Regardless of where you live in North America, there are upcoming hit anime movies that will be coming to theatres near you this summer. Here are details on some of these acclaimed films.
As the film industries in America pump out exciting action-packed movies like Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness and Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore, American anime fans will now have their opportunity to watch their favourite animated movies being released this summer. Arranging from Ghibli classics to anticipated sequels and originals, these animated movies will have you cheering on the main leads and their companions.
Here is our list of anime coming to theatres and the release dates.
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
Alongside directing Komi-san Can’t Communicate (Streamed on Netflix), Ayumu Watanabe arrives at American theaters with Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko. The movie is centered around the relationship between 38-year-old Nikuko and her 11-year-old daughter Kikuko, who live on a boat while having nothing else in common. Kikuko is annoyed by her mother’s easygoing personality as she tries to navigate through her life until a miracle occurs after their secrets are revealed. This slice-of-life film boasts adorable visuals as Kikuko discovers what it’s like growing up and learning your parents are human too.
In Theatres June 3rd.
Revue Starlight: The Movie
Revue Starlight: The Movie is a thrilling sequel to the TV series that ended four years ago. The movie follows Karen and Hikari as they dance away in the secret competition beneath their school to achieve the “Top Star” title. While being an idol show at best it had a competitive aspect where everyone is against each other to achieve their goal. As a direct sequel to the TV series, it is highly recommended to watch that before the movie. Since this is a movie about idols, you can definitely expect stunning visuals and music sung by the voice actors themselves, giving fans of the series an early Christmas gift.
In Theatres June 5th
Fruits Basket: The Prelude
As the remake of the 2001 Fruits Basket, it has been well-received within the anime industry as one of the best shoujo anime. The story follows Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who meets the Sohma family that are possessed by the Chinese zodiacs and have a curse to turn into their animal forms whenever they are weak or stressed. The movie features Tohru’s parents’ backstory that was both beautiful and tragic. This slice-of-life romance story is full of heartwarming scenes while having depressing topics like domestic abuse and mental illness.
It will also include scenes that take place after the end of the anime as a small treat for the fans of the shojo series.
In Theatres June 25th
The Deer King
Coming from former members of Ghibli Studio, The Deer King centers around the story of a warrior named Van who is tasked with the duty to protect a young girl after fleeing from enslavement. As they escape they are faced with a supernatural curse that falls upon the nation. This fantasy anime delivers great action and a political story of rebellion while featuring the importance of medical studies in the face of supernatural illnesses. While being on par with a film by Ghibli, you better check out The Deer King.
In Theatres July 15th
From the director of Devilman Crybaby, Misaaki Yuasa delivers his final anime before his break from the film industry. His take of the famous Noh performer named Ino-Oh reimagines him as a rockstar in the 14th century. The story of Ino-Oh was left undocumented and became a legendary figure in the preformance industry. In this anime rendition of his story, you can expect the extravagant music with flaming stages and backup dancers that will make you want to bob your head along with its rocking music.
In theaters August 12th
With all these movies coming to theaters in the United States, American fans will finally be able to watch these great movies with a bag of popcorn in hand. We can probably expect more anime coming throughout the passing years. So for this summer, will you be watching any of these movies from our list?