The most award-winning anime films and series of all time

The most award-winning anime films and series of all time

Did you know that more than a third of the world’s population watches anime? Anime is one of the most popular movie genres, and if you watch anime, you probably have some favorites in mind. Anime, which generates more than US$19 billion in revenue in Japan, is enjoying unprecedented growth in popularity overseas, helping to drive record sales. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anime lovers; they are very aware of the genre’s strong themes, rich characters and fantastic animation.


But what are the most award-winning anime films of all time? Whether you’re looking for a new anime to binge or just curious to learn about some of the genre’s greatest, keep reading to find out which anime have won the most cinematic awards.

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8/8 Spirited Away (2001)lively away function

The award-winning anime Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a young girl who is suddenly thrown into a world of unusual spirits and beings in Japanese culture.

Spirited Away is the first anime film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in addition to winning Animation of the Year, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Direction and Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Anime Awards!

7/8 Grave of the Fireflies (1998)

Grave of the Fireflies
Studio Ghibli

Grave of the Fireflies from Studio Ghibli follows a young boy named Seita and his younger sister Setsuko as they struggle to survive during the final months of World War II. The late Isao Takahata’s anime film, which explores the consequences of war on young children, is a tale of desperation and ingenuity.

The film won the Animation Jury and Right of the Child awards at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 1994. It also received a special award at the 1989 Blue Ribbon Awards.

6/8 Demon Slayer (2021)

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Crunchyroll

Demon Slaughter follows young Tanjiro Kamado as he trains to slay demons after stumbling upon the aftermath of his family’s murder and the shocking transformation of his sister, Nezuko.

Comic book assets placed Demon Slaughter number two on a top anime list and praised the story’s protagonists, calling them “the most appealing male and female leads of the decade.” The anime series also came in first place on Japan Web Magazine’s ranking of “30 Best Anime of All Time.”

5/8 A Silent Voice (2016)

The boy and girl on a balcony in A Silent Voice
Kyoto animation

A quiet voice is a film about Shoya Ishida, a boy who bullied a deaf classmate in elementary school and is now an outcast in high school.

The short film, which was directed by Naoko Yamada and drawn by Kyoto Animation, examines the causes and consequences of bullying prevalent in Japan. The film took home the 2016 Tokyo Anime Award for Anime of the Year and the 2016 Japanese Movie Critics Awards for Best Animated Film.

4/8 Your Name (2016)

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CoMix Wave Movies

Your name follows two teenage boys whose bodies switch with each other overnight. If that’s not confusing enough, Taki goes to school in the metropolis of Tokyo and Mitsuha lives in rural Japan. Don’t just do this anime has a great story, but the soundtrack is also incredible. Your name is the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and has been shown worldwide.

It was honored with Best Animated Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Music and Japan Academy Awards for Screenplay of the Year at the 71st Mainichi Film Awards.

3/8 Wolf Children (2012)

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Akira, Wolf Child, your name

Wolf child is a family tale that centers on Hana and her two children, Ame and Yuki. However, Hana’s children are not normal: occasionally they turn into wolves. The film was directed in 2012 by Mamoru Hosoda, who produced hits such as Summer warriors and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

It has some of the most exquisite backgrounds and animation sequences in recent memory thanks to Madhouse’s animation work. Wolf child received the Mainichi Film Awards for Best Animated Film and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year!

2/8 Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light (2011)

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The base of the brain

In the anime movie Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light, a little girl named Hotaru and a supernatural being named Gin who lives in a forest next to her grandfather’s home, become an unlikely couple. Directed by Takahiro Omori and animated by Brain’s Base, this heartwarming film is likely to move you.

This charming anime won the Mainichi Film Award for Animation in 2011 despite being only 44 minutes long, making it shorter than most films.

1/8 Naruto (2002)

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Mediatoon Distribution

If you are somehow not familiar with Naruto, it follows the story of the young ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who wants to be recognized by his peers and to become Hokage. He befriends Sakura, a classmate, and develops a rivalry with the gifted Sasuke.

The anime was recognized with a Behind the Voice Actors (BTVA) Award for having the best female voice actor in a supporting role in an anime. Naruto also won Nickelodeon’s Indonesia KCA for Favorite Cartoon Show.

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