The end of the year is coming, and with it we start new anime seasons! However, it’s not too late to embark on a marathon series that may not have been on your radar during the year. For this reason, SuperFans brings you in this list the most outstanding anime themes for the year 2023. So let’s begin!
20. Boogiepop wa Warawanai
Genre: Psychological, Mystery, Horror
Premiere: January 4
Anyone who watched anime in the 90s is familiar with Boogiepop Phantom, an older adaptation of Kouhei Kadono’s light novel. This year a new version, Boogiepop wa Warawanai, premiered at the beginning of the year in the winter season. The story is an anthology that follows Boogiepop, the vigilante alter-ego of young Touka Miyashita who possesses her body in moments of deadly crisis in the fight against otherworldly creatures influenced by a dark entity known only as the Towa organization. This series is excellent if you want to enter the story for the first time.
19. Kaguya-Sama: Love is War
Genre: Comedy, Psychology, Romance, School, Seinen
Premiere: January 12
Studio: A-1 Pictures
In the “competition” of romance, the person who falls in love first is the loser. Or at least, that’s the premise of this hit anime, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, follows the stories of Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, two practically genius students at the illustrious Shunch’in Academy, who quietly they begin to develop feelings for each other. The anime that many of us were waiting for: what would happen if two tsundere fell in love? Would anyone notice? The answer: The two main characters start planning situations to put the other between a rock and a hard place to manipulate him into confessing first, of course. With an ending that went viral, Kaguya-sama: Love is WarIt should be on the radar of many when they sit down to enjoy the highlights of 2023.
18. Fruits Basket
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Premiere: April 6
Studio: TMS Entertainmet
2023 was the year of excellent re-adaptations of the best anime from our childhood. Natsuki Takaya’s wonderful Fruits Basket story is a favorite of hundreds of shoujo fans, and this year’s “reboot” is a more meticulous and detailed version of the original material. Fruits Basket follows the story of Tohru Honda, a hard-working and optimistic young woman who comes to live with the Soma family after becoming homeless. However, the young woman discovers the secret that plagues the family: They become animals of the Chinese zodiac when they are embraced by the opposite sex. Tohru is a breath of fresh air for a family isolated and marginalized by the rest of the world, and her optimism and affection could be the perfect formula to heal their broken hearts.
17. Rilakkuma & Kaoru
Premiere: April 19
Studio: MAPPA, dwarf
Rilakkuma & Kaoru follows Kaoru, the titular protagonist of the series. She is 20 years old and works in an office, dealing with the challenges presented by her job, her daily life, the expectations of her family and peers, and also the experience of depression that comes with adulthood, while caring for Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, two anthropomorphic bears who start living with Kaoru and her pet bird. The show is notable for being one of the most recent examples of stop motion within the anime industry.
Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shounen, Deportivo
Premiere: April 6
MIX is an adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi’s baseball manga, and it centers on the journey of two half-brothers, Touma and Souichiro Tachibana. They both want to lead their baseball team to the national championship following in the footsteps of Tatsuya Uesugi, the protagonist of the prequel manga, Touch. MIX , comparing it to other sports anime, has a charming cast, beautiful animation, and a very interesting and well-thought-out narrative.
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
Premiere: April 12
Estudio: MAP, Lapin Track
Sarazanmai is, without a doubt, one of the most daring, audacious and out of the ordinary anime of 2023. Describing what it is like to someone who has never seen the work of its creator, Kunihiko Ikuhara ( Utena, Pengiundrum, Yurikuma Arash i ) is extremely difficult, but for simplicity, three young students, Kazuki Yasaka, Kuji Toi and Enta Jinnai, were transformed into kappa (Japanese water demons) after insulting the spirit of the guardian Asakusa. To return to their human form, the three have to exorcise evil poltergeists (known as the kappa-zombies) and remove the mythical organ called the shirikodama. Yes, it sounds complicated, and it gets even weirder, but Sarazanmaiit’s worth it because it’s simply one of those anime that surprises in every episode.
14. Aggretsuko (Season 2)
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Premiere: June 14
Aggretsuko took Netflix by storm when it premiered last year, so when the second season came out it was a smash hit. The protagonist, Retsuko, will be forced to deal with more inconveniences to feel more comfortable in her own skin, such as the intern Anai, a hypersensitive young man, and her mother, who will not leave her alone even though she is an adult. . It’s an excellent and satisfying sequel to the first season, so it’s well worth giving it a try.
13. Dr. Stone
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama
Premiere: April 12
Studio: MAPPA, Lapin Track
Dr. Stone follows the story of Senku Ishigami, a high school student with a passion for astronomy and space exploration, and his childhood friend Taiju Oki, as they try to rebuild civilization after a mysterious event that transforms every human on the planet. in stone It’s a sci-fi comedy that seems to mix The Martian with Rick and Morty , Senku and Taiju doing their best to revive all of humanity and find out what caused the phenomenon that turned them to stone in the first place.
12. Fire Force
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Premiere: July 5
Studio: David Production
Shinra Kusakabe is a third-generation pyrokinetic youth who earned the nickname “Devil Footprints” for his ability to power up his feet at will. He joins Fire Force Squad 8, which is made up of other flame users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they come across. When a faction that is creating Hellions appears, Shinra begins to discover the cause of a mysterious fire that killed his family 12 years ago.
11. Mugen no Juunin: Immortal
Genre: Martial Arts, Historical
Premiere: October 10
The story is set in Japan in the Edo era. The protagonist, Manji, is a warrior who has a great advantage over his rivals: no wound can kill him. In the past he killed 100 other samurai, including his sister’s husband. An elderly nun, who is said to be 800 years old, grants him the gift of immortality through worms called kessenchū , which heal any wound and even restore amputated limbs even though the amputation was hours ago. The death of his sister leads him to accept the mission that will end his immortality: he must kill 1000 evil men to redeem himself.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural
Premiere: January 7
Hyakkimaru’s father, Lord Daigo, is an ambitious warrior who grants 48 demons the 48 body parts of his newborn son in exchange for them granting him dominion over Japan and prosperity for his domain. Hyakkimaru is abandoned to his fate by order of his father, after this, he is rescued by a doctor who manages to rebuild him with a wooden prosthesis. When he grows older, Hyakkimaru decides to recover the 48 lost parts of him, defeating each of the demons that he made a pact with his father. In his search for him, he is joined by Dororo, a small orphaned thief.
9. Carole & Tuesday
Premiere: April 10
The series takes place in a futuristic universe where humanity has colonized Mars, citizens are passive consumers and almost the entire entertainment industry has been created by artificial intelligence. As of the anime, Shinichiro Watanabe must be a writer known to many, but in case the name is unknown to you, I’ll explain. Creator of such genre-defining works as Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy , Watanabe is one of the best active directors in the industry, known for his love of music. Carole & Tuesday is one of his most recent works, so with that premise alone, it should be more than enough to pique the curiosity of any anime fan.
8. My Roommate is a Cat
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy
Premiere: January 9
Subaru Mikazuki is a 23-year-old mystery novel author, a big introvert, and a shy person. To further exacerbate this life of loneliness, his parents tragically died in an accident many years ago, leaving him alone in the world. One day, while giving offerings at the grave of his parents, Subaru comes across a small gray and white cat named Haru, which he ends up taking home with him. Subaru, however, has never taken care of anyone else in his life. Can he take care of a cat? Haru is grateful to Subaru, as he gives her all the food she wants, a luxury for a cat used to a rough life on the streets. But she notices that Subaru doesn’t even seem to take care of himself! Will he be okay with this fool?
7. Yakusoku No Neverland
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Thriller, Shounen
Premiere: January 11
Yakusoku No Neverlandfollows 11-year-old Emma and her best friends, Norman and Ray, three of 37 orphaned boys who live in a mysterious walled-in estate called Grace Field House. Under the watchful eye of her caregiver known simply as “Mom,” the children receive the best that life has to offer. Gourmet meals, plush beds, crisp white outfits, and ample play time as they wait to one day be adopted by a loving family. However, the idyllic silence of Grace Field is quickly shattered when Emma and company stumble upon a dark secret that lies behind the very existence of the Chamber. Horrified by their discovery, the three conspire to escape with the rest of the children to the outside world,
6. Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shounen
Premiere: June 6
What is the problem with sex? That is a question that more than one will have done in the course of his life, and it is one that plagues many of the protagonists of O Maidens in Your Savage Season (whose Japanese name is Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo ). It is a serious and beautiful story of a group of young girls embarking on their own personal and dangerous journey from adolescence to adulthood. The humor is clever without tripping over egregious obscenity, and the respective arcs of protagonist Kazusa Onodera and her friends are well-written and relatable. It may fly under the radar compared to some of the more prolific anime series premiering this year, but it certainly deserves a mention among this year’s best.
5. Boku No Hero Academia (Season 4)
Genre: Supernatural, Superheroes, Shonen, Fight
Premiere: October 12
Studio Bones’ flagship shonen anime returns triumphantly for another season of super-heroes and plenty of action. With the retirement of his mentor and the relocation of his companions following the League of Villains’ latest attack, Boku No Hero Academia Season 4 finds young Izuku “Deku” Midoriya at a pivotal moment in his quest to become the successor. from All Might. With nefarious new villains, surprising reveals, and even more super-powered action, Boku No Hero Academia once again asserts its claim as one of the best anime streaming right now.
4. Vinland Saga
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical
Release: July 7th
Studio: Wit Studio
This adaptation of Makoto Yukimura’s historical fiction manga Vinland Saga tells the story of Thorfinn Karlsefni, a legendary explorer who embarks on a quest to avenge his father’s death. The series, set in the year 1002 BC, follows Thorfinn’s story from childhood to adulthood, maturing from the stance of an innocent youth to a ruthless warrior. The animation is some of the best that has been seen in the year and the story is interesting and moving.
3. Shingeki no Kyojin (Season 3)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Military, Mystery, Shonen
Premiere: July 23
Studio: Wit Studio
The third season of Shingeki no Kyojin is, without a doubt, the best that has come out so far. Continuing the story of Eren and her fellow soldiers continue to fight the Titans, but this time, with an even more terrifying threat: Humans. Wit Studio’s animation remains solid and the story continues to grow into the unbelievable at the hands of Hajime Isayama and his masterful pen.
2. Mob Psycho 100 (Season 2)
Genre: Action, Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
Premiere: January 7
Following its successful debut in 2016, Mob Psycho 100 II carries on its predecessor’s torch as one of the most hilarious and eclectic anime today, pushing the boundaries much further in its second season. Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama’s adventures continue with his mentor Reigen Arataka. Aside from its edgy animation, Mob Psycho 100 II is a poignant coming-of-age story that emphasizes a student’s relationship with their mentor and giving each other the tools they need to grow, mature and improve as individuals.
1. Kimetsu No Yaiba
Genre: Action, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural
Premiere: April 6
And the best anime of the year is, nothing more and nothing less, than Kimetsu no Yaiba. Also known as Demon Slayer, this series is one of the few to dethrone the One Piece great in manga volume sales from him. Breaking records in Japan, having some of the best animation we’ve seen in recent decades after great examples like Shingeki No Kyojin and Vinland Saga, Kimetsu no Yaibawas one of the most discussed anime of the year, becoming a worldwide phenomenon without much effort. The story follows Tanjiro, a young man in charge of his family who one day returns from a work trip to discover that his entire family was killed by demons and his sister was his only survivor. However, Nezuko was also turned into one of those despicable beings and Tanjiro is forced to find a way to save her.
What was your favorite anime of the year? We really enjoyed Fruits Basket and Kimetsu No Yaiba !