It's the end of an era, literally. On April 30 2019, Japan’s Heisei period, which began in 1989 with the ascension of Emperor Akihito to the Chrysanthemum Throne, will end with his abdication. A new era christened as 'Reiwa' will take over from May 1. It is a momentous celebration for the entire country, resulting in a historical 10-day Golden Week holiday.
Heisei is a monumental period in Japan's history, as the last 30 years have seen the world embrace Japanese culture, particularly anime, which has gone from geek niche to internationally-respected artform. So the end of the Heisei era seems the perfect excuse to look back at the top ten anime films that have come out of Emperor Akihito’s reign.
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