As of late, there have been several anime films that have been announced that all sound fantastic! In the summer season and the fall season alone, there are a good deal of seemingly great films that are making it to Japan’s theatres.
Sadly, as most know, unless some of them have an early release to dvd or get licensed, it won’t be a while till we see any of them. Either way, I’m already hyping myself up for several of the releases from the past and upcoming months, so I decided to make a list of the top ten that I’m most excited to see!
Mahou Shojou Madoka Magica Movies (trailer Movie 1)
The only reason this upcoming series of three films didn’t make the list is because two of them are just going to be recaps. Seems extremely unnecessary, but it’s still going to make a ton of money and I guess that’s what matter at the end of the day.
Luckily, the third movie has a lot of potential, but it doesn’t even have a release date, so I’m hoping we won’t have to wait too long for it. Hopefully the recaps will at least offer an interesting way at presenting the story we all already know, or give us even better animation (it already is top notch in the series, but I guess you can always improve somehow!).
10. Steins;Gate Movie
Besides the fact that this is apparently happening, there isn’t much info about this one at all. Even the info about it being released this fall was wrong, and instead the assumptions are that it will only start production in 2012, so seeing it this year is probably not going to happen.
Anyway, the series ended off the series well, then the OVA did a good job to add even extra to the series, so what will this film be able to accomplish? I’m pretty positive it won’t be a recap in the least, but I can’t see what this film could add. Wither way, I’m sure it can pull through with something great, and that’s why I’m excited to see it.
9. Nerawareta Gakuen (trailer)
This is a film produced by Sunrise and directed by Nakamura Ryousuke. I’m not too well aquainted with the director’s work and as of late, Sunrise has just been very half and half in their productions, but watch the trailer!! The animation looks beyond gorgeous and it also looks to be something really worthwhile in story too. Supposedly it’s a sci-fi flick with brainwashing and psychics involved. Sounds pretty interesting to me!
The story is an adaptation from the author behind Gosick, so even though that anime wasn’t all that great, it does leave room for some potential with this one. The director also made Xamd, and that style clearly comes across in the trailers.
The one behind the script (Ichiro Okouchi) also has some talent, having wrote for Code Geass (he’s the creator), Shigofumi, and the most recent Berserk film. The story on paper doesn’t seem all that interesting, but when you pair with what’s going on in the trailer, it looks to be an entertaining watch.
7. Tiger & Bunny Movie 1: The Beginning (trailer)
The tv series was just a joy to watch, and to know there are two more films on the way is simply a fantastic thing to hear! The series left off the story with an intriguing enough plot device to carry into the next two films, so the material is definitely there. Sadly, they changed the director from the series for the movie, and that’s a bit of a shame. As long as the new director manages to still capture the amusing and playful atmosphere the series had, I’ll be satisfied.
The director for this film (Mamoru Hosoda) is the man behind The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, so clearly the probability that this one is great too, is pretty high. The animation looks to be top notch and it definitely looks like it’ll be both cute and heart-warming.
The only reason why I didn’t place this higher on the list is because personallty, the story doesn’t actually jump up at me as something that is a must see. Nonetheless, I still have more than enough faith in the director that once I do see it, I’ll be blown away once again!
5. Asura (trailer)
They were playing this in my city at a festival about a month ago, and I missed my chance to see it because I’m ultra poor. Such a shame because I would have loved to see this on the big screen. Anyway, it won for the best animated film in the festival, and I’d say that’s a good sign. It looks to be pretty messed up and disturbing.
It takes place in medieval Japan and if I’m not mistaken the mother at one point tries to eat her own child because she’s so hungry. The animation looks to be mostly CG-esque in the trailer, and not all that great to be honest, but it’s hard to tell just through that preview. The director is the creator of Tiger and Bunny, so I think it’s safe to expect some well done action scenes from this film.
4. Sakasama no Patema
All you need to know about this film is that it’s directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. From Pale Cocoon to Time of Eve and now this, he has just gotten better and better. The promotional pictures look gorgeous, and I won’t expect anything less from the movie itself.
His creations always have such a delicate tone to them, but this one seems like they’re may some more adventure aspects to it than we usually see with him. Point is, my expectations are really high seeing as its his next work, so I hope he doesn’t disappoint!
3. Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home
A good deal of people had their problems with the series, but if you didn’t already know, I loved Hanasaku Iroha. It created a beautiful setting and characters I really grew to love. So it’s no surprise I’m extremely happy to see more from this series that’s supposedly being released this year. And from what I can tell, they’re keeping the same staff from the series for the movie, which is fantastic to hear because it’ll allow to me get lost in the world they created one last time.
2. Kizumonogatari (trailer)
The trailer alone is enough to prove this is going to be amazing! If my knowledge serves me right (it usually doesn’t), this is the prequel to the Bakemonogatari series where Araragi meets Shinobu and then craziness ensues. It’s going to be fabulous! Shinobu is one of my favourite characters from the show and so I’m definitely excited to see her side of the story. Also, Bakemonogtari and Nisemonogatari have both been nothing short from a joy to watch with all the playful characters, creative use of animation, and pure genius script. I can’t wait to see more!
I love Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s pretty much my favourite tv series, and then Evangelion 2.0 was one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen. I’m a bit blinded by love for this franchise, but I don’t care, I have expectations that this film will be beyond amazing.
Ya, my expectations are pretty high. Then ending of 2.0 has proved that the films are taken a slightly different route from the series. It was around this time last year that the first preview was introduced with Eyepatch Asuka…In space! I’m still not too sure how I feel about the Eva Units in space, but I have faith it’ll be great.
Kaworu will most likely have a big focus in the upcoming film (yay!). For a character that pretty much only made a thirty minute appearance in the original series, he’s managed to leave one of the biggest impacts on me. Since 1.0, it’s been clear he’s going to have more of a role in the films.
At this point, along with doing their own thing, the films have managed to cover episodes 1-19. My guess is that Evangelion 3.0 will cover what’s left of the tv series along with a few other plot points, like the space stuff, and then Evangelion 4.0 will tie them all off with a new interpretation of the events in End of Evangelion. I couldn’t be more excited!!! Okay, rant done. I seriously cannot wait to see this!