Get ready to book a trip to a Japanese theater, because some interesting anime films will debut this year. These emotional dramas, origin stories, and sequels are sure to please all types of fans!
1I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai)
Studio: Studio VOLN
Genre: Drama / Romance
Premiere: September 1
Quick Pitch: An unnamed boy finds Sakura’s diary and learns that she has a terminal pancreatic illness. Sakura has kept her health a secret from her school, but the boy promises to stay with Sakura during her last few months of life.
2My Hero Academia the Movie: The Two Heroes
Genre: Action / Comedy / Superpower
Premiere: August 3
Quick Pitch: Midoriya and All Might visit the floating city I•Island while waiting for the summer forest camp to begin. While attending a Quirk research expo, Midoriya meets a Quirkless girl named Melissa who reminds him of the past. Suddenly, a mysterious villain hacks the island’s security system and takes the residents hostage to perform a “project” that will shake the hero society.
3Liz to Aoi Tori
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Genre: Drama / Music
Premiere: April 21
Quick Pitch: Liz to Aoi Tori follows third-year students Mizore, who plays the oboe, and Nozomi, who plays the flute. The two have formed a close bond since joining the Kitauji High School concert club, but a wedge has come between them. For their final composition, both girls decide to play “Liz and the Blue Bird” for their freeform solo performance. A strong disagreement threatens their happy ending.
4Digimon Adventure tri.: Our Future
Studio: Toei Animation
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama
Premiere: May 5
Quick Pitch: The final film into the Digimon Adventure tri. series, which is a sequel to the Digimon Adventure series.
5Mirai no Mirai
Studio: Studio Chizu
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy
Premiere: July 20
Quick Pitch: Four-year-old Kun-chan loves soaking up his parents’ attention, but things begin to change after the birth of his little sister Mirai. He is overwhelmed with jealousy and feels that he’ll never accept her, but a magic gateway in a mysterious garden changes his life. In the midst of adventures, Kun-chan meets an older version of Mirai and their interactions may help him to grow into a worthy big brother.
Studio: Kamikaze Douga
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Historical
Premiere: April 24
Quick Pitch: Batman Ninja is an isekai story that features the caped crusader, allies, and villains transported back to Sengoku Era Japan. The Joker has usurped Oda Nobunaga as a uniting force during Japan’s Warring States Period in a bid to re-write history.
7Nanatsu no Taizai Movie: Tenkuu no Torawarebito
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Premiere: August 18
Quick Pitch: The Seven Deadly travel to a remote land in search of the “sky fish” to celebrate the king’s birthday. Meliodas and Hawk visit the Sky Palace, but Meliodas is imprisoned after being mistaken for a criminal. Meanwhile, the Six Knights of Black removes the seal on a ferocious beast in order to threaten the residents of the Sky Palace.
8Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
Studio: Polygon Pictures
Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction
Premiere: May 18
Quick Pitch: Captain Haruo Sakaki is rescued by Miana, a girl from the Houtua tribe, which are descendants of humans that were left on Earth with Godzilla. It is discovered that the Houtua use spears that were sourced from Mechagodzilla, which gives Galu Gu an idea to combat Godzilla.
Which anime movies are you looking forward too?