List of Best Anime in Winter 2023

Best Anime in Winter 2023

Winter is the starting season of a new year in Japanese anime series. From January to Match, 2023, tens of keenly-anticipated new anime are scheduled to hit the air. Popular manga and light novel series have been adapted into fine anime series and famous classic series have been remade by top-rated modern anime studios lately. Of course, the existing beloved anime series continue with following seasons for their popularity.

Then, which anime should you watch in the winter of 2023? In some examples, the second season of the sci-fi and thriller anime series Tokyo Revengers is following the smash-hit first season. Specifically, foreign anime lovers are looking forward to the season 2 of the epic adventure anime Vinland Saga. Many other brand new anime await you in this season.

Today, I’d like to introduce the list of the best anime series of the winter 2023 and their release dates. This anime line-up is being updated once additional announcements are made for global anime fans. Let’s enjoy the hottest Japanese anime!

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1. Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc (Season 2)

The recent smash-hit Tokyo Revengers is coming back to the beginning of 2023 as the second season titled Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc (東京リベンジャーズ 聖夜決戦編). The science-fiction anime series with the theme of Japanese yanki has been quite popular among fans not only in Japan but worldwide especially in Spain and France where the original manga series first started to be translated into their languages. The manga series has been serialized on a famous Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2017, written by Ken Wakui. It was made into the first anime adaptation comprising 24 episode by Liden Films in 2021.

After some serious conflicts between Tokyo Manji Gang and other yanki groups occur in the first season, the next season keeps focusing on Takemichi’s time travel adventure to save his important person in the future. See what will happen to Tokyo Manji Gang next and who will become an important character. In addition to the current coolest characters like Mikey and Draken, there are new characters featured in Tokyo Revengers Christmas Showdown Arc.

Aired: From January, 2023

2. Vinland Saga Season 2

Vinland Saga (ヴィンランド・サガ) is being anticipated by lots of international fans as one of the best anime series in the winter of 2023. The historical adventure anime has been watch all over the world since its first season was released with 24 episodes in 2019. It is based on the well-known manga series written by Makoto Yukimura and serialized on Monthly Afternoon since 2005. The production of Wit Studio’s high-quality animation is taken over by the other growing Japanese anime studio Mappa in Vinland Saga Season 2.

Vinland Saga is set in the northern region of Europe in the early 11th century, focusing on the way the barbaric seafarers known as Vikings live. The epic anime revolves around a young skilled Icelandic warrior named Thorfinn, who survives the severe world with his two daggers and is driven by an urge for revenge against his group’s leader Askeladd. In the second season, he is enslaved and looks back on his crimes in the past and searches for the meaning of his life again after losing his biggest life purpose.

Aired: From January, 2023

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3. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? – Deep Chapter: Calamity Arc (Season 4 Part 2)

After the previous part of the fourth season in the summer of 2022, 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) continues with its second part Deep Chapter: Calamity Arc from the winter of 2023. Adapted from the light novel series written by Fujino Omori and illustarated by Suzuhito Yasuda, the fantasy adventure anime has been watched by international anime lovers. The fourth season is made by J.C.Staff as well as the past three seasons.

DanMachi Season 4 Part 2 keeps following the protagonist Bell Cranel and other Hestia Familia members, who go deeper into the Dungeon involving a huge sacrifice. Bell and the female elf Ryuu become isolated from their party in the middle of the battle against the vicious and powerful monster Juggernaut. See what will happen to them in a critical condition.

Aired: From January, 2023

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4. Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4

Bungo Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス) is one of the most popular anime series scheduled to air in the winter of 2023, which started with the 12-episode first season in 2016. There are three current seasons in the anime series made by the reliable anime studio Bones. Based on the original manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, the newest and fourth season awaits many fans around the globe.

Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4 presents a suspenseful story of the Armed Detective Agency members including Atsushi Nakajima and Osamu Dazai, who are involved in an enormous conspiracy related to the government.

Aired: From January, 2023

5. In/Spectre Season 2

The second season of a popular mystery anime In/Spectre (虚構推理), which was scheduled to air in October, 2022, is postponed until January, 2023. Adapted from the popular mystery novel series written by Kyo Shirodaira since 2011, the anime adaptation was first released with 12 episodes in 2020. In/Spectre Season 2 is made by Brain’s Base as well as the previous season.

In/Spectre centers on a female university student Kotoko Iwanaga, who lost one eye and one leg in return to become the Goddess of Wisdom for specters, and her immortal boyfriend Kuro Sakuragawa. They solve strange cases caused by the specters with their supernatural abilities. Following the Steel Lady Nanase arc in the first season presenting the encounter between Kotoko and Kuro, just see what kind of new case will happen next and how their relationship will change in the second season.

Aired: From January, 2023

6. Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro 2nd Attack (Season 2)

For modern Japanese anime fans, Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro 2nd Attack (イジらないで、長瀞さん 2nd Attack), its anime series second season, is what they can’t miss in the winter of 2023. It is adapted from the popular slice-of-life and romantic-comedy manga series written by Nanashi and seriailzed on Magazine Pocket since 2017. The first season’s 12 episodes were made by Telecom Animation Film in 2021, followed by the second season created by a different animation studio OLM.

Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro tells the story of a quiet second-grade high school student Naoto Hachiouji and his energetic first-grade Kohai student Hayase Nagatoro. You can see how the cute sadist girl toys with her Senpai in the next season as well.

Aired: From January, 2023

7. Kaina of the Great Snow Sea

Kaina of the Great Snow Sea (大雪海のカイナ) is one of the most expected brand new anime series for 2023. Its manga series just began on Monthly Shonen Sirius a little earlier than the anime series in 2022. The story is written by Tsutomu Nihei, who is also famous for Blame! (1997-2003) and Knights of Sidonia (2009-2015). With his screenplay, the anime series is made by Polygon Pictures.

Kaina of the Great Snow Sea is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the ground surface is covered by the Great Snow Sea. It revolves around a young boy named Kaina, who lives on the upper layer supported by the giant trees. The story begins when he meets a girl Liliha coming from the lower world in the the Great Snow Sea.

Aired: From January, 2023

8. Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 2

In addition to brand new series, there are many existing anime with next seasons scheduled in 2022. Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense (痛いのは嫌なので防御力に極振りしたいと思います。) is the expected anime coming with its second season. 2020’s first season was adapted from its original light novel written by Yuumikan and illustrated by Koin since 2017 by a Japanese anime studio Silver Link.

The comedy and fantasy anime, which is also categorized as Naro-kei and Metaverse, emphasizes an ordinary high school girl Kaede Honjo. She started to play the VRMMORPG named NewWorld Online inspired by her best friend Risa Shiromine. Under the name Maple in the game world, she chooses a unpopular great shield as her main weapon since she really doesn’t want to experience even a very little pain. Plus, he extremely increases her defense stats, which is why the title is given in this way. Bofuri Season 2 keeps tracking the adventure of Maple and her friends in the exciting virtual world.

Don’t miss the new season if you are a fan of the first season of Bofuri and other game-themed anime series!

Aired: From January, 2023

9. Nier: Automata Ver1.1a

For fans of both anime and games, good news has been just announced: The 2017 hit game Nier: Automata’s anime adaptation is coming to the winter of 2023 titled Nier: Automata Ver1.1a. Nier: Automata, developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix, was initially released as an action role-playing game for PlayStation 4 and Windows in 2017, which recorded over 6 million sales around the globe. Nier: Automata Ver1.1a is made by the popular anime studio A-1 Pictures, which has been recently famous for Sword Art Online and Lycoris Recoil. It features some voice actors of proven worth including Yui Ishikawa (voicing Violet Evergarden in Violet Evergarden and Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan) and Natsuki Hanae (voicing Tanjiro Kamado in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Ken Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul).

Nier: Automata Ver1.1a is set in a post-apocalyptic world, taking place thousands of years after an ending of the previous game title Nier Gestalt/Replicant’s multiple storylines. Human beings are driven out of the earth to the moon after an alien invasion. For humankind to regain the lost earth, human-made androids are sent to the earth to fight against bio-machines produced by the aliens. This sci-fi anime focuses on new-type androids called YoRHa including a female protagonist 2B and a male android 9S.

Aired: From January, 2023


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