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The 15 Best Anime Movies of 2018 You Don't Want To Miss

Updated October 7, 2019 7.1k votes 3.1k voters 228.1k views15 items

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Which are best anime movies of 2018? That depends on your personal taste, but those listed below are all well-animated, entertaining, and otherwise a great viewing experience. Vote up your favorites below.

Some 2018 anime films, like Mirai and Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms are full stories unto themselves, with no attached anime series. This means that they're easy to enjoy without any prior knowledge. Other movies require a little more background to fully enjoy, however. For instance, fans of My Hero Academia may get a little more out of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes than non-fans, but it still tells a great story that stands on its own.

It's easy to get caught up in the abundance of amazing anime series that 2018 had to offer, and forget that there are also some incredible movies that are well worth your time.

Update 8/26/19 - Now that it's late into the current year, check out the best anime movies of 2019 as well! 

  • The first movie in the Dragon Ball Super franchise won't be coming out until December, but it's hard not to get excited about it anyway. It centers around Broly, one of the few survivors of the Saiyan genocide. The movie will be supervised by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the original Dragon Ball manga, so there's a high chance that this movie will stay true to what makes the franchise great.

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  • Bungou Stray Dogs is an anime about a supernatural detective agency in which most of the characters are named for famous literary figures. In the 2018 movie Dead Applea rash of suicides occur among people with powers, which prompts the agency to investigate. They believe these suicides might be connected, and the primary suspect is Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, also known as "The Collector." 

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  • Flavors of Youth takes on a slightly unusual topic for an anime. Rather than depicting life in Japan, it instead focuses on life in modern, urban China. It consists of a several vignettes on topics as diverse as the pleasure derived from a bowl of rice noodles to a fashion model's failing career. Each story is told with a nostalgic, atmospheric tone. 

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    Natsume's Book of Friends is a lovely anime about a boy named Natsume who possesses the "Book of Friends." This book, compiled by his grandmother, contains the names of hundreds of yokai. To give them their freedom, Natsume must return their names. 

    Natsume's Book Of Friends The Movie: Ephemeral Bondfollows Natsume as he meets people from his past, as well as a woman who knows his grandmother. Meeting these people triggers memories of past encounters with yokai, which set the stage for a new encounter.

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