10 Best Anime Movies 2023

Best Anime Movies 2023

A large number of new anime movies are awaiting you in 2023. Almost all of the anime films first premiers in Japan, and selected hits come to the big screen worldwide after a short time. Japanese animations are becoming a more familiar film genre globally since some new anime movies have been simultaneously released all over the world via various online streaming platforms like Netflix recently.

With hundreds of anime series, tens of quality anime movies are scheduled to be newly released every year. Following the smash-hits in the previous year including One Piece Film: Red and Suzume no Tojimari, 2023 is expected to offer lots of worthwhile titles, too.

For all anime lovers around the globe, I’d like to introduce the best anime movies of 2023. It contains a brand new film directed by Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli and an anticipated movie directed by Naoko Yamada. Check out what to watch and their release dates to build your watch list!

This Best Anime Movies of 2023 list will be updated every time a promising new title is announced.

1. Blue Giant

Blue Giant is one of the finest drama manga serialized on Big Comic from 2013 to 2016, followed by the sequels Blue Giant Supreme and Blue Giant Explorer. The jazz-themed coming-of-age manga is getting more popular among manga fans and has been decided to be made into the first anime movie adaptation within 2022. Set in Sendai and Tokyo, Blue Giant centers on a high school boy Dai Miyamoto who has a dream to become a superb saxophone player.

Release Date: February 17, 2023

2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour

Preceding the third season of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba airing from April, a special movie titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour (ワールドツアー上映「鬼滅の刃」上弦集結、そして刀鍛冶の里へ) premiers at the theater worldwide. It introduces all of the six Upper Ranks of the Twelve Kizuki, which consists of Episode 10 and 11 from the anime series second season Entertainment District Arc and the 1-hour Episode 1 from the upcoming third season Swordsmith Village Arc in 4K with remastered audio. After being released in Japan from February 3, 2023, it comes to the big screens in the United States and Canada on March 3.

Release Date: February 3, 2023 (Japan)/March 3, 2023 (North America)

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3. The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Who could forecast the popular Super Mario series is made into that high-quality animation movie. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (ザ・スーパーマリオブラザーズ・ムービー) is the second Super Mario themed anime movie following the previous one titled Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! in 1986. This 2023 movie is perfect for both beginners and fans of the Nintendo games including Super Mario Series, Mario Kart, Mario Party and so on. Presented by Nintendo, Illumination, and Universal Pictures, it is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic and written by Matthew Fogel, who is also famous for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) and Minions Fever (2022).

Release Date: April 7, 2023 (United States)/April 28, 2023 (Japan)

4. Detective Conan: Black Iron Submarine

As it has become an annual affair since 1997, the year of 2023 receives a new anime movie of the classic mystery series titled Detective Conan: Black Iron Submarine (名探偵コナン 黒鉄の魚影(サブマリン)) in the spring. The Detective Conan manga series, which is also known as Case Closed, written by Gosho Aoyama reached the 100th volume in 2021, and it is approaching the core of the grand mystery. In addition to many key characters, Black Iron Submarine casts a spotlight on Anita Hailey (Ai Haibara) and the Black Organization. Some people think the Detective Conan film series are just spin-offs but they are related to the important secrets of the main story.

Release Date: April 14, 2023

5. How Do You Live?

How Do You Live?
How Do You Live? © 2023 Studio Ghibli

Finally, Hayao Miyazaki releases a new Studio Ghibli movie How Do You Live? (君たちはどう生きるか) in July 2023 after it was announced he would go into retirement just after The Wind Rises had been released in 2013 and it got cancelled later. A large number of people across the world have expected his first anime movie in 10 years. Its title is inspired by a Japanese novel written by Yoshino Genzaburo in 1937. How Do You Live? tells a fantasy adventure story of a young boy, which is not exactly based on Yoshino Genzaburo’s novel that centering on a 15-year-old boy Koperu.

Release Date: July 14, 2023

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6. Kimi no Iro

As one of the most anticipated anime movie released in 2023, you should check Kimi no Iro (きみの色), which literally means “Your Color” in Japanese. It is made by the anime studio Science Saru and directed by Naoko Yamada, who is also famous for K-On! The Movie (2011), A Silent Voice (2016) and Liz and the Blue Bird (2018). It is written by the screenwriter Reiko Yoshida, who has been in charge of lots of renowned anime like Violet Evergarden (2018). The music of Kimi no Iro is composed by Kensuke Ushio, who is also known for A Silent Voice and Chainsaw Man (2022). Set in Nagasaki City, Kimi no Iro presents a coming-of-age story of a high school girl Totsuko, who can see people’s emotions as colors.

Release Date: Autumn, 2023

7. Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out (青春ブタ野郎はおでかけシスターの夢を見ない): A sequel to the popular psychological, slice-of-life anime series Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai was announced to show at the theater in 2023. Based on Hajime Kamoshida’s light novel series published since 2014, the first anime adaptation was aired with 12 episodes in 2018. The first anime movie Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl came next in 2019. Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out is a new part of the Aobuta series featuring Kaede Azusagawa, the younger sister of the protagonist Sakuta. It has been also announced that it will be followed by Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid in the future. Let’s expect how CloverWorks creates the upcoming episodes!

Release Date: Within 2023

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8. Sand Land

You can expect a new animation based on a manga written by Akira Toriyama apart from Dragon Ball in 2023. Sand Land, categorized as science fiction and adventure, was serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump in 2000. All 14 chapters are collected in the only Tankobon volume. In the end of 2022, it was announced that Sand Land would be made into an animation adaptation by three renowned anime studios Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga and Anima. The short manga has been published worldwide, and many international manga and anime fans are looking forward to the adventure of three main characters traveling around the desertified world in search of a water source.

Release Date: Within 2023

9. Spy x Family The Movie

The first season of the hottest anime series Spy x Family, which consists of the first 12 episodes airing in the spring of 2022 and another 13 episodes in the autumn, just finished in December enjoying high popularity around the world. At the same time, a new anime movie of Spy x Family was announced as well as the second season confirmed for 2023. The story of the movie is based on a brand new episode written by Tatsuya Endo, who has written the manga series since 2019. Besides the upcoming season of the television series scheduled in October, 2023, let’s look forward to Anya and the Forger family coming to the big screens!

Release Date: Within 2023

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10. City Hunter The Movie 2023

City Hunter (シティーハンター), a well-known classic hardboiled rom-com series in the 1980s to 1990s, comes back to the modern age as a new anime film in 2023. The manga series of City Hunter has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump from 1985 to 1991, written by Tsukasa Hojo. There are four seasons in its anime adaptation: City Hunter with 51 episodes (1987-1988), City Hunter 2 with 63 episodes (1988-1989), City Hunter 3 with 13 episodes (1989-1990) and City Hunter ’91 with 13 episodes (1991). The series also has some anime movies, and The Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes was released in 2019. All of them were made by Sunrise. The whole series is dominated by the sweeper Ryo Saeba, who works as a hit-man, a bodyguard, and private detective in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Release Date: Within 2023


Did you find some of the 2023 anime movies perfect for you? More exciting announcements will await you in the near future. I will add new information to this year’s best anime list regularly. Stay tuned!

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