It’s no doubt that 2022 was a fantastic year for anime fans. It included popular titles such as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2, Lycoris Recoil, and Chainsaw Man. And in 2023, anime enthusiasts can expect the same wild ride. From the hotly-anticipated next seasons of fan-favorite franchises to brand-new series adapted from beloved manga, 2023 is set to provide an unparalleled range of fantastic anime. We’ve got you covered with our most anticipated best anime of 2023 – featuring the most popular series and some lesser-known hidden gems.
1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To The Swordsmith Village (Season 3)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, a popular manga and anime series, has garnered a significant following from fans worldwide over the past few years. The third season, titled Swordsmith Village Arc, is set to premiere in spring 2023. This captivating dark fantasy anime first premiered with 26 episodes in 2019 and was followed by the movie Mugen Train Arc in 2020, and the second season Entertainment District Arc with 11 episodes in 2021. Season 3 will continue to follow Tanjiro and his comrades Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke as they encounter additional Hashira characters and battle against the remaining, more powerful Twelve Kizuki demons.
Season 3: Spring of 2023
2. Oshi no Ko
Anime fans have eagerly anticipated several new series in 2023, and one title that’s generating buzz is Oshi no Ko. This promising anime is based on a manga series that first debuted in 2020 and has been serialized in Weekly Young Jump. The story is penned by Aka Akasaka, the mastermind behind the wildly popular Kaguya-sama: Love Is War manga. With a suspenseful, slice-of-life narrative, Oshi no Ko centers on a popular idol girl named Ai Hoshino who harbors a deep secret. Each story arc promises unexpected twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Buckle up for this exciting ride.
Season 1: Spring of 2023
3. Spy × Family (Season 2)
It’s no news that Spy x Family has become one of the hottest series in 2022, dominating the charts in Japan and even beating out Stranger Things for viewership. When part 2 of season 1 came out, it gained a viewership of 9.9 million, making it one of the biggest modern TV anime broadcasts of all time.
This popular manga series, which has been penned on Shonen Jump+ since 2019, was first adapted into an anime series last year. Fans are just as hyped and looking forward to the upcoming season, which was announced to air in 2023 at the end of the first season. A new Spy x Family anime movie has also been confirmed as a feature.
If you somehow missed this exciting spy family and want to catch all its glory and see how cute Anya is in the second season, be sure to catch up on the first season now streaming on Crunchyroll.
Season 2: TBA 2023
4. Jujutsu Kaisen (Season 2)
More great news for fans of Jujutsu Kaisen! The anime adaptation of the manga series has grown to become very popular, and it’s exciting to hear that a second season is coming summer of 2023, with the focus sounding like it will shift to Satoru Gojo, which will be interesting to see as learn more about this character. Jujutsu Kaisen is a dark-fantasy manga series that is penned in Weekly Shonen Jump. Its first season, which consisted of 24 episodes, was broadcast in 2020 and 2021 as an anime adaptation. In 2021, a movie titled Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was also released, following the success of the first season.
The series has gained a large following, and fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the second season in the summer of 2023.
Season 2: Summer 2023
5. Ranking of Kings (Season 2)
Ranking of Kings, a popular fantasy anime series, is set to return for a second season titled “Treasure Chest of Courage” in the spring of 2023. The first season, which aired from 2021 to 2022, consisted of 23 episodes and was based on the manga series of the same name that has been published since 2017. The heartwarming story captures both children and adults alike.
In the upcoming season, viewers can expect to see previously untold episodes featuring Bojji, the unsung protagonist of the series, that was not included in the first season.
Season: Spring of 2023
6. Dr. Stone (Season 3)
Dr. Stone has grown to be a thrilling anime. And in 2023 we can expect the same thrills when the third season arrives on April 6th with the English dub on April 20th. This original sci-fi adventure began its manga journey on the Weekly Shonen Jump between 2017 and 2022. The first and second seasons broadcasted 35 episodes in 2019 and 2021 and then followed by a special television episode Dr. Stone: Ryusui in the summer of 2022.
We’re excited to see more of the genius scientist Senku Ishigami and other Kingdom of Science members keep traveling the Stone World with the new sailor member Ryusui Nanami in the third season.
Season: Spring of 2023
7. Vinland Saga (Season 2)
The wait is over for fans of the hit anime series Vinland Saga! This epic adventure, which has gained a massive following overseas, has returned with a vengeance in the beginning of 2023. Based on the original manga series that has been serialized since 2005, the first season was released in 2019 and left viewers hungry for more.
Now, the second season has arrived, produced by the renowned studio Mappa, known for its work on other popular series like Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen.
The new season picks up where the first left off, with the young Viking warrior Thorfinn searching for a new purpose in life after the death of his long-time nemesis Askeladd. As he embarks on a new journey, viewers will be treated to a new story arc filled with action, drama, and adventure.
With Mappa at the helm, this season promises to be an epic and unforgettable ride for fans of the series.
Season 2: Winter of 2023
8. Tokyo Revengers (Season 2)
Tokyo Revenger has surely grown into being one of the most talk-about animes in the last year. I absolutely loved this series so I had to include it in our list. The series has a unique blend of sci-fi and Yankee themes that have made it a worldwide hit for anime fans, and we can’t wait for the second season to arrive. The anime–based on the original manga series, began serialized in the weekly Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine from March 2017 to November 2022.
The first season aired in the winter of 2021 with 24 episodes, you can now catch up with season one currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
Season 2: Winter of 2023
9. Solo Leveling (Season 2)
In the wildly popular South Korean webtoon by Chugong, the anime adaptation of Solo Leveling is finally getting its chance to shine on screen in 2023, as announced during Anime Expo 2022. A-1 Pictures is bringing the story of hunters with magical powers to life, following the journey of Sung Jinwoo, the weakest hunter in a world of danger and darkness.
Prepare to feel all kinds of emotions as you watch Jinwoo overcome incredible obstacles and become the strongest hunter out there.
The stunning animation and gripping storyline are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the series. If you’re a fan of epic adventures and emotional rollercoasters, Solo Leveling is a must-watch.
Don’t miss out on this exciting upcoming season.
Season 2: TBA 2023
10. Heavenly Delusion (Season 1)
Heavenly Delusion is an anime based on Masakazu Ishiguro’s manga series. The post-apocalyptic sci-fi mystery is set 15 years after a disaster that appears to have wiped out modern civilization. A group of children lives in a nursery-like facility, cut off from the outside world and taught to fear it. They’re raised by robots, and their only hope is to find “Heaven,” a mysterious place where a girl who looks just like Maru has been living.
While there aren’t any big-name stars attached to this adaptation, Production I.G. is the studio behind it. The music, composed by Kensuke Ushio (known for his work on Space Dandy and Chainsaw Man), sounds promising, and the trailer looks intriguing. The teaser’s percussion wood instruments are reminiscent of Steve Reich’s 1973 “Music for Pieces of Wood” and Geinoh Yamashirogumi’s Akira soundtrack.
Overall, I’m excited to see what this new series has in store.
Heavenly Delusion is set to premiere on April 1.
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