Top Five Anime Movies from 2010

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by Samantha H., Staff Writer, Inside AX- Anime Expo

2010 was a year filled with many new anime series and some fantastic anime movie releases.  With the release of movies such as Karigurashi no Arriety and One Piece film: Strong World, it may be hard to pick what movies to watch.  Here at Inside AX, we’ve gathered a small list that we think deserve a look. Without further ado, in no particular order, I present Inside AX’s Top Five Anime Movies from 2010.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble

Trigun Badlands Rumble (movie) (2010)

I remember when I watched Trigun and fell in love with Vash and the badass known as Wolfwood years ago. Well thankfully twelve years after the anime ended, Trigun fans get to experience a burst of nostalgia that comes with the Trigun: Badlands Rumble. Released in April, Trigun: Badlands Rumble features a story about a legendary outlaw named Gasback who comes to Macca City to make another heist. Thus the mayor of the city hires bounty hunters to stop him. The original voice cast of Trigun comes back in Badlands Rumble and the movie retains the charm of the original series with familiar sounding music and fluid artwork.  This movie is a must watch for Trigun fans. Luckily for us, FUNimation announced at Anime Expo 2010 that they planned to release Trigun: Badlands Rumble in US theaters!

King of Thorn (Ibara no Ou)

King of Thorn is a psychological thriller that was released May 2010. Originally a sci-fi manga by Yuji Iwahara, King of Thorn follows a select group that goes into cryogenic hibernation after a virus that turns people into stone, the Medusa Virus, ravages humanity.  The survivors wake in the future to a horrific nightmare of creatures destroying their world. The group must band together and fight to survive in order to discover what exactly happened while they were sleeping.  While my summary may not do the movie any real justice, I highly suggest watching it.  King of Thorns has a great twist near the middle that makes you aware that there is something else going on that you couldn’t see right away making it stand out from the generic horror movies out there. This movie has even been nominated for the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards for the Best Animated Feature film.   Though the film deviates from the original manga plot, King of Thorns is a great watch.

Karigurashi no Arriety (The Borrower Arriety)

Karigurashi no Arriety topped the Japanese box offices this year and for a good reason too.  Created by  Studio Ghibli, this movie is based on the novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton.  Karigurashi no Arriety takes place in Koganei, western Tokyo where a boy named Sho moves with his aunt and comes into contact with Arrietty , one of the tiny people who live under the floorboards of the house.

Released July 17,2010, Karigurashi no Arrietty is the first movie that animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi has directed. Hayao Miyazaki was also a developing planner for the movie. With many successful movies such as Princess Monoke and Spirited Away, Karigurashi no Arriety is a must see for Ghibli fans and anime enthusiasts alike.

Halo Legends

Released February 16, 2010, Halo Legends is a compilation of eight shorts done by some of anime’s best animation studios such as Studio Bones, Production I.G., and Toei Animation.  Though some may be skeptical about watching an anime based on a video game, Halo Legends is actually rather good.   Microsoft created its own divisional team, 343 Industries, to oversee the project and make sure that no details were missing.  As a person who didn’t play much of Halo, I was able to watch Halo Legends and understand the back story without a problem.  The visuals for some of the shorts were simply amazing as well.  Each story is well done as every animation studio was given a chance to do what they wished in regards to artistic style.  Simply put, there is probably at least one out of the eight great episodes that will make you happy.  Halo Legends is a great movie for gamers and anime lovers alike.

Summer Wars

Okay so I cheated a bit. Summer Wars was originally released in 2009 but was also released in 2010 in some US theaters.  Directed by Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), Summer Wars is a movie about Kenji Koiso, a student who is a part time moderator for the online game called OZ. He visits the family of his classmate Natsuki Shinohara in Ueda to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday.  While there, Kenji is blamed for the virus that is spreading throughout OZ and works to clear his name and save the world with help from Natsuki’s family.  Hosoda’s Summer Wars has a great heartwarming story about the power of family and impressive art direction.  The movie has even been submitted for the 83rd Academy Awards for the “Best Animated Feature” category by FUNimation.  I would highly recommend Summer Wars to all fans of anime and Hosoda’s work.

What were your favorite anime movies of 2010?

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34 Responses to “Top Five Anime Movies from 2010”

  1. David Harada says:

    Okay if One piece strong world is not up there you are insane. =P

  2. Watch Movies says:

    Thank you for your information. I was searching this information.


  3. saturn118 says:

    Thanks, I didn’t even realise they released a Trigun movie.

  4. holy star of death says:

    the trigun movie was good just downloaded it

  5. Tres says:

    Opinions sure vary from person to person /:
    Can’t say this was close to mine

  6. Cparadox says:

    Yeah unfortunately there is no real way to say what are the best. However I think this gives readers a good idea of where to start looking and figure out for themselves. Lists are probably limited due to the fact that not everyone has watched all the movies or animes that have been released and can only make statements on what they have seen or base it off of popularity numbers. Overall a pretty good list. But to each his own. :)

  7. holy star of death says:

    hello me again anime is what u make it if u like it watch it if u don,t don,t i,ve been to japan before their entire culture is great talking about it don,t do it justice.go one day but not just for anime and judge for yourself…

  8. Topma says:

    Thank you so much!

  9. kroit92 says:

    Thank you very much, hontou ni arigatou gozaimasu!

    Just watched Summer Wars, a heart warming anime, thank you again!

    from Malaysia.

  10. wtf says:

    Wait wait wait… Halo Legends? Come on, u cant be that serious can you? The rest are good but halo… lol

  11. jessica says:

    Seriously? One Piece blows and thank god its not on this list

  12. anterio says:

    borrower arriety is definitely a must watch =D

  13. Nice website… Time to catch up on some newer anime and see if any are as good as the classics!

  14. Dave-Kun says:

    Ok, you will hate summer wars if you remember Digimon: our War Game Movie. its an exact rip off form that movie. like literally. they just changed the characters and added side stories. it’s basically the same movie. Its far from original.

    • Cerxi says:

      Can you really call it that? It’s the same writer, can he rip himself off? Feels more like he just polished an older work. Summer Wars is certainly better in every respect than the Digimon movie, and it’s obvious a /lot/ of work was done.

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  16. babycakin says:

    Holy cow, I also didn’t know there was a Trigun movie.. and its one of my favorite animes of all time.. and I wish Detective Conan was up there :(

  17. dimmy says:

    summer wars and the borrower arreity are both good. the else i know nothing about. i really liked how in summer wars, there was a supercomputer. they cooled it with ice. also arreity was cool. she used a needle as a sword. never used it as a sword tho. even though it was a sword. i like swords and super computers cooled with ice. I hope they would combine those things. my three favorite things. yep

  18. Vedette says:

    To me, trigun is still the best to see of all. And you can’t be serious about Halo legends, right?

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  20. everyman says:

    Anything Halo-related is garbage. The rest are very good movies.

  21. auto devis says:

    the halo movie was decent but not great

  22. I didn’t care much for King of thorn

  23. école Fès says:

    Am I the only one who didn’t care much about king of thorn

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