The anime autumn season was the best one so far. We’ve got the release of Chainsaw Man, the anime that broke the internet, the second season of Spy x Family, along with Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War. Studios like MAPPA, CloverWorks and Pierrot are surpassing everyone’s expectations with the most mind-blowing fighting scenes and incredible animation. With that being said, the winter season is about to catch up with the previous one since some of the most anticipated anime shows will be aired soon.
Keep on reading to find out!
Attack On Titan Final Season Part 2
The Attack on Titan series has become one of the most well-written anime ever. That’s because Hajime Isayama created something usual: a hero that turned into a villain. If you haven’t watched the series or read the manga, the plot takes place on Paradis Island, a fictional world similar to Germany (in architecture and geography). The population is divided into Eldians and Marleyans, continuously fighting for supremacy. Marleyans hold the power of Titans, which are enormous creatures with human form that can attack and destroy anything in their sight. However, since any human can be transformed into a titan, Eldia is the subject of numerous deaths. Consequently, Eldia is surrounded by gigantic walls to protect them from the wrath of Titans.
What’s great about this anime is that each character has an emotional backstory that will make you care about them. Still, Isayama is known for playing with his characters (along with fans’ feelings), so be prepared for the most gut-wrenching experience while watching Attack on Titan. The anime and manga are so big that you absolutely need to get your merch from the official Funko shop for Europe & UK. So, what side are you on?
Vinland Saga Season 2
Studio MAPPA is expected to release the second season of Vinland Saga on the 10th of January, 2023, and we’re excited to see what happens with Thorfinn and the war between England and the Danes. The story of Vinland Saga revolves around Thorfinn, who lives in an unwelcoming village in Iceland and works as a mercenary. While the war between the two countries is causing numerous deaths, Thorfinn’s father is killed, and he’s looking for revenge.
The fighting scenes in this anime will leave you speechless, as Thorfinn has excellent fighter qualities. However, the second season begins with him being an enslaved person who meets Einar, the man who will change his life. Meanwhile, the King of England is looking to extend his territory. The anime incorporates details from real-world history regarding Vikings and their Danish origins. It’s a beautiful mix between fiction and fantasy.
Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre
Junji Ito is arguably the best horror manga writer. We all know him for some of his most disturbing works, such as Tomie and Uzumaki, but many other of his short stories are worth reading. This is why this animated series is most expected to be aired on the 19th of January, when 20 of Junji’s stories will be on screen, including Tomie, Souichi and Kubitsuri Kikyuu.
What makes Junji’s stories exceptional is his love for detailed structures. The body horror is portrayed through twisted corpses that are bizarre and frightening. His stories are fascinating because there’s no salvation for the characters experiencing the atrocities. Most of the time, the endings are ambiguous enough that you can’t tell what has happened. Junji is also using criticism of Japanese society as an inspiration for creating awareness of the exploitative pop idol culture and the rise of the internet. All in all, Junji Ito is a genius in the horror genre, and we expect the animation to be a piece of art.
Bungou Stray Dogs Fourth Season
Based on Japanese manga and multiple light novels, Bungou Stray Dogs is one of the funniest yet saddest anime in this list. It also contains many fighting scenes, so we can say the anime has it all, which is why fans are waiting for the fourth season that will air on the 4th of January.
The story goes on like this: after Atsushi Nakajima fails to end it all, he saves a man from drowning, which will offer Atsushi the opportunity to belong in an organisation where they take care of criminal cases. As they solve more cases, their lives are in danger, and they need to protect themselves and the city from supernatural criminals.
The anime adaptation has some of the best fighting scenes, including Sakunosuke Oda and André Gide (the last violent one, but the best-written scene) and Atsushi Nakajima with Ryuunosuke Akutagawa fighting Ivan Goncharov, where the duo shows why they’re the strongest in the anime.
Tokyo Revengers: Seiya Kessen-hen (The Second Season)
Tokyo Revengers might be one of the most controversial anime from the past years. Public opinion is divided into fans who praise the engaging story, while others see this anime as a wasted potential due to the poor animation. The studio making Tokyo Revengers (Liden Films) is barely known for making Berserk 2016, which is why they might need to improve with animating manga panels.
However, the story is pretty good. It all begins with a young boy who discovers he can travel in time and uses this ability to change the past, in which a feared group of criminals has assassinated his girlfriend. But as you’ll start loving some of the characters, be prepared for many of them being killed during new timelines because the end of the story will surely surprise you. Although fans are disappointed with how the action unfolded, given its high potential, you should take opinions with a grain of salt because the anime is dramatic and sad as it is funny.
So many fantastic anime are coming up this winter that can’t be included in this article. Some are barely becoming famous, while others are expected to be worth the wait, so we’re enthusiastic about analysing the upcoming anime season!