2023 is almost here and that means another glorious year of anime to look forward to. From new adaptations to returning hit series, we’ve got plenty to keep us busy all year long.
Here are our most anticipated anime of 2023 in no particular order.
The biggest anime is coming in 2023
The highly popular online movie, Solo Leveling, is getting an anime adaptation and it is set to premiere sometime in 2023. The series follows Jinwoo, a weak hunter tasked with protecting people from the monsters that plague the world. He is chosen by a mysterious power that gives him all mighty strength, turning his entire life around. A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Erased and Sword Art Online, will helm this adaptation. Unfortunately, the original Illustrator DUBU passed away earlier this year after the anime announcement was made. With the high-quality team behind this production, we think fans will appreciate what’s to come when we see his work on screen for the first time.
Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2
Jujutsu Kaisen broke big into mainstream anime fandom in 2020 with lively animated dark shounen action by Studio Mappa. The world of Jujutsu Kaisen (JJK) revolves around a supernatural force called cursed energy and supernatural beings born from it called curses. Jujutsu wizards are special people who can use cursed energy to fight curses that seek to harm humanity. Our protagonist Yuta Itadori is a good-hearted shounen hero who unwillingly becomes a Jujutsu wizard, after becoming the corporeal host of one of the most powerful and dangerous curses ever. JJK Season 2 looks to continue the ongoing story of adapting the “Kaigyoku/Gyokusetsu” and “Shibuya Incident” story arcs from the manga. Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 will air sometime in 2023. It will be available in the US on Crunchyroll, and potentially more platforms. Season 1 and the theatrical Jujutsu Kaisen 0 are available now on Crunchyroll.
Attack On Titan: The Final Season Part 3
In today’s entertainment world, nothing is safe from becoming a trilogy. Not even Attack on Titan’s final season, which will debut Part 3 of its long-awaited finale in 2023. After a dramatic shift in Eren Yeager’s approach from revenge-driven protagonist to genocidal maniac, we’re left with a torn and confused Armin, Mikasa and an unlikely band of heroes tasked with doing whatever it takes to bring Eren back to Earth. Otherwise, their once beloved friend may be lost forever and the world with it. Since the series originally premiered in 2013, we’re excited for this decade-long journey to finally reach its conclusion.
Vinland Saga season 2
Similar to the path Attack on Titan took, Studio MAPPA has now received the torch from Studio WIT to animate this epic Viking saga. Season 2 looks to explore the continued development of Thorsfinn’s character from completely broken and vengeful child, to lost and searching youth who no longer has a meaning to his life. Although details are currently scarce, the first two official trailers for Vinland Saga Season 2 show that several new acquaintances will play a central role in the upcoming trials and tribulations that Thorsfinn must undertake. With clear hints that the legendary Vinland is also on the horizon, we are curious to see how far Thorsfinn will go on his journey. Mark your calendars for Vinland Saga Season 2 to premiere on January 9, 2023 with a scheduled 24 episodes this season.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2
Studio Bind returns to animate the second season of the successful popular anime Mushoki Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation. The story continues to follow a 34-year-old Japanese man reincarnated in another world as the magically skilled Rudeus Greyrat. In Season 2, Rudeus is now a teenager attending school at the Ranoa University of Magic. As viewers come to terms with loss and a newfound perspective of knowledge in the world he now lives in, viewers can expect familiar faces to return, as well as a key turning point in the series.
Jobless Reincarnation’s successful first season was recognized for its drastically different approach to an isekai series. Manabu Okamoto, known for his work on Darling in the Franxx, Akame ga Kill!, and Re:Zero, Starting Life in Another World, will be the lead director for Season 2. A date has yet to be announced, but Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 will be released sometime in 2023.
Nine: Automata Ver1.1a
Hit 2017 action RPG NieR: Automata is finally getting an anime adaptation. Critically acclaimed A-1 Pictures, known for Sword Art Online and 86, will animate the series set in the same wartime as the game in which human-made androids fight against alien machines.
Although not much is known about the series, it has been confirmed that Yui Ishikawa (voice of Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan) will play 2B, Natsuki Hanae (voice of Tanjiro from Demon Slayer) will play 9S, and Hiroki Yasumoto (voice). by Yasutora Sado from Bleach) will play Pod 042. NieR: Automata VER 1.1A is scheduled to be released sometime in January 2023.
The Ancient Magus Bride Season 2
It’s been five years since the critically acclaimed supernatural anime Ancient Magus Bride was released with 24 episodes and Studio Kafka, who animated OVA The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm, will return for animated season 2. Winner of “Best Drama” by Cruncyroll in 2017, Ancient Magus Bride will continue the story of Chise Katori who was abandoned as a child, only to endure hardship due to her ability to see terrifying supernatural creatures . Driven mad by her predicament, Chise sells herself to a slave market, only to be bought by a mysterious mage known as Elias Ainsworth, who takes her in not only as his apprentice, but also as his bride. As she learns more about her extraordinarily powerful affinity with magical energies, Chise will discover that there is more to her life than suffering and fear.
Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 is scheduled to be released sometime in April 2023.
The original Trigun was a classic late 90s sci-fi space western that took place on a desert planet literally called No Man’s Land. The main character, Vash the Stampede, is not your typical tough and stoic gunslinger. Rather, he is a quirky and clumsy guy with a hyperactive pacifist streak. The story explores Vash’s journey to uncover his amnesia, fight the mysterious group hunting him, and discover why he has a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head. Trigun Stampede is a reboot of this classic that does more than just get improved graphics from 2D to 3D animation. Studio Orange is updating the character designs, introducing new characters and delving deeper into the Trigun universe beyond the original adaptation. Trigun Stampede will be on Crunchyroll in the US in January 2023.
There you have it! This is our most anticipated anime of 2023.
What are you looking forward to in 2023? Let us know in the comments below, and for more anime, check out the latest fall anime releases in case you missed them and our top 10 anime of all time!