There is nothing better than relaxing to a featured film from one of your favorite franchises, but imagine if that film was an adaptation of one of your favorite anime! With the growing number of anime films being produced this year alone, here is our list for anime films to watch out for in 2020.
Weathering With You
The new highly anticipated film presented by GKIDS is right around the corner. Start off the year right by watching director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura’s newest film installment; renown for the work they did on Your Name. Let the film take you through the life of Hodaka, and how he overcomes many hardships with the help of his new friend Hina. The climate seems to always be gloomy, but with the help of Hina’s weather abilities, the two make the best of their situation, and evidently develop feelings for one another. The film has romantic comedy elements, and dwells in darker themes that can be relatable to the experienced hardships of their daily lives.
Premiere Date: January 17, 2020
Fan Preview: January 15 & 16
Made in the Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul
Just when you thought the Abyss couldn’t get any deeper; boom, welcome to the perfidious fifth layer! Ascend with Riko and Reg as they explore the Sea of Corpses with their new companion Nanachi. Many dangers and horrific creatures await Riko and the gang, but they will not stop exploring the Abyss until their investigation leads them to the answers they seek. The movie’s debut is right around the corner, but there is still time to catch up on the other past films. Watching the anime is also highly recommended, not only because this is a great anime, but because the Made in the Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul continues where the anime left off. Prepare yourself for intense scenes that will leave you fearing the Abyss!
Premiere Date: January 17, 2020
Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown
Our favorite goblin slaying machine is back, but on the big screen! Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown is the animated adaptation of the fifth light novel, which means it’s a different story from the anime. Our hero is hired to find a lost noblewoman, but upon arriving to their destination, he quickly realizes his team in in trouble. Aside from the fact that the goblins dwell within an ancient dwarven fortress, their leader is the toughest foe the Goblin Slayer has ever encountered. Nothing could be more exciting than being able to witness the Goblin Slayer and his team vanquish a worthy foe, and yes, there will be plenty of goblin blood shed!
Premiere Date: February 1, 20202
Digimon Adventures: Last Evolution Kizuna
As if the ending of the first season of Digimon was not sad enough, the last movie of the Digimon Adventure tri arc will make you shed real and digital tears. This will be the last movie involving the original eight DigiDestined as they share their last adventure with their digital companions. The premise of the film is about growing up and entering adulthood; which evidently means losing the bonds shared between Digimon and DigiDestined. The more the “chosen children” work with their digital partners, the more they start to break away from their bonds. When an unfortunate phenomenon occurs, will the DigiDestined sacrifice their friendships with their Digimon in order to save the world? Prepare for the waterworks, and intense conclusion to the Digimon Adventures tri arc!
Premiere Date: February 21, 2020
My Hero Academia – Two Heroes: Rising
If you watched the first film of the My Hero Academia series, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, then you were blown away by All Might and Deku. Now it’s time for the rest of Class 1A to show why they don’t deserve to be left in the shadows. The first film did not really contribute to the anime, but things might change this time around. This will also be Hawks’ animated debut, the number two hero, and the introduction of new villains who seem to share similarities with All For One. This film is highly anticipated by the fans, especially since it seems like Deku and Bakugo will be the cornerstones that will drive the main story. Regardless if you are a My Hero Academia fan, this film has to be on everyone’s watch list.
US Premiere Date: February 26, 2020
Japan Premiere Date: December 20, 2019
Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel 3
The final installment of the Fate/Stay Night movies has been announced for a 2020 release! The third film will be the adaptation of the “Heaven’s Feel” arc from the original manga, where we witness if Shiro and Sakura will finally be able to live the life they deserve. The film will portray the last act of the Holy Grail War and will determine which of the remaining masters makes their wish a reality. The first two films, Presage Flower and Lost Butterfly, were great animated adaptations, so the expectations for the final film are high. This film is a must watch for all Fate/Stay Night fans, and for those who are not caught up, fear not, there is still plenty of time to get immersed in the Holy Grail War.
Premiere Date: March 28, 2020
Not much is still known about what’s to expect from the new Evangelion movie, but quite frankly, who cares at this point. The final installment has been up in the air for many years, and now has a set date for release. The film has a high anticipation, and one can only hope that it meets our overwhelming expectations. With the new dubbing of the series on Netflix, there is a bit of a sour taste on the tongue of the Evangelion community. Regardless, the new and final installment of the franchise will be accepted with open arms, but with reserved feelings.
Premiere Date: June 27, 2020
Pokémon Koko (Coco)
Ash and Pikachu are returning to the big screen once again, but this time in traditional animation form; not CGI. After the release of the teaser for the new film, the story of our favorite Pokémon trainer continues after the events of 2017’s I Choose You!. There is speculation that the film will feature a new legendary, or maybe be a reference the Tapu Koko. The featured Pokémon will soon be exposed in future trailers, but for the mean time we are given a new jungle boy that will be accompanying Ash in his adventure. Tetsuo Yajima, a Pokémon veteran, will be taking the helm of director, and the veteran writer Atsuhiro Tomioka will also make his return to the franchise. The films can go either way with all the themes they throw in their ensembles, but that’s not going to stop any aspiring trainer to witness the marvel that is Pokémon.
Premiere Date: July 10, 2020
Sailor Moon Eternal
Call upon you moon prism power because a new Sailor Moon is making its way to the big screen. Sailor Moon Eternal will forge ahead form the Sailor Moon Crystal adaptation, but with Kazuko Tadano leading the design team; the original series designer. This film will be the first of two parts that covers the Dream Arc from the manga, and both will be released within the same year! This will be Sailor Moon’s first theatrical release in 25 years, with Toei Animation and Studio Deen working together to produce the animation. Chiaki Kon is going to be the one directing the first film with Kazuyuki Fudeyasu producing the screenplay.
Premiere Date: September 11, 2020
Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer The Movie – Mugen Train
Following the season finally, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer announced the first film for the series. The film will follow the set up after episode 26, and will portray the events involving the demon Enmu, and the demon slayers aboard the train. The film will be canon with the anime, but it is not clarified if the second season will follow the film or be a different portrayal of the demon train arc. Regardless, the film will also feature the Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer had a strong finish for the anime, and only great things are expected from the film. It is highly recommended you watch the first season of the anime before watching the new film.
Premiere Date: TBA 2020
Fate/Grand Order – The Movie: Devine Realm of the Round Table
The first of two films was announced for the Fate/Grand Order franchise title Devine Realm of the Round Table – Camelot – Wandering: Agateram. The second film will be titled Devine Realm of the Round Table – Camelot – Paladin: Agateram, but does not have a release date yet. Derived from the mobile game, the stories of the knights of the round table will unfold on the silver screen. The first part will be produced by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell), but animated by Signal.MD (Cyborg 009 Call of Justice). Expect some great sequencing as Kei Suezawa (FLCL Progressive) will be taking the helm of director for the first film.
Premiere Date: TBA 2020