20 Best Anime Movies 2022

Best Anime Movies of 2022

2022 is the good year for all anime fans around the globe when there are dozens of promising anime movies scheduled to be released at the theater in addition to lots of television anime series. The 2020’s record-breaking anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train changed the history of Japanese cinema, and it’s also expected more attractive anime movies are coming out in the near future.

For every global fan of Japanese anime, I’d like to introduce the list of best anime movies 2022 including the successful anime series’s sequels and the brand new one-shot films directed by famous directors. Just after they are released in Japan, they will be come to the big screen in foreign countries or distributed on online video streaming platforms with subtitles and dubs.

▽Check out the best anime series airing in 2022, too!▽

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Let’s see the best selection of the greatest anime movies of 2022 below!

1. Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie
Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie © 2021「劇場版 呪術廻戦 0」製作委員会 ©芥見下々/集英社

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie (劇場版 呪術廻戦 0), which premiered on the Christmas Eve of 2021, is still one of the hottest anime movies to watch in 2022. It earned over 10 billion yen within a couple of months of the release. As the prequel of the anime series airing between 2020 and 2021, Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie is adapted from the manga series volume 0. Instead of the main characters in the television series including Yuji Itadori and Megumi Fushiguro, it focuses on a past of Yuta Okkotsu and his teacher Satoru Gojo. It’s announced that the second season of the television series will be broadcast in 2023.

Release Date: December 24, 2021

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2. The Orbital Children

The Orbital Children
The Orbital Children © MITSUO ISO/avex pictures・地球外少年少女製作委員会

For fans of science fiction, The Orbital Children (地球外少年少女) is a highest-priority anime movies released in 2022, directed by Mitsuo Iso. There are two parts in The Orbital Children, and all chapters were distributed worldwide exclusively on Netflix at the same time as the part 1 came to the theater in January, 2022. It is set in the futuristic world in 2045, where people easily travel to the space with highly developed technology. How will children survive if they are stranded in the space station?

Release Date: January 28, 2022 (Part 1)/February 11, 2022 (Part 2)

3. Goodbye, Don Glees!

Goodbye, Don Glees!
Goodbye, Don Glees! ©Goodbye,DonGlees Partners

A fine Japanese anime studio Madhouse completed a coming-of-age film Goodbye, Don Glees! (グッバイ、ドン・グリーズ!) in 2022 with the director Atsuko Ishizuka, who is also famous for No Game No Life (2014) and A Place Further than the Universe (2018). Set in a small rural town near Tokyo and Iceland, this anime movie tells the story of Don Glees, the small brigade formed by three adolescents: a loner Roma, his only friend Toto and an optimistic newcomer Drop. See a miraculous adventure of the three boys!

Release Date: February 18, 2022

4. Odd Taxi: In the Woods

Odd Taxi: In the Woods
Odd Taxi: In the Woods ©P.I.C.S. / 小戸川交通パートナーズ

Many anime fans highly valued the 2021 anime series Odd Taxi (オッドタクシー), categorized as mystery. The 13 episodes of the television anime series are reconstructed and will hit the screen as Odd Taxi: In the Woods (映画 オッドタクシー イン・ザ・ウッズ) with its sequel in April, 2022. It follows anthropomorphized animal characters including a 41-year old walrus Odokawa and his few friend and white gibbon Kakihana, who are unknowingly involved in a suspenseful incident. The last scene of the story will shock you.

Release Date: April 1, 2022

5. Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween

Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween
Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween ©2022 青山剛昌/名探偵コナン製作委員会

As a new anime movie of the famous anime series is released every year, Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween (名探偵コナン ハロウィンの花嫁) awaits the fans in the spring of 2022. The 25th Detective Conan anime film is a spin-off but related to the main story of the manga and anime series as well as the other titles in the past. The latest film of the live legend mystery casts a spotlight on a police officer Toru Amuro and the just married couple Wataru Takagi and Miwako Sato.

Release Date: April 15, 2022

6. Bubble

Bubble
Bubble ©2022「バブル」製作委員会

Bubble (バブル) is one of the most anticipated new anime movies of 2022. It will be distributed only on Netflix from April 28, which will be followed by its movie premiere on May 13. Produced by the growing anime studio Wit Studio, Bubble is directed by Tetsuro Araki, who is known for the Attack on Titan series. And, other renowned creators join the production: a screenwriter Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), a character designer Takeshi Obata (Death Note) and a music composer Hiroyuki Sawano (Promare). The sci-fi film revolves around youngsters living in an alternative Tokyo under the catchphrase “Gravity Is Broken – Leap As You Like”.

Release Date: May 13, 2022

7. The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie

The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie
The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie ©春場ねぎ・講談社/映画「五等分の花嫁」製作委員会 Copyright© 1995-2022, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The popular romantic-comedy series will be finally concluded with the first and last movie The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie (映画 五等分の花嫁) in May, 2022. The two seasons of the television anime series aired in 2019 and 2021, adapted from the Negi Haruba’s manga series serialized between 2017 and 2020. The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie covers the rest of the story that had not been adapted yet. What will happen to the protagonist Futaro and the Quintuplet heroines? Who do you think Futaro marries in the end?

Release Date: May 20, 2022

8. Inu-Oh

Inu-Oh
Inu-Oh ©2021 “INU-OH” Film Partners

Inu-Oh (犬王) is a musical animated movie which premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021 ahead of a theatrical release in May, 2022. It is produced by the modern anime studio Science Saru based on the original novel Tales of the Heike: INU-OH written by Hidemo Furukawa as the 2022’s anime series The Heike Story is adapted from his novel by the same studio. Inu-Oh has the theme of Nogaku, which is known as the oldest theater art in existence all over the world, featuring a Nogaku performer Inu-Oh from the Muromachi period.

Release Date: May 20, 2022

9. Teasing Master Takagi-san the Movie

Teasing Master Takagi-san the Movie
Teasing Master Takagi-san the Movie ©2022 山本崇一朗・小学館/劇場版からかい上手の高木さん製作委員会

There are dozens of high-quality anime categorized as romance and comedy over recent periods, and Teasing Master Takagi-san is one of the most outstanding titles. The third and latest season of the anime series just aired from January, 2022, followed by the first anime movie Teasing Master Takagi-san the Movie (劇場版 からかい上手の高木さん) in this summer. It presents the sweet days in a summer that will never happen again casting a spotlight on Takagi-san and Nishikata in their third year in middle school. Don’t forget to review the current three seasons to fully enjoy the upcoming movie!

Release Date: June 10, 2022

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10. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero ©バード・スタジオ/集英社 ©「2022 ドラゴンボール超」製作委員会

Lots of anime fans all over the world are looking forward to the newest anime movie of the classic action adventure Dragon Ball. The 21st movie Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (ドラゴンボール超 スーパーヒーロー) is scheduled to be released in 2022, produced by Toei Animation and written by the manga artist of the series Akira Toriyama himself. You can expect the powerful battle scenes between the coolest familiar characters and the newcomers of the Red Ribbon Army.

Release Date: June 11, 2022

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11. Laid-Back Camp: Movie

Laid-Back Camp: Movie
Laid-Back Camp: Movie ©あfろ・芳文社/野外活動委員会

The popular outdoor slice-of-life anime coming back to the big screen at the theater in this summer as Laid-Back Camp: Movie (映画 ゆるキャン△). Laid-Back Camp has attracted loads of campers and anime fans since the first season was broadcasted in 2018. Based on the popular ongoing manga written by Afro, the latest anime movie is directed Yoshiaki Kyogoku as well as the television anime series. From what you can see in the new visuals for this movie, you may expect the main characters including Rin and Nadeshiko have grown up a little.

Release Date: July 1, 2022

12. One Piece Film: Red

One Piece Film: Red
One Piece Film: Red ©Eiichiro Oda/2022 “One Piece” production committee

One Piece, one of the most famous and popular manga and anime series around the globe, will release its 15th movie titled One Piece Film: Red in the summer of 2022. The original manga series written by Eiichiro Oda just reached the 100th volume and the television anime series also got to the 1000th chapter in 2021. One Piece Film: Red is produced by Eiichiro Oda himself as the past two movies One Piece Film: Z (2012) and One Piece Film: Gold (2016). With the key message “An almighty voice. With fiery red locks.”, it suggests to concentrate a new female character and “Red Hair” Shanks. It’s found out she is a daughter of Shanks according to the new trailer!

Release Date: August 6, 2022

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13. The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes

The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes
The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes ©2022 八目迷・小学館/映画『夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口』製作委員会

A potential anime movie The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes (夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口) will be released in the summer of 2022. It is adapted from the same-titled light novel written by Mei Hachimoku in 2019. An anime studio Clap, which is known for the 2021’s excellent movie Pompo: The Cinéphile, is in charge of the production. The science fiction is mixed with romance of teenagers.

Release Date: September 9, 2022

14. Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night

Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night
Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night ©2020 川原 礫/KADOKAWA/SAO-P Project

The Isekai anime masterpiece Sword Art Online is advancing to the next title Sword Art Online Progressive while the current main part proceeds. Adapted from the original light novel series written by Reki Kawahara, the first part of Sword Art Online Progressive was made as anime movie by A-1 Pictures in 2021. It has been announced that the second part Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night (劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -プログレッシブ- 冥き夕闇のスケルツォ) will premiere within 2022.

Release Date: September 10, 2022

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15. Drifting Home

Drifting Home
Drifting Home ©コロリド・ツインエンジンパートナーズ

A hot young Japanese animation studio Studio Colorido will release Drifting Home (雨を告げる漂流団地) as its third full-length animated film in September, 2022, following the previous exciting and heartwarming works Penguin Highway in 2018 and A Whisker Away in 2020. Drifting Home is scheduled to be released on Netflix at the same time it will come to the big screen at the theater. One summer day, a teenage boy Kosuke and his childhood friend Natsume get caught in a strange phenomenon when they play at their memory-filled apartment complex for demolition. See what’s going on in a farewell journey in the summer!

Release Date: September 16, 2022

16. To Every You I’ve Loved Before/To Me, The One Who Loved You

To Every You I've Loved Before:To Me, The One Who Loved You
To Every You I’ve Loved Before/To Me, The One Who Loved You ©2022 「僕愛」「君愛」製作委員会

There is the most interesting attempt in the anime movie industry this year: To Every You I’ve Loved Before (僕が愛したすべての君へ) and To Me, The One Who Loved You (君を愛したひとりの僕へ). The two films are scheduled to be released on the same date, based on the same-titled novels written by Yomoji Otono in 2016. You can enjoy each of the sci-fi romance anime movies as an independent story, however, they are related to each other in some parts. To Every You I’ve Loved Before and To Me, The One Who Loved You place a concentration on the two same-named boys in the parallel worlds who fall in love with a girl. How you can enjoy the films depends on which you choose to watch at first.

Release Date: October 7, 2022

17. Suzume no Tojimari

Suzume no Tojimari
Suzume no Tojimari ©2022「すずめの戸締まり」製作委員会

Many people have kept a close watch on the greatest modern anime director Makoto Shinkai from across the world lately especially since his smash-hit film Your Name was released in 2016. Following the previous work Weathering with You in 2019, he is revealing the new anime movie titled Suzume no Tojimari (すずめの戸締り) in the autumn of 2022. The road movie animation tells a growing-up story of a 17-year-old girl Suzume living in the countryside in Kyushu Region, who visits ruined places around Japan.

Suzume no Tojimari (すずめの戸締り) is scheduled to premier on November 11, 2022!

Release Date: November 11, 2022

18. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bonds

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bonds
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bonds ©川上泰樹・伏瀬・講談社/転スラ製作委員会

The successful light novel series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has been adapted into an anime series since 2019 and a manga series since 2015. The two seasons of the anime airing in 2018 and 2021 will be followed by its first film That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bonds (劇場版 転生したらスライムだった件 紅蓮の絆編) in November, 2022. Based on a newly written story by the author of the light novel Fuse, it introduces a new character Hiiro, a survivor of the Ogres, and the brother of Benimaru as well as the protagonist Rimuru Tempest.

Release Date: November, 2022

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19. The First Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk (Movie)
Slam Dunk (Movie) © I.T.PLANNING,INC. © 2022 SLAM DUNK Film Partners

The classic basketball-themed manga and anime series will come back to the theater after an interval of over two decades, titled The First Slam Dunk. The legendary Takehiko Inoue’s manga was serialized as a front manga of Weekly Shonen Jump between 1990 and 1996, which was made into the 101-episode anime adaptation in 1993-1996. The fans are looking forward to the passionate story of the members of the Shohoku basketball team including Hanamichi Sakuragi and Kaede Rukawa.

Release Date: December 3, 2022

20. Kaguya-sama: Love is War: The First Kiss Never Ends

Kaguya-sama: Love is War: The First Kiss Never Ends
Kaguya-sama: Love is War: The First Kiss Never Ends ©赤坂アカ/集英社・かぐや様は告らせたい製作委員会

Here is good news for fans of the popular recent rom-com series Kaguya-sama: Love is War: A sequel to the third season of the anime series has been decided as a new anime movie titled Kaguya-sama: Love is War: The First Kiss Never Ends (かぐや様は告らせたい-ファーストキッスは終わらない-). Following the current 37 episodes in the three seasons, the next episode is coming to the theater in the winter of 2022, which will air on TV later.

Finally, Kaguya kissed the president of the school council Miyuki in the third season after lots of mind games. However, the relationship between them still seems ambivalent. The new movie presents the story of Kaguya and Miyuki set in the Christmas season.

Release Date: Winter, 2022


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