Here is everything you need to know about the five best anime to win the highest award.
Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light
It follows with Hotaru who met Gin during the summer when she was still a child. Every year without fail, she came to visit Gin during her summer holidays. Year by year, Hotaru slowly grew into a young lady, but Gin, being a spirit, remained the same as he had years before. How will things keep going between them?
This charming anime won the Mainichi Film Award for Animation in 2011 despite being only 44 minutes long, making it shorter than most movies.
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Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls into a fairy-tale-like love with a wolf man. Over the course of the 13-year story, Hana gives birth to two children. The family quietly lives in the city trying to hide their wolf heritage. But when the “wolf man” suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town.
It features some of the most exquisite backgrounds and animation sequences in recent memory. Wolf Children received the Mainichi Film Awards for Best Animated Film and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year!
Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, yearns to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo. Meanwhile, in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student. While juggling his part-time job, he hopes for a future in architecture.
Your Name is the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time in Japan and has been screened worldwide. It was honored with the Best Animated Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Japan Academy Prizes for Screenplay of the Year at the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.
A Silent Voice
Shoko Nishimiya, A deaf elementary school girl, meets a boy named Shoya Ishida in her new class. Shoya, who is not deaf, leads the class in bullying Shoko because she is deaf. After graduating from elementary school, they do not speak to each other. Later Shoya decides he must see Shoko once more. Shoya wants to make amends for what he did in elementary school and be Shoko’s friend.
The short examines the causes and repercussions of bullying that is rife in Japan. A Silent Voice took home the 2016 Tokyo Anime Award for Anime of the Year and the 2016 Japanese Movie Critics Awards for Best Animation Feature Film.
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The anime is about a family that is attacked by demons and only two members survive. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko, is turning into a demon. Tanjiro sets out to become a demon slayer to avenge his family and cure his sister.
Comic Book Resources placed Demon Slayer second on a top anime list and praised the story’s protagonists. They called them the most appealing male and female leads of the decade. The anime series also came in first place on Japan Web Magazine.