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Kristy Anderson

It's an exciting time for fans, with the popularity of shows like and bringing the art form to more mainstream audiences. Thankfully for both old and new fans, there are a slew of great anime films heading our way.

1. 'Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Side Of Dimensions'

Release Date: January 27, 2017, or Feb 2, 2017, depending on where you live.

'Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Side Of Dimensions' [Credit: Screenvision Media]
'Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Side Of Dimensions' [Credit: Screenvision Media]

Taking place six years after the events of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Dark Side Of Dimensions has OG Duel Monsters hero Yugi Muto facing off against old rival Seto Kaiba. Kaiba wishes to reassemble the Millennium puzzle in hopes of summoning the Pharaoh Atem, who once shared a body with Yugi. Yugi, Seto, and new character Aigami soon find themselves trapped in a new dimension, and must participate in an epic duel before they can return to reality.

  • Both the Japanese and English voice casts of the anime return for this film.
  • The Dark Side Of Dimensions will be the fourth Yu-Gi-Oh! theatrical release.
  • A two-part manga prequel to the film, Transcend Game, was released in Shonen Jump magazine.

2. 'Digimon Adventure Tri: Loss'

Release Date: February 25, 2017

'Digimon Adventure Tri: Loss' [Credit: Bandai]
'Digimon Adventure Tri: Loss' [Credit: Bandai]

Following the events of the previous film, Digimon Adventure Tri: Confession, the DigiDestined travel through the rebooted Digital World. They must rebuild friendships with their partner , who lost their memories during the reboot. While most of the pairs quickly foster a sense of familiarity, Sora and Biyomon struggle. They must reconnect fast. A mysterious man in control of the revived Dark Masters stands between the DigiDestined and victory.

  • Like the other Digimon Adventure Tri films, Loss acts as a sequel to the Digimon Adventure anime.
  • It was produced for the anime's 15th anniversary.
  • The English language release date for the film is not yet confirmed.

3. 'Genocidal Organ'

Release Date: February 3, 2017

'Genocidal Organ' [Credit: Manglobe]
'Genocidal Organ' [Credit: Manglobe]

After a homemade nuclear bomb completely destroys Sarajevo, the world's war on terrorism kicks into high gear. The largest democracies implement world-wide surveillance, and developing countries are nearly wiped out by genocide. One intelligence expert, Clovis Shepherd, is tasked with tracking American John Paul, the man believed responsible for the collapse of civilization.

  • The film is based on the debut novel of Japanese author Project Itoh
  • The title is similar to the German band Genocide Organ, known for using war and terrorism imagery. Itoh claimed that this was a coincidence.
  • The film was originally slated for release in 2015, but was delayed after original studio, Manglobe, went bankrupt.

4. 'Lupin The Third: The Blood Spray Of Goemon Ishikawa'

Release date: Feb 4, 2017

 'Lupin The Third: The Blood Spray Of Goemon Ishikawa' [Credit: TMS Entertainment]
'Lupin The Third: The Blood Spray Of Goemon Ishikawa' [Credit: TMS Entertainment]

A new entry in the classic anime franchise, Lupin The Third: The Blood Spray Of Goemon Ishikawa is set to arrive in February 2017. Little is known about the film, aside from the fact that supporting character Goemon will take center stage. The movie's brief trailer seems to show Goemon struggling through a bloody battle. It follows the events of the previous film, Jigen's Gravestone.

  • The film's Japanese title is Lupin III: Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon.
  • The current voice cast will return, as well as the crew who worked on Jigen's Gravestone.
  • Lupin III is one of Japan's longest running franchises.

5. 'Ao Oni: The Animation'

Release Date: February 11, 2017

'Ao Oni: The Animation' [Credit: Studio Deen]
'Ao Oni: The Animation' [Credit: Studio Deen]

Ao Oni is quickly becoming one of Japan's biggest horror franchises, and is now set to expand even further with the release of its first full-length anime film, Ao Oni: The Animation. Like previous entries in the series, Ao Oni: The Animation will feature a gang of teenagers who enter a supposedly haunted mansion as a game. The game soon becomes much less fun when the mansion locks itself, and the teens find themselves pursued by the demonic Oni.

  • The Ao Oni franchise currently consists of video games, a live-action film, and a series of anime shorts.
  • The shorts are a more humorous take on the story, with the characters appearing in deformed, chibi style.
  • A second live-action film is due for release in 2017.

6. 'Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale'

Release Date: February 18, 2016 in Japan, March 9 in the US.

'Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale' [Credit: Aniplex]
'Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale' [Credit: Aniplex]

It has been two years since the horrifying events surrounding , a game that trapped players within a virtual world, where death in the game meant death in real life. A new game, Ordinal Scale, is gaining popularity, but strange things are beginning to happen. Kirito and Asuna, survivors of Sword Art Online, enter the game to investigate. Ordinal Scale works by way of augmented reality, different from what they are used to. Can they uncover the game's secrets?

  • Ordinal Scale is the first Sword Art Online feature film.
  • It is based on a series of light novels that follow the anime/manga.
  • The original Japanese voice actors reprise their roles.

7. 'Overlord: Fushisha No O'

Release Date: February 25, 2017

'Overlord: Fushisha No O' [Credit: Madhouse]
'Overlord: Fushisha No O' [Credit: Madhouse]

Yggdrasil, a heavily interactive online game, is about to have its servers shut down after 12 years. Momonga, leader of a guild within the game, tries to unite the guild's members for a final hurrah before the game shuts down, but proves unsuccessful. After the game's servers are shut off, Momonga finds himself in what seems to be a strange new world. Renaming himself Ainz Ooal Gown, after his former guild, he sets off to discover the secrets that this strange new world holds.

  • Overlord is based upon a series of light novels by Kugane Maruyama
  • Fushisha no O is a compilation film, covering the events of the first half of the Overlord anime series.
  • A second film, covering the other half of the series, will be released in March 2017.

8. 'Trinity Seven: Eternal Library And Alchemic Girl'

Release Date: February 25, 2017

'Trinity Seven: Eternal Library And Alchemic Girl' [Credit: Avex Pictures]
'Trinity Seven: Eternal Library And Alchemic Girl' [Credit: Avex Pictures]

Kasuga Arata finds himself in a world of trouble when he accidentally touches a Grimoire (spell book) belonging to his friend Lilith. A girl calling herself Lilim appears, treating Arata and Lilith as her parents. They soon discover that Lilim's arrival has awakened the Eternal library, in which the evil White Demon Lord dwells.

  • The film is a sequel to the anime series Trinity Seven.
  • The series' voice cast reprise their roles.
  • Rina Hidaka voices new character Lilim.

9. 'Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game'

Release Date: March 18, 2017

'Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game' [Credit: Production I.G]
'Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game' [Credit: Production I.G]

An American basketball team, the Jabberwocks, arrive in Japan and quickly challenge a Japanese team. The Jabberwocks crush the young Japanese team in a humiliating defeat, mocking them and the whole world of Japanese basketball. Soon after, a new Japanese team comes together, formed mostly by members of a previous winning team, the Generation of Miracles. Christening themselves Vorpal Swords, the new team aims to challenge the Jabberwocks and regain their country's pride.

  • The film is a sequel to the anime series Kuroko's Basketball, which ran for three seasons.
  • It adapts the Extra Game manga arc.
  • The series voice cast reprise their roles.

10. 'Pokémon: I Choose You!'

Release Date: July 15, 2017

'Pokemon: I Choose You!' [Credit: Toho]
'Pokemon: I Choose You!' [Credit: Toho]

Ash Ketchum is a boy with a dream — a dream of becoming a Pokémon Master. Ash eagerly awaits his 10th birthday, when he will finally be allowed to choose his first and begin his journey. Unfortunately, Ash sleeps in, and the only Pokémo nleft is a half-wild with a tendency to shock first and ask questions later. Traveling with Pikachu proves a struggle, leaving Ash discouraged. Will boy and Pokémon ever bond?

  • The film is being produced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon anime.
  • It will recap the events of the anime's first season.
  • The title matches the anime's first episode.
  • Ho-Oh will appear.

11. 'Mary And The Witch's Flower'

Release Date: July 2017

'Mary and the Witch's Flower' [Credit: Studio Ponoc]
'Mary and the Witch's Flower' [Credit: Studio Ponoc]

Mary And The Witch's Flower follows a young girl named Mary and her discovery that magic exists in the world. The little girl is granted her own magical powers, but they are only meant to last for a single night. She must make the most of her magic before it disappears.

The film is presented in a style similar to the beloved , with gorgeous animation and fantasy elements. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as director Hiromasa Yonebayashi once worked for Ghibli, having a hand in a number of well-loved films.

  • The film is based on Mary Stewart's novel The Little Broomstick.
  • This is the first film by Studio Ponoc.
  • Hiromasa Yonebayashi worked on Oscar-nominated films Arriety and When Marnie Was There.

12. 'Godzilla'

Release Date: 2017

'Godzilla: Total Destruction' [Credit: CSM Films]
'Godzilla: Total Destruction' [Credit: CSM Films]

For the first time in the character's long history, King Of The Monsters is set to appear in anime form. Not much is known about the film yet, though it is currently set to follow the classic Godzilla formula, possibly an animated adaptation of the original Godzilla film. The film will have six key cast members, in as yet unspecified roles, and is set to be directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita.

  • This will be the 32nd Godzilla film overall, and the 30th produced by Toho.
  • This is Godzilla's first anime appearance. His previous animated appearances were produced in the US.
  • Concept art for the film has been positively received.

13. 'Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0'

Release Date: TBA

'Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0' [Credit: T-Joy]
'Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0' [Credit: T-Joy]

Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 will be the final film of the Rebuild Of Evangelion tetralogy, a theatrically released reboot of the classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Like the anime, the films take place in an apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous creatures known as Angels. Teenager Shinji is recruited by his father into the NERV Organization, where he must pilot the mecha Evangelion into battle with the Angels.

The film is highly anticipated, as twists in the previous two films suggest that the story is headed for a different ending than the anime series.

  • The final film was delayed due to the director choosing to work on Shin Godzilla first.
  • In Japan, the tetralogy is known as Evangelion: New Theatrical edition. It is intended to make the story more accessible for casual viewers.
  • It is hoped the final film will see release in 2017.

Are you looking forward to any of these films? Let us know in the comments!


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