Top Anime Release Dates for 2023
The anime world never sleeps, and 2023 looks to be a big year for fans. From Bleach’s thousand-year blood war to the last season of Attack on Titan, here are a few shows to keep an eye out for.
Four unowned androids form a band and compete to perform at Babel, an entertainment hub. Animated by CloverWorks.
A Girl & Her Guard Dog
After years of being feared due to her yakuza family connections, Isaku Senagaki wants to live a normal high school life. The only problem is her overprotective guardian, 26-year-old Keiya.
Keiya follows Isaku everywhere, despite her request to live alone and start fresh. The two end up falling for each other, but they’re facing a massive age gap. Can Isaku and Keiya overcome the challenges they face together?
The romantic comedy anime is based on the manga by Hatsuharu. Yoshihiro Takamoto (VAZZROCK THE ANIMATION) will direct the series at studio Project No. 9. Aya Satsuki is composing the soundtrack and Yukiko Ban will handle character design. Junya Enoki will voice Mikio Tanuki and Mai Nakahara will voice Kaori Sekiya. The first episode will air on September 28 and will be available on Crunchyroll.
Date A Live IV
The fourth season of the Date A Live anime series was originally scheduled to start in October 2021, but it was pushed back to April 8, 2022. The production studio Geek Toys is back for this installment, with Jun Nakagawa directing, Fumihiko Shimo writing and handling series composition, and Naoto Nakamura creating character designs.
Date A Live IV will adapt the events from Volumes 12-16 of Koushi Tachibana’s Date A Live light novel books. This will include the story arcs featuring Nia Honjou and Mukuro Hoshimiya.
The new project will also cover the Kurumi arc from the main Date A Live series. Fans have been hoping for an official translation of the manga for this arc, but Kadokawa has repeatedly served fan projects with DMCA takedown notices.
Love After World Domination
With its blend of tokusatsu mayhem and the enemies-to-lovers trope Love After World Domination is one of the best new anime releases this season. It’s a bit of a surprise coming from Hiroshi Noda and Takahiro Wakamatsu who previously penned the gag manga Ningyohime no Gomen ni Gohan, but it’s worth checking out for its genuinely funny and sweetly romantic moments.
The first season covers up to chapter 24 of the original manga series. But since the original manga only has 23 chapters left to be adapted by an anime, it’s unlikely that a second season of Koiseka (Love After World Domination) will happen.
The four-episode miniseries is based on Junji Ito’s horror manga and follows the town of Kurouzu-cho, which seems to be cursed by spiral patterns. It’s directed by Hiroshi Nagahama of Mushishi and The Flowers of Evil, and the series will be scored by Colin Stetson, who composed the utterly haunting score for Hereditary.
The first look teaser for the show focuses on Kirie Goshima and her boyfriend Shuichi Saito as they talk about the urban legend that their town is cursed with spirals. The clip shows a lot of promise, with the animation perfectly capturing Ito’s nightmarish art style.
The series was announced at Crunchyroll Expo 2019 and will be co-produced by Drive, Production I.G USA, and Adult Swim’s William Street Production studio. It’s scheduled to premiere this year on the network’s Toonami programming block.
Yoshifumi Tozuka’s Undead Unluck manga has captivated manga enthusiasts since its launch in 2020, gaining a devoted fanbase thanks to its innovative concept of luck-based abilities and diverse and morbid ensemble of characters. The anime adaptation promises to deliver the same enthralling world and dynamic character interactions that readers have come to expect from the series.
Fuuko Izumo is cursed to cause death to anyone who touches her. She has spent the past ten years alone after using her powers to kill hundreds of people, including her parents.
After meeting a man she names Andy, who wishes to die the “best death” possible, Fuuko decides to use her powers to help him. The anime is directed by Yuki Kase, with Hideyuki Morioka handling character design and Kenichiro Suehiro composing the music. The cast includes Yuichi Nakamura as Andy and Moe Kahara as Fuuko.