I grew up in part watching Pokemon and have watched a bit of anime in the past but I have started to get more into it recently. I just watched a movie called “A Silent Voice” and was absolutely blown away by every aspect of it. I’m sure there’s so much anime movie greatness out there.
A Silent Voice is great. On a side note, I’d also suggest the manga, too. It’s seven volumes, and is much like the movie, but has a larger story simply because time wasn’t as much of an issue as with a movie.
Ok, so, anime movie suggestions:
Almost anything from Studio Ghibli. My favorites of theirs are: Howl’s Moving Castle, Whisper of the Heart, When Marnie Was There, Spirited Away.
Anthem of the Heart. Don’t confuse that with Ghibli’s Whispers of the Heart.
Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms.
Your Name and Weathering With You. They are both from Shinkai, and slightly connected, though not so much that you can’t enjoy them separately.
If you’ve been watching the series My Hero Academia, I’d recommend the two movies based on the series, Two Heroes and Heroes Rising. On another note, there’s a third MHA movie scheduled to come out later this year.
Try Sword of the Stranger if you want amazing sword fights, Paprika if you like Inception, and Perfect Blue for a great psychological thriller. I don’t think I have to mention the obvious anime movies.
Standalone movies I love: Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Fist of the North Star, Ninja Scroll, Gun Buster, Gunsmith Cats, Tokyo Godfathers if you want a great Christmas movie, Millennium Actress, Promare, Your Name, Weathering With You, and although they’re OVAs, Vampire Hunter D and Appleseed are pretty good. Most of these are movies I used to rent from Blockbuster in the late 90s/2000s so I’m tied to them through nostalgia but out of all these, Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Millennium Actress are probably the highest recommendations on this list.
Now if you want movies based on shows (which means you may need to watch the show to understand) this is my list:
Steins;Gate: Load Region of Deja Vu
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society