My All Time Favourite Animes (Films)

March 22, 2016
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to anime, and I know that this type of blog post will far from interest many of you but if you are an anime virgin I urge to watch at least one of these suggestions and hopefully your eyes will be opened to the wonderful world that is anime. This list was extrreeemely hard for me to narrow down but I think I'm happy with my picks as there is something about these three animes that is so unique and moving and they are quite unlike anything I've ever seen before.

Here are some of my favourite animes:

Wolf Children

Hana, a college student, meets a wolf-man, Koda, and they quickly fall in love. Their romance is so wonderful and is why I initially adored about this anime. The two lovers get married and start a family. They have two gorgeous little half-werewolf children, Ame and Yuki. However shortly after their second child Koda dies and Hana is forced to raise the children on her own. 

Raising two half-wolf children is difficult as you can imagine. Hana has to hide them from their questioning neighbours and so, the family move to the countryside.

The story follows the family through their struggles of being different and the children's search for meaning in life as they try to figure out who they are - human or werewolf. This story is one that is truly wonderful and the art is breathtaking. You will certainly fall in love with the characters as you watch Yuki and Ame grow up. 

Into The Forest Of The Fireflies' Light

Oh my.. I cannot explain to you this anime, I will definitely not do it justice but bare with me.. 

Six year old Hotaru gets lost in a forest filled with 'mountain spirits' and is met by a human-like spirit wearing a mask named Gin. He informs Hotaru that if he is touched by a human he will disappear forever. Gin then shows little Hotaru out of the forest so she can find her way back home. However, Hotaru returns over the next few days and they quickly become friends against all odds.

Hotaru has to return to her home to do her studies but over the next few summers she returns to the forest and her and Gin form a close bond. Gin never seems to age and as a result Hotaru and Gin become closer in age and begin to struggle with their romantic feelings towards one another.

When Hotaru starts high school Gin takes her on a date to a festival in the forest hosted by the spirits. Unfortunately a young boy runs past and trips but Gin grabs him to save him from falling. He begins to disappear before Hotaru's eyes. Before disappearing completely they embrace and confess their love for each other. Hotaru is left alone with just Gin's mask to remember him by.

Honestly this anime is heartbreaking and makes me cry every. single. time. It's only around 45 minutes long so there is no excuse not to watch it as it is absolutely beautiful.

Grave of the fireflies 

Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living  in Japan during WW2. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with their distant aunt who forces Seita to sell his mothers kimonos for rice. Their aunt quickly becomes bitter and resentful as food becomes scarcer and constants remarks on how they do nothing to get food for the house. Eventually the siblings leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. 

They now only have each other to depend on as their mother has died and their father's fate is unknown. As the war continues it becomes increasingly difficult for them to find food however Seita always tries his best to keep Setsuko in good health, risking his own as he does. 

Eventually they become too weak and hungry to carry on and they both die. I don't want to spoil the ending too much as it is truly touching and so beautiful. Said to be one of the saddest animations of all time - you need to watch this. 

I hope you enjoyed this list and if you're not into anime please at least give these a chance. You would be surprised how much they will affect you.