Favorite Lesser-Known Anime

  1. Angel's Egg (1985)
    Bizarre allegorical film directed by Mamoru Oshii ten years before Ghost in the Shell. Character designs by Yoshitaka Amano (of Final Fantasy fame).
  2. Kemonozume (2006)
    Romeo and Juliet if he were a monster hunter and she were a monster.
  3. Cat Soup (2001)
    A cat takes a surreal journey to the beyond to retrieve his sister's stolen soul.
  4. Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987)
    Alternate reality space program prepares to launch a man to the stars. Gainax's first film.
  5. The Tatami Galaxy (2010)
    College misadventures in parallel universes.
  6. Mononoke (2007)
    Japanese art nouveau exorcist.
  7. Now and Then, Here and There (1999)
    Soul-shattering post-apocalyptic nightmare disguised as a kid's fantasy adventure.
  8. Midori, aka Shoujo Tsubaki (1992)
    Obscure adaptation of a manga by Suehiro Maruo about a poor camellia girl and her life in a freak show.