Animes are beautiful hand-drawn animated figures that are usually associated with Japanese movies and comic books. The word anime comes from the Japanese word for animation, and today the drawings can be done both by hand and by a computer. Animes can be aimed at both children and adults, and they get awfully creative when it comes to their designs and colors.
When you look at an anime, you’re looking at a true masterpiece because it is the creation of an artist who knows just how to draw beautiful images on paper. If you’ve seen a movie, television show, music video, or read a comic book by a professional anime artist, you know what I’m talking about. The images are memorable indeed, and they combine beautiful colors, sharp features, and an imaginative twist that you simply can’t find in all mediums.
If you love looking at animes, you’ll enjoy learning about the most popular productions using these drawings, and below is a list that includes the most beautiful anime in a variety of productions.
1. A Lull in the Sea (2013) – Studio: PA Works
This is a fantasy drama series that centers around two societies separated only by water, and the young students on each side who try to deal with the rift of the two sides and what to do about it. Because cooler colors are used throughout, there is a calm and peaceful vibe you can enjoy the entire time.
In this production, the cute characters are outlined against beautiful underwater scenery that is nothing short of breathtaking, and the scenes on land are no less amazing.
2. Beyond the Boundary (2013) – Studio: Kyoto Animation
The main character in this story is named Mirai Kuriyama, and it is a supernatural, slice-of-life story about a girl who has the power to turn her blood into different types of weapons. It is a very detail-oriented story that combines emotional scenes and high-action scenes in just the right combination to make it both interesting and unforgettable.
The story has two main color twists. The first is the soft pastels and darker colors used in the emotional scenes, and the second is the bright noticeable colors that come out of the dark colors during the action scenes. It has beautiful scenery, an intriguing storyline, and a lot of details that will keep you interested the entire time.
3. Death Parade (2015) –Studio: Madhouse
The character of Death Parade is a stunning beauty thanks to the unique combination of blues and purples. The colors blend together perfectly while giving each scene a striking and eye-catching look, so between the decor of the setting of the scene, the intricacy of the games themselves, and the bright colorful characters, this is one production you will certainly never regret seeing.
4. Five Centimeters Per Second (2007) – Studio: CoMix Wave Films
Directed by Makoto Shinkai, the thing that makes this story unique is the many interesting camera angles and lighting effects, not to mention the beautiful scenery and the attention to every detail that makes each scene absolutely stunning. It is a romance/slice-of-life story that combines mostly different shades of pink, purple, and blue, creating explicit scenes that will have you unable to look away in many parts.
5. The Garden of Words (2013) – Studio: CoMix Wave Films
All of the scenery in this story, but especially the rain scenes, are nothing short of breathtaking. The characters are well-detailed yet fragile at the same time, and you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it the entire time. This is a romance/slice-of-life story directed by Makoto Shinkai, who has a great reputation for making an incredible anime every time, regardless of the subject matter.
If you want to experience a story that offers both exceptional characters and amazing color and visualization, The Garden of Words is what you should watch.
6. GIRL (2015) – Studio: Khara
The sequel to ME!ME!ME! (TeddyLoid feat. Daoko.), this 7-minute animated music video offers something for everyone. The colors are psychedelic and vibrantly colored, there is tons of whimsical energy throughout the entire production, and it has some of the most interesting and colorful visuals seen in the music video world.
In this production, the design of the character will have you glued to the screen the entire time, and both the background and standard scenery is designed to catch your attention. If you enjoy aesthetically pleasing stories, GIRL is for you.
7. Hyouka (2012) – Studio: Kyoto Animation
This is a mystery series developed for teenagers, and it is considered one of Kyoto Animation Studio’s best masterpieces so far. In the film, perfectly fluid movements and movie studio quality designs and colors combine to create a visual piece of art that will have you thinking you’re watching a standard film the entire time.
The visuals and sound also mix to create something that lends ambiance to the story, and it is so stunning that you’ll remember it for a very long time.
8. No Game No Life (2014) – Studio: Madhouse
This is a supernatural comedy about two game-obsessed siblings who are transported to another world – a world where every decision is made according to a game. Each character is very detailed in their design and color theme, from the clothes they wear to their facial features and even their body type.
It is a very visually appealing story that will have you exploring every inch of the screen and in fact, you will quickly be thrown into these kids’ world and you might not want to come out of it.
9. Shelter (2016) – Studio: A-1 Pictures
Only six minutes long, this animated musical video centers around a girl named Rin who lives in a virtual reality. Each day, she can create a new world for herself, and she draws out her desires using a tablet. The visuals are stunning and the attention to detail is nothing short of amazing.
In Shelter, a unique way of storytelling that combines top-notch animation and music shows you a more magical side of the musical video genre. The video is a collaboration between A-1 Pictures, Porter Robinson, and Madeo.
10. Sword Art Online (2012) – Studio: A-1 Pictures
This story is quickly becoming a cult classic with people who love a good anime. It is a fantasy adventure gaming anime that offers visuals with exquisite clarity and attention to detail. It also has beautiful scenery and battle scenes that are so action-filled and unique that you’ll never be able to get them out of your head.
Sword Art Online also includes some of the most impressive avatars and character designs you’ll ever experience.
If you love a good anime, you’re not alone. These visual works of art can accommodate all anime-lovers’ preferences and tastes, so whether you’re interested in a video, a movie, or even a television series, finding the most beautiful anime is never a difficult task.
The companies that produce these stories and make them come to life are nothing short of amazing, and their talents have us looking forward to their next production with bated breath. A good anime is a sight to behold, and you can never get tired of waiting to enjoy the next best one.