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. 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

4. 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.

5. 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.


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