Japanese fantasy movies

List of the best Japanese fantasy movies selected by visitors to our site: Dracula Untold, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 - The Battle for Doldrey, Wolf Children, Faust, Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: The Sacred Star of Milos, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Secret World of Arrietty, Air Doll, Tokyo!.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Dracula Untold (2014)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, action, fantasy, drama, military
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersVampire, Fathers, Dracula, Immortals
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Superpowers, Mythology
StyleExciting, Gothic, Disturbing, Serious

Vlad Tepes is a great hero, but when he learns the Sultan is preparing for battle and needs to form an army of 1,000 boys, including Vlad's son, he vows to find a way to protect his family. Vlad turns to dark forces in order to get the power to destroy his enemies and agrees to go from hero to monster as he's turned into the mythological vampire Dracula.

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent (2013)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime

A year has passed since Guts parted ways with the Band of the Hawks. Meanwhile, his former mercenary group is plotting a rescue mission to save an imprisoned Griffith.

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 - The Battle for Doldrey (2012)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CharactersHorses, Knights, Kings, Demons, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Revenge, Superpowers, Rivalry
TimeMiddle Ages

The Band of the Hawk participates in the Midland war campaign. On the bloody battlefield, they conquer decisive victories that lead them to Doldrey, an old fortress that will decide the outcome of the war.

Wolf Children (2012)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantasy, cartoon, anime
CharactersWerewolf, Wolves, Single mothers
PlotLove, Supernatural, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Japan, Small cities
StyleCute, To cry, Atmospheric, Heartbreaking

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.

Faust (2011)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryRussia, Germany, USA, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Italy
PlotDeath, Hunger
PlaceRussia, Germany
Time18th century, 19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Gloomy, Serious, By books

Faust inhabits an earthy, 19th-century world of primitive autopsies and medical rituals. He becomes obsessed with the beautiful Margarete and desperately turns to a physically grotesque moneylender to conjure their union.

Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime

After a mysterious prisoner with only a few weeks left on his sentence breaks out of prison in Central City, the Elric brothers attempt to track him down. The search leads them to Table City in the southwestern country of Creta, where Alphonse rescues a young alchemist named Julia from the very man they are trying to capture. In the thick of the fight, they literally tumble into Julia's home turf, the slums of Milos Valley, and are embroiled in the grassroots rebellion of her people.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan
CharactersDragons, Musicians, Friends
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Love, Jealousy, Dreams
PlaceParty, USA
StyleExciting, By comics

Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old Canadian slacker and wannabe rockstar who falls in love with an American delivery girl, Ramona V. Flowers, and must defeat her seven "evil exes" to be able to date her.

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, cartoon, anime

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

Air Doll (2009)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantasy, drama
CharactersOld man
PlotToys, Birthday, Dolls
PlaceJapan, Asia
StylePhilosophical, Touching, Depressive, Gloomy, Fancy

A life-size, inflatable sex doll suddenly comes to life one day. Without her owner knowing, she goes for a walk around town and falls in love with Junichi. She starts to date Junichi and gets a job at the same store where he works. Everything seems to be going perfect for her until something unexpected happens.

Tokyo! (2008)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama
CountryFrance, Japan, South Korea, Germany
PlotSupernatural, Depression, Obsession, Loneliness
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Fancy

Tokyo! is an anthology of three short films by Gondry (France), Carax (France) and Bong (Korea), each of whom offers an imaginative and trans-/super- natural glimpse into the Tokyo Megapolis.

Bleach the Movie: The DiamondDust Rebellion (2007)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon

When an artifact known as the "King's Seal" is stolen during transport from Soul Society, Hitsugaya Toushirou is assigned to retrieve it. Toushirou goes missing after a battle with the thieves, leading Seireitei to suspect him of treachery. They order his immediate capture and execution. Unwilling to believe him capable of such a crime, Ichigo, Rangiku, Rukia, and Renji set out to find Toushirou.

Death Note (2006)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CharactersGods, Teens, FBI, Students, Serial killers
PlotSupernatural, Death, Investigation, Superpowers, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Depressive, Heavy, By comics, Disturbing

Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the mysterious murderer. An all out battle between the two greatest minds on earth begins and the winner will control the world.

Death Note: The Last Name (2006)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountryJapan, USA

In the second installment of the Death Note film franchise, Light Yagami meets a second Kira and faithful follower Misa Amane and her Shinigami named Rem. Light attempts to defeat L along with Teru Mikami (a Kira follower) and Kiyomi Takada (another Kira follower) but in the end will Light win? or will a Shinigami named Ryuk make all the difference in Light's victory or his ultimate death?

Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2006)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CharactersTeens, Partners
PlotAdventure, Ghosts

In Karakura Town, unidentifiable spirits begin appearing en mases. While attempting to deal with these strange souls, Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki meet Senna, a mysterious shinigami who wipes out most of them. Senna refuses to answer any questions, so Ichigo is forced to follow her while Rukia tries to find out what's going on.

Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, fantasy, melodrama, drama

Even though Gennosuke and Oboro are from rival ninja villages, they are secretly in love. At an annual conference with the Lord, it is dictated that a competition--a fight to the death--will take place between the five best shinobi from each village. Gennosuke and Oboro's love is made even more impossible when they each got picked as the leader of the five to represent their respective villages.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, cartoon, anime

Two years have passed since the final battle with Sephiroth. Though Midgar, city of mako, city of prosperity, has been reduced to ruins, its people slowly but steadily walk the road to reconstruction. However, a mysterious illness called Geostigma torments them. With no cure in sight, it brings death to the afflicted, one after another, robbing the people of their fledgling hope.

Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon
CharactersWitch, Dragons, Wizards, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Revenge, Superpowers
StyleExciting, Light, Touching, By books, Serious

Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's "fears" against the very one who would help him, Ged.

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantastic, fantasy, melodrama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CharactersWitch, Wizards
PlotAdventure, Magic, Superpowers
StyleFascinating, Touching, Atmospheric, Steampunk

When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CharactersRobots, Cyborgs
PlotInvestigation, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleCyberpunk, Disturbing, Serious

Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and anime with this universally acclaimed cyber thriller following cyborg detective Batou as he tries to unravel the reasons for a murderous robot revolt in the year 2032. A quest for a killer that becomes a mind bending search for the meaning of life.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom
CharactersMonsters, Archaeologists
PlotAdventure, Treasures, Expeditions, Chase, Saving the World
PlaceAfrica, Greece

Lara Croft ventures to an underwater temple in search of the mythological Pandora's Box but, after securing it, it is promptly stolen by the villainous leader of a Chinese crime syndicate. Lara must recover the box before the syndicate's evil mastermind uses it to construct a weapon of catastrophic capabilities.