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List of the best anime movies like From Up on Poppy Hill (2011): Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Someone's Gaze, The Sky Crawlers, Only Yesterday, A Silent Voice, Clannad, The Garden of Words, Your Name., Giovanni's Island, Air.

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Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotFriendship, Supernatural, Love triangle, Ghosts
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleRomantic, Psychological problems, To cry, Touching, Serious

When Yadomi Jinta was a child, he was a central piece in a group of close friends. In time, however, these childhood friends drifted apart, and when they became high school students, they had long ceased to think of each other as friends.One of the friends from that group, Honma Meiko, now has a wish she asks Jinta to fulfil. The problem is, she can't remember what her wish is anymore. As Meiko won't cease to bother Jinta about it, he gives in and decides to try to grant this wish he knows nothing of; for that, however, the help of his other former friends, now all very estranged from himself and from each other, may turn out to be necessary. He hasn't spoken to Anjou Naruko, Matsuyuki Atsumu, Tsurumi Chiriko, or Hisakawa Tetsudou in a long time; as he struggles to grant Meiko's wish and gathers his old friends together in the process, all the old feelings that still exist between them and have long been stashed away are bound to come up again.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, cartoon, short, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:06
PlotLove, Friendship
PlaceJapan
StyleCute, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious

Aya Okamura has been working for two years and has begun living on her own for a job opportunity. With her mother working overseas as a doctor, her father is now living alone with the family's longtime pet cat Mii-san. One night, Aya returns from a long day at work, and as she rests on her bed, she reminiscences about the times the family had together. She remembers the sadness she felt when her mom went overseas, and the solace she felt when her father brought home Mii-san to give her comfort. Then, she receives a phone call...

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:02
CharactersTeens, Robots, Heroes, Military
PlotLove, War, Apocalypse, Adventure, Supernatural
PlaceAircraft, Japan, Asia
StyleExciting, Serious

Youngsters called Kildren, who are destined to live eternally in their adolescence. The Kildren are conscious that every day could be the last, because they fight a war as entertainment, organized and operated by adults. But as they embrace the reality they are faced with, they live their day-to-day lives to the full.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:58
PlotFriendship, Dreams
PlaceSchool, Japan, Asia
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious

It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio, and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:32
CharactersTeens, Autistic, Disabled people, Photographers, Friends
PlotFriendship, Hatred
PlaceSchool, Trains, Japan
StyleCute, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching, By manga

Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya do not speak to each other again... until an older, wiser Shouya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shouko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late...?

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:34
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Musicians, Students, Pupils
PlotLove, Soccer, Magic, Basketball, Cars
PlaceSea, School, Japan
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

Tomoya Okazaki is a third year high school student resentful of his life. His mother passed away from a car accident when he was younger, causing his father to resort to alcohol and cigarettes. This results in fights between the two until Tomoya's shoulder is injured in a fight. Since then, Tomoya has had distant relationships with his father, causing him to become a delinquent over time. While on a walk to school, he meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is a year older, but is repeating due to illness. Due to this, she is often alone as most of her friends have moved on. The two begin hanging out and slowly, as time goes by, Tomoya finds his life shifting in a new direction. Anime based on a popular visual novel game.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:46
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Friends, Losers
PlotLove, Friendship, Love with age difference, Growing up
PlaceJapan
StyleCute, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches...

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Pupils
PlotLove, Time travel, True love, Friendship, Body exchange
PlaceParallel worlds, School, Caves, Japan
StyleRomantic, Unexpected ending, To cry, Fascinating, Touching

High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, cartoon, history, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:42
CharactersFriends
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Friendship
PlaceVillage, Islands, Japan, Asia
StyleGloomy, Touching, Serious

In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:31
CharactersTeens, Samurai
PlotSupernatural
PlaceJapan, Asia, Small cities
TimeSummer
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey in search of the Winged Maiden who was bound to the sky centuries ago, after hearing an old childhood tale from his mother. As Yukito shows his puppet show to people in an attempt to make some money, he finds himself in a small town in which he did not expect to stay very long. However, when he meets an unusual girl named Misuzu, things take a drastic turn as he is invited to stay with her. By staying in the quaint town, Yukito soon becomes friends with the locals. As he gets to know them better, he learns of their problems and decides to help, putting his search for the Winged Maiden on hold. With his search on hold, and his growing attachment to Misuzu and the small town, will Yukito ever find the Winged Maiden, or is she closer than he thought? [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Markimdb: 8
Genrefantasy, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:05
CharactersEmperors
PlotMagic, Superpowers, Friendship, Dreams
PlaceForest, Japan, Asia
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleLight, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan, China
Duration01:31
CharactersFamily, Models, Sisters
PlotLove, Passion, Friendship, Dreams
PlaceJapan, China
TimeSummer
StyleLight, Cute, Atmospheric, Vital signs

Three different stories of youth set in different cities of China. 1 Shanghai Love. 2 Sunny Breakfast. 3 Small Fashion Show. Directed by Zhenxing Yi, the plot revolves around a young man working in Beijing. He used to live with his grandma in his less developed hometown Hunan. While he is drown in his childhood reminiscence, he receives an unexpected call – Grandma is in critical condition.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:52
CharactersTeens, Knights, Blonde girls, Immortals, Military
PlotLove, Adventure, Friendship, Death, Adoption
StyleExciting, To cry, Soulful, Makes me think, Touching

A story of encounters and partings interwoven between people; this is a human drama with feelings that touch one's heart gradually, which everyone has experienced at least once.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:57
CharactersWerewolf, Wolves, Single mothers
PlotLove, Friendship, Supernatural
PlaceSchool, Japan, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Cute, 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.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:00
CharactersTeens, Wolves, Terminally ill
PlotRelationship, Friendship
PlaceVillage, School, USSR, Japan, Hospitals
StyleRomantic, Light, Soulful, Philosophical, Atmospheric

Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: "Living with Dying." He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular and genuinely cheerful classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left. It is at this moment that she gains just one more person to share her secret. Trying to maintain a normal life as much as possible, Sakura is determined to live her life to the fullest until the very last day. As her free spirit and unpredictable actions throw him for a loop, his heart begins to gradually change.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:00
CharactersTeens, Family
PlotFriendship, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceIslands, Japan, Asia
StyleTouching

Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it's not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother's refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father's mysterious letter.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Robots, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Superpowers, Supernatural
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAtmospheric, Serious

Gaea is a mythical realm ruled by sword and sorcery and immersed in blood and violence. Thrust into a conflict she doesn't quite understand, Hitomi Kanzaki helps aid the young Prince Van as they embark upon a journey to fight the Black Dragon Clan. The battle over a legendary suit of dragon armor, Escaflowne, has begun.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:34
CharactersDragons, Heroes
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Fate, Saving the World
PlaceJapan, Asia
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Epic, Serious

A spectacular journey of an unwilling young hero thrust into a mysterious past full of monsters, dragons, and strange hidden powers. Through a series of out of this world battles and adventures, Jun, a shy middle school boy, is transformed into a hero destined to battle evil and ensure harmony and tranquility in the world.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:28
CharactersAlcoholics, Friends, Partners
PlotAdventure, Pursuit, Holidays
PlaceJapan
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Touching

One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:41
CharactersMermaids, Heroes, Family, Friends, Fish
PlotAdventure, Magic, Friendship, Fulfillment of desires
PlaceVillage, Ocean, Japan
StyleTo cry, Cute, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, cartoon, biography, history, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:06
CharactersInventors
PlotLove, On real events, Obsession, Earthquake, Creation
PlaceAircraft, Japan
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious, Beautiful landscapes

A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:56
CharactersTeens, Horses, Monsters, Teachers
PlotAdventure, Travel, Supernatural, Radio
PlaceSchool, Ships, Mountains, Parallel worlds, Japan
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Tense, Gloomy, Touching

The film centers on Asuna, a young girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her late father as a memento. One day while walking home she is attacked by a fearsome monster and saved mysterious boy named Shun. However, Shun disappears and Asuna embarks on a journey of adventure to the land of Agartha with her teacher Mr. Morisaki to meet a Shun again. Through her journey she comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Students, Friends
PlotLove, Time travel, Adventure, Magic, Superpowers
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleTouching

When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersWolves, Rabbits, Students
PlotSurvival, Friendship, Supernatural, First love
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, Psychological problems, To cry, Serious, By manga

In a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, herbivores and carnivores coexist with each other. For the adolescences of Cherryton Academy, school life is filled with hope, romance, distrust, and uneasiness.The main character is Regoshi the wolf, a member of the drama club. Despite his menacing appearance, he has a very gentle heart. Throughout most of his life, he has always been an object of fear and hatred by other animals, and he's been quite accustomed to that lifestyle. But soon, he finds himself becoming more involved with his fellow classmates who have their own share of insecurities and finds his life in school changing slowly.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:27
CharactersGeisha, Actors
PlotMusic, Earthquake, Snow
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleFancy, Gloomy, Serious

Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not have imagined that it would not only unlock the long-held secrets of Chiyoko’s life... but also his own.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, music, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersPupils, Pianists
PlotMusic, Friendship, Depression
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleSoulful, Touching

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. Can the heartfelt sounds of the girl's violin lead the boy to play the piano again?

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecartoon, anime
CountryJapan, China
CharactersDogs, Friends, Fathers, Mothers
PlotLove, Adventure, Friendship, Death, Moving
PlaceVillage, Asia
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

Jiantan is a young boy who has to leave Xi'an after the death of his mother to go deep into the Tibetan prairies to start living with the father he barely remembers. His dad, LaGeBa, is a busy doctor who decided to depart from the city and reside in Tibet where he is the essential physician of the poor community he lives in. To help his father, Jiantan has to learn how to herd sheep. While trying to learn his new responsibility, he is saved by a stray gold-colored Tibetan Mastiff. Both Jiantan and the big dog help each other as they try to adjust to this new environment.

Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersTeens, Pupils, Friends
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Pursuit, Confrontation
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, Light, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching

The year is 1991 and 6th grader Yaguchi Haruo only has video games to live for. He's not popular in school and he's neither handsome, funny, nice nor even friendly. The only thing he has going for him is that he is good at video games. One day at the local arcade, he plays Oono Akira, a fellow classmate but who's popular, smart, pretty and a rich girl that absolutely destroys him at Street Fighter II. Not only does he lose to her 30 times in a row, he can’t beat her at any game. Haruo can’t seem to shake Akira off as she follows him from arcade to arcade everyday after school and beats him every time. As weird as it sounds, the odd couple begins a strange bond and friendship.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:37
CharactersGay, Musicians, Friends
PlotLove, Friendship
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, Psychological problems, Light, Soulful, Fascinating

Rihito Sajo, an honor student with a perfect score on the entrance exam and Hikaru Kusakabe, in a band and popular among girls, would have never crossed paths. Until one day they started talking at the practice for their school’s upcoming chorus festival. After school, the two meet regularly, as Hikaru helps Rihito to improve his singing skills. While they listen to each other’s voice and harmonize, their hearts start to beat together.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantasy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotLove, Relationship, Friendship, Supernatural
PlaceSea, School, Japan

Long ago, all humans lived beneath the sea. However, some people preferred the surface and abandoned living underwater permanently. As a consequence, they were stripped of their god-given protection called "Ena" which allowed them to breathe underwater. Over time, the rift between the denizens of the sea and of the surface widened, although contact between the two peoples still existed.This show follows the story of Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido, along with their childhood friends Chisaki Hiradaira and Kaname Isaki, who are forced to leave the sea and attend a school on the surface. There, the group also meets Tsumugu Kihara, a fellow student and fisherman who loves the sea.Hikari and his friends' lives are bound to change as they have to deal with the deep-seated hatred and discrimination between the people of sea and of the surface, the storms in their personal lives, as well as an impending tempest which may spell doom for all who dwell on the surface.





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