Let me guess, you’re wondering:
Which anime movies are coming to theaters?
There are more anime movies coming out now than ever, and there’s plenty of promising ones!
I’ve made a list of some of the most interesting movies hitting Japanese theaters throughout 2020. The list has been ordered by release date, from nearest to furthest out.
All release dates are for Japanese theaters. Don’t miss out on these when you get a chance to see them yourself!
Let’s get started:
Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song
After two jaw droppingly well-animated movies, the third Heaven’s Feel movie, Spring Song, will top off Ufotable’s adaptation of the Sakura route of Fate stay night.
It’s time for the last act of the Holy Grail War as the remaining masters fight for their wish.
Now that the stakes are up and the chips are down, let’s hope Shiro and Sakura get a happy ending like the poster implies.
Release date: August 18, 2020
(It was originally to premiere in Japanese theaters this March 28, 2020)
Btw, did you know that the landmarks featured in Fate exists in real life?
Here is a picture of Fuyuki Bridge (Kobe Great Bridge)
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Violet Evergarden The Movie
After the side story movie last year, Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll, Violet Evergarden is coming back to theaters with a new movie. Plot details haven’t been revealed yet, but the new movie will continue the story of the original anime.
Remarkably, Violet Evergarden’s movies are being released as planned and on basically on schedule, in spite of the arson attack at Kyoani that took the lives of 36 people and injured many more. Let’s wish them the best.
Release date: September 18, 2020
(It was originally to premiere in Japanese theaters this April 24, 2020)
Burn The Witch
Tite Kubo, the author of Bleach, is coming back with a new movie!
Tite Kubo’s one-shot manga, Burn The Witch, is also getting an anime adaptation in Fall 2020.
Burn The Witch is about two witches named Noel Niihashi and Spangle Ninii who work for the western branch of the Soul Society and is set in the same world as Bleach.
Release date: Fall 2020
Kimetsu No Yaiba : Infinite Train
The new movie was announced at the end of episode 25, and will be continuing the story from where it left off.
Look forward to Ufotable flexing on the entire animation industry when they bust out their movie-quality animation and give Demon Slayer the Heaven’s Feel treatment.
Release date: October 16 2020
Update: Theme Song will be “Homura” by LiSA.
ARIA The CREPUSCOLO
ARIA is coming back with a new movie!
Release Date: Spring 2021
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya
A new anime film based on Hiroshi Hiroyama’s Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya series was announced by Kadokawa.
Release date: TBA
2020 Delays (Due to the coronavirus):
Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0
After 13 years, the Evangelion Rebuild movies are finally wrapping up with 3.0+1.0 and Anno’s really gone off the deep end this time!
Unit-08 is a construction crane now, a bunch of Eva torsos have been duct taped together walking in goosestep, and everything looks like Promare, Will 3.0+1.0 be the finale to the rebuild movies that people are hoping for?
Probably not. But if nothing else, it’ll almost certainly be the most interesting, craziest finale we could possibly get.
Release date: TBA
It has been delayed due to the corona. It was originally to premiere in Japanese theaters this June 27 2020.
Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight Movie & Rondo Rondo Rondo
Theatrical as it gets aside from the actual stage show, Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight is hitting theaters for the first time- as a compilation film called Rondo Rondo Rondo.
Will this pave the way for a real movie sequel like all the other anime series are doing? It sure will! Kinema Citrus has already announced a full on sequel film coming soon.
While Rondo Rondo Rondo isn’t the most exciting announcement, we can hope that the movie will deliver on some suped up animation and package up the original show’s story nicely for the big screen, with the continuation soon after.
What will it adapt? Re:Live, the stage play, or something completely new?
Release dates: TBA
Majo Minarai o Sagashite (Ojamajo Doremi Movie)
Majo Minarai o Sagashite, or “Looking for Witch Apprentices” is Ojamajo Doremi’s 20th anniversary movie! Talk about coming out of left field.
Junichi Sato, the original series’ director is coming back for the new movie, along with original character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi (though nowadays he might be known best for his work as character designer on Boku no Hero Academia).
The movie will be about three women in their mid-late 20s leading regular everyday lives until they’re brought together by a magic gem and set off on a magic journey.
The movie looks like it will follow a modernized and somewhat more grounded take on an early 2000s series just like Digimon, but unlike there where we see the Digi-destined aged up, here we’ll be seeing all new characters in what looks like a ‘next generation’ kind of movie.
A weird take on a magical girl series favorite, but it’s shaping up to be a good one.
Release date: TBA
It was originally to premiere in Japanese theaters on May 15, 2020. But, due to coronavirus has been delayed until further notice.
Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot
The people cried out. The gatcha game overlords looked from atop their golden thrones down below at the ants and said, yes, we will adapt the Camelot singularity from Grand Order.
As one of two fan favorites in an official popularity poll, the currently airing Babylonia chapter from the mobile game is going to be joined by Camelot next year as the first big adaptations of Fate Grand Order.
It will be split into two parts, following the knights of the round table and our friend Saber in her natural habitat. Studio I.G. has a great track record for detailed action series, so the new movies should be in good hands.
Release date: TBA
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal
Sailor Moon is back and so is Kazuko Tadano, the character designer for the original series!
They may look a bit different, but Sailor Moon Eternal will be a continuation of the new Sailor Moon Crystal adaptations, and will be the first of a two part movie series that will cover the Dream Arc of the manga.
MOON PRISM POWER, MAKE your way to your nearest Japanese theater!
Release date: 2021
Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet
The new movie of Case Closed will now be released in April 2021.
The film was originally scheduled for April 17, 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19.
Release Date: April 2021
Ryoma! Rebirth Movie The Prince of Tennis
The Prince of Tennis franchise will receive a new fil in 3DCG in 2021, . Original manga creator Takeshi Konomi is supervising the film.
Release Date: 2021
Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution 3
The not so well received “rebuild” of Eureka Seven is on its third installment since Anemone. Will the third one correct course for the retelling of one of the best coming of age stories in anime?
Surf’s up my dude, except not really because this one’s been delayed.
March 2020 2021
Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka / How Do You Live?
The first Ghibli movie since The Tale of Princess Kaguya in 2013, Studio Ghibli’s new movie will center around the 1937 book of the same name, “Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka” or “How Do You Live?” by Genzaburo Yoshino.
It won’t be an adaptation of this book, but will instead be a story of how this book has affected the protagonist’s life.
Coming back out of retirement, Hayao Miyazaki helmed Ghibli’s new project starting in 2016. Up until recently, the movie was slated for release in 2020. I
n a December 2019 interview, it was announced the studio was animating a minute of footage per month, the original deadline was scrapped, and that at the current rate, the movie would be released in 2037.
2020 No Deadline
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Will these be available only in Japan theaters?
It really depends on the movie.
Usually, if the movie is a success in Japan, the company producing the movie will announce whether it will be screened overseas. usually a couple of months after it’s released in Japan.
The past year, Code Geass: Fukkatsu No Lelouch, Tenki no Ko, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai and many other movies were screened outside Japan.
Can I watch these movies with subtitles at a Japanese cinema?
Japanese theaters usually do not screen anime movies with English subtitles.
But, there are some special film events where some anime or live action movies have subtitles. For example, the Tokyo International Film Festival where Tenki No Ko (Weathering With you) and other anime films had English subtitles.
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Will these movies be available to watch online? When?
Depends on the movie.
But, typically between 6 months to 9 months after the release date in Japan, the movie will be available on your favorite streaming platform.
What upcoming movie are you excited about? Any of them looking good?
Let me know right now in the comments below!