All the anime films that had a Blu-ray, DVD, or digital release this year are automatically nominated for the Anime Movie of the Year title in the upcoming 8th Anime Trending Awards. No preliminary qualifying round was held since the number of eligible titles is not more than 15. 12 anime films made the cut as listed below.
Best Boy and Girl of the Year Qualifying Polls for Anime Movie Characters are now open! Vote here!
Note that only films that don’t have any prior TV series are the ones included in the Qualifying Polls.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train
Falling forever into an endless dream. Tanjiro and the group have completed their rehabilitation training at the Butterfly Mansion, and they arrive to their next mission on the Mugen Train, where over 40 people have disappeared in a very short period of time.
Tanjiro and Nezuko, along with Zenitsu and Inosuke, join one of the most powerful swordsmen within the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, to face the demon aboard the Mugen Train on track to despair. [Source: Funimation]
Studio: ufotable (Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014))
Starring: Natsuki Hanae (Tokyo Ghoul), Hiro Shimono (The World God Only Knows), Akari Kitou (TONIKAWA), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online), Satoshi Hino (The Familiar of Zero)
Availability: Netflix (select regions), Crunchyroll, Funimation, Wakanim, Viu, iFlix, iQIYI, bilibili
Genre: Action, Adventure, Shonen, Supernatural
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
The fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion. Misato and her anti-Nerv group Wille arrive in Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower [Source: Amazon Prime Video]
Starring: Yuko Miyamura (Detective Conan), Megumi Ogata (Toilet-bound Hanako-kun), Megumi Hayashibara (Detective Conan)
Availability: Amazon Prime Video
Genre: Action, Adventure, SciFi, Mecha
Fate/Grand Order: Camelot -Wandering; Agateram
The wandering knight, Bedivere, reaches the end of his journey. The year is A.D. 1273 in Jerusalem. The Holy Land has been transformed into a massive desert, the people have been forced out of their homes, and three major powers wage war with each other in this wasteland.
The Knights of the Round Table come together to protect the Holy City and their Lion King. With the whole of his kingdom summoned into a strange land, Ozymandias, the Sun-King, quietly plots against the tyranny of this bizarre realm. The mountain people, protectors of those who were stripped of their land, await their chance at rebellion. In order to fulfill his mission, Bedivere heads for the Holy City where the Lion King rules.
There he meets humanity’s final Master, Ritsuka Fujimaru, who has come to Jerusalem, accompanied by his Demi-Servant, Mash Kyrielight, in their quest to restore human history. Bedivere joins with Fujimaru and his companions to undertake this quest. [Source: GSC Movies]
Studio: Signal.MD (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
Starring: Rie Takahashi (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Sword Art Online), Mamoru Miyano (Steins;Gate), Miyuki Sawashiro (Sword Art Online), Kenichi Suzumura (Naruto), Takehito Koyasu ( Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures), Ayako Kawasumi (Fate/Stay Night), Minami Tanaka (Kakegurui), Maaya Sakamoto (Black Butler)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Fantasy
Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song
As Sakura drowns in the murky darkness of the sins she has committed, Shirou’s vow to protect her at all costs leads him into a raging battle to put an end to the Holy Grail War. Will Shirou’s wish reach Sakura even as he challenges fate itself in a desperate battle against the rising tide? [Source: Aniplex of America]
Studio: ufotable (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Starring: Kana Ueda (Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World), Noriaki Sugiyama (Naruto), Noriko Shitaya (Tales of Zestira), Mai Kadowaki (Strike Witches), Jouji Nakata (Persona 5 The Animation), Ayako Kawasumi (Amagi Brilliant Park), Yuu Asakawa (Fate/Grand Order), Junichi Suwabe (My Hero Academia)
Availability: Netflix (select regions), AppleTV, Microsoft Store
Genre: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Fantasy
High school student Ritsuka Uenoyama is shocked when he hears Mafuyu Sato’s singing voice. He and his other bandmates, Haruki Nakayama and Akihiko Kaji, then welcome him into their band as a vocalist. After Mafuyu joins, their first live performance is a huge success, and they make their official debut as the band “Given.” In the midst of all this, Ritsuka realizes that he has feelings for Mafuyu and they start seeing each other. Meanwhile, Haruki secretly has had feelings for Akihiko for years, but Akihiko was still in a relationship with his roommate, the violinist Ugetsu Murata. Haruki, Akihiko, and Ugetsu’s love clashes on the big screen and starts to move forward. [Source: Crunchyroll]
Studio: Lerche (Astra Lost in Space)
Starring: Shougo Yano (Tsurune), Yuuma Uchida (Fruits Basket), Masatomo Nakazawa (Haikyu!!), Takuya Eguchi (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
Genre: Drama, Slice of Life, Music, Shonen Ai (Boy’s Love), Romance
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job assisting Josee, an artist whose imagination takes her far beyond her wheelchair. But when the tide turns against them, they push each other to places they never thought possible, and inspire a love fit for a storybook. [Source: Funimation]
Studio: Bones (My Hero Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist)
Starring: Kaya Kiyohara, Taishi Nakagawa, Yume Miyamoto (Rikka Takarada from SSSS.GRIDMAN), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Jonathan Joestar from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure), Lynn (Sakura Yamauchi from I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)
Availability: Netflix (select regions), AppleTV
Genre: Drama, Romance
Love Me, Love Me Not
A fresh romance from Io Sakisaka, leading shojo manga creator and author of Ao Haru Ride! Fast friends Yuna and Akari are complete opposites—Yuna is an idealist, while Akari is a realist. When lady-killer Rio and the oblivious Kazuomi join their ranks, love and friendship become quite complicated!
Studio: A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
Starring: Marika Suzuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki (Free!), Megumi Han (Hunter x Hunter), Souma Saitou (Haikyu!)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway
After Char’s rebellion, Hathaway Noa leads an insurgency against Earth Federation, but meeting an enemy officer and a mysterious woman alters his fate. [Source: Netflix]
Studio: Sunrise (Gintama, Cowboy Bebop)
Starring: Kensho Ono (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures), Reina Ueda (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba), Junichi Suwabe (Sword Art Online), Souma Saitou (Akame ga Kill!), Kenjirou Tsuda (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Genre: Action, SciFi, Mecha
Princess Principal: Crown Handler Part I
At the end of the 19th century, London, the Kingdom of Albion has been split into East and West sides by a giant wall. Five girls attend Queen’s Mayfaire, a conventional and prestigious school. Under the guise of regular high school girls, they act as spies under cover. Disguise, reconnaissance, infiltration, car chases… Each girl uses their own set of special skills to dart around the world of shadow. [Source: Sentai Filmworks]
Studio: Actas (Girls & Panzer)
Starring: Aoi Koga (Kaguya-sama: Love is War), You Taichi (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime), Akira Sekine (Tower of God), Nozomi Furuki (High School Fleet), Akari Kageyama (Himouto! Umaru-chan)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Psychological
The Stranger by the Shore
There’s nothing wrong with liking another guy.” To be in the arms of the person I love… I thought that was an unobtainable dream… On an island off the coast of Okinawa, two young men meet on a beach. Shun Hashimoto is gay and aspires to be a novelist. He is interested in Mio Chibana, a somber high school student, and starts to flirt with him. Day by day, the two of them grow closer, but then, suddenly, Mio decides to leave the island. Three years later, Mio returns and approaches Shun with the words, “I’ve thought about it for the past three years. I like you, Shun, even if you’re a guy.” However, when faced with the prospect of finally becoming lovers with Mio, Shun cannot take the first step towards commitment.. This is a tantalizing love story about a gay novelist and a younger part-time worker. It’s a manga that will touch and purify your heart [Source: Renta]
Studio: Studio Hibari (Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun)
Starring: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online), Taishi Murata (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Souma),
Availability: Funimation, Wakanim, Netflix (select regions)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Shonen Ai (Boy’s Love)
Violet Evergarden Movie
While writing other people’s emotions, she may have neglected her own. Violet Evergarden, the child soldier turned Auto Memory Doll, writes letters that evoke the words her clients can’t. But when a terminally ill boy requests her services for his family, her own feelings about love and loss resurface. Now she must confront her past and the death of the Major. [Source: Funimation]
Studio: Kyoto Animation (K-ON!)
Starring: Yui Ishikawa (Attack on Titan), Daisuke Namikawa (Hunter x Hunter),
Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop
The “boy-meets-girl” story depicts how words and music bridge the gap between Cherry, a boy who is terrible at communicating with other people, and Smile, a girl who hides behind a mask. They meet in a mundane suburban shopping mall in a provincial city.
Cherry always wears headphones and puts the feelings he cannot utter into his hobby, Japanese haiku poems. Smile always wears a mask to conceal her large front teeth, for which she has dental braces. As a popular video star, she streams a video about seeking “cuteness.” [Source: Anime News Network]
Studio: Signal.MD (Recovery of MMO Junkie), Sublimation
Starring: Somegoro Ichikawa, Hana Sugisaki, Megumi Han (Fruits Basket)
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Drama, Romance
Characters from anime films that are marked “Standalone” will be part of the qualifying polls for the Boy and Girl of the Year nominations in the 8th Anime Trending Awards. Polls will be mixed and will not be divided into a male and female character poll. Characters that become part of the Top 5 in the final tally will advance to the next round where they will compete with TV anime characters that ranked #6 to #15 in their respective seasons.
The anime film character qualifying polls will begin on November 15 and will open on the Anime Trending Awards Portal page