We otakus have a special place in our hearts for shoujo anime that center their stories in girls and women. Many of us had on it the perfect companion for our late childhood throughout our early adulthood. And well, many of us are still fans of the genre! So, for all of you who enjoy your dose of female adventures, here are some of the best Shoujo Anime Movies ever!
10. Orange: Mirai
- Episodes: 1 hour 3 mins
- Air Date: Nov 18, 2016
A few of you surely watched the anime Orange. Orange is a moving story about a group of friends that decide to help the depressed new guy in the town had many shedding a tear or two. Maybe you didn’t know there is also a movie? In Orange: Mirai, we watch what happened with our beloved characters from the point of view of Hiroto Suwa.
Written by the original creator of Orange, Ichigo Takano, the movie is an epilogue or rendition for the emotional roller coaster that was the anime. If you like shoujo about school life, romance, a bit of science fiction and drama, Orange: Mirai might be the movie of choice for you. Ichigo Takano knows how to make drama credible, and her charismatic characters will capture your heart.
9. Shoujo Kakumei Utena: Adolescence Mokushiroku
- Episodes: 1 hour 30 mins
- Air Date: Aug 14, 1999
Warning: This movie has content unsuitable for young ages. Only teenagers and up are allowed to watch 🙂
Shoujo Kakumei Utena was one of the most iconic shoujo anime of all time. It broke a few molds on the way, so of course it had to get a movie adaptation. In Adolescence Mokushiroku, we see a summary of the shoujo anime with some interesting additions. Utena is a girl who dreams to find her prince, so she dresses like one and knows a lot about swords. However, when she enters Ohtori Academy, she meets Princess Anthy and is involved in a series of supernatural duels to win power and find out the truth.
Basically, if you like shoujo ai, you will like Utena. If you like unusual shoujo fantasies, you will like Utena. And if you like unconventional heroines, you will also like Utena. You can find all of this in the superb summary that is Adolescence Mokushiroku. It is a no fail plan for a shoujo anime movie night 🙂
8. Sailor Moon S: Kaguya Hime no Koibito (Sailor Moon S: Princess Kaguya Lover)
- Episodes: 1 hour 1 min
- Air Date: Dec 4, 1994
Another revolutionary shoujo anime, Sailor Moon had several movies produced. In Kaguya Hime no Koibito, the narrative leaves a bit our beloved Usagi and company. Instead, the story centers in Luna the cat and her romance with a handsome astronomer named Kakeru. Science, love… and an enemy for the Sailor Senshi, of course! You can find all of that in Sailor Moon S: Kaguya Hime no Koibito.
To be honest, the Movie for Sailor Moon R was better rated than this one. However, Kaguya Hime no Koibito has the merit of being written and created panel by panel by Naoko Takeuchi herself (the creator of Sailor Moon). The manga version exists and is an integral part of the complete Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon collection. So, if you love nineties shoujo with all your heart, you definitely have to watch Kaguya Hime no Koibito!
- Episodes: 1 hour
- Air Date: Jun 8, 2013
So you like a good portion of sci-fi in your shoujo anime movies? In that case, you might want to watch Hal. In a not so distant future where robots are natural companions for humans, Hal tells us the story of the heart broken Kurumi. Her boyfriend Hal died in an accident, so she isolates herself at home in full depression.
However, one day, a robot in the form of Hal arrives at Kurumi’s door. Will these two be able to deal with a human and robot relationship? You definitely can’t miss the twist at the end of the movie! Hal is one of those short stories that nail the plot pacing, the environment and the individual interactions. Every character has a part to play even if it is not evident in the first scenes. Some things look out of place too, but as the story advances, the puzzle gets completed in the most moving of ways. Prepare your handkerchief, because you are going to use it with Hal!
6. Coquelicot Zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)
- Episodes: 1 hour 35 mins
- Air Date: Jul 16, 2011
Studio Ghibli is in the house! Directed by Gorou Miyazaki (son of you know who), Coquelicot tells us the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a girl from the sixties. In a time when Japan’s youth were awakening and giving a fair fight for their rights, Umi will have to manage her family's business and her feelings for a guy named Shun Kazama. However, early on in the story, things for them look dire. Will there be a way out of their conflicts?
Ghibli has us accustomed to great standards of animation and storytelling. It has taken time for the next Miyazaki generation to show us what he is capable of, but From Up on Poppy Hill lives up to its name. With several prizes under its sleeve, this movie reminds us the wonders of the simple things in life. Although love is not easy, we can always find some happiness in fighting for what we want, like Umi does.
5. Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda (The Anthem of the Heart)
- Episodes: 1 hour 59 mins
- Air Date: Sep 19, 2015
Jun Naruse feels guilty because of her parents’ divorce. Therefore, she has developed a curious reaction everytime she tries to talk. The only ways she can communicate is by sending messages through texting or singing. So, what happens when she is selected to be the main lead in the musical at her school?
Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda is a film adaptation of a manga. Although the main story is about Jun, the friends that surround her are very important too, as they are dealing with their own troubles. They all come together through music, which helps them to convey their feelings. Heart warming and unusual for a shoujo romance, you might like to watch this movie if you are looking for something different 🙂
4. CardCaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card
- Episodes: 1 hour 35 mins
- Air Date: Jul 16, 2011
CardCaptor Sakura was one of the most well remembered works by CLAMP. The magical story of the sweet Sakura and her adventures with the powerful cards was so successful, that we have an anime sequel in production right now! However, we can also expect that CLAMP didn’t lose the opportunity to make shoujo anime movies...
In The Sealed Card, we get the conclusion (well, in that time, it was the conclusion) of Sakura’s animated adventures. She has a romantic bone to pick with Syaoran, thus for most of the movie our couple is trapped in the (comical) hurdles of declaring their feelings to each other. Nevertheless, the presence of a powerful Card will put their destinies and the whole town in jeopardy. Masterfully directed and orchestrated, The Sealed Card will make you cry of sadness and happiness… And who does not remember one of the most epic leaps of all times near the end? :p
3. Mimi wo Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart)
- Episodes: 1 hour 51 mins
- Air Date: Jul 15, 1995
Shizuku Tsukishima is a girl who is still not sure of what her dream is or how to achieve something in life. She only knows she loves to read! When Shizuku decides to follow a cat out of the blue, she encounters a magical world in an ordinary neighborhood. Finally, Shizuku will find the inspiration that helps all artists to bloom!
Of course, we could not ignore Hayao Miyazaki in this Top Ten Shoujo Anime Movie! The master gives a lesson in storytelling as always. In Mimi wo Sumaseba, we get a meta story (a story within a story) full of fantasy. The love part is also adorable, with realistic interactions between the characters. The inclusion of western music was also an interesting twist. In short, Mimi wo Sumaseba is an underrated movie from one of the greatest anime directors of all times, period.
2. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
- Episodes: 1 hour 35 mins
- Air Date: Jul 16, 2011
Many of us have wondered at least once, what we could do if we could travel through time? This is something that befalls unexpectedly to Makoto Konno. The power could not have showed in any better moment, as she is in her last year of high school. While Makoto decides what to do with her life, she will discover that traveling through time can complicate things much more than solve them… especially if there is love involved.
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo was written as film by Satoko Okudera, one of the best female anime writers of the recent years. You will sure identify with Makoto, who is our regular student. The pace of the film, the emotions set in the right moment and amount, the vivid colors that bring Japan to life… If you like the slice of life shoujo gender with a twist, you have to leap into Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo.
1. Hotarubi no Mori e
- Episodes: 45 mins
- Air Date: Sep 17, 2011
There are many love stories in our shoujo animes, but what happens when the love interest is a spirit? In Hotarubi no Mori e, we meet Hotaru Takegawa, a curious girl who gets lost in the forest when she was young. There, Hotaru finds Gin, a forest spirit who guides her to the exit. Since then, the two pass every summer together. Can you guess what happens when Hotaru becomes a teenager? Meet our very own star crossed lovers from Japan 🙂
If you are a naturalist or a forest lover, you will definitely love Hotarubi no Mori e. Gin and Hotaru truly enjoy their lush surroundings in the most endearing ways. This shoujo anime movie shows us how to tell a shoujo story without complicated effects. Instead, it centers on the relationship of the characters and in Hotaru’s coming age. Enchanting from start to end, Hotarubi no Mori e is the shoujo anime movie of excellence!
Shoujo anime have become widely popular around the globe. Therefore, it has transformed and diversified. We are not limited to the classical magical girl anime or shoujo anime with many male love interests anymore. Our protagonists have more depth into them nowadays! Plus, their stories can be fun, dark or complex. We are sure that somewhere out there, there is that one shoujo anime movie that speaks volumes to you. Will you share some of your favorite shoujo anime movies in the comments? See you soon!