Most of us are not even aware of it, but there is one anime studio that has literally shaped up our childhoods with its incredible long-running anime. That Studio is Toei Animation and most of its evergreen classics go back to the late 90s and early ’00s. The world of anime as we know it today would have never been the same without the popular titles of this studio. So out of the massive list of anime that they have produced over the years, it is not an easy task to determine which ones are their best works. While some titles on this list will be the obvious favorites of almost all anime viewers, there are others that you might have never even heard of. With that said, here’s the list of top Toei Animation anime ever made:
14. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
Unlike most other Toei creations, ‘Interstella 5555’ is a film and it only requires a little time commitment. It is a strange anime with almost no dialogues and sound effects and the only thing that is really prominent in it is its colorful visuals and daft punk background scores. It begins with the kidnapping of 4 alien musicians by a team of human space travelers who then wipe out their entire memories and make them form a band called The Cresendolls. They start making music that is very bland but still has something that appeals to everyone and through them, the kidnappers a earn a whole lot of money.
But along the way, one of the humans behind the kidnapping falls in love with an alien named Stella. During one of their shows one day, he decides to set them free and even successfully does so with only Stella being left behind. The three aliens who escape set out on a journey to recover their lost identities and also try to rescue their friend who has been left behind. Even though it’s a very old movie, you can still watch it on Amazon Prime.
13. Mononoke (2007)
‘Mononoke’ reminds me of ‘The Tatami Galaxy‘ because of its bold colorful representations that go well beyond the standards of the medium. While Toei Studio is mostly known for shows like ‘Dragon Ball Z‘ and ‘One Piece‘, this edgy looking mystery thriller is often overlooked. It tells the story of a mysterious wanderer known as the Medicine Seller who is the only person who possesses the power to vanquish evil spirits known as the Mononoke. The entire series revolves around his journey all across Feudal Japan where he destroys all these spirits with his exorcism sword.