Two months into 2022 and we already have so many exciting anime series on our hands. The final season of Attack on Titan, the new season of Demon Slayer, the amusing Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru, just to name a few. What’s even better is the fact that there will be so many more to come. That statement is true for anime movies as well. There are so many great movies that are scheduled to be released in 2022. From manga adaptations to thrilling original stories, these are 10 of the most anticipated anime movies of 2022.
10. Goodbye, Don Glees!
Goodbye, Don Glees! is an original movie produced by Madhouse and directed by Atsuko Ishizuka (A Place Further Than The Universe). It is a coming-of-age story of a trio of boys who called themselves Don Glees. What starts out as an exciting exploration of the mountain wilderness quickly turns into something much more serious that could threaten their future.
Atsuko Ishizuka brought her characters all the way to the Antarctic through her last series, so she intends to bring the boys of Don Glees! as far as Iceland this time around. Judging from how wholesome and inspiring A Place Further Than The Universe was, Goodbye, Don Glees! is surely something that can offer the same sort of feeling. The movie will be released in February 2022, but the international release date may differ.
9. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Movie (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Movie)
Contrary to Goodbye, Don Glees! which has a clear synopsis for the story, a proper trailer, and a release date, there's little to no information being provided regarding the new Tensei Shiitara Slime Datta Ken movie. The only thing that we know at this point is the fact that there will be a movie based on this iconic isekai story released in 2022. It is still unclear whether it will be an original story that is specifically made for the movie or it will pick up where the second season left off.
One thing for sure, Rimuru has become one of the fan's most favorite isekai characters, so if there will be a movie released this year, the fans will certainly flock to watch it.
8. Sword Art Online: Progressive Movie - Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo (Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk)
After the end of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld in 2020, the next story that the franchise will tell is not what comes after, but rather what comes before. Sword Art Online: Progressive Movies focus on the events that happen during the early days of Kirito and Asuna in Aincrad. Especially in the first couple of levels. What kind of quest that they go through, how they come up with the strategy to beat the boss for each level, and other more gaming-oriented activities with a splash of romance here and there.
The first movie was released in 2021 to a great response both from critics and fans alike. This year will see the release of the sequel, called Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk. Unfortunately, there's no official date being announced yet.
When it comes to anime, 2022 will be a busy year for Netflix. They have several anime series planned to be released this year, but out of all of them, one of the most stand-out releases will be this new original anime movie called Bubble which will be released in April 2022.
It is a story about a Hibiki, a young man who has to live in Japan that has been flooded with anti-gravity bubbles. One day, Hibiki heard a sound that only a select few can hear. That voice is the one that will guide him to the real answers behind the mystery of the bubbles.
There are a lot of big names working together on this anime. Bubble was produced by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan), directed by Tetsuro Araki (Death Note, Attack on Titan), written by Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass), with Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Gundam Unicorn) responsible for the score, and character design on Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman). That is the definition of an all-star lineup.
6. Shika no Ou: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi (The Deer King)
The Deer King is a movie adaptation of a novel with the same name. It was written by Nahoko Uehashi, the creator of the iconic Moribito series. The Deer King tells the story of Van, an enslaved former soldier, and a young girl named Yuna as they struggle against a deadly disease, violent war, and political intrigue between two opposing nations.
The Deer King has been in development for quite some time now. It was initially scheduled to release in 2020, but due to the pandemic, the movie was forced to delay the screening all the way to early 2022. GKIDS acquired the rights for the North American release and planned to screen the movie soon after the official premiere.
5. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Cucuruz Doan no Shima (Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island)
2021 saw the release of Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash, the first of a planned trilogy of movies set on the modern-day Universal Century. That alone is already such a great treat for the Gundam fans. However, Sunrise decided to spoil the fans and release another movie and tv series in 2022. The movie is called Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's island. It is based on the lost 15th episode of the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime from the 80s that somehow didn't make it to the final cut of the series. It's about a missing Zeon pilot who abandons his post and hides on the island.
In this movie, the fans will be able to see familiar characters from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series that essentially helped start this iconic and influential franchise, such as Amuro Ray, The White Base, and its crews, and of course, the iconic RX-78-2.
4. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the twenty-first Dragon Ball feature film and the fourth one that is written and designed by Akira Toriyama himself. The movie is about the resurrection of The Red Ribbon Army. The evil organization that Goku destroyed back when he was just a child now finds a way to create much stronger androids, and they are back in the business of taking over the world.
This is the second movie that bears the name "Dragon Ball Super" in its title with the first one being the 2018s Dragon Ball Super: Broly. However, unlike the crisp classic anime style that they use in Broly, Super Hero will present the story in a distinct CGI look. The news about Dragon Ball: Super Hero mentioned that Akira Toriyama was really passionate and excited to work on this project. Needless to say, that is the exact sentiment that is shared by millions of Dragon Ball fans around the world right now.
3. One Piece Film: Red
It has been around three years since the last One Piece Film, “Stampede”, graced the big screen. So the fans are really in need of a new one right now. As it happens, One Piece celebrated the publication of its 1000th chapters, 100th volumes, and the 1000th episodes of the anime in 2021. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Eiichiro Oda and Toei Animation decided to produce a new One Piece movie, The One Piece: Red.
Interestingly enough, there's not much information going on about the story of Red at this moment. The only thing that we know for now is the fact that the story will feature a new female character and one of the Four Emperors of the Sea, Red Hair Shanks. Honestly, that one sentence alone is enough to draw every fan to see One Piece: Red. The movie is scheduled to release in August 2022, but there's no international release date at the moment.
2. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie
Jujutsu Kaisen has become incredibly popular as of late. The fast-paced story and electrifying animation launched the original series onto the stratosphere. But there are more stories to tell other than about Yuji Itadori and the demon inside him. And that is what the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie is all about.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is the prequel that takes place roughly a year before the current story. The main protagonist this time around is a high-schooler named Yuta Okkotsu who is haunted by a chaotic and extremely dangerous spirit called Rika, his late childhood friend. Satoru Gojo brought Yuta to the Jujutsu High and put him in the same class as Panda, Maki, and Inumaki. This is the story of how Yuta tries to understand, accept, and control Rika.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie was actually released in December 2021 in Japan and it became an instant hit. Fans and newcomers alike love this new Jujutsu Kaisen storyline. Unfortunately, it will take a couple of months before it can finally grace the international screens. That is why Jujutsu Kaisen 0 ends up being in this list, instead of the best 2021 movie list.
1. Suzume no Tojimari (Suzume's Locking-Up)
Out of every anime movie that is planned to come out this year, Suzume no Tojimari is arguably the one that most people are looking forward to seeing. The reason is simply that it is the new movie by the legendary director Makoto Shinkai. Suzume no Tojimari is about a 17-year-old girl named Suzume who found an old door at an abandoned building. She suddenly felt the urge to open the door, which caused similar doors to appear all over Japan. Not only that, but numerous disasters also come rushing in wherever the door shows up. So begins Suzume's adventure as she journeys across Japan to close the mysterious doors and stop the disasters.
Just like the previous Makoto Shinkai movies, Suzume no Tojimari is a beautiful mixture of magical fantasy and coming-of-age drama. The movie is scheduled to release in late 2022 in Japan. The international release date is still unknown at this point.
As you can see, there are lots of great movies that will be ready to entertain and inspire you throughout 2022. From the story of an adventure of a lifetime to a fantasy story about mysterious doors that bring disasters, and also from a new original story in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, to the movie adaptation of the Jujutsu Kaisen Prequel. This year has such a diverse collection of anime movies that can easily please every anime fan no matter what kind of story they prefer.
So, are there any movies from this list that you are excited to see? Or maybe there's something missing from here that you think deserves a mention? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section below.