In the anime kingdom Japan, hundreds of new anime series and movies are released every year. The lineup covers a broad range of titles from brand new series, expected next seasons of current franchises to adaptations from successful manga and light novels and animated movies. Lots of fans always look forward to newly-started anime based on their favorite manga and novels or promising following seasons.
There are a large number of upcoming anime series and movies that have been confirmed but whose release dates are to be determined yet. To organize the looming anime on the waiting list, I’d like to list up all anticipated anime released in the future. These introductions to potential anime will help you to build your anime watch list. Some titles will be officially announced with details or released in the near future.
This upcoming anime list is being updated every time additional information is unveiled. Stay tuned!
For new anime with the decided release dates, check these lists of what to watch in 2022 and 2023!
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Coming in 2023
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (Release Date: 2023)
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 December, 2021, a new anime project of Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-) was announced. It is made by Liden Films, which is also known for Tokyo Revegers and Call of the Night. 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.
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.
Atri: My Dear Moments (Release Date: 2023)
A modern visual novel game titled Atri: My Dear Moments is made into an anime adaptation in 2023. The visual novel game was released in 2019 as the first title of ANIPLEX.EXE, Aniplex’s novel game brand. The fantasy drama anime is directed by Makoto Kato and produced by an anime studio Troyca, who are also famous for Bloom Into You (2018) and The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II (2019).
Set in a near-future world, where most of areas are submerged by rising sea levels, Atri: My Dear Moments tells the story of a 17-year-old high schooler Natsuki Ikaruga. He moves to a rural seaside town after he lost his mother and his leg. One day, he finds a robot girl Atri on the ocean floor. The story is highlighted by beautifully drawn pictures and emotional music.
Coming in 2024
Kaiju No. 8 (Release Date: 2024)
Kaiju No. 8 (怪獣8号) is one of the hottest action manga series that started on the online manga publishing platform Shonen Jump+ in 2020, which has been already decided to be made into an anime adaptation in the future. The manga series written by Naoya Matsumoto has been looked on as one of the recent hits on Shonen Jump+ as well as Spy x Family.
Kaiju No. 8 centers on a 32-year-old protagonist Kafka Hibino, set in a fictional Japan, where vicious Kaiju (monsters) endanger the safety of citizens. He has his mind set on taking a test to join Japan’s Defense Force while he is giving up his dream to become a member of it to fight against Kaiju. However, he obtains the power to transform himself into a powerful Kaiju No. 8 by accidentally swallowing a bizarre tiny monster.
Beastars Season 3 (Release Date: 2024)
The anime series of the popular coming-of-age drama Beastars is entering the final part with an upcoming third season, which was announced in July, 2021. Its manga series written by Paru Itagaki started on Weekly Shonen Champion in 2016 and finally came to the end with the 22nd volume in 2020. Beastars Season 3 is made as a Netflix anime by a Japanese anime studio Orange as well as the past two seasons in 2019 and 2021.
Beastars tells the story of anthropomorphized animal characters in Cherryton Academy including the protagonist Legoshi, a second-year gray wolf student. Through the characters, it represents a hidden side of human begins and various problems caused by their true nature. The next season continues depicting a tension between herbivores and carnivores.
Upcoming Anime just Confirmed for the Future
Lycoris Recoil (New Animation)
How many fans rejoiced at this news: Lycoris Recoil, one of the best anime series throughout the entire year 2022, will come back as a new animation. At the special event in February “Café LycoReco Presents After Party! Tomorrow is another day.” they announced the decision to produce a new animation. Whether that is a television series, an OVA or a movie remains to be seen. The first anime series of Lycoris Recoil was broadcasted with 13 episodes in the summer of 2022, made by A-1 Pictures. It has been adapted into manga, novel, stage and other forms since then.
Lycoris Recoil takes place in Japan, a country with a reputation for being the safest in the world. Security there is maintained by the Lycoris, a group of young girl assassins who work in secret. The main character is Chisato Nishikigi, a 17-year-old girl who is known as the number one Lycoris of all time, and her partner Takina Inoue, a 16-year-old Lycoris. The girls’ exploits and bonds are portrayed through dangerous battles and challenging missions.
One-Punch Man Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
Some popular anime series stand in the middle of the whole story while they and their original manga are commercially successful. One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン) is the notable anime series whose next season has been much-expected since the second season ended in 2019. Fortunately, it was just announced that the third season’s production had been confirmed with a new teaser visual illustrated by Chikashi Kubota, who is in charge of the character designs in the past two seasons of One-Punch Man. The action and comedy anime series is still halfway to catching up with the original manga series that is also ongoing.
The second season of One-Punch Man finished with the battle between the martial arts master Silverfang and his former disciple Garou, who regard the heroes of the Hero Association as his enemy. In addition to the current main characters including Saitama and Genos, One-Punch Man Season 3 will keep following Garou, a human proclaiming himself to be a monster at the same time. You can see the strongest hero Saitama and his friends in action and their humorous daily life in the upcoming season, too.
▽If you can’t wait until Season 3’s coming, enjoy the following story in the manga!▽
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Haikyu!! Final (Release Date: TBA)
As one of the most popular modern sports manga and anime series, Haikyu!! (ハイキュー!!) has acquired a good reputation worldwide lately. Based on Haruichi Furudate’s manga series which ended in 2020, there are four seasons in the Haikyu!! anime series aired from 2014 to 2020. After the fourth and latest season Haikyu!! To The Top, the anime series is reaching its climax with two upcoming anime movies titled Haikyu!! Final.
The volleyball-themed anime series presents a passionate and moving story of the Karasuno High School volleyball club members including the protagonist Shoyo Hinata and another main character Tobio Kageyama. Haikyu!! Final will enter the Dumpster Battle Arc between Karasuno High School and Nekoma High School.
▽If you can’t wait until the Haikyu!! Final movies’ coming, enjoy the following story in the manga!▽
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Fire Force Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
Fire Force (炎炎ノ消防隊) is an action dark-fantasy anime whose following season has been waited by many fans since the second season ended in 2020. It has come up in conversations among manga fans since its original manga series’ serialization on Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2015 came to the end in February, 2022. In May, 2022, it was announced that the production of Fire Force Season 3 was decided.
Fire Force, which has the theme of fire fighters, depicts the battles between the Special Fire Force soldiers and the Infernals generated by Spontaneous Human Combustion. A 17-year-old boy Shinra Kusakabe, who is a Third Generation who can release flame bursts from his feet, lost his mother and his little brother in a fire. He has been suspected to cause the fire with his ability since then. The story begins when he becomes a member of Special Fire Force Company 8. After the second season covering from the VS. Special Fire Force Company 4 arc to the Stigma arc, Fire Force Season 3 will re-start with the Obi’s Rescue arc.
▽If you can’t wait until Fire Force Season 3’s coming, enjoy the following story in the manga!▽
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KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
The popular isekai and comedy anime KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! (この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!) is making a resurgence in popularity these days. It was revealed that the third season was confirmed on YouTube’s KADOKAWA Anime Channel in May, 2022. At the same time, a new spin-off series KonoSuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!’s release in 2023 was brought to light. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 3 is being made by a Japanese anime studio Drive while the past two seasons were adapted by Studio Deen from the original light novel series published between 2013 and 2020.
Four main characters including a 17-year-old ordinary boy Kazuma, the goddess of water Aqua, a female archwizard Megumin and a female crusader Darkness dominate the KonoSuba series. The entire story is composed of their comical and thrilling life in the isekai world that Kazuma was sent to from the real world. You will see new characters in Season 3 and KonoSuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!.
▽If you can’t wait until KonoSuba Season 3’s coming, enjoy the following story in the manga!▽
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2 (Release Date: TBA)
The Saga of Tanya the Evil (幼女戦記) is one of the most popular incomplete isekai anime series as well as KonoSuba, Re:Zero and Overlord. Adapted from a military themed dark-fantasy light novel written by Carlo Zen and illustrated by Shinobu Shinotsuki since 2013, the first season of the anime series aired with 12 episodes in 2017. In June, 2021, The Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2 was confirmed with the same anime studio NUT as the previous season and the first anime movie released in 2019.
Set in a fictional European country in the 1920s, The Saga of Tanya the Evil focuses on a young girl Tanya Degurechaff, who a thirty-something Japanese salaryman is reincarnated as in the isekai world. She joins the Empire’s Mage Corps and fights on the front line of the war with her outstanding magic abilities. Following Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie, the second season keeps depicting how Tanya and the Empire’s Mage Corps members survive in the intense battle that is inspired by the two World Wars.
▽If you can’t wait until The Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2’s coming, enjoy the following story in the manga!▽
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Goblin Slayer Season 2 (Release Date: TBA)
On the Japanese biggest anime event AnimeJapan 2022 in March, the first teaser visual of Goblin Slayer Season 2 (ゴブリンスレイヤー 2期) was released while its production had been decided in January, 2021. Goblin Slayer started its anime series with the 12-episode first season made in 2018, which was adapted by White Fox from the original light novel series written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki.
The dark-fantasy anime places an emphasis on a 20-year-old gruff and taciturn adventurer Goblin Slayer, who only hunts goblins, the weakest monster. The first season mainly features Goblin Slayer and his company Priestess. In addition to them, the following season will also focus on other characters such as Cow Girl and Guild Girl, entering the Harvest Festival arc.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
Following seasons of the popular isekai dark-fantasy anime The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり) were confirmed on Crunchyroll Expo 2019. The second season, made by DR Movie, aired with 13 episodes in the spring of 2022. And, the third season is being made by Kinema Citrus which is the same anime studio as the first season in 2019. Its original light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi and illustrated by Seira Minami has been published since 2013.
The Rising of the Shield Hero casts a spotlight on a Japanese university student Naofumi Iwatani, who is sent to a different world and given a shield to save the fantasy world. He is forced to start an adventure with lots of disadvantages. The first and season seasons represent how he conquers the difficulties with his party’s new members Raphtalia and Filo. The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3 keeps following his further adventure and three other summoned heroes again.
Baki Hanma Season 2 (Release Date: TBA)
It has been confirmed that Baki Hanma Season 2 (範馬刃牙 2期) will be made and distributed exclusively on Netflix worldwide. Baki Hanma is the third title of the Baki the Grappler series based on Keisuke Itagaki’s manga series serialized since 1991. The first title Baki the Grappler aired with 48 episodes in 2001, followed by the second Baki was broadcast with 38 episodes in 2018 and 2020. This new season of Baki Hanma will follow the first season consisting of 12 episodes in 2021, made by TMS Entertainment.
The protagonist Baki Hanma and his powerful father Yujiro dominate the martial arts anime series. As the champion of the Underground Arena Tournament, Baki decides to challenge his father Yujiro Hanma, the strongest creature on the planet. At the end of the first season, he fights against Biscuit Oliva, who is called Mr. Unchained and known as the freest man on earth. The next season will present more intense battles between Baki and opponents with power and technique on another level.
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Release Date: TBA)
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 Aubuta Series, is one of the most anticipated anime in which many fans are looking forward to the following season. Finally, it was announced in September 2022 that sequels to the first season are confirmed to be made as new anime movies in the future, which are titled Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out and Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid.
The first season in 2018 focuses on each of the heroine: Mai Sakurajima, Tomoe Koga, Rio Futaba, Nodoka Toyohama and Kaede Azusagawa. Then, the first anime movie Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl in 2019 features Shoko Makinohara. As the light novel covers suggest, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Sister Venturing Out will center on the protagonist Sakuta’s sister Kaede and Rascal Does Not Dream of a Knapsack Kid will revolve around his girlfriend Mai in her childhood.
Laid-Back Camp Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
In October 2022, it was announced that the third season of the popular slice-of-life outdoor anime series Laid-Back Camp (ゆるキャン△) had been confirmed to be produced. The manga series of Laid-Back Camp written by Afro was serialized on Manga Time Kirara Forward from 2015 to 2019 and has been published on a manga publishing website Comic Fuz since 2019. There are two current seasons in the anime series made by C-Station as well as a short spin-off series Room Camp in 2020 and a sequel movie Laid-Back Camp Movie in 2022.
Laid-Back Camp depicts peaceful outdoor days of several high school girls, set in Yamanashi Prefecture, which is famous for Japan’s highest mountain Mt. Fuji. The story revolves around an experienced solitary camper Rin Shima and a beginner Nadeshiko Kagamihara who joins the Outdoor Activities Circle in the high school. The third season continues to follow their high school life while Laid-Back Camp Movie presents their story in the future. As a new illustration by Afro to celebrate the production of the third season, Laid-Back Camp Season 3 will partly concentrate on Nadeshiko’s childhood friend Ayano Toki in addition to Rin and Nadeshiko.
Love Live! Superstar!! Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
Love Live! Superstar!! (ラブライブ！スーパースター!!) is the fourth title of the popular idol anime series Love Live!, which was originally launched by Sunrise in 2013. The first season of Love Live! Superstar!! aired with 12 episodes in 2021, followed by another 12 episodes of the second season in 2022. Just after the second season was completed, the production of the third season was decided.
Love Live! Superstar!! initially introduces five high school idol girls who complete with other high schoolers to win Love Live!, set in Yuigaoka Private Girls High School in Omotesando, Tokyo. The second season adds four newcomers to their idol group Liella!. In addition, it has been announced that a new cast will be featured in a general audition for the third season. Check out the expected new character and what will happen to the protagonist Kanon Shibuya, who wonders if she should go to Vienna for study.
My Dress-Up Darling Season 2 (Release Date: TBA)
My Dress-Up Darling (その着せ替え人形は恋をする) has been welcomed by not only anime fans but cosplay lovers since the modern rom-com manga and anime series places an emphasis on the trendy anime culture. The original manga series written by Shinichi Fukuda has been serialized on a Square Enix’s manga magazine Young Gangan since 2018, which was first adapted into the anime series by CloverWorks in 2022. On an anime event related to this anime held in September 2022, the next season’s production was confirmed.
My Dress-Up Darling follows a first-grade high school boy Wakana Gojo, who gets into making a traditional Japanese bisque doll (also known as a Hina doll), set in Iwatsuki, Saitama. Unlike the introverted protagonist, Marin Kitagawa is introduced as a popular outgoing classmate. The heroine is a passionate cosplayer who likes disguising themselves as their favorite characters of anime, manga and games. He gets closer to her by helping her create cosplay outfits with his doll making techniques.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
The popular Isekai fantasy anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (転生したらスライムだった件), which is also shortly known TenSura, uncovered good news in November 2022 along with the release of a new movie That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond. The third season is made by Eight Bit as well as the first season in 2018-2019 and the second season in 2021.
The TenSura series keeps following the most powerful protagonist Rimuru Tempest, a Slime that a Japanese company worker is reincarnated as in the fantasy world. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 3 has been just confirmed with a new key visual describing Hinata Sakaguchi facing off against Rimuru. The third season is expected to focus on the powerful female knight of the Western Holy Church’s Ten Great Saints.
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Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 3 (Release Date: TBA)
In September 2022, the third season of the popular Isekai anime series Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest (ありふれた職業で世界最強) was confirmed to be released in the near future. The first season made by Asread and White Fox aired with 13 episodes in 2019, followed by the second season made by Asread and Studio Mother aired with 12 episodes in 2022. The anime series is adapted from Ryo Shirakome’s light novel that started on Shosetsuka ni Naro in 2013, which has been already completed.
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest revolves around a bullied nerd high schooler Hajime Nagumo, who is suddenly transported to another world with his classmates. Unlike the classmates who obtain supernatural fighting abilities, he gets an understated one. However, after being seperated from the classmates, he accidentally gains tremendous power by eating monsters and meets a vampire princess Yue. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 3 enters a new story arc.
Hidarikiki no Eren (Release Date: TBA)
It was announced on an online manga distributing platform Shonen Jump+ in December 2022 that Hidarikiki no Eren (左ききのエレン), lit. “Eren the Southpaw”, would be adapted into an anime series. The coming-of-age drama manga was originally serialized on a website Cakes from 2016 to 2017 by Kappi, and its remake was serialized on Shonen Jump+ with a manga artist nifuni between 2017 and 2022. It was also made into a live-action series in 2019.
With the copy “For everyone who could not become a genius”, Hidarikiki no Eren focuses on Koichi Asakura, a fresh designer working for an advertising agency. He realizes that he is different from a genius like Eren Yamagishi, who was gifted and left-handed female artist but quitted drawing.
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