If you've already set the stage for a fantastic New Year's Eve watch party, we've got the perfect additions to your watchlist. Here are some anime movies and shows that we highly recommend.
As the end of the year is coming closer, we take time to ponder on the rollercoaster ride that 2023 has been and there's no better way to bid farewell to the ups and downs of the year than by settling in for a cozy movie or show night with your friends. Take a break, you've earned it in exchange for all the hard work you did this year. Call your friends, order some snacks and dive into some meaningful anime shows and movies. Let the captivating stories whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of the year gone by. Whether it's to relax, find inspiration, or simply share a few laughs, there is always a perfect pick for you. New Year's Eve is the perfect way to unwind and welcome the possibilities that lie ahead.
Check out these options!
Tokyo Godfathers - Prime Video
On Christmas Eve, Hana, Gin, and Miyuki find an abandoned child in a pile of trash. Determined to help, they embark on a quest to locate the little one's parents and as the story goes, we come to know the complexities of characters and their experiences. The film finds a balance between its deep narrative and comedic elements that makes it a perfect watch for New Year’s Eve.
Millennium Actress - Crunchyroll
Filmmaker Genya Tachbana interviews Chiyoko Fujiwara about her film career as he is making a documentary on her journey as an actress. It's a story about hope which tells you as long as you have something to chase, you will find happiness in your journey. It's not just the story of the Millenium actress that's great but the way it has been told. The animation does the job of making us feel how the characters she played in her films has a clear resemblance with things that she experineced in real life. It happens in a way that you wonder if her life was really that magical or if it is the way she is narrating her story? I have watched a number of stories about chasing dreams but this film has always been special.
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan - Crunchyroll
You know how we could easily find optimism as kids but as adults we rarely find ourselves enjoying the moment to the fullest? Life Lessons with Uramichi Onnisan is all about tough reality, although it has been portrayed in a comedic style. Despite its seemingly gloomy premise, this anime proves remarkably relatable to the working class, portraying a shift from the cheery innocence of the past. It delivers a dose of optimism in each episode, reminding viewers that even in tough times, there are positive things to look forward to which makes it an interesting watch on New Year’s Eve.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K - Netflix
If you're looking for something fun to watch, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K might be a good choice. It follows the story of a pink-haired teenage boy with psychic powers. But an average teenager doesn't want psychic powers, they want to be left alone and our protagonist is no different. His special superpower makes it difficult for him to continue minding his own business. The comedic delivery and constant internal monologue add depth to the show and also makes it a fun watch.
AnoHana - Crunchyroll
You might not be a big fan of Slice of Life anime shows and you would still enjoy this show. The story follows five childhood friends who reunite after the ghost of their dead friend appears and requests that they grant her final wish. Time passes by, friends drift away and sometimes, the burden of your past remains stuck deep inside. The show deals with such concepts. It's a refreshing watch about friendship and trying to understand people around you.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Crunchyroll
We would love to go back in time and fix some mistakes if we could. We would erase the past that bothers us but it might not be a great idea. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a sci-fi and romance anime where a young girl discovers the ability to time travel, reliving the same day in a loop. Unaware that her power impacts others, the film weaves a compelling narrative around the consequences of her temporal abilities. In films where time travel is concerned, we get to see people face heavy consequences but the approach of this film differs as it makes the viewer feel the regret felt by the characters and makes us question if we really need to fix our bad days or do we really need to avoid tough situations even if we have the power to do so?
You Name - Crunchyroll
Makoto Shinkai’s work never disappoints but Your Name is one of those films that got many people to watch anime. It stands out for its unique plot and a touch of magic that enhances its essence. Start the new year on an optimistic and heartwarmingly romantic note with this perfect watch. If Your Name has already been ticked off your watchlist, you can also watch recently released Suzume or Weathering With You which are refreshing in a similar way.
Akira - Disney+ Hotstar/ Netflix
In case you are in for some good action, there is no better choice than Akira. It is a cult classic which has a lasting impact on the Japanese cyberpunk genre. Set in a dystopian world, it follows the leader of a biker gang and his childhood friend who gains telekinetic abilities. The consequence? A gripping tale unfolds as his friend poses a threat to the military complex in the futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo.
Watch a Ghibli Studio Film - Netflix/ Prime Video
We are never too old for Ghibli as we can always go back to these movies and still feel all kinds of emotions. Whether you're feeling nostalgic or dealing with grown-up stuff, these films whisk you away to magical worlds. The stories about love, resilience, and nature hit you in the feels. It's like a warm hug for your soul, reminding you that Ghibli’s good storytelling has a therapeutic charm! Pick your favorite films but if you’re new to watching anime, we would recommend you to start with Princess Mononoke.
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