Mirai is a magical family-focused movie that feels like a modern, Japanese "Coco" but with much less stress and more appreciation for simple things.
Flavors of Youth
A beautifully animated coming of age vignette piece with a professional polish, but not very memorable at the end of the day.
You Are Umasou
While definitely a movie designed for children, there's a good amount of solid love that doesn't make it feel patronizing or pandering. A very cute, sweet, and emotional movie for all ages.
Land of the Lustrous
A gorgeous and fresh experience with masterfully crafted music and visuals and strong emotional elements.
Liz and the Blue Bird
I can't remember the last time I literally felt my heart flutter in pure joy at the beauty of something. It feels like it's Christmas morning and you're eight years old again.
Your Lie in April
If you grew up learning any instrument, or even just surrounded by music, specifically classical, this will be a great piece for you. Deeply emotional and poetic, prepare for the cries (and for some distracting tropes).
A Place Further Than the Universe
A very solid coming of age and slice of life piece with endearing characters and some surprisingly down to earth moments. Warm Fuzzies and crying your eyes out included.
Combine the coming-of-age emotion and musical quality of a Ghibli movie with increased gorgeous visuals and a WWI drama. Add a scoop of cathartic emotion, serve with blankets, tissues, and heartwarming hope.