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'

The Wind Rises ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

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

Paprika (2006)

Director: Satoshi Kon

Groundbreaking animator Satoshi Kon's visually stunning exploration of the boundaries between dreams and reality tells the magical tale of a revolutio... Read more

Death Note: Volume 2 (2006)


The net begins to tighten around Light when the enigmatic detective L brings in FBI agents to assist on the case. Light becomes rattled when he meets... Read more

Summer Wars (2010)

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Voice Of, Nanami Sakuraba, Ryunosuke Kamiki

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community... Read more

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997)

Director: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Animation

Welcome to the Apocalypse.....In this, the first half of the sensational TWO-PART conclusion to the Neon Genesis saga. It is the dawn of a new milleni... Read more

Neon Genesis Evangelion 0:7 (1997)

Director: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Animation

Episodes 21-23. The secret workings of NERV begin to become clear as SEELE mercilessly interrogates NERV's key personnel in a ruthless bid to uncover... Read more

Neon Genesis Evangelion 0:8 (1997)

Director: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Animation

Episodes 24-26 (Final Genesis). In the deadly calm of the aftermath, the sudden and unexpected arrival of the Fifth Child hits like a hurricane, leavi... Read more

Barefoot Gen / Barefoot Gen 2 (1983)

Director: Kazuo Oga

The powerful and tragic autobiographical story of manga artist Keiji Nakazawa, just six years old when an atomic bomb was dropped on his hometown of H... Read more

The Place Promised In Our Early Days (2004)

Director: Makoto Shinkai

In an alternate timeline World War II has split Japan in two; in American-controlled Aomori three children become enthralled with a giant tower, far i... Read more

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind ( Blu-ray ) (1984)

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