The Top 10 Best Action Anime Movies

Anime movies are a real delight to watch. They combine all real life elements similar to a motion picture. Yet, the absence of real-life people or real-life objects is what makes them so special and also powerful. Like real motion pictures, anime movies are of similar length and have a strong story to support the playtime. While anime movies can be of different genres, we will discuss only the action anime movies here. The basic essence of action anime films is so profound that they have easily reserved their place in the hearts of anime lovers. As my top anime advice, let us discuss the 10 best action anime movies, which have been tagged as classics and trendsetters by anime lovers and have since created a cult following them.

Akira

Imagine a film made in 1988 still cherished by fans all over the world and equally accepted by the new generation. Well, the movie Akira is what’s being talked about. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, who created the manga of the same name, Akira is an epic animated science fiction action cult classic film, which takes place in a futuristic Neo Tokyo. A secret military project creates psionics called espers, which inadvertently leads to the destruction of Neo Tokyo. The main character Akira was the first and most powerful esper, whose psychic power led to the destruction of Tokyo during World War III. It is considered as one of the greatest science fiction movies to ever be made and is definitely one of the top action anime movies.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is an anime cult action film directed by Mamoru Oshii based on the manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Set in the dystopian future, it follows the story of Motoko Kusanagi, a public security officer of Section 9 assigned to track down a mysterious ghost hacker titled as the “Puppet Master”. The film follows the quest of Motoko on her new assigned mission, which leads her to the mysterious Project 2501 created by the corrupt Section 6, which in turn was responsible for the creation of the antagonist. It is considered to be a benchmark for science fiction films and is hence rightfully tagged as one of best action anime movies.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

The movie follows the story of D, a bounty hunter hired to bring back a young girl named Charlotte, who has been kidnaped by a noble vampire named Meier Link. The film is based on the novel Demon Deathchase, the third in Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D series. If you are a fan of hardcore anime action, then this film will surely satisfy you with loads of demon slaying action.

Ninja Scroll

A critically acclaimed Japanese animated action film, released in 1993. Ninja Scroll depicts the events of a bloody battle, set in feudal Japan, between a ninja and the eight devils of Kimon. The film was written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The anime movie has gained immense popularity due to its narrative style of the journey of the protagonist Koichi Yamadera, a ninja, whose character is inspired from the Japanese folk hero Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi.

Princess Mononoke

If you only expect plenty of action in a film, then Princess Mononoke is your choice of an action anime movie. Set in the late Muromachi period, the story revolves around a young Ashitaka, the last prince of the Emishi tribe, determined to restore peace between the forest spirits and humans, who consume the forest’s resources. Princess Mononoke is considered to be one of the best action anime movies until today. It gradually became the highest grossing film of all time till the release of Titanic later in the same year.

Cowboy Bebop – The Movie

Hardcore anime lovers are well acquainted with the name “Cowboy Bebop” for the television series, that ran through 1998-1999 and won million hearts with its 26 limited episodes. Based on the same storyline between episode 22 and 23, Cowboy Bebop – The Movie follows the story of the space bounty hunter crew on the spaceship named Bebop, assigned to take down a chemical terrorist threatening to destroy the planet Mars with an unknown pathogen. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sun Studios, Cowboy Bebop is considered a classic in the world of action anime movies.

Street Fighter II – The Animated Movie

Ever imagined to recreate a game into a movie? The creators of this movie did this thing in reality by making a film based on the popular fighting game series of the same name. The film is written by Kenichi Imai and directed by Gisaburo Sugii. It follows the story of Ryu, a street fighter taking on a crime lord named Bison, who is bent to defeat the greatest fighters of the world. The film has a large following ever since and serves as an inspiration for the live-action film starring Van Damme.

Appleseed

Created by “Ghost in the Shell” fame, Masamune Shirow, Appleseed is a computer animated science fiction action film featuring some eye-catching animation. The film revolves around the former Deunan Kute, who embarks to restore peace with her cyborg partner in a post-apocalyptic Utopian city “Olympus”, whose population consists of genetically modified clones called Bioroids and humans in about the same proportions. The artificial Bioroids, who have hardly any feelings like anger or fear, were created with the intention to balance the human society and bring peace. But certain organizations are against it and want to disrupt the balance and peace once more. Appleseed and also its successor Appleseed – Ex Machina are definitely must watchs for all fans, who love action, science fiction and epic soundtrack.

Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger is directed by Masahiro Ando and produced by Bones, the same studio co-producing the classic Cowboy Bebop – The Movie. The film follows the story of a young boy named Kotaro and his dog as they meet a retired ronin, Nanashi, while running away from mysterious swordsmen hunting them for mysterious reasons. While avoiding to draw his sword ever again, Nanashi is caught between morality and commitment as he agrees to take Kotaro to a remote Buddhist temple. Sword of the Stranger is my top anime tip. It is a masterpiece for its genre. Everybody, who likes Samurai and Sword films, atmospheric soundtrack and top-notch animations, will love Sword of the Stranger.

Fist of the North Star

The last to include in our list, but not the least, is Fist of the North Star. Like most other anime action movies, it is an adaptation of a manga series of the same name. With violent elements, similar to the manga and set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story is based on the protagonist Kenshiro, who goes in search of his wife Yuria after being heavily defeated by his former friend Shin. The film is directed by Toyoo Yashida, who also directed the first film of the Vampire Hunter D Series.

Important of Movie Quotes

Movies are nothing when you can’t remember a line, or two, or three. Movie lines, especially quotes, are but essential to a movie. Quotes, or movie lines, are very important to make a movie. They make up the whole momentum of the movie. May it be a love quote or a funny one, the whole movie is unforgettable when you remember the quotes in it. Quotes are not spices in a movie, but they are the main ingredients It is through this quotes, and/or lines that a movie is remembered. Jerry Maguire quoted in the 1996 film, “You complete me…” Yes, this is true with films. A movie is incomplete without a quote to live by.

Today’s movies are varied. Categories like suspense, action, love story, and comedy are just some watchable and interesting movies. Interesting films may include suspense, action, love story, and comedy. Quotes are simple remembrance of how you feel about the movie you are watching. Many movies are unmemorable. But, what makes a good movie? Do you really need a good actor or the best director? How importance is delivering a quote, or line per se, to a movie? It is so important. As important that, even without good actors and best directors, they sting you and inculcates your brain with the thoughts of the quote. They hit you fast and hard.

The movies recently watched theater today is the Sci-Fi thriller by the famous producer Steven Spielberg and well-know writer-and-director J.J. Abrams-Super 8. This movie tells of a train crash in Ohio. A group of friends is trying to film a movie when the speeding train destroys a pick-up truck. Local residence begins to vanish and speculations relating to the train incident. Quote in a theater can be appealing especially when a thriller-movie. Another movie is The Tree of Life. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn stars in another heart-warming story of love and brotherhood. One famous line, or quote, in this movie is the line by Mr. O’Brien, “Unless you love, your life will flash by.” It is an unforgettable quote It is short,simple but a genuine one.

Funny movies are most remembered in all films. They make us feel good and relaxed. The movie Kung Fu Panda 2 has so many quotes to live by. One quote is by Po, the Dragon Warrior that says, “How can Kung Fu stop something that stops Kung Fu?” It sounds like a tongue twister, right? A hilarious movie Bridesmaids is a story of Annie, who is bad luck with love and is stuck on being a Maid of Honor on her best friend’s wedding. With other contrasting characters, you will enjoy their adventures and misadventures as they prepare for Lillian’s (Annie’s best friend’s) wedding. It has so many quotes, mostly funny ones. This is why it is so memorable.

The Barrage Of Flawed Plots & Recycled Themes In Nollywood Movies

Themes such as love, abolition of class distinction, fight against HIV/Aids, adultery, craze for wealth, power, fame, rituals, witchcraft manipulation, engagement in nefarious activities, greed, corruption, domestic violence, abuse of women and children’s rights, thirst for political power, poverty, barrenness, and many more dominate Nollywood movies. At the advent of the home video revolution, stakeholders welcomed the idea of being able to tell our own stories to the viewing audience (Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike).

However, the common denominator of flawed scripts, parodies, water shed plots, embarrassing verbal blunder, choppy editing, high predictability rate, abysmal soundtracks, bland, prosaic, monotonous, technologically deficient, formulaic movies have all added to the declining rate at which Home videos are watched. There has been a clamour for movie makers to introduce new dimensions and other positive sides that reflect our society’s norms and values into our stories, and not the promotion of a deluge of negative stories being portrayed about Nigerians to the International communities. I believe however, that the so called negative stories being projected in our movies, (if we must be truthful to ourselves), represents holistically what obtains in our society.

Hollywood itself has produced movies dealing with negative issues in America such as lust for power, greed, corruption (among political office holders, top management of Blue Chip companies, dirty cops), serial killings and various forms of murder, assassinations, rape, use of narcotics and its addiction, hacking into computer systems of government and non-government establishments, robbing of banks, homes, stores, assault and batteries, prostitution, strip dancing, pole dancing, betrayal, nudity, adultery, illicit sex by youths, one night stand practice, car jacking, domestic violence, divorce, separation, and other related vices. Bollywood likewise is not a saint in telling its stories as well, despite the usual romance and dancing strategies synonymous with their movies.

I’m not saying that sticking to the making of vice related movies is good, but we must also note that Hollywood through some well thought out written scripts, relies on its thespians to portray American virtues such as the sharing of strong, deep bond of love for the Nation, family, friends and fellow citizens, which when necessary, means sacrificing one’s life to save the day, promoting and sharing the American dream, exhibiting acts of heroism, as super powers always defeating its enemies, embarking on wild adventures, and discovering new things where others have failed. Hollywood movies stem largely from its wide range of genre on offer, made possible by state of the art technology within their reach.

Nigerians with certitude possess good virtues and there are people who have great stories out there to share but unfortunately aren’t given the opportunity of doing such in an overtly competitive tribalized sector, where people fail to see the bright ideas others can come up with. You’ve got to put your money where your mouth is if you want a good movie free from the cluttered work syndrome. After all, my people have a saying that “soup way sweet, na money kill am” It is however important for our stories to have a “cross appeal” feel, to which people from other countries can easily relate with.

The Re-branding of Nigeria clarion call actively propagated by the Minister of Information, Prof Dora Akunyili, to change the negative mindset/perception the International communities have about the Nation and its citizens, has also clamoured for the production of good movies as a veritable tool in the Re-branding process. The slogan “Nigeria, Good people, Great Nation” is geared at promoting the country and its Citizens image in a new light, and scriptwriters with great imagination are being encouraged to come up with novel stories that would do just that. The question is “where are those with great stories that can achieve this purpose? are they resident in Nigeria or are based in other countries?

Do they strongly share the re-branding passion or do they feel it’s just another political gimmick in the government’s book to draw attention to itself? Has the government set up a “functional, impartial, separate funding scheme”, where funds would be made available to producers to make such movies being canvassed for? What can be done to stimulate the interest of untapped highly talented minds, running with wild imaginations to come forward with great stories, bearing in mind the deceptive webs that they could be caught in, spun by unprincipled, crooked, deceitful practitioners in the Industry? When the proper machineries have been put in place, there would be an equilibrium recorded in the stories told, unlike the present weighty tilt towards the projection of negative issues dominating our screens.

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