The Winter season is upon us, and it brings a whole new slate of anime to watch! All sorts of new and returning series alike are set to air this season. Each year, the Winter season tends to kick things off with a bang, and this year is no different at all.
We’ve got you covered with the slate of Winter 2023 shows covered, with airing dates, locations, and more. Each anime is ordered by release date, starting with the first Winter 2023 seasonal show. Our selections for this guide are hand-picked and cover the most popular anime, as well as the anime with the most excitement behind them. Let’s get to it!
Bungo Stray Dogs Season 4
Airs: Wednesday, January 4
Studio Bones returns to craft the fourth season of Bungo Stray Dogs. Flashy fights and character drama await in the highly anticipated return of this anime series.
Having been kicked out of the orphanage, a despairing young man by the name of Atsushi Nakajima rescues a strange man from a suicide attempt–Osamu Dazai. Turns out that Dazai is part of an armed-detective agency staffed by individuals whose supernatural powers take on a literary bent!
Season 4 will air on Crunchyroll and VRV.
Airs: Thursday, January 5
Studio feel., who is known for anime such as Oregairu, is crafting Spy Classroom. This light novel adaptation is highly anticipated and is sure to deliver a great story with well-developed characters.
Conflict-ravaged nations now deploy covert operatives instead of missiles. Lily is recruited into spy-training… but her practical skills are absolutely abysmal. Desperate to pass, she leaps at the chance to join the mysterious “Tomoshibi” team. Too bad the team is filled with even more hopeless spies. Together they must conquer the Impassible Mission and best their genius instructor, but the true purpose behind their classroom is more harrowing than they can imagine…
Spy Classroom will air on HIDIVE.
Trigun returns with a brand new anime series for the Winter 2023 anime season! This will be produced by Orange, who is widely known for their work on Beastars.
TRIGUN is a popular Japanese gun-action manga series created by Yasuhiro Nightow. It follows the fated journey of Vash the Stampede, a legendary gunman and a pacifist with a bounty on his head. And now, it will be reborn as a brand-new original anime series, TRIGUN STAMPEDE, in 2023.
A whole reimagined adventure with Vash and crew begins in TRIGUN STAMPEDE!
Trigun Stampede will be available to watch on Crunchyroll.
NieR:Automata Ver. 1.1a
Airs: Sunday, January 7
Yoko Taro’s beloved NieR: Automata is receiving an anime adaptation! While no one is exactly sure how it will be structured, with A-1 Productions handling the anime, this series is in good hands. If you are familiar with the game and its route structure, you can probably guess that this anime will be a wild ride. This is a Winter 2023 anime you will not want to miss.
The distant future, 5012.
The sudden aerial invasion of Earth by < Aliens ＞ and their creations ＜Machine Lifeforms＞led mankind to the brink of extinction. The surviving number of humans who took refuge on the moon to organize a counterattack using ＜android＞ soldiers to recapture Earth.
However, the war reaches a stalemate as the ＜Machine Lifeforms＞ continue to multiply infinitely. In turn, humanity deploys anew unit of android soldiers as an ultimate weapon: ＜YoRHa＞
Newly dispatched to Earth ＜2B＞ joins＜9S＞, the analyst currently stationed there, where amid their mission, they encounter a myriad of mysterious phenomena…
This is the story of these lifeless ＜androids＞ and their endless fight for the sake of mankind.
NieR:Automata Ver1.1a will release on Crunchyroll.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Northern War
Airs: Sunday, January 8
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Northern War will feature twelve episodes as it airs on January 8.
Septian Calendar Year 1205.
Lavi was born in North Ambria, the poorest region in the northwestern Zemuria. She enlists in the Northern Jaegers, the largest in the continent, to protect her hometown and distinguish herself from her grandfather Vlad, who was once a hero but betrayed North Ambria. Her devotion to her missions often earned her violations of regulations, and one day, she is ordered to assemble a platoon with Martin, Iseria, and Talion for an impossible spy mission to Erebonia to gather information on the “Imperial Hero” a mysterious threat to North Ambria.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Northern War will release on Crunchyroll.
The Misfit of Demon King Academy Ⅱ: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants
Airs: Sunday, January 8
Season 2 of The Misfit of Demon Academy is finally here, with the first cour kicking off the 2023 Winter season strong! SILVER LINK. returns to animate the project, with the original cast returning as well.
A description is available below from the Crunchyroll listing:
Anos Voldigord was a tyrannical Demon King that eradicated humans, spirits, and even the gods, but became bored of eternal warfare and reincarnated with dreams of a peaceful world. However, what awaited him in reincarnation after 2000 years were descendants who became too weak after being accustomed to peace, and all sorts of magic that deteriorated to the extreme. Anos enters Demon King Academy that gathers and educates those who are viewed as the reincarnation of the Demon King, but the academy could not see through his true powers and ends up branding him as a misfit.
A second cour of season 2 will be released most likely sometime later in 2023.
The Misfit of Demon Academy Ⅱ will release on Crunchyroll.
Tokyo Revengers: Seiya Kessen-hen
Airs: Sunday, January 8
Tokyo Revengers Season 2, or Tokyo Revengers: Seiya Kessen-hen, is almost here. Production is being handled by LIDENFILMS. A description of the series is available below, courtesy of Crunchyroll:
Takemichi Hanagaki is a freelancer that’s reached the absolute pits of despair in his life. He finds out that the only girlfriend he ever had in his life that he dated in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, had been killed by the ruthless Tokyo Manji Gang.
The day after hearing about her death, he’s standing on the station platform and ends up being pushed over onto the tracks by a herd of people. He closes his eyes thinking he’s about to die, but when he opens his eyes back up, he somehow had gone back in time 12 years.
Now that he’s back living the best days of his life, Takemichi decides to get revenge on his life by saving his girlfriend and changing himself that he’d been running away from.
This season will air exclusively on Disney+, with “worldwide” mentions made in a tweet announcing the decision.
Vinland Saga Season 2
Airs: Monday, January 9
Vinland Saga Season 2 is here at least, after 3 years since the first season initially aired. The second season is comprised of 24 episodes and will cover the highly anticipated Farmland arc. Production is being handled by MAPPA, with Season 1 Director Shuuhei Yabuta returning alongside the main staff. For many, this is the most exciting release in the Winter 2023 anime slate.
A description and trailer of Vinland Saga Season 2 is available below:
When Thorfinn loses it all, he must find his new purpose for living in a strange new land.
Season 2 will air on both Netflix and Crunchyroll.
We’ll be sure to update this as the season progresses, but stay tuned for all sorts of anime and manga coverage going forward!