It is undeniable that 2022 was a good year for anime lovers. As 2022 slowly comes to a close, we say goodbye to some fan-favorite anime series such as Chainsaw Man and SPYxFAMILY. But do not fret, as 2023 will bring forth a ton of fresh new series, along with the return of possibly some of your favorite shows!
However, there seems to be a lot to take in and unpack with these new and returning shows. Once again, do not worry; we got you covered! This article will surely help you navigate the upcoming titles one by one and determine which are the most anticipated and must-watch. Now that streaming sites are more popular than ever, you can just sit back and relax as you stream some of the series we’ve featured in the list.
There are a ton of anime scheduled to release in 2023, but in this article, we are only going to focus on the Winter 2023 anime shows that are about to premiere! So, buckle up as we dive into some of the most anticipated anime for Winter 2023!
Upcoming Winter 2023 Anime:
1. Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown
Tokyo Revengers will finally be back! Its sequel, Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown, is set to premiere on January 8. The sequel will follow the manga arc of the same name, while details about its duration are still unknown. After its manga ended with 278 chapters on November 2022, Tokyo Revengers fans should consider themselves lucky because of this anime sequel, plus another live-action film adaptation to premiere in 2023.
Furthermore, Disney+ will offer its streaming service for this series which is part of its partnership with Japanese publishing house Kodansha.
2. Vinland Saga – Season 2
After three long years, Vinland Saga will finally return with a new season. Vinland Saga season 2 will adapt the “Slave Arc,” where Thorfinn befriends another enslaved person named Einar at Ketil’s farm in Denmark. With this, Thorfinn reflects on his dark past.
Unlike its first season, which WIT Studio produced, Studio MAPPA, famously known for Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen, took over this season. Vinland Saga season 2 is set to air on January 10 and can be streamed through Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Crunchyroll.
3. Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro – Season 2
As announced by the anime’s official Twitter account on October 2021, it was confirmed that Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro will get a second season. Slated to air on January 8, the series will once again follow the struggles of the shy Hachioji “Senpai” as he suffers from the bullying and teasing of his mischievous junior, Hayase Nagatoro.
Nagatoro’s voice actor, Sumire Uesaka, will again perform the opening theme with her single “Love Crazy.” Furthermore, another animation studio took over its production, shifting from Telecom Animation Film Co., Ltd. to OLM, Inc.
4. Bungou Stray Dogs – Season 4
Bungou Stray Dogs is finally returning to the big screen for its fourth season! This sequel is again produced by the animation studio Bones (My Hero Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist). SCREEN mode and Luck Life will also return to perform the anime’s opening and ending theme songs with “TRUE STORY” and “Shirushi,” respectively. The first episode will be broadcasted on January 4 on TOKYO MX, which can also be streamed on Crunchyroll.
Season 4 will adapt the “Decay of the Angels Saga” starting from the “Cannibalism Aftermath Arc.” Additional cast members were announced, notably Kaji Yuki (Eren Jaeger, Todoroki) as the Hunting Dogs’ Jouno Saigiku.
5. The Misfit of Demon King Academy – Season 2
Hyped at its initial release back in 2020 is The Misfit of Demon King Academy, which will return for its second season on January 7! This season of The Misfit of Demon King Academy will be split into two cours, with 12 episodes each. Additionally, because of a controversy, Tatsuhisa Suzuki will no longer be reprising his role as Anos Voldigoad, who will instead be voiced by Yuuichirou Umehara.
The story will again follow the forgotten Anos’s journey to reclaim his spot as the Demon King by climbing up the ladders of the Demon King Academy.
6. Trigun Stampede
Trigun is a hit action manga series by Yasuhiro Nightow, creator of Kekkai Sensen, another popular shounen series. A tweet from the official Trigun anime Twitter account announced the production of TRIGUN STAMPEDE, which will follow Vash the Stampede’s journey.
This series will air on January 7, featuring brand new voices for the main characters, such as Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (Kazuto Kirigaya, Inosuke Hashibara) as Vash the Stampede, and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Reiner Braun, Fumikage Tokoyami) as Nicholas D. Wolfwood. The trailer also featured new designs for the characters.
7. In/Spectre – Season 2
Our youkai-detective duo will be back with another season of In/Spectre! Back in November 2020, Crunchyroll announced the production of In/Spectre season 2, originally scheduled to air in Fall 2022. However, due to “various circumstances,” the anime’s official website announced its postponement from October 2022 to January 2023.
In/Spectre is an anime adaptation of a novel of the same name. The story explores the lives of various youkai who seek help from a miraculous woman named Kotoko and her newfound partner Kurou Sakuragawa, a seemingly average university student.
8. Tomo-chan is a Girl!
In 2023, we will witness the rise of romance anime adaptations such as Tomo-chan Is a Girl! Originally a four-panel manga series by Fumita Yanagida, its anime adaptation is set to premiere for the Winter 2023 season. So far, it will be the year’s first and only scheduled animation work for the animation studio Lay-duce.
With characters like the tomboy Tomo Aizawa and the oblivious Jun Kubota, this anime won’t have a single dull moment! Tomo has an unrequited crush on her childhood friend, Jun, who only sees her as one of the boys and not as a woman. Tomo wants to prove her love, but there seems to be someone getting in the way!
9. BOFURI – Season 2
Fantasy isekai fans are in for a treat as BOFURI is renewed for season 2, which will premiere on January 11! BOFURI started as a web novel by Yuumikan in 2016 and surged in popularity following its publication as a light novel and its anime adaptation in the Winter of 2020.
The story will again follow the antics of the amateur yet overpowered gamer girl Maple and her allies at the Maple Tree Guild. Moreover, all cast members will reprise their roles in the second season.
10. By the Grace of the Gods – Season 2
Unlike other isekai anime, By the Grace of the Gods has a lighter and more laid-back premise. This slice-of-life series features a middle-aged man named Ryoma Takebayashi, who reincarnates into a child’s body. As a child, his newfound hobby involves taming slimes.
The second season of By the Grace of the Gods is set to premiere on January 8, along with some titles in this list. From the trailer, the new season will focus once again on Ryoma and his new life. While the original cast reprises their roles, Yuiko Tatsumi will join the cast as Miyabi Saionji, a kind fox-eared girl.
11. Farming Life in Another World
Farming Life in Another World is an upcoming isekai fantasy anime adaptation of a web novel and manga of the same title. The protagonist, Machio Hiraku, dies from a terminal illness at 39. Before dying, he found comfort through a farming idol TV show. He wants to be a farmer in his next life. The “God” grants this wish and bestows upon him a powerful all-purpose farming equipment.
This new anime is expected to air on January 6 on TV Tokyo. Atsushi Abe (Touma Kamijou, A Certain Magical Index) will be the voice of the series’ protagonist, Hiraku, while Shino Shimoji, Aya Suzaki, and Lynn will be voicing Rurushi, Tia, and Ria, respectively.
12. DanMachi – Season 4 Part 2
In 2023, DanMachi fans will once more see their favorite adventurers in action with the second cour of its fourth season! Titled DanMachi IV Deep Chapter: Calamity Arc, this cour will mainly cover the remaining “Labyrinth/Expedition Arc.” The anime will continue with 12 episodes. The last episode of the first cour ended with Bell and Ryuu arriving at a deeper floor known as the White Palace.
DanMachi is a story that follows the life of a rookie adventurer, Bell Cranel, who strives to become the best adventurer. He meets the goddess Hestia and becomes her first and only follower.
13. Ayakashi Triangle
Ninjas, youkai, and exorcists—you name it—Ayakashi Triangle has them all! Serialized by Shueisha, this romcom manga series will be adapted into an anime set to air next year.
Matsuri Kazamaki and Suzu Kanade are childhood friends. Matsuri belongs to a family that is known for training exorcist ninjas. On the other hand, Suzu is generally fond of them and has a crush on Matsuri. One day, they stumble upon a seemingly harmless cat named Shirogane, that is actually the King of Ayakashis! They fight, and in an attempt to survive, the ayakashi casts a spell that turns Matsuri into a girl.
14. NieR:Automata Ver1.1a
Not only light novels and mangas are adapted into anime in 2023. NieR:Automata, an action RPG game known worldwide for its dystopian theme and stunning visuals, will be made into an anime series titled NieR:Automata Ver1.1a. The promotional videos feature action-packed scenes involving the YoRHa androids 2B, A2, and 9S, along with Commander White, Pascal, Adam, and Eve, who will be voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki, which will mark the end of the voice actor’s hiatus.
In addition, Yoko Taro, the game director for Nier:Automata, has overseen Aniplex’s production of the anime with famous animator Ryouji Masuyama (Gurrenn Lagann, Evangelion 2.0 & 3.0).
15. The Vampire Dies in No Time – Season 2
2023 does not run short of gag anime. The Vampire Dies in No Time will return for its second season next year. This comedy anime will again follow the shenanigans of Drac, a vampire, and Ronaldo, a vampire hunter. Drac is feared by many for his intimidating aura. But as it turns out, he’s completely harmless, and on top of that, he dies very easily!
Studio Madhouse (One Punch Man, Death Note) will again produce this season of The Vampire Dies in No Time, with all cast members reprising their roles.
16. Spy Classroom
Produced by animation house Feel (Oregairu, Kiss x Sis), Spy Classroom, aka Spy Room, will be getting an anime adaptation slated for Winter 2023. Before the anime adaptation was announced, voice actors Yuuichirou Umehara, Sora Amamiya, and Miku Itou, among others, were chosen to voice the series’ characters for its light novel promotion. All of them will reprise their roles in the Spy Room anime.
Set in a world of warring spies, the story focuses on Lily, a spy-in-training who flunked her tests and has an abysmal chance of graduating. Along with other underachievers, she is assigned to partake in an Impassable Mission supervised by the self-proclaimed “Greatest Spy in the World” and most terrible mentor, Klaus.
17. The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague
Another win for shoujo anime enthusiasts! Written and illustrated by Miyuki Tonogaya, The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague anime is set to premiere next year on Tokyo MX. Voice actors Yui Ishikawa (Violet Evergarden, Mikasa Ackerman) and Chiaki Kobayashi (Langa Hasegawa, Yuuichi Katagiri) will voice the main characters, Fuyutsuki-san and Himuro-kun, respectively.
Published by Square Enix, The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague’s plot is pretty much self-explanatory. Himuro has the power to control the weather according to his mood. He has a secret crush on his co-worker Fuyutsuki, who is indifferent to him.
18. Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire
Set in a fantasy world, Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire follows the hilarious story of a Hero-King and his rebirth as an extraordinary girl warrior. He dedicates this second life to mastering the blade.
This new anime is produced by Studio Comet (Initial D First Stage, School Rumble), with voice actress Akari Kitou (Nezuko, Suzune Horikita) playing the series’ protagonist, Inglis Eucus. This series can be streamed via Crunchyroll and Muse Asia Communication.
19. My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog
My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog presents a peculiar yet intriguing storyline. Adapted from Itsutsuse’s web manga of the same title, My Life as Inukai-san’s Dog is about a high school boy who transforms into Pochita, a dog. Pochita is taken in by his classmate and crush, Karen Inukai. He sees an entirely different side to her usual personality.
Also joining the cast is Mike Nekotani, Karen’s childhood friend who dislikes dogs, and Usagi Tsukishiro, who secretly liked Pochita when he was a human. From the trailer, the anime is expected to contain some mild nudity and suggestive scenes.
20. Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible
Scheduled to air on January 10, Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible blends romance and comedy into one series! Junta Shiraishi is a barely noticeable high school student whose seat is often mistaken as empty despite his presence. He becomes a mob character—that is—until the beautiful and kind Nagisa Kubo, voiced by Kana Hanazawa (Nadeko Sengoku, Mitsuri Kanroji), notices him and makes his presence known.
The dull, boring high school life Junta dreaded is undoubtedly now more bearable with Kubo around to make him feel like a protagonist!
21. Handyman Saitou in Another World
It is no exaggeration to say that the isekai anime will make up most of the roster for 2023. Kazutomo Ichitomo’s Handyman Saitou in Another World is a fantasy isekai series set for the new year. The plot follows Saitou, an average handyman, who gets transported to another world where his skills are immensely appreciated by its citizens.
Animation studio C2C (SukaSuka, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina) took charge of its production. Meanwhile, the voice cast comprises the notable Kimura Ryouhei (Koutarou Bokuto, Tartaglia) as Saitou and Fairouz Ai (Power, Jolyne Kuujou) as Raelza.
22. Kaina of the Great Snow Sea
Tsutomu Nihei’s Kaina of the Great Snow Sea is just in time to be part of the upcoming Winter 2023 anime lineup. Produced by Polygon Pictures (Ajin, Knights of Sidonia), this fantasy anime is set in a world covered in infinite oceans of snow with strange unearthly creatures roaming around.
The two main characters, Kaina and Liliha, are from different parts of the world. They team up to uncover this strange world’s secrets, possibly changing its fate along the way. With this strange sci-fi world, there will definitely be a lot to unpack!
23. Onimai: I’m Now Your Sister!
A classic comedy genre is the gender-bender trope. Luckily, Onimai: I’m Now Your Sister! follows this trope and will become the much-awaited gag relief in the coming season. Moreover, Onimai is the product of animation houses White Fox (Steins;Gate, Re:Zero) and Egg Firm (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Mushoku Tensei) through their joint venture, Studio Bind.
Mahiro Oyama was just an average otaku until he woke up as a young girl one day. The culprit in question is none other than his little sister and her crazy experiments. Now a woman, Mahiro is forced to adjust to his new gender and, even worse, attend middle school!
24. The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made – Season 2
Returning to the big screen is The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made with its second season. The first season of the anime ended with Seiichi being given by Burnabus an opportunity to teach at the Barbador Magic Academy. From the PV of the sequel, we can expect Seiichi to meet new faces at the academy. The trailer also showed the fight between Seiichi and Saria against a new character.
The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made is about the transmigration of an unattractive high school student branded as a loser by his peers. He accidentally eats the “Fruit of Evolution” in this new world, causing his life to change forever.
25. Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement
Another new isekai anime joining this list is the anime adaptation of the light novel Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement! This story follows an orphan, Mitsuha, who falls off a cliff and gets transported into a world resembling medieval Europe. Amazingly, she can go back and forth between her old world and the new one. She plans for her early retirement, which requires her to save up to 80,000 gold coins.
The three main characters will be played by voice actresses Rika Nagae, Rika Tachibana, and Kaori Maeda, who will debut as a singer for the anime’s opening theme with the song “How the Shining Coin is Revealed.”
26. Tsurune – Season 2
This list would not be complete without Kyoto Animation’s Tsurune: The Linking Shot. This anime series will be the sequel to Tsurune the Movie: The First Shot. Furthermore, this sequel will be KyoAni’s first anime project since 2021’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S.
In 2023, we can once more watch the complex sport of archery in awe through the eyes of freshman athlete Minato Narumiya. In the first season, his encounter with a mysterious man inspires him to take up kyūdō again after a particular incident in middle school. Several new characters will join the cast, including Eisuke Nikaidou, Minato’s former senior, who is voiced by Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch, Koro-sensei).
27. Mou Ippon!
Lastly, we will have Mou Ippon!, another much-anticipated sports anime. This wholesome sports series will be animated by Tatsunoko Production (Sket Dance, Psycho-Pass 2) and is slated to air on January 9.
A devastating loss at the final junior high judo tournament causes young athlete Michi Sonoda to quit the sport. Michi eventually meets Towa again, the girl who beat her in the tournament. Michi’s love for judo is reignited as they form a judo club at their new school.
It looks like 2023 is a promising year for anime lovers! As seen on this list, there will be a lot of excellent series that will return for another season or air for the first time as part of the upcoming Winter 2023 anime lineup.
With 2023 just around the corner, we hope these shows will give you much-needed warmth and comfort to start the year!