Action anime: 15 best movies

Action anime: 15 best movies

In contrast to the slow pace of romance films and the ever relatable slice of life genre, action anime takes fans into a heart-racing adventure. Usually set in fantasy worlds or dimensions, the best action anime allows viewers an escape from their everyday life.

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When it comes to anime action, fans can not get enough of the exhilarating fight scenes and electrifying characters. The genre is one of the most popular because of how it hooks its viewers through its plot and constant gripping episodes.

Best action anime movies

Have your pick at these top action anime movies:

1. Shingeki no Kyojin Movie 1: Guren no Yumiya (Attack on Titan Crimson Bow and Arrow )

  • Release: 2014
  • IMDB score: 7.5/10

The movie recaps the first season of the Attack on Titan series and is filled with the same intensity and gore of all 13-episodes. As the mysterious, mutant monsters called Titans invade the closed-off city, Eren watches as his town and loved ones are killed and devoured by these beasts. Filled with grief and rage, he joins the Scout Regiment in order to end the Titans.

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2. Boku No Hiro Academia: Futari no Hiro (My Hero Academia: Two Heroes)

  • Release: 2018
  • IMDB score: 7.6/10

Deku and All Might's trip to I-island takes a drastic turn when a strong villain takes the island hostage and has All Mightimmobilized. As the situation unfolds, the fate of everyone on the island lies on Deku and his classmates. Fans are left on the edge of their seats as they watch the incredible fight scene after fight scene.

3. Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke)

  • Release: 1997
  • IMDB score: 8.4/10

Unlike other Studio Ghibli films, Princess Mononoke is fierce and action-packed. It did not hold back when it came to the bloody and heated war between Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god, and Lady Eboshi. As Prince Ashitaka tries his best to mediate the fight and lift the curse of the boar-demon, will it all work out in the end?

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4. Summer Wars

  • Release: 2009
  • IMDB score: 7.5/10

With its uncanny and unique presentation, the whole story of Summer Wars may come off as confusing. However, it only adds thrill to the storyline. It centers on 11th grader and math genius Kenji Koiso, who 'breaks' a virtual world and causes the same to their reality when he solves a peculiar equation.

5. Stranger: Mukou Hadan (Sword of the Stranger)

In Sword of the Stranger, a swordsman by the name of Nanashi has a fateful encounter with Kotarou, and his dog, Tobimaru. The two have been on the run for stealing out of desperation. In a sudden turn of events, their trio was formed but a dangerous road awaits them. Is Nanashi capable enough to protect them?

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6. Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie)

  • Release: 2001
  • IMDB score: 7.9/10

A bounty hunter's life is filled with all sorts of happenings and mishap. This is especially true for the bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop, as they search for the wanted across the planets in the solar system. This time, they find themselves on Mars battling with a bio-terrorist and ex-military man named Vincent.

7. Kokaku Kidotai (Ghost in the Shell)

  • Release: 1995
  • IMDB score: 8.0/10

Set in 2029, Ghost in a Shell welcomes a world with cyborgs. However, a villain named the Puppet Master appears and hacks into cyborg's brains to have them commit crimes and even modify their identities. As the police have to act fast, they send out Major Motoko Kasunagi, a cyborg federal agent, to corner the criminal. Along the way, she grows immensely curious about her own identity.

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8. Ninja Scroll

  • Release: 1993
  • IMDB score: 7.9/10

A highly-skilled ninja named Jubei turns into an assassin for hire after he was forced to kill his comrades and warrior clan. With his dark past behind him, he is tasked to face the Devils of Kimon, an evil organization of demonic ninjas who want to overthrow Japan's government.

9. Tekkonkinkreet

  • Release: 2006
  • IMDB score: 7.6/10

What can two orphans do against the Japanese mafia? Tekkonkinkreet shows two street kids, named black and white, as they strive to protect Treasure Town from evil-doers. However, their opponents are big-class yakuza as well as alien assassins.

10. Boruto: Naruto the Movie

  • Release: 2015
  • IMDB score: 8.0/10

The Naruto series is part of the most popular and legendary action anime list that fans can not get enough of. Boruto, on the other hand, is a film set years after the Shinobi war and stars Naruto's son, Boruto. As Boruto is about to take the Chunin exams and his father being too busy, he falls under Sasuke Uchiha's guidance. Does he have what it takes to pass the Chunin exam?

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11. Gekijo-ban Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Shanbara wo Yuku mono (Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa)

To what lengths will people go for the sake of strength and power? When alchemist Edward Elric was transported into a parallel world, all he ever wanted was to go back to his home. However, his efforts catch the attention of the Thule society who mistake his home as the world of Shamballah. They seek to enter this alternate reality for the sake of acquiring massive weapons of war.

12. One Piece: Strong World

  • Release: 2009
  • IMDB score: 7.6/10

One Piece: Strong World is the 10th movie for the One Piece franchise and it does not disappoint. The Straw Hat Pirates discover that the East Blue ocean is in a pinch and decide to halt their adventures and go back. However, they return home to legendary pirate and devil fruit user Golden Lion Shiki kidnapping their comrade, Nami. As they fight monsters and put their lives on the line, will they be able to bring Nami back from the clutches of an infamous pirate?

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13. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood

  • Release: 2007
  • IMDB score: 7.8/10

The rivalry between two heirs, Dio and Jonathan, escalates into full-blown warfare when Jonathan discovers Dio's fatal plans. As their battle continues, Dio uses a mysterious mask to turn himself into a vampire. Jonathan retaliates by learning the power of Hamon. As Jonathan fails to kill Dio twice, he goes to great lengths to make sure he does not fail a third time.

14. Berserk: Ougon Jidai-hen I - Haou no Tamago (Berserk The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King)

  • Release: 2012
  • IMDB score: 7.6/10

Conflict loving mercenary named Gus is forced to join the Band of Hawk after losing a duel to the group's leader, Griffith. Now, Gus fights alongside his newfound crew to defeat the Empire of Chuder. Along the way of all the fighting and bloodshed, Gus discovers that Griffith had ulterior motives all along, much more than just fighting to have the war settled.

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15. Chôjikû Yôsai Macross: Ai Oboeteimasuka (Macross: Do You Remember Love?)

  • Release: 1984
  • IMDB score: 7.8/10

A ship named Macross is set to carry around fifty-thousand refugees on its way to earth. However, all peace is lost when giant humanoid warriors tail them and attack. As the battle between humans and these odd humanoids ensues, the giants are baffled by how males can easily interact with females without brawling. Will anyone make it out alive and return to earth?

With these 15 titles that are a must-have on any fan's action anime list, viewers will catch a glimpse of how amazing action anime can be. Although plots and storylines may evolve through the years, one thing for sure is how this genre shines in the industry.

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