Best animation software for anime [2020 Guide]

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
Managing Editor
Loading Comments
Affiliate Disclosure

animation software anime

If you love anime movies and you’re planning to create anime yourself, you’ll need a dedicated animation software to do that.

Fortunately, there are many animations tools for anime that offer you a variety of features that come in very handy when creating this type of animation.

Windows Report did the homework for you and compiled a list of the best animation programs that you can use to create anime on Windows computers.

Read the description for each tool and install the one that best suits your needs and technical skills.

Animation software to create unique anime


Maya (recommended)

maya anime animation software

Maya is a powerful animation software that allows you to create 3D anime. If attention to details is one of your strong points as an animator, then this is the right tool for you.

Here are some of Maya’s key features:

  • Interactive grooming workflow: With the help of these easy to use brush-based grooming tools you can control your characters’ styling, posing, hair and fur.
  • After Effects live link: You can connect Maya and Adobe After Effects in real-time and operate changes on your characters’ appearance.
  • Advanced dynamics and effects: This feature allows you to generate complex environments with high-level details. For example, you can create atmospheric effects such as smoke and mist, render photorealistic liquids, and more.
  • Cutting edge sculpting toolset that lets users sculpt and shape characters more artistically and intuitively.

Do you want to see Maya in action? Check out the video below to see how you can use the tool to create anime:

You can try Maya for free for 30 days from the official website.


DP Animation Maker

Animation software

DP Animation Maker is the perfect tool to bring your anime to life on screen with just a few clicks. You can add special effects and also fine-tune them from settings.

The software toolset includes the following powerful instruments:

  • Smart Animation Brushes allow you to paint over a still image turning a picture of water, fire, or light into real-time animation.
  • Morphing/Deformation Brushes make stars spin, plants wave, ships sail and many other cool movements with little effort.
  • Library of Ready-to-Use Animations
  • Automatic Looped Video Generation

The program was not built for creating cartoon animations, but it is great for making quick animations from pre-existing elements.

Here’s what you can create with DP Animation Maker:

  • Animated Backgrounds
  • Animated introductions for games
  • Animated videos
  • Animated pictures for multimedia products
  • Music videos
  • YouTube videos

With DP Animation Maker you can create seamless animations automatically.

Check out more of its features and test the powerful instruments now. Feel free to download the trial version from the official website and see if it’s the right choice.

— Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in other animation software, check out our wide collection of guides.



toonz anime software

Toonz is a popular animation software among anime creators. As a matter of fact, a well-known anime studio from Japan is a long-standing user of this program and relied on it to create Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki), Spirited Away and other anime.

If you want to keep the production phase simple without resorting to third-party entities, then Toonz is the right tool for you. More specifically, Toonz Harlequin and Toonz Bravo support paperless animation workflow, meaning that you don’t need to externalize drawing or animation — in this manner, you’ll cut down on costs.

Toonz features a series of options that you can use to make realistic anime, such as blur, glow, color corrections, and much more.

The software is suitable for professional users. You can buy it from Digital Video.


Moho (formerly known as Anime Studio)


moho animation software

Moho is one of the best animation software that you can use to create Japanese-style anime. Whether you’re an experienced animator or a complete beginner, this tool will make the creation process easier.

The software comes in two versions: Moho Debut and Moho Professional, which brings a bevy of advanced features allowing to create stunning anime. Both versions successfully mix traditional animation tools with modern, cutting edge animation features.

The latest version of the software, Moho 12, improves Smart Bones, the feature that allows users to control character movement and facial expressions.

Distortion around your character’s joints has been significantly reduced, and you can control facial expressions and head-turning with simple dial movements, so you no longer need to touch each bone point. This makes it much easier to repeat complex movements, allowing you to complete your animation work faster.

You can download the software and read more about the latest improvements and new features on Moho’s official webpage.

Meanwhile, take a look at this anime created using Moho:

We’ll end our list here. Have you encountered any other worth-mentioning anime software to create amazing videos? Feel free to share it in the comments box.


Editor’s Note: This post was recently updated to include more relevant animation software that would benefit our readers.