2018 Anime/Japanese Films Coming to U.S. Theaters


Here is a list of upcoming anime movies and Japanese films showing in the United States in 2018!

A lot of Japanese films are coming to theaters this year, so instead of having to hunt them down, we made a list for you! Here are the Anime/Japanese films coming to the United States in 2018!

Mary and The Witch’s Flower

Mary and The Witch's Flower

Dates in Theater: February 24th (dubbed) and February 26th (subtitled)

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Synopsis: Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right. – GKIDS

FREE! – Take Your Marks –

FREE! - take your marks -

Date in Theater: March 14th

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Synopsis: Splash into the fun-filled sequel to Free! -Eternal Summer-where your favorite swimming boys are back and warming up for their future. Haru and Makoto are prepping to move to Tokyo, which means finding a new place to live! While they’re off searching, Nagisa, Rei, and Gou are left to come up with something big to enlist new Iwatobi club members. But can they fill the pool, or is the club’s future sinking fast? Meanwhile, the boys of Samezuka are having their own time getting ready for the future! While Rin prepares for his move to Australia and Sosuke moves out of the dorm, Nitori and Momo want to do something big to thank their senpais. A visit to the hot springs should do the trick, right? But a misunderstanding about Gou could leave Rin unsettled, and only a challenge in the water will set his mind at ease! – Funimation Films

Initial D Movie Trilogy (Awakening/Racer/Dream)

Initial D Movie Trilogy (Awakening/Racer/Dream)

Dates in Theater: Varies Dates in February & March (See Movie website for details)

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Legend 1: Awakening

The wheels are set in motion as Koichiro Iketani of the Akina Speedstars witnesses a mysterious driver outmaneuver and beat rival Keisuke Takahashi of Akagi RedSuns. The impromptu race, he later discovers, was won by none other than his very own co-worker at the gas station, Takumi Fujiwara, the son of a legendary racer. In the high- paced world of street racing, Takumi shakes it up with an extraordinary racing style as the Speedstars and the RedSuns go head to head on Mount Akina. – Azoland Pictures

Legend 2: Racer

The leader of rival group Myogi NightKids, Takeshi Nakazato, wants to challenge the now infamous Takumi Fujiwara in a race down Akina. As Takumi questions his identity as a racer, he finds that there’s more to lose than just a simple race. When another member of the NightKids causes Takumi’s friend to cash his car, Takumi takes on the treacherous twists and turns down Mount Akina in his most challenging race yet. – Azoland Pictures

Legend 3: Dream

Takumi Fujiwara has garnered the attention of the legendary street racer Ryosuke Takahashi, leader of the Akagi RedSuns. As he prepares for the biggest race of his life, Takumi finds himself trying to juggle his passion for racing with his personal life. With his girlfriend, Natsuki wondering about their relationship, and his friends conflicting agendas, can Takumi find the answers behind the wheel? – Azoland Pictures

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical – Le Mouvement Final

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical – Le Mouvement Final

Date in Theater: March 10th (Subtitled)

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Synopsis: In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical-Le Mouvement Final-, Usagi Tsukino says farewell to Mamoru Chiba as he is set to leave for school in America. As Usagi says goodbye, she faints, and a super idol group called the Three Lights appear to catch her fall. Meanwhile, new enemies – the “Shadow Galactica,” are calling themselves Sailor Guardians and are aiming to steal Sailor Crystals! A mysterious young girl named Chibi-Chibi and a new group of Sailor Guardians, called the Sailor Starlights, also appear, but are they friend or foe? Can Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians stop the Shadow Galactica before it’s too late? Otherwise, in the name of the moon, ‘I’ll punish you!’ – Cine Life Entertainment

Digimon Adventures tri: Coexistence

Digimon Adventures tri: Coexistence

Date in Theater: May 10th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: The arrival of rampaging Meicoomon starts the countdown to the real world’s collapse. A series of abnormal phenomena occur all over the place. The Digimon who appear through the distortions were waiting for this time to come… – Fathom Events

Digimon Adventures tri: Future

Digimon Adventures tri: Future

Dates in Theater: September 20th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: Following the reboot, the DigiDestined must try to reconnect with their Digimon; a feat proving a bit difficult for Sora and Biyomon. And, when an attack by Machinedramon spreads the entire group out across the Digital World, the DigiDestined and Digimon may have to redevelop their friendships without the help of their teammates. – Shout Factory TV

YU-GI-OH! The Movie

YU-GI-OH! The Movie

Dates in Theater: March 11th & 12th (both Dubbed)

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Synopsis: Heroic Yugi squares off against archrival Kaiba in an adventure even more dangerous when the imaginary monsters in their playing cards become ferociously real… and when an old evil enters the fray.  Who will win this ultimate smackdown? Whether you’re a novice Duelist or a professional,  you’ll want to watch and find out! – Fathom Events

Mind Game

Dates in Theater: Varies Dates in February & March (See Movie website for details)

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Synopsis: Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride. Cult classic Mind Game is an explosion of unconstrained expression – gloriously colorful mages ricochet in rapid fire associations, like Masaaki Yuasa’s brain splattered onto the screen in all its goopy glory. Audiences will begin to grasp what they are in for early on as loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in  the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light. But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest. This film is recommended for adult audiences, ages 17+. – Mind Game Website

Ponyo (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: March 25th (Dubbed), March 26th (Subtitled), March 28th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: In a small town by the sea lives five-year-old Sosuke, high on a cliff overlooking the Inland Sea. One morning while playing on the rocky beach below his house, he discovers a goldfish he names Ponyo, her head stuck in a jam jar. Sosuke rescues Ponyo and keeps her in a green plastic bucket. Both Ponyo and Sosuke are fascinated by each other and promise to stay firm friends until Ponyo’s father, a sorcerer who lives deep under the sea, forces her to return with him to the ocean depths. What follows is an amazing underwater adventure for all ages… – Madman

The Cat Returns (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: April 22nd (Dubbed), April 23rd (Subtitled), April 25th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she’s ever imagined. Her good deed is rewarded with a flurry of presents, including gift-wrapped mice, and one very shocking proposal of marriage – to the Cat’s King’s son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a whole other world and her destiny is uncertain. To change her fate she’ll need to learn to believe in herself, and in the process, she will learn to appreciate her everyday life. – Madman

Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: May 20th (Dubbed), May 21st (Subtitled), May 23rd (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: When “Porco” – whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell – infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a comical rival pilot, to “get rid” of him. On the ground, the two pilots compete over the affections of Gina, a beautiful cabaret singer. But it is in the air, with Fio, a young and talented airplane engineer/designer, where Porco’s true battles are waged. – Madman

Pom Poko (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: June 17th (Dubbed), June 18th (Subtitled), June 20th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: The tanuki (raccoon dogs) of Tama Hills find their fun-loving community under attack when their quiet woodlands are threatened by encroaching developers looking to create still more houses and shopping malls. Desperate to survive, the tanuki band together and learn the ancient art of transformation, shape-shifting into a comical variety of humans and spirits as they undertake a last-ditch plan to scare away the humans and save their home, in this deeply-affecting, funny and heartfelt look at what it means to live in the modern world. – Fathom Events

Princess Mononoke (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: July 22nd (Dubbed), July 23rd (Subtitled), July 25th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. – Fathom Events

Grave of the Fireflies (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: August 12th (Dubbed), August 13th (Subtitled), August 15th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth. Their struggle is a tribute to the human spirit. Presented in its digitally remastered and restored format, Grave of the Fireflies is one of the rare films that truly deserves to be called a masterpiece. – Fathom Event

My Neighbor Totoro (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: September 30th (Dubbed), October 1st (Subtitled), October 3rd (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. – Fathom Events

Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: October 28th (Dubbed), October 29th (Subtitled), October 30th (Subtitled)

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Synopsis: Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastical spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. – Fathom Events

Castle in the Sky (Studio Ghibli Fest 2018)

Dates in Theater: November 18th (Dubbed), November 19th (Subtitled), November 20th (Dubbed)

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Synopsis: This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, spies a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, held aloft by a glowing pendant. Both Sheeta and Pazu are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and they vow to travel there together to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal. But their quest won’t be easy, as soon they are being pursued by greedy air pirates, the military, and secret government agents, who all seek the power Sheeta alone can control. – Fathom Events

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