5 Anime for Winter 2022

    It’s the first week of January and that means the Winter anime season has officially begun. This season initially appears lacking in big hits (with one massive exception) but has a large variety of new shows to look forward to. We have adaptations of well received source material, originals from talented staff and new seasons of iconic franchises. Here are five shows for the season that are worth keeping an eye on.

Orient

    Those who wish to fill the hole left by the Magi franchise should feel right at home with Orient from the same author. Switching Magi’s Arabian Nights aesthetic  out for a feudal Japanese setting concerning samurai’s and demon hunting, this new series combines fantasy action with a coming of age narrative. The show on the surface has obvious similarities to Demon Slayer but may differentiate itself by focusing more on adventure and self discovery. If you’re one of those wishing to see more fantasy series that aren’t isekai you may want to keep an eye on this one. 

Streaming on Crunchyroll

The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt

    On the other end of the fantasy spectrum we have an over the top comedy concerning the prince of a small kingdom who eagerly wants to commit treason to escape his responsibilities. The only problem is all of his attempts only lead to praise from his followers. Based on a light novel of the same name the show looks to involve numerous and increasingly elaborate schemes and plans for how our ritual prince tries to get out the kingdom and yet keeps backfiring. An inventive premise on top of a fairly standard fantasy world could keep this one interesting.

Streaming on Funimation

My Dress-Up Darling

    For a more standard slice of life there’s My Dress Up Darling, focusing on the relationship between two high school students. One loner who is secretly an aspiring doll artisan and a popular girl who secretly loves cosplay. A light and fluffy romantic comedy about two people from different backgrounds finding out they have more in common than they ever could have believed. More than likely fairly predictable but a nice uplifting show centered on a love of cosplay and art design.

Streaming on Funimation

Tribe Nine

    Tribe Nine aims to be the launch of a new multimedia project from Kazutaka Kodaka, the creator of the Danganronpa video game series and Akudama Drive. Along with the anime there will also be a smartphone game and Korean webtoon launching as well. We don’t know much about the series other than a post-apocalyptic setting and that it is centered around some new version of baseball called Extreme Baseball (whatever that means). Though with the pedigree of talent behind it, the high quality animation shown and the ambitious multimedia launch we can expect something interesting at the very least.

Streaming on Funimation

Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 2

    Easily the most anticipated show of the season and possibly of the entire year is the final television season of Attack on Titan. Arguably the most popular new anime of the 2010’s is reaching its conclusion and everyone is hyped. This show began focused on the conflict between mankind and the Titans yet has changed and evolved so much over the years to a more multi-layered social commentary on the cycles of hatred over history. The last season’s cliffhanger ending before what looks to be an all out war and the numerous lingering plot threads mean almost every episode is expected to be full of big moments and series altering twists that the show has become known for.. While many readers of the original manga expressed disappointment with the ending, the hype train for this one still can’t be stopped.

Streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation

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