5 Highest-Grossing Japanese Animated Movies

5 Highest-Grossing Japanese Animated Movies
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Each of these films shows what makes anime so special.

Anime has been charming audiences for decades, evolving from a niche interest to a global phenomenon. And here are not just any anime films; they're the titans of the anime world, breaking records and winning hearts.

5. The First Slam Dunk (2022)

You might remember the '90s basketball manga, Slam Dunk. Well, The First Slam Dunk movie is a trip back to those good old days. It's about a big game between Shohoku and Sannoh High.

The movie tries to pack a lot into two hours and adds a twist by focusing on Ryota's family drama, which is pretty emotional. It's a hit mainly with fans of the original manga and anime, and it seems like there are many of them out there.

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4. Suzume (2022)

Suzume is a 2022 release that's already a global sensation. It's about a high school girl, Suzume Iwato, who's on a mission to close these bizarre doors causing natural disasters.

Directed by Makoto Shinkai, this movie is a visual treat and shows a more mature side of his storytelling. It was not just a big deal in Japan but all over the world.

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3. Your Name (2016)

Before Suzume, Makoto Shinkai striked with Your Name, and this film is a heart-stealer. It's about Taki and Mitsuha, two high schoolers who mysteriously start switching bodies.

This movie was a massive hit, even beating Hollywood biggies in Japan. It's got this charming mix of everyday life and fantastical elements that just works.

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2. Spirited Away (2001)

We can't possibly talk about anime without mentioning Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away is one of his biggest masterpieces. This movie takes you on a magical journey with Chihiro, a girl stuck in a spirit world. It's full of unique characters and has a deep, enchanting storyline.

For nearly two decades, it was the top-earning anime movie worldwide.

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1. Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train (2020)

The movie that knocked Spirited Away off its long-held throne was Demon Slayer. That's huge, especially since it was released during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is a sequel to the Demon Slayer series and has become a global phenomenon.