UPDATE: Anime Limited have now officially announced the release, in co-operation with Crunchyroll.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson, the first theatrical feature adaptation of Natsume Akatsuki’s comedy fantasy series, is being released in UK cinemas from this week, according to surprise listings found by Anime UK News last night. Vue, Odeon and Showcase Cinemas are listing screenings on12th December 2019. All screenings so far are listed as being in Japanese with English subtitles.
Helmed by series director Takaomi Kanasaki and produced by J.C. Staff (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma), the film reunites a number of key talent from the series, including lead actors Jun Fukushima as Kazuma, Sora Amamiya (Tokyo Ghoul‘s Touka) as Aqua, and Rie Takahashi (Re:ZERO‘s Emilia) as Megumin. The story adapts the fifth light novel in the series, and is described by Showcase Cinemas as:
A video game-loving shut-in, Satou Kazuma’s life should’ve ended when he was hit by a truck, but through a twist in fate, he ends up reincarnating in another world – and dragging the goddess, Aqua, along with him.
“I’m going to enjoy the life of an adventurer that I’ve always fantasized about from RPGs! Time to be the hero!” But in spite of his enthusiasm, only trouble was waiting for Kazuma.
Namely, the troublemaking goddess, Aqua; The wildly dorky mage, Megumin; And the unrelentingly delusional lady knight, Darkness; He ends up forming a party with these potentially powerful, but incredibly unfortunate individuals, which leads to deep debt, being tried for treason, slaying the Demon King’s generals, and occasionally dying (again).
Then, one day, the Crimson Demon girl Yun Yun says something that makes the entire group freeze up: “I want to have your babies, Kazuma!”
Upon hearing the details, it turns out that the Crimson Demon village that Megumin and Yun Yun are from is facing a threat that could mean its ending. Kazuma and his gang follow Yun Yun, who returns to the Crimson Demon village intent on saving it… when they are faced with their greatest threat yet! What will become of the unremarkable adventurer Kazuma’s life in another world?!
The current list of cinemas, which will be updated as more are discovered, is as follows. Please note that this list is not final, and more sites may be added following the official announcement.
- Basingstoke Festival Place
- Birmingham Star City
- Cheshire Oaks
- Croydon – Purley Way
- Dublin, Liffey Valley
- Edinburgh – Omni Centre
- Finchley Road
- London – Flinchley Road (O2 Arena)
- London – Westfield Shephard’s Bush
- London – Westfield Stratford
- Manchester Printworks
- Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Bournemouth BH2
- Glasgow Quay – Odeon LUXE
- Guildford Way
- Lee Valley – Odeon LUXE
- Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool Switch Island – Odeon LUXE
- London Haymarket – Odeon LUXE
- Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester Trafford Centre
- Milton Keynes Stadium
- Oxford Magdalen St
- Surrey Quays
- Cinema de Lux Bluewater
- Cinema de Lux Bristol
- Cinema de Lux Derby
- Cinema de Lux Leeds
- Cinema de Lux Nottingham
- Cinema de Lux Reading
- Cinema de Lux Teeside
- Cardiff Nantgarw
- Dartford Bluewater
If you find a screening not on the above list, please let us know on the forum, or on Twitter @AnimeUKNews!
In North America, the film was released in over 600 cinemas between 12th and 14th November 2019 by Crunchyroll and Fathom Events. Earlier this year, Crunchyroll screened Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie at May’s MCM London Comic Con, before releasing it on their streaming service in September. Both currently released seasons of KonoSuba are available for streaming on Crunchyroll.