Anime Movies to Watch Out for in the 2nd Half of 2014

Oftentimes, when it comes to movie talk, we hear about summer blockbusters. That’s not really a surprise, though, as movie makers target the widest range of audience possible to rake in the big bucks.

For anime fans, though, there are quite a few new anime movies that are set to be released in the latter half of 2014. That’s the good news. The not-so-good part is that some – or rather, most – of them are only officially opening in Japan, as you can very well expect. Then again, that has not proved to be much of an issue with globalization, yeah?

If you haven’t got your anime movies watching list lined up for the rest of the year, here are some that you will want to watch out for.

Soreike! Anpanman: Ringo B?ya to Minna no Negai

This is the 25th theatrical Anpanman movie, “Let’s Go! Anpanman: The Apple Boy and Everyone’s Wishes” in English. There were some doubts as to whether the movie would open due to its creator passing away, but fans would love the fact that it’s still on!

Opening on July 5, 2014

K: Missing Kings

Learn more about this upcoming movie from the official website. (Pro tip: Use Google Translate)

Opening on July 12, 2014 in Japan, July 18 in select US theaters, September – selected screenings in Canada

Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu

The story takes place in an underground country, with the Mythical Pokémon Diancie at the center. The problem is that the Heart Diamond, which is what keeps the country alive, is falling apart, and only Prince Diancie can make a new one – except she isn’t strong enough to do that yet.

Opens July 19 in Japan

Shin Gekij?-ban Initial D

Based on the manga series Initial D, this movie is supposed to be the first of a trilogy. Here’s the initial teaser.

Opens July 23 in Japan


Bandai’s Aikatsu! franchise, which highlights the lives of young girls who attend an academy for idols, is going to have its own movie. Learn more from the official website. Here’s some music to tease you.

Opens December 13, 2014


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