With Fall 2021 kicking off, we curated a list of the best anime series you should not be missing out on. So why should the Best Fall 2021 Anime Movies be left out? This anime season is also packed with a number of anime movies from your favourite series along with some brilliant stand-alone titles! Our list includes buzzing on Reddit, forum debates and updates on Twitter and My Anime List!
With 10 upcoming movies in the rest of 2021, the best Fall 2021 anime movies include giants like Jujutsu Kaisen and My Hero Academia! To keep the mix interesting, the list includes hidden gems and less known titles that might take you by surprise.
All of the official trailers for these anime have been released and My Anime List has already added them to their database. Without further ado, here are the best Fall 2021 anime movies you should absolutely check out!
1. Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0
Bringing one of the best new-gen anime to the big screen, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 perhaps tops the list of the Best Fall 2021 Anime Movies.
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 will be narrating the story of Yuta Okkotsu and his childhood friend Rika who is afflicted by a curse. Satoru Gojou makes an important appearance in this story too as he tries to help the two kids by having Yuta enrol in Jujutsu High.
Jujutsu Kaisen manga Volume 0 will serve as the source material for Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0. The Volume consists of only 4 chapters but the length of the volume suggests that the film will be longer than an average ONA episode. The arc covered in the volume, also called the Cursed Child arc, will have Yuta as the main protagonist. The events of the movie take place before the events of the first season of the anime.
The anticipation of Jujutsu Kaisen Movie 0 is also fueled by buzzing about Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2. The hype is real!
Release Date: December 24th 2021 (Japan Only)
Release Platforms: Theatre Release, Others TBA
2. My Hero Academia Movie 3: World Heros’ Mission
My Hero Academia is back with its third movie after the release of My Hero Academia Movie 1: Two Heroes and My Hero Academia Movie 2: Heroes Rising. Without any doubt, My Hero Academia Movie 3: World Heros’ Mission is on our list of Best fall 2021 anime movies. The movie was already released in Japan on August 6, 2021, and will see a global release in November!
The official website for Movie 3 has a 30-second cryptic trailer that has raised the anticipation for release even further. The news channel headline reads ‘Izuku Midoriya AKA Japanese Hero “Deku” wanted for mass murder” in the teaser. If this was not enough to send everyone spinning, there is also a sneak peek of an attack planned by the heroes.
Shoto Todoroki and Katsuki Bakugo are in the film in uniforms for a possible organized operation. Bakugo says, “Don’t order me around”, in his typical style. Todoroki says, “We will stop them at any cost“. Izuku says, “We will protect –“. The suspense builds further because there are no known villains in the trailer.
We don’t know who the antagonist of the movie is going to be! Will there be a new villain or is someone coming back from the shadows? The possibility of a conspiracy against Izuku is going to be countered by the hero community.
Release Date: October 29th 2021 (USA, UK, Canada, Ireland)
Platforms: Theatre Release, Others TBA
3. Sword Art Online: Progressive Movie – Hoshi Naki Yoru no Aria (Aria of a Starless Night)
Sword Art Online is a familiar name for those who followed the series in the early 2010s. Sword Art Online: Progressive takes upon retelling the storyline of Sword Art online while also expanding on the universe. Sword Art Online: Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night makes it to The Best Fall 2021 Anime Movies as it brings back the very beginning of Sword Art Online.
The movie adapts the first volume of the Sword Art Online: Progressive Manga and begins with the virtual reality MMORPG Sword Art Online that ropes in thousands of players using NerveGear technology and traps them in the world of Aincard. Only the ones wh can clear all 100 levels of Aincard can escape the game. Death in the game or attempts of forceful removal of the gear results in death in real life.
Kirito and Asuna both isolate themselves from the other players and attempt to clear the game. As the plot unfolds, more is revealed about the makings of the world of Aincard and the challenges that await them.
Release: October 30th 2021
Platforms: Theatre release (Japan Only), Others TBA
4. Ryoma: The Prince of Tennis Movie
The classic Prince of Tennis has been shifted to the 3D CG world and we’re here to see how that goes. Among the Best Fall 2021 anime movies, Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis is looking for a spot. For fans of the 2001 anime series, this movie covers the months between The Prince of Tennis and the New Prince of Tennis.
The story follows after the end of the final episode of Prince of Tennis and Seishun Academy Middle School’s win over Rikkai University Junior High School. Ryoma travels to the US for a training trip and encounters his classmate who is caught in a tough spot. In a twist of events, they are warped back in time in the US when Ryoma’s father’s glory days of tennis were well known.
The film will receive two theatrical cuts, one called ‘Decide’ and the other called ‘Glory’.
Release: September 3rd 2021 (Japan Only)
Platforms: Theatre Release, Others TBA
5. Free: The Final Stroke Part 1
Free! The Final Stroke will be ending the fan favourite that began its run in 2013. The movie will be released in two parts, the first of which is scheduled for a 2021 theatre release in Japan. The second part of the movie will be released in Spring 2021!
There is little known about the plot of the movie as of now, but from the trailer, it seems like the final showdown for the boys of the Iwatobi Swim Club is on the cards.
Free! is the journey of Haruka Nanase, his childhood friend and rival, Rin Matsukoka, and their friends Makoto Tachibana and Nagisa Hazuki, Rei Ryugazaki who are recruited into the swim club of Iwatobi High School. The series is loosely based on the light novel series High Speed! by Koji Oji which was published in 2013 that slowly piqued the interest of Kyoto Animation Studio.
Release Date: September 17th 2021 (Japan Only)
Platforms: Theatre Release, Others TBA
6. Dakaichi The Movie: Spain Arc Japan Only
The BL title produced by CloverWorks of Fairy Tail, Shadow House and Promised Neverland Fame will be releasing Dakachi The Movie: The Spain Arc. The anime for the series aired in 2018 and the manga currently has six tankonbon volumes.
The main characters of the show have been voiced by actors like Yuki Ono and Hiroki Takahashi. The plot for the series revolves around a turbulent yet romantic relationship between Takato Saijo, an actor who is recognized as ‘the sexiest man in the industry’. His dominance over the title is disrupted by a newcomer, Junta Azuyama. A rivalry begins which also rolls with Azuyama’s love for Takato.
Release: October 9th 2021 (Japan Only)
7. Summer Ghost
Among the most breathtaking releases in the best Fall 2021 anime movies, Summer Ghost manages to stand out. loundraw’s directorial debut is an anticipatory event. Loundraw is known for creating the illustrations for I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, The Tiger and the Fish and More!
The story is driven by Tomoya, Aoi and yo, three high-school students that met online. Each faces a different challenge that meddles with their own identity. In a slice of life approach to the melancholic problem of life and death, the three come upon an urban legend. The legend of the ‘summer ghost’ who appears when fireworks are set off crosses their path. In their personal turmoil, they find a reason to meet the summer ghost.
Release: November 12th 2021
Platform: Theatres, Others TBA
8. EUREKA: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 3
The third film in the Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution trilogy is here and we cannot wait! Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 3 will bring an end to the alternate timeline taken up by the movie trilogy. Eureka Seven is set in a dystopian future where the earth has been left behind.
The story follows the people living in the world of Kanan. The movie is set in the alternate timeline from the anime series follows an older Eureka who uses her powers and abilities for the military while also protecting a young girl who looks like a younger version of her.
The second film titled Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution leads to Hi-Evolution 3. The movies are set before the events of the anime series. Even if the placement of the film is such, the ending of the third movie will be independent of the anime series itself. The film suffered a delay of two years and will finally be released in Fall 2021!
Release: November 26th 2021 (Japan Only)
Platform: Theatre, Others TBA
9. Sing a Bit of Harmony (Ai no Utagoe wo Kikasete)
Sing A Bit of Harmony is a beautiful film that finds a spot in the Best Fall 2021 anime movies. Belonging to the school, musical and sci-fi genre, Sing A Bit of Harmony narrates the story of Shion, who transfers to Kenbu high School.
Shion’s personality and warmth soon make her popular until it is revealed that she is an AI model in the testing phase. Shion aims to make the class loner Satomi happy and serenades her in the middle of class. Upon discovering that Shion is AI, Satomi and her friend Touma warm up to her. Soon, others too join the team. Gocchan, Aya and Thunder become a group of friends. Shion’s aim is fixed on making Satomi happy and thus shenanigans are in order.
A heartwarming tale of friendship and melody, Sing A Bit Of Harmony deserves a place in your Best Fall 2021 Anime Movies List. The movie is co-produced by Funimation and has been pre-screened in Glasgow. The official release in Japan is slated for October.
Release: October 29th 2021 (Japan Only)
Platform: Theatre, Others TBA
10. Violet Evergarden: The Movie
Violet Evergarden is one of those series that are impossible to forget. The breathtaking work of Kyoto Animation has a single anime season along with an OVA special release. Luckily for fans, Violet Evergarden: The Movie is right around the corner and it makes it into our Best Fall 2021 anime movies!
After the end of the Great War, auto-memory dolls become a popular medium for people to convey their message and send heartfelt letters. Violet rises in fame but struggles not deal with the past she does not remember well. The movie follows Violet as she continues to understand the emotions of the ones around her and most importantly, herself. The man who saved her and confessed his love for her may still be alive.
Violet Evergarden the Movie will receive a theatre release as well as a streaming platform release on Netflix!
Release: September 18th 2021 (Theatre), October 13th 2021 (Netflix)
What is your list of Best Fall 2021 Anime Movies?
Anime movies have a special place in our hearts. From long-known titles to indie films that become an amazing memory, anime movies have got it all. The best Fall 2021 anime movies are looking promising!
While we believe these recommendations will help you make the best of the Fall 2021 anime season, we would love to know the anime you are looking forward to! Don’t forget to share your list and stay tuned for more winter 2022 anime calendar on your favourite titles!