Highly Anticipated Anime Movies Hitting the Theatres

Unlike anime series that are perfect for binge-watching, anime movies offer a distinct experience. They allow you to immerse yourself in a complete anime story in just one sitting. Moreover, these films expand the anime universe with thrilling sequels that can be enjoyed as standalone experiences while covering a larger narrative.

Get ready for a wave of excitement as several iconic anime series are set to make their big-screen debut. Here is a lineup of must-watch anime movies this summer:

1. Look Back

Released on June 28, 2024, and based on a manga with the same title, Look Back is the story of a fourth-year elementary school girl named Ayumu Fujino. Ayumu, a budding manga artist for her school newspaper, encounters Kyomoto, a reclusive girl with a talent for illustrations that surpasses her own.


This encounter initially sparks Ayumu’s feelings of envy, but their relationship takes a heartwarming turn when Ayumu discovers that Kyomoto appreciates her work.

As Ayumu and Kyomoto navigate their paths while growing together, a heart-wrenching event compels Ayumu to reflect on the precious moments she shared with her friend. Brace yourself for a deeply moving narrative that will stir a myriad of emotions within you, making this movie a must-watch for any anime enthusiast.

2. Code Geass: Roze Of The Recapture

Aired on June 21, 2024, the sequel to the popular anime series Re:surrection, Rozé of the Recapture, focuses on two mercenary brothers on a rescue mission. It starts with the capture of Sakuya Sumeragi, the daughter of the deceased lord of Hokkaido. In Rozé of the Recapture, mercenaries Ash and Rozé are commissioned by the Japanese resistance group the Seven Shining Stars to take on the might of the Neo-Britannian empire and their Einberg Knights to rescue Sakuya Sumeragi.

Code Geass: Rozé of the Recapture | Official Trailer | Disney+ Singapore

The elder brother, Ash, is a force to be reckoned with, possessing superior athletic ability and advanced piloting skills for the Knightmare Frame. In contrast, the younger brother, Roze, is a mastermind, his intelligence and strategic prowess guiding their every move.

The 100th emperor of Britannia, Charis al Britannia, who had repelled the Black Knights’ liberation operation for four years with the impregnable energy barrier known as the Citumpe Barrier, together with Noland and the other Einberg Knights, is about to plunge the world into chaos once again.

3. Baki Hanma VS Kengan Ashura

Released on June 6, 2024, as the title suggests, Baki Hanma vs Kengan Ashura pits the most formidable fighters from Baki Hanma and Kengan Ashura in a brutal MMA crossover. It’s the ultimate showdown of the toughest fighters from “Baki Hanma” and “Kengan Ashura,” who clash in this hard-hitting and one of the most excellent martial arts crossovers ever.

Baki Hanma VS Kengan Ashura | Official Trailer | Netflix

The stage is set at the Underground Arena, where the organizers have meticulously planned close matches. In thrilling 60 minutes, the film delivers a series of fights that are both lengthy and incredulous, pushing the boundaries of MMA and human endurance.

When you are sure the fight is finally over, at least, somehow, a fighter will stand up again, with no care for the blood and gore, to continue a desirable counter. Baki Hanma VS Kengan Ashura is nothing you won’t expect, but your curiosity about the outcome determining the winners and losers will keep you hanging.

4. Bocchi The Rock! Re: Compilation Film

With the first part released on June 7, 2024, and part 2 scheduled for release on August 9, 2024, Bochhi The Rock! compilation movie follows Hitori Gotoh, “Bocchi-chan,” is a girl who’s so introverted and shy around people that she can’t even converse properly with people her age. During middle school, she began playing the guitar, wanting to join a band because she thought it could be an opportunity for even someone shy like her to shine.

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Incredulously enough, because of her lack of social life, she practiced guitar for six hours daily and became incredibly skilled. Bocchi’s uploaded videos of herself playing the guitar to the internet under “Guitar Hero” became a hit, and she fantasized about performing at her school’s cultural festival concert.

However, she still aspires to become a rock musician and is presented with an opportunity when she is welcomed into Nijika Ijichi’s newly established Kessoku Band. These films will revisit and revive the most significant moments from the TV anime’s inaugural season, offering fans a chance to savor the same feeling once more.

5. Blue Lock: Episode Nagi

Released June 27, 2024, Episode Nagi, the Blue Lock spin-off movie is a testament to Nagi Seishiro’s pivotal role in the Blue Lock series. Introduced as Team V’s genius striker in the first selection, Nagi’s character served as the first major hurdle that Team Z faced, setting the stage for the intense storyline.


Blue Lock Episode Nagi will take us on a journey through Nagi’s origin story. We’ll learn about his first encounter with Reo Mikage and his initial steps into the world of soccer. The movie will also delve into his life in Blue Lock, his interactions with Isagi, and the evolution of his character since then, offering a comprehensive exploration of Nagi’s life and growth.

The movie uncovers Nagi’s unorthodox journey to fame, a path that is as much about his friendship with Reo Mikage as it is about football. Reo, a talented student, kickstarted their football journey with a dream of winning the World Cup, adding an emotional depth to their story. We’ll look into the origins of Nagi and Reo’s aspirations and their thrilling, rapid climb through the ranks, providing a deeper understanding of the characters.

6. Gintama: Ikkoku Keisei-Hen

Another compilation film released on June 21, 2024, and a part of the “Gintama 20th Anniversary Project,” the film is a theatrical edit of the “Courtesan of a Nation Arc” from the Gintama TV anime series, which takes place from episodes 257–261.

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The upcoming second compilation film is based on the TV anime Courtesan of a Nation Arc (known as Ikkoku Keisei-hen in Japan). Under the title Gintama on Theater 2D Ikkoku Keisei-hen, the film will screen with extra footage at the theaters.

Get ready for a deeper dive into the Gintama universe with this arc. It introduces the arc’s main antagonist Tokugawa Sada Sada, Rotten Maizou , and the recurring antagonists, the Naraku and its leader Oboro. But that’s not all. This arc also unveils more of Gintoki’s past, including his enigmatic teacher, Shouyou, leaving fans eager for more.

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