Fans love original anime movies since they can be watched and enjoyed on their own. But, tie-in movies are fantastic for fans of existing franchises. They are usually a continuation of existing stories, and the vastly improved animation quality is always a treat.
Heare are some of the most noteworthy anime tie-ins to have been released since 2010.
1Gintama: The Final Chapter – Be Forever Yorozuya
Genre: Action / Chanbara / Comedy / Historical / Parody / Science Fiction
Quick Pitch: After apprehending a movie pirate and checking the camera’s footage, Gintoki finds himself thrown 5 years into the future. This bleak area has Endo ravaged by “The White Plague”, and Shinpachi and Kagura work as vigilantes. Reuniting with his newly battle-hardened old friends, Gintoki confronts a powerful foe from his past.
Genre: Mystery / Supernatural
Quick Pitch: During spring break, the usually anti-social Koyomi befriends honor-student Tsubasa due to her down-to-earth nature. Later that evening, Koyomi hears a cry for help and discovers the blonde vampire Kiss-shot lying in a pool of blood. After giving Kiss-shot some of his blood, Koyomi discovers that this one act of kindness leads to his despair.
3The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Genre: Comedy / Mystery / Romance / Supernatural
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Quick Pitch: On a cold Christmas day, Kyon heads over to the SOS Brigade’s celebration. Kyon is confused that Haruhi isn’t around, but he becomes increasingly worried that his friends have no memory of Haruhi or the SOS Brigade.
4Steins;Gate: The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu
Genre: Science Fiction / Thriller
Studio: White Fox
Quick Pitch: After spending a year in America, Kurisu returns to Akihabara to reunite with Rintarou. Their happy reunion is cut short as Rintarou experiences flashes of other timelines and suddenly vanishes. Kurisu must make a decision: rescue the person she loves or stay away from time travel to avoid catastrophic consequences.
5Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
Genre: Action / Comedy / Historical / Fantasy / Supernatural
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Quick Pitch: Ciel is intrigued after reading headlines that the dead are being resurrected. After learning more details, he and his butler Sebastian book themselves on a luxury liner to learn more about these “miracles” and the Aurora Society conducting them.
6Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion
Genre: Action / Drama / Magical Girl / Psychological / Thriller
Quick Pitch: The third of the Madako Magica movie series. The first two movies are compilations of the TV series, and the third is an all-new story.
The young magical girls happily live their lives, but Homura feels that something is wrong. While her friends are oblivious to the truth, Homura knows that they are joined by someone who shouldn’t exist. But, is she willing to uncover the painful truth for the sake of love?
7Girls und Panzer der Film
Quick Pitch: Despite winning the 63rd Sensha-dou Tournament, the Japanese Ministry of Education has decided to decommission Ooarai Girls High School. However, a new formal agreement will lead to a reversal in the decommission if Miho’s team somehow defeats a university level tankery team.
8No Game No Life: Zero
Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama / Ecchi / Fantasy
Quick Pitch: This gritty story takes place during the devastating Great War, which occurred 6,000 years prior to the events of the anime and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. It follows a human boy named Riku who is trying to lead humanity and an ex-machina named Shuvi who wants to uncover what it means to have a human heart.
9K-On! The Movie
Genre: Comedy / Music / Slice of Life
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Quick Pitch: With graduation only a few weeks away, the founding members of the Light Music Club decide to take a final trip to London, England. The girls try to have fun together but a melancholic air surrounds them.
10Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale
Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Quick Pitch: The story is about a VRMMORPG called Ordinal Scale, which is played through a wearable device called Augma. Asuna and her friends invite Kirito to join them in the game but the friends quickly face new dangers that test their limits.
11Love Live! The School Idol Movie
Genre: Music / Slice of Life
Quick Pitch: With graduation looming for the third-year members of µ’s, the girls decide to take a trip to New York City to spread the joy of school idols outside of Japan. Thanks to their popularity, the girls draw large crowds. This puts pressure on them to arrive at a decision: continue performing as idols or disband following Nico, Eli, and Nozomi’s graduation.
12Trigun: Badlands Rumble
Genre: Action / Comedy / Science Fiction
Quick Pitch: 20 years after ruining a bank heist conducted by Gasback, Vash the Stampede heads to Macca City. Rumor says that a legendary thief is hiding out there, which brings an influx bounty hunters wanting to collect the 300 million bounty.