Anime movie fans, gather ’round! It’s time to mark your calendars and pop some popcorn, because 2023 has some seriously amazing animated films in store for us. From heart-warming tales to thrilling adventures, these must-see latest anime movies are the crème de la crème of the animation world. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a wild ride through the world of anime movies. And remember, no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to embrace your inner otaku.
Top 10 latest Anime Movies
10. Suzume (2022)
2h 2m – Adventure/Animation
Suzume, a 17-year-old girl from a peaceful town in Kyushu, encounters a young traveller who tells her he is searching for a door. She follows him and finds an old, weathered door in the ruins of the mountains. Despite the door’s age and weathering, Suzume is drawn to it and finds herself opening it.
As a result of the door being opened, other doors start to appear across Japan and strange disasters begin to occur. In order to stop the disasters, Suzume must go on a journey to close the doors.
During her journey, Suzume encounters a sky that merges together the stars, the setting sun, and the morning sky, creating a surreal and mystical environment. Guided by the mysterious doors, Suzume embarks on an exciting and dangerous journey to lock the doors and save the world.
9. Teasing Master Takagi-san: The Movie (2022)
1h 13m – /Drama
“Teasing Master Takagi-san The Movie” is a heart-warming anime film set during the final year of middle school for its main characters, Takagi and Nishikata. The film follows the duo as they navigate their anxieties about the future, and come together to care for an abandoned kitten they find one summer day.
Throughout the film, we see Takagi and Nishikata’s playful relationship as they challenge each other and find joy in simple moments, like playing guriko or swimming in class. The film also explores themes of friendship, as the duo form close bonds with classmates Mina, Yukari, and Sanae, and work together to make summer memories that will last a lifetime.
As the summer vacation progresses, Takagi and Nishikata take care of the kitten they found, naming it Hana and forming a special bond with the little furry friend. The film takes a heartwarming turn when Takagi decides to adopt Hana, but their joy is short-lived when they find the kitten has already been claimed by its family. However, Nishikata comforts Takagi, and the two make a promise to each other to always be there to make each other happy.
The film’s touching story is punctuated by stunning visuals, showcasing the natural beauty of the island and its lush greenery. “Teasing Master Takagi-san The Movie” is a sweet and sentimental coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of romantic comedies and heart warming tales of friendship and love.
8. The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie (2022)
2h 16m – Comedy/Romance/School
The story follows high school student, Futaro Uesugi, and the Nakano quintuplets – Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki – as they prepare for the upcoming school festival. The festival serves as a backdrop for Futaro to confess his love to one of the quintuplets, with each sister having a unique experience with him during the event.
The movie is about the relationships between the quintuplets, Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki, and their tutor, Futaro Uesugi. It takes place during the school festival and revolves around Futaro’s confession of love to the quintuplets and their individual experiences during the festival. Through the course of the movie, the relationships between the characters are explored and developed
7. Fruits Basket: Prelude (2022)
1h 28m – Drama/Romance
The story is about Kyouko Honda, whose memory still lives on even after her tragic death. She continues to provide guidance to her loved ones in times of difficulty, but she was not always the wise and radiant person that she is remembered as today.
As a young Kyouko, she felt deserted by her family and rejected by society. This led her to abandon stability and take a dangerous path of delinquency, which put her education and future in jeopardy.
However, her life took a turn for the better when she met Katsuya, who was starting his teaching internship at her school. Katsuya was unfazed by Kyouko’s tantrums and won her over with his gentleness and genuine attention. This was something that she had never experienced before.
As the two grew closer, Kyouko opened up her troubled heart to Katsuya and, with that, opened a door to a new and brighter future.
6. Drifting Home (2022)
1h 59m – Fantasy/Drama
The story is about two childhood friends, Kousuke and Natsume, who used to be close but now seem to be growing apart. Despite this, they both visit a housing complex from their childhood that is set to be demolished one summer day.
As they play there, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a strange phenomenon and when they come to, they see that the housing complex has drifted into a mysterious sea, along with Kousuke, Natsume, and others. This marks the beginning of their farewell summer journey as they try to figure out how to return to their previous world.
Will they be able to overcome their differences and work together to find their way back home? The journey promises to be filled with adventure, mystery, and self-discovery.
5. Goodbye, Don Glees!
1h 34m – Adventure/Comedy/Drama
The story is about a group of three teenagers named Roma, Toto, and Drop, who call themselves the “Don Glees.” They are known for their backyard adventures and their bond as friends.
One day, a forest fire breaks out near their neighborhood, and the trio is wrongly accused of being the cause. Determined to clear their names, they embark on a journey into the forest to gather evidence of their innocence.
However, their journey takes a turn for the worse when they face several challenges and disasters. This leads to increased tension between the friends as they start to realize that they have grown apart and are on different paths in life. The forest expedition brings to light the differences in their personalities and the effects of growing up.
4. Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars (2022)
1h 48m – Sci-fi/Animation
The story begins with Nobita discovering a small rocket, out of which pops a tiny alien named Papi. Papi hails from a planet called Pirika and has fled to Earth to escape the evil PCIA army. At first, Doraemon and his friends are taken aback by Papi’s small size, but they soon use Doraemon’s gadget “Small Light” to shrink down and play with their new friend.
However, their fun is quickly interrupted when a whale-shaped battleship arrives on Earth, chasing after Papi. Feeling guilty for involving Doraemon and his friends, Papi takes on the responsibility of fighting the PCIA army. Determined to protect Papi and his home planet, Doraemon and his friends embark on a journey to Pirika to defeat the enemy and restore peace.
3. Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpūden (2022)
1h 40m – Comedy/Drama
The story is about a young boy named Shinnosuke Nohara(shin-chan). One day, a woman named Chiyome Hesogakure and her child named Chinzō visit the Nohara family and claim that she is shin-chan’s real mother. They take him away to a Ninja Village where the Hesogakure family has a crucial responsibility of protecting the “earth’s navel.”
The family has been blocking it with a pure gold stopper using a technique passed down from generation to generation. If the stopper comes off, the earth will wither and the rotation will stop, resulting in the loss of the world’s tomorrow.
It is now up to shin-chan to uncover the mystery of his birth and protect the future of the earth and his family’s tomorrow.
2. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (2022)
1h 40m – Action/Sci-fi
The story revolves around Magenta and his quest for revenge against Goku Son. After Magenta’s father was defeated by Goku, he sets out to resurrect the Red Ribbon Army with the help of Dr. Hedo. Magenta convinces Dr. Hedo to create a new line of powerful androids to defeat Goku by making him believe that Earth’s strongest heroes are actually villains from another planet.
While Gokuu and Vegeta train elsewhere, Piccolo takes it upon himself to mentor Pan, Gokuu’s granddaughter. Piccolo trains her in the same way he once trained Gohan Son, her father. However, Gohan has left behind his warrior lifestyle to focus on academics. But when the new androids Gamma 1-gou and Gamma 2-gou arrive, Piccolo and Gohan must put their peaceful lives on hold to protect Pan and defend the planet.
Underneath the Red Ribbon headquarters, a more sinister project is underway. As the Gamma androids believe they are fighting for justice, Piccolo and Gohan take bold actions to stop the new robotic menace and protect their loved ones.
1. One Piece Film: Red (2022)
1h 55m – Adventure/Action
The story is about Uta, a former musician of the Red Hair Pirates and a childhood friend of Monkey D. Luffy. Uta had a dream of bringing a new era of freedom to the world through her music.
At her first ever live concert, Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew show up to support her, but things take a turn when Uta learns that Luffy has become a pirate. Despite their happy reunion, Uta unleashes her powers on the Straw Hat Crew due to her deep-seated hatred of pirates.
The crew soon realizes that their minds have been trapped in Uta’s dream world since the beginning of the concert, and that their bodies are still asleep in the real world. With time running out, they must find a way to escape the nightmare or be trapped in Uta’s dream forever.
So there you have it, folks! These top picks for 2023’s must-see anime movies are sure to delight and entertain you. Whether you’re a seasoned anime fan or a newcomer to the genre, these films are not to be missed. So grab your friends, your family, or just yourself, and enjoy the magic of animated storytelling at its finest. Happy watching