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Best Anime Series of 2023

Fans are always looking for some truly exceptional anime shows, and 2023 was a pleasant surprise for them, thanks to a slew of hit series, including Jujutsu Kaisen, Vinland Saga, and Oshi no Ko. Furthermore, with so many new additions to popular genres such as shounen and isekai, this year has been phenomenal.


If you’ve been holding off watching weekly episodes of popular series or simply wondering about the best anime shows released this year, we’ve put together a list consisting of some of the most impactful and successful anime series of 2023. Although the list rankings may not appeal to every audience, they are purely subjective but on a level with which most people can agree. We’ve ranked these anime series based on the following criteria:

  • The Impact of Storytelling
  • Visual/Aesthetic Brilliance
  • Limitless Entertainment
  • Meaningful Plot
  • Breathtaking Action Sequences
  • Thought-Provoking Cliffhangers

That being said, here are the best anime series released in 2023 that will provide you with endless amusement, strong emotions, and epic action scenes.


26 Tokyo Revengers Season 3

(Oct. 4 – Dec. 26)

Tokyo Revengers is an anime that quickly became a hot topic following its premiere, instantly achieving enormous success. The third season, titled “Tokyo Revengers: Tenjiku-hen,” follows Takemichi, who returns to the present day after time-traveling in the second season, only to find out that a new gang called Tenjiku has caused quite a commotion, throwing a wrench into his plans.

Tokyo Revengers Excels at the Time-Travel Trope

Although some people believe that Tokyo Revengers is a bit overrated, it excels at what it does best: tackling the subject of time travel. Despite being slow-paced at times, the show grows on you with each episode, making all the built-up anticipation worthwhile by the end. It is one of the few shounen anime that deserves the recognition it receives. That said, the third season falls short compared to the previous seasons, which leads to a lower ranking on our list.

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25 Mashle: Magic and Muscles

(Apr. 8 – Jul. 1)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see a combination of the strong characters in One-Punch Man and Harry Potter? Mashle: Magic and Muscles is a fabulous representation of gag humor, which follows Mash Burnedead, an aloof boy with superhuman strength in a world where only magic is considered a strength. When the authorities discover him, he is forced to enroll in the elite Easton Magic Academy and compete for the title of “Divine Visionary” if he is to survive in this world.

Mashle Is the Perfect Satire for the Fantasy Genre

Mashle is a mixed bag of emotions, though the series is primarily a comedy. The anime draws inspiration from famous series and movies like Black Clover, Harry Potter, and One-Punch Man to create something more fun and engaging. It is arguably one of the year’s finest anime, but it does not rank higher than this.

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24 Rurouni Kenshin Reboot

(Jul. 7 – Dec. 15)

A tale by Nobuhiro Watsuki, who mentored Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, is already a classic in the Japanese anime industry, having been released in 1996. The revival of the classic Rurouni Kenshin takes place in the late nineteenth century when Japan significantly changed and entered the age of restoration.

However, following the war, the legendary samurai, Hitorkiri Battousai, disappeared into thin air, disguising himself as Himura Kenshin and vowing never to take another life ever again. But as the ghosts of the past frequently shatter the surrounding peace, he is forced to question his beliefs.

The Reboot Is More True to the Manga Than the Original

Although the original Rurouni Kenshin had a sense of nostalgia with its artwork, it suffered a few drawbacks, even if it is one of the most important anime of the ’90s, such as extended fillers, childish interactions, and not nearly enough gore. In some ways, the reboot avoided all the pitfalls the original had stepped into and stayed faithful to the manga, providing a thrilling ride for both fans and newcomers alike.

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23 Trigun Stampede

(Jan. 7 – Mar. 25)

Trigun Stampede serves as a remake of the classic Trigun anime series that is just as faithful to the source material. Taking place on the planet Norman’s Land, Vash the Stampede is considered a dangerous outlaw who attracts innumerable bounty hunters but also leaves dead bodies in his wake. However, in reality, Vash is a carefree driver who is well-liked by the residents of his community, and his infamous reputation stems from the atrocities committed by his twin brother, Knives Millions.

Trigun Stampede Is a Flawless Reimagining of the 1990s Classic

Trigun Stampede is a charming reboot that introduces several new elements, whether in the form of 3D animation or an impressive reinterpretation of the manga. While many fans of the original anime criticized this anime for its unconventional 3D animation, avid anime fans spoke highly about it. Overall, Trigun Stampede is a beautiful adaptation that lives up to the source material.

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22 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

(Apr. 9 – Jul. 2)

Gundam is one of the most lucrative and popular anime franchises, and it wouldn’t be interesting if a new installment didn’t come out every year. When Suletta Mercury duels with her fiancée, Guel Jeturk, in hopes of opposing her marriage, she is accused of using a forbidden Gundam suit despite emerging as the champion. With another duel tentatively set between the couple, Suletta must use all her trump cards if she doesn’t want to be expelled and her Gundam Aerial destroyed.

The Witch from Mercury Takes a Silly Yet Fun Approach to the Mecha Concept

Since Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury is not a conventional Gundam series, many people judged it, with some even labeling it a complete failure. However, longtime Gundam fans who have given up hope of witnessing the classic touch of fine storytelling will be able to appreciate it. Having said that, The Witch from Mercury is a fine addition to the franchise, with visually appealing animation and satisfying battle sequences.

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21 Shangri-La Frontier

(Oct. 1- Present)

Rakurou Hitozume, a second-year high school student, has an odd obsession with finding and acing lousy video games, establishing himself as a pro gamer for whom no game is too bad. When he discovers a new VR game called Shangri-La Frontier, he does his usual thing of skipping the prologue and conquering the world, but for the first time in his life, he finds it difficult to finish a game. How will he live up to his reputation as a formidable gamer?

Shangri-La Frontier Is a Goofy Take on VR Gaming

We’ve seen plenty of anime series based on VR games, like Sword Art Online and Bofuri, but what Shangri-La Frontier does differently is that it offers boundless humor while keeping the plot’s mystery element intact. With 25 episodes in the first season, this anime presents a pleasant ambiance of carefree exploration and low-stakes progression that will appeal to every anime lover.

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20 Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead

(Jul. 9 – Dec. 25)

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead once again proves that it’s very difficult for a live-action adaptation to outperform an anime adaptation. Akira Tendou is an elite graduate who dreams of securing a perfect career, but when he lands a job in a corporate company that exploits his labor, he is forced to reconsider his life choices. When he has lost all hope, a zombie apocalypse breaks out, and he finds that he has never felt this free in his whole life.

Zom 100 Breathes New Life Into the Zombie Genre

Although there aren’t many zombie series in the anime industry, the concept has been overdone in the mainstream media, making it much more difficult to find a decent zombie film/TV show. Amidst all this, Zom 100 takes a novel approach, making the story more about life and happiness amid the ensuing chaos while keeping blood and gore to the bare minimum. This is the perfect anime series if you love zombie movies.

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19 Buddy Daddies

(Jan. 7 – Apr. 1)

Miri Unasak, a four-year-old girl, arrives in Tokyo in search of her father but is accidentally saved by Kazuki and Rei, professional assassins whose mission goes haywire and leads them to Miri. Hoping to reunite Miri with her parents, Rei and Kazuki assume the roles of her caretakers, which, in turn, shape their lives in ways they could never have imagined.

Buddy Daddies Is a Wholesome Series with a Lovely Ending

Buddy Daddies is the type of show seen very often in the wholesome slice-of-life genre, similar to Spy x Family, since the main characters’ lives are filled with both dread and affection. However, this anime is so wholesome that you fall in love with Miri and her silly antics, and there is no room for anything other than a happy ending, so you can dive in with optimism.

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18 Golden Kamuy Season 4

(Oct. 2022 – Jun. 2023)

Golden Kamuy is an action-adventure anime based on a popular manga that premiered in 2018 and has been going strong ever since. In season four, the race to find the missing gold is reaching its conclusion, with Hijikata, Tsurumi, and the most ruthless of all, Sugimoto, making major moves despite the fact that each group has varied advantages. Will Sugimoto be able to advance without Aspira’s assistance, and who will prevail in the end?

Golden Kamuy Season 4 Elevates the Show to New Heights

Golden Kamuy is an excellent adventure anime, similar to One Piece, but the past three seasons didn’t feel like they hit a peak. The fourth season, on the other hand, is another story, with Tsurumi’s deceptive schemes getting more frequent and Sugimoto treating Aspira as an equal. If you haven’t seen Golden Kamuy yet, we highly recommend you do so since it provides an experience unlike anything else.

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17 Hell’s Paradise

(Apr. 1 – Jul. 1)

Gabimaru the Hollow, a ninja of Iwagakure Village, was set up by fellow ninjas and is destined to be executed. Despite his desire to die in peace after all the slaughter he endured, his love for his wife makes it impossible to kill him. When Asaemon, an Executioner, offers him the opportunity to join an expedition in search of an elixir in return for a full pardon, he accepts. But he isn’t the only one trying to find the elixir, and fellow inmates are the least of his concerns.

Hell’s Paradise Is a Dark Fantasy at Its Finest

From the beautifully composed opening song to the out-of-this-world aesthetic, Hell’s Paradise is a paradise in its own right. Sure, it may be extremely gruesome and horrific, with all kinds of creatures and seamless action sequences, but that’s why it is considered the darkest of the dark manga series, similar to Berserk.

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16 Dr. Stone: New World

(Apr. 6 – Dec. 21)

There has never been a better anime about science than Dr. Stone, and the third season has been just as remarkable. Following Ryuusui’s addition to the Senku’s science kingdom, the team sets off on an adventure to solve the mystery behind the petrification of the world. However, as he travels further, greater problems arise for the crew, but Senku views it as an opportunity to get closer to the truth.

Dr. Stone: New World Uncovers Anime’s Biggest Mystery

Dr. Stone has always succeeded in keeping its premise fresh and captivating, and the third season is no exception. This season, in particular, brought forth several plot twists and a few reveals that will help the following season mold the story to be more than extraordinary. While the first part presented an enthralling, adventurous narrative, the second part delved further into the mystery of certification.

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15 Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2

(Jul. 10 – Sep. 25)

Mushuko Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is based on a manga of the same name that is considered to be “The Godfather of Isekai.” After the first season, as Rudeus’ relationship with Eris reaches new heights, she abruptly abandons him and goes her own way. Heartbroken, Rudeus once again questions his life choices, but due to the frequent dangers he faces in the North, he eventually snaps out of his despair and embarks on a new adventure.

Mushoku Tensei Season 2 Offers Much-Needed Character Development

Rudeus has always been somewhat of an underdeveloped character in the anime, and despite all the plot twists and turns, there hasn’t been any character development thus far. However, the second season of Mushoku Tensei finally gave a much-needed twist to the anime, making it a must-watch if you’re into unconventional isekai anime shows.

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14 Blue Lock

(Oct. 2022 – Mar. 2023)

Isagi loses a crucial high school soccer game that would have qualified them for nationals, all because of a pass he made to his teammate. He eventually returns home, wondering whether the outcome would have been different if he hadn’t made that pass.

Surprisingly, he received an invitation from the Japan Football Union, which chose him as one of three hundred young footballers to be a part of the Blue Lock, a project to shape a new generation of Japanese soccer players. Can Isagi make his way to the top, even if it means shattering the dreams of other youngsters?

Blue Lock Demonstrates That Egoism Is ‘The Way’ to Success

Soccer/football is known to be a team sport, and you can’t win without relying on teammates. Blue Lock, however, brings a new perspective by cultivating the notion of ego and demonstrating how it aids in the evolution of an athlete. With visually stunning animated sequences and a brilliantly crafted storyline, Blue Lock is one of the best sports anime series to date.

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13 Heavenly Delusion

(Apr. 1 – Jun. 24)

It has been fifteen years since a world-ending calamity struck humanity, with monsters roaming everywhere. Somewhere, an isolated facility houses children in the hopes of nurturing them in peace. When Maru and Kiruko learn about the world beyond these walls, they embark on a journey to reach a special destination called Heaven, not realizing they will be stepping into a world of tragedy.

Heavenly Delusion Is an Underappreciated Masterpiece

Heavenly Delusion is an underdog in the contest to become the best anime of 2023. Despite competing with the likes of Vinland Saga, Attack on Titan, and Demon Slayer, the anime had its audience fall in love with it, but the intricacy and brilliance involved in it can only be felt by watching till the final episode.

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12 Spy x Family Season 2

(Oct. 7 – Dec. 23)

In the second season, this family-friendly series continues to place Anya in complicated situations as she juggles the responsibilities of excelling academically so that her spy father can meet Donovan Desmond and ultimately put an end to the brewing civil war. However, it is not easy, but Anya is determined to give her all for the sake of her family, who showered her with love when she had none.

Spy x Family Season 2 Continues to Wow Fans With Action and Humor

Spy x Family is a family-friendly and extremely entertaining anime you can watch with anyone. In that regard, the second season offered a seamless transition between thrilling spy missions and the lovely family moments of Loid, Yor, and Anya. In a nutshell, the sequel exceeded fans’ expectations.

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11 Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc

(Apr. 9 – Jun. 18)

Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer

Release Date
January 20, 2021

Cast
Natsuki Hanae , Zach Aguilar , Abby Trott , Yoshitsugu Matsuoka , Aleks Le

Seasons
3

Studio
Ufotable, Aniplex, Shueisha

For centuries, the Demon Slayer Corps has sacredly maintained the secrecy of the Swordsmith village, as it houses some of the best forgers in the world. However, when Tanjiro and Nezuko arrive in the village to get a new sword, an Upper-Rank demon infiltrates the place, seeking to wipe out the skilled forgers and weaken the Demon Slayer Corps’ defenses. Will Tanjiro, along with Mist and Love Hashiras, be able to protect their most important line of defense?

The Swordsmith Village Arc Brings a Significant Reveal to the Story

Although the Swordsmith Village Arc isn’t equally impressive as the Entertainment District Arc, which kept viewers on the edge of their seats with the battle between the Gyutaro and Tengen Uzui, it did bring a major reveal to the story, making the journey worthwhile.

Furthermore, the said reveal will lay the groundwork for the forthcoming season, which will be the Hashira Training Arc. Overall, the Swordsmith Village Arc was an unforgettable season for the Demon Slayer, with Ufotable’s ever-stunning animation.

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10 Ranking of Kings: The Treasure Chest of Courage

(Apr. 14 – Jun. 16)

Ranking of Kings is a fantastic anime that was released last year, and while there was no second season, we’ve been blessed with a collection of short stories in which our little prince Bojji is back for more adventures as we get a glimpse of past events which shaped him to be the man he is now.

The Treasure Chest of Courage Is a Beautiful Collection of Stories

Unlike what many would expect, Ranking of Kings: The Treasure Chest of Courage does not go into the events that happened in the aftermath of the first season. Instead, it is a collection of short stories that delve into the characters’ pasts and give us a beautiful story in snippets. These specials are just as good as the first season and will provide great comfort for those who enjoy the anime.

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9 Bungou Stray Dogs Season 4 & 5

(Jan. 4 – Sep. 20)

Fans of Bungou Stray Dogs had a great time in 2023 because both the fourth and fifth seasons premiered back to back, flooding them with lots of adventures. With the Armed Detective Agency still on the run, they devise a plan to capture the leader of Decay of the Angel, Kamui. However, no one knows Kamui’s whereabouts, but the captain of Hunting Dogs, Ouchi Fukuchi, may be the key to finding him.

Bungou Stray Dogs Season 5 & 6 Overcomes Overwhelming Odds

Bungou Stray Dogs was a terrific anime in the first three seasons, with an abundance of mystery, suspense, action, and comedy, but seasons four and five were simply astounding. Although the Armed Detective Agency, consisting of the smartest anime detectives, faced new challenges in the earlier seasons, the stakes have never been higher, especially with them having to hide from the world while still fighting for their lives to save it.

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8 The Apothecary Diaries

(Oct. 2023 – Present)

The Apothecary Diaries is a historical anime that follows Maomao, the daughter of a renowned pharmacist, who is inexplicably thrown into the lowest echelons of the imperial court. When the emperor’s children exhibit grave symptoms of a disastrous flu, Maomao uses her knowledge of medicine to cure them secretly, but she is noticed by the perceptive eunuch, Jinshi, and is eventually elevated to a position of prominence in the Royal Court. How will she put her talents to use?

The Apothecary Diaries Is an Aesthetic Piece of Art

Even before the anime was aired, everyone knew it would be gorgeous based on the key visuals and teaser. Clearly, the anime did not disappoint, with its eye-catching artwork and cleanly animated panels that add a new touch of fascination to the sequences. Furthermore, the character of Maomao was brilliantly constructed, making it by far one of the best anime series of 2023.

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7 Pluto

(Oct. 26)

Pluto is a mystery sci-fi anime based on Naoki Urasawa’s acclaimed manga of the same name. The story takes place in a distant future when humans and robots have learned to co-exist, but the death of a renowned celebrity throws the world into chaos. When a war veteran detective named Gesicht is sent to investigate his tragic demise, he learns about Pluto, a sinister entity that, if it is not stopped, might lead to the end of the world.

Pluto Is Netflix’s Masterful Adaptation of a Successful Manga

Pluto is what many mainstream anime series aspire to be, whether in terms of storytelling or depth of characterization. In addition to breathtaking visuals and action, the series weaves an intricate suspense drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its eight-episode run. Even though the manga was considered a masterpiece by many readers, the anime adaptation was surprisingly well-received, making it one of the best Netflix anime series.

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