3- ‘Steamboy’, by Katsuhiro Otomo (2004)
The popularization of anime in the West owes practically everything to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. Between the late 1980s and early 1990s, this film showed that animated cinema is taken seriously in Japan.
Several years later, Otomo returned to the top with a steampunk proposal that, despite not having the complexity of its predecessor, has an impressive technical production.
4- ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ by Satoshi Kon (2003)
The case of Satoshi Kon is unique in the world. The animation director was only in charge of four and a half films, if we consider the unfinished Dreaming Machine, but all of them were classified among the best animes of all time.
In the case of Tokyo Godfathers, Kon takes us to the lumpen of the Japanese capital to tell us a beautiful Christmas story based on John Ford’s Three Godfathers western. With a clear LGBT claim and an angry social critique, this is one of the best films in the history of the country.