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Best Anime Movies of 2021, Ranked

We’re ranking all anime movies released in 2021 that got enough reviews for a Tomatometer score, including series-originated films that made headline statements at the American box office (Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia), new entries in legendary franchises (Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Gundam), and original dramas (Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, Josee, The Tiger And The Fish). Alex Vo

Adjusted Score: 31214%
Critics Consensus: With a story as uninspired as its animation, Earwig and the Witch is a surprising -- and near-total -- misfire for Studio Ghibli.
Synopsis: Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her... [More]
Directed By: Goro Miyazaki

Adjusted Score: 10746%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the early years of Japan's Meiji Restoration, a human Ronin must unite with an orc assassin to save an... [More]
Directed By: Kyōhei Ishiguro

Adjusted Score: 36767%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After Char's rebellion, Hathaway Noa leads an insurgency against Earth Federation, but meeting an enemy officer and a mysterious woman... [More]
Directed By: Shûkô Murase

Adjusted Score: 87612%
Critics Consensus: Fun for newcomers and existing fans alike, My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission is an entertaining interlude between seasons of the series.
Synopsis: Japan's greatest heroes must track down the mastermind behind a deadly chemical attack.... [More]
Directed By: Kenji Nagasaki

Adjusted Score: 99993%
Critics Consensus: Demon Slayer's visually stunning animation and masterful action set pieces serve a heartfelt plot that is sure to satisfy fans.
Synopsis: Falling forever into an endless dream... Tanjiro and the group have completed their rehabilitation training at the Butterfly Mansion, and... [More]
Directed By: Haruo Sotozaki

Adjusted Score: 48417%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After meeting one bright, sunny day, a shy boy who expresses himself through haiku and a bubbly but self-conscious girl... [More]
Directed By: Kyōhei Ishiguro

Adjusted Score: 60502%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: While writing other people’s emotions, she may have neglected her own. Violet Evergarden, the child soldier turned Auto Memory Doll,... [More]
Directed By: Taichi Ishidate

Adjusted Score: 58348%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a dark power enshrouds the Earth after a total solar eclipse, the scattered Sailor Guardians must reunite to bring... [More]
Directed By: Chiaki Kon

Adjusted Score: 91611%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job assisting Josee, an artist whose imagination takes her far beyond her... [More]
Directed By: Kotaro Tamura

Adjusted Score: 100558%
Critics Consensus: With its characteristic boldness, Evangelion:3.0+1.01 more than thricely rewards fans with a cathartic finale to the 26-year-old iconic anime tale.
Synopsis: From legendary director Hideaki Anno, EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME is the fourth and final installment of the REBUILD OF... [More]