2020 hasn’t been the best year for movies, with theaters closed and generally posing health risks even when they are open. Fortunately, things are looking to get back to normal in 2021, and there should be a ton of animated films ready for you to enjoy. Animation fans have a ton of original movies and classic anime updates to look forward to in the New Year months. The 2021 animated film lineup promises high-flying adventures, tons of magical girls, Olympic-level athletic achievements and a grand finale with decades in the works.
Earwig and the witch
Earwig and the witch has been a bit of a cheat since it premiered on Japanese TV on December 30. However, the English release will be one of the first anime releases of 2021. Earwig and the witch is Studio Ghibli’s new film, arriving six years after their last feature film, When Marnie was there. Goro Miyazaki’s all-CG animated film feels like an enchanting magical story that pushes Ghibli into a new animation style unlike anything he’s done before.
The CG animation is amazing, managing to capture the enchanting magic of Ghibli’s 2D movies. If this is the future of Studio Ghibli, the future looks bright. However, there’s still a possibility that this will be the studio’s penultimate film. The only other Ghibli film currently in production is How do you live?, which appears to be Hayao Miyazaki’s last film.
Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Once upon a time three times
Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Once upon a time three times is the latest entry in the evangelization saga. Initially scheduled for release in June 2020, Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 seems ready to finish the Rebuildthe alternate universe of – or perhaps the sequel – of the original classic series. The film has been severely delayed due to the directorial duties of Hideaki Anno Shin godzilla and COVID-19, but finally fans will have a conclusion to this sprawling saga.
With Neon Genesis Evangelion being one of the greatest anime titles of all time, the release of this film will be an event. It will be, like evangelization still does, causes a lot of controversy. However, Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 will also offer a catharsis to fans who have been waiting since 2007 to see how Reconstruction of Evangelion would end. Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Once upon a time three times is slated for release in January in Japan.
Sailor Moon Eternal: the movie
Sailor moon is one of the most beloved anime franchises of all time. When Sailor Moon Crystal finished after adapting the third arc of the manga, fans waited for the return of the series and adapted the last two arcs. Eternal Sailor Moon is a two-part cinematic event, designed to adapt the fourth arc of the Sailor moon incredibly animated manga.
What makes this announced project particularly exciting is how the fourth arc of the original animated series, Sailor Moon SuperS, was poorly received by fans at the time for straying so drastically from Naoki Takeuchi’s original manga. The presence of Kazuko Tadano, the character designer of Sailor Moon R: The Movie, who returned to redesign the Sailor Guardians. Sailor Moon Eternal: Part 1 is slated for release in January 2021, while Sailor Moon: Eternal: Part 2 is scheduled for February 2021. No US release date has been announced.
We know very little about BEAUTIFUL for the moment, with only concept art and a detail of his world being published. BEAUTIFUL takes place in U, an online universe where more than five billion people come together to socialize and communicate. While the concept art released looks amazing, what makes this film really interesting is the talent behind it: Mamoru Hosoda.
Hosoda is an incredibly prolific director in the field of Japanese anime. Originally planned to lead Studio Ghibli Howl’s moving castle after leading two Digimon shorts, Hosoda has directed classics such as The girl who jumped in time, Summer wars, Wolf Children and Oscar nominee Mirai. BEAUTIFUL returns to his favorite internet sci-fi themes, as evidenced by Digimon and Summer wars, and is slated for a Japanese release in the summer of 2021.
My Hero Academia: Third Film
2021 promises to be an excellent year for My hero university Fans. Along with the announcement of a fifth season, My hero universityThe third film will be released in 2021. Although information on the film is still scarce, the film has been announced with a teaser image that read “He will meet the Three Musketeers”, with the words in a photo of Bakugo, Midoriya and Todoroki.
The film appears to be run by the same staff behind the previous two films and series, with manga creator Kohei Horikoshi once again overseeing. If you are a fan of the previous My Hero Academia movies then this will be a must see. My hero universityThe third film will be released in Japan in the summer of 2021.
Inu-Oh tell the story of a unique boy covered in head-to-toe clothing and his friendship with a blind biwa player. From there, the two embarked on a business venture together, eventually learning from each other and achieving something beautiful between their two difficult circumstances.
Inu-Oh is the latest film by Masaaki Yuasa, the director behind Devilman crybaby, Hands off Eizouken and Japan sinks in 2020., and his last film before he took temporary retirement. If Inu-Oh manages to capture even half the beauty and unorthodox style of his previous anime productions, then this could be something special. Inu-Oh is expected to be released sometime in 2021.
Yuri !!! on ice: the movie: adolescence on ice
Since the end of 2016 Yuri !!! on the ice, fans are clamoring for more. When a prequel film centered around the life of young Victor Nikiforov was announced, fans went wild. Very little has been revealed about the film other than a teaser poster and, most recently, a trailer posted online. The hype increased when it was confirmed that the director of the film was Sayo Yamamoto, the director behind the original. Yuri !!! on the ice as good as Michiko & Hatchin and Lupine the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
Ice adolescence does not yet have an official release date. The film has been delayed each year, from 2019 to 2020, with production continuing in silence. However, with a teaser in the works, fans predict they will see the film sometime in 2021, although the timing remains a mystery.
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