Anime has been around for a long time. It has also been improving with each decade. Along with interesting storylines as well as characters that leave a great impression on their viewers, anime has progressed in its technical aspects as well. However, an aspect that makes any anime better than the rest is good animation. Animation, being an integral part of anime, is something that viewers notice first. Thanks to new technologies, studios have been improving in this area too. Thus, most often, we may continue or drop any anime if it doesn’t keep up with our expectations. So, here we shall look into some of the anime with the best visuals.
Besides being good at animation, when an anime has aesthetically pleasing visuals, viewers are more drawn towards it. Capturing images in frames that get the viewers to feel emotions is the highest impact art can have. Perhaps that is why many anime watchers are drawn towards the works of the creators of Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli has not only engaging stories but also captivating visuals. It means that if a character is cooking something, even though animated, it will make you feel hungry. This is the impact that most viewers look for in any anime. Below mentioned are creations of art with the best visuals.
Takt Op. Destiny
Created by Bandai Namco Arts DeNA Oji Hiroi, Takt Op. Destiny is an anime based on a game. It tells us the story of a dystopian world where music isn’t allowed anymore as it will attract creatures known as D2. To fight off these creatures, musicarts are sent who are controlled by their conductors. Takt Op. Destiny, thus, tells us the story of a character named Takt and his musicart and their journey with Anna Scheinder to New York.
To animate their story, MAPPA and Mad House worked together. Along with stunning visuals and animations, this anime also gives us good music. It is a perfect example of why we should appreciate any form of art before it is banned.
Another anime with not only stunning visuals but a strong storyline, Violet Evergarden, is based on a light novel series created by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. It tells us a beautiful tale of a young girl named Violet who tries to understand the meaning of the words “I Love You”. Violet. However, she becomes an Auto Memory Doll, who is assigned to write letters for others.
The animations of this story were taken up by Kyoto Animation Studio. The anime provides us with captivating visuals as well as has portrayed the storyline well. It is considered to be an anime that makes the viewers very emotional.
A Silent Voice
Another anime that makes us form a connection with the characters is A Silent Voice. It is based on a manga created by Yoshitoki Oima. This story is about a deaf girl named Nishimiya Shouko who was subjected to bullying as a child. When she grows up, she is confronted by Ishida Shouya, who happens to be her bully. Thus begins the story of Ishida’s redemption, as well as Shouko coming to terms with her feelings.
Kyoto Animation Studio animated the manga into a movie. This anime gives us a beautiful story of how redemption, forgiveness as well as loneliness can play a great role in one’s development as a human being.
Being very different from the previously mentioned anime, Demon Slayer is an anime that is considered to be one of the best anime of the decade. This anime is based on a manga created by Koyoharu Gotoge. It takes us to a world where there are demons and those who fight these demons. We are introduced to Kamado Tanjiro, whose sister, Nezuko, is turned into a demon by Muzan, the boss demon. In order to cure his sister, he begins his journey of working as a Demon Slayer as well as makes many friends and foes along the way.
The animation for Demon Slayer was taken up by Ufotable. This studio is highly praised for its animations, thus giving us many stunning visuals. Even the battles in this anime are portrayed really well.
Terror in Resonance
Terror on Resonance is an original anime created by MAPPA Studio. It is an anime that is set in a dystopian world, giving off psychological as well as mysterious themes. Terror in Resonance tells us the story of the world that is threatened by a terrorist organization whose identity isn’t known. However, their only clue about this organization is a video sent by the organization. The people in the video were two boys who call themselves “Sphinx” and threaten to destroy Tokyo. These two boys call themselves Nine and Twelve, and their existence brings about the mysterious aspects of the anime.
MAPPA is a studio that has become quite popular not only for taking up many projects recently but also for doing really well with their animations and visuals. Terror in Resonance, thus, has a similar effect on the viewers as the other anime on the list. However, the visuals in this anime slightly differ, making them appear in synch with the themes in the storyline.
A Lull in the Sea
In this fantasy anime, we are introduced to a world where people lived below the sea. However, some of these people came out to the surface to make a living. The surface people, thus, lost their ability to breathe underwater. However, they could still contact the people below water. We are then introduced to the main characters of the anime, Manaka Mukaido, and Hikari Sakishima, who go to school on the surface. Their story consists of being stuck between the battles of the people below and above water, as well as making new friends and living their lives as students.
This anime is an original work of art created by P.A. Works. With fish flying above the civilization built underwater as well as the open sky above the people living on the surface, this anime provides us with breathtaking visuals.
Based on a visual novel created by TYPE-MOON, the Fate Series gradually found its way to popularity through various forms of media. This series is one that revolves heavily around wars. It is a clash between the 7 Masters and their Servants that is chosen by the Holy Grail. These Servants are also known as “Heroic Spirits” as they are based on important historical figures.
The animation of this work of art was first taken up by Studio Deen and then picked up by Ufotable. In between, Studios like Lay-duce, A-1 Pictures, and SHAFT took up the animation of the series. The animation of the battles in the anime can make the viewers feel the intensity of the situations in the anime.
The Garden of Words
This is an anime movie under the genres slice-of-life and romance. The story of this movie is set in one rainy season in Tokyo where a shoemaker named Takao Akizuki decides to visit a garden and make some sketches. He then comes across a woman who he thinks of as pretty yet mysterious. The name of this woman was Yukino Yukari, and they began spending most of the time of the rainy season together in the garden. They soon began confiding in each other and felt comfort in their meetings. However, seasons are bound to end but will their relationship?
This anime is an original work of the studio CoMix Wave Films. The film has won awards like the Kobe Theatrical Film Award as well as the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation. The animation and visuals of this anime often leave viewers in awe.
Land of the Lustrous
The story of this anime is similar to Takt Op. Destiny. It shows us a dystopian world where crystal-like humanoids also known as Gems fight Lunarians, a species that destroy the aforementioned humanoid’s bodies for decorations. The main protagonist in this story is a girl called Phosphophyllite (Phos, for short). However, she is a very fragile gem. Thus, she makes efforts to make herself useful in the war to help her friends. Along the way, she meets Cinnabar, another Gem who is very intelligent yet appears to be sad.
This anime is adapted from a manga by Haruko Ichikawa. It was animated by Orange Studio. The characters in this anime are given pleasing appearances as their hair design is based on real gems.
Based on a novel called Classic Literature Club by Honoby Yonezawa, the anime Hyouka combines the mystery and slice-of-life genre with its story. The story of this anime is very entertaining as the main character, Houtarou Oreki, decides to save a Literature Club, not by choice but by pressure from his sister. However, he ends up joining the club as three other members join him too. However, this Literature club isn’t a club where they read books, but it is a club where they solve interesting mysteries.
Like some of the anime on this list, this anime is adapted by Kyoto Animation. This series also has a live adaptation. However, most people prefer the anime as the animators have done a great job of not only portraying the characters well but also providing us with dream-like visuals.
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