9 Best 2016 Anime Movies You Need to Watch

2016 had so many great 2016 anime movies, but a most of them were overshadowed by the record breaking Your Name.

Shinkai’s Your Name was a good movie, but it wasn’t the only one worth watching from 2016 anime movies collection.

Here are some of the other 2016 anime movies from the past year you should not forget about.

9. The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle was a co-production between Studio Ghibli and German animation studio Wild Bunch. The silent film gained international praise, including from Hayao Miyazaki, and is the only anime movie to be nominated at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Plot : A massive sea turtle destroys a stranded man’s raft every time he tries to sail away from a tropical island.

8. Rudolf the Black Cat

Rudolf the Black Cat

Rudolf the Black Cat shows that anime movies can go full CGI without losing the comedy and emotional elements found in more traditional 2D projects.

Plot : When a little cat gets lost, it tries to find a way to get home.

7. Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions

The original Yu-Gi-Ohcharacters returned for a theatrical film that features Yugi and Kaiba battle for the pieces of the disassembled Millennium Puzzle. The Dark Side of Dimensions is a pure nostalgia trip for anyone who grew up watching Duel Monsters.

Plot : The stakes have never been higher as Yugi Muto and Kaiba have a duel that transcends dimensions.

6. Detective Conan: Pitch Black Nightmare

Detective Conan: Pitch Black Nightmare

Can you believe that this is the 20th Detective Conan movie? Series fans will know what to expect, but new comers to the series will find a thrilling spy story with plenty of twists and turns.

Plot : On a dark night, the Japanese police is raided by a spy. … The spy steals a car and escapes. The spy and Amuro are then locked in a dead heat on the highway, and just as it is about to cause an accident with multiple cars, the spy’s car is hit by FBI agent Shuichi Akai’s rifle bullet and falls of the roadway.

5. Gantz: O

Gantz: O

Studio Digital Frontier really stepped up their CGI game with Gantz: O. The movie adapts the Osaka arc from the manga. While some changes were made to the story to prevent an adult rating, it still has enough gore to please manga fans.

Plot : People who have recently died are brought back to life and supplied with high-tech weapons in order to defeat an army of monsters in Tokyo and Osaka.

4. One Piece Film: Gold

One Piece Film: Gold

The One Piece movies have always been a good a diversion from the main series. One Piece Film: Gold adds a bit of a mystery and a Casino Royale flair to the typical One Piece action.

Plot: The Straw Hat Pirates take on Gild Tesoro, one of the richest and most ambitious men in the world.

3. Kizumonogatari


The long awaited story that tells how Araragi met Shinobu for the first time, and covers his budding friendship with Tsubasa. Kizumonogatari was in production for 6 years before releasing, and it was worth the wait for Monogatari fans.

Plot: Kizumonogatari is a prequel to Bakemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Kuro, adapting the Koyomi Vamp arc that tells the story of Koyomi Araragi’s fateful spring break and his first encounter with a vampire oddity named Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade.

2. A Silent Voice

 A Silent Voice

Just in case you forgot, but Kyoto Animation knows how to tell emotional and dramatic stories. The studio has been getting praise for adapting A Silent Voice, which follows a deaf student and her bully. Topics of bullying and the hearing impaired community is slightly taboo, even for anime.

Plot: When a grade school student with impaired hearing is bullied mercilessly, she transfers to another school. Years later, one of her former tormentors sets out to make amends.

1. In This Corner of the World

In This Corner of the World 2016 anime movies

In This Corner of the World was lowkey the best anime movie of 2016. It has been winning all of the prestigious critical awards, like from Kinema Junpo. The emotional story of a girl living in a small town outside of Hiroshima before the nuclear bombing has also been causing fans to shed so many tears.

Plot: A spirited 18-year-old woman is married off to a man she barely knows as she combats the daily struggles of living in Hiroshima during World War II.

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Garima Singh

Moshi Moshi everyone! I'm Garima, an anime enthusiast with a passion for sharing my love of anime with others. I've watched over 1000 anime, and I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting shows to watch.

I love everything about anime, from the stories and characters to the animation and music. I'm also a big fan of anime culture, and I love to learn about Japanese culture and history through anime.

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