23 Best Anime of 2023

List of the Best Anime Series to Watch in 2023

Best Anime of 2023

You can expect some of new masterpieces showing their presence in 2023.

As the list of the best anime of 2022, the previous year introduced lots of outstanding titles including Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2, Lycoris Recoil and Chainsaw Man. Over a hundred new anime series and following seasons are released every year. Most of them are distributed worldwide through online platforms almost at the same time.

The coming year 2023 provides a wide range of fantastic anime from brand new series adapted from popular manga series to the anticipated next seasons of current franchises and that famous classic anime’s remake.

For all anime fans who wonder what to watch now, here is the list of the best anime of 2023, which contains the currently popular series and less-known new things. Let’s keep ahead of the anime trend at all times!

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1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Season 3)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃) has attracted much attention from lots of manga and anime lovers all over the world in these several years. The latest third season titled Swordsmith Village Arc started airing in the spring of 2023. The hottest dark-fantasy anime series started its first season with 26 episodes in 2019, followed by the sequel anime movie Mugen Train Arc in 2020 and the second season Entertainment District Arc with 11 episodes in 2021. The season 3 follows Tanjiro and his party including Nezuko, Zenitsu and Inosuke and introduce more Hashira characters and the rest of the stronger Twelve Kizuki demons.

Season: Spring of 2023

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2. Attack on Titan (Season 4 Part 3)

Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人) is one of the most notable anime series of 2023 since its final part as Season 4 Part 3 comes in the year. The first three seasons that consist of 59 episodes were made by Wit Studio from 2013 to 2019, and the final and fourth season made by Mappa started in the end of 2022. After 28 episodes between 2020 and 2022, Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 3, which is divided into two parts, aired with the 1-hour first part in March, and the second part followed it in November. The dark-fantasy anime series was bringing lots of mysteries related to the titans into the open and the final part depicts what happens to the protagonist Eren Yeager in the end. I would like to express my gratitude for having been able to witness the conclusion of this great anime in real-time.

Spring of 2023/Autumn of 2023

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3. Oshi no Ko

There are some new anime series anticipated by fans of their original manga and light novel series in 2023, and Oshi no Ko (【推しの子】) is definitely one of the best anime series that began in the year. It manga series has been serialized on Weekly Young Jump since 2020, whose story is written by Aka Akasaka, the manga artist of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. The suspenseful, slice-of-life story focuses on a popular idol girl Ai Hoshino who holds a deep secret. You can enjoy unexpected exciting episodes in every story arc.

Season: Spring of 2023

4. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End

In the last season of the year, autumn, among the four seasons, a new anime series appeared that left the biggest impact throughout the year. This is Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (葬送のフリーレン), which was anticipated to be quite a good anime, but it’s surprising that it has become a leading candidate for the best anime of 2023. The original manga, serialized since 2020, was already popular, and the anime adaptation by Madhouse turned out to be equally impressive content. Blending human drama exquisitely into an Isekai fantasy, each episode warms the hearts of its viewers. The story revolves around the elf protagonist Frieren, who is said to live over a thousand years, and her changing perspective on humans, whom she initially considered insignificant. Her interest in humans grows following the death of Himmel, a hero who was once one of her party members. With the first season continuing until March 2024, it is likely to remain one of the best anime next year as well.

Season: Autumn of 2023/Winter of 2023

5. Spy × Family (Season 2)

Spy × Family, one of the hottest series in 2022, is still center of Japanese anime in 2023. Its popular manga series, which has been serialized on Shonen Jump+ since 2019, was first adapted into the anime series last year. Many fans have looked forward to the upcoming season that was announced to air in 2023 at the end of the first season. As the previous season, you can see how exciting the fake spy family is and how cute Anna is in the second season. A new Spy × Family anime movie has been also confirmed in the future.

Season: Autumn of 2023

6. Jujutsu Kaisen (Season 2)

Fortunately, quite a few following seasons of popular current anime series appear on the list of 2023 anime series. Jujutsu Kaisen (呪術廻戦), one of the recent smash-hit franchises, is coming with its second season in the summer of 2023. The first season was broadcasted with 24 episodes in 2020 and 2021, adapted from the ongoing dark-fantasy manga series on Weekly Shonen Jump. It was followed by the first anime movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in 2021. In addition to the protagonist Yuji Itadori, the second season focuses on his teacher and the strongest sorcerer Satoru Gojo. The anime studio Mappa made the second season with extreme high quality as well as the previous season.

Season: Summer of 2023/Autumn of 2023

7. The Apothecary Diaries

The Apothecary Diaries (薬屋のひとりごと) had garnered high expectations from many fans who saw its trailers before the broadcast, and it has lived up to, or even exceeded, those expectations as an anime. Originally published as a light novel, it also gained popularity when adapted into a manga. This autumn, Toho Animation Studio and OLM made it into one of the season’s best anime adaptations. Set in an ancient Chinese-style royal palace, the story centers on a knowledgeable young girl in medicine who ends up working as a maid in the harem, a position inconsistent with her poor status. It’s a mystery-themed comedy anime that revolves around solving various incidents and interpersonal troubles that arise there. The slightly laid-back approach to its mysteries is fitting for this era, which likely contributes to its immense popularity.

Season: Autumn of 2023

8. Ranking of Kings (Season 2)

Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage (王様ランキング 勇気の宝箱), the second season of the popular fantasy anime series Ranking of Kings, aired in the spring of 2023. The first season including 23 episodes was adapted from the same titled manga series published since 2017 from 2021 to 2022. The heartwarming story moves both children and adults. The season 2 presents unsung Bojji’s episodes you did not see in the previous season, offering new 10 episodes.

Season: Spring of 2023

9. Dr. Stone (Season 3)

Dr. Stone is one of the most expected titles in 2023, which comes with its third season Dr. Stone: New World from April. Its original sci-fi adventure manga series was serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump between 2017 and 2022. The first and second seasons were broadcasted with 35 episodes in 2019 and 2021, followed by a special television episode Dr. Stone: Ryusui in the summer of 2022. The genius scientist Senku Ishigami and other Kingdom of Science members keep traveling the Stone World with the new sailor member Ryusui Nanami in the third season.

Season: Spring of 2023/Autumn of 2023

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10. Vinland Saga (Season 2)

Vinland Saga (ヴィンランド・サガ), an epic adventure anime series that is especially popular overseas, came back in the beginning of 2023. After the 2019 first anime adaptation based on its original manga series serialized since 2005, the new season is made by Mappa, which is also famous for Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen. The second season enters a new story arc following the young Viking protagonist Thorfinn, who lost his purpose in life after his long-standing enemy Askeladd died.

Season: Winter of 2023/Spring of 2023

11. Tokyo Revengers (Season 2 and 3)

As a trendy anime series these days, Tokyo Revengers (東京リベンジャーズ) should be listed on the best anime series of 2023. It is also known that the original manga series of Tokyo Revengers just finished in November, 2022. The second season followed the previous one that aired with 24 episodes in 2021 in the winter of 2023. The latest season is distributed globally only on Disney+. After the Bloody Halloween arc in the first season, the unpredictable anime presents a new story of Takemichi and other Tokyo Manji Gang members in a new Christmas Showdown arc. And from October, the Tenjiku Arc began as Season 3. The anime adaptation is progressing rapidly, solidifying its status as a sci-fi yanki anime. Fans are also looking forward to further sequels.

Winter of 2023/Autumn of 2023

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12. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story

Some classic series have been revived as a new high-quality version recently. The famous Samurai-themed adventure masterpiece Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-) comes back in 2023. There are 94 episodes in the first anime series in 1996 to 1998, followed by a brand new series of Rurouni Kenshin made by Liden Films this year. With the manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki and cutting-edge animation technology, it is newly rebuilt from the first episode of the manga series. Don’t miss what Kenshin Himura is like in the 2023 anime series! The production of the next season has been already confirmed.

Season: Summer of 2023

13. Blue Lock

Blue Lock (ブルーロック) is a hot sports anime series that started its first season from October, 2022. It is adapted from the original manga series serialized on Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2018. Blue Lock has been highly popular both domestically and internationally throughout last autumn and this winter season. It is a soccer-themed anime centering on high school students, but it also has a death game element, with 300 forward players from all over Japan competing for the right to become a member of Japan’s national soccer team.

Season: Autumn of 2022/Winter of 2023

14. Trigun Stampede

Trigun Stampede is a new version of the classic action fantasy series Trigun, which was originally aired with 26 episodes in 1998. As a newly reconstructed form of Trigun, not just a remake, Trigun Stampede began from January, 2023. While the emphasis is on the main character, Vash the Stampede, it also follows the adventures of his companions including a new journalist Meryl Stryfe and an undertaker Nicholas D. Wolfwood who become entangled in his destiny.

Season: Winter of 2023

15. Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku (地獄楽) is a standout in the 2023 anime scene that launched in April. This historical dark fantasy anime is based on the manga serialized on Shonen Jump+ from 2018 to 2021, and fans have been eagerly awaiting its adaptation. Made by the popular studio Mappa, the story is set in late Edo-period Japan and follows Gabimaru, a condemned criminal once feared as the greatest ninja. He sets off to a mysterious island in search of the elixir of immortality. Waiting for him are battles with nefarious individuals who share the same goal.

Season: Spring of 2023

16. Gundam: The Witch From Mercury

Continuing the buzz from last year, Gundam: The Witch From Mercury (機動戦士ガンダム 水星の魔女) is certainly an anime that dominated the conversation in 2023. This latest title of the long-standing Gundam series is one that has etched a lasting memory in the hearts of many anime fans. Season 1 began in October 2022, and the much-awaited Season 2 kicked off in April 2023. The anime concluded satisfyingly with a total of 24 episodes. The story centers around the first female protagonist in the history of Gundam, Suletta Mercury, and her beloved machine, the Gundam Aerial. This anime captures attention not only with its mech battles, but it’s also a notable work for its focus on human drama.

Season: Autumn of 2022/Spring of 2023

17. Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Road to the Top/Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 3

Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Road to the Top (ウマ娘 プリティーダービー ROAD TO THE TOP) is the latest buzz in the Uma Musume Pretty Derby series. This latest addition is delivered as an original net animation consisting of four episodes. The anime series of Uma Musume Pretty Derby started in 2018. Following the second season in 2021, Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Road to the Top was released. Despite consisting of only four episodes, the storyline is dense. The amount of content packed into these episodes would typically span more than ten episodes in regular series. The horse girls known as the “Big Three” – Narita Top Road, T.M. Opera O and Admire Vega – compete fiercely in the intense Classic battles, each carrying the undeniable determination to reach the pinnacle and the sentiments that they simply cannot afford to lose.

Furthermore, Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 3 was broadcast in the autumn with a total of 13 episodes. A contributing factor to the popularity of this anime was the game released in 2021, which honestly has lost its momentum. However, the anime has managed to maintain a high level of acclaim. It is expected to continue being a noteworthy anime in the future.

Season: Spring of 2023

18. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead

The year 2023 has undoubtedly been a bountiful one for anime. The standout anime of this summer season has to be Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (ゾン100〜ゾンビになるまでにしたい100のこと〜). Immediately after its broadcast began in July, it garnered attention not just domestically but also internationally. Originating from the manga by Haro Aso that started in 2018, the adaptation into anime was realized by Bug Films. The genre is a blend of slice-of-life comedy with a touch of zombies. The plot revolves around an incredibly overworked young businessman who is despondent about life. However, his life takes a drastic turn with the advent of zombies. While the theme of zombies is universally popular across various forms of media, the quality of this anime offers something different. If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re strongly encouraged to give it a try. Its production was delayed midway, the final three episodes set to broadcast during the Christmas season, concluding the first season of Zom 100.

Season: Summer of 2023

19. Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War

Bleach, the globally renowned action-adventure anime, continues to captivate attention in 2023 with its final chapter, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (BLEACH 千年血戦篇). Originally based on the manga serialized from 2001 to 2016, Bleach was animated from 2004 to 2012. To bring closure to the previously unfinished anime, the new series Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War began broadcasting in 2022. Following the 13 episodes of the first part, the second part aired with another 13 episodes from July to September 2023. The animation quality of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has astonished both fans and experts alike. As the grand finale of this long-standing epic masterpiece draws near, don’t miss the chance to witness the fate of Ichigo and his friends to the very end.

Season: Summer of 2023

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20. Horimiya: The Missing Pieces

The popular romantic comedy anime Horimiya, which gained acclaim in 2021, is returning with new episodes in 2023, broadcasting under the title Horimiya: The Missing Pieces (ホリミヤ -piece-) from July. Originally based on the manga published from 2011 to 2021, the first season concluded with 13 episodes. CloverWorks, which handled the animation for the first season, continues to be in charge for this installment. In this second season, Horimiya: The Missing Pieces focuses on manga-original episodes that were not covered in the anime first season. Packed with the charm of each character and the everyday lives filled with the youth of high school students, this season is certainly worth paying attention to.

Season: Summer of 2023

21. Mashle

In the modern anime and manga, cool action and classic comedy are indispensable elements, and the medium that masterfully blends these two aspects is the famous manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. This year, another of Shonen Jump’s popular action-comedy titles has been adapted into an anime. Its name is Mashle (マッシュル-MASHLE-), which has been serialized since 2020. The anime adaptation quickly launched this spring. The first season consists of 12 episodes, with a second season already announced for January 2024. Set in a world of magic, Mashle features a protagonist whose greatest strength is his physical power. It’s an essential work for those looking to keep up with current manga and anime trends.

Season: Spring of 2023

22. My Happy Marriage

My Happy Marriage (わたしの幸せな結婚) emerged as one of the most highly-rated anime of Summer 2023. Not limited to just television broadcasts, it has been made available to audiences around the world on Netflix. This anime is adapted from the light novel written by Akumi Agitogi. While many viewers are initially captivated by the beautifully illustrated cherry blossoms in the early episodes, the series offers an equally detailed exploration of human psychology.

Set against the backdrop of Japan’s traditional family system, the story centers on Miyo, a protagonist who has faced many hardships. The narrative follows her journey as she confronts the issues she’s been grappling with, and how she is eventually saved by Kiyoka, the head of the Kudou Family. In an era where recent hit anime tend to focus on action-adventure or romantic comedies, the pure romance depicted in My Happy Marriage is truly noteworthy. For those who haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, I highly recommend giving at least the first episode a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Season: Summer of 2023

23. Undead Unluck

Undead Unluck (アンデッドアンラック) is a title that falls under the categories of hero and dark fantasy, and it is being enjoyed by both manga and anime fans. While it may not be the best anime of the year, as a popular serialization from the renowned Weekly Shonen Jump, it has gained many fans for several standout features. It is full of unique characters, exemplified by Andy and Fuuko, and is overflowing with energetic battle scenes that live up to its catchphrase of “entirely climactic.” The anime, based on the manga that began in 2020, is produced by David Production. It is a must-watch for those seeking an easily accessible action anime. It is scheduled to be broadcast continuously from October through March of next year.

Season: Autumn of 2023/Winter of 2024

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