Monday, August 2, 2021

Top 10 Most Touching Manga and Anime Movies: Is Your Favorite on This List?

Fans in China recently voted the following as the 10 most touching manga and anime movies from a total of 40 Japanese animation films.

The poll was started by popular manga website Pudding, and 1.5 million netizens participated over eight days. They also chose some “tear quotes” from each movie.

The results were posted on Weibo, and received over 40,000 shares and more than 10,000 likes in one day.

You probably have some favorite manga films in mind — are they on this list? Let’s check it out.

10 most touching manga and anime movies in China

No. 10: ‘Spirited Away’ (2001)

Tear quote from Spirited Away: “Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.”

One of the 10 most touching manga and anime movies in China is
Chihiro and Haku in his dragon form from ‘Spirited Away,’ Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film produced by Studio Ghibli in 2001. (Image: via Studio Ghibli)

No. 9: ‘5 Centimeters Per Second’ (2007)

Tear quote from 5 Centimeters Per Second: “Even if we had written 1,000 messages back and forth, our hearts probably wouldn’t have moved even 1 centimeter closer…”

Theatrical release poster for
Theatrical release poster for ‘5 Centimeters Per Second.’ (Image: via CoMix Wave Films)

No. 8: ‘Akame ga Kill!’ (2014)

The Night Raid from
The Night Raid from ‘Akame Ga Kill’ wielding their Imperial Arms. (Image: via Sentai Filmworks)

No. 7: ‘Natsume’s Book of Friends’ (2008)

Natsume with the Youkai Madara in his true form along with Matoba, the exorcist.
Natsume with the Youkai Madara in his true form along with Matoba, the exorcist. (Image: via Newtype Magazine via

No. 6: ‘Tokyo Ghoul’ (2014)

Tokyo college student Kaneki holds a book as ghouls surround him.
Tokyo college student Kaneki survives a ghoul attack only to become part ghoul himself. (Image: via Pierrot)

No. 5: ‘Your Lie in April’ (2014)

Tear quote from Your Lie in April: “A spring without you… is coming.”

No. 4: ‘CLANNAD’ (2007)

Tear quote from CLANNAD: “Places I can cry are in the bathroom… and in Daddy’s arms.”

Nagisa and Tomoyo, characters from the Japanese anime,
A delinquent named Tomoya decides he’ll help Nagisa achieve her goal of reviving their school’s drama club. (Image: via Toei Animation)

No. 3: ‘Angel Beats!’ (2010)

Tear quote from Angel Beats!: “If I can meet you again, against the 6 billion to 1 odds, and even if your body can’t move, I’ll marry you.”

Otonashi, Yuri, and Tenshi, the main characters in the Japanese anime,
Otonashi, Yuri, and Tenshi, the main characters in the Japanese anime ‘Angel Beats’. (Image: via P.A. Works)

No. 2: ‘Hotarubi no Mori e’ (2011)

Tear quote from Hotarubi no Mori e: “No matter what, don’t ever touch me. Okay?”

Hotaru and Gin, the main characters of the Japanese anime
Six-year-old Hotaru meets a masked forest spirit named Gin. (Image: via Brains Base)

 No. 1: ‘Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day’ (2011)

Some Weibo users disagreed with Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day being the most touching manga movie, and instead listed other animations like Grave of the Fireflies, which is also one of my favorites.

A group of young friends standing at the base of some stairs in an outdoor park, anime characters in
A group of childhood friends who were split apart when one of them died must come together to grant her ghost a wish so she can get into heaven. (Image: via Aniplex)

Do you agree with this list, or do you have other good ones in mind? Leave your comments below, and let us know!

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Max Lu
Max Lu is an author who specializes in Asian geopolitics.

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