29 Best Ongoing Anime to Watch Now

Best Ongoing Anime

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.

Since the story is still incomplete, many people are interested in the continuation of the story. If the anime is based on a manga or a light novel series (most anime these days are adapted from original works), you can read them to enjoy what is ahead. I will also show you where the ongoing anime end in manga and light novels, too.

Let’s get the latest trends and update your anime watching list constantly!

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

Episodes: 1,000+

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2. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End

Are you tired of watching fantasy adventure already? It is true that fantasy adventure may be a genre that has run out of all the elements and cannot envision much of a new future. However, contrary to such thoughts, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (葬送のフリーレン) has stirred up the emotions of many people as soon as it started airing. Based on a manga by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe, which has been serialized since 2020, it was well received by the public. Despite the manga’s already high level of perfection, Madhouse’s anime adaptation takes Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End to another level. The first episode was an unprecedented four-episode broadcast on the Friday Road Show program, which attracted a lot of attention.

The main character is Frieren, a female elf of a long-lived species who lives for more than 1,000 years. The story is set in a world after the hero Himmel and his party member Frieren have already accomplished the great feat of defeating the Demon King. The themes of the anime include the dissimilarity in the passage of time between the long-lived Frieren and ordinary people, and the recollection of her journey with the brave Himmel, who had a great influence on Frieren despite being human. Frieren sets out on a journey with his new friends, but the past and present are intermingled in this anime, which is filled with emotional devices throughout.

Aired: 2023

Episodes: TBA

3. Spy x Family

Spy x Family is a hit ongoing anime series that began airing in April 2022, followed by the second season in the autumn of 2023. Produced by Wit Studio and CloverWorks, it has captured the hearts of many viewers. Spy x Family is based on Tatsuya Endo’s popular manga series published on Shonen Jump+ since 2019. The first anime movie Spy x Family Code: White is scheduled to premiere in December 2023.

The story follows a master spy Loid Forger, tasked with infiltrating an elite school to prevent a political coup. He forms a fake family with a telepathic girl Anya, and skilled assassin Yor, all hiding their true identities. The anime expertly combines action, comedy, and heartwarming moments as the trio navigates their missions and daily life.

Spy x Family is an emotional rollercoaster, blending thrilling espionage with relatable family dynamics. The characters are lovable, and the plot keeps you hooked!

Aired: 2022 (Season 1)/2023 (Season 2)/2023 (Movie)

Episodes: 25 (Season 1)/TBA (Season 2)

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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, the third season Swordsmith Village Arc premiered in the spring of 2023.

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)/2023 (Season 3)

Episodes: 26 (Season 1)/7 (Anime Movie)/11 (Season 2)/TBA (Season 3)

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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)

Episodes: 24 (Season 1)/1 (Anime Movie)/TBA (Season 2)

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6. Chainsaw Man

Chainsaw Man (チェンソーマン) is a highly popular anime that has recently started airing and is gaining significant attention. With stunning visual quality, Studio Mappa has brought the series to life in animation form. The original manga series, created by Tatsuki Fujimoto, was serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump from 2018 to 2020, comprising the first part of the story. The second part of the series commenced serialization in the online publication platform Shonen Jump+ in July 2022, further expanding the thrilling world of Chainsaw Man.

In the first part, the Public Safety Arc, the story focuses on the protagonist Denji, who gains the ability to transform into Chainsaw Man and fights demons as a member of the Public Safety force. Having lived in poverty, Denji seeks a better life and works as a Devil Hunter. The captivating personalities of characters such as Denji’s superior Makima, his colleague Aki Hayakawa, and the blood devil Power add to the series’ charm. The current anime series covers about half of the first part in the manga series, and the next season will cover the first part to completion.

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Aired: 2022

Episodes: 12

7. 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)/2022-2023 (Season 6)

Episodes: 13 (Season 1)/25 (Season 2)/25 (Season 3)/25 (Season 4)/25 (Season 5)/25 (Season 6)

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8. 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)

Episodes: 24 (Season 1)/11 (Season 2)/1 (TV Special)/TBA (Season 3)

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9. Bleach

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 started as Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (BLEACH 千年血戦篇) by the same anime studio Pierrot as the previous anime series, followed by the second part Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation in 2023. Don’t miss the climax of the grand story of Ichigo Kurosaki!

Aired: 2004-2012 (Bleach)/2022 (Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War)/2023 (Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation)

Episodes: 366 (Bleach)/13 (Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War)/TBA (Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation)

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10. 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)

Episodes: 12 (Season 1)/TBA (Season 2)/TBA (Season 3)

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11. 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. After the season 3 in April 2022, a new anime movie Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends was released in the end of the year.

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: 2019 (Season 1)/2020 (Season 2)/2022 (Season 3)/2022 (Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends)

Episodes: 12 (Season 1)/12 (Season 2)/13 (Season 3)

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12. 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)

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13. No Game No Life

Highly anticipated yet without any news on its continuation, No Game No Life (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ) is based on a Japanese light novel series by Yuu Kamiya, which has been published since 2012. The anime series, consisting of 12 episodes, was produced by Madhouse in 2014, and a movie, No Game No Life: Zero, was released in 2017. Although this Isekai fantasy series enjoys top-tier popularity, there is still no announcement regarding a second season or any new anime adaptation. However, the story never ends, and many fans believe that a sequel will eventually come.

In this comedic game fantasy anime, a pair of genius gamer siblings are summoned to an Isekai world where everything is decided by games. They face quirky and eccentric games, ingeniously solving them using unconventional methods. Sora, an 18-year-old gaming addict, excels in liberal arts based games, while his 11-year-old sister, Shiro, specializes in science-related games.

Aired: 2014

Episodes: 12

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14. Onimai: I’m Now Your Sister!

At the beginning of 2023, a new slice-of-life comedy anime Onimai: I’m Now Your Sister! (お兄ちゃんはおしまい!) started airing, capturing the hearts of many fans. Many people consider it the best anime of the 2023 winter season. The original manga, created by Nekotofu, began in 2018. Fans are eagerly anticipating the second season, and since the manga still has more story to offer, the likelihood of the sequel being produced is high.

In this slice-of-life comedy anime, the protagonist undergoes a gender transformation due to a certain event. Mahiro Oyama, a man around 20 years old living a lackluster life, finds himself turned into a middle school-aged girl after being exposed to a suspicious drug developed by his younger sister, Mihari Oyama. As part of her university experiment, Mihari has Mahiro live as a girl. Now leading an entirely different life, Mahiro adapts to female-specific situations and navigates friendships with other middle school girls, all the while dealing with confusion and bewilderment.

Aired: 2023

Episodes: 12

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15. Bocchi the Rock!

Airing in the autumn of 2022, Bocchi the Rock! (ぼっち・ざ・ろっく!) has undoubtedly earned its place as one of the best anime of the year. Given its immense popularity, it’s highly likely that a second season will be produced. Based on Aki Hamaji’s manga, which has been serialized in Manga Time Kirara Max since 2018, the series focuses on a high school girls’ rock band. While often compared to the K-On! series in 2009-2010, Bocchi the Rock! holds its own and doesn’t fall short. The show is produced by CloverWorks, an anime studio that has been churning out hit after hit in recent years.

This slice-of-life comedy anime series features laughter and emotion in equal measure. Hitori Goto, a high school freshman, struggles with extreme shyness and has a hard time fitting in at school. However, she finds solace in playing the guitar and secretly posts cover videos on a video-sharing website under the name “Guitar Hero.” Through a series of events, Hitori joins a band with students from another school, Nijika Ijichi and Ryo Yamada. Later, Ikuyo Kita, who attends the same school as Hitori, joins them, and together they form the “Kessoku Band.” The series showcases the distinct personalities of the four bandmates as they grow and develop together.

Aired: 2022

Episodes: 12

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16. 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)

Episodes: 12 (Season 1)/13 (Season 2)/12 (Season 3)/13 (Season 4)

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17. Overlord

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)

Episodes: 13 (Season 1)/13 (Season 2)/13 (Season 3)/TBA (Season 4)

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18. 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)

Episodes: 23 (Season 1)/TBA (Season 2)

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19. Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

Based on a popular ongoing light novel and anime series, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina (魔女の旅々) started as a light novel series in 2016, written by Jougi Shiraishi and illustrated by Azure. The series revolves around the theme of witches and is a fantasy adventure. The first season of the anime was broadcasted in 2020, consisting of 12 episodes and receiving positive feedback from fans. Although the production of a sequel has yet to be announced, many fans are eagerly anticipating the second season. Studio C2C is responsible for the anime adaptation, bringing the enchanting story of Elaina to life.

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina focuses on a prodigious young girl named Elaina, who becomes the youngest witch ever to achieve the highest rank of “Witch” at the age of 15 in the peaceful country of Robetta. Inspired by the travel stories she read as a child, she continues on a whimsical, carefree journey. Roaming freely through this vast world, she encounters peculiar people and experiences someone’s beautiful daily life while repeatedly meeting various countries and individuals along the way.

Aired: 2020

Episodes: 12

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20. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

One of the most famous and popular Isekai reincarnation anime series is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (転生したらスライムだった件). The original work began as a light novel series on the online novel site Shosetsuka ni Naro. The first anime adaptation was produced during 2018-2019. Following this, the second season aired in 2021, and a 12-episode spin-off series, The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, was also broadcasted that year. In 2022, the first anime movie, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond, was released. The third season is scheduled to air in spring 2024. Both the anime series and the movie are produced by Eight Bit.

The story begins when a 37-year-old Japanese salaryman, Satoru Mikami, is fatally stabbed by a random attacker and reincarnated as a slime in an Isekai world. Utilizing the skills gained as a single slime, he uses his intelligence and courage to gather allies. The protagonist, Rimuru, encounters various races such as dragons, goblins and dwarves, and learns about the ways of the world. Awaiting him at the end of the tale, which unfolds humorously at times and seriously at others, is the presence of a demon lord.

Aired: 2018-2019 (Season 1)/2021 (Season 2)/2024 (Season 3)

Episodes: 25 (Season 1)/26 (Season 2)/TBA (Season 3)

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21. Kingdom

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)

22. 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)

Episodes: 13 (Season 1)

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23. 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)

Episodes: 12 (Season 1)/12 (Season 2)/TBA (Season 3)

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24. 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)

Episodes: 25 (Season 1)/24 (Season 2)/24 (Season 3)/23 (Season 4)

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25. Spice and Wolf

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the light novel series in 2021, Spice and Wolf (狼と香辛料) has announced its decision to produce a completely new anime. In 2008, the first anime series debuted with 13 episodes, made by Imagin. Another 13 episodes as the second season Spice and Wolf II were released in the next year, produced by Brain’s Base and Marvy Jack.

Spice and Wolf depicts the adventures of Kraft Lawrence, a traveling merchant, and Holo, a wise wolf deity. As they journey together, they face various challenges, including dealing with business schemes, meeting new people, and uncovering the secrets of their world.

Aired: 2008 (Season 1)/2009 (Season 2)

Episodes: 13 (Season 1)/13 (Season 2)

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26. Made in Abyss

As a modern dark-fantasy icon, Made in Abyss (メイドインアビス) released its first season in 2017. It is adapted from Akihito Tsukushi’s manga series that has been published since 2012. The anime series has been a fan-favorite anime with multiple seasons and movies. Produced by Kinema Citrus, an anime movie Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul was released in 2020 and the second season titled Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun aired in 2022. The story is still incomplete, but the original manga is still going on. However, since the original manga is not published at a fast pace, you can expect the production of the anime sequel to be a bit further along.

The story centers on Riko, an aspiring cave raider, who discovers a mysterious robot boy named Reg in the treacherous Abyss. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to uncover the secrets of the Abyss and find Riko’s lost mother.

Made in Abyss is a dark, yet enchanting anime with breathtaking visuals and an engaging storyline. The sense of adventure and danger make it a must-watch!

Aired: 2017 (Season 1)/2020 (Movie)/2022 (Season 2)

Episodes: 13 (Season 1)/12 (Season 2)

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27. 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 Part 8 JoJolion completed in 2021. In addition, the next part The JoJoLands was launched in February 2023.

The anime adaptation has been made by David Production since 2012, and the season 5 Stone Ocean was released with the first 12 episodes on Netflix in the end of 2021. Totally, 38 episodes were distributed worldwide in 2022-2023. Let’s see what Season 6, the adaptation of the seventh part Steel Ball Run, will be like.

Aired: 2012-2013 (Season 1)/2014-2015 (Season 2)/2016 (Season 3)/2018-2019 (Season 4)/2022- (Season 5)

Episodes: 26 (Season 1)/48 (Season 2)/39 (Season 3)/39 (Season 4)/24+ (Season 5)

28. 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)

Episodes: 62 + 30 OVAs (1999 Version)/148 (2011 Version)

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29. Rurouni Kenshin

Quite a few classic anime and manga are expected to be reincarnated as remakes with cutting-edge technology in the current era. Rurouni Kenshin, a good-old Samurai themed masterpiece, is one of the keenly anticipated anime to be adapted into a new series. In July 2023, a new anime project of Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-) started airing, made by Liden Films, which is also known for Tokyo Revegers and Call of the Night. The first version of the historical adventure anime series was broadcasted with 94 episodes made by Studio Gallop and Studio Deen from 1996 to 1998, based on Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s manga series serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump in 1994-1999. This 2023 new series is expected to head towards a conclusion as an entirely separate series in the long run.

The coolest swordsman and protagonist Himura Kenshin dominates the historical story set in the Meiji period. He tries to live life in peace with the belief that he won’t kill anymore wandering around Japan. On the other hand, many opposite swordmen who harbor a grudge against him attack him and people around him since Kenshin used to be known as the strongest assassin in the late Edo period.

Aired: 1996-1998 (1996 Version)/From 2023 (2023 Version)

Episodes: 94 (1996 Version)/TBA (2023 Version)


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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