10. Wolf Children (2012)
Hana falls in love with a guy who turns out to be a werewolf. Soon after the birth of their child, he is killed while on a hunt. Hana raises her children, daughter Yuki and the son Ame as a single mother. She moves the family to the countryside in order to protect them from people as they can switch between their human and wolf forms.
9. Grave of the Fireflies(1988)
Grave of the Fireflies is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story Grave of the Fireflies by Akiyuki Nosaka. It is a story of two orphaned siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the Second World War. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children’s lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love are inspiring.
8. Ponyo (2008)
Ponyo’s plot centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke who rescues her. She later falls in love with him and wants to become a human girl. Ponyo’s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. But Ponyo’s desire to be human upsets the delicate balance of nature and triggers a gigantic storm.
7. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind(1984)
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the movie tells the story of Princess Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. People from Valley of the Wind are in a constant struggle with powerful insects called ohmu protecting a poisonous jungle. Princess Nausicaä attempts to restore the bond between humanity and the Earth by trying to stop the kingdom of Tolmekia from using an ancient weapon on the ohmu.
6. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
It is the story of a young trainee witch named Kiki. She moves to a new town with her talking black cat Jiji and starts a delivery service.
5. Castle in the Sky (1986)
A young girl Sheeta falls from the sky and is found by Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice. Together they begin searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. However, their quest is anything but easy. Chased by sky pirates and secret government agent who are after the mysteries of Laputa.
4. Princess Mononoke (1997)
Ashitaka is a warrior of the Emishi tribe. He gets a cursed wound when bitten by an animal rampaging his village. He starts searching for a cure after being exiled from the tribe. He later gets involved in a conflict between forest gods and the humans who consume its resources.
3. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Satsuki and her little sister move into a new home in the countryside. Their new neighbour is a mysterious forest spirit Totoro. Totoro takes them on a wonderful journey through nature surrounding the peaceful village.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Sophie meets a handsome and mysterious wizard named Howl while travelling to meet her sister. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste curses her and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. She meets up with Howl on his magnificent flying castle and enters a magical on a quest to break the curse.
1. Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away is a story of a ten-year-old girl, Chihiro Ogino. While moving to a new neighborhood, Chihiro, and her family accidently enter the spirit world. A witch named Yubaba turns her parents into pigs. Chihiro starts working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.