Let me guess, you’re wondering:
Which anime movies are coming to theaters this year?
There are more anime movies coming out now than ever before, 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, for your convenience!
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:
Here is my review of Kimetsu No Yaiba: Infinite Train
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal 2
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 second 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!
Toei Animation and Studio Deen are in charge of the animation.
Release date: February 11, 2021 (Part 2)
ARIA The CREPUSCOLO
ARIA is coming back with a new movie!
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet
Case Closed new movie 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 16, 2021
Fate/Grand Order THE MOVIE
Yes, another Fate’smovie has been announced.
“Fate/Grand Order THE MOVIE -Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot- Paladin; Agateram” opens in Japan in spring 2021. (Animation: Production I.G)
Release Date: Spring 2021
Shoujo ☆ Kageki Revue Starlight
The Revue Starlight official YouTube channel uploaded a teaser trailer for a new movie.
Release date: May 21, 2021
The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light
A new “Nanatsu No Taizai: Seven Deadly Sins” film with a completely new story by original author Nakaba Suzuki has been announced.
Remember that the last season of Nanatsu No Taizai is streaming now.
Release Date: Summer 2021
Boku No Hero Academia Movie 3
My Hero Academia franchise will get a third anime film that will premiere in summer 2021. Original manga creator Kohei Horikoshi will again serve as chief supervisor and original character designer.
This is what the author said about the movie:
“We’re now bringing you the third film! Thank you for your continued support of Deku and the others!
When we announced the second film, I made a “there will be no other films” kind of comment, but here it is. We have the support of so many people, I can’t figure out which way to bow, so I stuck my head in the ground.”
Translation credit: Crunchyroll
Release Date: Summer 2021
Ryoma! Rebirth Movie The Prince of Tennis
The Prince of Tennis franchise will receive a new film in 3DCG in 2021, . Original manga creator Takeshi Konomi is supervising the film.
Release Date: September 3, 2021
Sword Art Online: Progressive
“Sword Art Online: Progressive – Hoshinaki Yoru no Aria” is scheduled to premiere in Japan in 2021, production: A-1 Pictures.
We still don’t know whether SAO Progressive is a series of anime movies or just one movie.
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.
Release date: 2021
Yuru Camp△ Movie
Laid-Back Camp is coming back in 2021! MAPPA will be in charge of the animation.
Release date: 2021
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya
A new anime film based on Hiroshi Hiroyama’s Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Licht – Namae no Nai Shoujo series was announced.
Release date: 2021
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
After 14 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: January 23, 2021, TBA
It has been delayed due to corona. It was originally set to premiere in Japanese theaters this June 27, 2020. Then, it was rescheduled for January 23, 2021 and now the date is TBD.
SLAM DUNK movie
A movie of SLAM DUNK has been announced.
The title and further details have not been announced yet.
Release date: TBA
YURI!!! on ICE the movie: ICE ADOLESCENCE
Sequel movie to Yuri!!! on Ice has been announced. Unfortunately, the exact date has been revelated yet.
Release Date: TBA
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.
In 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.
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!