Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.
This week’s topic: Gekijouban
Gekijou (げきじょう) theatre; theater; playhouse
Ban (はん) edition; version
When a movie adaptation of an anime, manga or light novel series is released, Gekijouban is most often in the title. The reason for this is to differentiate what exactly this new media is. For instance, “Gekijouban Naruto Shippuden” dictates that this is a theatrical movie release of something from the Naruto Shippuden television anime series. You can be rest assured that the quality of animation for the movie will be amazing, especially if you consider a bigger budget compared to a 30-min episode.