Top 10 The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022

02/21/2023 by

A lot of animation films were released in 2022.

Therefore, ANIME SAMURAI conducted a survey of 300 Japanese people about the most interesting animation films of 2022. The results are presented here in a ranking format, along with the reasons for their choice.

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.1 Suzume

Release Date: November 11, 2022
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Original Work: Makoto Shinkai
Production Company: CoMix Wave Films
Theme Song: “Suzume feat. Toaka”, “KANATA HALUKA” by RADWIMPS
Official Website

No.1 is “Suzume”, the latest film by animation director Makoto Shinkai, who has captivated the world with films such as Your Name. It is an adventure story about a young girl’s liberation and growth throughout her travel of closing “doors” that lead to disaster, set in abandoned places around Japan. Suzume Iwato, a 17-year-old girl living in a quiet country town in Kyushu, meets Sota Munakata, a young man traveling in search of a door, and finds a door standing in a ruins in the mountains. Sota is said to be traveling as a “closer” who closes and locks doors to prevent misfortune from coming from the other side of the door. Suddenly, a mysterious cat named Daijin appears. Soon, doors start opening one after another all over Japan… The “Shinkai World”, which immerses the viewers in a world of overwhelming visual beauty and a magnificent story, has captured the hearts of those who have seen it, so many repeat viewers coming back again and again.

Reviews and comments

It is an Animation film, but the story is not like an animation film. I am moved no matter how many times I see it. The story is blown away, so I hope parents and children see this film together.

The images, script and music are all highly accomplished and made me think about a lot of things after watching it. It’s a work that draws you in so much that you might want to watch it again and again once you watched it. (Norah)

Japanese mythology, such as the names of the main characters, doors, earthworms and keystones, and the memory of a major earthquake in the past, were all incorporated into an easy-to-understand and beautiful fantasy film. I like mythological stories, so it was easy to watch and interesting. Also, Daijin and Sadaijin are cute.

The story was worth watching because it added fictional elements to a disaster that actually happened, which made me remember parts that overlapped with my own real-life experiences and stirred my imagination that maybe something like this had really happened. The voice actors’ expressions were also excellent, and I would like to see this film again. (Po-Po).

This film made me realize once again that it is very difficult to live alone. I was very moved by the way they achieved their goals with the help of various people. It is a film I would like to see again.

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.2 The First Slam Dunk

Release Date: December 3, 2022
Director: Takehiko Inoue
Original Work: “Slam Dunk” by Takehiko Inoue
Production Company: Toei Animation
Theme Song: “LOVE ROCKETS” by The Birthday
Official Website

No.2 is “The First Slam Dunk”, a new animated film based on the legendary basketball manga “SLAM DUNK”, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of its series in 2020 It is directed and written by Tahehiko Inoue, the original author. The original story is based on the theme of high school basketball and depicts a former delinquent, Hanamichi Sakuragi, who is a basketball novice, clashes with his teammates and develops his talent through games against strong schools, and other players grow up as well. 120 million copies of the series have been sold in Japan. The influence of the series caused many boys and girls to take up basketball, creating a social phenomenon. The film was acclaimed as a masterpiece by fans, with a story that spotlights games and certain characters that have not yet been animated, and a sense of realism and dynamism of the players that is beyond anything imaginable.

Reviews and comments

I’m a fan of the original work. I was happy to be able to watch the Sanno Kogyo battle, which has not been adapted into an anime. It was cool, unlike the humorous atmosphere of the TV anime version. I felt like I was watching it in no time at all.

Anime works that depict sports often have unnatural and uncomfortable movements, but this film didn’t have those moments. On the contrary, I think they succeeded in making it look more like basketball than real basketball by emphasizing the movement with direction and shading. (zukadehi)

It was great because I originally liked Miyagi from Slam Dunk. I have never seen another anime film that depicts a basketball game. The story was also very good and made me satisfied with watching it in the cinema. (Batako)

I was looking forward to seeing the new animated film based on the manga I’ve loved the most since I was a child. Not only is the content good, but I was surprised to see how the movements can be expressed in the animation! I was impressed that it moved exactly as I had imagined it would when I saw manga! (Okaerimamu)

As a fan of the original work, I am very satisfied. It showed me exactly what I wanted to see, and the additional episodes that weren’t in the original were great. The images were full of dynamism and it was great. (Saitama no tama-chan)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.3 ONE PIECE FILM: RED

Release Date: August 6, 2022
Director: Goro Taniguchi
Original Work: “ONE PIECE” by Eiichiro Oda
Production Company: Toei Animation
Theme Song: “New Genesis” by Ado
Official Website

No.3 is ONE PIECE FILM: RED. The 15th film is based on the hugely popular manga “ONE PIECE,” which is immensely popular in Japan. Based on a maritime adventure romance in which Luffy, a boy in the Straw Hat Pirates, yearns to become a pirate king and travels the oceans with his friends in pursuit of One Piece (the Greatest Treasure of All). The series is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has sold 490 million copies in Japan. The film features the original character Uta. Luffy and his crew arrive at a live performance where the world’s most loved diva, Uta appears in public for the first time and discover that she is a daughter of Shanks. The film drew 13.79 million spectators and grossed over 19 billion yen at the box office. Japanese diva Ado, who sings the song of Uta, captivates viewers with her overwhelming singing ability.

Reviews and comments

This film is about two hours long, but two hours flew by. This is a film where you can enjoy both the story and the music of the film with Ado, who is a great singer, in charge of Uta’s singing. (moli)

All of Uta’s (ado’s) songs are very good and I even bought the CD. I also enjoyed the story because I like Shanks and it became my favorite One Piece film of all time. (hamahama)

I am a fan of ONE PIECE. The film was in a musical style, which is different from the usual ONE PIECE film, and I was very impressed by the amazing singing ability of Ado. Also, I could see many of my favorite characters and characters who haven’t appeared in a while throughout this film, which was also appealing to me as a long-time fan of this series. (ma)

The story, characters and songs were very good. Also, the story of the mysterious Shanks was foreshadowed in the film, so I enjoyed that as well. (17TY)

It was new and interesting that we could feel the sense of live performance although it was a film. Also, even though the voice actor and the singer were cast separately, there was no sense of discomfort and it further enhanced the worldview. There were also points (abilities, relationships, etc.) that the fans of the original story could enjoy scattered throughout the film and I wanted to watch it again and again. (Taro)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.4 Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween

Release Date: April 15, 2022
Director: Susumu Mitsunaka
Original Work: “Detective Conan” by Gosyo Aoyama
Production Company: TMS Entertainment
Theme Song: “Chronostasis” by BUMP OF CHICKEN
Official Website

No.4 is “Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween.” This is the 25th feature film based on the popular national comic “Detective Conan,” which is also popular around the world. It is based on the mystery story of a high school student, Kudo Shinichi, who is transformed into a primary school student by the Black Organisation, hides his true identity and takes the name Conan Edogawa. He solves numerous cases while tracking down the organization. The series is approaching its 30th anniversary and has sold 230 million copies in Japan. In addition to Conan, the film features key police characters such as Tooru Amuro, Wataru Takagi and Miwako Sato, who are popular with the fans. The film begins one day, just before Halloween, when Conan and his friends are invited to a wedding. The film attracted an audience of 6.99 million and box-office revenue exceeded 9.7 billion yen.

Reviews and comments

This film features Detectives Sato and Takagi which is irresistible to me. The development of the story in which the Public Security Police appear is particularly interesting. (Ruri)

It was new to see the activities of Detectives Sato and Takagi play important roles in the story, which had not been seen in previous film versions. It was good to see the popular character Rei Furuya as a public security officer, his days at the police academy and his friends. The main plot is a story that can be enjoyed by both children and adults, and the climaxes are easy to understand and exciting. (Macho)

The five members of the police academy group led by Amuro Toru, who is one of the most popular characters in the film, were put in the spotlight for the first time. I was very satisfied to see the bonds between the five members of the police academy group, not to mention the spectacular deductions, which is the real appeal of Detective Conan. (Mimiko)

The action scene in Shibuya at the climax was great. The episodes with the police academy friends were emotional and had a good sense of messiness. (Emiri)

Amuro-kun played an active role and was really cool! Conan also does well, and I was thrilled right up to the end. It’s a film that adults can enjoy. (Hanyami)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.5 Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie

Quote: Amazon Prime Video

Release Date: December 24, 2022
Director: Sunghoo Park
Original Work: “Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School” by Gege Akutami
Production Company: MAPPA
Theme Song: “Ichizu” by King Gnu
Official Website

“Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie” is also in fifth place. It is an anime movie adaptation of the prequel of jujutsu Kaisen, “Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School.” Jujutsu Kaisen becomes a big hit and has a total circulation of over 70 million copies. The original work is a dark fantasy action about curses born from negative human emotions and the sorcerers who exorcise them through witchcraft. This movie depicts the story of a one-year senior to Yuji Itadori. It begins when Satoru Gojo, a teacher and the most powerful sorcerer at the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School, guides Yuta Okkotsu, a high school student who wishes to be executed himself, to enter the school. The powerful action scenes and the story captured the hearts of those who saw the movie. And it broke over 13.7 billion yen at the box office and marked a record high of 9.8 million viewers.

Reviews and comments

The story was very interesting and I thought even those who had never seen Jujutsu Kaisen could enjoy the film. It depicts images in detail, which I thought was interesting. (Chokobi)

The best film I saw in 2022 was this one. Satoru Gojo was cool and great. (yoshi815)

It’s a film about the origins of the Jujutsu Kaisen. I had read the original story, but the film version put an original story, so I was very satisfied. I enjoyed watching the film the most last year. (Ririna)

I had read the original story and knew most of the content, but watching the film version was easier to understand and more powerful than the manga. The battle scenes were particularly cool and I loved them (aya).

The speed and power of the fight scenes were great, and the relationships between characters were well depicted. The theme song was good, too. (suiheisenn)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.6 Yuru Camp Movie

Quote: Amazon Prime Video

Release Date: September 1, 2022
Director: Yoshiaki Kyogoku
Original Work: “Yuru Camp” by Afro
Production Company: C-Station
Theme Song: “Sun Is Coming Up” by Asaka
Official Website

In sixth place is the film Yuru Camp Movie. It is based on the manga “Yuru Camp△”, which leads the camping boom. The original story is set in Yamanashi Prefecture, surrounded by Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps. This story features high school girls who enjoy camping as well as the food and sightseeing on their travels. For example, Rin Shima, who enjoys camping alone, so-called solo camping, Nadeshiko Kagamihara, who has been interested in camping under Rin’s influence, and the members of an outdoor activity circle. It is an outdoor comedy that depicts daily lives of high school girls who fully enjoy camping while enjoying the food and sights of the destination. The film depicts an original story in which the girls, who have grown up and lived their own way, get together for the first time in a long time and build a campsite with their own hands. It was highly praised by fans.

Reviews and comments

All characters are very attractive, and I enjoyed watching them go camping. (Masashi)

I was very happy to see the main characters who were high school students become adults, and it was exciting to see them talking about their recent situations and work. (Nana)

I’m an outdoor person, and I enjoyed reading manga. But the film depicted a story that wasn’t in the original, and it was even more fun and exciting than I expected. (Atori)

I like camping and have been watching it since the anime was broadcasted. In this film, the main characters, now become adults, are involved in the construction of a campsite. It was surprising and interesting that they build a campsite, not going camping. (masupin)

I enjoyed the comic scenes shown in the serious story of girls building a campsite on their own to revitalize the local area. (Dora)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.7 The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie

Quote: Amazon Prime Video

Release Date: May 20, 2022
Director: Masato Jinbo
Original Work: “The Quintessential Quintuplets” by Negi Haruba
Production Company: Bibury Animation Studios
Theme Song: “Gotoubun no Kiseki” by Nakanoke no Itsutsugo
Official Website

In seventh place was “The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie.” This is the concluding volume of the TV animation of the same title. It is based on the popular manga by Haruba Negi, which has sold a total of more than 20 million copies. The story is a coming-of-age love story about a high school boy with excellent grades, Futaro Uesugi, who takes on the role of tutor for the five identical sisters (eldest: Ichika Nakano, second: Nino, third: Miku, fourth: Yotsuba and fifth: Itsuki), all of whom dislike studying. He struggles to make them all graduate from high school, and the love story that follows. This series starts with Futaro, who is going to marry one of the five sisters, looks back on his high school days and we didn’t know who he married. And, we finally find out who he married in the film. It is a masterpiece that continues to capture the hearts of those who have seen it.

Reviews and comments

It was the final story in the series, and it was moving and interesting to see the characters find their own way and move on. Also, the story concluded well.

I wondered what happen afterward when I finish watching anime. I think it was great that the protagonist and one of the sisters got together at the end! (Mamaroni)

I was a fan of the original story, and I wanted to see the scenes where I was moved when I read the manga on film. I was very satisfied with watching it. (Machi)

I’ve seen both manga and anime, and I was looking forward to seeing the film version. I think it’s emotional that it ended with the final story of the original work in the film. (Watashiyo)

It was a really long period of time from the TV animation to its conclusion, but I’m really glad this work was made into anime until the very end beautifully. I was also moved by the fact that Futaro was, in a sense, single-minded until the very end. (Nanassy)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.8 Lonely Castle in the Mirror

Release Date: December 23, 2022
Director: Keiichi Hara
Original Work: “Lonely Castle in the Mirror” by Mizuki Tsujimura
Production Company: A-1 Pictures
Theme Song: “merry-go-round” by Yuuri
Official Website

Eighth place went to “The Lonely Castle in the Mirror”. The original work won Japan Japan Booksellers’ Award, which booksellers from all over Japan decide which books they want to sell the most. It gained popularity among children to adults. The story is a fantasy mystery depicting the adventures of a castle in the mirror. It features Kokoro, a junior high school student who has no place at school where she feels comfortable and has secluded herself in her house. One day, a mirror suddenly begins to glow in front of Kokoro. As if sucked in, she enters a mysterious castle-like building, where six junior high school strangers in similar circumstances to herself are gathered. Each of them, who has their own reasons for not being able to attend school, begins their adventure in the castle. It is a masterpiece of adolescent animation film that has stirred sympathy and impression throughout Japan.

Reviews and comments

I found it new and interesting even if I had read the original. (mag)

The scenes and characters’ feelings that were hard to imagine in the novel were carefully depicted in the film. It was enjoyable even for fans of the original work. I especially liked the last scene. (A-ron)

I thought it was very interesting how the characters tried to solve the problem of truancy. It is connected with the modern world. There are many scenes in which the characters try to solve the reasons why they can’t go to school from the roots, so I hope children and parents who feel that they don’t want to go to school will watch it. (Nagi Uemura)

The original novel is very interesting, but the film is also very good and I was very satisfied with it. (Mameko)

The original novel was very interesting, so I was looking forward to seeing it when I heard it was being made into a film. The heart-breaking ending and the foreshadowing at the beginning were great. The voice actors are also good. (yoshi)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.8 Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

Quote: Amazon Prime Video

Release Date: June 11, 2022
Director: Tetsuro Kodama
Original Work: “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama
Production Company: Toei Animation
Music: Naoki Sato
Official Website

Also in eighth place is Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. This is the 21st film animation of the popular Dragon Ball manga series, which is well-known around the world. It is an adventure story depicting dream, battle and friendships. The center of the story is the adventure of Saiyan Son Goku, who collects “Dragon Balls”, a hidden treasure that will grant him one wish if he collects all seven balls scattered around the world. The original comics have sold more than 260 million copies worldwide. This film is the second theatre version of the new “Dragon Ball Super” series, which started in 2015. As the title suggests, superheroes such as Goku and Piccolo appear one after another and fascinate fans with their powerful battle scenes.

Reviews and comments

The original author, Akira Toriyama, wrote the script and designed the characters, and I could feel his sense of style everywhere in the film. Also, I like Son Gohan the best among the characters in Dragon Ball, so I choose this film. (tae3)

I watched this film with nostalgia as I could look back on past stories. The battles with Gohan, Piccolo and others were great as they were funny. Beast was cool and I liked him too. (Nakorin)

I’m originally a fan of the series. This film spotlighted characters who are usually minor characters, so it’s like watching another story, which was new and interesting. (Meme)

I’ve been watching Dragon Ball for a long time. I’ve been planning to watch the latest Dragon Ball film ever since it was announced. It was as interesting as I had expected it would be. (hiro23711540)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.10 Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden

Release Date: April 22, 2022
Director: Masakazu Hashimoto
Original Work: “Crayon Shin-chan” by Yoshito Usui
Production Company: Shin-Ei Animation, TV Asahi, ADK and Futabasha
Theme Song: “Hiwa Mata Noboru Kara” by Ryokuoushoku Shakai
Official Website

No.10 is Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden. It is the 30th animation film of the Crayon Shin-chan manga series, which is very popular around the world. It is a comedy depicting the daily life of Nohara Shinnosuke, a five-year-old kindergarten boy who does everything at his own pace, and the adults who are twisted around by him. The original comic has sold more than 109 million copies worldwide. The film is an action film with a ninja. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film adaptation, the truth about the birth of Shinnosuke is revealed. Shinnosuke, dressed in a ninja costume, runs around in all directions while there is a suspicion that Shinnosuke is not the biological son of Mr. and Mrs. Nohara. The film also features many nostalgic scenes from past broadcasts, which attract fans of the series.

Reviews and comments

I was moved by the way he overcame difficulties by cooperating with a boy he had never met before. My child wanted to watch it again and again. (Kou 7)

Shin-chan breaks down the composition of “special/ordinary” with his humor, and show that the powers you think are special are surprisingly not special. The secret techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation are shown, and it is told that everyone is using them with ease in the end. It was very interesting. (Mikipoyo)

I go to see Shin-chan films every year with my daughters at the cinema. This film was the 30th anniversary of the Crayon Shin-chan animation, and I was moved by the many nostalgic scenes. (Shiokonbu)

The scenario involving both the Nohara and Kasukabe families makes the film very enjoyable to watch. The film is full of family love, which makes it moving and interesting. (R630)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022: No.10 Minions: The Rise of Gru

Quote: Amazon Prime Video

Release Date: July 15, 2022 (July 1, in the US)
Director: Kyle Balda
Original Work: Matthew Fogel, Brian Lynch
Production Company: Illumination
Music: Heitor Pereira
Official Website

No.10 and the last is, “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” It is the fifth film in the series, a 3D computer-animated comedy from the United States. It is a sequel to “Minions”, a spin-off film from the “Despicable Me” series, released in 2017. The “Minions” series follows the encounters between the child Gru and the Minions, while the “Despicable Me” series follows the adventures of the Gru and the Minions. This film tells the story of the beginnings of Gru and Minions. The story goes back to the time when Gru, a 12-year-old boy before he became the evil boss, met the Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob and Otto. And Minions train in kung fu to save Gru, who has been kidnapped by someone. The film captivated fans with a development that doesn’t make them get bored until the very end.

Reviews and comments

I love the Minions series. I have seen all the Minion films, including “Despicable Me”. It’s so cute to see a bunch of banana-loving yellow guys cackling together. Minions make me feel calm. And it’s funny to see what Minions do. (Kirin no tsuno)

Every character in the film is unique and funny, and they work hard which is adorable. The story is not just one storyline, but several storylines that overlap nicely at the end. It is a film that the viewers will never get bored with. (bearuu)

When I saw the previous films on TV, they were unexpectedly funny, so I went to the cinema to see the latest series! There are many funny scenes that I laughed at, and I enjoyed watching this film from beginning to end. I also got hooked on the cuteness of the Minions. (Kanya)

It was the latest film in the Minion series and was consistently funny. Not only they are cute and funny, but I was also fascinated by the development of the story. (Kizu Aya)

Ranking of The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022 No.12 and below

No.12: Sing2
No.12: Delicious Party Pretty Cure the Movie: Dreaming Children’s Lunch!
No.12: Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021
No.12: Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island
No.12: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond
No.17: Teasing Master Takagi-san: The Movie
No.17: Lightyear
No.17: Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru ~Setsugetsuka~

The Most Interesting Anime Movies in 2022 Q&A

Q1 What is the most interesting anime movie in 2022?

According to a survey of 300 Japanese people, “Suzume” is the most interesting anime movie in 2022.
For more information, click here.

​​Q2What to watch in anime films in 2022?

Here is the list of what you should watch based on the questionnaire of 300 people. Suzume / The First Slam Dunk / ONE PIECE FILM: RED / Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween / Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The Movie. For more information, click here.

Q3What are the 3 best anime films in 2022?

Here is the ranking of the 3 best anime films in 2022. 1. Suzume,  2. ONE PIECE FILM: RED, 3. Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween. For more information, click here.


Through this article, we shared the result of a ranking of the most interesting anime films in 2022. Please check out the films you’re interested in if you like!

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