20 Best Anime of 2022 (Update: October 12)

Best Anime 2022

Are you keeping up with anime trends? A surprisingly large number of new anime are broadcast worldwide every year. Some under-deliver anime disappoint you; other finest works are welcomed with admiration and respect. It has become more difficult to select the best and bright anime from the pile of series.

Fortunately, there are lots of anticipated next season of the current popular anime series and newly-started television anime released in 2022. For a wide range of anime fans from beginners to experienced watchers, I’d like to introduce best anime of 2022! This anime list for 2022 is being always updated throughout the year as tens of new anime are distributed in each season consisting three months.

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20. Uncle from Another World

More isekai anime series has been adapted from popular light novels and manga lately, and people are enjoying some isekai-categorized anime in 2022. Uncle from Another World (異世界おじさん) can be easily distinguished from many other titles by the humor. The fantasy comedy anime is based on the same-titled manga series on an online publishing platform ComicWalker since 2018, made by a Japanese anime studio Atelier Pontdarc this year.

Set in 2017, Uncle from Another World starts when a 19-year-old boy Takafumi Takaoka goes to see his uncle in the hospital since he awoke from a deep coma after 17 years. Takafumi decides to take the weird Uncle under his care, who tells that he comes back from a fantasy world called Granbahamal after living there for 17 years. Uncle actually shows some magic abilities to prove he was in the different world. The story about his life there consists of an interesting adventure and a funny incidents caused by his personality.

19. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 4

The popular action fantasy anime Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか) comes with its fourth season in the summer of 2022. Based on the light novel series written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda since 2013, there are three seasons composed of 37 episodes made by J.C.Staff as well as 2019’s anime film Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion.

Then, this season 4 enters a new story known as the Labyrinth Arc that features a new adventure of Belle and the Hestia Familia. The receive a notification from the guild to complete a new mission, and Belle decides to go to the dungeon with his old and new Familia members.

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18. Ya Boy Kongming!

Which is your favorite title in the spring of 2022? In addition to Spy x Family and Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic-, there are several outstanding anime in the season. Ya Boy Kongming! (パリピ孔明) is one of the notable dark horses in the anime series in 2022’s spring, broadcast with 12 episodes. The trendy manga series written by Yuto Yotsuba and illustrated by Ryo Ogawa was adapted into the hit anime series by P.A. Works.

The unique comedy anime focuses on Zhuge Liang, one of the greatest Chinese military strategists in the 2-3 century. The story begins when he goes into the future from the world about 1,800 years ago. He meets a young Japanese girl Eiko Tsukimi, who has a dream to become a successful singer-songwriter in Shibuya, Tokyo.

17. Rent-A-Girlfriend

There are a lot of next seasons of popular existing anime series in the line-up of 2022. Rent-A-Girlfriend (彼女、お借りします) is the anime coming back with its second season in this summer, classified into romantic comedy and harem. The rom-com series has been popular since its manga serialization was started on Weekly Shonen Magazine by Reiji Miyajima in 2017. It has been made into the anime adaptation by TMS Entertainment since the first season aired in 2020.

Rent-A-Girlfriend centers on a 20-year-old college student Kazuya Kinoshita in Tokyo, who meets a heroine Chizuru Mizuhara through the rent-a-girlfriend service just after breaking up with his ex-girlfriend Mami Nanami. In addition to the fake girlfriend Chizuru and his ex-girlfriend Mami, the second season concentrates on other rental girlfriends Ruka Sarashina and Sumi Sakurasawa as well as the previous season.

16. Summer Time Rendering

Summer Time Rendering (サマータイムレンダ) is one of the highest-quality anime airing with 25 episodes in this spring and summer, categorized as mystery and thriller. It was originally serelized on Shonen Jump Plus as manga series between 2017 and 2021, written by Yasuki Tanaka. The anime adaptation is produced by OLM’s Team Kojima.

Summer Time Rendering presents a suspenseful science fiction set in a remote island in Wakayama. A 17-year-old boy Shinpei Ajiro returns to his homeland from Tokyo to attend the funeral of his childhood friend Ushio Kofune, who just lost her life in an attempt to rescue the life of a drowning girl. However, it becomes increasingly clear that she was killed by somebody. You can enjoy the contrast between the beautifully-drawn scenery in the island and the thrilling story.

15. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic- (Season 3)

The popular rom-com series is reaching the third season as Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic- (かぐや様は告らせたい -ウルトラロマンティック-) in April, 2022, following the first and second seasons with 24 episodes airing in 2019 and 2020. It’s adapted from the steadily-running manga series written by Aka Akasaka since 2016.

Season 3 continues to present the peaceful battle between Kaguya and Miyuki, and you should check what will happen to their relationship at the school cultural festival.

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14. The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2

Many fans is welcoming the release of The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり) Season 2 in this spring, who have missed the Isekai dark-fantasy anime since its first season ended in 2019. The Rising of the Shield Hero has been serialized by the author Aneko Yusagi and the illustrator Seira Minami since 2013. The first season of the anime adaptation is produced by Kinema Citrus and the following season by DR Movie.

The adventure of the shield hero Naofumi Iwatani and their fellows like Raphtalia and Filo re-starts, maintainng their newly-acquired territory. Fortunately, the production of the third season has been already decided.

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13. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 2

For both classic and new fans of the famous anime series Ghost in the Shell, the second season of the latest series Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045) has been distributed exclusively on Netflix since May 23, 2022. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 started with its 12-chapter first season in 2020, directed by Kenji Kamiyama, who is famous for the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series; Shinji Aramaki, who is known for the sci-fi film Appleseed.

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12. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc -Memorial Edition-

There are some reasons why you should not disregard the finest dark-fantasy anime Berserk (ベルセルク) in 2022. Its original manga series, which had been serialized from 1989 by Kentaro Miura, stopped since the manga artist passed away in May, 2021. However, the serialization was re-started by Kouji Mori and Studio Gaga from June, 2022, which has surprised and pleased many existing fans. In addition, the anime of Berserk is coming back in this year.

There are two seasons of the Berserk anime adaptation airing in 1997-1998 and 2016-2017 and three anime movies released in 2012 and 2013. In 2022, the anime movie trilogy comes back as Berserk: The Golden Age Arc -Memorial Edition- as a television series for the first time. It is a good chance for beginners to start watching the quality series.

11. Ranking of Kings

Ranking of Kings (王様ランキング) has been a popular topic among anime fans since it started airing in October, 2021. The first season of the fantasy anime ended with the 23rd episode in March, 2022. Based on the original manga series written by Sosuke Toka since 2017, it is made as a part of Wit Studio’s 10th anniversary project.

A popular anime programming block known as Noitamina featured Ranking of Kings in the season. Ranking of Kings seems to be aimed at children at the first glance but actually touches even adults emotionally, presenting a growing-up story of the weak protagonist Bojji.

10. My Dress-Up Darling

Lots of newly-started anime series are unveiled in 2022, and My Dress-Up Darling (その着せ替え人形は恋をする) is what you should check out to keep up with the latest Japanese anime trend if you have not watched it. My Dress-Up Darling has been serialized on Young Gangan as manga since 2018, which was first made into the anime adaptation by CloverWorks with 12 episodes airing from January to March, 2022.

The modern romantic comedy anime introduces some cutest characters including the high school heroine Marin Kitagawa and the popular cosplayer Sajuna Inui. They become enthusiastic about cosplay playing dress-up as their favorite characters of anime and games, supported by the Hina doll making apprentice Wakana Gojo. My Dress-Up Darling is making cosplay, a part of Japanese pop culture, much more well-known globally.

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9. Call of the Night

Call of the Night (よふかしのうた) is a more highly rated anime series than expectations of many anime fans, staring in this summer. Its original manga series has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Sunday since 2019, written by Kotoyama. It is adapted into the high-quality romantic comedy anime mixed with fantasy and slice-of-life by Tomoyuki Itamura, who also joined the productions of the renowned series such as Monogatari Series and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Call of the Night follows a strange night life of a 14-year-old boy Ko Yamori, who refuses to attend the middle school for any reason. The story begins when he goes outside at midnight for the first time and encounters a pink-hair vampire girl named Nazuna Nanakusa. She guides him on how to spend a long night and he feels comfortable hanging out with her.

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8. Akebi’s Sailor Uniform

Akebi’s Sailor Uniform (明日ちゃんのセーラー服) is one of the best anime freshly launched with their first season, broadcasting with 12 episodes from January to March, 2022. The school-themed, slice-of-life anime is adapted from the original manga series that has been written by Hiro and serialized on an online manga publishing site Tonari no Young Jump since 2016.

Akebi’s Sailor Uniform concentrates a 13-year-old cheerful and outgoing girl Komichi Akebi, who meets many friends after entering the prestigious middle school. The beautiful drawings of the middle school girls and the countryside in the manga series are successfully reconstructed in the anime by CloverWorks.

7. Spy x Family

Spy x Family is an eye-catcher in the spring of 2022, beginning television broadcasts from April 9. The spy-themed action comedy series has been serialized on Shonen Jump Plus since 2019, written by Tatsuya Endo. And, its anime adaptation is made by a nice collaboration between Wit Studio and CloverWorks. The first 12 episodes in the spring are followed by the second half of the first season from October, 2022.

While the mastered spy Loid Forger executes a severe mission to maintain the balancing of Westalis and Ostania, a fake family composed of him, a skillful assassin Yor Forger and an adopted telepath Anya Forger. It depicts an exciting and humorous story with their hidden identity secrets.

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6. Teasing Master Takagi-san (Season 3)

Teasing Master Takagi-san (からかい上手の高木さん), the finest romantic comedy anime series these days, just reached its third season in the winter of 2022. Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 3 shows the growing appeal of the cutest heroine Takagi-san and the shy protagonist Nishikata as well as the past two seasons in 2018 and 2019.

It depicts their peaceful days with her varied teases and his modest revenges; the changing relationship between them. In this summer, the first anime movie Teasing Master Takagi-san the Movie will be released. Teasing Master Takagi-san should be ranked higher than many other anime classified into the same genre.

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5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc (Season 2)

The greatest dark-fantasy anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃) is still enjoying significant and won’t stop growing it for a while. From the end of 2021, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 titled Entertainment District Arc aired with 11 episodes following the smach-hit film Mugen Train in 2020. The original manga series written by Koyoharu Gotouge was completed in May, 2022. On the other hand, the current anime series composed of 37 episodes and a movie covers only about half of the whole manga story. Many fans are excited at the intense battle of Tanjiro and the Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui with Daki, the Twelve Kizuki’s Upper Rank Six demon.

It has been announced that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 3 (Swordsmith Village Arc) will come in no distant future, which casts a spotlight on the Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji and the Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito in addition to the familiar main characters including Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke. There are also new strong Twelve Kizuki demons in the upcoming season.

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4. Lycoris Recoil

Receiving the acceptance of a broad range of anime lovers, Lycoris Recoil (リコリス・リコイル) is definitely one of the best anime series in the summer of 2022 and has a significant presence even throughout the year. The new anime, made by the well-known anime studio A-1 Pictures, is the first series directed by Shingo Adachi, who is also famous for character designs for the Sword Art Online series and the Working!! series. 13 episodes were broadcast from July, 2022.

Set in a fictional city in Japan, Lycoris Recoil focuses on Lycoris, a female task force against crime. LycoReco, a branch of the Lycoris’s security organization known as DA, is ostensibly run as an ordinary cafe by two young Lycoris girls. Chisato Nishikigi, one of the leading skillful Lycoris, welcomes a newcomer Takina Inoue at the cafe. The teenage girls handle with various dangerous incidents to maintain security.

3. Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 (Season 4)

Who missed the most interesting part of the modern masterpiece Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人)? Attack on Titan: The Final Season started with 16 episodes in 2020, followed by Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 consisting of 12 additional episodes in the beginning of 2022. Hajime Isayama’s original manga series comprises 34 volumes published between 2009 and 2021, and the rest of the unadapted story will be covered by Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 3 coming in 2023.

After overcoming several critical incidents, the tough fight of the the Survey Corps never ends losing important members. In the latest season, the protagonist is confronted with a severe choice. A lot of mysteries about the titans are revealed throughout the recent seasons, however, it’s still difficult to predict further in the story. Stay tuned until the grand story is concluded in the next and final part.

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2. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Season 5)

Many anime fans will agree that Stone Ocean, the fifth season of the popular dark-fantasy adventure anime JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険), is the best anime of 2022. The live-legend original manga series written by Hirohiko Araki has been adapted into anime series since the first and second part Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency was released between 1987 and 1989. Following the highly-rated seasons Stardust Crusaders (Anime Season 2), Diamond Is Unbreakable (Anime Season 3) and Golden Wind (Anime Season 4), the latest series Stone Ocean is satisfying both the current fans of the manga series and newcomers to the anime series.

Based on the original manga serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump between 1999 and 2003, Stone Ocean is made by David Production. It was first distributed exclusively to Netflix with the first 12 episodes in the end of 2021 and another 12 episodes added to the streaming site in September 2022. Stone Ocean is scheduled to finish with 14 additional episodes distributing  from December 2022 on Netflix. Let’s see how the female protagonist Jolyne Cujoh captures Green Dolphin Street Prison and saves his father Jotaro Kujo through to the end!

1. Chainsaw Man

The recent leading series Chainsaw Man (チェンソーマン) must be a featured anime title in the entire year of 2022, starting from October 12. The popular action dark-fantasy manga series written by Tatsuki Fujimoto was serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump from 2018 to 2020. The following part Chainsaw Man School Arc just began on the trendy online manga publishing platform Shonen Jump+ in July, 2022, which is accelerating popularity far more. The anime adaptation has been keenly anticipated by this many people partly because it is produced by the growing anime studio Mappa. It will be one of its masterpieces ever.

Chainsaw Man revolves around a dark hero Chainsaw Man, a poor teenager Denji transforms himself into with the power of his pet dog Pochita, which is known as the Chainsaw Devil. Supervised by Makima, the female leader of the Public Safety Devil Hunters, Denji and his colleagues Power and Aki Hayakawa fight against the vicious Devils. There is a grand plot in the thrilling and terrifying whole story.

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The year of 2022 is welcoming a large number of excellent anime, and you can’t have enough time to watch all of them. It’s recommended to check this best 2022 anime list at least, which is being updated as the new season comes!

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