Anime shows can be easily accessed online with streaming sites like Crunchyroll and Netflix. However, what about anime movies? It’s much harder to find anime feature films that aren’t from Studio Gibli. So I’ve made a list of five anime movies I can’t wait to see released in America.
Lu Over The Wall
A family-friendly fantasy film from Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby) about a group of teenagers who start a band with a mermaid named Lu. Because this is Yuasa we’re talking about, you can expect the unexpected. From the trailer it looks like Lu has an ability similar to water-bending. Also, somebody morphs into a flaming shark. Unique visuals meshed with a quirky story could deliver a memorable film.
Adapted from a novel by Tomihiko Morimi (Tatami Galaxy) Penguin Highway is about a young boy investigating the unexplained appearance of penguins in his city, accompanied by an older and equally mysterious woman. This will be the first Anime feature film from the new Japanese Studio Colorido. If the film does well, we could likely see a new powerhouse anime studio.
Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
Based on another novel by Tomihiko Morimi and also directed by Masaaki Yuasa, Otome is a girl whose crazy night out partying leads to surreal adventures. This film is also about a boy trying to win Otome’s heart by “coincidentally” bumping into her again and again.
A Silent Voice
From Studio Madhouse (Redline) A Silent Voice tells the story of a boy who is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he tries to find her and make amends. This is a departure from studio Madhouse’s “anime for the hell of it” style and focuses on a smart, compelling drama that could rival Your Name.
Mirai No Mirai
The latest film by Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and The Beast). Hosoda’s films have all been stellar in their own way as he draws from his own love, loss, and personal experience. Mirai No Mirai is about a boy coping with jealousy after his younger sister is born. The boy enters a magical garden where he meets the woman his sister grows up to be. His sister then guides him through time and introduces him to different relatives. This story is similar to Hosoda’s premier work The Girl Who Leaped Through Time. Judging by his previous work, this will be more than a cute story and could develop into a high stakes drama.