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:
Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown
I am angry.
ANGRY ABOUT GOBLINS
The man too angry to die takes his battle to the big screen as he destroys yet more goblins.
Goblin’s Crown will be an episode length OVA with a theatrical release, adapting the fifth light novel.
Goblin Slayer and the party are on a new quest to storm- as the trailer puts it: “An. impregunable Fortreehhs. Take on step insie… and there’s only one way one way out….. GET READY.”
Release date: February 1, 2020
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution
Directly following the events of the Digimon Adventure tri movies, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution will be released just in time for the 20th anniversary of the series.
That said, it’s a bittersweet celebration. After coming back in tri, all grown up, the original eight Digi-Destined are going on their last adventure.
Release date: February 21, 2020
Don don donuts! Do-n to ikou!
Shirobako is BACK baby! If you thought the workplace anime about anime was done as a one hit wonder in 2014, get those donuts revved up and ready cause we’re going theatrical with an all new sequel!
“We will not give up! Not until we fulfill our promise”.
Looks like there’s a lot in store for our five main girls, plus the new character featured on the poster named Miyai. Our king Tsutomu Mizushima will be returning as director, and fun times await as we return to Musashino Animation.
Release date: February 29, 2020
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: March 28, 2020
Psycho Pass 3: First Inspector
Psycho Pass 3’s story is reaching its end in First Inspector. It’ll be part compilation movie, said to edit down the 8 episode series and give an additional conclusion to the show’s events.
This is the movie that I can’t wait to watch.
Who-ya Extended is back from season 3 for a new theme for the movie, which you can hear a bit of in the teaser trailer below.
Release date: March 27, 2020
Violet Evergarden 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: April 24, 2020
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: May 15, 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: May 29, 2020 (Rondo Rondo Rondo) and Summer 2020 (Sequel Movie)
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: June 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: 2020
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: September 11, 2020
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: 2020
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
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
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.
We have an article about Anime Movies in Japan, check it out:
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!