2023 has just begun and with it’s bringing a lot of highly anticipated anime. From new adaptations to popular returning series, fans have a ton to keep us busy all year.
While 2022 saw the premiere of worldwide hit anime such as Spy x Family and Chainsaw Man, 2023 sees the return of anime’s biggest franchises.
We’ve only been 14 days into 2023 and we’ve already got Tokyo Revengers Season 2, Vinland Saga Season 2, By the Grace of the Gods Season 2, BOFURI Season 2, and even In/Spectre Season 2 airing right now! Can you believe that?!
So, here are the 10 most anticipated anime of 2023 in no particular order.
1. Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 3
Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 3, the final chapter of the anime, is coming this year. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions so far and despite the fact that the final season has been stretched into three parts over almost three years, fans are still excited for the series’ conclusion.
The anime, which began as a depiction of the last of humanity fighting off giant monstrous titans, has taken many twists and turns since its initial release in 2013, and its finale is set to be the most heartbreaking chapter yet.
2. Solo Leveling
At long last, one of the most if not the most popular/known manhwa is finally getting an anime adaptation!
Solo Leveling has the typical story of an underdog protagonist who went from being the weakest hunter to becoming the world’s strongest; a lengthy storyline with intricate lore; and an addictive modern retelling of a popular power fantasy subgenre. The premise doesn’t seem all that incredible at first glance but somehow it still manages to immerse the reader into the story.
“The Gate” appeared ten years ago, connecting the real world with the realm of magic and monsters. To combat these heinous beasts, ordinary people gained superhuman abilities and were dubbed “Hunters.” Sung Jin-Woo, a twenty-year-old Hunter, is one such Hunter, but he is known as the “World’s Weakest” due to his pitiful power in comparison to even a meager E-Rank. Nonetheless, he hunts monsters in low-rank Gates in order to pay his mother’s medical bills.
This miserable existence changes when Jin-Woo, believing himself to be the sole survivor of a disastrous mission, awakens three days later in a hospital to find a mysterious screen floating in front of him. This “Quest Log” requires Jin-Woo to complete an unrealistic and intense training program or face a suitable penalty. Jin-Woo is initially hesitant to comply due to the rigor of the quest, but he soon realizes that it may just transform him into one of the world’s most fearsome Hunters.
3. Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2
Fans are eagerly waiting for Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2. The first season of the series was one of the best first seasons in all of anime so everyone is looking forward to its release.
There’s no fixed release date for Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 yet but a Summer 2023 release has been announced. Here’s the synopsis for the unfortunate people who haven’t watched the first season yet:
Yuuji Itadori, a high school student, spends his days either indulging in baseless paranormal activities with the Occult Club or visiting his bedridden grandfather in the hospital. However, his leisurely lifestyle takes a strange turn when he unknowingly comes into contact with a cursed item. After swallowing the said item, revealed to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses,” Yuuji finds himself thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity.
As he discovers his own newfound powers, Yuuji witnesses firsthand the threat that these Curses pose to society. When he is introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he begins to walk down a path that he will never be able to return to—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.
4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc
Season 3 of Demon Slayer is set to air in April 2023 and it will cover the Swordsmith Village Arc of the manga. If you haven’t watched the first season yet, here’s the synopsis:
Tanjirou Kamado has carried the burden of supporting his family on his shoulders since his father’s death. Despite living in poverty on a remote mountain, the Kamado family leads a relatively peaceful and happy life. Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village one day to make some money selling charcoal. On his way back, Tanjirou is forced to seek refuge in the home of a strange man, who warns him of the presence of flesh-eating demons in the woods at night.
When he returns home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight: his entire family has been slaughtered. Worse, his sister Nezuko, who has been transformed into a bloodthirsty demon, is the sole survivor. Tanjirou, consumed by rage and hatred, vows to avenge his family and stand by his only remaining sibling. Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the last vestiges of his beloved sister’s humanity alongside the mysterious Demon Slayer Corps.
5. Dr. Stone: New World
The third season of Dr. Stone, “New World” is set for an April 2023 release. Here’s the synopsis of the first season for those who need it:
After five years of suppressed feelings, Taiju Ooki, a high school student, is finally ready to confess his feelings for Yuzuriha Ogawa. However, just as Taiju begins his confession, a blinding green light strikes the Earth, terrifying everyone and turning everyone into stone.
Several millennia later, Taiju awakens to discover that the modern world has vanished, as nature has flourished in the years that humanity has stood still. Taiju comes across one other living human among a stone world of statues: his science-loving friend Senkuu, who has been active for a few months. Taiju learns that Senkuu has devised a grand plan to resurrect civilization through science. Taiju’s brawn and Senkuu’s brains combine to form a formidable alliance, and they soon discover a way to resurrect the petrified.
Senkuu’s master plan, however, is jeopardized when his ideologies are challenged by those who awaken. Meanwhile, the cause of mankind’s petrification remains unknown.
6. Hell’s Paradise
Gabimaru the Hollow, a cold and emotionless ninja from Iwagakure Village, was set up by his fellow ninja and is now on death row. He wants to die because he is tired of killing and betrayal. However, no method of execution works on him because, despite his apparent apathy, Gabimaru does have a reason to live. He wishes to return to his wife, who was the reason he softened and lost his ability to be an effective assassin. As a result, he refuses to die.
Asaemon the Decapitator, a well-known executioner, notices this and has an idea for the ninja. In exchange for a full pardon from the Shogunate, he wants Gabimaru to join an expedition to an island south of Japan in search of the elixir of life. This island, however, is not like any other: it is thought to be Paradise.
The island, however, is full of mysteries, and the exploring team—consisting of those marked for death—may not be fully prepared to deal with them.
Hell’s Paradise is set to release in April 2023.
7. Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World!
Megumin and Yunyun of the Crimson Magic Clan are at the top of their class, but they still have a lot to learn. Yunyun has begun to learn advanced magic, but Megumin has taken a different path—the path of explosion magic! Despite warnings about its limited utility, Megumin believes explosion magic is the path to becoming a great, voluptuous wizard, and she will not be convinced otherwise!
Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! is a spin-off series that will focus on the crazy explosion mage from the Crimson Demon Clan, Megumin! It is set to release in April 2023.
8. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2
When we last saw Eris, she had left Rudeus to venture on her own in the hopes of becoming stronger, and Ruijerd had left in search of other members of his Race. The OVA, which was released in March 2022, detailed Eris’ efforts to strengthen herself while in the Holy Land of the Sword.
What Will We See in Season 2?Spoiler Alert!
In Mushoku Tensei: Season 2, Rudeus will travel to the city of Rosenburg in search of his mother Zenith. Rudeus, now completely alone, embarks on an A-rank mission to spread his fame, a risk that may have unintended consequences.
9. Goblin Slayer 2nd Season
Goblins are known for their ferocity, cunning, and rapid reproduction, but their lowly reputation causes their threat to be overlooked. These vile creatures are free to continue their onslaught as adventurers turn a blind eye in favor of more rewarding assignments with larger bounties, raiding rural civilizations to kidnap females of other species for breeding.
To mark her first day as a Porcelain-ranked adventurer, the 15-year-old Priestess joins a group of young, eager rookies to investigate a goblin tribe responsible for the disappearance of several village women. Unprepared and inexperienced, the group meets its untimely demise while exploring a cave. With no one else left standing, the terrified Priestess accepts her fate—until the Goblin Slayer appears unexpectedly, not only to rescue her but also to destroy the entire goblin nest.
The Goblin Slayer allows her to accompany him as he assists the Adventurer’s Guild in all goblin-related matters as a holder of the prestigious Silver rank. The armored warrior, along with the Priestess, High Elf, Dwarf, and Lizard-man, will not rest until every last goblin in the frontier lands has been exterminated for good.
A specific release date for Goblin Slayer 2nd Season has not been revealed as of yet but it’s scheduled to release in 2023.
10. Tonikawa: Over The Moon For You Season 2
Nasa Yuzaki is determined to leave his mark on history. He is certain that he has his entire life planned out after placing first in the national mock exam and aspiring to a prestigious high school. But fate is a fickle mistress. Nasa spots a peerless beauty across the street on his way home one snowy evening. Nasa, bewitched, tries to approach her, only to be hit by an oncoming truck.
Thankfully, the girl’s quick action saves his life. He is bleeding by the side of an ambulance as he watches the girl walk away under the moonlight, eerily similar to Princess Kaguya leaving for the moon. Refusing to let this chance encounter pass him by, he forces his crippled body to pursue her and ask her out. Surprised by his audacity and resolve, the girl agrees to his confession on one condition: they can only be together if he marries her!
A specific release date for Tonikawa: Over The Moon For You Season 2 has not been revealed as of yet but it’s scheduled to release in 2023.
That was it for the list, let us know what anime you’re the most excited about this year in the comments below!
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