There are plenty of folks who still equate Japanese animation with Pokemon and can't get used to the flat faces and weird storylines. But the plunge is worth taking. At their best, anime are as intelligent as the best feature films, and their daring plots can make the most jaded heads spin. Here are the best looking, most exciting anime DVDs.
In Hayao Miyazaki's Alice-in-Wonderland tale, the wonders never stop. The beauty and inventiveness of the animation, coupled with the director's legendary humanity and warmth, make this one of my favorite films, animated or otherwise. A must-see spectacle.
The plot of this "Neuromancer"-influeced Sci-Fi spectacle is somewhat abortive, but don't let that bother you: the visuals are stunning, making this a very rewatchable DVD.
One of the most devastating war movies ever made, this classic tells the fate of two orphans after their city is firebombed.
6. Ninja Scroll
7. Cowboy Bebop
It was hard to pick only three of Miyazaki's films for this list. My Neighbor Tortoro is his most innocent film, gorgous, sweet, and suitable for children yet wise and compelling for adults with a sense of wonder. All of his films are highly recommended, including Kiki's Delivery Service and Castle in the Sky.