In the mecca of Japanese pop culture, countless anime have been produced, broadcasted and completed ever. Some successful anime have been airing for a long time while hundreds of new anime are released every year. Then, what is the best ongoing anime to watch now?
Today, I’d like to introduce the list of best ongoing anime for you to enjoy watching the hottest series on a real-time basis. This best ongoing anime list includes contemporarily airing anime and unfinished series with upcoming seasons. In addition, it guides to how to enjoy the following stories of the incomplete anime in original manga or light novels.
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1. One Piece
Many anime fans look on One Piece as the best manga and anime series of all time for the coolest and cutest characters and the exciting storyline. The original manga series written by Eiichiro Oda has been serialized on the most popular Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump since 1997, which reached the 100th volume in September, 2021. Its television anime adaptation began in 1999, which is now the longest anime series made by the well-established anime studio Toei Animation. After airing for over 20 years, the One Piece anime welcomed its 1000th episode in November, 2021. High-quality spin-off anime movies are also released constantly that are related to the main story.
One Piece tells a growing-up story of a young pirate Monkey D. Luffy, who dreams to become the king of the pirates around the world and discover the unidentified ultimate treasure “One Piece” encountering reliable crews and powerful enemies. The action adventure anime is partly symbolized as Devil Fruits that empower the eaters to use supernatural strong abilities in exchange for swimming capacity. In addition to the attractive Straw Hat Pirates, it fascinatingly depicts other opponent pirates and Marines.
Aired: From 1999
Who would miss the chance to watch every episode of the greatest ongoing anime series One Piece on a real-time basis? Mo[…]
2. Attack on Titan
Are you paying close attention to what’s going on in the latest season of Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人)? Without a doubt, the hottest dark-fantasy anime is one of the masterpieces in the modern anime in the last few decades. The manga series, written by Hajime Isayama, started with surprise on Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in 2009 and concluded the mysterious story in April, 2021. It has been made into the anime adaptation since 2013, and the second part of the fourth and final season aired from January to April, 2022. Now, the final and third part of Attack on Titan: The Final Season awaits you in 2023.
In addition to the protagonist Eren Yeager and the deuteragonist Mikasa Ackerman, Attack on Titan features other cool the Survey Corps members including Levi Ackerman and Hange Zoë. The story is getting to the bottom line of the titans mystery.
Aired: 2013 (Season 1)/2017 (Season 2)/2018-2019 (Season 3)/2020- (Season 4)
Chapters: 25 (Season 1)/12 (Season 2)/22 (Season 3)/28+ (Season 4)
Many anime fans have very little doubt that Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人) is one of the masterpieces of the modern anime in th[…]
3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険) is one of the top-rated ongoing anime that has been watched by the most domestic and international fans. It is based on the original long manga series written by Hirohiko Araki since 1987, whose latest Part8 JoJolion completed in 2021. In addition, the next part Jojolands will be launched in the future.
The anime adaptation has been made by David Production since 2012, and the ongoing season 5 Stone Ocean was released with the first 12 episodes on Netflix in the end of 2021. Upcoming 12 episodes will be added to Netflix in the autumn of 2022. Let’s see what is happening to the female protagonist Jolyne Cujoh!
Aired: 2012-2013 (Season 1)/2014-2015 (Season 2)/2016 (Season 3)/2018-2019 (Season 4)/2022- (Season 5)
Chapters: 26 (Season 1)/48 (Season 2)/39 (Season 3)/39 (Season 4)/24+ (Season 5)
4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
As an icon of Japanese modern anime, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃) has gained international prominence since it started airing in 2019. While the original manga series written by Koyoharu Gotouge was concluded in 2020 after serialization for more than four years, the anime series is still going on. Ufotable has received much praise from across the world for its greatest works: the two finest seasons and the smash-hit anime movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train. After the second season Entertainment District Arc finished, it’s announced that the season 3 would be produced.
The third season Swordsmith Village Arc follows the further adventure of Tanjiro and Nezuko, which also features the two Hashira members Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji as a key visual illustration for the latest season introduces. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will remain the center of the anime industry for a long moment.
Aired: 2019 (Season 1)/2020 (Anime Movie)/2021-2022 (Season 2)
Chapters: 26 (Season 1)/7 (Anime Movie)/11 (Season 2)
What do you think the best modern anime series is? In terms of name recognition and commercial success, Demon Slayer: Ki[…]
5. Jujutsu Kaisen
Modern anime fans have enjoyed the thrilling dark-fantasy series lately, and Jujutsu Kaisen (呪術廻戦) is one of the leading anime categorized as dark fantasy, action and adventure. It started as a manga serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump in 2018, written by Gege Akutami. Its first anime adaptation was made by the growing animation studio Mappa in 2020, followed by the successful film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in the end of 2021. The second season will be broadcast within 2023 while the ongoing manga series constantly releases a new episode.
Jujutsu Kaisen tells the story of the protagonist Yuji Itadori, who gets a curse power and grows up as a sorcerer, introducing other powerful sorcerer characters. The film adaptation Jujutsu Kaisen 0 presents the past of the main story focusing on Yuta Okkotsu and his teacher Satoru Gojo. The upcoming season covers the Gojo’s Past Arc and the Shibuya Incident Arc, featuring the background of the strongest jujutsu sorcerer Satoru Gojo.
Aired: 2020-2021 (Season 1)/2021 (Anime Movie)/2023 (Season 2)
Chapters: 24 (Season 1)/1 (Anime Movie)/TBA (Season 2)
Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the most popular manga and anime series that have not been completed yet. Following the recent […]
6. My Hero Academia
What is the most successful anime all over the world? The quite popular action adventure My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア) is one of the most popular modern anime series worldwide. It is mixed with the superhero theme from American comic books but depicts the classic Japanese manga’s essences: a growing-up protagonist, powerful supernatural techniques and an exciting journey colored by varied unique characters.
The original manga series written by Kohei Horikoshi has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump since 2014, and its anime adaptation has been made by Bones since 2016. The sixth and latest season of the anime series will air in the autumn of 2022 while the story of the manga series is reaching the climax. Witness the end of the grand story of Izuku Midoriya and other cool heroes!
Aired: 2016 (Season 1)/2017 (Season 2)/2018 (Season 3)/2019-2020 (Season 4)/2021 (Season 5)/2022 (Season 6)
Chapters: 13 (Season 1)/25 (Season 2)/25 (Season 3)/25 (Season 4)/25 (Season 5)/TBA (Season 6)
My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア) is now one of the most famous and popular action manga and anime series in this modern ag[…]
7. Dr. Stone
As a representative of science-fiction anime in the new era, Dr. Stone has been enthusiastically applauded by many fans around the world since its manga series began on Weekly Shonen Jump in 2017. Sorely missed by them, it came to the magnificent end with with the 232nd episode in March, 2022 while the ongoing anime series is running smoothly. A sequel television show titled Dr. Stone: Ryusui in 2022 and the third season will be added to the series.
The first and second season of Dr. Stone, which covers from Prologue and Ishigami Village Arc to Stone Wars Arc, introduces what far-futuristic primitive Stone World is like and focuses on the exciting adventure of the genius high school scientist Senku and his friends. The upcoming episodes are entering a new part that is digging the source of the petrification deeper.
Aired: 2019 (Season 1)/2021 (Season 2)/2022 (TV Special)/2023 (Season 3)
Chapters: 24 (Season 1)/11 (Season 2)/1 (TV Special)/TBA (Season 3)
Dr. Stone is one of the hottest manga and anime series these days. The original manga series just came to the end in Mar[…]
As hard as it may be to believe, the famous action adventure anime series Bleach has not been completed yet. The original manga written by Tite Kubo started its publication on Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001 and came to the end in 2016. It was adapted into the anime series with 366 episodes broadcasting between 2004 and 2012.
In October, 2022, the final part of the unadapted story will be released as Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (BLEACH 千年血戦篇) by the same anime studio Pierrot as the previous anime series. Don’t miss the climax of the grand story of Ichigo Kurosaki!
Aired: 2004-2012 (Bleach)/From 2022 (Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War)
Chapters: 366 (Bleach)/TBA (Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War)
Bleach, one of the most famous and popular Japanese anime worldwide, is what makes many people develop a liking for anim[…]
9. Classroom of the Elite
Since the first anime adaptation of Classroom of the Elite (ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ) was released in 2017, the original light novel series has sparked its boom more and more. The 1st Year Arc was just concluded with the 14th volume in the light novel series, and the next part 2nd Year Arc began serializing. It has been unclosed that the rest of the 1st Year Arc part will be covered in the upcoming season 2 and 3 in 2022 and 2023.
There are loads of unsolved mysteries in the story of Classroom of the Elite, and the new anime seasons ongoingly emphasize who the protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokoji is and what happens to him in the prestigious high school. You can also expect the high-level mind games and changing relationships between him and other students including Suzune Horikita and Kikyou Kushida. More new attractive characters will show up in Season 2 and 3.
Aired: 2017 (Season 1)/2022 (Season 2)/2023 (Season 2)
Chapters: 12 (Season 1)/TBA (Season 2)/TBA (Season 3)
The second season of the Classroom of the Elite anime series just ended, and you may wonder which volume to read in the […]
10. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Quite a few successful anime series are categorized as romantic comedy presenting a peaceful love relationship and an interesting conversation between main characters. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (かぐや様は告らせたい〜天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦〜) has been much popular among both Japanese and foreign fans recently. It has been written by Aka Akasaka since 2015, and two seasons of its anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures hit the air in 2015 and 2019. The season 3 just came in April, 2022.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War focuses on Kaguya Shinomiya, the vice president of Shuchiin Academy’s student council; Miyuki Shirogane, the president of the student council. They feel love for each other but can’t tell their love due to their too much pride. Let’s warmly watch over the changing relationship between the two and nice supporting characters such as Chika Fujiwara and Ai Hayasaka.
Aired: 2015 (Season 1)/2019 (Season 2)/2022 (Season 3)
Chapters: 12 (Season 1)/12 (Season 2)/13 (Season 3)
The latest and third season of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War finished with the extraordinary 1-hour final program (consisting[…]
11. Golden Kamuy
Golden Kamuy (ゴールデンカムイ) is known as one of the manga and anime series that has gained strong momentum across the world recently. The Golden Kamuy manga, written by Satoru Noda, has been serialized on Weekly Young Jump since 2014. For its popularity, its first anime adaptation was made by Geno Studio in 2018, followed by additional 24 episodes in 2018 and 2020. The fourth and newest season produced by a different anime studio Brain’s Base is coming in October, 2022.
The historical adventure anime follows a veteran Saichi Sugimoto, who survived the Russo-Japanese War, set in Hokkaido. Getting interested in a pile of gold that used to be possessed by the indigenous Ainu people but was robbed by a murderer, he meets Asirpa, a female surviver of the Ainu people. They are getting close to the hidden gold and escaped prisoner who holds the secret about it.
Aired: 2018 (Season 1)/2018 (Season 2)/2020 (Season 3)/2022 (Season 4)
Chapters: 12 (Season 1)/12 (Season 2)/12 (Season 3)/TBA (Season 4)
Golden Kamuy, which sparked its boom in Japan at first, is one of the outstanding historical adventure anime series thes[…]
12. Bungo Stray Dogs
Bungo Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス) is a popular ongoing manga series among both male and female fans across the world, classified into mystery, fantasy and action. The first season of the Bungo Stray Dogs anime was released in 2016, adapted from its manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa since 2012. The fourth and latest season started airing from January, 2023.
As “Bungo” of the title Bungo Stray Dogs means great literary figures in Japanese, this anime gives main characters the names of famous authors from Japan and overseas: For instance, Osamu Dazai, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Scott Fitzgerald, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and so on. A 18-year-old orphan Atsushi Nakajima joins the Armed Detective Agency, which is formed by individuals possessing supernatural powers, after he saves a suicide maniac man Osamu Dazai. They fight against oppositions including Port Mafia and The Guild.
Aired: 2016 (Season 1)/2016 (Season 2)/2019 (Season 3)/2023 (Season 4)
Chapters: 12 (Season 1)/13 (Season 2)/12 (Season 3)/TBA (Season 4)
There have been various anime categories including a large number of subgenres and niche themes recently. Almost all ani[…]
Some successful anime series with multiple seasons adapted from recent manga and light novels are only a tiny fraction of a mass of anime series. Overlord (オーバーロード), made from the long-running light novel series, is one of the most popular anime series in these days. Written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin, it has been published since 2014. Its manga adaptation started in 2015 and anime adaptation went off in 2015. The following season 4 is produced by Madhouse as well as the previous three seasons.
Let’s see how the strongest character and protagonist Ainz Ooal Gown has a overwhelming influence in the DMMORPG world as well as the familiar subordinates containing Albedo and Shalltear Bloodfallen!
Aired: 2015 (Season 1)/2018 (Season 2)/2018 (Season 3)/2022 (Season 4)
Chapters: 13 (Season 1)/13 (Season 2)/13 (Season 3)/TBA (Season 4)
Isekai anime, in which a protagonist is suddenly transported to a different world in another dimension, have been much m[…]
14. Mushoku Tensei
Mushoku Tensei (無職転生 〜異世界行ったら本気だす〜), which is also known as Jobless Reincarnation, is a great incomplete anime classified into Isekai, fantasy, adventure and romance. It is adapted from one of the most popular light novel series written by Rifujin na Magonote and published in 2014-2022. The fans were surprised at the quality of the anime adaptation made by a modern anime studio Studio Bind and are looking forward to the following season that has been announced to be made.
Mushoku Tensei casts a spotlight on a 34-year-old socially-withdrawn man with a feeling of despair of his life, who dies from a car accident and is transported to a different world in the distant past. The Isekai story begins at the same time he is reincarnated as a baby named Rudeus Greyrat. He grows up as a talented magician meeting his cute master Roxy Migurdia, a high-spirited noble girl Eris Boreas Greyrat and more unique characters during journey.
Aired: 2021 (Season 1)/2023 (Season 2)
Chapters: 23 (Season 1)/TBA (Season 2)
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There are a lot of quality new anime series airing in 2021, and Mushoku Tensei, which is also known as Jobless Reincarna[…]
Kingdom (キングダム) is one of the most popular ongoing manga and anime series especially among Japanese fans. The Yasuhisa Hara’s manga series has been serialized on Weekly Young Jump since 2006, based on the history of Qin Shi Huang, who achieved Unification of China in the Warring States period in the ancient China. Its anime adaptation made by Pierrot started airing in 2012, and the season 4 is coming in the spring of 2022. In addition to a variety of unique warrior characters, you can see the severe conflict scenes with various surprising strategies in the recent historical anime.
Aired: 2012-2013 (Season 1)/2013-2014 (Season 2)/2020-2021(Season 3)/2022- (Season 4)
Chapters: 38 (Season 1)/39 (Season 2)/26 (Season 3)/TBA (Season 4)
16. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (青春ブタ野郎はバニーガール先輩の夢を見ない), which is also known as Aobuta Series, is one of the highly-rated modern anime that has not been finished yet. The original ongoing light novel series has been written by Hajime Kamoshida and illustrated by Keiji Mizoguchi since 2014, its early part was made into the first season of the anime series with 13 episodes by CloverWorks in 2018. It was followed by the sequel anime movie Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl in the next year.
And, the following anime movies based on the volume 8-9 of the light novel series have been just confirmed!
The slice-of-life anime mixed with fantasy introduces the protagonist Sakuta Azusagawa and several heroines including his girlfriend Mai Sakurajima and his little sister Kaede Azusagawa. However, the fans are looking forward to the following season for the rest of the continuing light novel story.
Aired: 2018 (Season 1)/2019 (1st Anime Movie)/TBA (2nd and 3rd Anime Movies)
Chapters: 13 (Season 1)
More quality light novels have been published in Japan and distributed all over the world recently. Rascal Does Not Drea[…]
17. One-Punch Man
As a famous unfinished anime, One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン) has been the center of attention from across the world since the second season ended in 2019. Based on the original manga written by ONE and illustrated by Yusuke Murata and serialized on Tonari no Young Jump since 2012, it was made into the first season with 12 chapters by Madhouse in 2015 and the second season with another 12 chapters by J.C.Staff in 2019.
The production of One-Punch Man Season 3 has been just officially confirmed as the fans are expecting it since the most part of the ongoing manga remains untouched in anime. One-Punch Man, mixed with humorous characters of the protagonist Saitama and intense battles between cool heroes, is far from over!
Aired: 2019 (Season 1)/2020 (Season 2)/TBA (Season 3)
Chapters: 12 (Season 1)/12 (Season 2)/TBA (Season 3)
One-Punch Man is one of the most famous and popular manga and anime series all over the world. The one and only series i[…]
18. Sword Art Online
There are a lot of light novels adapted into anime series these days, and Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン) is one of the most popular existing anime based on the same-titled novel written by Reki Kawahara. There are four seasons in the anime series: Sword Art Online (2012), Sword Art Online II (2014), Sword Art Online: Alicization (2018-2019) and Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld (2019-2020).
Plus, the first anime movie Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale came to the big screen at the theater in 2017. Another main series Sword Art Online: Progressive, which has been serialized since 2012, was first made into the anime film adaptation Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night in 2021. Categorized as Isekai, fantasy, action, adventure and romance, the exciting story of Kirito and Asuna will last for a while longer.
Aired: 2012 (Season 1)/2014 (Season 2)/2018-2019 (Season 3)/2019-2020 (Season 4)
Chapters: 25 (Season 1)/24 (Season 2)/24 (Season 3)/23 (Season 4)
Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン), one of the most popular anime among both domestic and international fans, has become a […]
19. Hunter x Hunter
Every fan of the splendid adventure anime Hunter x Hunter has anticipated new information about it since the anime series came to the end in 2014 even if it is small stuff. The manga series has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump by the famous manga artist Yoshihiro Togashi while it is on hiatus now.
It was first adapted into an anime series by Nippon Animation between 1999 and 2001, which doesn’t cover the whole part of the manga story. On the other hand, the newer anime series made by Madhouse between 2011 and 2014 presents all of the existing main episodes from Hunter Exam Arc to 13th Hunter Chairman Election Arc. Many people think Hunter x Hunter completed itself with Chimera Ant Arc but some expect the new part Dark Continent Expedition Arc and Succession Contest Arc will be made into the anime adaptation.
Aired: 1999-2001 (1999 Version)/2011-2014 (2011 Version)
Chapters: 62 + 30 OVAs (1999 Version)/148 (2011 Version)
The living legend Hunter x Hunter has attracted a great number of fans of manga and anime all over the globe for a long […]
There are more ongoing anime series you can watch at the moment, and this list will be always updated with additional newcomers. Enjoy the cutting-edge anime titles!
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