The Most Anticipated Anime Of Winter 2023, Ranked

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Vote up the winter 2023 anime you're most excited to watch.

With 2022 coming to a close, it's time to start prepping for the holidays and planning those New Year's resolutions. It's also time to start getting hyped about upcoming winter 2023 anime. 

The Winter 2023 anime season might not be as overwhelmingly stacked as the Fall 2022 one was, but it still has a plethora of series that are likely to be bangers. From exciting sequels like Vinland Saga, Tokyo Revengers, and Bungo Stray Dogs to brand new shows like Nier: Automata Ver1.1a and Tomo-chan Is a Girl!, there are intriguing new anime for every taste. 

Which one will be the best winter 2023 anime? Only time will tell.


  • Vinland Saga (Season 2)
    Photo: Vinland Saga / MAPPA

    Release Date: January 10

    Vinland Saga is a historical anime unlike any other. The first season sees Thorfinn trying and failing to get revenge on the people who ended his father, only to end up learning a lot from them. Askeladd, one of the leaders of the plot against his father, becomes both Thorfinn's nemesis and father figure. 

    Season 2 begins a year later. Thorfinn is working on a farm in Denmark as a slave. His life seems to be slipping out of his control, but when he meets a fellow slave named Einar, things slip into focus. 

    Besides Thorfinn's story, the season also focuses on Canute, who is attempting to take over Denmark in order to create a utopian society.

  • Tomo-chan Is a Girl!
    Photo: Tomo-chan Is a Girl! / Lay-duce

    Release Date: January 5

    Tomo Aizawa has always been one of the boys. While she's happy with her tomboyish personality and her bro-y relationship with her friends, she also wants her best friend Junichirou "Jun" Kubota to notice her more feminine side. Why? Because she's in love with him, and she wants him to think of her as a girl.

    Unfortunately for her, Junichirou didn't even know she was a girl when they first met, and he's completely oblivious to her blatant declarations of love.

  • Nier: Automata Ver1.1a
    Photo: NieR:Automata Ver1.1a / A-1 Pictures

    Release Date: January 7

    Video game adaptations can be hit or miss, but Nier: Automata Ver1.1a, which is based on a Square Enix game of the same name, looks promising. 

    The anime won't follow exactly the same storyline as the games, but will instead follow a new story that incorporates many of its themes. The protagonists will be two special agents named 2B and 9S who work for Yohra, a combat and intelligence organization.

  • The Misfit of Demon King Academy (Season 2)
    Photo: The Misfit of Demon King Academy / SILVER LINK.

    Release Date: January 8

    Sacrificing his life and reincarnating into a future world didn't exactly go as the Demon King Anos Voldigoad had planned. He'd intended to use his sacrifice to end the war between demons and humans and revive in a peaceful era. 

    While he succeeded in that mission, the people of his new era don't recognize him as the Demon King because he doesn't match the fake persona that's been created for him. Worse, most demons are far less powerful than they were in his era. In Season 2, Anos continues his journey to be recognized as the powerful king he is. 

  • Bungo Stray Dogs (Season 4)
    Photo: Bungo Stray Dogs / Bones

    Release Date: January 4

    Literature nerds and fans of detectives and pretty boys, assemble - Bungo Stray Dogs is back with another season! The series follows the Armed Detective Agency as they solve mysteries and encounter foes like the Port Mafia and the Guild.

    Most of the characters are named after figures and characters from classic literature, and have supernatural powers inspired by them.

  • BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. (Season 2)
    Photo: BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense / SILVER LINK.

    Release Date: January

    Season 2 of BOFURI is on! Kaede Honjou isn't much of a gamer, but she ends up joining a VRMMO called New World Online at her friends' request. She doesn't want to feel any pain, so she maxes out her characters' defense points at the expense of everything else.

    At first, it seems like she's going to be totally hopeless at this game, but her defensive powers turn out to be more spectacular than anyone could have imagined.