It feels like 2023 only just arrived, yet already anime fans are getting ready for a new anime season to shake things up. The upcoming season is a monster one, with an incredible 48 new full-length series launching, which doesn’t count OVAs, movies or ongoing series like Vinland Saga. I’m going to be extremely busy!
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What New Anime Should You Watch Next Season? Read to Find Out!
Tonikaku Kawaii 2nd Season. While not on the top of my “things we absolutely needed more of” list, this thoroughly enjoyable romantic escapist anime made a lot of fans smile.
Oshi no Ko. Every new anime season needs a “WTF?” concept or three. Last season we got the story of a boy reincarnated as a dog who got to look up the skirt of his crush from a low angle. This season we have…an idol named Ai Hoshino who gets pregnant, and her gynecologist, who happens to be her number one fan, dies and is reincarnated as her son. Why not?
My Love Story with Yamada-kun at Lv999 is a “gamer love story.” Can Akane get over her ex-boyfriend and find love with Yamada, a boy she met inside a video game?
A Galaxy Next Door. We never know ahead of time which sappy, calculating love story fans will embrace, but this one might make the cut. Ichiro Kuga is a young manga-ka trying to make a living for himself and his younger brother and sister after their father died. One day a mysterious girl shows up on her door, claiming to be a princess of people from a shooting star, who drifted down to Earth. She’s going to work as his manga assistant.
Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc. I know from experience that anything that makes Sony money will continue to get remade again and again for years, whether it’s Sword Art Online or Spiderman films. Will you be watching the new Demon Slayer?
Tengoku Daimakyou: Heavenly Delusion. A cool sci-fi show about people living in an eerie, post-apocalypse Japan. This is definitely one I’ll be checking out. The visuals are positively stunning.
Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigoto desu! If you think I’m going to miss out on watching an anime called Yuri is my Job!, you’re crazy. As a student of lesbian themes in anime for decades, I’ll totally be watching.
Insomniacs After School. This didn’t catch my eye at first, but then I watched the trailer, which is absolutely gorgeous. Ganta and Isaki are two students plagued with insomnia, so they decide to form an astronomy club in the school’s observatory. It looks like a really thoughtful concept for an anime!
Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls U149. My favorite idol anime is OG Idolmaster, and I love following up with each generation of girls and seeing what they’re up to. I also love selling Idolmaster hentai doujinshi, so…
Otaku Elf. Another idea that could be really good, or fail to find success with fans. An anime about a 400-year-old elf living in one of Tokyo’s oldest shrines, who loves anime and video games.
Which Isekai will stand out in the new anime season? We’ve got My One-Hit Kill Sister, The Aristocrat’s Otherworldly Adventure: Serving Gods Who Go Too Far, and I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in The Real World, Too. I think the last one looks pretty slick.
Then there are shows I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch, like Dr. Stone, the second season of The Ancient Magus’ Bride and — an anime I’m usually unkind to when discussing dime-a-dozen isekai works — season 2 of In Another World With My Smartphone.
Thank you for reading this blog post about the anime J-List will be writing about in the Spring 2023 anime season. What are you going to watch? Tell us below, or talk with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok!
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