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Top 10 (mostly wholesome) Animes to watch that is not made by Studio Ghibli

  1. Your Name – 2016 – directed by Makoto Shinkai

    A boy and a girl found themselves randomly becoming each other for a day over the course of a year (or two?). The plot gets even more complex and finely woven when they try to find each other in person.



  2. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – 2006 – directed by Mamoru Hosoda

    A high-school girl acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.



  3. The Place Promised in Our Early Days  – 2004 – directed by Makoto Shinkai and Yoshio Suzuki

    In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. One summer, three middle-school students make a promise that they’ll cross the border with a self-constructed plane and unravel a tower’s secret, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, became mysteriously ill and transferred to Tokyo. Years later on the brink of another war Hiroki Fujisawa finds out that Sayuri had been in coma since then, and he asks Takuya Shirakawa to help him find a way to wake her up.



  4. Wolf Children – 2012 – directed by Mamoru Hosoda

    After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.



  5. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – 2001 – directed by Shin’ichirô Watanabe

    A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it’s up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.



  6. Tokyo Godfathers – 2003 – directed by Satoshi Kon

    On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.



  7. Summer Wars – 2009 – directed by Mamoru Hosoda
    A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother’s 90th birthday.



  8. The Boy and the Beast – 2015 – directed by Mamoru Hosoda

    When a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.



  9. The Legend of Hei – 2019 – directed by Mtjj

    In bustling human world, various of goblins live peacefully with mankind. Luo Xiao-Hei, the cat demon, begins his journey of wandering because his forest home is destroyed. With sympathetic goblin partners and earnest human master appearing one after another, Hei is in the dilemma of which side will be his true attribution.



  10. A Letter to Momo – 2011 – directed by Hiroyuki Okiura

    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.

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