Valentine’s Day is here once again, and what better way to celebrate the occasion than to watch anime flicks that remind us of the world’s greatest emotion: love. Be it romantic love, self-love, or a familial one, there’s no reason to miss out on today’s festivities. These entries will surely rekindle the spark in you whether you’re in a relationship, or single.
That being said, here are our anime movie recommendations for Valentine’s weekend.
Prior to the universally acclaimed Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name), there was Garden of Words, a simplistic, yet layered take on the notions of love, loneliness, and maturity. The movie follows Takao Akizuki, a 15-year-old aspiring shoemaker who meets a mysterious 27-year-old woman named Yukari. Critics praised the film for its breathtaking visuals and detailed landscapes, traits which Shinkai kept consistently with his succeeding entries Your Name and Weathering With You.
Garden of Words is perfect for those who are exploring new things with their partners, or if you’re in a quest for self-discovery.
Loosely based on the 1986 novel of the same name, Howl’s Moving Castle is an animated fantasy film written and helmed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is set in a fictional kingdom where magic exists along with 20th-century technology. A young woman named Sophie gets turned into an old woman by a witch and is then acquainted by a mysterious wizard named Howl. Together, they brave through a journey of personal growth and a war between two kingdoms.
Miyazaki’s crafty use of visuals and metaphors make this film a great fit for adventurous lovers of all ages.
Time travel has been a prevalent theme in pop culture, but The Girl Who Leapt Through Time employs the mechanic with a touch of quirkiness and youthful love. The film centers on Makoto, a high-school student who acquires the ability to travel back in time. She decides to use her newfound powers for her own benefits, but little does she realize that it starts affecting the people around her.
The movie is known for its fun visuals, upbeat vibes, and memorable characters. We definitely recommend this movie for teenagers and adults who seemingly miss that youthful feeling of being in love.
If you’re the type who likes mecha anime more than any other genre, Macross: Do You Remember Love might be the perfect date flick for you.
The movie is a retelling of the original Macross TV series, but with slight differences and a tight focus on music and the concept of love triangles (oops). Furthermore, the movie features the iconic performance of Lynn Minmay, as she belts out a romantic ballad in a backdrop of transforming robots and alien warships duking it out in a glorious space battle.
Of course, we shouldn’t miss out on the movie that cemented Makoto Shinkai’s name on the international scene. Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name) has received universal praise for its animation, complex narrative, musical score, emotional depth, and a unique take on fantasy and time displacement. A young high school boy in Tokyo named Taki inexplicably swaps bodies with Mitsuha, a teenage girl from a rural province. They eventually form a connection that defies norms and the physics of time itself.
This is the kind of movie you’d definitely want to watch on a date night. If your significant other doesn’t feel that familiar feeling of excitement with the film’s sequences, we don’t know what will.
We hope that you’ll enjoy our recommendations on Valentine’s weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
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