As time goes by, the world of anime is growing. More and more anime is being produced and the quality is increasing. Some anime are also popular not only by Japanese audiences, but also worldwide, such as Your Name (2016), A Silent Voice (2016), and Mirai (2018).
If you look back for a moment, it turns out that in the era of the 2000s, many good anime were produced. One or two of them even became legends and are still loved today. For that, here are seven of the best anime movies in the 2000s era that you really must watch.
1. Spirited Away
Not only included in the best anime movie in the 2000s era, Spirited Away is also included in the list of the best animated films of all time. This anime also successfully won an Oscar and became the first non-English animated film to do so.
Spirited Away itself tells of a girl named Chihiro who is trapped in the spirit world. Not only that, his parents have also been cursed to become pigs. In order to save himself and his parents, Chihiro also works at a hot spring owned by a magician named Yubaba.
While in the spirit world, Chihiro also meets new creatures and people who help him survive there. Slowly, Chihiro turned into a more mature and independent figure. Will Chihiro be able to save himself and his family?
2. 5 Centimeters per Second
What if two people who love each other are not meant to be together? Of course it hurts. This is what Makoto Shinkai is trying to bring up in the film 5 Centimeters per Second .
Takaki Toono and Akari Shinohara are childhood friends. However, unfavorable circumstances made them end up living apart. Not wanting to lose each other, Takaki and Akari promise to keep in touch.
Although time continues to strain their relationship, the two hope to one day meet and make new memories. Unfortunately, because they both live half-heartedly, they accidentally hurt themselves and those around them.
3. Summer Wars
For Kenji Koiso, math is everyday food. The teenager who works as a moderator in the virtual world of OZ does not have many friends and is not a popular teenager. He is more focused on studying and working. Of course Kenji never thought that one day he would become a hero who would save the entire world.
The story begins when Kenji gets an offer to pretend to be Natsuki Shinohara’s lover. While meeting Natsuki’s extended family, suddenly his avatar in the OZ world was taken over by a program called Love Machine.
Love Machine not only takes the avatar, but also takes control of the world of OZ and is used to disrupt the real world. No one can stop Love Machine except Kenji Koiso. Now he must save the real world from destruction.
4. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a film directed by Mamoru Hosoda which has won many awards. This film tells the story of Makoto, a high school girl who finds a mysterious object. After that, he suddenly had the power to “jump” through time.
Makoto also uses this power to change his life to be much smoother and happier. Unfortunately, he just realized that every time he changes his life there will be consequences that must be accepted, not only by Makoto himself, but also the people around him.
5. Howl’s Moving Castle
From Studio Ghibli again, this time there is the film Howl’s Moving Castle which was released in 2004. The film, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, centers on a beautiful girl named Sophie. One day, Sophie is cursed by an evil witch until she turns into a granny.
Sophie then runs away from her home and works as a housekeeper at the castle of a handsome witch named Howl. While working there, Sophie began to experience many magical things. In addition, he also slowly falls in love with Howl. Unfortunately, Howl turns out to have many mysteries that are quite dangerous.
6. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Shinji Ikari is a 14 year old teenager who receives a call asking him to come to the center of the NERV movement. NERV itself is a mysterious organization based around Lake Hakone.
NERV wants Shinji to be a pilot in one of the Tokyo City rescue operations. While on a mission, Shinji experiences an inner struggle and changes him from a quiet figure to a brave one.
Shinji is also faced with many difficult situations where he must save the city of Tokyo or his female partner named Ayanami Rei. What choice did Shinji make?
7. One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword
Told on Asuka Island, Luffy the Straw Hat Pirates heard news about the Shichiseiken, the most beautiful sword in the world as well as a very valuable treasure. But this sword turned out to hold a deadly curse.
One day, one of its members named Zoro disappeared. Not only that, they were also attacked by the Marines. After successfully escaping, Luffy and his friends arrived on the other side of the island.
There, they were tasked with keeping the Seven Stars Sword sealed. Unfortunately, they were attacked again and among the attackers was the figure of Zoro. Why did Zoro betray and what is the connection between all the events they experienced with this mysterious sword?
Those are the seven best anime movies that aired in the 2000s era. Even though more than a decade has passed, these films are still worthy and interesting to watch. Are there any movies you have watched?