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Compilation of top 10 movies about the apocalypse

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Nuclear war, biblical flood, collision with a meteorite and other scenarios of the death of mankind.


Darren Aronofsky's movie in free form retells the famous biblical story about the Flood. Of the people in it, only the righteous Noah and his family were saved. They gathered a pair of each animal species and loaded them into the ark.


American geologist Adrian Helmsley discovers that the earth's core is very hot. This should lead to global natural disasters. Having learned about this threat, the governments of different countries begin to build giant arks to save humanity. But still, when disasters begin in 2012, people are not ready.


In 1959, a group of schoolchildren was given the task: to depict their idea of ​​the future. All drawings were placed in a capsule and sealed for 50 years. Among them was a piece with a strange set of numbers from Lucinda Embry. In 2009, the capsule was opened, and Professor John Koestler understood: all global catastrophes on Earth were predicted in the set of numbers. And soon something really terrifying should happen.

The day after tomorrow

Global warming causes massive melting of glaciers, which leads to lower temperatures in the oceans. Climatologist Jack Hall is trying to warn the government of imminent danger, but soon the Earth freezes. Then Hall sets off in search of his missing son.

This Is the End

Jay Barushel comes to visit his friend Seth Rogen and gets to a noisy party, where many celebrities gather. Having gone for a beer, he witnesses the beginning of the apocalypse: several people ascend to heaven, and chaos reigns around. New acquaintances at first do not believe in the truthfulness of Barushel's stories. But the appearance of demons finally convinces them: the real end of the world has come.

These Final Hours

An asteroid fell into the Atlantic Ocean, immediately destroying many countries. The rest will soon burn out in a firestorm. The main character, James, like all residents of Australia, has 10 hours left before his death. Then he goes to the last party, but on the way he meets a girl who is looking for her father.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Upon learning that soon a huge meteorite would destroy the Earth, Dodge's wife ran away without explaining the reason. Then he decided to find his first love, Olivia, and set off on a trip, taking a fellow traveler Penny's neighbor. And so begins the story of true friendship on the eve of the end of the world.

On the beach

World nuclear war destroyed almost all of humanity. Life was preserved only in remote Australia. But gradually radiation gets to this continent. And residents will have to face the inevitable.


Rob throws a party on the occasion of his departure to Japan, and he himself shoots everything on camcorder. Suddenly, chaos reigns in the city, and no one can understand what happened. Fragmentary recordings on an amateur camera confirm that something gigantic attacked the city.

Miracle mile

Harry and Julia just met. On the way to a date, the hero in love answers a random call on a pay phone. Then he finds out that in about an hour a nuclear war will begin. He hurries to find Julia and spend the short time that they have left.


Beauty Justine is getting married, but already right at the wedding between the newlyweds, the fights begin. She is depressed, which sister Claire helps her cope with. Soon, information appears that the planet Melancholy is moving toward Earth. And in the event of a collision, the whole world may perish.

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These days like never before, people need some fun. This routine during quarantine, require some incredible comedies. We decided to collect the best comedies which are likewise a few titles on here that you probably won't have seen. 

1) “Juno” (2007)

The story of a young girl, Ellen Page, who gets pregnant by her new sweetheart, Michael Cera, and chooses to give her child for adoption to an elitist couple, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, is a comedy packed up with a lot of emotional moments. This movie won the title of Best Original Screenplay Oscar, which earned $231 million worldwide. 

2) “Old School” (2003)

A lawyer and his two mates plan to relive their glory days by building a fraternity house next to their old college campus. A funny movie, that never gets old, can easily entertain you during this boring evenings during quarantine.

3) “The Hangover” ( Part I, II, III)

Three best men and the groom take a road trip to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. They wake up the next day and have no idea where is the groom and all their money. The next 2 parts of the movie are also totally fun, in each movie there is a new groom and a real hangover. They are trying to remember what they have done the last night and every moment becomes a challenge.

4) “Bridsmaids” (2011)

A cool comedy and melodrama “Bridesmaids” will be an easy and fun ending to the day if you want to relax.  The story is about the bride and her best girlfriends, who escort the heroine to a difficult voyage along the waves of family life.  And, of course, the bachelorette party is traditionally suitable for parting with an unmarried and free flutter. The life of the main character is turned upside down.  Of course, unhappy and unrequited love. When she learns that her friend, and in the future not only a friend, is engaged, she finds no place for herself.

5) “The other women” (2014)

Carly is a confident blonde who has always been popular with men and never aspired to a permanent relationship.  However, after she met the ideal man Mark, she had feelings for him, which soon grew into real jealousy. Suspecting him of treason, the girl decides to follow him, after which she meets his wife Kate.  Together they decide to avenge the man for treason, but soon find out that he has another woman - the young beauty Amber. From this moment, the club of offended women will do everything possible to ruin Mark’s life. 

6) “The Hustle” (2019)

How to become a successful scam?  Always be fully equipped: high heels, bright lipstick, and most importantly - stretch underwear.  Be ready to cry at any time. No man can resist women's tears. Take everything that is “bad” and shines well.  Behind every million, there may be a billion. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of checking.

7) “Bad Boys for Life” (2020)

Detectives Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett are back in business!  True, they are excluded from all operations, but has anything desperate friends ever stopped anything?  After all, this time someone from his past life opens the hunt for Mike. So the guys have to anneal to the fullest!

8) “Why him?” (2016)

Since the birth of her daughter Stephanie, the hero of the comedy film "Why is he?"  - Ned Fleming is very attached to her, because she was his little princess and became almost the center of the universe.  Over the years, he watched the little girl turn into a beautiful woman. Ned believes that no one is worthy of Stephanie, but the daughter still decided to introduce the family to her lover.  To do this, Ned with his wife Barb and son Scottie comes to Stanford to stay in the house of the guy Stephanie - the eccentric billionaire Laird Mayhew.

9) “21 & Over” (2013)

Three best friends - Casey, Miles and Jeff became students not so long ago and now very rarely see each other.  But finally, they get together, because they have a great reason - Jeff Cheng is twenty-one years old. Such a date happens once in a lifetime and therefore they should properly celebrate this event.  Despite the fact that the next day, Jeff has a very important interview, he agrees to skip a glass with friends. Once in one of the bars, young people lose control of themselves, and Jeff, having consumed a large amount of alcohol, is no longer standing on his feet.  But the evening is just beginning, and there are still lots of fun adventures and parties ahead of the guys.

10)  “TAG” (2018)

Classmates, and now best friends, have an unusual tradition.  Every year for a month, the guys play puffs, where they determine the loser.  The adult version of the game implies the most unusual follies: they hunt each other all over the world, rush into the house and work without an invitation, commit minor crimes.  And all these follies are for one purpose only, to become a winner. Each time they enter the competition, they jeopardize their reputation at work and personal relationships. But, despite this, the guys do not even think about how to break the tradition, which lasts 30 years.

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Gloomy thrillers, witty comedies, costume melodramas and a project that lasts more than 50 years.

  Making History 

The loser Dan finds himself in 1775, begins a relationship with a girl and accidentally changes the story.  Returning to the present, he takes the college professor to the rescue and again goes to the past to fix it.  But it only gets worse. 


 A group of terrorists from 2077 come up with technology to capture the world.  On the eve of execution, they move to 2012, where they want to expand their activities.  Police officer Kira Cameron goes after them. With the support of the young computer genius Alec Sadler, she must interfere with the plans of the criminals.  


Villain Garcia Flynn steals a time machine, wanting to destroy the United States before the country even appears.  To do this, he moves to the crucial moments of the past and tries to kill certain people. It is followed by historian Lucy Preston, military Wyatt Logan and scientist Rufus Karlin.  They are trying to prevent Flynn’s crimes and bring history back to normal. But every action affects the future of the heroes themselves.

 The Sarah Connor Chronicles 

After the events of the movie Terminator 2: Doomsday, Sarah Connor and her son John again encounter robots from the future.  One of them is sent to kill a teenager. The second in the guise of a woman arrives to defend him. Together, the characters move forward several years.  There they are trying to destroy the company Skynet and finally cancel the apocalypse.

 12 Monkeys 

By the middle of the 21st century, a deadly virus killed a large part of the population, and drove the rest underground.  Scientists know that the first outbreak occurred in 2015. Then they decide to send prisoner James Cole to the past in order to find the “zero patient”.  For the hero, this should be atonement for the law, and for the whole world - salvation.  

Future Man

 Shy and awkward Josh Furman works as a janitor in a research center, and spends all his free time in his favorite video game about a post-apocalyptic future.  But suddenly he learns that everything that happens on the screen is real. The main characters of the game appear in Josh’s room. They argue that only he can save the world and therefore must go with them to the past.

 Quantum Leap

 Dr. Samuel Beckett came up with a car that allows you to travel in time.  Unfortunately, the tests were unsuccessful: the hero began to fall into the bodies of various people in the past.  To move on, Becket needs to fix something in the life of each of them. Only the hologram of a friend who remains in the present helps him.  But Beckett leaves no hope of returning home.  


 In the future, a global catastrophe destroyed most of the world's population.  But scientists have found a way to move into the past: they inhabit the bodies of people before they must die.  Thus, the heroes are trying to correct the mistakes of mankind and save the planet from extinction.

   El ministerio del tiempo 

Spain has long had a secret institution.  Using the “doors of time”, his employees can move to different eras in order to prevent changes in the past.  The plot focuses on a team of a modern ambulance driver, a girl from the 19th century and a soldier who was sentenced to death in 1569.  


The charming teacher Jake Epping of our days gets the opportunity to return to the past to prevent the killing of John F. Kennedy.  True, the portal transfers it on a certain day, and therefore Jake will have to live in the past for several years. But time itself strongly resists change.

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Most Anticipated Movies is the top movie category, with millions of fans around the world waiting to see its screen. In such films, as a rule, the most popular stars of the world cinema are involved and the budgets here reach astronomical figures. The most interesting trailers are released for such films, which practically instantly gain millions of views. Bemorepanda closely monitors the most anticipated films and promptly shares any new information on each film with its visitors.

Using these ratings, Reddit visitors have created a special Top 10 Future Premieres, which you can check out below. With it, you can quickly track any information on each of the expected films.

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Most Discussed New or Upcoming Films in r/movies


Tenet (2020) - IMDbThe main character is a secret agent who passes a cruel test of reliability and joins an incredible mission. The fate of the world depends on its implementation, and for success it is necessary to discard all previous ideas about space and time.


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Humanity has settled in distant planets, and various powerful families are constantly fighting for power over the inhabited space. At the center of the confrontation is the desert planet Arrakis. Giant sandworms live there, and fremen wanderers lurk in caves, but its main value is spice, the most important substance in the Universe. The one who controls Arrakis controls the spice, and the one who controls the spice controls the universe.


The story of a fearless young girl who pretends to be a man in order to join the army against the Northern invaders who are advancing on China. The eldest daughter of the brave warrior Hua, Mulan is an energetic and determined girl. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man from each family should join the ranks of the Imperial army, Mulan takes the place of her sick father, not yet knowing that she will become famous as one of the greatest warriors in Chinese history.

4.Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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Transferring a Huge Bribe to the American Regime to Benefit the Once Glorious People of Kazakhstan ", short for Borat 2, is a comedy feature film directed by English comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, which was released on Amazon Prime Video on October 23, 2020.

5.Sonic the Hedgehog 

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Sonic, a loose bright blue hedgehog, along with his newfound - human - best friend Tom Wachowski, he gets acquainted with the complexities of life on Earth and confronts the villainous Doctor Robotnik, who wants to capture Sonic and use his boundless super powers to conquer world domination.

6.Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) - IMDb

An influential and successful businessman, the Lord dreams of becoming a god among mortals. For this, he spares no expense and collects a variety of magical artifacts from all over the world, trying to find one that can give him boundless strength and power. In his search, he is assisted by a specialist in ancient history, Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva.


Hamilton (musical) - Wikipedia

Hamilton is a 2020 American historical feature music film featuring a live recording of the 2015 Broadway musical of the same name, inspired by the 2004 biography of Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton.

8.Birds of Prey 

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A group of superheroines confront the head of the Gotham underworld, businessman Roman Zionis.

9.Black Widow

Black Widow (Movie, 2021) | Trailer, Release Date, & More | Marvel

After the events at the airport "Leipzig-Halle" Natasha was overtaken by the mistakes of the past. The "Red Room" - a program for creating the same as it, Widows - professional killers and spies made itself felt again. Natasha decides to once and for all deal with the people, through whose efforts she herself became a Widow.

10.Invisible Man 

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At first glance, Cecilia's life seems impeccable: a huge house, her boyfriend is a genius millionaire scientist. But no one knows what is really going on behind the high walls of a luxurious mansion ... And even a perfectly planned escape turns out to be a trap. It is impossible to hide from a pursuer you cannot see.

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An ordinary US citizen watches TV for more than four hours a day, and now almost every family owns a smart TV in the house, which reiterates the idea that television is an important part of a home. And they have a choice!


In the cable program, Americans can choose from no more, no less than 1,800 TV channels !! In recent years, the number of TV viewers has even decreased, preferring more interactive entertainment sources, such as online streaming from Netflix, but even so, the percentage of those who watch TV is still high.


Everyone loves TV shows, we watch them every time a new episode appears and we wait for a new season. Reddit collected the most discussed and watched TV shows in 2020. Bemorepanda also collected some information about each of them.


Most Popular Television Shows By Community Activity 


  • Reality TV: Big Brother, 90 Day Fiance, The Bachelor, Survivor, Rupaul’s Drag Race
  • Comedy: The Office, Rick and Morty, Community, BoJack Horseman, The Simpsons
  • Drama: The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Grey’s Anatomy, Breaking Bad
  • Anime: One Piece; My Hero Academia; Naruto; JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; Boruto
  • Sci-fi: Star Trek; Westworld; Doctor Who; The 100; Dark


1.Big Brother

Big Brother: All-Stars 2020 (Official Site) - Stream Live Feeds on CBS All  Access

"Big Brother" is a format of television reality contests created by Dutch producer John de Mol. The show in this format first appeared in 1999 on Dutch television, and later aired in most European countries, as well as in Argentina, Australia, South Africa and the United States. Participants in the show live in a purpose-built house, walled off from the outside world, while their actions are continuously monitored by television cameras and microphones. The name of the program comes from the 1984 novel by George Orwell.


2.90 Day Fiance

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90 Day Fiancé is an American reality television series on TLC that follows couples who have applied for or received a K-1 visa (available uniquely to foreign fiancés of U.S. citizens) and therefore have 90 days to marry each other. The purpose of the K-1 Visa is to allow time for the couple to make arrangements for and have a marriage ceremony, not to give the couple time to decide whether they will marry. Each couple has already signed documents stating that they have promised to marry, and given the signed documents to the US Immigration services.


3.The Bachelor

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The Bachelor is an American dating and relationship television series that debuted on March 25, 2002 on ABC. The show is hosted by Chris Harrison. In this show Bachelors try to find their love.



About Survivor: Winners at War on CBS All Access

Survivor is a television program belonging to the reality show genre. The format became very popular and was picked up by several television stations around the globe. Survivor is a contest show, in which a group of people are isolated in various wild places and compete with each other for money and other prizes. The show uses a gradual elimination, in each episode the contestants voting for the exclusion of one of them, until in the end there is only one contestant who wins the title of "Sole Survivor" and the corresponding cash prize. The format for this show was created in 1992 by Charlie Parsons and was first used in Sweden in 1997 for the "Robinson Expedition" show.


5.Rupaul’s Drag Race

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In this Emmy Award-winning series hosted by RuPaul, America's most sickening queens compete in fashion and performance challenges in hopes of snatching the crown as the next drag superstar.


6.The Office

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"The Office" is an American TV series based on the popular BBC TV series of the same name, winner of numerous Golden Globe, Emmy and Peabody Awards, filmed in the style of pseudo-documentary, and tells about the funny and sometimes touching life of employees of one office. Filmed by a shaking camera, it is a parody of modern office life in a reality documentary show about the life of the employees of the Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


7.Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty is getting a whopping 70 more episodes - The Verge

Rick and Morty is an American comedy, sci-fi animated series created by Justin Royland and Dan Harmon and produced as part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. The series premiered in December 2013; The second season was released in 2015. On October 1, 2017, the third season ended, and in May 2018, 70 more episodes were announced with an undefined number of seasons. In May 2019, the release date of the fourth season was announced - November 2019. The first five episodes were released in November-December, the rest after the break, May 3-31, 2020. Also in May, it was announced that the series would be renewed for a fifth season (no specific dates). In June 2020, it became known that the first episode of the new season will be released on November 8.



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Community is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon about a group of students studying at Greendale Community College in Colorado. The show premiered on September 17, 2009 on NBC. The series follows a student community made up of school losers, newly divorced housewives, and seniors struggling to stay sober. The TV series has a lot of pop culture references, often parodying film and television, and playing around with cliches and tropes.


9.BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman is an American adult animated tragicomedy sitcom created by Raphael ... On September 20, 2019, Netflix renewed the show for its sixth and final season, and the series ended on January 31, 2020, with a total of 77 episodes.


10.The Simpsons

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The Simpsons is an American situational comedy animated series created by cartoonist and cartoonist Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The Simpsons, the longest animated series in American television history, has been in continuous production since 1989; in September 2020, the broadcast of the 32nd season of the series began.


The animated series satirically depicts the life of the Simpson family and other residents of the fictional town of Springfield, ridiculing many clichés and stereotypes, in particular - the lifestyle of the "average American", the peculiarities of world cultures in general, celebrities and even television and the Fox television channel. The series does not hesitate to touch upon such slippery issues as politics and religion: in particular, the topics of same-sex marriage, the struggle between Darwinists and creationists, the war in Iraq, juvenile justice, political correctness, feminism, the right of citizens to arms, and the legalization of drugs were raised.


11.The Sopranos

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The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David C.

The plot as a whole is based on how Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a mafia boss from northern New Jersey, meets and overcomes various difficulties in life: he tries to maintain a balance between the demands of a criminal organization and personal life in and out of the family. Plus, the Sopranos have a panic attack, which is the reason for him to visit a psychiatrist (Lorraine Bracco).


12.Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones”: The Most Disappointing Ending to a Great TV Show | New  University

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy television series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin. Directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, for HBO. Filming was carried out in several countries, including the UK (Northern Ireland), Malta, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. Season 1 premiered in the United States on April 17, 2011, with the final episode of the final season aired on May 19, 2019.


Game of Thrones is set in a fictional world reminiscent of medieval Europe. In the series, many characters act simultaneously and several storylines develop. There are three main story arcs: the first is devoted to the struggle of several influential houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms or for independence from it; the second - a descendant of the deposed dynasty of rulers, an exiled princess planning to return the throne; the third - to the ancient brotherhood protecting the state from threats from the north.


13.Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul and the best TV show spinoffs - HeyUGuys

Better Call Saul is an American crime drama television series that premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015. The series, created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, is a spin-off and prequel to Gilligan's other series, Breaking Bad.


14.Grey’s Anatomy

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Grey's Anatomy is an American television series directed by Shonda Rhimes. The series premiered on March 27, 2005 on ABC. In the center of the plot is the life of interns, doctors and other personnel of the Seattle Grace Hospital, where the main action unfolds.


15. Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad is an American television crime drama that premiered from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013 on the AMC cable channel.


16.One Piece

Netflix is making a One Piece live-action series - CNET

One Piece is a Japanese anime television series based on the manga of the same name by Eiichiro Oda. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body acquired the properties of rubber after accidentally eating the Devil Fruit.


17. My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia is an anime series by Studio Bones based on the manga of the same name by renowned mangaka, Kohei Horikoshi.


18. Naruto

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"Naruto" (Japanese NARUTO - ナ ル ト -) is a shonen manga by Masashi Kishimoto, which tells about the life of a noisy and restless teenage ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of achieving universal recognition and becoming the Hokage - the head of his village and the strongest ninja.


The manga was published from September 21, 1999 to November 10, 2014 by Shueisha in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Combined into 72 tankobons.


Based on the manga, two anime series were created from Aniplex and Studio Pierrot.


The first anime series, Naruto, aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from October 3, 2002 to February 8, 2007, and ended with Episode 220.

The second anime series, Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles (NARUTO - ナ ル ト - 疾風 伝 Naruto Shippu: den), aired from February 15, 2007 to March 23, 2017 and ended with episode 500.


19.JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. From 1987 to 2004, the episode was published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, then the issue of chapters was moved to the monthly Seinen magazine Ultra Jump.



Boruto: Naruto Next Generations — Википедия

Naruto Next Generations is a teenage manga sequel to Naruto, written by Ukyo Kodachi and Masashi Kishimoto and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto. The main character here is the son of Hinata Hyuga and Naruto Uzumaki, Boruto.


21. Star Trek

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Star Trek is an American sci-fi media franchise that includes several television series, feature films. The project made a significant contribution to popular culture and spawned an original subculture. Gene Roddenberry is the author and founder of the Star Trek Universe, which began with the release of Star Trek: The Original Series on September 8, 1966.



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WestWorld is an American sci-fi western TV series for HBO, created by spouses Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. Based on the film of the same name, directed by Michael Crichton in 1973, according to his own script.


23.Doctor Who

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Doctor Who is a British science fiction television series by the BBC about an alien time traveler known as the Doctor. Together with his companions, he travels through time and space both to save entire civilizations or individual people, and for his own pleasure.


24.The 100

The 100 is a series commissioned by the American television channel CW, which was filmed in Vancouver. The series was developed by Jason Rotenberg and is based on the eponymous series of novels by the American writer Cass Morgan. The show premiered on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.



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Dark is a German drama and sci-fi web series produced by Baran bo Odar and Yantje Frize. It consists of three seasons from 2017 to 2020. The series is set in the fictional town of Winden (Germany). The events, which began with the disappearance of two children, reveal the secrets and hidden ties of the four Winden families, who gradually learn an ominous secret about time travel that affects several generations. Throughout the series, the existential meaning of time and its impact on human nature are explored.

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The anime genre is becoming more and more popular every day, and its best representatives have won the hearts of millions of moviegoers. Modern technologies and their limitless possibilities make it possible to create not only cartoons in this style but also worthy films designed for both teenage and adult audiences.


What are the best Japanese anime movies?


The best anime was included in the list of top 20. The ideal and impeccable graphics of the best films of this genre will allow you to enjoy the skill and professionalism of their creators. The clarity and smoothness of the lines, the mannered depiction of the characters, and the backgrounds used - that's what attracts anime connoisseurs. Watching the best-animated films is a real pleasure. 


20. Kaze no Na wa Amnesia ("Wind of Amnesia")

The plot is quite simple but leads to interesting consequences. One day, a windswept across the world erased all the memories of humanity. This led to the collapse of civilization because people had forgotten how to control technology, think adequately and even speak. Two years after the disaster, the young man Wataru saves the disabled Johnny, who was not affected by amnesia. He teaches the guy speech and cultural behavior. But with the death of Johnny, Wataru is sent to explore a dangerous post-apocalyptic world full of madmen and relics of the past.


Thanks to the “wind of amnesia,” the author of the original novel, Hideyuki Kikuchi, did not need to create additional conditions for demonstrating the fall of man. The people in the anime film are hunted beasts, unable to defend themselves from even the slightest threat. But they are always happy to “feed” a girl to a construction machine whose processor is out of order.


But the best thing that came out of the early 90s Madhouse studio was the feeling of an almost magical journey around the world that managed to get rid of the oppression of people. The pastoral landscapes of post-apocalyptic America enchant the eye; they are full of light and bright sadness, an almost invisible but still significant longing for something forever lost.


After watching the "Wind of Amnesia," one wants to take off oneself and go to a place where civilization has not yet had time to crush everything under itself. Part of the credit goes to legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano for the look of the film. And also, Yoshiaki Kawajiri himself is a genius of animated action whose films will still be found at the top a little lower. So the fight scenes are also in order.


19. Toki Wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)

At first glance, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time looks like a typical time travel movie. At first, the anime even pretends to be "Groundhog Day" slightly. But do not fall for such tricks because this is only a deception designed to confuse. All the machinations with time, which the main character Makoto can partly command, are needed solely to tell an unusual love story.


The love story turned out to be, in a sense, unique in its kind, since it reveals itself only in the last minutes of the picture and freezes in stasis. And Mamoru Hosoda leaves viewers with many questions that he deliberately refuses to answer. There is no traditional happy ending here, but you can't call it a tragic ending either. It's funny how just one line can completely change the experience and put the context in a different light.


18. Ninja Scroll

Almost all the director and screenwriter Yoshiaki Kawajiri's cartoons represent a chain of duels between the hero and various opponents. This is a classic “combat anime,” the plot which most often acts only as a formal, conditional pretext for another action scene that blows brains and cuts eyeballs.


At the same time, Kawajiri does not show fights in a long shot, as is customary in the best examples of Japanese samurai films and Hong Kong films about kung fu. He works in the style of Sam Peckinpah, using jagged cuts, where each movement of the combatants is given only a few frames, and the angle of what is happening is constantly changing. The difference between Peckinpah and Michael Bay is how the director keeps the picture of the action in his head and how he can convey it to the viewer. Even with this approach, Kawajiri's genius allows him to get the geography of the scene and the essence of the fighting techniques used, and the simplest and most characteristic example of his style is the first minor duel on the bridge at the beginning of Ninja Scroll, an absolute, immortal action anime classic.


The anime in the action genre tells about the adventures of the wandering ninja Yagyu Jubei and his meetings with other Japanese folk heroes, which can also be seen, for example, in the Samurai Shodown fighting game series (you can even play as a blind samurai there). A rather complicated plot about palace intrigues, spy gambits, and a hunt for gold in a plague village is presented through dialogues. As is often the case in unprofessionally written historical works, it is unnecessarily confusing. But Kawajiri managed to isolate a love story and a couple of really unexpected and great dramatic moments from the feudal turmoil, which are enough to make the picture memorable, not only duels of ninjas with other ninjas and samurai.


The fights themselves are dazzling and insane as they are flawlessly built; they can and should be reviewed several times. And the final battle scene of the cartoon in terms of the intensity of the action cannot be compared with anything at all - with the finals of the best action films by James Cameron, perhaps.


17. Mind Game 

Masaaki Yuasa is a director well known for his crazy series: Kemonozume, Tatami Galaxy, recent Devilman Crybaby. However, his career was launched in 2004 by the full-length movie Mind Game, which is very difficult to describe without spoilers.


It is an adaptation of the manga of the same name by Robin Nishi, in which Nishi wants to become a manga artist. He also wants to win the girl's heart, but he has failed in this because of his spinelessness. Mind Game starts as a simple story about a love triangle. Still, from the first minutes, it refuses to pretend to be something ordinary: visual styles are replaced by one another, the camera takes crazy angles, and even the banal dialogue remains open-mouthed.


And then the film takes and turns towards crime, does a double somersault through supernatural elements, embraces action, dives into the abyss of phantasmagoria, finds in them the ground for something simple, tangible, human, leaning on it, jumps up to the open window of the ending and flies through it without stopping.


Some overly expressive paintings suffer from narrative inconsistency, leaving the viewer with questions like “What is happening now and why?” For all its eclectic visual styles and where the story turns, The Mind Game remains remarkably consistent: no matter how crazy it is on the screen, we can always answer what is happening and what led to it. It’s as if we are following the flight of the author’s imagination, who does not forget what is left in the past and does not think about the future – until the ending, in which this suddenly happens—a very unusual experience.


16. Metropolis

Film connoisseurs will immediately say that Metropolis is a 1927 silent German film by Fritz Lang. He is considered one of the peaks of the development of expressionism, and there are plenty of quotes and references to him in other works. The outstanding manga artist Osamu Tezuka was also inspired by him when creating the Metropolis manga, even though he strenuously denies this fact. But the anime "Metropolis," allegedly made from the manga, takes a lot from the German film.


There are enough problems in the vast city of Metropolis. Here you have demonstrative executions, intrigues of corporations, and general decadent moods. But that doesn't stop detective Ban Shunsaku and his nephew, Kenichi, as they search for international criminal Lawton. During events, Kenichi encounters a mysterious girl, Tima, who is a cyborg. The guy decides to protect her from dangers, and in the meantime, the mood in society is heating up.


To some, it may seem that Metropolis is a classic cyberpunk. Still, here you have both high tech and low life. The situation is much more complicated because, through the prism of robots and people, screenwriter Katsuhiro Otomo (author of Akira) explores the problems of social and racial segregation. Robots are oppressed and hated, and people are left without work and livelihood because machines replaced them. Everyone suffers here, and even the president of a vast company cannot carelessly walk the earth because he has enough mental anguish and pressing problems.


Animation and graphics were handled by the Madhouse studio, which moved a little towards dark, gloomy pictures at the beginning of the 2000s. Because of this, Metropolis seems to hang over the audience, threatening to crush it with its multi-ton constructions. The theme of industrialization, in principle, is adored by Japanese creators; therefore, in separate full-length anime, they try to embody both its greatness and boundless irrational horror.


Metropolis is a story about unbridled human anger that can destroy everything in its path. And weak, almost hopeless attempts to oppose something to him. The story is too plausible and relevant today to at least not be impressed.


15. Kizumonogatari (History of Wounds)

When we first started compiling this top, we were ready to defend Kizumonogatari with all my might. True, it's hard to promote an anime in which the protagonist's girlfriend gives him her panties as a keepsake to a list where there are works by Miyazaki, Shinkai, and Kon. Any attempt to justify this with “bold screenwriting” or “postmodernist escapades” would pass for an effort to somehow shade perversity. Therefore, Kizumonogatari should not be discussed again - a trilogy of films must be watched. And there is something to look at.


A History of Wounds is the prequel to the long-running Monogatari series that has been delighting audiences for ten years now with everything that can please. The plot, graphics, ecchi moments - there is almost no dissatisfaction, except that, in principle, you cannot accept such a wild mixture. But even against the background of other seasons, Kizumonogatari stands out unconditionally. How to say… Have you seen any trailer yet? What's going on there is VISUAL MADNESS.


There are also gorgeous girls in Kizumonogatari (precisely two, but there are already four versions of one), which will be a definite plus for fans of “waifu.” There is also fantastic music here, coupled with some animation solutions, referring us to the animation of France. But the anime would not have made it to the top of it was just great because of the above merits.


"History of Wounds" is an excellent feature of the entire trilogy because even though everything on the protagonist Koyomi heals instantly, some wounds cannot be cured by any regeneration. The anime tells about the desperation of a simple guy who, on a trip to get porn magazines, was embroiled in events that changed his life forever. It is impossible to call them otherwise than "strange," but in Monogatari, everything revolves around oddities anyway.


However, suppose in the anime series, they diluted a boring life and served more as a way out of the situation than a direct problem, then in the feature films. In that case, strangeness is a way out of control, a sharp fall into almost physically palpable darkness. And it's impossible to get out of it.


Think about it the next time you see haughty discussions of Kizumonogatari fanservice scenes. And you will understand that this is a great anime, without five minutes, a modern classic that will be remembered through the years.


14. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

If Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Ninja Scroll is a classic combat anime, then his Vampire Hunter D is a colossal add-on to the cliches of this kind of animation, a tower of mysticism, fantasy, and even natural science fiction that goes into the black orbital heights.


Formally, we have a post-apocalyptic. The action takes place so far in the future that not only human civilization is dying out, but also the society of immortal vampire lords that has come to replace it. One of these ghoul lords kidnaps a human girl, and the protagonist, a vampire-human hybrid known only as Dee, is hired to deal with the issue. The carriage with the girl and the vampire leave through the desert, and the bloodsucker hunter pursues it.


The black hearse's journey through the badlands sets the stage for mind-blowing Mad Max-style action scenes - not only melee but also chases, shootouts, and all sorts of on- and off-road stunts and ambushes. The chain of duels this time is the responsibility of a brigade of (literally) motley vampire hunters, and these are no less creative and witty fights than in The Ninja Manuscript, only this time using weapons in the spirit of Fallout.


The studio's peak dwarfs most of their action-themed work, with background work and location architecture phenomenal. In addition, these are not just decorations; all their features, the very structure of the environment, are ironically tied to the plot; the life or death of the characters depends on them. Separately, it is worth noting the best, in my opinion, soundtrack in full-length anime - gothic-industrial instrumental anthems from Marco D'Ambrosio.


13. Millennium Actress

In this top, you'll find three of Satoshi Kon's four feature films (the fourth, "Paprika," previously hit our top feature films) — and for a good reason. While Miyazaki is remembered for his movies for the whole family, Kon made films for adults - not in the vulgar sense that lovers of euphemisms attributed to this phrase, but in the literal sense.


Cohn's works are connected by the motive of unreality: in "Agent of Paranoia," the line between truth and fiction blurred; in "Paprika" - between dream and reality, in Perfect Blue, the life of the actress intertwined with her roles and turned into a nightmare. “Actress of the Millennium” is a tear-squeezing melodrama ... filmed in the spirit of Satoshi Kon with all the ensuing consequences.


Chieko Fujisawa is in her eighth decade: in the middle of the twentieth century, she was one of the most famous actresses in Japan, but in recent years she has been shunned by the public, which, it would seem, has long forgotten about her. But not her longtime fan, and now director Gen Tachibana, who dreams of making a documentary about her, a biopic that will tell the world about her life.


And then everything merges: the real story of Tieko is intertwined with her film roles and documentaries, the scenes flow into one another as if there is no difference whether it was true or not. And indeed, if some person helped young Chieko in his time, why not fulfill his role in the memories of the devoted Gen, who is always ready to support her? After all, Chieko's life was indeed no less impressive than the stories told in her films.


“Actress of the Millennium” is a phantasmagoric kaleidoscope of images, eras, and genres, a vivid excursion into the history of Japanese cinema, and an incredibly talentedly staged story that can stir even a person who is not touched by almost anything.


12. Lupine III: Cagliostro no Shiro ("Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro")

Even in our time, Hayao Miyazaki's first feature-length cartoon is known for its insanely beautiful picture using "total animation." One can only guess how Japanese viewers were struck in the late 70s by this cartoon, where the characters and the background turned out to be alive and super-detailed, in which any restrictions of early (and late) anime are not felt at all.


The story of the adventures of Arsene Lupin III, a noble thief of international stature, is a typical job for hire. This is not even the first full-length cartoon about this hero; they managed to write a manga about Lupine III and release two seasons of the anime series. Miyazaki's "Drobo-same" and several other animated series characters save the girl from the castle, but it doesn't work on the first try. With the second, however, too. It's an Ocean's Friends heist cartoon, an Indiana Jones (or Uncharted)-style star-struck action game.


More precisely, the action of the stars from the sky would not be enough - if it were not for Miyazaki's trademark handwriting, but rather a flourish that speaks to us from this very starry sky in fiery letters. The beginning of the cartoon is not a noisy action but lyrical passages through pseudo-European landscapes, where one cannot but pay attention, say, to the shadows of clouds floating across the fields. The primary opponents of the protagonist are completely wild ninja hybrids with armored knights - and each subsequent scene of the cartoon only sticks out more strongly the combination of Western and Japanese, quotes from Hitchcock, and echoes of Maurice Leblanc with the design and steampunk elements of the castle's internal structure, which can only be seen and exclusively in anime.


Working solo, under a contract, the future great storyteller brought an incredible, unthinkable quality to every frame and every plot detail, finalized the character to his level, turning Lupin into a touching fool-fool from a cold-blooded swindler (which, by the way, made the fans wildly burning original series). Also included in Lupin is the most unique and unforgettable shot in Miyazaki's work - the heroine in a fluttering white dress, standing at the very end of a giant clock hand.


11. Kimi no Na wa ("Your Name")

Makoto Shinkai is often put on the same line next to Hayao Miyazaki. And, even though the director himself and many longtime Miyazaki fans disagree entirely with this, they have at least one thing in common that cannot be disputed - their stories remain in the heart forever. Let the images fade over time, and the details blur, but the emotions you experienced at the first viewing remain unchanged.


And although there are many more parallels between the two creators, Shinkai has his philosophy, which he improves from film to film. So I'm not afraid to say that Your Name is a masterpiece. Yes, this is another love story. But how it is furnished! Two lonely souls, living in different periods, pass through space and time to be together. And at the same time, save the whole town from disaster.


10. Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies)

More than post-apocalyptic, the Japanese do not like only the military genre. Still, no one canceled the nation's pride, and Japan will probably never recover from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, "Grave of the Fireflies" is not even entirely about the horrors of World War II. Instead, it is about the general despair of human existence.


From the first frames of the anime, we are given to understand that there will be no happy ending. The war fell like fire (in the literal sense) on the heads of the young Seita and Setsuko too early, depriving them of their homes and families. Seita is convinced that he must protect Setsuko's sister, even if he is entirely unable to. And no one in the world will help them.


And through the childish naivete and playfulness of little Setsuko, the nightmares of war are even more frightening. Around only hunger, devastation, hopelessness, and unfriendly faces. Two children cannot survive in such conditions, and no one intends to help them. They are like fireflies, in their naivety, flying towards the fire to crumble into dust. It cannot be otherwise.


Because the scene with dead fireflies embodies the whole essence of the film, Setsuko's question about why such beautiful little creatures had to die is actually "why do we have to die?". And there is no answer to this question. Why wars are unleashed, why millions of people die, and the survivors envy the dead - if you cut off emotions and turn on cold-blooded calculation, some sluggish conclusion can still be put forward. But what does it matter to two children doomed to death?


That war is hell. And it will always be like that.


9. Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa (Laputa Castle in the Sky)

Hayao Miyazaki's most overtly steampunk cartoon, with a single cutscene featuring more weird Jule Verne constructions with pipes, boilers, and propellers than all the rest of the anime combined. This is the first painting found by Miyazaki in 85 Ghibli. The elements used in his early solo Nausicaa and Lupine 3 are finally resonating in that triumphant, slender, flawless symphony with which we used to associate the studio's name in 2019.


Laputa the undisputed best film of Miyazaki's career, mainly because of his work with the story. The story of the boy Pazu and the girl Sita, who went on a fantastic journey in search of the heavenly Atlantis and found themselves in the middle of a conflict between two warring factions, begins with action and continues without pause or sagging until a stunning, flurry, action-packed finale. At the same time, in terms of the touchingness of the revealing relationships of the characters with each other, secondary characters, and the surrounding world, Laputa is inferior to the late works of the great Japanese audiovisual storyteller.


As in the best examples of world cinema, the action on the screen reaches peaks and abysses simultaneously as the emotions of the characters - and, accordingly, the audience. This is the closest analog of Star Wars, Three Villains in a Hidden Fortress, or Hunters of the Lost Ark in Japanese animation - a dashing, non-stop adventure story with fights, chases, and gunfights that makes you sincerely worry about everyone appearing on the screen characters. Yes, even for extras and villains.


By the beginning of work on Laputa, Miyazaki had not yet managed to escape from the steel grip of anime canons when telling such stories - take away the fantastic picture, music, work with details, plot, characters. We will be left with an elementary JRPG story about a simple guy from a miner's town saving the world from an ancient superweapon. But this picture only benefits. Miyazaki's later cartoons, in which he relied on nothing but personal fantasy and his ideas about an exciting story, suffer from general toothlessness, cloying, sentimentality. They lack that sense of danger, the sense of vulnerability and mortality of child heroes against the background of an available meat grinder with dozens of corpses that make Laputa such an outstanding work of art.


8. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: Hangyaku no Monogatari

The original anime series combined the ideas of Goethe's Faust and the deconstruction of the Maho-shoujo genre. But the "History of the Rebellion" (a funny reference to the Monogatari cycle) stepped even further. She combines stories from the Middle Ages, religious motifs, and a modern approach to tragedies to create a real revelation.


What in other anime would be the last battle in "The Story of the Rebellion" occurs almost at the very beginning. What would have been the culmination of the whole plot in less chic cycles, in the adventures of the girl Homura turns out to be just the seed for even more significant upheavals. Anime is constantly growing in scale, leaning on you with a massive pile of images and meanings. And it is all the more striking that it does not lose its structure, does not fall apart from attempts to think about what is happening. On the contrary, the more you think about the local story, the more intelligible and, pardon the vulgarity, it becomes DEEP.


And how the "History of the Rebellion" looks, how it sounds! As if Hieronymus Bosch himself had risen from the dead to stage local battles. The public orgy in other anime would only be embarrassing, but not in Madoka. The Shaft studio intentionally collides the Renaissance and the information age, traditions and innovations, a romantic past, and an alluring future in the visual. It's almost physically satisfying to watch.


And when you think that nothing will surprise you anymore, the actual ending of "Magical Girl Madoka" comes, not those pathetic excuses are shown in the series. And he finishes you off. After all, the last third of the full-length film ideally took over the spirit of the tragedy genre, in which high throwing leads only to bottomless abysses of despair.


The last seconds of the "History of the Rebellion" will remain in your memory forever as vivid pictures. It is a fragmented world that has survived so much that it is impossible to count. A fractured protagonist pursuing the greater good only made her part of a greater evil. And you are fragmented, gradually realizing that you have touched a living masterpiece, which they will never be able to repeat.


7. Tokyo Godfathers ("Once Upon a Time in Tokyo")

Arguably Satoshi Kon's most down-to-earth film, Once Upon a Time in Tokyo, doesn't stumble into the surreal, unlike his other works, but fills everyday life with a vast number of random coincidences that can only be called a miracle. It was a miracle - a Christmas miracle - that became the central idea of ​​this film.


The film begins with a miracle: a trinity of homeless people finds a child abandoned in a garbage dump - a grumpy alcoholic, a teenage rebel who has run away from home, and a drag queen who has always dreamed of becoming a mother. They set off in search of the child's mother, intending to bring the baby home at Christmas by all means.


Once Upon a Time in Tokyo is an emotional roller coaster. The film tirelessly alternates action bordering on slapstick and grotesquely comical scenes with heartbreakingly tragic and tenderly touching ones, without stopping for a minute, ironically over pathos clichés of such stories and its heroes. A good Christmas parable, executed with all the expressiveness inherent in Japanese animation by its most outstanding director, is also a miracle. Do not miss it!


6. Akira 

So much good has already been saying about Akira that attempts to add something more intelligible will seem far-fetched and superfluous. The original manga by Katsuhiro Otomo was great, but in the form of a concentrated film, it immediately ascended to a completely different level. And so high that it remains there.


What is this fighter about? About friendship guys Tetsuo and Kaneda. Friendship is highly realistic because they are not trying to destroy the whole world with the help of the “force of camaraderie.” No, in their relationship, there is a place for envy, humiliation, and pure hatred. Very close to ordinary life, isn't it?


The motif of their confrontation runs through the scenery of dirty but high-tech Tokyo. It’s not for nothing that Akira is considered one of the founders of the principles of “visual cyberpunk,” that is, which is not about society and progress, but about uncomfortable, cramped streets, high skyscrapers, and artsy technology that seems to threaten to fall apart at the slightest touch.


5. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)

"Swept Away" is a beautiful tale about the misadventures of a girl named Chihiro, who, along with her parents, ended up in a mysterious town. Parents under the influence of magic turned into pigs, and the girl herself had to get a job in local baths to rescue her parents from the power of the spell of an evil sorceress. On the way to her goal, the heroine has to learn the power of friendship, mutual assistance, and love. Also, grow up.


The theme of the “growing up” of the heroine generally runs through the entire film and is visible. If Chihiro was a whiny, insecure girl, then, in the end, she became strong and resistant without losing herself.


"Spirited Away" is a beautiful cartoon that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. And of course, it deserves its place on our top - simply because it is precisely the same living classic as all the films presented here. Only now, he is a hundred - if not a thousand times - kinder than the rest of the paintings shown here. And this, it seems to me, is worth a lot.


4. Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa ("Nausicaa from the Valley of the Wind")

A turning point in Hayao Miyazaki's career and one of his most personal projects. This time he was not only the director and screenwriter but also the author of the original source - the anime "Nausicaä from the Valley of the Wind" is based on the manga authored by Miyazaki, published from 1982 to 1994. And if that's not enough, Nausicaa is also Studio Ghibli's debut film! Yes, yes, we have written the same about Laputa; how is this possible? The fact is that Ghibli Studio was assembled and designed just in the process of working on Nausicaa (it was created for this project), so the film inside the studio is still considered her debut work and was even included in official collections. An intricate story that only adds to the importance of Nausicaa in the history of Ghibli.


It's hard to recommend 80s anime to people who aren't into the genre, but Nausicaa is amazingly drawn and choreographed. The age of the cartoon can only be felt in the funny and 100% Japanese sound design. In addition, in our time, the comic has been remastered (and even shown in the cinema!), So it looks as fresh and pleasant as possible.


As for the content, one of the best anime ever, like all of Miyazaki's work, here we have a “blooming post-apocalypse” and a little man who finds himself in the center of a showdown between large states. "Nausicaä" is rather deep work, but if you look at it simply as a beautiful action, it will work just as well; not all Miyazaki's works can boast of this. Another critical topic is the potential environmental catastrophe. One world has already survived; the planet is covered with an endless forest with giant poisonous mushrooms and huge insects. Miyazaki's topic is of great concern and will be raised in his works more than once, so he speaks about it very carefully but in detail. Today it is only becoming more relevant? Since Nausicaa, unusual worlds have become an integral part of Miyazaki's work.


Well, Dze Hisaishi worked on the musical accompaniment and later wrote the music for almost all Miyazaki anime in general - you will not forget his music.


3. Ghost in the Shell

If you are a connoisseur of the cyberpunk genre, you love or at least respect Ghost in the Shell. Even if you don’t appreciate it very much, you still regularly encounter echoes of anime’s influence on the entire pop culture. That earlier (then), the Wachowski brothers were inspired by him during the filming of The Matrix, and now, when looking at Cyberpunk 2077 trailers, it is impossible to get rid of a sense of deja vu and light nostalgia.


A genuinely stellar team worked on Ghost in the Shell. Mamoru Oshii, Kazunori Ito, Hiroyuki Okura, and Kenji Kawai are now associated with successful and outstanding works. Studio Production I.G. it was after the release of the anime film that it became known among the people as the most advanced in technical terms. All the conditions were such that only a masterpiece for a year could turn out from a full-length film. Even so, she exceeded all expectations.


The technical breakthrough of Ghost in the Shell is apparent even to those who do not understand anything about graphics, animation, all these storyboards, and other nuances. Just one moment with the departure of Motoko Kusanagi in camouflage is enough to impress the average viewer. And this is just a few seconds from the whole feature film!


The opening screensaver with the insides of a cyborg, slow camera flights past chaotic, almost abstract skyscrapers and signs, columns flying into rubble, which seem to have been spent more time than in other seasons of modern anime - everything here speaks of how detailed work was carried out on every frame. Therefore, even today, the anime of 1995 surpasses other full-length films of 2019.


But everything written above is just a “shell,” and it is the “spirit” that captivates the “Ghost in the Shell.” Indeed, in the center of her story, almost Kantian reflections on the essence of being and human nature sparkle. The topics raised are so extensive that they can be discussed for years, and no one will give a clear answer.


Anime came out almost 25 years ago and managed to get ahead of not only its time but even ours. And no movie with Scarlett Johansson will spoil it.


2. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

In the top worst anime series endings, the original Evangelion ending is a silent horror that should be avoided. The main advantage of End of Evangelion lies precisely in the changed plot of the last series—minimum reflection. There is no utterly idiotic scene where Shinji sits on a chair in the middle of nothing, and everyone around him claps and congratulates him. There is no attempt to show an alternate universe with no Evangelions or Angels. But there is a continuation of the story, where everyone finally goes crazy and kills each other.


The spectacle in EoE is also many times higher than in the series ending - here you have an epic match between Asuka's Eva-02 and serial Evangelions, and the assault on the NERV headquarters by ordinary human special forces, and Lilith, who is perfectly visible from space with the naked eye ... in a word Lots of cool moments. “The End of Evangelion” was generally pulled apart ago into separate frames, videos, and similar content. You most likely have already seen a good half of the full-length movie in the form of different structures (and memes). But nothing is surprising here - EoE, in terms of the amount of action, does, perhaps, almost the entire series (although the scene where Shinji and Ray endured Ramiel is still my favorite).


It is also worth saying that The End of Evangelion came out very, very severe and gloomy. In the original, no, no, yes, short humorous elements slipped through - rarely, but still. There is nothing like this here; the whole film, from beginning to end, is a profound story about people and the world that meet their lot. 


EoE is remembered, and this is the main thing. Many anime series are then made into full-length films, but they rarely come out so good that they are not only remembered but discussed ten years later. "Eva" passed the test of time and passed with ease.


In general, if, for some reason, you haven’t watched Eve yet, but you still want to start, then don’t forget to ignore the last two episodes and instead watch The End of Evangelion right away. This approach to the question may seem heresy to the most hardened Eva fans, but at least it will not leave you in a state of terrible stupor after what you see.


1. Perfect Blue 

With calculated rigidity and consistency in the visual part of the narrative, Perfect Blue is one of the shakiest reflections of reality in film or television, which can only be rivaled by the best moments of David Lynch films. The cartoon is more surreal and psychedelic than the most daring experiments (including from the same Kon); only surrealism and psychedelia are hidden here, both in the video sequence and the plot. The effect is even more substantial when you still understand what kind of story you are told.


A seemingly simple plot focuses on an Idol girl who decided to try herself in the Japanese television industry and her complicated relationship with the fans of her former "girl band" who did not understand this decision. In the video series, urbanism is striking, first of all, street-realistic depiction of the life of modern Tokyo in 1997, with small apartments and cramped streets, contrasting with giant billboards, stages, and film sets, where the idoru band performs, and the heroine takes the first steps on a new creative path.


The deepest psychologism and philosophical reflections on the nature of the relationship between the producers of art (or at least pop culture) and its consumers are hidden deep, deep into the almost unthinkably complex plot and video sequence structure. But at the same time, the cartoon works excellent as an ordinary genre thriller-horror about a maniac.


What can you believe in what you see and what can you not? Since Perfect Blue is an infinitely complex work, it can also be discussed indefinitely. The depth of the well of allusions and the abyss of references is impressive - here is a satire on the body/film industry in the spirit of Federico Fellini's Eight and a Half, and an exploration of the nature of dreams, as in A Nightmare on Elm Street or Luis Buñuel's Modest Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and visual a plot puzzle in the spirit of "Memento" or the first season of Westworld, and a colossal philosophical prank in the heart of "The Matrix," closer to the finale, forcing you to take a different look not only at the events of the cartoon but also at our natural world. In turn, Perfect Blue will already be copied by visionary filmmakers - remember the famous quote with a girl screaming underwater in Requiem for a Dream.


At the same time, Perfect Blue is also a first-rate thriller, a detective in the style of Italian Giallo about the confrontation between a disfigured psychopath and a beautiful heroine, a modern urban version of the Grimm's terrible fairy tale, in which everything is not as it seems to us. In the last couple of breathtaking suspense scenes, a deadly game of cat and mouse in the stone jungle with cyberpunk billboards, you understand that all this could only be achieved using animation, and the energy was exclusively Japanese.


Why do adults like anime movies?


Reason 1. Interesting, exciting stories


The plots of Japanese animation are really very interesting, with many intrigues, such turns of events that you will not see in any telenovela. They intrigue, attract, you want to keep watching them find out what will happen next and how the story will end.


Reason 2. Popularity


Anime has become popular. Proof of this is the numerous broadcasts of Japanese animation both on public and private TV channels. In addition, many specialized sites broadcast anime online, which makes it easier to access this kind of cartoon art. In online mode, cartoons can be watched at any time, in any quantity, and as many times as you want. Entire collections of anime are collected here, which are constantly updated with new materials, as well as rare, old cartoons. These are places on the web that anime fans love to visit, as well as people who just like to watch such cartoons.


Reason 3. Fashion


Some TV viewers watch anime because it is now fashionable. There are even whole areas in the social culture associated with Japanese animation. Fans of this art form arrange anime parties like to copy cartoon characters, in an informal setting they even dress up to look like popular characters.


Reason 4. The best cartoons that are shown on TV


Watch anime and those viewers who have not found anything better in the TV guide. It's no secret that lately there is practically nothing to watch on TV, except for news and cartoons. Even if these are Japanese cartoons, many people watch them with pleasure, as they are interesting, unobtrusive, vital, and original.


Reason 5. To become familiar with Japanese culture


Japan, Japanese culture is very rich material for study. Their way of life, social values, traditions are fundamentally different from ours. The easiest and most interesting way to learn this is by watching anime, which is what people who are interested in Japan do.


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