Best animated movies of 2021, ranked


(Photo by Aniplex / courtesy Everett Collection)

We rank all the animated films released in 2021 that received enough reviews for a Tomatometer score, including films from series that made headlines at the U.S. box office (Demon slayer, My hero university), new entries in legendary franchises (sailor moon, evangelization, Gundam), and original dramas (Words bubble like soda, Josée, the tiger and the fish).

#ten

Adjusted score: 33,041%

Critics Consensus: With a story as banal as its animation, Earwig and the witch is a surprising – and almost total – failure for Studio Ghibli.

Synopsis: Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that his mother had any magical powers. Her… [More]

# 9

Adjusted score: 12239%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In the early years of the Meiji Restoration in Japan, a human Ronin must unite with an orc assassin to save a … [More]

# 8

Adjusted score: 24495%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: After Char’s rebellion, Hathaway Noa leads an insurgency against the Earth Federation, but meets an enemy officer and a mysterious woman … [More]

# 7

Adjusted score: 85653%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Japan’s greatest heroes must hunt down the brains behind a deadly chemical attack … [More]

# 6

Adjusted score: 98633%

Critics Consensus: Demon slayerThe visually stunning animation and masterful action plays serve up a heartfelt storyline that is sure to satisfy fans.

Synopsis: Falling into a never-ending dream forever … Tanjiro and the group completed their rehab training at the Butterfly Mansion, and … [More]

# 5

Adjusted score: 42868%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: After meeting on a beautiful sunny day, a shy boy who expresses himself through haiku and a bubbly but shy girl … [More]

# 4

Adjusted score: 59179%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In writing down other people’s emotions, she may have neglected her own. Violet Evergarden, the child soldier who became Auto Memory Doll, … [More]

# 3

Adjusted score: 55114%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: When a dark power envelops Earth after a total solar eclipse, the scattered Sailor Guardians must come together to bring … [More]

# 2

Adjusted score: 96166%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job assisting Josée, an artist whose imagination takes him far beyond her … [More]

# 1

Adjusted score: 91 855%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: The fourth and final installment of Rebuild of Evangelion. Misato and her anti-Nerv Wille group arrive in Paris, a … [More]


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