2023 anime movies to get excited about

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Success is Demon Slayer: Mugen Train in 2020 and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in 2021 has led to wider distribution of anime films in the West. The new year of 2023 is set to have a lot of great anime movies to get excited about. From Hayao Miyazaki return with How do you live? to the latest anime franchise movie Black Clover: The Wizard King’s Swordhere is a list of the eight most anticipated anime movies released this year.


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8/8 Kingdom of Gold and Kingdom of Water

For years now, kingdoms of gold and water have failed eye to eye. Sarah (Minami Hamabe), a princess, and Narabayar (Kento Kaku), a young man from the kingdom that is against him, happen to meet him. As circumstances change, they must become a couple to protect the kingdom. Will they be able to keep their kingdoms out of harm’s way and maybe in the process fall in love? Set for release on January 27, Kingdom of Gold and Kingdom of Water it has the potential to turn into a classic fantasy romance.

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7/8 A blue giant

A blue giant

High school student Dai Miyamoto (Yamada is) lost in life. He doesn’t know what he wants to do after he finishes school and feels the pressure of being a graduate. Walking down the street one day, he checks out a jazz show. Mesmerized by the saxophone player’s artistry, he wished he could get his own and learn how to play for himself. A blue giant It is a musically inspired film that focuses on the craft and difficulty of learning to play in a jazz band with a coming of age story built into it. Make sure you catch A blue giant in theaters February 17.

6/8 Kaguya-Sama: Love is war – The first kiss that never ends

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Taking place immediately after the third season of the show of the same name, Kaguya-Sama: Love is war – The first kiss that never ends will be the conclusion of this great romance. Student body president Miyuki Shirogane (Aaron Dismuke) and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya (Alexis Tipton) are in love with each other, but to protect their pride they both refuse to admit their feelings. The story is a series of “battles” where each man tries to manipulate circumstances to get the other to confess their romantic feelings. Now that their time in high school is coming to an end, the pressure to get the other person to confess becomes even more important. Finally, Western audiences will have a chance to see the film in February.

5/8 How do you live?

Probably the best anime movie of the year how do you live?, which marks the return of Hayao Miyazaki to the director’s chair. After his 13-year hiatus, How do you live? it will tell a story about the relationship between a 15-year-old boy and his uncle as they move into a new community where they learn to live in their new situation. For a long time it seemed that legendary director Miyazaki would never make another feature film. How do you live? this is likely to be his last film to direct and must be seen in theaters on July 14.

4/8 Black Clover: The Wizard King’s Sword

Black Clover The Wizard King's Sword

The world of Black Clover controlled by wizards and the Wizard King is the protector of the kingdom. The magicless orphan Asta has always dreamed of becoming a Wizard King, and after acquiring a special sword, he joins a group of magical spies called The Black Bulls to try to work his way up the rankings. Black Clover it’s a long running anime but even if you’re not hooked on the show, Black Clover: The Wizard King’s Sword maybe it’s a good opportunity to see what the series is about. Franchise movies like this one are a great way to get a glimpse of what the series has to offer in a fun two hour action packed ride. The release date is set for March 31st.

3/8 Amrita Festival

A young girl is troubled by hallucinations and a ringing sound in her ear. One day, she and her friends see a man jump from a skyscraper but when they go to investigate, they can’t find the body. Soon the hallucinations spread to all her friends, and they are trapped in a reality they know nothing about without knowing how to get out. Amrita Festival directed by Saku Sakamotowho will be looking to build on the success of his first feature film Aragne: Sign of Vermillion with this movie. The release date is set for May 26.

2/8 Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia

Doraemon Nobita's Sky Utopia

The only children’s film on this list, Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia based on one of the longest running anime series of all time. This is a popular children’s show follows 10-year-old Nobita Nobi (Megumi Ohara) and a robot cat sent from the future named Doraemon (Wasabi Mizuta). Doraemon’s purpose is to keep Nobita out of trouble and by doing that they get wrapped up in different events. This special movie will focus on Nobita and Doraemon’s journey to find the perfect world that lies in the sky. If you’ve been looking for Disney movies that aren’t family friendly, Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia could be just what you are looking for. The release date is set for March 3rd.

1/8 SSSS. A gridman

In association with the anime of the same name, SSSS. A gridman which is a kaiju versus mecha story. Mecha is an essential anime genre; giant creatures facing off against humanoid robots the size of skyscrapers, all brought gloriously to life on the big screen. Who wouldn’t be excited about that? If you don’t have much experience with the mecha genre in anime, this might be a good place for you to start. Even if you haven’t seen the anime, just like it is Black Clover, you should have no problem jumping in SSSS. A gridman. If action movies are your style, this will be right up your alley. The release date is set for January 20th.

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