25 of the Highest Rated Rotten Tomatoes Anime Series and Movies

People are drawn to animated stories. (Pun intended.) This is especially true for anime.

The world of anime is full of stories that have captivated audiences (and critics) for decades. This includes historical fiction as well as fantasy and science fiction – all of which can be found in top-rated series and movies on RottenTomatoes.

If you want to learn more about 25 of the best and most beloved anime productions to date, take a look below!

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

Reviews: 83% | Audience: 84%

Goku (Masako Nozawa) and Vegeta (Ryo Horikawa) must protect Earth from the resurrected Frieza and his army of soldiers.

Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle

Reviews: 87% | Audience: 93%

In this film by Hayao Miyazaki, Sophie leads an uneventful life in her late father’s millinery, but all that changes when she befriends the wizard Howl, who lives in a magical flying castle. However, the Wicked Trash Witch challenges their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which prematurely ages her. Now Howl must use all of his magical skills to fight off the jealous witch and restore Sophie to her youth and beauty.

Samurai Champloo

Reviews: 88% | Audience: 92%

Mugen is a fierce animal-like warrior with a unique fighting style. Jin has a more traditional style and the two samurai warriors are far from friends, but their separate paths seem to cross anyway. Mugen wanders aimlessly through the city when he comes across a teahouse where he meets Jin and Fuu. Fuu convinces them both to come with her in search of a mysterious samurai who smells of sunflowers.


Reviews: 91% | Audience: 90%

In 1988, the Japanese government dropped an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children went wrong. In 2019, 31 years after bombing the city, Kaneda, a biker gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles against anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists, and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural power suddenly manifests. A final battle is fought at the Tokyo Olympiad exposing the secrets of the experiment.


Tokyo Godfathers

Reviews: 91% | Audience: 91%

Gin, middle-aged alcoholic, teenage runaway Miyuki, and former drag queen Hana are a trio of homeless people surviving as a makeshift family on the streets of Tokyo. While rummaging through the trash for food on Christmas Eve, they come across a newborn baby abandoned in a trash can. With only a handful of clues to the baby’s identity, the three misfits travel the streets of Tokyo to help return the baby to its parents.

Princess Mononoke

Reviews: 93% | Audience: 94%

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest, he also encounters San, the Mononoke Hime.

Porco Rosso

Reviews: 95% | Audience: 87%

In this gripping tale from acclaimed Japanese animator Hiyao Miyazaki, World War I flying ace Marco Pagott mysteriously changes from a man to a pig after all his comrades are killed in battle. Now known as Porco Rosso, the pilot continues to battle the hijackers while flirting on the ground with a gorgeous club singer. After an attack by a brash American pilot, Porco meets a confident Fio, who repairs his plane and sees him for who he really is.

My Neighbor Totoro

Reviews: 95% | Audience: 94%

In Hayao Miyazaki’s own Best Of list on Rotten Tomatoes, My Neighbor Totoro is listed in the top 5. This acclaimed animated tale follows schoolgirl Satsuki and her younger sister, Mei, as they move into an old country house with their father and wait for their mother to recover from an illness. in a local hospital. As the sisters explore their new home, they meet and befriend playful spirits in their home and in the nearby forest, including the huge, cuddly creature known as Totoro.

25 of the Highest Rated Anime Series and Movies on Rotten Tomatoes_My Neighbor Totoro

‘My Neighbor Totoro’

The attack of the Titans

Reviews: 96% | Audience: 95%

When the man-eating Titans first appeared 100 years ago, humans found safety behind massive walls that stopped the giants in their tracks. But the safety they’ve had for so long is threatened when a Colossal Titan breaks through the barriers, causing a flood of giants in what had been the humans’ safe zone. During the carnage that follows, Private Eren Jaeger sees one of the creatures devour his mother, leading him to swear he will kill all Titans. He enlists friends who have survived to help him, and this group is humanity’s last hope to avoid extinction at the hands of monsters.

ghost in the shell

Reviews: 97% | Audience: 89%

In this Japanese animation, cyborg federal agent Major Motoko Kusanagi follows “The Puppet Master”, who illegally hacks into the computerized minds of cyborg-human hybrids. Her quest for a man who can alter the identities of strangers leaves Motoko pondering her own makeup and what life would be like if she had more human features. Together with her partner, she corners the hacker, but her curiosity for his identity sends the case in an unforeseen direction.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Reviews: 98% | Audience: 88%

In this animated feature, 13-year-old Kiki moves to a seaside town with her talking cat, Jiji, to spend a year alone in the tradition of her village’s witches-in-training. After learning to control her broomstick, Kiki sets up a flying messenger service and quickly becomes a fixture in the community. But when the insecure young witch begins to question herself and loses her magical abilities, she must overcome her self-doubt to regain her powers.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie

Reviews: 98% | Audience: 98%

Yuta Okkotsu, a high school student who takes control of an extremely powerful cursed spirit and is enrolled in Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School by jujutsu wizards to help him control his power and keep tabs on him.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie

‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie’

Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train

Reviews: 98% | Audience: 99%

After his family was brutally murdered and his sister turned into a demon, Tanjiro Kamado’s journey as a demon slayer began. Tanjiro and his comrades embark on a new mission aboard the Mugen Train, on their way to despair.


Reviews: 100% | Audience: 85%

Bullied teenager Maddie begins receiving messages from a mysterious stranger who claims to be her recently deceased father, David; his consciousness was uploaded to the cloud after an experimental brain scan, and it turns out he’s not the only one.

gurren lagann

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 89%

This Japanese anime is set in an imaginary future in which humans have been forced to live in isolated underground villages, where they must constantly sink deeper into the Earth to escape the frequent earthquakes that ravage their way of life. In this world, two orphans named Simon and Kamina decide to find a way to the surface, where they hope to make peace with the Beastmen and their robots who terrorize their human prey.


Reviews: 100% | Audience: 89%

Student council president Satsuki Kiryuin and her underlings, dubbed the Elite Four, run Honnouji Academy. They have complete control of the school thanks to their special outfits – the Goku uniforms – which grant them superhuman abilities. When transfer student Ryuko Matoi, who is searching for her father’s killer, comes to Hannouji, she challenges the Elite Four to a battle that quickly consumes the school. When Satsuki recognizes Ryuko’s scissor-like sword, she wonders if their meeting was just a coincidence or if it was fate.



Neon Genesis Evangelion

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 90%

When violent monsters descend on Earth to destroy humanity, a reluctant young man joins a small squad of pilots under the command of his cold, dictatorial father to fend off the threat using giant machines that appear to have minds of their own.

Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Once Upon a Time

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 91%

The fourth and final installment of the rebuilding of Evangelion. Misato and her anti-Nerv Wille group arrive in Paris, a now core-ization red city. The crew of the flagship Wunder lands on a containment tower. They only have 720 seconds to restore the city. When a horde of Nerv Evas appear, Mari’s upgraded Eva Unit 8 must intercept. Meanwhile, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei (working name) wander around Japan.

My Uncut Hero Academia

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 91%

In a world where those with powers are known as Quirks, Izuku Midoriya aspires to one day become a hero, but there’s a catch – he’s not a Quirk. After a tragic accident involving his friend Katuski Bakugo; Midoriya is the only one who stepped forward to help protect Bakugo from a villain, because of his actions he receives a gift from the world’s greatest hero, All Might. Now Midoriya attends UA School, a school that cultivates the next generation of superheroes.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 91%

Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric search for the Philosopher’s Stone, hoping to restore their bodies, which were lost when they attempted to use their alchemy skills to resurrect their deceased mother. Edward, who has only lost limbs, joins the state military, giving him the freedom to pursue research as he tries to restore his brother, whose soul is tied to the earth by an armor. However, Edward and Alphonse aren’t the only ones searching for the Power Stone. And as they search, they uncover a plot to transmute the entire land for reasons they can’t fathom.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’


Reviews: 100% | Audience: 94%

29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma is sent back in time 18 to prevent the events that led to his mother’s death, which began with a series of kidnappings.

perfect blue

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 95%

A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes crazy when she begins to be stalked by an obsessed fan and what appears to be a ghost from her past.

the Grave of the Fireflies

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 95%

A teenager is tasked with caring for his younger sister after an Allied firebombing during World War II destroys their home and kills their mother.

Death threat

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 96%

A clever high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate the world’s criminals after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written in it.

cowboy bebop

Reviews: 100% | Audience: 96%

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easy-going bounty hunter and his partners.

cowboy bebop

‘Cowboy Bebop’

Whether they’re revisiting an age-old series with a new movie or bringing a world to life for the first time, tons of anime stories here and abroad have a grip on audiences around the world. Watch a few to learn a little more about the unique way each series and movie tells its most impactful story!

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