Best Anime of 2023

Best Anime 2023

Anime used to be only a niche content loved by a handful of geeks in past days, however, it is being not only watched but also made all over the world in this day and age. You can enjoy a wide range of anime titles on various streaming platforms such as Netflix, Crunchyroll, Hulu and so on now.

Every year, hundreds of anime are released in Japan and distributed globally at the almost same time. To keep up with the cutting-edge anime trend, what should you check in 2023?

Today, I’d like to introduce the best anime of 2023 for beginners and advanced watchers. The famous dark-fantasy adventure is finishing with the final part, the next seasons of the hottest series are coming and some quality brand new works are scheduled to be released in 2023.

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1. Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3

Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3 (進撃の巨人 The Final Season完結編), the last part of the fourth season to conclude the grand story of the epic series, has been announced to premiere in 2023. The original manga series written by Hajime Isayama began its publication in 2009 and was completed in 2021.

The previous part of Final Season broadcasted in the beginning of 2022 consists of 12 episodes, and only a small part of the unadapted story remains. More mysteries about the titans’ background are being unveiled as the story progresses. Let’s see the outcome of Eren’s fate and what happens to the world!

Aired: Within 2023

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2. Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2
Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 ©芥見下々/集英社・呪術廻戦製作委員会

For many anime fans all across the world, the trendy dark-fantasy’s next season Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 (呪術廻戦 2期) is a featured anime in 2023. Following the first season composed of 24 episodes airing in 2020-2021 and the smash-hit anime movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 released in the end of 2021, the newest season presents the sequel to the Yuji Itadori’s adventure featuring the Gojo’s Past Arc and the Shibuya Incident Arc. More exciting fights and moving dramas await you in the upcoming part. The original manga written by Gege Akutami is running smoothly on Weekly Shonen Jump.

Aired: Within 2023

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3. Mushoku Tensei Season 2

Mushoku Tensei (無職転生 〜異世界行ったら本気だす〜), also known as Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, is a strong candidate for the best anime of 2023, coming back with the anticipated second season within the year. The popular light novel series written by Rifujin na Magonote and illustrated by Shirotaka started in 2014 and is to be completed in November, 2022, which was made into the first anime adaptation with 23 episodes in 2021.

The highest-quality isekai and fantasy anime made by Studio Bind follows a 34-year-old unemployed man who is reincarnated as a young boy named Rudeus Greyrat in an isekai world. The previous season focuses on the beginning of his grand growing-up story, and the new second season proceeds to follow his adventure to look for his disappearing father and mother after the cosmic catastrophe. There are more attractive new characters in addition to the existing major supporting characters he hasn’t met in ages in Mushoku Tensei Season 2.

Aired: Within 2023

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4. Classroom of the Elite Season 3

In March, 2022, the production of the following seasons of the popular anime series Classroom of the Elite (ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ) was announced, based on its original light novel published since 2015. The first season of the anime adaptation was broadcast with 12 episodes in 2017; any additional information about the anime’s next season had not been released until very recently.

The second season scheduled to air in July 2022 and the third season in 2023 cover the whole part of the First Year Arc as well as the first season, which corresponds the first 14 volumes of the light novel series. The battles of Kiyotaka Ayanokoji with other classes are growing more intense and his background is being dug up more in the following seasons.

Aired: Within 2023

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5. Rurouni Kenshin

The famous samurai-themed classic anime Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-) is reviving as a brand new anime series, which was first announced in December, 2021. At Aniplex Online Fest 2022 on September 24, 2022, it was revealed that it would be released in 2023 with an official trailer. The former anime series aired from 1996 to 1998, which comprises 94 episodes made by Studio Gallop and Studio Deen. The new version of the Rurouni Kenshin anime series is produced by Liden Films, which is scheduled to release other expected anime for 2023 such as Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown and Insomniacs After School.

Set in the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912), the historical action adventure is dominated by Kenshin Himura, a legendary swordsman who used to be known as the most powerful assassin in the late Edo period. He determines not to kill anymore and seeks a way to live peacefully traveling around the country. He starts having relations with a heroine Kaoru Kamiya, a spirited orphan Yahiko Myojin and a passionate fighter Sanosuke Sagara.

Aired: Within 2023

6. Dr. Stone Season 3

As one of the most popular sci-fi adventure manga and anime series in modern days, Dr. Stone has been watched globally on various online anime websites. Its original manga series was just completed with the 232nd episode in March, 2022 after the serialization on Weekly Shonen Jump for five years. There are 2 current seasons and a special television program titled Dr. Stone: Ryusui in the anime series so far, followed by the Dr. Stone Season 3 in 2023.

The third season depicts the story after the second arc Stone Wars and the new character Ryusui Nanami’s emergence. Though the manga series reached its grand finale, the anime series seems far from over.

Aired: Within 2023

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7. Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc (Season 2)

Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc (東京卍リベンジャーズ 聖夜決戦編) is the expected second season of the Japanese yanki-themed science fiction scheduled to air in the beginning of 2023. It is adapted from Ken Wakui’s manga series serialized on Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2017, following the first season composed of 24 episodes in 2021.

After the Bloody Halloween arc in the first season, the next season enters a new story arc Christmas Showdown presenting the large conflict occurring on the Christmas day. Let’s see what happens to Takemichi and who newly joins and disappears in Tokyo Manji Gang!

Aired: From January, 2023

8. Vinland Saga Season 2

Some Japanese anime are more popular among foreign fans than Japanese for some reason. Vinland Saga (ヴィンランド・サガ), which began its first season of the anime series in 2019, is one of the best modern anime for many international anime lovers. There are 24 episodes in the previous season made by Wit Studio, followed by Vinland Saga Season 2 from January, 2023. The new season is produced by the different anime studio Mappa, which is also in charge of Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack of Titan The Final Season and Chainsaw Man.

The epic adventure anime follows Thorfinn, the son of the greatest warrior. In search of the phantom land called Vinland, he seeks the meaning in his life in the second season with the theme of the saga of Atonement and Salvation.

Aired: From January, 2023

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9. Record of Ragnarok II (Season 2)

The recent action fantasy Record of Ragnarok (終末のワルキューレ) hits the air with its second season titled Record of Ragnarok II in 2023. Adapted from the original manga series serialized on Monthly Comic Zenon since 2017, the 12-episode first season of the anime series was made by Graphinica. The second season is distributed only on Netflix worldwide as well as the previous season.

The fantastic series depicts the battle of Ragnarok between 13 greatest humans in the history of mankind and 13 most powerful gods. Record of Ragnarok II focuses on new characters such as Raiden Tameemon, Buddha, Jack the Ripper, Hercules, Shiva, Zerofuku and so on.

Aired: From January, 2023

10. Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4

Bungo Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス) is known as one of the most successful detective anime series in modern days, loved by not only boys but girls worldwide. It was started as manga series by the writer Kafka Asagiri and the illustrator Sango Harukawa, serialized on a monthly Japanese seinen manga magazine Young Ace from 2012. The anime adaptation has been made by Bones since 2016, and the latest and fourth season is coming in the beginning of 2023.

The story begins a 18-year-old orphan Atsushi Nakajima is involved in the Armed Detective Agency, which consists of individuals possessing supernatural powers. There are a variety of characters with the same name as Japanese literary giants such as Osamu Dazai and Doppo Kunikida in the agency. They conflict against some criminal organizations including the Port Mafia, which is represented by Ryunosuke Akutagawa; the Guild, which is led by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald; Rats in the House of the Dead, which is typified by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The action and mystery anime comprises suspenseful incidents and powerful battle scenes between them. The members of Armed Detective Agency deal with serious incidents related to the government facing the antagonist organizations in Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4.

Aired: From January, 2023

11. Mashle

Successful Weekly Shonen Jump manga that have acquired a good reputation from international readers are ready to be made into their anime adaptations. Mashle (マッシュル -MASHLE-) is one of the waited series that is scheduled to be broadcast in 2023. Categorized as fantasy and adventure, it has been serialized on the best-selling manga magazine and written by Hajime Komoto since 2020. The promising anime adaptation is made by A-1 Pictures.

Mashle is set in the world where everyone uses magic and who is better in magic counts. It centers on a young boy Mash Burnedead, who doesn’t have an ability to use magic at all but has built strong muscle and improved strength for a long time. Enrolling in the Easton Magic Academy, at which many magic elite students are enrolled, he challenges the world dominated by magic only with his muscular power.

Aired: Within 2023

12. Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage (Season 2)

Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage
Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage © 十日草輔・KADOKAWA刊/アニメ「王様ランキング 勇気の宝箱」製作委員会

Fortunately, the hit fantasy anime loved by both kids and adults is arriving back in 2023 as the second season titled Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage (王様ランキング 勇気の宝箱). Ranking of Kings started with 23 episodes airing in 2021-2022, adapted from Sosuke Toka’s manga series serialized on Manga Hack since 2017.

Ranking of Kings introduces the hierarchical ranking system in which world’s kings are ranked in order of the power and prosperity. Bojji, the protagonist and the first prince of the Bosse Kingdom, has a dream to become the number one king in the world though he holds lots of challenges to overcome: He was born deaf and smaller than normal while his parents are a giant. Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage tells an unknown story with the theme of courage, concentrating on the courageous prince Bojji, his shadow friend Kage and other people around them.

Aired: Within 2023

13. Insomniacs After School

More people around the globe have been interested in Japanese school-themed anime lately, and lots of high-quality slice-of-life and romantic-comedy series await them in 2023. Insomniacs After School (君は放課後インソムニア), based on Makoto Ojiro’s same-titled manga series published on Weekly Big Comic Spirits since 2019, is made into the first anime adaptation by Liden Films in 2023.

Set in a high school in Nanao, Ishikawa, Insomniacs After School tells the story of two insomnia boy and girl. The story begins when they meet each other during the preparation of the school festival. Sharing the same trouble, they restore the school’s abandoned astronomy club.

Aired: Within 2023

14. The Duke of Death and His Maid Season 2

The Duke of Death and His Maid (Season 2)
The Duke of Death and His Maid (Season 2) ©イノウエ/小学館・死神坊ちゃんと黒メイド製作委員会

The popular romantic comedy anime series The Duke of Death and His Maid (死神坊ちゃんと黒メイド) is coming back as early as 2023. It has got wide favorable reviews from existing anime fans since its first season was broadcasted with 12 episodes in 2021. The original manga series written by Koharu Inoue was just completed with its reputation in May, 2022 after being serialized on Sunday Webry for five years. The new second season is also made by J.C.Staff as well as the previous season.

There are following episodes focusing on the protagonist Duke of Death, his maid Alice Lendrott and his family and friends, which are mixed with romance and fantasy. Predict if Duke of Death can break the curse by the witch and touch Alice!

Aired: Within 2023

15. In/Spectre Season 2

In/Spectre Season 2 (虚構推理 2期) is an anticipated anime released in 2023, which used to be scheduled in the autumn of 2022. Like its first season consisting of 12 episodes broadcasted in 2020, the second season of the modern romance and mystery anime series is based on the same-titled novel series written by Kyo Shirodaira since 2011, which has been also made into a manga series since 2015.

The second season is also produced by Brain’s Base as well as the previous season. In/Spectre tells the story of a university student and female protagonist Kotoko Iwanaga and her boyfriend Kuro Sakuragawa, who tackle supernatural incidents caused by apparitions.

Aired: From January, 2023

16. Spy Classroom

Spy Classroom (スパイ教室) is one of the most anticipated new anime series adapted from a popular light novel series in 2023. It is based on the spy-themed light novel series written by Takemachi and illustrated by Tomari since 2020. It was first adapted into a manga series by Kaname Seu from 2020 and its anime adaptation is just realized by a Japanese anime studio Feel.

Spy Classroom is set in the world after the biggest world war ended 10 years ago, where the Shadow War that spies are involved behind is still ongoing. The adventure story introduces a secret spy organization known as Tomoshibi, which comprises eight girls and the skilled spy leader Klaus. The Tomoshibi members take on the Impossible Missions under the information warfare by spies, following the principles “No matter how many lies it takes, No matter what it takes, Deceive all.”

Aired: Within 2023

17. The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten

The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten (お隣の天使様にいつの間にか駄目人間にされていた件) will be adapted into the first anime series in 2023, which has been featured as one of the 10 hottest light novels for 2022. The light novel series has been written by Saekisan and illustrated by Hanekoto since 2019. Its manga adaptation has been also published since the beginning of 2022.

The romantic comedy anime, also classified into slice of life, centers on a high school boy Amane Fujimiya living on his own. The story begins when he meets a cute girl Mahiru Shiina, who lives next door to him.

Aired: Within 2023

18. In Another World with My Smartphone Season 2

In Another World with My Smartphone (異世界はスマートフォンとともに。) is a representative Naro-kei anime mixed with isekai, harem and adventure. It is adapted from the same-titled light novel that started on the online user-generated publishing platform Shosetsuka ni Naro by the writer Patora Fuyuhara since 2013, whose physical novel series has been published with the illustrator Eiji Usatsuka since 2015. The first season of the anime series made by Production Reed was broadcast in 2017, followed by the second season created by J.C.Staff in the spring of 2023.

In Another World with My Smartphone places an emphasis on a 15-year-old high schooler Touya Mochizuki, who is transported into a fantasy world by the god. He starts his second life there with a smartphone brought from the real world and unlimited magic powers controlling control all seven magical elements. In addition to his first companions, the Silhoueska twins, he travels around the world adding several female characters to his party.

Aired: From April, 2023

19. InuHiro: My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog

InuHiro: My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog
InuHiro: My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog © 古川五勢・講談社/犬ひろ製作委員会

There are lots of latest anime series that have unique themes and plots these days. A new interesting rom-com anime series released in 2023 is titled InuHiro: My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog (犬になったら好きな人に拾われた。), also mixed with slice of life and fantasy. It is adapted from Gosei Furukawa’s original manga serialized since 2020.

InuHiro: My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog centers on an ordinary high school student who is unexpectedly transformed into a dog and picked up by his cool and beautiful classmate Karen Inukai.

Aired: Within 2023

20. Oyukiumi no Kaina

Oyukiumi no Kaina (大雪海のカイナ), which literally means Kaina of the Great Snow Sea, is an anticipated brand new anime show broadcasting in Fuji TV’s +Ultra block from January, 2022. It is based on the original manga series written by Tsutomu Nihei, who is also known for Knights of Sidonia. Commemorating the 40th year anniversary of the foundation of Polygon Pictures, the sci-fi anime is made by it and directed by Hiroaki Ando, whose recent masterpiece is Ajin: Demi-Human.

The setting is a post-apocalyptic world where only a handful of people can survive due to the spread of the Great Snow Sea. A protagonist Kaina, who lives above the Tenmaku that extends from the roots to the tops of giant Orbital Trees, meets a girl Liliha, who comes from the ground.

Aired: From January, 2023


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