10. Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet
Japan is celebrating the World Sports Games (WSG), the world’s largest sporting event, in Tokyo. “Shinkansen”, the world’s first vacuum tube superconducting ship built with the latest Japanese technology, will be launched and timed to coincide with the opening of WSG. The train is set to run from Shin Nagoya Station to Tokyo Station at a speed of 1000km/h. However, a strange incident took place at a famous sponsor party, followed by a series of kidnappings of executives. Conan linked this to a WSG-related mass kidnapping 15 years ago in Boston.
Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet is a film full of mystery, action and suspense. This movie proved that the franchise has consistently put out good quality movies even more than two decades after its inception.
9. Cider no You ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru (Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop)
Yui “Cherry” Sakura expresses himself better through haiku that he writes and posts on the internet, even though no one notices it. While preparing for him and his family to move in August, he spent the summer working part-time at a welfare facility. Meanwhile, Yuki “Smile” Hoshino is a budding influencer who wants everyone to smile. However, she feels uncomfortable about braces for her protruding front teeth and hides her own smile using a mask. After a chance meeting with Cherry, Smile becomes a part-time employee at the same facility as him. Soon, the two assist an elderly man, Fujiyama, in searching for an old vinyl record he owns. Unable to remember its last location, he wants to hear it again before his memory fades. Cherry and Smile only have the sleeve of the profile and the word “yamazakura” as a clue and their hunt in the hazy summer heat begins.
There are many things that can be commended about this film, such as the unique characters, ravishing and highly stylized visuals, and sweet romance. That said, the slow-motion nature of the recording may not be suitable for viewers accustomed to fast-paced storytelling.
8. Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash is the latest film from the Gundam franchise, the latest story from the vast Universal Century (UC) timeline, and the first installment of a planned trilogy. The story follows Hathaway Noa, the son of Bright Noa, the captain of the iconic White Base from the original Mobile Suit Gundam. In this story, the years of the Earth Federation serving as humanity’s sole ruler resulted in all kinds of abuses of power against people they considered second-class citizens. To combat these pervasive injustices, Hathaway Noa takes on the guise of a terrorist named Mafty to sow chaos and fear among Earth Federation officials.
There are other series from the Gundam franchise where the main character is part of an independent organization other than the official military. But for the UC timeline, the stories are usually told from a Federation or Zion perspective. So expect to see a thrilling story, breathtaking action and breathtaking visuals from Hathaway’s Flash.
7. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
The Rebuild of Evangelion series was originally created to be a retelling of the iconic original Neon Genesis Evangelion series that spanned from 1995 to 1996. The fourth film, however, proved to take a long time. took longer to complete than its original series with a 13-year difference between the first and last films. After a long wait, fans of the Evangelion franchise are finally getting the ending they deserve with Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time in 2021.
The film takes place a few years after the end of the third season. The events from the previous film left Shinji feeling depressed and emotionless for a while, but he soon realized that he needed to get up and face his fears. So he went back to the cockpit and tried his best to correct his mistakes, finally putting an end to everything. The previous Evangelion movies have had some differences from their originals, but this last film tells a whole new ending to its original story. Add new, improved animations and you’ll have one of the best movies of the year.
6. Sword Art Online: Progressive Movie – Hoshi Naki Yoru no Aria (Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night)
It is not an exaggeration to say that Sword Art Online (SAO) is the work that brought isekai craze around the world. This may not be the first of its kind, but it’s definitely a trend-setter. Today, SAO has become a multimedia brand with many different stories and styles. The anime itself has grown into three seasons with over 100 episodes total. With that said, most fans will consider the first season of SAO, especially the Aincrad part, to be the best storyline of the bunch. Sword Art Online: Progressive movies are extended versions of that particular plot.
The story explores the story of Kirito and Asuna as they progress through the early levels of Aincrad. To add another twist to the story, SAO Progressive will see everything unfold from Asuna’s point of view, rather than Kirito’s. It will dive into the more detailed gameplay of SAO with improved visuals and cool animations. Progressive is without a doubt one of the best Sword Art Online stories ever to hit the screen.
5. My Hero Academia The Movie 3: World’s Heroes Mission
This third My Hero Academia movie takes place in the Endeavor Agency Season of the original series and it’s bigger, more ambitious than all the previous films. Not only that, this movie also expands the world of My Hero Academia beyond what was shown in the manga. The story of World’s Heroes Mission follows an international terrorist organization called Humarise that seeks to eliminate people with odd personalities around the world. To stop them, the biggest international joint effort involves heroes from all over the world, including several UA students, sent to sweep various parts of the earth in search of trigger bombs. and arrest the members of Humarise.
This movie introduces a lot of different heroes and also the lives of people from different parts of the world. Not only that, we also see Midoriya being put in a conflicted position as he tries to figure out the best course of action.
4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train)
Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is a direct sequel to the latest Demon Slayer, where we saw Tanjiro and his friends train, recover. In Mugen Train, the trio hunt demons on a train with one of the most powerful and charismatic swordsmen in the series, the flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. Unbeknownst to them, the demon had actually been watching them ever since they set foot on the ship and started preparing various deadly traps. As if that wasn’t suspenseful enough, there will be countless twists and turns that leave you speechless throughout the film.
What most people may not realize is that the story of Mugen Train happened overnight. However, it has presented a lot of interesting story elements that will make you unable to take your eyes off. Combine that with engaging animation and you get one of the best anime movies of 2021.
3. Gintama: The Final
In this final chapter of Gintama ending the official manga and TV series, Gintoki, Takasugi and Katsura rush through the enemy’s lair to save their beloved teacher. For those unfamiliar with all the chaos that has happened so far, this movie has spent a fair amount of time, in the beginning, recapitulating the story. This movie will put you directly in the middle of the chaotic action from the start while still delivering gibberish, crazy antics, and hilarious comedy at the same time. Plus, there’s also a touching and heartbreaking story to tie it all together. So, whether you’re a fan of Gintama or just someone who wants to see a good movie with tons of action, drama, and humor, you should definitely check out Gintama: The Final.
2. Ryuu to Sobakasu no Hime (Belle)
Belle is the brainchild of director Mamoru Hosoda, the man behind certified classics like Girl Who Jumps Through Time and Summer War. In 2019, Hosoda released the Oscar-nominated film Mirai and in 2021 he released the movie “Belle” to a positive response from critics and fans alike. .
The story of Belle can be described like Beauty and the Beast meets Summer Wars. The film revolves around Suzu, a shy girl who turns into a beautiful diva named Belle. However, instead of using magical powers like in the original Beauty and The Beast, Suzu gains her transformation in a virtual world called “U”.
Belle tells her story through two distinct visual styles. The story of the shy Suzu takes place in the real world and is presented in the familiar anime style of Hosoda’s films. On the other hand, the story of the diva Belle is presented through CGI animation with a multitude of ravishing visual effects. Both of that combined with an inspiring and heartwarming story is why it’s one of the best movies of 2021.
1. Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san (Pompo: The Cinephile)
Pompo: The Cinephile is a love letter to the world of cinema. It tells the story of the passion and hard work it takes to make a great movie, along with other important factors such as funding, logistics, directing not only the actors but also the staff, editing and every other aspect of the filmmaking process. The unique visual style they use to tell the double story is nothing short of impressive and inspiring. The story of the arduous process behind creating a movie that easily becomes one of the best animated movies of 2021.