Top 10 Best Anime of 2022 So Far (Bonus Returning Seasons)

Best Anime Of 2022

As anime gains popularity, there is a whole treasure of anime to binge for new anime fans. However, longtime nerds like us are always in a predicament of what to watch next! Thankfully the anime industry keeps churning great new anime for us to consume and keep us sated.

Whether it be shounen or slice of life, comedy or sports anime, 2022 has shown promise to be a great year for anime. Not only are some great manga being adapted into new anime, but we also have some of the most popular anime of our time returning with brand new seasons. Here are best anime of 2022 to be excited for:

Here are the best anime of 2022 about to premiere:

While a great lineup of brand new anime is scheduled to be released in 2022, we have selected 10 we are most excited for:

1.      Chainsaw Man

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Episodes: 24- 26 ( unconfirmed)

Studios: MAPPA

Release date: Fall 2022 ( unconfirmed)

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Adapted from the popular manga of the same name by Tatsuki Fujimoto, this dark fantasy anime is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated anime of 2022.

The story follows the life of the MC, Denji. Denji owed crushing debts to Yakuza. Unable to pay he was forced to kill devils for the yakuza with his pet devil Pochita. However, after a while, the Yakuza orders a hit on Denji who has outlived his usefulness. (Un)fortunately, Denji survives by merging with Pochita. Now a half-devil, Denji has the ability to turn his body parts into chainsaws. Can he get back to the simple life he wanted as a human?

The popularity, gore and craziness on the surface level, and the underlying theme of family and bonds in it will clearly makes it the best anime of 2022. Catchup with the manga before the anime is released, you can read it on mangaplus officially.

2.      Rust eater Bisco

Genre: Fantasy

Episodes: 12

Studios: OZ

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

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The series is adapted from the light novel “Sabikui Bisco” written by Shinji Cobkubo and illustrated by K Akagashi. The light novel got ranked number one in the overall ranking as well as in new work ranking in Takarajimasha’s annual light novel guidebook in 2019. By October 2021, the light novel had over 300,000 copies sold. This somehow makes promising to be in the list of best anime of 2022.

Set in a distant Japan where the land has been ravaged by rust. The rust is caused by mushroom spores and it affects living and non-living things. In this world, Bisco Akaboshi is a Mashroom keeper and hence a wanted criminal. Bisco teams up with Dr. Milo Nekoyanagi to search for a Mashroom called “Sabikui” which is said to have properties to devour rust. They hope to use this mushroom to get rid of the rust plague.

( Psst, to my fujoshies, if you squint there are BL elements between Bisco and Milo)

3. Life With an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated Into a Total Fantasy Knockout

Genre: fantasy, comedy

Episodes: 12

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

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The anime is based on a manga series of the same name, written by Yū Tsurusaki and illustrated by Shin Ikezawa. 

Two friends Tsukasa Jinguuji, and Hinata Tachibana have been friends since their childhood, now salaried men in their 30s. Since their younger days, Hinata has had rotten luck with ladies who seem to always prefer Tsukasa over him. One night in their drunken stupor Hinata wishes he was a beautiful woman. I mean if this does not deserves to be in the list of best anime of 2022 then what will be… haha.

Suddenly, a goddess appears in front of them and they are transported to an alternate reality. Hinata has been transformed into a beautiful woman. Tsukasa is absolutely taken by Hinata’s personality in a beautiful woman’s body. Hinata also understands why women seem to hoard around Tsukasa. Determined not to fall for each other, Tsukasa and Hinata need to complete the missions given to them in this alternate reality to return home. 

4.      Salaryman’s Club

Genre: Sports anime

Episodes: 12

Studios: Liden films

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

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Finally a sports anime on our best anime of 2022 list.

Salaryman’s Club is an original anime directed by Aimi Yamauchi. Mikoto Shiratori was a badminton prodigy. He played for Mitsuhoshi Bank but was fired when he lost a match for the company. He was then recruited by Sunlight Beverage. Problem is, that Mikoto struggles to play in doubles, being haunted by an incident in his past. He needs to work through his trauma to play as a team and win the match for his company. 

5.      Love of Kill

Genre: Action, Romance

Episodes: 12

Studios: Platinum Vision

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

Love of Kill is adapted from a Japanese manga series with the same name, written and illustrated by Fe. The main premise of the story is love between two assassins!! I mean this is already climbing up the ladder to be one of the best anime of 2022. Chateau Dankworth is a bounty hunter. On one of her assignments, she meets Song Ryang-ha, who is a hitman. On their first meeting Ryang-ha asks her out on a date in exchange for information.

Chateau accepts reluctantly but is cold towards Ryang-ha throughout. Still, when she is attacked he saves her. Ryang-ha also seems to know a lot about her past, so who he really is and what does he want with Chateau.

6.      FreakAngels

Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy

Episodes: 12

Studios: platinum Vision

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

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Coming up in our list of best anime of 2022 is FreakAngels. This anime is based on a webcomic of same name, created in 2008 by Eagle award-winning writer Warren Ellis.

Set in a post-apocalyptic Britain, the story revolves around individuals who possesses special abilities like pyro kinesis, space-time manipulation, etc. These individuals with special powers are called freak angels. The story follows the life of the people left in the world after the apocalypse and their struggles to survive. These people have built a simple city with basic utilities like water etc. with much effort. The freak angels use their powers to protect the city. Sounds like a good contender to be a top anime of 2022.

7.      The Orbital Children

Genre: Sci-fi

Episodes: 6

Studios: Production h+

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

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This is an original anime series written and directed by Mitsuo Iso and Kenichi Yoshida provided the character designs. The story follows the adventures of 5 children who were stuck in a space station. The newly built Japanese space station was hosting a promotional event with 3 children visiting the space station. It also housed two more children who were rescued from a colony on the moon.

A comet strikes the space station damaging it pretty badly. The children are cut off from the adult staff and try to navigate through the disaster using their limited technology.

8.      Cue!

Genre: Slice of life

Episodes: 12

Studios: Yumeta Company, Graphinica

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

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Cue! Is adapted from a video game by Liber Entertainment in which players can train new vice actresses. The anime shows the difficulties the new voice actresses in the industry have to go through, however it focuses on cuteness rather than the actual problems ( not that we can complain about that really).

The new company AiRBLUE has hired a bunch of voice actresses with no experience. The girls expected to be formally trained before being given any work. However, Masaki Ootori, the head of the agency announces they will be auditioning for a new sports anime being adapted from a popular manga. The girls are taken aback but promise to rise up to the challenge to make their debut with this anime in the world of voice acting.

9.      My Dress up Darling

Genre: Romantic comedy

Episodes: 12

Studios: Clover Works

Release date: Jan 2022- March 2022

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My dress up darling is adapted from the manga publish with the same, written and illustrated by Shinichi Fukuda

Wakana Gojo is a first-year high school student. Unlike his peers who are interested in pop culture and girls, Wakana’s passion lies in making Hina dolls like his grandfather. He is an expert in sewing clothes and spends his free time making dresses for his dolls. However, he has kept this hobby a secret in the fear of being ridiculed if people came to know of his passion.

(un)fortunately he is found out by none other than Marin Kitagawa, the most pretty, loud, flirty girl in the class. However,, she actually gets really impressed by Wakana’s skill and tells him her hobby is cosplay but she sucks at sewing costumes. Marin asks for his help to make costumes for her cosplay. Along the way, they both start to develop feelings for each other.

My Dress up Darling already got a cult fanbase making it one of the best anime of 2022.

10.      SpyXFamily

Genre: Slice of life

Episodes: 12

Studios: Clover Works

Release date: Spring 2022

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SpyX family is also adapted from a highly popular manga of same name, written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo. The manga sold over 10 million copies (physical and digital) within seven volumes of publication.

Currently going on it’s 7 episode (at the time of writing this article) Spy X Family has been, undoubtedly, THE most popular anime of the year. A recent study from Video Research Limited shows that the premiere episode of SpyXFamily are scoring close to seven million viewers in Japan, making it not just the biggest anime series, but the second most-watched television show in the country. And it honestly deserves to be. It is beyond cute and just the most wholesome anime we have seen in a while even though the main characters ARE a spy, an assassin, and a mind reader, which clearly bags its place in the best anime of 2022 list.

SpyXFamily follows the adventures of a “fake” family. Loid Forger is a spy. To conceal his identity for his mission he adopts an orphan Anaya and asks her to not let anyone know they aren’t related by blood. Soon they are joined by Yor, who is an assassin, and also needs a cover, so she ends up joining the family as Anya’s mother. Both Loid and Yor consider this a temporary arrangement and hide their identities from others.

What both of them don’t know is that cute little Anya is a mind reader and knows both of their identities. But Anya is so happy to have a family that their profession does not matter to her, or rather to her this is all a big adventure.

Anime returning with new seasons:

1. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure :

Season: 5

Episodes: 24 (ongoing)

Studios: Madhouse

Release date: Fall 2022 ( unconfirmed)

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There is no way that we will be missing JoJo in our best anime of 2022 list. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is adapted from the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the longest-running manga going on for over 35 years. It is split into parts with independent stories and different characters. Each of the series’ protagonists is a member of the Joestar family, who possess a star-shaped birthmark above their left shoulder blade and a name that can be abbreviated to “JoJo”.

The anime usually adapts one of these stories per season. The most recent season, Stone Ocean, adapts the sixth story arc also name Ocean stone. 1st cour of the series which is 12 episodes of season 5 premiered on Netflix in Dec 2021. Episodes 13-24 are expected to be released on Netflix in the Fourth Quarter of 2022.

2. Overlord

Season: 4

Episodes: 39 (ongoing)

Studios: Madhouse

Release date: Summer 2022

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Overlord is based on the eponymous light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama.

In the year 2138, a popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil is supposed to be shut down at midnight. However, one player, Momonga, does not log out of the game. To his surprise, the game doesn’t shut down and he is stuck in it. Moreover, the NPCs have started to feel emotions and develop personalities. 

The anime was announced to have a fourth season in May 2021. It is scheduled to be aired in July 2022. Overlord has a huge fanbase making it a prominent among the best anime of 2022.

3. Kaguya Sama: Love is war

Season: 3

Episodes: 31 (ongoing)

Studios: Clover Works

Release date: Spring 2022

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Kaguya Sama: Love is war is a cute romantic comedy centering Shuchiin Academy’s Student council president Miyuki Shirogane and Vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. Both of them like the other one but are reluctant to confess, making it a war of egos.

Or so it seems at first. As the series has progressed we have seen them struggle with their insecurities and how hard they try to keep up the appearances they have carved for themselves.

This season we are looking forward to the couple finally confessing their love for each other and becoming an official pair. Also, a 2nd romance seems to be blossoming between Ishigami and Miko. And as ever Chika-san is her own glorious self, blessing our screens with her KAWAI presence.

4. Attack on Titan:

Season: 4

Episodes: 87 (ongoing)

Studios:  MAPPA

Release date: Jan 2022- April 2022

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 Attack on Titan gained immense popularity since it premiere in spring 2013. Adapted from the manga of the same name, Attack on Titan is a dark fantasy anime, set in a post-apocalyptic world threatened by giant man-eating monsters called Titans.  

The 2nd part of the fourth and final season of the anime aired from January 10 to April 4, 2022 which left the fans at awe making it the top anime of 2022. The final part of the series will be aired in 2023. 

5. Demon Slayer

Season: 2

Episodes: 44 (ongoing)

Studios: Ufotable

Release date: Jan 2022- April 2022

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Demon Slayer has been the talk of the town since its premiere in 2019 mainly because of its BEAUTIFUL animation and amazingly well-built characters.The popularity of this anime makes it the best anime of 2022.

The adventures of Tanjiro Nezuko, Inosuke, and Zenitsu continue as they climb through the ranks of demon slayers and fight alongside Hashiras to fight the lower and upper Moon demons. The 2nd season of the anime covers two Manga arcs, the “Mugan train arc” which is an extended version of the movie and runs from episodes 1-8, and the “Entertainment district arc” which runs from episodes 9-18.

As always the animation is topnotch with beautifully choreographed fight sequences. (Not gonna lie I rewatched some of the fights SO many times it took me much much longer to finish the season than I had expected. But worth it!) Also, the plot of the anime is getting intense and there is a lot of character development for our young demon slayers. Can’t wait for the next season already!

So we saw a list of best anime of 2022 to premiere and along with that the anime returning with new seasons. What you guys think? Did we miss any anime which deserves to be in the list? Also which will be the best anime of 2022 according to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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