Welcome to our Summer 2023 Anime Guide, where we dive into the exciting world of Japanese animation and explore the upcoming season’s most anticipated shows. With each passing season, anime enthusiasts eagerly await the latest offerings, anticipating fresh storylines, captivating characters, and stunning animation. The Summer 2023 season promises to be no exception, as a diverse array of anime series are set to grace our screens, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences.
As the heat of summer approaches, what better way to beat the heat than by immersing ourselves in the captivating narratives and vibrant worlds of Japanese animation? Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to the medium, this guide will serve as your compass through the multitude of choices available, helping you discover the hidden gems and must-watch series of the season.
From action-packed adventures and heartwarming romances to gripping mysteries and fantastical realms, the Summer 2023 anime season brings an assortment of genres and themes that are sure to captivate viewers of all backgrounds. With a mixture of highly anticipated sequels, exciting adaptations, and intriguing original series, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
So, grab your favorite snacks, settle into a comfortable spot, and let us be your guide as we explore the exciting world of Summer 2023 anime.
Summer 2023 Anime Guide: Your Ultimate Preview
Highly Anticipated Anime
JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2
Get ready for the highly anticipated return of our favorite gang of sorcerers in JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2, which was produced by studio MAPPA, fans will be treated to more intense battles, captivating mysteries, and the exploration of beloved characters’ backstories. Discover the origins and powers of the powerful sorcerer Gojo Satoru, as well as the complex pasts of Toji Fushiguro and the enigmatic character Getou Suguru. Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 is scheduled for release on July 6, 2023.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2
Prepare to be transported once again into a world of magic, fantasy, and self-discovery as Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation returns for its highly anticipated second season. Produced by Studio Bind, this anime adaptation has captivated audiences with its unique take on the isekai genre, and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 promises to deliver an even more intriguing and exciting ride.
With its captivating storytelling, vibrant animation, and a touch of drama, Mushoku Tensei has become a beloved series among fans of the isekai genre. As we dive back into this fantastical world, we can expect to uncover more about Rudeus’s past, witness the development of his relationships, and delve deeper into the intricate web of political intrigue and magical battles that define this universe. The anime will premiere on July 3, 2023.
BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation –
BLEACH fans, get ready for an epic return! Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation is the highly anticipated continuation of the anime adaptation of the final arc of Tite Kubo’s iconic manga series. This thrilling arc delves into the intense battle between the Soul Reapers and the Quincy, unraveling long-held secrets and bringing the series to a climactic conclusion. Brace yourself for a rollercoaster of action, suspense, and emotional moments as the fate of the Soul Society hangs in the balance.
Bungou Stray Dogs Season 5
The gripping story of Bungo Stray Dogs continues in Season 5 as the Armed Detective Agency finds itself under siege. With detective employees being targeted one after another and the formidable Kamui, leader of Tenjin Goshui, closing in, will the agency survive? That is what we should watch out for in Bungou Stray Dogs Season 5 this July 2023.
Rurouni Kenshin (2023)
Prepare to embark on a nostalgic journey as Rurouni Kenshin makes a triumphant return with a new anime adaptation. This beloved series, originally adapted from the main manga, comes back to life, bringing back the familiar faces of Kenshin Himura, Kaoru Kamiya, Sanosuke Sagara, and Yahiko Myojin. Step into the world of Rurouni Kenshin once again and experience the timeless story of redemption, honor, and the enduring bonds of friendship.
Fans of Horimiya rejoice as the beloved series makes a comeback with Horimiya -piece-. This new anime adaptation delves into the previously unadapted material from the manga, offering a fresh and delightful continuation of the heartwarming story. Join the endearing characters of Hori and Miyamura as they navigate the ups and downs of high school life, exploring themes of friendship, love, and self-discovery.
Masamune-kun no Revenge R
Love and revenge intertwine once again in Masamune-kun no Revenge R, the highly anticipated second season of this popular romantic comedy anime. Follow the misadventures of Masamune Makabe as he continues his quest for vengeance and navigates the complexities of relationships. With its blend of humor, romance, and unexpected twists, Masamune-kun no Revenge R promises to deliver another delightful and entertaining season for fans to enjoy. The anime will premiere on July 3, 2023.
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 3
Get ready for more romantic comedy chaos as Kazuya and Chizuru make their triumphant return in Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 3. Produced by TMS Entertainment, the studio behind the hit series Dr.STONE, this new season promises to deliver more hilarious misunderstandings, heartwarming moments, and unexpected twists.
The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 3
This beloved series returns to deliver more laughter and supernatural shenanigans as the demon lord Satan and his unlikely companions find themselves in hilarious situations while adapting to the human world. With its witty writing and endearing characters, Season 3 promises to bring back the delightful blend of humor and fantasy that fans have come to adore. Get ready for another entertaining and devilishly fun ride with The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 3.
Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Season 2
Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Season 2 is a gripping supernatural action anime produced by BN Pictures. This highly anticipated sequel delves deeper into the realms of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural. Follow a group of courageous individuals as they confront and eliminate malevolent spirits, facing growing darkness and engaging in intense battles. With stunning visuals and an immersive storyline, Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Season 2 offers an exhilarating journey into the world of the supernatural.
Spy Classroom Season 2
The thrilling espionage continues in Spy Classroom Season 2. Picking up where the first season left off, this action-packed anime delves into the world of spies, filled with intrigue and danger. Studio feel. returns as the animation studio, ensuring a visually captivating experience. Prepare for a blend of action, fantasy, and mystery as the plot thickens and the secrets unravel. Join the covert operatives in their high-stakes missions and uncover the truth lurking in the shadows. Spy Classroom Season 2 is set to deliver another adrenaline-fueled season of suspense and excitement.
The Duke of Death and His Maid Season 2
Follow the story of the cursed duke, cursed to bring death to anything he touches, and his loyal maid, Alice, as they navigate their unique and heartfelt relationship. With its blend of romance, comedy, and a touch of fantasy, Season 2 promises to delve deeper into the emotional journey of these endearing characters. Brace yourself for more touching moments, unexpected twists, and the continuation of their captivating tale in The Duke of Death and His Maid Season 2 this coming July.
Sugar Apple Fairy Tale 2nd Cour
Return to the enchanting world of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale in its second cour. Presented by Studio J.C.STAFF, this anime invites viewers on a captivating adventure filled with fantasy, romance, and visual arts. Immerse yourself in a whimsical realm where dreams come alive and magic intertwines with everyday life. With its captivating visuals and engaging storytelling, Sugar Apple Fairy Tale 2nd Cour promises to continue delivering a delightful and immersive experience for fans of adventure and romance.
New Anime Series
Reign of the Seven Spellblades
Prepare for an action-packed and enchanting journey in Reign of the Seven Spellblades. Set in the prestigious Kimberly Magic Academy, this anime follows the story of Oliver Horn, a skilled wielder of both magic and the blade, and Nanao Hibiya, a strong-willed samurai girl from a distant land. As their paths intertwine, they become comrades and rivals, navigating the challenges of the academy while uncovering dark secrets that threaten their friendship and lives. With its captivating blend of action and fantasy, Reign of the Seven Spellblades, animated by J.C. Staff, promises an enthralling and magical adventure.
The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses
Embark on a heartwarming and relatable journey with The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses. Komura finds himself seated next to Mie, a bespectacled classmate and soon develops a crush on her. However, there’s a twist – Mie frequently forgets her glasses, bringing them closer together each time. This romantic slice-of-life anime explores the daily struggles and endearing moments as Komura navigates his feelings for the girl he likes. Produced by GoHands, The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses promises to deliver a charming blend of romance, school life, and the ups and downs of young love.
My Unique Skill Makes Me OP even at Level 1
Sato Ryota, a salaryman trapped in a strange world, discovers that his stats are the weakest, stuck at rank F, and his level is a mere 1. However, his despair turns to hope when he learns of his incredibly powerful unique skill, “Drop Skill: All S.” With the help of Emily, a girl he encounters, Ryota embarks on a journey to survive in this bizarre realm filled with monsters and treasures. Produced by Maho Film, this fantasy isekai anime promises an exhilarating tale of the strongest and weakest adventure yet.
Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence
Studio Doga Kobo brings to life the story of Saint Cecilia, a beloved figure admired for her elegance and wisdom by the townspeople. However, there’s a twist – once everyone leaves, she becomes utterly hopeless. It’s up to Pastor Lawrence to keep her composed and help her fulfill her duties. With a mix of comedy and romance, this shounen anime promises a charming and entertaining tale of unlikely companionship. Join Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence on their whimsical adventures starting in July 2023.
Fate/strange Fake -Whispers of Dawn-
Animated by Studio A-1 Pictures, this anime delves into the world of the Holy Grail War, where Mages and their Heroic Spirits battle for control of the omnipotent wish-granting Holy Grail. Set in the western American city of Snowfield, a new Holy Grail emerges, attracting Masters and Servants. However, irregularities and mysteries surround this Holy Grail War, plunging it into madness and intrigue. With its blend of action, fantasy, magic, and supernatural elements, Fate/strange Fake -Whispers of Dawn- promises an enthralling and intense ride. Mark your calendars for July 2, 2023, as the stage is set for a grand masquerade of humans and heroes.
The Great Cleric
This fantasy isekai anime follows the story of a former salaryman who is reincarnated as a fifteen-year-old healer named Luciel. However, he quickly realizes that his new world harbors hatred toward healers. Seeking safety, Luciel joins the adventurers’ guild but finds himself facing unexpected challenges and a mysterious beverage called “Substance X.” As his survival hangs in the balance, Luciel’s life takes a super-masochistic turn. Produced by Yokohama Animation Lab and CLOUD HEARTS, The Great Cleric offers a unique twist on the isekai genre, promising a blend of fantasy, adventure, and survival.
My Happy Marriage
Enter the world of My Happy Marriage, a historical romance anime that explores the delicate balance between blessing and curse. Miyo Saimori, born without supernatural abilities in a noble family known for their talents, endures a life of servitude under an abusive stepmother. When she learns of her arranged marriage to Kiyoka Kudou, rumored to be cold and cruel, her dreams of a better life crumble. However, as Miyo discovers the true nature of her pale and beautiful husband-to-be, their hearts begin to open, revealing the possibility of true love and happiness. Produced by Kinema Citrus, My Happy Marriage offers a captivating tale of love and self-discovery in a historical setting.
Indulge in the delectable world of Sweet Reincarnation, a fantasy isekai anime that combines the love for pastries with the pursuit of happiness. Meet Pastry, a young boy destined to become the lord of the impoverished dominion of Morteln. What sets him apart is his remarkable talent and his previous life as a genius pastry chef. Determined to bring smiles to everyone’s faces, Pastry faces numerous challenges, including bandit attacks, eccentric nobles, financial struggles, and barren land. Armed with his ingenuity and passion for making sweets, Pastry embarks on a journey to spread happiness throughout the land. Produced by SynergySP, Sweet Reincarnation offers a delightful blend of fantasy, gourmet delights, isekai elements, and slice-of-life moments.
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon
Prepare for a unique and whimsical isekai adventure in Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon. After a fatal traffic accident, our protagonist finds themselves in a perplexing situation—they have transformed into a vending machine! Struggling to comprehend their new form, the vending machine can only perform vending-related tasks. Trapped in a fantasy world’s dungeon, survival becomes a daunting challenge. Produced by Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ, this fantasy isekai anime offers a humorous and intriguing tale of adaptation and survival in an unconventional form. Join the vending machine on its unexpected journey through the dungeon.
This horror, shounen, and supernatural anime from Studio OLM invite viewers into a world where terrifying and dangerous spirits roam. Reluctant ghost magnet Keitaro Gentoga finds himself reluctantly teaming up with the determined and occult-obsessed young girl, Yayoi Hozuki. Together, they embark on a mission to capture Japan’s most menacing ghosts and ghouls. As Keitaro faces his fears and delves deeper into the supernatural realm, he must confront his own past while unraveling the mysteries that lie within. Dark Gathering promises a spine-tingling experience filled with suspense, intriguing characters, and chilling encounters with the supernatural.
Undead Murder Farce
In Undead Girl Murder Farce, animated by Studio Lapintrack, the captivating story follows the immortal beauty and disembodied head, Aya Rindo. Accompanied by the half-human-half-demon “Demon Killer” Tsugaru Shunichi and her loyal maid, Shizuku Hasei, Aya embarks on a journey across Europe as the enigmatic supernatural detective known as “The Cage User.” Together, they unravel supernatural mysteries while Aya seeks to reclaim her lost body. With elements of mystery and vampire lore, Undead Girl Murder Farce promises a thrilling and immersive experience as the trio delves into the shadowy depths of the paranormal world.
The Gene of AI
In The Gene of AI, animated by Studio MADHOUSE, a unique perspective is unveiled. These crystal humanoids, while resembling humans, suffer from their own set of “illnesses” that require unconventional treatments. As the troubled AIs unite, a new doctor named Sudou arrives at the facility, becoming a witness to their struggles. This thought-provoking series delves into themes of drama, psychology, and science fiction, offering a gripping narrative that explores the complexities of artificial intelligence and its impact on society. The anime will premiere on July 8, 2023.
Am I Actually the Strongest?
Am I Actually the Strongest? is a thrilling adventure fantasy isekai anime produced by Staple Entertainment. Follow the journey of Haruto, a reincarnated prince who possesses an extraordinary amount of magic power. Despite being abandoned in a forest due to his initially low magic level, Haruto’s life takes a dramatic turn when he receives an incredible boost from the goddess of reincarnation.
Hiroto Shinohara, a prodigious student, achieves unprecedented success upon entering the highly competitive Academy. With his sights set on becoming the ultimate champion, Hiroto must maintain his status as the “Seven Star” even if it means resorting to lies and manipulation. Assisted by the alluring maid Himeji and joining forces with the enigmatic Saionji, Hiroto navigates the treacherous world of the school’s brain game. Premiering on July 8, this anime, animated by GEEKTOYS, will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
Join Akira Tendo on an unexpected journey in “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead.” After enduring three grueling years at a dreadful company, Akira finds himself mentally and physically exhausted at the young age of twenty-four. Even his love interest, Saori, rejects him. However, just when life seems like a never-ending disappointment, a zombie apocalypse strikes Japan. Surrounded by ravenous undead, Akira realizes he’s free from the shackles of his job. Embracing this newfound freedom, he embarks on a thrilling adventure of self-discovery and fulfillment. With his spirits revived, Akira begins ticking off items from his bucket list with gusto. Animated by BUG FILMS, this series promises an exhilarating ride through the post-apocalyptic world.
My Dreamy Realist
In the romantic comedy “My Dreamy Realist,” Wataru Sajou harbors deep feelings for his classmate, Aika Natsukawa. However, Wataru begins to doubt his worthiness of being with her and creates distance between them, leaving Aika confused and thinking he no longer cares for her. Both struggle to express their true emotions, believing their love is unrequited. This charming anime, produced by Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ, follows their comedic journey of misunderstandings and attempts to bridge the communication gap in their budding romance.
My Tiny Senpai
Experience the heartwarming and comedic journey of Shinozaki, an ordinary office worker, and his petite and lovable senior colleague, Shiori Katase. In “My Tiny Senpai,” Shinozaki is captivated by Shiori’s kindness and care, wondering if her actions stem from duty or genuine affection. As their relationship evolves, join them in delightful moments filled with laughter, romance, and the exploration of their true feelings. Prepare for a charming slice-of-life anime that celebrates the beauty of unexpected connections.
The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: From Villainess to Savior
Witness the captivating transformation of Pride Royal Ivy in “The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: From Villainess to Savior.” Reincarnated as the destined wicked queen of an otome game, Pride possesses incredible powers and influence. However, defying expectations, she chooses a different path—to protect the male love interests and save the kingdom from despair. With wit, cunning, and a touch of cheating, she embarks on a journey to earn adoration and rewrite her fate. Prepare for a fantasy isekai filled with romance and the triumph of an unexpected heroine.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
Join Ryza and her friends on an unforgettable adventure in “Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout.” Seeking excitement beyond their village, they set off to explore the forbidden island across the shore. With the help of an alchemist and newfound companions, they embark on a captivating summer adventure filled with wonder and discovery. Get ready for a thrilling tale of friendship and fantasy.
Recommendations for Different Audiences
In the summer 2023 anime season, viewers can expect a diverse range of genres and themes.
The season showcases a significant presence of Isekai anime, where protagonists are transported to and reincarnated in different worlds, as seen in “Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 2nd Season,” “The Great Cleric” and “Am I Actually the Strongest?” These shows offer fantasy settings and explore the adventures of individuals adapting to their new lives.
Fantasy elements also play a prominent role in many anime series. “Fate/strange Fake -Whispers of Dawn-” and “Sugar Apple Fairy Tale 2nd Cour” take viewers on magical journeys, featuring supernatural creatures, mythical realms, and epic quests.
Romance is another prevalent theme, as depicted in series like “Masamune-kun no Revenge R,” “My Happy Marriage” and “My Tiny Senpai.” These shows delve into the complexities of love, relationships, and the pursuit of happiness.
Comedy is a recurring genre, providing lighthearted and humorous moments in anime such as “Spy Classroom Season 2” and “Undead Girl Murder Farce.” These series offer laughter amidst thrilling or supernatural storylines.
For those seeking action-packed anime, BLEACH: Sennen Kessen-hen – Ketsubetsu-tan -, Fate/strange Fake -Whispers of Dawn- and Malevolent Spirits: Mononogatari Season 2 delivers intense battles, showcasing supernatural powers, fighting skills, and thrilling combat sequences.
Supernatural themes can be found in anime like “JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2,” “Dark Gathering” and “Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead,” exploring ghosts, spirits, zombies, and other paranormal phenomena, adding suspense and horror elements.
The slice-of-life genre is also present in shows like “Sweet Reincarnation” and “My Dreamy Realist,” focusing on the daily lives, relationships, and personal growth of the characters, often set in relatable or ordinary settings.
Mystery elements are seen in anime such as “Undead Girl Murder Farce” and “Liar, Liar,” engaging viewers with intriguing puzzles, suspenseful plots, and the unraveling of secrets and enigmas.
Lastly, the concept of games and competitions takes center stage in anime like “Liar, Liar” and “The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: From Villainess to Savior,” involving strategic gameplay, psychological battles, and characters striving for victory or overcoming challenges.
With this wide range of genres and themes, the summer 2023 anime season offers diverse storytelling experiences to cater to a variety of interests and preferences.
I encourage readers to explore the Summer 2023 anime season and discover new series to enjoy. With a diverse range of genres and themes, there is something for everyone’s taste. Whether you prefer action, romance, mystery, or comedy, captivating stories are waiting to be explored.
The Summer 2023 lineup offers the opportunity to escape into imaginative worlds, connect with intriguing characters, and experience the creativity of anime. So, grab your popcorn, get comfortable, and let the Summer 2023 anime season transport you to exciting and memorable adventures. Happy watching!