A magical and soul-stirring piece with beauty musically, emotionally, and artistically.
A fantastic prequel with a slightly more serious tone than the original series, and fantastic acting and animation.
An important, seminal cyberpunk experience that has aged a little since 1995, but still an interesting piece that cements the genre.
All new story from the series at this point, though a lot of the character development is the same, and primarily focuses on Shinji.
Studio ufotable flexes on the entire anime industry again with some of the most gorgeous art and animation, coupled with Yuki Kajiura's perfect soundtrack. Unfortunately, the "rules of magic" gymnastics and overly complicated philosophy was distracting and made it more difficult to immerse as the previous movies.
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.
The movie is the best in the Index series, but that isn't saying much. Animation is improved, but it still bears all the sins of the series: Constant exposition, convoluted plot, and the same tired ecchi jokes. It also ignores the ending of Index II despite taking place right after it.
As the record holder for best box office performance in Japan and #1 Foreign-language film in the U.S., Mugen Train is a fantastic canon movie that sets itself as the pinnacle of what an anime movie of a series should be.