There are a ton of anime movies out there. If an anime series gets somewhat popular, a movie release is almost inevitable. I can think of numerous anime series' that were well received enough to get a movie adaptation, if not multiple films. It's the ultimate way for fans to enjoy a show they've come to love!
When an anime hits the theaters, you can usually expect a few things. You'll get a higher level of production value, for sure. Even if the movie itself retains the same visual style as the TV show, you'll still see that the animation is smoother and more fluid. Even when you can't depend on the content being great, at least you know the visuals will be top notch!
There's one big issue I have with anime films, but it only relates to the situation outside of Japan. Our Japanese friends get to experience these anime film adaptations in theaters, but outside of Japan it very rarely happens. Our introduction to these movie adaptations usually comes from a home video release.
How many times have you been to an actual theater to enjoy an anime movie? It has to be a very high-profile or top-tier anime film to get a theatrical release in the states, and even then the actual number of theaters showing the film is few and far between. Have you been one of the lucky few to take in an anime in the theaters?