Kyoto Animation to Release New Film Along with Some Re-Releases


Following the horrific arson attack on Kyoto Animation on July 18, fans and industry members alike have been looking for ways to support the studio’s rebuilding efforts. The latest comes from Tokyo’s specialty anime screening house EJ Anime Theater, formerly known as Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku, which will be re-releasing six of KyoAni’s recent hit films over the course of three weeks. 

The films include four from the Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club series and two from Sound! Euphonium. Here’s the current schedule:

August 8 – August 15

High Speed! Free Starting Days

Free! Take Your Marks

August 16 – August 22

Free! Timeless Medley The Bond

Free! Timeless Medley The Promise

August 23 – August 29

Liz and the Blue Bird

Sound! Euphonium—Our Promise: A Brand New Day




Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden spin-off anime will be released as originally scheduled. 

The premiere for Violet Evergarden Side-Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll was scheduled for an August 3 premiere at Germany’s Animagic convention. According to the event’s organizers, the showing will commence as planned at the request of the studio.

Kai-You adds that the movie will be released as planned in Japan this September. This comes as earlier this month, a fire was set at Kyoto Animation’s studio in Fushimi, claiming at least 35 lives.

Violet Evergarden Side-Story: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll is a spin-off movie and starting September 6, it will play in theaters only for a three-week run in Japan. No word about an international release.



Avatar photo

Chris Braly

I'm one opinionated, based geek. I try to steer this tiny ship and can often be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several fellow "comic book nerds." Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly. My preferred adjectives are brilliant/beautiful.