From the very beginning, anime films have drawn in viewers with its distinct narratives, superb animation, and varied cast of characters. 2024 is a year in which the anime industry is still developing and releasing innovative new movies. These are five 2024 anime films that are a must-see and are certain to make an impact.
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Best & Must-Watch Anime Movies of 2024 are as follows:-
1. Kizumonogatari: Koyomi Vamp
It is the remake of Kizumonogatari, titled Kizumonogatari: Koyomi Vamp, a prequel part of the popular Monogatari Series. Monogatari Series has been produced by Shaft since its inception in 2009 with Bakemonogatari. The Kizumonogatari trilogy, consisting of Tekketsu, Nekketsu, and Reiketsu, was released in 2016 and 2017. Now, this trilogy is being remade into a single film titled Kizumonogatari: Koyomi Vamp. While the original trilogy was directed by Tatsuya Oishi under the general direction of Akiyuki Shinbo, this time, Tatsuya Oishi takes the helm as the sole director, with Akiyuki Shinbo’s name missing from the staff list.
This movie is highly recommended even for those who haven’t seen Monogatari Series as it serves as a gateway to the franchise. It’s a prequel to the first work of the series, Bakemonogatari, telling the story of how the protagonist, Koyomi Araragi, meets the apparition king Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade and how he becomes a vampire. The film promises to deliver all the essential elements of a great anime: a gripping and serious storyline, flashy action, humorous dialogues, and unique characters. There’s also keen anticipation to see how Studio Shaft will meet fan expectations and not just make it a mere remake.
Release date: January 12, 2024
2. Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction
This can be said to be the most anticipated anime film of 2024 by manga fans. This manga, which combines post-apocalyptic sci-fi elements with slice-of-life, was published by Inio Asano from 2014 to 2022. Speaking of Inio Asano, he is a manga artist who has created famous works like Goodnight Punpun and Solanin. The voice actors are also exciting, featuring the most popular JPOP artists of the moment, Ano and Lilas Ikuta from Yoasobi, as the voices of the two main female characters.
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Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction is set in Tokyo three years after a giant spaceship appears above the city. The story follows high school students Kadode Koyama and her best friend Ouran Nakagawa as they navigate their everyday lives amidst the backdrop of this ongoing alien invasion. The manga blends slice-of-life elements with a sense of impending doom, exploring themes of adolescence, societal apathy, and the complexities of growing up in a world overshadowed by constant threat and uncertainty.
Release date: March 22, 2024 (Part 1)/April 19, 2024 (Part 2)
3. Detective Conan: The Million Dollar Signpost
The 2024 release will be the 27th film in the Detective Conan series, titled Detective Conan: The Million Dollar Signpost. This movie had long been hinted to feature Kaito Kid and Heiji Hattori as key characters, making it the first time since 2010’s Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky that Kid and Hattori appear together, a gap of 13 films. The original manga by Gosho Aoyama has already reached 104 volumes, and its popularity is at its peak.
What makes this year an exception is that another Conan movie will be released before the April new release. Detective Conan vs. Kid the Phantom Thief will hit theaters on January 5, 2024. This film is a recompilation of TV anime episodes centered around Kid and Conan, such as Conan vs. Kaito Kid and Gathered Great Detectives! Jimmy Kudo vs. Phantom Thief Kid. Since Detective Conan is enjoyable for people of all ages, its popularity is unlikely to wane. The detective title mainly indicate the thrilling and mystery experience. Thus, it its male into the list of must-watch anime movies of 2024.
Release date: April 12, 2024
The film is a work by the team Super Peace Busters, featuring director Tatsuyuki Nagai, screenwriter Mari Okada, and character designer, Masayoshi Tanaka. This title follows their highly acclaimed works such as Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, in 2011, The Anthem of the Heart, in 2015, and Her Blue Sky in 2019. The production studio is CloverWorks, whose predecessor, A-1 Pictures Koenji Studio, was responsible for the previous three works by Super Peace Busters; they essentially maintained the same team for this new project. CloverWorks, also known for producing series like Rascal Does Not Dream and Spy × Family, is rapidly gaining recognition.
Even though the detailed story hasn’t been revealed, the direction of the work can be somewhat understood from the features of this production team and the trailer. It will likely focus on the realistic daily lives of young people, set against the backdrop of beautifully rural Japanese scenery. The story will evolve as small, extraordinary elements infiltrate this ordinary setting. While this might sound like a common contemporary anime plot, the details depicted in this movie is expected to be uniquely crafted by Super Peace Busters. This is a title highly anticipated as a candidate for the best anime movies of 2024.
Release date: Autumn 2024
5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Walpurgisnacht: Rising
This is the latest installment in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series, highly acclaimed as one of 2010’s best anime. Originally aired as a 12-episode TV anime series in 2011, the Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie trilogy was released in 2012 and 2013. The upcoming Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Walpurgisnacht: Rising serves as the fourth film in the series and a direct sequel to the third movie, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, released in 2013.
Like the previous movies, this latest part is produced by the studio Shaft, led by Chief Director Akiyuki Shinbo and Director Yukihiro Miyamoto, with Gen Urobuchi in charge of the screenplay, ensuring a certain level of quality in the work. The new film seems to focus on Madoka and Homura, and there’s a sense that a new story is beginning. The trailer gives off an ominous atmosphere characteristic of the series. In any case, it’s a must-watch anime movies of 2024.
Release date: Winter 2024
As the world of anime continues to evolve and produce new and exciting films, these five must-watch anime movies of 2024 are sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences. Whether you’re a fan of action, romance, or thought-provoking stories, there’s something for everyone in this list. So grab some popcorn and get ready to be transported to new and exciting worlds through the magic of anime.