Japanese Fantasy Art Anime

These Japanese anime films are closer to illustrated works of moving art than what is often the western perception of anime. There is a strong cultural and historical aspect to this cult-film sect of Japanese cinematography, influenced by Manga aesthetic, a comic strip style developed at the turn of the 19th century.  These anime films are bound by fantasy and depict a world of imagination and  beauty where spirits, magic and the balance of nature dictate the poetically unfolding plot lines. Heres a list of my favorite trippy, escapist Japanese fantasy-anime films:

Mushishi
Written by Yuki Urushibara
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Spirited Away
Directed by Hayao Miyaazaki
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Little Nemo in Slumberland
Directed by Masami Hata and William Hurtz

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Paprika
Directed by Satoshi Kon

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Tales from Earthsea
Directed by Goro Miyazaki

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Princess Mononoke

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

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Howl’s Moving Castle
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

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Ponyo
Direct by Hayao Miyazaki
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