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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1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc (Season 3)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc (鬼滅の刃 刀鍛冶の里編) has been one of the most anticipated following season of the smash-hit dark-fantasy adventure series since its production was confirmed in February, 2022. It is being made by the famed studio Ufotable as well as the first season in 2019, the anime movie Mugen Train in 2020 and the second season Entertainment District Arc in 2021-2022. The anime series of Demon Slayer will go on for a while since there are many volumes that have not been adapted into the anime yet in the manga series.
Following the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado and his little sister Nezuko, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc depicts more powerful battles between the demons of the Twelve Kizuki and the swordsmen of the Hashira. In particular, the third season focuses on Mitsuri Kanroj, Love Hashira; Muichiro Tokito, Mist Hashira.
▽If you can’t wait until Season 3’s coming, enjoy the following story in the manga!▽
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2. One-Punch Man Season 3
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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3. Haikyu!! Final
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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4. Fire Force Season 3
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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5. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 3
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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6. The Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2
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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7. Masamune-kun’s Revenge R (Season 2)
Romantic comedy is one of the most popular anime genres in a couple of decades. Many best-selling light novels and manga series are adapted into anime series, and some of the successful rom-com anime continue to following seasons. Masamune-kun’s Revenge R (政宗くんのリベンジ R) is the anticipated second season of 2017’s school-themed romantic comedy. The Masamune-kun’s Revenge anime series was first adapted from a manga series written by Hazuki Takeoka and illustrated by Tiv between 2012 and 2018. Masamune-kun’s Revenge R is made by the same anime studio Silver Link as the first season.
The first season of Masamune-kun’s Revenge has a surprise ending after lots of unexpected incidents in the school festival. The second season Masamune-kun’s Revenge R focuses on their school trip to France. Aki Adagaki gives meaningful words to Masamune there. If it consists of 12 episodes as well as the previous season, the whole story of Masamune-kun’s Revenge will be completed.
8. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story
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.
9. Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku
Present-day manga and anime fans understand the quality of new anime adapted from successful manga series are almost certainly guaranteed. Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku (地獄楽) is a promising upcoming anime that has been already confirmed to be released in the near future. The action dark-fantasy anime’s production was decided in January, 2021, when the original manga series written by Yuji Kaku was concluded on Shonen Jump+. It is also quality assured partly because of its anime studio Mappa, which is lately famous for Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man.
Set in the late Edo period, Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku centers on a powerful ninja Gabimaru, who is captured and condemned to death by being betrayed by his associate. A female executioner Yamada Asaemon Sagiri offers him the chance to avoid the death sentence if he successfully bring the elixir of immortality from a remote island. Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku depicts battles with other death-row convicts and vicious monsters in the island.
10. Goblin Slayer Season 2
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.
11. The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3
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.
12. Uma Musume Pretty Derby Web Anime
Uma Musume Pretty Derby (ウマ娘 プリティーダービー) has become one of the smash-hit game apps since it was released by Cygames in 2021, which is also known for the popular anime series. The 16-episode first season in 2018 and 2021 was made by P.A.Works and the 13-episode second season in 2021 was created by Studio Kai. In May, 2022, the production of a new web animation of Uma Musume Pretty Derby was announced following the past two seasons.
The upcoming web anime series features different protagonists Narita Top Road, T M Opera O, and Admire Vega instead of Special Week and Tokai Teio in the previous seasons. It is expected that the new horse girls compete fiercely in classic races.
13. Baki Hanma Season 2
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.
14. Beastars Season 3
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.
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