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

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Vote up your favorite anime movie from 2018.

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! 

  • When Haruki Shiga finds out that his seemingly carefree classmate Sakura Yamauchi is dying of an unnamed pancreatic illness, he begins trying to help her experience everything she wants to do before the final day. Through this process, he learns some powerful truths about himself, and the world. It originally appeared as a web novel in 2014, and has since been turned into a manga, a live action movie, and now finally an anime movie.

    843 votes
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    712 VOTES

    Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms

    Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms
    Photo: P.A. Works

    Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms is a P.A. Works production that tells the story of Maquia, a girl who comes from a family that stops aging in adolescence. She lives peacefully until one day her home is invaded by the army, who capture her family members in the hopes of discovering the secret to their immortality. Her former life destroyed, Maquia escapes - only to find an abandoned baby in the woods. She begins to raise the baby, but how will their relationship evolve when he ages and she does not?

    712 votes
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    374 VOTES
    Photo: Toho

    Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who is known for spectacular movies like Wolf Children and The Girl Who Lept Through TimeMirai debuted in July 2018. 

    Mirai tells the story of a four-year-old boy dealing with jealousy around his brand new baby sister, Mirai. One day, a mysterious group of people, including the teenage version of his sister Mirai, appear. What follows is a magical story of time travel, family history, and bonds between siblings. 

    374 votes
  • 4
    271 VOTES

    Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

    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." 

    271 votes
  • 5
    156 VOTES

    Natsume's Book Of Friends The Movie: Ephemeral Bond

    Natsume's Book Of Friends The Movie: Ephemeral Bond
    Photo: Shuka

    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.

    156 votes
  • 6
    148 VOTES

    Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me

    Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me picks up where the second season left off. During Rikka's third year of high school, her sister moves to Italy. Rikka is faced with a choice - follow her sister as her family hopes she will, or continue her relationship with Yuta. If she does stay with Yuta, will she abandon her chuunibyo, or keep on being herself? This movie is a must-see for fans of the original series.

    148 votes