What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘your name. A beautiful movie by a visionary director. Makoto shenkai or (新津 誠, Niitsu Makoto) was born in February 9, 1973 in the koumi, Japan.

He is regarded as one of the best directors in the world and one of the best storytellers in the modern world. His movies are one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art movies that follow the theme of love, care, gods, supernatural, grief, pain, vulnerability, adolescence, and more.

The list of all anime films by Makoto Shinkai (January 2023)

Weathering with You (天気の子 Tenki no Ko)

Weathering With You Official Subbed TrailerWeathering With You Official Subbed Trailer

A movie about stray teens and powers to clear clouds and bring sunlight? well, that is what it is. Weathering with you or Tenki no Ko is such a great movie it will be considered a modern classic after 50-60 years.

The MCs, Hidaka and Hina are runaways, and fate brought them together in a rainy and extremely unpredictable Tokyo city.

Your Name (君の名は。 Kimi no Na wa.)

スパークル [original ver.] -Your name. Music Video edition- 予告編 from new album「人間開花」初回盤DVDスパークル [original ver.] -Your name. Music Video edition- 予告編 from new album「人間開花」初回盤DVD

A confusing yet beautiful movie by Makoto Shinkai is Your name. A natural phenomenon in the animation industry and of kind storytelling is what makes ‘your name’ a fit for the king. Make sure you keep a bag of tissue with you when you watch this one cause you’ll be crying a lot, trust me.

The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭 Kotonoha no Niwa)

The Garden of Words - Official TrailerThe Garden of Words – Official Trailer

Well suppose you fall in love with your teacher and your teachers love you as well but there are several society limitations and expectations which ruins your love story. This is the bogus side of The Garden of words.

One the real side, it’s a story about human emotions and caring. It’s a beautiful story of women and a boy who falls in love regardless of age, profession and consequences. Bring your tissues for this one as well.

Someone’s Gaze (だれかのまなざし Dareka no Manazashi)

Dareka no Manazashi Trailer [HD]Dareka no Manazashi Trailer [HD]

A cute story written and narrated from a cat’s perspective. Neko Neko

Someone’s Gaze is a story about Aya Okamura and her family. I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys. Just watch the movie. DO IT, JUST DO IT.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (星を追う子ども Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

Children Who Chase Lost Voices - Official TrailerChildren Who Chase Lost Voices – Official Trailer

A father is like a hero to his family.what if that figure disappears in the air and you are left with nothing but the memories, hope of the wagon cause this one is one of a kind adventure movie filled with unpredictability and character developments which was never seen before.

5 Centimeters per Second (秒速5センチメートル Byōsoku Go-Senchimētoru)

5 Centimeters Per Second Trailer5 Centimeters Per Second Trailer

Can you wait for your lover for life? Yes you can. In this beloved movie. The main character waits and searches for his girl throughout his life hoping they’ll meet again someday. Grab a bunch of tissues and get ready to relive your burdens of waiting for your lover.

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (雲のむこう、約束の場所 Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho)

The Place Promised in Our Early Days - Trailer (subtitled)The Place Promised in Our Early Days – Trailer (subtitled)

Childhood promises never last. But they last in Anime. Watch this amazing movie of bursting emotions and love to cherish your love story with your friends, family, and love.

Voices of a Distant Star (ほしのこえ Hoshi no Koe)

A love story filled with mecha elements. Sign me up.

Voices of Distance star is an Original Video Animation (OVA) and talks about the story of a boy and girl and their separation. It is not some different state separation movie rather the girl travels to space and the boy is on earth. Well you don’t want that to happen to your girlfriend. Do you ?

She and Her Cat (彼女と彼女の猫 Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko)

Anime [ Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows ] - PVAnime [ Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows ] – PV

The Japanese love the cat narration. don’t they? It’s a five-minute story about a cat and its female owner. It’s a slice-of-life movie and offers warmth to the heart and souls of its viewers. Watch this and never be depressed. How does that sound?

So that was our article for the best anime films by Makoto Shinkai. For more anime-related content, subscribe to otakusmart today.

Suzume (すずめの戸締まり Suzume no Tojimari)

Suzume no Tojimari - Official Trailer 2 | English SubSuzume no Tojimari – Official Trailer 2 | English Sub

Suzume follows the story of a Seventeen-year-old Suzume, who discovers a mysterious door in the mountains, and soon other doors begin appearing across Japan. As the doors open, they release disasters and destruction, and it’s up to Suzume to close them again.


Ashish Khaitan is a content writer based out of New Delhi. He usually writes content for business owners, websites, and filmmakers. He likes anime, mangas, and Kdramas and often spends a lot of time reading books. He enjoys his own company and rarely goes outside unless there is a sale in the local clothing stores.


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