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5 Best Japanese Animated Film Recommendations

Japanese animation is known to have a lot of fans from various circles. Starting from young people to adults.

Nowadays, the term wibu is often used when someone shows their interest in Japanese animated films or series. The term wibu is taken from the word weaboo which is a term for foreigners or non-Japanese people who are very obsessed with Japanese culture.

Although not entirely bad, the word wibu is now widely used as ridicule and has a negative connotation. Those who like films or series made in Japan cannot be separated from the ridicule of the weasel. In fact, just watching Japanese animated films doesn’t immediately make you a weasel, you know! For those of you who want to start watching Japanese animated films, let’s take a look at the following 5 recommendations for Japanese animated films.

  1. Your Name (2016)

Mitsuha, a girl living in the outskirts of Japan, and Taki, a boy living in the city of Tokyo miraculously switch bodies. This incident was very strange because the two of them didn’t even know each other. Feeling curious, the two of them decided to meet each other, however, it turned out that the desire to meet instead revealed a big reality.

This animated film, directed by Makoto Shinkai, is arguably one of the most popular Japanese animated films. Out of the box story ideas, as well as beautiful and aesthetic visuals, invite a lot of appreciation from the audience.

  1. Flavors of Youth (2018)

This film tells 3 different stories from China; About a bowl of noodle soup that sticks in one’s memory, about a model whose career is starting to fade, and about the bitter sweetness of first love.

Developed by studio Ghibli, Flavors of Youth presents aesthetically detailed animation that is guaranteed to spoil the eye.

  1. Graves of the Fireflies (1988)

Even though it was released 3 decades ago, Graves of the Fireflies still has a lot of fans. This film tells the sad story of a brother and sister named Seita and Setsuko, who must survive in the midst of the second world war that devastated Japan.

Named as one of the saddest animated films of all time, you have to get a tissue ready if you want to watch this film.

  1. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

An old bamboo cutter and his wife accidentally found a girl in a bamboo shoot. The couple finally decided to take care of the child. Like a blessing, the couple was suddenly blessed with wealth and wealth after taking care of the daughter.

The lives of those who are less fortunate have now turned 180 degrees into a life like royalty. The daughter they named Kaguya grew up to be an extraordinarily beautiful girl. The conflict culminates when Kaguya feels uncomfortable with her life and begins to feel that the earth is not her place.

  1. Mirai (2018)

4-year-old Kun felt forgotten by his parents when his younger sister, Mirai, was born. Kun decided to run away from home. Unexpectedly, he finds a magical garden that has a time gate. Kun also goes on an exciting cross-time adventure where he meets his mother in childhood, and his adult sister. Kun’s adventures slowly changed his view of the family over the years.

Those were 5 recommendations for Japanese animated films that you should write down on your watch list. You can enjoy the five films through Netflix’s paid service. Hmm, which one caught your attention?


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