Don’t you just love heart-touching movies that speak to your soul, like Your Name or Kimi no Nawa in Japanese? Back in 2014, Makoto Shintai outdid himself with the animated movie of Your Name. A fantasy romance story of two teens who switch bodies and how they find each other. Of course, the incident of the comet adds much-appreciated action and suspense to the movie.
Finding movies that have it all like Your Name are hard to come by, so we compiled a list of our all-time favorite heartwarming movies for you! If you want more romance anime, why not read our Top 10 High School Romance Anime or Rent a Girlfriend Season 2?
5. A Whisker Away
A story about a teenage girl who turns into a cat to get close to her crush, A Whisker Away, is a movie about discovering and accepting yourself as you are. With the help of a mysterious mask, Miyo, our protagonist, transforms into a cat and discovers a new world filled with possibilities.
However, problems arise when she starts to lose herself and is in danger of staying as a cat forever. And, the cat who gave her the cat mask won’t allow her to leave and be human again. It’s a great story and a worth-watch with action, great art, and drama!
Another heart-touching movie to add when you’re feeling for something warm. Wolf Children is about Hana, a normal university girl, who meets a wolfman and falls in love with him. However, shortly after her twins are born, the wolfman dies, leaving Hana alone and lost with their children. This adds a tragic element to the mix but makes the storyline even more interesting.
As the movie progress, we see Hana and her two children, Yuki (a girl), and Ame (a boy), and their life in the countryside. The children both face difficulties since they are different and transform into wolfs. The movie ends on a bittersweet note with Hana alone in the house while her children have found their respective places in life.
A great retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Belle, is set in Japan, where the virtual world of U is a reality. Our protagonist, Suzu is a timid high schooler who lost her mother when she was young. But, in U, she is Belle, the singer who has taken U by storm.
During her live concert, the stadium is disturbed by a villain, known as the Beast. Intrigued, Suzu and her best friend try to find the identity of the Beast, which turns out to be like a needle in the haystack. But, when they do, Suzu finds herself making a brave decision that will change her life forever. Watch Belle on Hulu to find out what happens.
Shoko, a deaf girl, is mercilessly bullied in grade school by a boy named Shoya Ishida and his group of friends. Years later, Shoya feels guilt and wants to make amends with Shoko. A Silent Voice beautifully captures the struggles of Shoko as she navigates life, and Shoya learns to forgive himself and find the courage to live.
The movie starts with an explosive scene, where we see Shoya attempting suicide but faltering. We see a boy who feels guilty and this guilt is pulling him toward death. During this depressing time, he meets Shoko again. And this changes both their lives.
Violet Evergarden was lost after the war and a friend offered her a job as a Memory Automation Doll, people who write ghostwrite letters for others. This heartfelt and sad movie is set after the events of the anime by the same name.
Violet discovers that the Major, who she mourned to be dead, maybe alive somewhere in the world. Hoping against hope, Violet sets out to find him. Violet Evergarden is a fantastic movie with romance, drama, and so many emotions that it keeps you on the edge of your seat! You can watch it on Netflix in English dub.