Most Recommended Japanese Anime Films of 2012

In November, 1,049 Japanese were interviewed by a polling company goo ranking to choose which animation or Tokusatsu (think Godzilla Where Power Rangers-style) movies from 2012 that they would recommend to other people. Here are the top five recommended movies of 2012, all of which are anime.


#1 – The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

The movie most recommended by a wide margin was The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki. This is a slice of life about a single human mother raising her half-wolf children in modern Japan. It’s a heartwarming tale centered around themes of parenthood, community, and getting back to nature. If you dream of a family adventure, The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki will probably help you out for a long time.

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#2 — Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

The second most recommended film was Evangelion 3.0: you can (not) redo. Love him or hate him, no one will argue that he completely shattered all fan expectations. evangelization featured in this film is unlike any other and is so far removed from the events seen in the original series that it is even difficult to compare the two. So if you thought this movie would have a similar tone to the other Rebuilding Evangelion movies, cast those illusions aside. You’re in for a mad rush with this one, if nothing else.

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#3 — Detective Conan: The Eleventh Attacker

Detective Conan: The Eleventh Attacker is the sixteenth film in the long Detective Conan (a.k.a Case closed) series. This time, our teenage genius sleuth (who is, as always, trapped in the body of a young child) is dealing with a serial bomber who has planted bombs at high profile football games. Conan and the rest of the main cast attempt to decipher the criminal’s cryptic clues to find where the bombs are and how to stop them. It’s a fun little mystery adventure that will keep kids and adults entertained until the very end.


#4 — One Piece Movie: Z

The fourth most recommended film was the twelfth and final film in the A play franchise: One Piece Movie: Z. This film is largely focused on the titular villain “Z” and his plan to rid the world of pirates. What emerges from this story is an incredibly well-developed and likeable villain who surpasses even the franchise’s main cast in this outing.

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#5 – Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles ~Animal Adventure~

Doraemon, the earless robotic cat from the future, is back in his 32nd film. This time, with the usual gang, he goes to an island where extinct animals still roam the earth and fight against the forces of the future to protect it.


Outside of the top five, other notable titles include the only non-Japanese film in the top ten, Dreamwork’s Puss in Boots, which came in at number six. Both magic madoka movies were the eighth most recommended, while the CG video game link Resident Evil: Damnation took the number ten spot.

Of the other anime movies we reviewed here, East Kotaku in 2012, 009 Re:Cyborg arrived at 16 years old, Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle of Doldrey at 19 years old, Tiger and rabbit: the beginning at age 24, and Macross FB7 at 27 years old.

To see the full list, go to what japan thinks to see the full survey translated into English.

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