- The first anime film was meant to tie up loose ends and make sense of certain events in the first season. Later films in the series were more standalone, though still considered in continuity. Interestingly though, the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth movie feature an overarching storyline involving the three Dragon legendaries of Sinnoh.
- There are now eighteen of them, two of which are actually one for the price of two.
- The End of Evangelion, a feature-length movie that was supposed to be the "true" ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion, as opposed to the low budget, confusing TV finale. Instead, it was a high budget, confusing Kill 'Em All ending.
- Lampshaded in Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, where Sakura takes Shizuki to the cinema... to see Salaryman Binkan: The movie.
- Macross: Do You Remember Love? told an alternative version of the events of the Super Dimension Fortress Macross series, and was later retconned into appearing in later Macross series as a fictional movie produced in the Macross-verse twenty years later, telling a garbled version of events that the few survivors had witnessed.
- Macross Frontier got two: The False Songstress and The Wings of Goodbye, which are like its versions of Do You Remember Love? In short, like DYRL?, they're an alternative version of the events during the Frontier anime series, but split in two movies, with the last one actually resolving the love triangle.
- The Revolutionary Girl Utena movie takes the series' already-difficult-to-understand (at least for Westerners) Buddhist allegory, compresses it into two hours, and makes it even more allegorical. The resulting head trip of a film requires advanced knowledge of Jungian theory, and knowledge of Gnostic belief to understand at all (but is still plenty entertaining if you don't). (Although, viewing the series first, and learning about its symbolism does make the movie much more understandable, particularly the cars.)
- The The Vision of Escaflowne movie radically altered characters and motivations, hitting similar themes in a very different way than the series.
- The RahXephon movie made similar radical alterations in the attempt to compress a season's worth of difficult-to-understand story into two hours.
- The movie based off of the 2003 anime adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, The Conqueror of Shamballa, was essentially that canon's Grand Finale/epilogue. The Truer to the Text Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood also got a movie, The Sacred Star of Milos, which tells an original side-story.
- There are a total of 12 One Piece movies so far:
- Eight of them are Non Serial Movies: Movie 1 takes place before Sanji joins, Two and Three before Alabasta (although neither Vivi nor Robin appear), Four, Five, Six and Seven between Alabasta and Water 7, and Eleven just after Thriller Bark. The 11th movie is notable as the first (and only) One Piece movie to be rendered in 3D CGI instead of hand drawn animation.
- Movies Eight and Nine are examples of The Film of the Series of sorts, as they directly re-adapt story arcs from the manga. Movie Eight remakes the Alabasta arc and Movie Nine covers Drum Island, with the latter being a What If? version where the Straw Hats are as strong as they were in the TV series when the film came out.
- Movie Ten was the first to count as an example of The Movie specifically because it was tied-in to the manga and anime thanks to a reference to the movie's villain in the manga, a bonus chapter, and it's own anime arc. Movie Twelve also had it's own anime arc and influence from Oda. These two movies also considerably raise the stakes compared to the earlier movies.
- Bleach has four movies. The first is about a group of rebels trying to destroy Soul Society, the second is about Captain Hitsugaya trying to clear his name, the third is about people forgetting Rukia and Ichigo, and the fourth is about Hell.
- Similarly, there are ten Naruto movies. The first three films are set in Part 1; the first takes place before the Sasuke Retrevial arc, the latter two sometime during the filler arcs. The seven Shippuden movies seem to take place respectively before Sai's introduction, before Sasuke killing Orochimaru, sometime after Asuma's death, 20 years in the past, some nebulous time around Pain's invasion and the 5 Kage Summit, some nebulous time before the 4th Shinobi World War, and 2 years after the war. The first nine are Non Serial Movies, with the tenth being explicitly stated to be canon.
- Showing just how far in popularity Axis Powers Hetalia has risen since its anime release in 2009, a movie was announced in September 2009, for 2010.
- The plot? The world discovers that aliens (known as the Pict) originated from a dying white star and have come to Earth looking for things to drain color and happiness from and to turn others into their race (aka White Blobs). It's still being speculated whether or not this was made for the Fanservice and that alone.
- Robotech was set to have a movie which used footage from Mega Zone 23, but a combination of Executive Meddling and poor reception in test screenings caused it to be shelved.
- The '90s Sailor Moon anime had three, one in the second season (Sailor Moon R The Movie), one in the third (Sailor Moon S The Movie), and a final in the fourth (Sailor Moon SuperS The Movie). None have anything to do with their corresponding seasons but seem to take place in just 'somewhere' in them. The S movie is the only one directly based on anything, a standalone manga chapter, The Lover of Princess Kaguya, Naoko Takeuchi wrote purposefully for adaption... there are quite a few plot diversions between them though. Oddly enough, the 1st and Sailor Stars seasons never got movies for them...
- The SuperS movie is notable for having a traditional episode style title. Its full title is Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie: The 9 Sailor Senshi get together! Miracle in the Black Dream Hole! The other two don't have any titles aside from Sailor Moon R/S: The Movie. (Though the English dub tacked some on anyway - Promise of the Rose, Hearts In Ice and Black Dream Hole.)
- Two movies also premiered with a short special. R had Make-up! Sailor Senshi, which introduced the Sailor Senshi and SuperS had Ami-chan's First Love (based off the manga chapter of the same name). During the run of the SuperS season, a 45-minute special episode was aired containing 3 shorts: An Elegant Metamorphosis? Crybaby Usagi's Growth Diary a recap of the first 3 seasons, Haruka and Michiru, Again! The Ghostly Puppet Show, which shows what Uranus and Neptune are doing during SuperS, and Chibiusa's Adventure! The Dreaded Vampire Castle which has the Sailor Senshi fight a vampire and is loosely based on a manga side-story.
- Fist of the North Star has the original 1986 movie, which was basically a Bloodier and Gorier big-budget version of the earlier TV series produced by Toei (who also did the TV series); the Legends of the True Savior movies from the late 2000's, which also retold events from the manga, but with new story elements; and the Live-Action Adaptation from 1995.
- The Cowboy Bebop movie is a Non-Serial Movie, although the fandom also has alternate speculations about it.
- It does fit in passably, considering the episodic nature of Cowboy Bebop - a reasonably long amount of time could pass between any two given episodes.
- Given that Big Shots is still on, but we see a cameo of Andy as a ronin instead of a cowboy (which happened at the end of the episode he was in) it'd easily take place between episodes 22 and 23.
- Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is effectively the show's "Third Gig", although it only occupies one film rather than a whole series. It shows. (Not in a directly bad way, it's just glaringly apparent.) There are also two movies, "The Laughing Man" and "The Individual Eleven", which are basically compilations from the two original season arc episodes. These two films have been criticised for compressing the plots so much that they are hard to follow, and also for the fact that the English dubs were not performed by the actors who dubbed the series.
- The sequel movie to Martian Successor Nadesico is an example of an anime Grand Finale, despite not actually concluding anything.
- Be Invoked, the Grand Finale (of sorts) for Space Runaway Ideon. Also known as "the worst Kill 'Em All in the history of mankind".
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st retells the first season of the series and is described by Seven Arcs as a "new parallel history".
- Though if you go by the related sound stage, it's apparently an actual movie in story...On the other hand, a Sound Stage for the PSP games has the Original Generation characters meet the movie versions of Nanoha and Fate.
- Another movie was later released retelling the second season and is notable for Adapting Out Gil Graham and his familiars.
- A two-part third movie was also made, but rather than adapting the third season it takes place during the Time Skip with elements from the PSP games (it would be impossible to adapt StrikerS In-Universe without drastically altering the story due to the amount of classified information involved).
- Pretty Cure has roughly one movie of this sort per series. (If Hikari hadn't been in the first movie, it would have been exactly one per series.) Like the Sailor Moon movies mentioned above, all of them are disconnected from the parent series' plots but seem to take place somewhere along the way.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann had two movies: Gurren Chapter and Lagann Chapter that were essentially summaries of the original series with new animation put in. Don't let that fool you though. In Gurren-hen the beginning of the movie shows Lord Genome's rise to Spiral Knight and fall to despotic tyrant. Then it's pretty much the same until: Adine, Guame, Cytomander, and the new general: Viral (Yes that Viral, complete with his own Enkidu-daiganzan) all attack the Dai Gurren-dan at once. Simon later snaps out of his wangst after trying to climb Suzaku to save Nia. (Suzaku is at least a mile in the air at this point) The generals then combine their mechs to form the Dai-Gan Doten-Kaizan which falls after a combined attack by the entire Dai Gurren-dan (GIGA DRILL BREAKER! DAI GURREN-DAN SHOOT) Lagann-hen then takes the last episode of the series and raises it to the power of itself after: The ENTIRE Dai Gurren-dan (Only Kittan died, the rest of the Mauve Shirts survived) get their own Tengen Toppa Ganmen. (Even Nia) After Lord Genome converts the Big Band Storm all of the ganmen combine to form SUPER Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. From Super Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann's drill comes Tengen Toppa's drill. From Tengen Toppa's drill comes Chouginga Gurren-Lagann's drill. From Chouginga's drill comes Arc Gurren-Lagann's drill. And from Arc's drill comes Gurren-Lagann. Viral does a Cannonball Attack. Then Lagann does a Cannonball attack. And then Simon and the Anti-Spiral fistfight. Then Simon turns his own blood into a drill and goes straight through the Anti-Spiral.
- Of the dozen or so movies in the Gundam franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Mobile Suit Gundam F91 and Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer are so far the only The Movies, while the rest are Compilation Movies of the various series and OVAs. However, SEED and Destiny may be getting a movie at some point in the future, provided they get out of Development Hell.
- Slayers has five Non Serial Movies, but only the first is considered The Movie. Drawn to the mysterious resort island of Mipross by dreams planted in her head by the ancient wizard Rowdy Gabriev, Lina and Naga get involved in a battle against a demon named Joyrock that culminates in Lina being sent back in time to kill him before he could slaughter the elves of Mipross, an act that is stated to be directly responsible for the existence of Lina's companion Gourry Gabriev.
- Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale is set between the events of Mother's Rosario and Alicization. Augmented Reality technology kicks off, resulting in the creation of a highly advanced AU game called Ordinal Scale. Things begin to go horrifically awry, however, when monsters from SAO find their way into the game.
- The movie version of X1999 was produced when the manga was still beginning. Because of this, many plot elements were over-simplified or cut-out completely, with one of the antagonists (Kakyo Kuzuki, who was yet to be introduced in the manga when the movie was made) being replaced with a new character (Shogo Asagi). The movie sets aside the conflict between the individual Heavenly Dragons and Earth Dragons to focus more on the relationship between the childhood trio of Kamui, Fuma, and Kotori.
- The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, based on the light novel of the same name, was released 2010. At 162 minutes, it's the second-longest animated film ever, one minute shorter than Final Yamato.
- Gintama has a movie adaptation of the fan-favorite Benizakura Arc. Also, in 2013, another movie with an original plot was released, supposedly to act as a 'final episode' for the Gintama anime. Though, considering how many times the staff has trolled the fanbase by claiming the show has been cancelled, there is a certain lack of credibility to this...
- Eureka Seven has an Alternate Continuity movie which re-writes everyone's back story and motivations. It is connected to the series though.
- Doraemon will have more than 30 movies in a year or two, but since the story doesn't have a real ending nor it has any development, plus what most of what the studio's doing nowaday is to remake em'all for new genaration's kids. All Doraemon movies (except some short movies and spinoffs) are considered not the Non-Serial Movie.
- Fate/stay night got a movie based on one of the routes in the game: Unlimited Blade Works. Like all anime adaptation movies, some things were cut, some scenes were changed, and some others possibly enhanced.
- Sundome was adapted into four live-action movies.
- Dragon Ball has had 19 movies released theatrically in Japan (4 for Dragon Ball, 15 for Dragon Ball Z). The majority of them do not fit into the series continuity and are usually basic re-imaginings of the series sagas (Movie 7 featured three more androids made by Dr. Gero. Sound familiar?). In addition to these, there were 3 made for TV movies (that do fit into the series continuity), 2 OVAs and 3 live-action adaptations (with only one being more or less official). So far, the only movies considered canon are Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F'.
- K-On! now has one. Oddly enough, it supposedly takes place in the middle of the already-completed second season.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica gets three: A two part Compilation Movie of the anime followed by a movie-length continuation.
- Tamagotchi has two, Tamagotchi: The Movie and Tamagotchi: Happiest Story in the Universe!, which both came out before the anime TV series came out.
- Jewelpet has Sweets Dance Princess.
- Legend of Galactic Heroes has three theatrical movies, namely, My Conquest is the Sea of Stars, Golden Wings and Overture to a New War. Incidentally, the first of those three actually predated the release of the first animated series.
- Steins;Gate has Steins;Gate: Burdened Domain of Déjà vu. It takes place a year later, and deals with a much different threat. This time, it's Rintarō Okabe's Reading Steiner ability. His memories of the other world lines are overloading it, causing him to shift out of the Steins;Gate world line. As a result, it's as though he never existed, and no one remembers him, except for Kurisu Makise and Suzuha Amane.
- Fairy Tail has two movies (Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess and Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry), the latter being written by writer Hiro Mashima himself. The first movie also had a tie in written by him.
- Tenchi Muyo! had two movies that were set in the Tenchi Universe continuity: 1995's Tenchi Muyo! in Love and 1999's Tenchi Forever! A third movie, 1997's Tenchi Muyo! Daughter of Darkness, was set in its own universe, derived from the OAVs.
- Free! got a prequel movie called High★Speed! - Free! Starting Days, based on the second of the light novels the characters came from and showing the characters struggling to stay together after entering middle school.
- My Hero Academia got a movie, My Hero Academia: The Two Heroes, released in August 2018.
- The Pretty Series has had five movies comprised of performances from the shows and one original story movie for PriPara.
- A Certain Magical Index has Miracle of Endymion, which canonically takes place between the events of Volumes 8 and 9 of the original light novel series. Amusingly, due to the fact the plot involves a giant Space Elevator, later novels and the spinoff A Certain Scientific Railgun would pay service to its presence and insert it, while the respective animes would add it into new scenes. Also, much lampshading of the presence of said elevator is made in all media, with one person questioning its presence while another would confusedly state it's always been there.Uiharu: The titular Endymion is the world's first space elevator! It has been under construction since 3 years ago without the city revealing what its purpose is! It is a bridge connecting Earth to space!
Saten: Oh... Hey, Uiharu. If it's been under construction for three years, then that ridiculously huge tower was already there when this manga began, right? Has it really been here all that time?
Uiharu: What are you saying, of course it has. Did Mental Out mess with your memories?
Saten: But it's never been drawn in the background before...
Uiharu: It just so happened to be outside the panel.
Saten: Don't you call this a retco—
Uiharu: IT JUST SO HAPPENED! TO BE OUTSIDE!! THE PANEL!!!
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