Japanese anime movies, when done properly, work extremely well. At their best, we get great movies like Spirited Away and television shows such as Avatar: The Last Airbender. But, let’s be honest, anime can also get pretty weird and crazy. And what is relatable to audiences in Japan doesn’t always translate well in North America. Many of the plot elements, characters and animation itself can be pretty bizarre—leaving many viewers scratching their heads to make sense of things. Here are 10 of the craziest Japanese anime movies of all time.
10. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
The title is actually the least weird thing about this anime film. And yes, the number “5” really does appear that many times in the title. Why? Who knows. This 2003 film is actually an attempt to create a visual version of the album Discovery by French dance troupe Daft Punk. Essentially, the film is a montage of anime music videos—one for each song on the album. There’s no dialogue in the film or between the animated music clips. Everything is just strung together in one long animated mess. There is apparently a story amidst Daft Punk’s throbbing bass and synthesizers though. It concerns an alien band that are a big deal on their home planet, who are abducted by humanity, brought back to Earth by a record producer who exploits them before they escape and journey across the stars to their home planet in a guitar-shaped spaceship. Basically, this is for hard core Daft Punk fans only.