7.7/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Aka "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea". When five-year-old Sosuke finds a fish named Ponyo near his seaside home, they quickly become the best of friends... Read more

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

8.1/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

This classic Miyazaki film in many ways foreshadows his later, more widely recognised hit, 'Princess Mononoke'. In the far future, man has destroyed t... Read more

Neon Genesis Evangelion 0:1 (1997)

Director: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Animation

Episodes 1-4. The year is 2015. As the remnants of the human race cower in subterranean cities, a deadly war is being waged for what is left of the pl... Read more

Cowboy Bebop: Volume 1 (1998)

8.9/10
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring: Animation

Volume 1 of 6. The year 2071 A.D. That future is now. Driven out of their terrestrial eden, humanity chose the stars as the final frontier. With the s... Read more

Cowboy Bebop: Volume 2 (1998)

8.9/10
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring: Animation

Volume 2 of 6. Spike and Vicious' deadly duel is concluded and Spike has survived to live another day - and to resume attempts at actually making a li... Read more

Spriggan (2000)

6.6/10
Director: Hirotsugu Kawasaki

Katsuhiro Otomo, the animator of the ground-breaking anime classic 'Akira', was the executive producer of this amazing mixture of visionary sci-fi and... Read more

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

8/10
Director: Mamoru Oshii

In early 21st century Japan, the search for a criminal computer genius known as 'The Puppet Master' sends a cyborg policewoman on a dangerous search,... Read more

Akira (1988)

8.1/10
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Starring: Voices Of, Lewis Lemay, Jimmy Flanders, Drew Thomas

Groundbreaking Japanese animated epic set in the post-WWIII metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. The labyrinthine plot revolves around a battle between oppressive... Read more

Neon Genesis Evangelion 0:2 (1997)

Director: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Animation

Episodes 5-8. The Evangelion is the most powerful combat weapon ever conceived of by man, but at the core of each Eva is a single young human pilot. A... 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