We can’t wait for this year in anime! There are so many new and exciting adaptations coming up, alongside the continuation and conclusion of some of the biggest shows over the last few years!
Whether you’re a fan of action, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, romance or sports anime, our list of the best upcoming anime coming out in 2022 has you covered!
Table of Contents
- The Orbital Children: January
- Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2: January
- Jigokuraku: Late 2022
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Part 2): March
- Blue Lock: Late 2022
- The Devil is a Part Timer Season 2: July
- Spy X Family: April
- Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War: October
- Chainsaw Man: Summer
- Kaguya-sama Love is War Season 3: April
- Uzumaki: October
- Komi Can’t Communicate 2: April
- Cyberpunk: Edgerunners: Date TBC
- Made in Abyss The Golden City of the Scorching Sun: Date TBC
- Call of the Night: July
The Orbital Children: January
Netflix has been making big waves in the Anime world over the last few years, sometimes with mixed results. However, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about this original sci-fi drama!
The story is set in 2045, in a colonised space where modern technologies like AI, internet and social media stretch across planets. A disaster at a space station results in five children, two born on the moon and three born on earth, being left behind. Using the rudimentary tools left behind, such as drones, narrowband and SNS, they band together to survive, uncovering an AI prophecy along the way.
This original anime is written and directed by Mitsuo Iso, whose previous roles include being key animator on sci-fi classics such as End of Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell. The trailer looks to set this story as a coming-of-age drama full of laughs and tears, and we can’t wait!
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2: January
One of the most popular anime series of all time finally reaches its conclusion this year!
Shingeki no Kyojin, first aired in 2013, follows the journey of Eren Jaeger, who vows revenge on the giant titans that killed his mother when their town was overrun. A lot has happened since then – now, Eren holds the power, and his once close friends are left to wonder whose side he’s on.
The final cour started airing earlier in January, and reviews have so far been positive. All indications are that this is going to be one of the must-watch anime of this year!
Jigokuraku: Late 2022
If you’re looking for a new dark action series to enjoy after Jujutsu Kaisen, this is definitely a series to bookmark. Expected late in 2022, Jigokuraku - Hell’s Paradise - is based on the popular Shounen Jump manga by Yuji Kaju, who was previously assistant to Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto.
Jigokuraku follows Gabimaru The Hollow, an emotionless assassin who is captured and sentenced to death. However much he wants to die, though, he continues to fight and survive in the hope of returning to his wife. As a result, his executioner, the only woman from the Asaemon family of executioners, offers a deal: join her and a group of convicts sent to the mysterious and deadly islands of Shinsenkyo in search of the elixir of life. If they survive, he’ll be pardoned.
And so, Gabimaru and Asaemon embark on a journey that is both beautiful and horrifying at the same time. The trailer looks like a middle-point between Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen - is there anything we need more than that right now?!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Part 2): March
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a cult classic anime, so it’s unsurprising that the first new series in two years was so popular last year!
Stone Ocean follows Jolyne Kuujou, the estranged daughter of Joutarou, in Florida, 2011. Sentenced in Green Dolphin Street Prison for a crime she didn’t commit, she discovers her own Stand ability, wrapping her into the age-old JoJo story and forcing her to fight not only for her escape but also the life of her father.
The first half of this season is already available on Netflix and has received much acclaim from anime fans. The second half is expected around March, so there’s plenty of time to get onto the JoJo bandwagon!
Blue Lock: Late 2022
Who doesn’t love a sports anime?! Blue Lock, based on the award-winning manga by Muneyuki Kaneshiro, offers a pretty unique twist on this classic genre.
In Blue Lock, the Japanese Football Association hires controversial coach Jinpachi Ego to help create a team that can win a World Cup. Jinpachi believes the team needs an egoistic striker and creates Blue Lock – a prison-like facility that plays host to hundreds of Japan’s most promising young goalscorers. Only one of these hopefuls can represent Japan, and the rest will be banned from ever playing for their country.
Blue Lock flips the classic sports anime on its head, replacing the friendly, coming-of-age style with darker, more self-centred characters. The anime looks like it’ll be full of big visuals, so we can’t wait to see what happens!
The Devil is a Part Timer Season 2: July
One of the most unexpected but exciting announcements of last year was the return of Hataraku Maou-sama, a quiet favourite with many anime fans all the way back in 2013!
The Devil is a Part-Timer’s return sees the same Japanese voice cast reprise their roles, while the story is being composed once again by Masahiro Yokotani, who has since done series composition for Re:Zero and Bunny Girl Senpai!
Spy X Family: April
One of the most anticipated new anime of the year is the adaptation of Tatsuya Endou’s popular action-comedy manga full of secrets!
The story revolves around Twilight, an excellent spy, on his toughest mission yet: investigate a politician by infiltrating his son’s prestigious school. To pull it off, he must recruit a wife and child as a decoy family, only his choices, office worker Yor and orphan Anya, each have secrets of their own.
The trailers for this series look incredibly sleek, with excellent action and comedy elements. Led by the director behind the classic series Hunter X Hunter and produced by legendary Toho Animation, we have very high hopes for when this series drops in the summer!
Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War: October
One of the longest-running anime series of all time is set for its conclusion, ten years after the original series finished!
First announced in 2020, this new series covers the final arc of the best-selling manga, the Thousand Year Blood War. As the name suggests, expect plenty of action as the Wandenreich launch their attack on Soul Society, calling the Shinigami and the Quincy into an all-out conflict.
While the manga’s conclusion did divide some fans of the series, there’s no denying that this will make for a huge anime event when it arrives later this year!
Chainsaw Man: Summer
An adaptation that feels like it’s been anticipated for years, one of the most popular action manga of recent times is finally hitting our screens this year!
The story follows Denji, a young kid employed by Yakuza as a devil hunter, and his pet devil Pochita. When his employers turn on him, he forms a pact with Pochita, inheriting the ability to turn any part of his body into chainsaws! Now a devil-human hybrid, he is picked up by the government to join their official squad of devil hunters.
As you can imagine, this is a series full of awesome action and a wild collection of characters. The manga is often put on a par with shounen greats like Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen, so there’s plenty to get hyped about here!
Kaguya-sama Love is War Season 3: April
One of the most-watched comedy series of the last few years is getting another season later this year!
For anyone that hasn’t watched Kaguya-sama yet, it’s a classic high-school romance laced with what can only be described as intense psychological warfare. The story follows Kaguya and Miyuki, leaders of the student council at a prestigious school, who are both in love with each other. However, both are incredibly proud and neither can be seen to reveal their feelings, leading to countless awkward standoffs.
This fast-paced rom-com is one of the most watchable series out there right now. Even if you haven’t watched the first two seasons, you’ll have no problem jumping in when it makes its highly-anticipated return.
If you’re looking for something a bit different this year, Uzumaki – The Spiral – is a show that has many fans excited.
Based on the manga by acclaimed horror writer Junji Ito (from The Junji Ito Collection), the story takes place in a small town that is infected by spirals. We follow Kirie Goshima and her boyfriend as they try to figure out what’s happening, with the people around them descending into madness.
What is particularly exciting about this anime is its black and white animation style. Directed by Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi) and produced by Production I.G, this four-part mini-series could be an avant-garde favourite for horror fans.
Komi Can’t Communicate 2: April
After a hugely popular first season last year, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Komi-san will be quickly returning to our screens in April!
Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu follows the titular Komi, a beautiful high-school girl who students see as alluring and mysterious, when in fact she suffers from intense social anxiety. Confiding in the very ordinary Tadano, he decides to help her achieve her dream of having 100 friends despite her difficulties with communication.
The first season matched quite high expectations from the comedy manga by Tomohito Oda, and we expect this second season to deliver just as many laughs!
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners: Date TBC
While the game may have left a lot to be desired, nobody can argue with the hype that Cyberpunk created, so it’s unsurprising that an anime adaptation has many people excited!
Produced by Studio Trigger, this standalone story takes place in the game’s universe and follows a street-kid turned mercenary trying to survive.
This Netflix original has a lot of big names behind it, including Studio Trigger (Darling in the FranXX, Kill La Kill) on production and Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann) as director. We’re excited to see what can be done with the exciting source material and, hopefully, a big animation budget!
Made in Abyss The Golden City of the Scorching Sun: Date TBC
Following three successful movies over the last few years, Made in Abyss is finally returning to TV screens this year!
The Golden City of the Scorching Sun takes place after the events of the last movie from 2020, continuing the adventures of Reg, Riko, and Nanachi. This whimsical, heart-pulling adventure keeps many of the staff from the original series, which was one of the most popular shows of 2017!
Call of the Night: July
Everyone enjoys a bit of shounen romance, and this gothic boy-meets-girl is definitely one to keep an eye on this summer.
Call of the Night follows Kou Yamori who one day decides to drop out of school. With nothing to do, he develops insomnia and walks the streets at night, where he meets Nazuna Nanakusa. Kou accepts Nazuna’s help and stays over at her apartment, but while he’s trying to sleep, he notices her trying to bite his neck.
This anime is being produced by the studio behind recent hit Tokyo Revengers, and is directed by Tomoyuki Itamura, who worked on the iconic Monogatari anime! With such a stellar production lined up, there are high hopes for this series!
What shows are you most looking forward to this year? No matter what you’re hoping to see, you’ll be able to hear all the latest news with us here at Epicstream, so stay tuned!