Let me guess you’re wondering:
Which anime movies are coming to theaters?
There are more anime movies coming out than ever, and there’s plenty of promising ones!
I’ve made a list of some of the most interesting movies hitting Japanese theaters late 2019 and 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:
Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 2: Heroes:Rising
One of the most exciting upcoming movies in anime, Boku no Hero Academia is returning to the big screen, possibly for the last time.
The series’ mangaka, Koei Horikoshi has stated that “There won’t be a third film. Probably.”
He said that its “a kind of finale for My Hero Academia. That is because its story uses one of the concepts he had wanted to use in the manga’s final battle.”
After a first movie that wasn’t all that integral to the story, the second might be turning that on its head. As for how much of a finale it’ll be, we’ll just have to wait and see. (Good thing it’s coming soon)
Release date: 12/20/2019
Lupin III: The First
3D anime is reaching new heights with the new Lupin III movie! Lupin has been hired by a woman named Leticia to steal the Bresson Diary, a treasure even Arsene Lupin couldn’t get his hands on.
The characters and animation look great in this new style, even looking a bit more like the Monkey Punch designs!
Release date: December 6, 2019
Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul
Ohohoh no, we’re going deeper into the scary hole, with more gut wrenching scenes and really tall people than you can shake a stick at.
After two compilation movies that came out earlier in 2019, the third is continuing the story where the original anime left off.
Many more horrible things lie in wait for Riko and the gang, so let’s cheer them on as they go further down into the abyss where the answers are.
Release date: January 17, 2020
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
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: 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: Spring 2020
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
Here is the teaser.
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
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
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
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.
This 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?
I’ve been in Japan for almost 5 years and I’ve never seen any Japanese Cinema screen an anime movie with subtitles in English or in any other language.
Even Tenki No Ko (Weathering With you) wasn’t screened with subtitles!
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!