List of Top Anime Watched in 2023 - Anime Year Recap
A blog post that reviews the top anime of 2023, based on various sources and rankings. It covers 10 anime titles from different genres and styles, such as action, comedy, romance, and fantasy. It highlights their plots, characters, and features, and gives some insight and inspiration on what anime to watch or rewatch.
Anime fans had a lot to enjoy in 2023, as the year brought us many amazing shows, movies, and specials. From action-packed shounen to heartwarming slice-of-life, from fantasy adventures to sci-fi thrillers, there was something for everyone in the anime world. In this post, we will look back at some of the most popular and acclaimed anime titles of 2023, based on various sources and rankings.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village
The sequel to the smash-hit Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, this anime series continued the story of Tanjiro Kamado and his friends as they faced new enemies and challenges in their quest to defeat Muzan Kibutsuji and turn Nezuko back into a human. With stunning animation, epic battles, and emotional moments, this anime was a must-watch for fans of the original manga and anime. It also featured a new opening song by LiSA, who sang the iconic “Gurenge” for the first season.
JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2
The second season of the dark and gritty supernatural action anime JUJUTSU KAISEN delivered more of the same thrilling and intense scenes that made the first season a hit. Following the adventures of Yuuji Itadori and his fellow jujutsu sorcerers, this season introduced new characters, new curses, and new mysteries. It also adapted the highly anticipated Shibuya Incident arc, which was one of the most epic and shocking arcs in the manga.
Mushoku Tensei Season 2
The second season of the popular isekai anime Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation continued the journey of Rudeus Greyrat, a former NEET who was reborn in a fantasy world with his memories intact. This season focused on his growth as a mage, his relationships with his companions, and his encounters with various dangers and wonders in the new world. It also featured a spin-off episode that focused on Fitz, a mysterious shugo jutsushi (guardian mage) who helped Rudeus in his travels.
The Eminence in Shadow 2nd Season
The second season of the hilarious comedy anime The Eminence in Shadow followed the antics of Cid Kagenou, a high school student who was obsessed with being a shadowy mastermind in a fantasy world. After being reincarnated in such a world, he created a secret organization of loyal followers and fought against the evil cult of Diabolos. However, he was unaware that he was actually the chosen hero who possessed the power of the shadow, and that his actions had a huge impact on the world.
OSHI NO KO
The anime adaptation of the manga Oshi no Ko, which was written by the creator of Kaguya-sama: Love is War, was one of the most surprising and intriguing anime of 2023. It told the story of Ai Hoshino, a popular idol who died in a plane crash, and her fanboy doctor, who also died trying to save her. They were both reincarnated as twins in a parallel world, where they decided to pursue their dream of becoming idols again. However, they soon realized that the idol industry was full of secrets, scandals, and dangers.
SPY x FAMILY Season 2
The second season of the spy comedy anime SPY x FAMILY continued the adventures of the Forger family, which consisted of a spy, an assassin, and a telepath. They had to pretend to be a normal family in order to complete a mission, but they also had to deal with the challenges of everyday life, such as school, work, and relationships. With a mix of humor, action, and heartwarming moments, this anime was a delight to watch.
The anime adaptation of the manga Jigokuraku, which was written by the creator of Binbougami ga!, was one of the most action-packed and thrilling anime of 2023. It followed the story of Gabimaru, a former ninja who was sentenced to death for treason. He was given a chance to earn his freedom by joining a group of criminals who were sent to a mysterious island to find the elixir of immortality. However, the island was full of deadly creatures and traps, and the group had to fight for their survival.
The anime adaptation of the manga MASHLE, which was written by the creator of Black Clover, was one of the most hilarious and fun anime of 2023. It followed the story of Mash Burnedead, a boy who was born without magic in a world where magic was everything. He had to enroll in a prestigious magic school and pretend to be a magician, while using his physical strength and wits to overcome various challenges and enemies. He also had to hide his love for cream puffs, which was his motivation for everything.
I Got a Cheat Ability in a Different World, and Became Extraordinary Even in the Real World
The anime adaptation of the light novel I Got a Cheat Ability in a Different World, and Became Extraordinary Even in the Real World, was one of the most popular and entertaining isekai anime of 2023. It followed the story of Seiichi Hiiragi, a bullied high school student who was summoned to a fantasy world and acquired a cheat skill that allowed him to level up infinitely. He used his skill to become a hero in the other world, but he also discovered that his skill worked in the real world, and that he could use it to improve his life and help others.
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
The anime adaptation of the manga Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, was one of the most unique and refreshing anime of 2023. It followed the story of Akira Tendo, a corporate slave who hated his life. He was overjoyed when a zombie apocalypse broke out, and he decided to use the opportunity to do 100 things he wanted to do before he died. Along the way, he met various survivors and zombies, and learned to enjoy life in the midst of chaos.
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
The anime adaptation of the manga Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, was one of the most beautiful and touching anime of 2023. It followed the story of Frieren, an elf mage who was part of a group of heroes who defeated the Demon King. After the end of their adventure, she had to say goodbye to her human friends, who had shorter lifespans than her. She then embarked on a journey to visit their graves and honor their memories, while also discovering new things and meeting new people.
The anime adaptation of the manga Horimiya, which was one of the most popular and acclaimed romance manga of all time, was one of the most anticipated and satisfying anime of 2023. It followed the story of Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura, two high school students who had different personas at school and at home. They discovered each other’s secrets and developed a close relationship, while also dealing with their friends, families, and personal issues. The anime was a faithful and complete adaptation of the manga, and it also featured a special episode that showed the future of the characters.
Dr. STONE NEW WORLD
The sequel to the sci-fi adventure anime Dr. STONE, this anime series continued the story of Senku Ishigami and his friends as they tried to rebuild civilization after a mysterious event turned everyone into stone. With their scientific knowledge and skills, they faced various challenges and enemies in the new world, while also searching for the truth behind the petrification. It also featured a new opening song by Burnout Syndromes, who sang the iconic “Good Morning World” for the first season.
Attack on Titan: The Final Season
The final part of the epic and legendary anime series Attack on Titan, this anime series concluded the story of Eren Yeager and his friends as they fought against the titans and the enemies beyond the walls. With stunning animation, shocking twists, and emotional moments, this anime was a masterpiece that delivered a satisfying and memorable ending to the saga. It also featured a new opening song by Shinsei Kamattechan, who sang the iconic “Guren no Yumiya” for the first season.
In conclusion, these were some of the top anime watched in 2023, according to various sources and rankings. Of course, there were many other anime titles that were also worth watching, and everyone had their own preferences and opinions. However, we hope that this list gave you some insight and inspiration on what anime to watch or rewatch, and what anime to look forward to in the future. Thank you for reading, and happy anime watching!