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Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantasy, melodrama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersTeens, Students, Cats, Pupils
PlotLove, Supernatural, Depression, Magic Items
PlaceSchool
StyleBy manga

Miyo "Muge" Sasaki is a peculiar second-year junior high student who has fallen in love with her classmate Kento Hinode. Muge resolutely pursues Kento every day, but he takes no notice of her. Nevertheless, while carrying a secret she can tell no one, Muge continues to pursue Kento. Muge discovers a magic mask that allows her to transform into a cat named Tarō. The magic lets Muge get close to Kento, but eventually it may also make her unable to transform back to a human.

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: 6.8
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:12
CharactersWitch, Scientists, Friends, Inventors, Wizards
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Experiments, Witchcraft, Chase
PlaceVillage, Nature, Parallel worlds, Forest, Laboratory
StyleLight, Fascinating

Mary Smith, a young girl who lives with her great-aunt in the countryside, follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest where she finds a strange flower and an old broom, none of which is as ordinary as it seems.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:04
CharactersSharks, Monsters, Family, Friends, Brothers
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Supernatural
PlaceSea, Trains, Beach
TimeNight
StyleExciting, Philosophical, Fascinating, By manga

Ruka is a young girl whose parents are separated and whose father works in an aquarium. When two boys, Umi and Sora, who were raised in the sea by dugongs, are brought to the aquarium, Ruka feels drawn to them and begins to realize that she has the same sort of supernatural connection to the ocean that they do. Umi and Sora's special power seems to be connected to strange events that have been occurring more and more frequently, such as the appearance of sea creatures far from their home territory and the disappearance of aquarium animals around the world. However, the exact nature of the boys' power and of the abnormal events is unknown, and Ruka gets drawn into investigating the mystery that surrounds her new friends.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:55
CharactersWitch, Dragons, Heroes, Wizards
PlotAdventure, Revenge, Superpowers, Supernatural
StyleExciting, Light, By books, Touching, 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.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:43
CharactersDogs, Witch, Teens, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Magic, Superpowers, Friendship, Supernatural
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTwisted plot, Touching

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:59
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Death, Supernatural
PlaceParallel worlds, Japan
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Fascinating, Disturbing

Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she's looking for.

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: 7.5
Genrefantasy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:03
CharactersTeens, Yakuza
PlotLove, Friendship, Flooding
PlaceJapan
TimeSummer
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Light, Fascinating, Touching

High school student Hodaka leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina. Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together, but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:45
PlotLove, Friendship, Supernatural
PlaceForest, Japan
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Touching, By manga

One hot summer day a little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest of the mountain god where spirits reside. A young boy appears before her, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear. And so a wondrous adventure awaits...

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, adventure, family, family, cartoon, cartoon, short, music
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Family
PlotAdventure, Life after death, Music, Art, Meaning of life
StyleFor children, Popular, Exciting, Soulful, Philosophical

Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe must enlist help from the other souls-in-training, like 22, a soul who has spent eons in the You Seminar, in order to get back to Earth.

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: 7.1
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:30
CharactersHeroes, Wizards
PlotDisasters, Adventure, Superpowers, The escape, Friendship
PlaceIslands
StyleExciting, Action, Light, By manga

Natsu Dragneel and his friends travel to the island Kingdom of Stella, where they will reveal dark secrets, fight the new enemies and once again save the world from destruction.

Markimdb: 8
Genrefantastic, fantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:04
CharactersPirates, Heroes, Family, Investigators
PlotAdventure, Chess, Friendship, Chase, Treasures
PlaceIslands, Castle
StyleExciting, Steampunk, Atmospheric

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, adventure, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:45
CharactersWerewolf, Mafia, Friends, Detectives
PlotAdventure, Skirmishes, Superpowers, Investigation, Friendship
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating

Power users around the world are suddenly committing suicide one after another, in all cases after a strange fog appears at the scene. At a request from Ango Sakaguchi, the Armed Detective Agency head out to investigate Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, a power user who calls himself "collector," and a man suspected of being tied to the incident.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:44
CharactersHeroes, Family, Friends
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Supernatural, Hostage, Rivalry
StyleExciting

Hell – A place where beings that have committed mortal sins during their lifetime are sent. It is a realm where even Soul Reapers are forbidden to interfere. When a group of vicious Sinners plot to escape from this eternal prison, they discover that Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is the key to their freedom. The Sinners launch an attack and in the process kidnap Ichigo's younger sister Yuzu and take her to Hell. With the help of a mysterious man named Kokuto, Ichigo and his friends must now travel into the depths of Hell to stop the Sinners and save Yuzu, unaware that their actions could bring Hell to the World of the Living.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:36
CharactersAnimals, Students, Orphans
PlotMartial Arts, Friendship, Loneliness, Fate
PlaceParallel worlds, Japan, Metro
StyleInteresting, Touching

Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, drama, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:51
CharactersDemons, Friends, Cats
PlotLove, Superpowers, Friendship, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceSchool
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, By manga

The movie of Natsume's Book of Friends series. Natsume has been busy, navigating between humans and Yokai when he coincidentally reunites with an old classmate, Yuki. It brings back painful memories of a certain Yokai. Meanwhile, Natsume also became acquainted with Yorie Tsumura, a woman in the memories of a Yokai whose name he had returned. Yorie knew much about Reiko, but now lived a peaceful life with her only son, Mukuo. Being with this family was comforting for Natsume, but apparently a mysterious Yokai has been lurking in their town. On the way back from investigating, a "Yokai seed" that had latched itself to Nyanko Sensei drops into the Fujiwaras' garden and grows overnight into a fruit tree. When Nyanko Sensei eats a fruit that is somehow shaped like himself, he suddenly splits into three!

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantasy, melodrama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:34
CharactersHeroes, Singers, Pilots
PlotAdventure
PlaceItaly, Beach
StyleExciting, Light

Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You're introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. He has been given a curse that changed his head to that of a pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig."

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:33
CharactersGods, Knights, Heroes, Warriors
PlotAdventure, Superpowers, Fight, Supernatural, Fate
PlaceJapan
StyleExciting, Serious, Disturbing

Warriors called "Saints" are the champions of hope who have always appeared since the Age of Myth whenever evil threatens the world. In this present day story, many years since the long fought "Holy War" we find Saori Kido, a girl troubled by her mysterious powers. She is saved by a boy, Seiya "Bronze Saint" from a sudden attack by an assassin, through the accident Saori realizes her destiny and mission and decides to go to "Sanctuary" with Seiya and his company of Bronze Saints. In Sanctuary they confront "Pope" and wage a desperate battle against the greatest Saints, the "Gold Saints".

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: 7.8
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersTeens, Scientists, Investigators, Wizards
PlotLove, Friendship, Body exchange, Experiments, Love with age difference
PlaceSchool
StyleRomantic, Light, Touching, By manga

Arata Kaizaki (27) quit the job he landed after graduation in only three months. His life did not go well after that. Now his parents are threatening to stop sending money, and want him to come back to the country. He has no friend or girlfriend to share his troubles with...as he hits rock bottom a strange man named Ryou Yoake appears. He invites Arata to join a societal rehabilitation program for NEETs called ReLife. This program uses a mysterious drug to make him look younger, and sends him back to high school for a year...

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
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:34
CharactersDogs, Childrens, Brothers, Brother and sister, Fish
PlotLove, Time travel, Adventure, Jealousy
PlaceTrains
StyleFor children, Soulful, Makes me think, Touching, For relax

The movie follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy's home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, melodrama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:39
CharactersHeroes
PlotAdventure, Investigation, Friendship, Supernatural, Conspiracies
PlaceSchool, Caves, Parallel worlds, Japan
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleTo cry, Steampunk, Fascinating, Beautiful landscapes

In an underground world where tunnels extend everywhere, even though they live in dark and confined spaces, people wear protective clothes and lead quiet and enjoyable lives. Patema, a princess in her underground village, loves to explore the tunnels. Her favorite place is a "danger zone" that her village prohibits people from entering. Even though she's scolded, Patema's curiosity can't be held back. No one ever explained what the supposed danger was. On her usual trip to the "danger zone," Patema faces unexpected events. When hidden secrets come to light, the story begins to unfold.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersHeroes
PlotAdventure, Rivalry
PlaceJapan
StyleExciting, Fascinating

Shun Asanaga is a 15-year-old junior high school student with an optimistic and bright personality. One day, he finds a mysterious crystal in the office of his father, who is a scientist and businessman. When he touches it, the world becomes distorted, and he is sent into the world of Endra. Emilio, a prince of the kingdom of Endra is nearing his 16th birthday and despises the reigning king Delzain. Since Emilio is now at the age when he can inherit the throne, he takes up a weapon and attempts revenge. However, because Emilio is too weak, he is captured by Delzain and put in prison. When Emilio is in grief, the wall of his cell becomes distorted and Shun appears from there with two goals: return to his own world, and complete his revenge. What future lies ahead for the two boys trying to survive in Endra, yet raised in two different worlds?

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersHeroes
PlotWar, Adventure, Confrontation, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Fascinating

Sword and magic rule in the continent of Kuna'ahn. In this continent are three powerful nations: the Holy Kingdom of Amoria, the Kingdom of Ishilfen, and the Kingdom of Vanrodis, which share a delicate balance of power. Should disaster befall any one of the three nations, war would spread throughout the continent. Also residing there is the feared "Evil Dragon" Daganzord, an unstoppable force that leaves nothing but scorched land and destruction wherever he goes. Hiiro's parents, Bairo and Kismitete, joined other sorcerers in a magic ritual ten years ago in an attempt to seal Daganzord, but failed when someone interfered. The ritual would later become known as the "Balbagoa Tragedy." After being rescued by Giruu, young Hiiro set out to learn swordsmanship so that he could avenge his parents. Now, ten years later, sixteen-year-old Hiiro leaves home on a journey to slay the Evil Dragon, and Giruu feels he has no choice but to accompany him. In the search for the Evil Dragon, Hiiro encounters people of various races who join in his quest to eliminate Daganzord... but will Hiiro really succeed in overcoming the destiny he took upon himself and defeating Daganzord?!

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, fantasy, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersMutant, Heroes, Friends
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Supernatural
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating

The year 2015 CE. The last era in which magecraft still thrived. The Chaldea Security Organization was founded to focus on preserving the continuation of human history. They observe a world which magecraft couldn't observe and science couldn't measure all to prevent the certain extinction of humanity. But one day, the future that Chaldea continued to observe disappears and humanity's extinction in 2017 becomes clear. Rather, it had already happened. The cause seems to be related to Fuyuki, a provincial town in Japan, in the year 2004 CE. There, an "unobservable region" that had not existed before appears. Based on the assumption that Fuyuki is the reason for humanity's extinction, Chaldea issues an order to explore, investigate, and possibly destroy this singularity – a quest for the Holy Grail, the Grand Order.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, comedy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersAliens, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Revenge, Superpowers, Supernatural
TimeFuture
StyleExciting

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.

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.





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