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12 anime to catch up on for 2023’s biggest releases

Marathon to your heart’s content!

We’re only a few months into 2023 and already anime fans have a bevy of exciting new premieres to look forward to all year round. From Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Jujutsu Kaisen to Attack on Titan and so many other exciting anime, the return of beloved anime series is just around the corner, with yet more still on the horizon. It can be hard to keep track of just what exactly one should catch up on in order to be prepared for this year’s biggest premieres to come, let alone keeping up with the release of new episodes of anime currently airing right now. That’s why we’re here to do it for you!

Below is a short list of all the biggest anime series set to return this year, when they’re scheduled to be released, and where you can catch up on the previous episodes. There’s likely more major announcements of returning anime series to come in the weeks and months ahead, but for now — here’s our rundown on all the anime you have to watch and when you should watch them by. Happy marathoning!

Attack on Titan

Number of episodes: 87

Eren Yeager roaring as a Titan in Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2. Image: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

Attack on Titan, the colossal (and controversial) epic dark fantasy anime based on Hajime Isayama’s acclaimed manga, will return this March for the first half of the final part of its fourth and final season (I know, it’s complicated — don’t think too much about it). If you somehow haven’t seen this massively popular anime about a group of humans fighting an apocalyptic war of survival against a horde of man-eating giants and other humans (again, it’s complicated), you technically have enough hours left in the days between now and when this new season premieres to catch up and see what all the hubbub is about.

Attack on Titan is available to stream on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. The series will return with the premiere of the first half of its final season in March.

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War

Number of episodes: 13

(L-R) A black-haired anime man with glasses (Uryū Ishida), An orange-haired man man with a large sword (Ichigo Kurosaki), an orange-haired anime girl (Orihime Inoue), and a dark-haired anime man (Yasutora Sado) stand on a rooftop at night. Image: Pierrot/Viz Media

I’ll be the first to tell you that I am the least qualified person to tell you whether or not you should or need to watch all 366-plus episodes of the original Bleach anime to understand, let alone enjoy, the 2022 direct sequel series Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (personally, I’m more of a YuYu Hakusho man myself). What I am qualified to tell you is that the second dozen of the series’ four cours (approximately 48 total episodes) is set to air this summer, so you have ample time to catch up on the first 13 episodes of the series between now and then if you haven’t already.

For those unfamiliar, Bleach is a supernatural action anime that centers on Ichigo Kurosaki, a Japanese high schooler who can communicate with the spirits of the dead. Ichigo becomes a substitute “Soul Reaper,” when the former Soul Reaper — a girl named Rukia Kuchiki — risks her life to protect him from a vengeful supernatural entity known as a “hollow.” This new series adapts the previously unadapted final arc of Tite Kubo’s original manga, with Ichigo leading his fellow Soul Reapers in battle against the Wandenreich, a secret society of vengeful warriors embroiled in a conflict known as the Quincy Blood War.

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War is available to stream on Hulu and will return in July.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Number of episodes: 44

A close-up shot of an anime boy with violet eyes and a red scar across his forehead grits his teeth and readies his sword to strike. Image: Ufotable/Aniplex

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the shonen martial arts fantasy anime based on Koyoharu Gotouge’s popular manga, is returning for a third season later this year. Set after the events of last season, which adapted the Mugen Train arc and Entertainment District arc of the manga, this upcoming season is set to cover the events of the Swordsmith Village arc, which will follow series protagonist Tanjiro and his sister, Nezuko, journeying to a legendary village of swordsmiths in order to repair his Nichirin sword following his climactic battle against the demon Gyutaro and his sister, Daki. While there, Tanjiro will fight alongside Muichiro Tokito and Mitsuri Kanroji, the “Mist” and “Love” Hashira captains of Demon Slayer Corps respectively, as they take on Doma, the second most powerful lieutenant of series’ antagonist Muzan Kibutsuji’s personal demon army.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is available to stream on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu and will return for a third season in April.

Fire Force

Number of episodes: 48

An anime girl in an orange jumpsuit stands on top of a building with a blue-tiled roof as she conjures flames in the form of a cat with yellow eyes and claws around her. Image: David Production/Crunchyroll

Fire Force, the shonen dark fantasy adventure anime based on Soul Eater creator Atsushi Ohkubo’s manga of the same name, is coming back for a third season later this year. For those not familiar, the series takes place in a post-apocalyptic Japan where spontaneous combustion is the norm, transforming ordinary humans into murderous supernatural creatures called “Infernals.” In order to combat this threat, special fire brigades made up of similarly gifted individuals are tasked with fighting back against Infernals and securing the safety of society. Fire Force follows Shinra Kusakabe, a third-generation pyrokinetic orphan who joins Special Fire Force Company 8 in hopes of finding and killing the Infernal responsible for murdering his mother and younger brother.

Fire Force is available to stream on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu and will return for a third season later this year.

Dr. Stone

Number of episodes: 35

A blond, spiky-haired anime man with green highlighted bangs holds four of his fingers up on his right hand while sneering with a defiant smile. Image: TMS Entertainment/Crunchyroll

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure anime Dr. Stone returns this spring for a third season, titled Dr. Stone: Stone Wars. All 35 episodes of the anime, including the special episode “Dr. Stone: Ryusui,” are available to stream on Crunchyroll. If you’ve ever been curious to watch this epic post-apocalyptic saga about an eccentric young scientist’s dogged mission to rebuild human civilization in the wake of a mysterious cataclysm by — to paraphrase the immortal words of Matt Damon’s character from 2015’s The Martian — “sciencing the shit out of this,” now is as opportune of a time as any to get caught up.

Dr. Stone is available to stream on Crunchyroll and will return for a third season this spring anime season (April through June).

Jujutsu Kaisen

Number of episodes: 24

A black-haired anime boy, a pink-haired anime boy, and a brown short-haired anime girl walk beside one another on an open street. Image: MAPPA/Crunchyroll

Jujutsu Kaisen, the wildly popular shonen anime based on Gege Akutami’s dark fantasy manga, will return with a second season set to premiere this July. The season will jump back and forth between the past and present day, following the story of Satoru Gojo’s time as a student at the Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School while also picking up after the events of last season’s exciting conclusion.

Jujutsu Kaisen follows the story of Yuji Itadori, an athletically gifted high school student who becomes the unwitting host to a powerful cursed spirit named Ryoumen Sukuna who wishes to take over Yuji’s body and conquer the mortal world. With no other choice, Yuji chooses to become a Jujutsu sorcerer in other to protect others while searching for a way to expel and banish this evil spirit. And if you’re already caught up on Jujutsu Kaisen, here are nine more anime like it for you to check out next.

Jujutsu Kaisen is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Hulu and will return for a second season later this year.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Number of episodes: 37

An blond-haired anime boy and a dark-haired anime girl with red eyes stare across from each other smiling. Image: A-1 Pictures/Aniplex

The romantic comedy anime Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War concluded its third (and presumably final) season last summer. “Wait — if Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War just wrapped up, why do I need to prioritize watching this year?” That’s a great rhetorical question, hypothetical reader! The answer is: Because there’s a feature-length anime film, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War - The First Kiss That Never Ends, coming to American theaters for Valentine’s Day! If you’re not familiar with one of the best, if not arguably the best, anime rom-coms in recent memory, here’s how my colleague Petrana Radulovic summed up the show’s premise and appeal:

After learning that everyone on campus thinks they’d make a cute couple, class president Miyuki Shirogane and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya independently decide to get the other to confess their love. Each of them thinks that they will most definitely not fall for the other — and that ends up spectacularly backfiring, as they both end up with massive crushes on one another. But of course, they can’t lose their self-imposed game, so it turns into the sort of battle where every win is also a bit of a loss.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is available to stream on Crunchyroll. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War - The First Kiss That Never Ends is coming to U.S. theaters on Feb. 14.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury

Number of episodes: 12

A close-up shot of a humanoid mecha with glowing green eyes. Image: Sunrise/Crunchyroll

Following the bloody and climactic conclusion of its first season, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury is set to return this year, with the second half of the series scheduled to premiere sometime during the spring anime season (April through June). If you’re not yet familiar with the series and would like to know more before diving in, here’s the elevator pitch: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury is the first stand-alone Gundam series since 2015’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and follows a young mech pilot named Suletta Mercury whose nascent friendship (and possibly more) with a young classmate is complicated by her unknowing role in a Machiavellian plot of deceit and revenge against an alliance of tyrannical megacorporations. It’s Revolutionary Girl Utena meets Mobile Suit Gundam — what more could you possibly want?

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury is available to stream on Crunchyroll and will return for a second season this spring anime season (April through June).

Ranking of Kings

Number of episodes: 23

Bojji looking up and smiling in Ranking of Kings. Image: Wit Studio/Crunchyroll

The coming-of-age fantasy adventure Ranking of Kings has a new special episode, “Treasure Chest of Courage,” scheduled to premiere in April. Details about the episode are scarce, but the episode reportedly takes place after the events of the series, so if you haven’t watched Ranking of Kings or fallen in love with protagonist Bojji yet, now is precisely the perfect time to block out a couple hours to catch up.

Set in a fantasy world where the rulers of the land are ranked by the comparative strength and prosperity of their kingdoms, the series follows the adventures of Bojji, the firstborn son of a powerful giant king, who is deaf, mute, and small in stature. With the help of his new friend Kage, a living shadow and the survivor of a once-proud clan of assassins, Bojji must learn to become the ruler he was always destined to be, all while defending his kingdom from threats both from outside and within.

Ranking of Kings is available to stream on Crunchyroll and will return for a new special episode this spring anime season (April through June).

SK8 the Infinity

Number of episodes: 12

A blue-haired anime boy stands next to a smiling red-haired anime boy. Image: Bones/Aniplex

The coming-of-age sports drama anime SK8 the Infinity is returning soon with a new season and original video anime! Last season followed the story of Reki, a second-year high school student with a passion for skateboarding, who befriends Langa, a new classmate who possesses an extraordinary knack for skateboarding himself. As the two navigate the highs and lows of competing in the underground skateboard racing tournament “S,” these two fast friends face the challenges of not only rising to the top but overcoming the hurdles of life that come with growing up.

SK8 the Infinity is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation and will return for a second season in the near future.

Spy x Family

Number of episodes: 25

Yor, Anya, and Loid Forger from Spy x Family (2022). Image: Wit Studio, CloverWorks/Crunchyroll

Spy x Family, the new action comedy series based on Tatsuya Endo’s popular manga and co-produced by Wit Studio (Vinland Saga) and CloverWorks (Bocchi the Rock!), won the hearts of anime fans the world over when it premiered in April of last year — including our own! A second season is currently set to release sometime later this year, alongside a feature-length movie! If you haven’t yet caught up on the espionage misadventures of the Forger family, now’s as good a time as any to start.

Spy x Family is available to stream on Crunchyroll and will return for a second season and feature-length movie in 2023.


Number of episodes: 13

An anime boy in a white shirt aims and holds a bow and arrow. Image: Kyoto Animation/Sentai Filmworks

Tsurune, the anime adaptation of Kotoko Ayano and Chinatsu Morimoto’s young adult light novel series about a group of boys who join their school’s archery club and befriend one another, is already partway through its second season, titled Tsurune: The Linking Shot. That doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) catch up on it, though. Tsurune is steadily proving to be one of this winter season’s most impressive anime, with exquisite character animation, beautifully rendered backgrounds, and a storyline that expands on the themes of adolescence and finding one’s way in the world that were present in the original manga series. If you haven’t watched Tsurune yet, you absolutely must make the time to do so — it’s more than worth the time investment.

Tsurune is available to stream on Crunchyroll. The second season, Tsurune: The Linking Shot, is currently being simulcast and is available to stream on Hi-Dive.


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