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'

Memories (1995)

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo, Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura

"Akira" creator Katsuhiro Otomo joins with some of the top talents in anime for an eye-opening trilogy of animated tales, each with their own distinct... Read more

Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)

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

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

Jin-Roh (1999)

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura

An incredible animated feature from the creators of "Akira" and "Ghost in the Shell". Ten years after the end of World War II, anti-terrorist cop Fuse... Read more

Origin - Spirits of the Past (2006)

Director: Keiichi Sugiyama

In the not-too-distant future man has unleashed an environmental catastrophe. 300 years later the planet has recovered but mankind is still at odds w... Read more

Cowboy Bebop: Volume 5 (1998)

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring: Animation

Volume 5 of 6. Being a space bounty hunter aboard the Bebop is getting stranger and more dangerous with each mission. Can an old Earth space antique,... Read more

My Neighbour Totoro ( Blu-ray ) (1988)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

From legendary Manga director Hayao Miyazaki comes that rare delight - a family film that really appeals to all ages. While their mother is in hospita... Read more

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

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 Garden of Words (2013)

Director: Makoto Shinkai

When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favour of sketching in a rainy garde... Read more

Cowboy Bebop: Volume 6 (1998)

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring: Animation

Volume 6 of 6. 'It's time to blow this scene'... as the exploits of the Bebop crew of space bounty hunters draw to their dramatic and action packed cl... Read more