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The 15 Best Anime Movies 2013

Find out what the best anime movies of 2013 are right here, in case you missed a few. You might have some catching up to do!

by MisterD98
Dec 1, 2016 2:07 AM | 38,772 views

Uncovering the Best Anime Movies of 2013


Decim staring, Kurokami no Onna crying, Death Billiards
Anime fans were treated to a variety of amazing anime movies back in 2013. Many beloved series received movie adaptations, while a few unique theatrical releases managed to delight those seeking out something different. Another exciting trend was the release of anime movies with unique art styles, which helped them stand out in an already crowded market.

Here’s to a great year in anime - now let’s see what the best of 2013 had to offer!

Disclaimer: These articles have been ranked according to MAL score.


Best Anime Movies 2013 List


15. Saint☆Oniisan (Movie) (Saint☆Young Men (Movie))

Director: Noriko Takao | Studio: A-1 Pictures

MAL Rated 7.97, Ranked #566


Jesus and Buddha standing next to globe, Saint OniisanJesus showing his camera to Buddha, Saint Oniisan
One thing that I really love about anime industry is that it's willing to explore themes, which would never be green-lit in the West. Just imagine the uproar a western animation studio would receive if it produced an anime depicting Jesus as a modern-day hipster hanging out with Buddha? Christian fundamentalist groups would throw a hissy fit!

Saint Oniisan is a comical take on Jesus and Buddha living life in modern Japan like total bros. And should we have a problem with this? Nah, it's very likely that Jesus and Buddha are best buds up there in the heavenly realms.


14. Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home (Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~Home Sweet Home~)

Director: Masahiro Ando | Studio: P.A. Works

MAL Rated 7.99, Ranked #536


Ohana Matsumae smiling and waving, Minko Tsurugi looking ahead, Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet HomeOhana Matsumae blushing and kissing Ayato Matsumae, Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home
Ohana Matsumae is the cute and energetic heroine of this comedy drama. She’s got a positive attitude and applies all that extra energy by working at her grandmother’s inn. However, things are not easy-going. She’ll be at loggerheads with her own grandmother and other folks that are working at the inn. Will Ohana be able to overcome all the issues that she’ll face there?


13. Little Witch Academia

Director: You Yoshinari | Studio: Trigger

MAL Rated 8.01, Ranked #521


Shiny Chariot holding bow and arrow, Little Witch AcademiaAtsuko Kagari red with anger and hitting head on bed bunker, Little Witch Academia
In the mood for a magical fantasy show which also happens to be one of the best anime movies of 2013? Oh yes, please!

We follow Atsuko Kagari who has enrolled into a witch academy, and wishes to follow in the footsteps of her favorite witch – Shiny Chariot. But is she truly cut out to be a witch, and will she able to stay the course? She's quite temperamental you know.


12. Death Billiards

Director: Yuzuru Tachikawa | Studio: Madhouse

MAL Rated 8.04, Ranked #477


Otoko holding cue stick to play billiards, Death BilliardsDecim and Kurokami no Onna dancing, Death Billiards
How often do you come across an anime movie that’s based around the game of billiards? Not often, huh?

The good news is that Death Billiards is an excellent, unique and very atmospheric take on this game. It’s a suspense-filled tale which doesn’t take place in any ordinary pool room, but in an un-earthly realm where the two recently-deceased competitors, Roujin and Otoko, are playing to determine their fates in the afterlife.


11. Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie

Director: Hajime Kamegaki | Studio: TMS Entertainment

MAL Rated 8.05, Ranked #471


Arsene Lupin III with hands up, Conan Edogawa looking bemused, Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The MovieDaisuke Jigen patting Conan Edogawa on the head, Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
I always get fired up whenever a new Lupin III movie is announced. But it was impossible to contain my excitement when Arsene Lupin III and Daisuke Jigen would have none other than Conan Edogawa on their trail. And yes, for that alone this qualifies as one of the best anime movies of 2013!


10. Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin (the Garden of sinners -recalled out summer-)

Director: Tomonori Sudou | Studio: ufotable

MAL Rated 8.13, Ranked #388


Best Anime Movies 2013, Shiki Ryougi with blood on face, Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai FukuinShiki Ryougi executing supernatural attack, Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin
Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin is a masterful and super-stylish supernatural drama, which should please most fans of the franchise. It isn’t interested in following a well-worn route, and thus sticking to an established formula. Instead, it demands more from its audience as most good adult-orientated anime usually do. Viewers will wrestle with the theme of duality which is expertly depicted in one of the most thought-provoking anime movies of 2013.


9. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. Movie (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day The Movie)

Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai | Studio: A-1 Pictures

MAL Rated 8.19, Ranked #312


Meiko "Menma" Honma and Jinta "Jintan" Yadomi hiding, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day The MovieMeiko "Menma" Honma crying, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day The Movie
You can’t but help to associate joyful summer days and longtime friendships with the anohana series. It’s a beautiful and very colorful anime with some incredibly likable and memorable characters. After all, which anime fan doesn’t have a place in their heart for the adorable Menma?

anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day The Movie is a breath of fresh air, but beware it’s also a tear-jerker!


8. Sakasama no Patema (Patema Inverted)

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura | Studio: Studio Rikka and Purple Cow Studio Japan

MAL Rated 8.23, Ranked #286


Age looking at inverted Patema, Sakasama no PatemaAge grabbing onto Patema's waist, Sakasama no Patema
Have you ever wanted to experience an anime movie, which will literally turn your worldview on its head? Then look no further than Patema Inverted.

We basically have two distinct worlds colliding here. On one hand, we have Age who lives in a highly propagandized totalitarian state. And then, there’s Patema who’s an ‘Invert’ and princess from an underground kingdom. When these two meet, all sorts of sparks fly but also the beginnings of an epic adventure that neither will forget…and neither will you!


7. Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Studio: Studio Ghibli

MAL Rated 8.24, Ranked #267


Jirou Horikoshi walking ahead of plane, Kaze TachinuJirou Horikoshi kissing girl, Kaze Tachinu
Did you ever think a critically-acclaimed and awarded anime movie, by none other than Studio Ghibli wouldn’t make it on this list? And did you ever expect Hayao Miyazaki to not direct yet another anime with airplanes and stunning aerial scenes? Of course not, on both counts.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to watch this one the big screen, then try to check it out on a killer home theater setup. It’s an epic, and yet very grounded, simple, and sweet tale about one man's dream to make airplanes.


6. Berserk: Ougon Jidai-hen III - Kourin (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent)

Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka | Studio: Studio 4°C

MAL Rated 8.33, Ranked #200


Guts bloodied after severing arm, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The AdventGuts facing off against Femto, Berserk: Ougon Jidai-hen III - Kourin
It seems like we can’t get enough awesome anime movies based of Kentarou Miura’s brilliant manga series. And this final installment of the three part CG-trilogy doesn’t disappoint one bit. It’s well-paced and as visceral as one would expect from the series. And while it won’t sway the purists as they’ll find fault with one aspect or another, the average Berserk fan will appreciate the otherworldly atmosphere of this epic fantasy anime.


5. Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words)

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Studio: The Answer Studio and CoMix Wave Films

MAL Rated 8.35, Ranked #189


Best Anime Movies 2013, Shouta Akizuki and Rika Teramoto chatting, Kotonoha no NiwaYukari Yukino holding chocolate bars, Kotonoha no Niwa
Kotonoha no Niwa is a bittersweet and touching love story. We witness a relationship forming between the 15-year-old aspiring-shoemaker, Takao Akizuki, and the attractive yet mysterious 27-year-old woman, Yukari Yukino. Be prepared for some of the most memorable and breath-taking animation in an anime movie.


4. Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya)

Director: Isao Takahata | Studio: Studio Ghibli

MAL Rated 8.37, Ranked #175


Kaguya-hime joyful and smiling, The Tale of the Princess KaguyaKaguya-hime joyfull next to cherry blossom trees, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
It seems like Studio Ghibli could do no wrong when it came to producing some of the best anime movies of 2013. Here’s another awesome historical anime by this seminal studio.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on an ancient folk tale, and is given an art-style that is fitting. And this distinct artistic direction serves a purpose, the sketch lines seem to have a character all of their own and will entrance you during key points in the story.


3. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion)

Director: Akiyuki Shinbou and Yukihiro Miyamoto | Studio: Shaft

MAL Rated 8.50, Ranked #103


Best Anime Movies 2013, Homura Akemi firing magical arrow, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: RebellionKyouko Sakura doing magical hand signal, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion
The Madoka Magica series has its fair share of faithful fans. And it’s good to know that they’re treated to an excellent installment as far as anime movies are concerned.

It’s visually impressive, with some tight editing and scenes which are trippy as hell. More importantly, the magical girl fight scenes are some of the best in the genre. Just keep your wits about you, as the ending will shake you to the core!


2. Steins;Gate Movie: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu

Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Satou | Studio: White Fox

MAL Rated 8.62, Ranked #60


Kurisu Makise and Rintarou Okabe undressing inside laundromat, Steins;Gate Movie: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vuKurisu Makise face-to-face rubbing Rintarou Okabe, Steins;Gate Movie: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu
Could an anime movie adaptation ever live up to the excellent Steins;Gate TV series? Well, that would be a tough act to follow but the creators of this theatrical release have done a commendable job.

Our favorite time travelling scientists, Rintarou Okabe and Kurisu Makise return for another gripping adventure. If you can keep up with plot complexities, then you’ll be treated to one of the best sci-fi anime movies released during 2013.


1. Gintama Movie: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare (Gintama: The Final Chapter - Be Forever Yorozuya, Gintama Movie 2)

Director: Yoichi Fujita | Studio: Sunrise

MAL Rated 9.10, Ranked #10


Gintoki Sakata on odd job route, Gintama Movie: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien NareGintoki Sakata pushing Kagura and Shimura Shinpachi apart, Gintama Movie: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare
If you’re a newcomer to the Gintama series, then this is probably not the best place to start. But if you’re a longtime fan, then this movie installment will make you very happy indeed!

You’re guaranteed a bloody good time, as the comical situations and badass samurai action you’ve come to enjoy are in full effect. And once again, Gintoki will have his friends to help him when the going gets tough.

Are Gintama fans biased as all hell? Maybe. But there's got to be some truth to this movie's 9.10 rating. Right?


Anime Movies 2013 Honorable Mentions




Just can't get enough of all these ace anime movies released during 2013. Here are a few more to keep you watching anime through to the wee hours of the morning!


Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 2 - Hikisakareshi Yokuryuu (Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2 - The Torn-Up Wyvern)


Akito Hyuuga inside cockpit, Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 2 - Hikisakareshi Yokuryuu
For those that can’t get enough of the Code Geass universe, then you’ll be glad to know that there’s a movie adaptation here that’s worth getting excited over. While it’s a bit light on story, it more than pulls its weight with some phenomenal mecha action scenes and high production values.


Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth


Makoto Yuuki with hair covering one eye, Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth
Fans of the highly acclaimed JRPG have reason to celebrate. Here’s an anime movie adaptation which is fairly faithful to the source material. Just don’t expect much of the school life elements to be found here. The focus is squarely on the relationships between the key characters, as they fight their way up the Tartarus tower.


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