Let's begin with one of the most iconic anime films of all time. Akira is arguably the first anime to be taken seriously by American film buffs. Everyone has heard of it, though too few people have seen it.
While the plot may sound on the surface very simple, what makes
this film feel alive is the incredible animation. So much of the story is told through background details. So much is told by how the characters move. Everything feels fluid and alive in a way that so few films do. It is truly a masterpiece.