2022 saw the emergence of some of the most favorite and critically-acclaimed anime on Netflix that one just can’t forget. However, when it comes to 2023, it brings its own set of anime that has the potential to compete and even surpass the acclaim of the ones released in 2022. Don’t believe us?
Take a look at some of the best anime titles that you can watch on Netflix in 2023.
5 Best anime titles to watch on Netflix in 2023
1. Vinland Saga Season 2
Released on January 9, 2023, season 2 of Vinland Saga is as exciting and thrilling as its predecessor. Based on the manga Vinrando Saga by Makoto Yukimura, Vinland Saga is a Japanese historical drama anime series that premiered on Netflix in July 2022. Beginning in April 2005, the manga was produced in a serialized format in Weekly Shonen Magazine and was later moved to Monthly Afternoon.
For those unversed, the story of Vinland Saga is situated in the historical context of the Vikings’ power in Europe, focusing on the rise of King Cnut to the English throne. The official synopsis of Vinland Saga reads:
“Thorfinn pursues a journey with his father’s killer in order to take revenge and end his life in a duel as an honorable warrior and pay his father a homage.”
2. Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre (Season 1)
Touted as the legendary horror mangaka, Junji Ito possesses an exorbitant collection that is turned into an anthology for Netflix. Concerning the thematic structure and style of the series, What’s on Netflix writes:
“Featuring a selection of 20 macabre masterpieces brimming with his original worldview and fascinating characters drawn in his stunning style, including popular titles such as “Hanging Balloon” and fan-favorite characters Tomie and Soichi, this animated series will totally immerse viewers in the maniacal charm of Junji Ito.”
3. To Your Eternity Season 2
Promising even more melancholy and gripping storytelling, To Your Eternity season 2 revolves around Fushi’s conflict as he struggles with his shape-shifting immortal identity. Featuring 20 episodes, season 2 will capture this conundrum explicitly as he decides to break his commitment to solitude as he realizes his duty to face the Nokkers. Here’s the official synopsis for the same:
“An immortal being takes on the form of a human boy, wandering the earth and experiencing the pains and joys of life throughout his story without an end.”
A Korean anime, Lookism battles with the deeply-rooted and conditioned mindset of an individual concerning the appearance of one that results in the formation of stereotypes. The anime follows the life of a high-school kid called Daniel who is bullied for his appearance. As a result of a strange and inexplicable turn of events, he finds himself encapsulated in a new body. With the advancement of the plot, he unravels stereotypes, discrimination and bias exercised based on looks, which is termed in the show as “lookism.”
4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Part 3
A Japanese Original anime series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean is the sixth story arc based upon the Japanese manga series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki, the Netflix Original follows the life of Jotaro Kujo’s estranged daughter Jolyne Cujoh, who is serving a 15-year sentence at Green Dolphin Street Prison. During her confinement, she is faced with the century-long rivalry between her family, and DIO, its greatest nemesis.
That being said, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean part 3 released on Netflix on December 1st, 2022. According to What’s on Netflix, the show is set to stream from episodes 25 to 38. Not only that but these episodes will eventually be broadcasted in Japan, on channels like Tokyo MX, BS11, MBS and Animax.