yes 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Place Promised in our Early Days have the most impressive animation I've ever seen.
On par with "Wonderful Day"
those are my top 3 especially in terms of animation in no specific order.
Miyazaki's work is probably some of the best animations ever created. Spirited away and Princess Mononoke blew me away completely
Yeah. Spirited Away was as smooth as glass. But honestly I found myself drawn to it for the story not for the action.
^Oh yeah, forgot to mention that movie, I also loved the story. Anybody that criticizes Miyazaki's works deserves a niiice push off a cliff :D
Well, I actually didn't like the story to spirited away all that much. Animation was great but story didn't do it for me. IMO Princess Mononoke was better.
I love most of Miyazaki's stuff, but Spirited Away felt like rape. Honestly.
But except for Shinkai's work, my favorite animation exists in Wolf's Rain and Cowboy Bebop. The last episodes of Wolf's Rain was something not of this world. There's something beautifully pale about them.
And newer stuff? I was impressed by Pale Cocoon and Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo among others.