The most anticipated anime movies of 2023

Find out here which are the most anticipated anime movies by otakus around the world in 2023.

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We start the new year with the hangover of the impressive anime of 2022. However, this 2023 comes loaded with great works for the world of anime and manga. This time we focus on the most anticipated anime movies of 2023, among which are big names in the industry, sequels to great sagas and, above all, enormous quality.

What are the most anticipated anime movies by otakus?

Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time

The Evangelion saga, which began in 1995 with the original series ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’, reaches its conclusion in this film, produced by Studio Khara, a studio founded by the acclaimed Hideaki Anno, who is also the creator of this great series. Despite the fact that it already premiered worldwide in 2021 through Prime Video, Selecta Visión brings it to theaters in our country so that we can enjoy the golden finish of the franchise on the big screen.

Release date in Spain: January 19

Guardians of the Night: Kimetsu no Yaiba -Heading to the Blacksmiths Village-

The popular anime returns with its second film, which is once again animated by Ufotable, a studio that has given us spectacular moments in terms of animation in what we’ve seen of ‘Demon Slayer’ so far. This tape, unlike the first, will be made up of the last two episodes of season 2, the conclusion of the ‘Red District Arc’, and the first hour-long episode of the new season and the ‘Arc from the Blacksmiths’ Village.

Japan release date: February 3

Sasaki to Miyano Movie: Graduation

This BL film serves as a sequel to the anime ‘Sasaki to Miyano’, which aired in the winter 2022 season, both animated by Studio Deen. In this feature film we will see how the precious relationship between the characters that give the work its name, Sasaki and Miyano, evolves. This film, unlike what happens with many others belonging to a series, continues to adapt the story told in the homonymous manga created by Shou Harusono.

Japan release date: February 17

Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King

Since the Black Clover anime series ended almost two years ago, this tape, also animated by the Pierrot studio, was and is the only animated project in the saga in sight, making it one of the anime movies most anticipated of 2023. In this story we will see how Asta and company have a run-in with an ancient Wizard King, which will lead to a tremendous battle that looks spectacular, in terms of animation, especially if we compare it with the series.

World premiere date: March 31


The new film by renowned director Makoto Shinkai, whose films we order from worst to best here, is once again animated by CoMix Wave Films, who seem to have done an excellent job of giving us some beautiful shots. In this story that combines the elements of a road-movie with a post-apocalyptic setting, greatly influenced by the recent pandemic, we will see how Suzume and a mysterious man travel through Japan closing dangerous doors.

Release date in much of Europe (does not include Spain): April 12, 13 and 14

How Do You Live?

This is one of the most anticipated anime films of 2023 since it is the next, and at the moment the last, film by the well-known Hayao Miyazaki, obviously animated by Studio Ghibli. Its title, although it is the same as a 1937 Japanese novel, does not mean that it is an adaptation of it, in fact, it is an original story by Miyazaki and, simply, this book is enormously important for the protagonist. The only thing we know is that in the novel a man and his uncle reflect on how we human beings live.

Japan release date: July 14

kimi no iro

As in the previous case, this is one of the most anticipated anime films of 2023 since it is behind the director Naoko Yamada (‘A Silent Voice’), the screenwriter Reiko Yoshida (‘Violet Evergarden’) and the composer Kensuke Ushio (‘Chainsaw Man’), in addition to having the animation of Science Saru. The story centers on a young woman who can perceive people’s feelings as colors. After a fortuitous encounter with a girl with “beautiful colors” and a boy who loves music, the three of them form a band.

Japan release date: Autumn

Sand Land

This project will adapt, with a 3DCGI animation by the Sunrise, Anima and Kamikaze Douga studios, the two-volume manga published by Akira Toriyama in the year 2000. This work will take us to a desert planet where a curious trio, made up of By Beelzebub, a friend of his and an old sheriff, they will embark on a journey to find Ghost Lake and find an alternative remedy to the king’s expensive bottles. As you can see in the trailer revealed at Jump Festa 23, the animation style is practically identical to that of ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’.

Japan release date: 2023

Spy x Family The Movie

It is to be expected that the first film of one of the best animes of 2022 would be among the most anticipated films of 2023, also taking into account that the author of the manga, Tatsuya Endo, will be in charge of writing, designing the characters, and supervising this story. anime original. Since it was recently announced along with the second season of the anime at Jump Festa 23, unfortunately, we don’t know any plot details other than that it won’t be adapting anything from the manga.

Japan release date: 2023