10 Best Popular Anime Movie Spin-Offs


If you were to ask anime fans what their favorite series was, chances are they’d have a hard time picking just one, or you’d find yourself bombarded with a slew of choices from different people. So many anime over the years have taken hold of our souls and become mainstays of pop culture, cowboy bebop at naruto at demon slayer. But if you were to ask fans which movie based on a beloved anime was their favorite, you might get a less enthusiastic response.

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With the rise in popularity of something like anime comes predictable franchise, which takes many forms, such as movie spinoffs. Shameless money grabs or not, most of them don’t have a good reputation for several reasons, like uncertain canonicity, narrative inaccessibility, or the problem of trying to honor the ideas of a series. established in a single film. However, there may be exceptions. Not necessarily excellent, but pretty close.


“Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” (2001)

Spike and the rest of the Bebop crew face their toughest job yet when an enigmatic and deranged terrorist plots to eradicate the human population of Mars by releasing a deadly pathogen like no one has ever seen. seen before.

This film, similar to many spin-offs in the genre, plays out like an extended episode of its base show, but it does it in style. The visuals, music, writing and action sequences are all worthy of the famous cowboy bebop series and, in many ways, are suitably elevated to accommodate a full cinematic format.

‘Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie’ (2012)

The masked man claiming to be the fearsome Madara Uchiha traps Naruto and Sakura in an alternate reality where all of their comrades are no longer themselves, and an unknown villain exists to threaten Konoha. Additionally, Naruto’s parents are still alive in this world, complicating his desire to return home with Sakura.

An exciting “what if?” story, ninja road takes on recognizable personalities from naruto and overturns them, creating curious and fun scenarios for fans. Besides the entertainment value of its premise, the film confronts Naruto with his orphaned loneliness, which he admittedly does in the series proper, but an interesting and poignant twist is presented that recontextualizes his parents’ sacrifice for him.

‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods’ (2013)

Beerus, the God of Destruction, has awakened and is determined to annihilate the Earth for kicks unless he can find the legendary Super Saiyan God to fight. As Goku trains to get stronger and tries to learn more about this Saiyan god, Vegeta swallows his infamous pride to distract and appease Beerus.

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Battle of the Gods Was the first dragonball movie due out in 17 years, and it didn’t disappoint. There’s plenty of goofy comedy to delight viewers, driven primarily by Vegeta of all characters and the ultimately not-so-malicious Beerus, alongside, of course, the over-the-top dragonball slugfests between titanic fighters that remain as breathtaking as ever.

‘The Last: Naruto the Movie’ (2014)

Two years after the Fourth Great Ninja War, Toneri Otsutsuki from the moon threatens the entire planet. Naruto and Hinata join the mission to stop him, with the former finally realizing the latter’s love for him during the trip.

This film was made to be canonical to the source material and is part of its final conclusion. The romance between Naruto and Hinata, mostly teased and discussed earlier, serves as the backbone of The lastoffering a heartfelt and satisfying resolution to this storyline for long-time fans without negating the expected excitement of a naruto film.

‘Digimon Adventure Tri.’ (2015-18)

Set three years after the events of Digimon Adventure 02the sorting. The film series brings the original eight DigiDestined back into the spotlight and reunites them with their Digimon to solve a mystery involving a recent addition to their ranks and an evil that threatens their very bonds.

Combining the coming-of-age and slice-of-life genres with the epic monster battles of Digimonthese films are emotional roller coasters highlighting the relationships between humans and their Digimon partners and provide depth to the lesser favorites among the DigiDestined, namely Joe and Mimi.

‘Yu Gi Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (2016)

Some time has passed since Pharaoh Atem’s spirit departed for the afterlife, and Yugi struggles to come to terms with his departure. Meanwhile, Kaiba has been digging through the remains of the Millennium Puzzle, hoping to somehow revive Atem to settle their rivalry, and a new villain appears to be causing trouble for Yugi and his friends. .

It’s not easy to make a compelling show around a collectible card game, let alone a movie spinoff. However, The dark side of dimensions offers thrilling duels to match the best of Yu Gi Oh! and compelling storytelling that provides an unexpected layer of closure for the anime, its protagonists, and its fans.

‘My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising’ (2019)

Class 1-A enjoys a wholesome hero work summer on the remote island of Nabu as part of a government-sponsored program. But everything escalates explosively when a group of villains, led by the one who can steal Quirks, attacks the island in search of a child with a specific power.

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From a show with an extensive cast and narrative background, Rising Heroes wisely keeps the focus on the younger students, giving everyone a moment to shine, and saves the bulk of the screen time for the two main ones, Deku and Bakugo, all building to a stunning show climax. He cheats to avoid inconsistencies with the canon of my hero academiabut the impact is still powerful.

‘KonoSuba: God’s blessing on this wonderful world! Legend of Crimson’ (2019)

Kazuma and his little band of eccentric adventurers are back. Their final quest takes them to the Crimson Demon Village to meet the family and people of Megumin, where they must also face off against a particularly powerful Devil King General. Along the way, Kazuma and Megumin are forced to reflect on how they feel about each other.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Roger Avary once described Legend of the Crimson as one of the best cinema experiences he ever had. How’s that for a resounding endorsement? The Kono Suba the characters and their antics have lost none of their hilarity or irreverence in the film; things get even crazier and surprisingly emotional in some ways.

‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train’ (2020)

Fully recovered from their last harrowing battle, Tanjiro and his companions are tasked with investigating a possible demonic presence on a train under the direction of Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira. Once on board, they are indeed attacked by one of the Twelve Kizuki, who uses his power to imprison them in their dreams.

It almost doesn’t matter Train Mugen looks like several episodes of demon slayer pressed into a movie to adapt an entire arc from the original manga as it’s delightfully paced and keeps you completely engrossed in wonderful animation, humor, action, and emotion. Additionally, the film introduced audiences to the loud and generous Rengoku, a relatively new face to the series at the time who became a cherished icon in the closing credits.

‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0’ (2021)

Adapted from the manga of the same name (which is a prequel to the popular Jujutsu Kaisen animated), Jujutsu Kaisen 0 centers on Yuta Okkotsu, a teenager haunted and protected by the cursed spirit of his childhood friend Rika. Curious about his peculiar condition, Satoru Gojo enrolls Yuta in Jujutsu Tech to help him understand and control Rika. There, Yuta befriends the other students and becomes the target of the rogue wizard Suguru Geto.

In the anime, Yuta is referenced several times but never appeared, making the film his official introduction: he leaves a great impression. Her story and characterization are well done and deeply touching, especially in her relationship with Rika. Beyond that, the film’s plot and pacing aren’t perfect, but the music and fight sequences make up for it.

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