Korean anime, or "aeni," is on the rise as manhwa and webtoons become increasingly popular among manga readers and anime enthusiasts. While Korea is popularly known for its pop culture and drama series, the animation industry is gearing up to step up its game. As a matter of fact, Crunchyroll has teamed up with Webtoons to produce anime.
In this article, we have listed the 15 best Korean anime to watch in 2022, in no particular order for your enjoyment. The list does not include Korean animation movies because that would require a separate article for discussion. We hope that these anime shows will take some of your watch lists as well!
Based on the books of Roman and Greek mythology, Olympus Guardian is an SBS production anime that explores the stories of the 12 Olympians, namely Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Hermes, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Ares, and Demeter.
Faithful to its source material, the 39-episode Korean anime is one of the best guides to Greek and Roman mythology.Advertisement
Set in a 1980’s Korean household, Hello Jadoo centers on the stories of the five members of the Choi family as they juggle their ordinary lives in Korea. The anime features the tomboyish girl, Choi Jadoo, the alcoholic husband, Choi Ho-dol, the grouchy mother, Kim Nan Hyang, the intelligent sister, Choi Mi-Mi, and the playful brother, Choi Seung-Ki.
With a heart-warming theme, the anime perfectly captures the elements of a slice-of-life anime. It is a fun and light-hearted anime that will provide you with laughter and joy.
A Day Before Us
If you want something mellow to watch, A Day Before Us will soothe you with its heart-warming tale about the romantic love story of four different characters.
Although it is a mini-drama, this Korean anime is the definition of every teenager’s spring. This is one of the most beautiful and well-animated shows from South Korea that is so compelling, it will drive you into tears.
Psycho Nya Nya
Psycho Nya Nya is a short comedy anime that will make you laugh within 2 minutes. With 101 web episodes on its slate, you will learn to love and adore the orange cat, Nya Nya, and his ridiculous antics.
The Korean anime follows Nya Nya’s determination to escape his owner’s plan to neuter him. From one strategy to another, Nya Nya must save his nads by terrorizing his owner night and day. Trust me, watching this anime is a delightful experience!Advertisement
The Haunted House
Also known as Shinbi Apartment, The Haunted House is a children’s anime that centers on a 102-year-old goblin named "Shinbi" as he tries to vanish all the demon ghosts in the world with the help of the Koo Siblings.
Although it is targeted towards children, the anime proves to be a decent watch even among adults. With 83 current episodes on its slate, the anime provides a horror-comedy experience for the viewers.
With the rising magical girl genre, Flowering Heart is a Korean anime that takes on the world of magical girls. It follows the story of Jin Ari, a 12-year-old cheerful girl who transforms into an adult magical girl in order to help people. Together with her friends, Sunwoo Min and U Suha, the three girls aim to stop the evil threat to protect not only the people but also the Flowering Kingdom.
Although it features children transforming into adults, the anime is not recommended for children because of its social commentary about weight and food intake.
Jang Geum's Dream
Based on the hit historical Korean drama Jewel in the Palace, Jang Geum’s Dream is a Korean anime that centers on the main protagonist, Jang Geum, as she ventures towards her dream of becoming a palace chef. Unlike the source material, with the presence of murder and corruption, the anime is a light-hearted show targeted towards a young audience.
With 7.17 ratings in MAL, the anime is a delightful show that features Korean values, culture, and food.Advertisement
Based on the cartoon by Tank Guy published on Lezhin Comics, Bagel Girl is a romantic comedy Korean anime about the NEET (Not in Education or Employment) Bong Gi, who was turned into a beautiful woman one day after gaming online for the whole night. It is a 14-minute episode of an anime that will definitely make you laugh.
Based on the hit Korean drama of the same name, Winter Sonata is a Korean anime that is a mix of romance, drama, seinen, and josei anime genres.
The anime centers on Yoo Jin, who falls in love with Joon Sang. Unfortunately, Joon Sang died in an accident. Later, Yoo Jin decides to marry his childhood friend but gets into a bind after meeting someone who looks exactly like Joon Sang.
If you are into romantic dramas, perhaps you have already watched its source material, then Winter Sonata is perfect for you. With an overdose of romance and drama, Winter Sonata will surely drive you to tears.
Semi and the Magic Cube
Semi and the Magic Cube is a Korean anime that is a mix of adventure, comedy, fantasy, and thriller genres.
It follows the story of Semi and the genius teacher Wai as they become entangled in a time-magical journey in order to stop Evil X from exploiting the powers of the magical cube. To stop the looming threat and save the world, our protagonists must solve math and history problems along the way.Advertisement
Ghost Messenger is a Korean action, fantasy, fiction, and supernatural anime that explores the world of super-powered agents known as "Ghost Messengers" as they are dispatched into the human world to capture and bring back stubborn and evil ghosts who refuse to go back to the World of Death.
On that note, the World of Death is a highly technological place with cutting-edge technology like "Wakanda" in Black Panther.
Based on the Korean game of the same name, Elsword is a Korean short anime with 12 released episodes. The premise is similar to Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, Granblue Fantasy, Chain Chronicles, and other fantasy anime that feature MMORPG games.
Armed with beautifully animated fighting scenes, astounding world designs, and gorgeous visuals, Elsword is one of the most highly-rated Korean anime. I assure you, it will be a feast for your eyes.
Through the years, Noblesse has been one of the top-tier webtoons in the world. It is a successful webtoon that spawned animations, ONAs, and OVAs. The story centers on the pure-blooded noble vampire named Cadiz Etrama de Raizel as he awakens from his 820-year slumber.
While the webtoon is amazing in itself, the anime, unfortunately, doesn’t shine that much, even with the collaboration between Crunchyroll and Webtoons. To the dismay of fans, the anime fails to execute the narrative, much like its mysterious plot. Despite the anime’s shortcomings, Noblesse is still a decent watch with Rai’s quirky and enjoyable scenes in the anime.Advertisement
Tower of God
Tower of God is an action fantasy adventure Korean anime based on the popular manhwa of the same name that centers on Rachel, the aspiring girl who dreams of reaching the top of the tower of God, where everything exists in the world, and Bam, who only wants Rachel in the world. You see, the legends say that if you manage to reach the top of the tower of God, your wish will be fulfilled.
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God of High School
The God of High School is one of the most popular manhwas that have been released as a webtoon in Korea. It is so popular that it received a mobile game, an original net animation, as well as its official anime adaptation, which is produced by the giant anime studio MAPPA.
The plot follows 17-year-old martial artist Mori Jin, who is invited to attend a martial arts tournament called "The God of High School" (GOH) along with the strongest high schoolers all over Korea. Furthermore, the tournament aims to select three Korean representatives to compete in the GOH World Tournament. While the event is sponsored by a shady corporation, it promises a grand prize of fulfilling any wish of the victor.
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