The 20 Best Anime Movies Of 2022 You Shouldn't Miss

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Vote up the best anime films of 2022.

With so many fantastic anime series coming out in 2022, it can be easy to overlook the fact that there are tons of awesome 2022 anime films debuting alongside them. From the ones that have already earned the title of best anime movies of 2022 to upcoming anime movies that look promising, this year is a goldmine. Break out the popcorn, because there's a lot to see.

If you love Jujutsu Kaisen, you should check out its prequel film, which first debuted in the USA in March 2022. Looking for something original? Then Makoto Shinkai's newest upcoming film, Suzume’s Door-Locking, might be right up your alley.
 

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  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0
    Photo: Jujutsu Kaisen 0 / MAPPA

    Release Date: December 24th, 2021 (Japan) March 18th , 2022 (USA)

    Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a prequel to the main series that is key to understanding the story as a whole, so if you're a JJK fan you shouldn't miss it. The story revolves around Yuta Okkotsu, a young man who is haunted by a Curse that was created when his childhood friend Rika Orimoto passed away. At first, Rika makes his life a living hell by attacking everyone who gets near him. But with some training at Jujutsu Tech, he's able to communicate with Rika and work with her. His increased control over his power is just what he needs to face Geto, an old friend of Gojo's who has something truly despicable in mind. 

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    315 VOTES
    Belle
    Photo: Belle / Studio Chizu

    Release Date: July 16, 2021 (Japan), January 14, 2022 (USA)

    Directed by the legendary Mamoru Hosoda, this sci-fi take on Beauty & The Beast is one of the best anime films of the year. Ever since her mother passed away, Suzu has kept to herself. The one place where she feels truly free is a virtual world called “U.” There, she takes on the identity of a beautiful singer called Belle. One day while in U, she encounters the Beast, a reclusive figure who being hounded by self-appointed U officials. Suzu wants to learn more about him - online, and offline. 

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    249 VOTES
    Bubble
    Photo: Bubble / Wit Studio

    Release Date: April 28

    A futuristic version of Tokyo has been cut off from the rest of the world by bubbles that destroy gravity. While this causes a lot of problems, it also provides a great space for team parkour. While engaged in this dangerous sport, a boy named Hibiki falls into the gravity-bending sea. He's rescued in the nick of time by a girl with strange powers. The two of them hear a sound that no one else can hear - a sound that will change their lives forever. 

     

  • Suzume’s Door-Locking
    Photo: Suzume’s Door-Locking / CoMix Wave Films

    Release Date: November 11

    Anything directed by Makoto Shinkai is worth paying attention to, so put Suzume’s Door-Locking on your to-watch list if you haven't already. 17-year-old Suzume's quiet life in Kyushu is disrupted when a traveling man shows up looking for a mysterious door. The door they find is old and weathered and seems to have been the only thing left after a great disaster. Soon more doors start popping up all over Japan. What's behind them could be earth-shattering.  

  • One Piece Film: Red
    Photo: One Piece Film: Red / Toei Animation

    Release Date: August 6

    Despite being one of the Four Emperors and a key part of Luffy's childhood, One Piece fans don't know much about Shanks. One Piece Film: Red reveals something important about him - he has an estranged daughter named Uta who became a world famous singer. Supervised and produced by Eiichiro Oda himself, this is bound to be one of the most interesting One Piece films yet.

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    113 VOTES
    Drifting Home
    Photo: Drifting Home / Studio Colorido

    Release Date: September 16

    Kousuke and Natsume were once close childhood friends, but in sixth grade their relationship becomes strained. Their friendship is put to the test when they visit the housing complex they grew up in that's about to be demolished. There, a strange phenomenon sends the two of them and several others drifting into a sea that seems to be part of another world. Can they ever return home? And what will happen to their friendship?