5 Visually Stunning Anime Movies For Cinema Lovers – Black Girl Nerds

Anime movies are known for their stunning visuals and intricate stories that leave their mark on viewers. Studios like Studio 4°C use their modern effects and advanced computer graphics to create vivid illustrations that evoke emotion and make even the most fantastical universes believable. If you’re looking for an anime movie that will blow your mind with its impressive cinematography, check out these five titles below.

  1. Beautiful

Where to watch: HBO Max

Beautiful is an anime held in high regard. Its dramatic story, incredible soundtrack and jaw-dropping visuals earned the film a fourteen-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, Beautiful is an imaginative take on the animated classic The beauty and the Beast which transports the tale of the French countryside of the mid-1700s to a virtual world of modern Japan. To look at Beautifulit is great animation, it’s clear that Studio Chizu was aiming for prestige. Beautiful is filled with vivid displays of depth and dimension that seem to stretch for miles, creating an imaginative universe that is both grand and believable. The film combines advanced infographics with rich, textured illustrations that truly come to life, immersing you deeper into a majestic place where you can tap into your greatest strengths with the click of a button.

  1. Taken away as if by magic

Where to watch: HBO Max

Taken away as if by magic is a cinematic masterpiece straight out of the Studio Ghibli vault. Its achievements in artistic production and storytelling have been recognized around the world, including at the Oscars, where it made history as the first anime to win Best Animated Feature. Taken away as if by magic is a heartwarming story of maturity and perseverance as 10-year-old Chihiro sets out on a quest to rescue her parents, who have been captured by a sneaky witch. The film’s attention to detail is compelling, adding realistic touches and exceptional sound design that give its fantasy narrative a natural tone. Taken away as if by magicThe depiction of traditional Japanese architecture, the mouth-watering food, the vivid characters, and the remarkable soundtrack make it one of the best anime films of all time. It’s packed with dazzling scenes and heart-pounding action that spans your screen and takes you on a wild ride you’ll never forget.

  1. Promare

Where to watch: HBO Max

Brilliant minds at Studio Trigger, the same studio that brought us kill her kill her and Little Witch Academycomes an anime whose unique style made it a standout in 2019. Promare is known for its eye-catching futuristic visuals, larger-than-life characters, and heart-pounding mecha action that keeps you glued to your screen. It tells the story of a team of high-tech firefighters (led by the passionate Galo Thymos) who work together to save the world from mass destruction. Although the film tells a touching underdog story of humanity and heroism, what’s most impressive about Promare is its neon-pastel aesthetic with vivid hues of pink, blue, yellow, and black that are completely mesmerizing. The artistic direction of Promare looks stunning, with a clever use of light and shadow that plays tricks on the eye, manipulating space to create movement, tone and depth. The film’s varying use of camera angles keeps the eye moving, with fast-paced scenes that put you right in the thick of the action, taking place before you’ve enjoyed the pages of a manga.

  1. children of the sea

Where to watch: Netflix

children of the sea takes us on a challenging aquatic adventure in Japan. Produced by Studio 4°C, children of the sea tells the story of a 14-year-old girl named Ruka who meets two mysterious boys during summer vacation. Together, they investigate a supernatural connection that draws them to the ocean and uncover truths about the meaning of life and nature’s interconnected relationship with the universe. In addition to stimulating our minds with its philosophical themes and strengthening our respect for nature, children of the sea delivers stunning images with extraordinary attention to detail. The film’s striking ocean visuals are supported by an optimal sound design that perfectly captures the essence of summer in Japan. Studio 4°C’s vibrant images of sunset skies, flowering bushes, chirping insects and crashing waves are so lifelike you can practically smell the salt water from your screen. Everything from the intricate details of the human face to the fast, fluid movement of windblown hair and jumping dolphins truly makes you forget you’re watching an animated film.

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train

Where to watch: Funimation

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train delivers an emotional story of heroism, bravery and acceptance backed by a captivating score and bold cgi animation. The film was a box office hit when it was released in 2020, breaking records in Japan and claiming the top spot in the United States. With one look at the movie, it’s not hard to see why: the anime is gripping, phenomenal, and perfectly animated. Train Mugen is demon slayer meets Creation as our Demon Slayer Corps heroes face off against a sadistic sleeping demon who takes over a train and threatens the lives of 200 innocent people. In addition to its heartfelt supernatural drama, Train Mugen features cinematic CGI effects that flow seamlessly together, creating photo-realistic interior and exterior shots. Train Mugen offers stark illustrations of explosive sword fighting techniques and high-flying melee combat that will have you on the edge of your seat. The film features the bright, lively artwork and mature dark fantasy that made the series popular, solidifying itself as one of the most successful animated films ever to hit theaters.


Kaillaby is a writer from the Bronx with infectious energy and a passion for geek culture. She enjoys connecting with Blerds like her and hopes to create her own cartoon one day.

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