Love anime: here’ s a list of anime films that made it to the big and little screens.
Bleach (2004) Rated T
“For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, he finds his life changed forever. Now with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil. And when he vows to defend Rukia from the ruthless justice of the Soul Society, he and his friends must cross over and do battle in the spirit world….”
Castle of Cagliostro (1980) Rated NR
“Master thief Lupin III, a.k.a. ‘The Wolf,’ and his right-hand gunman Jigen are hot on the trail of a double-crossing counterfeiter. But when their search leads them to the secluded European country of Cagliostro, they find far more than they bargained for. Lupin unwittingly attracts the attention of the nation’s mysterious monarch when he tries to help a damsel in distress escape the Count’s henchmen, and in the process stumbles upon the key to finding the lost fortune of the Cagliostro clan.”
Paprika (2006) Rated R
A revolutionary machine has been built that allows scientists to enter and record a subject’s dream. After the machine is stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device before it falls into the hands of a “dream terrorist.”
Rurouni Kenshin (1997) Rated NR
Set in Meiji-era Japan, where the samurai have been largely disarmed, this series features Kenshin, a wandering swordsman. First saga: Seeking to restore the reputation of her fencing school, Kaoru looks for a vicious murderer and encounters Kenshin. She offers the wanderer sanctuary–and Kenshin becomes invaluable when the killer comes looking for her. Second saga: Kaoru’s school has been vindicated, but the students aren’t coming back. Kaoru and Kenshin encounter Yahiko, who has been reduced to pickpocketing to repay a yakuza syndicate for his late mother’s medical bills. The two decide to help. Third saga: Police officers storm the school looking for Kenshin, who is busy helping townsfolk being bullied and murdered by the corrupt police force. Fourth saga: Sanosuke challenges Kenshin to a fight he cannot refuse.
World of Hans Christian Andersen (2004) Rated NR
Produced in Japan, this full-length animated feature relates the story of a young Hans Christian Andersen, and tells of his efforts to help out his cash-strapped shoemaker father. The story incorporates elements of two classic Andersen fables, and makes use of many wondrous characters, places and situations. Beautifully produced, this delightful film will appeal not just to anime enthusiasts, but to broad general audiences as well.