There is no question that 2022 was a great year for anime. Fans saw the return of several highly acclaimed series and impressive new seasons of popular modern shows, along with surprising new originals. No matter your preferences, this year had something for almost everyone which is why we have compiled a list of some of the best of the best as 2022 comes to a close.
#10 – Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
Being both a Netflix original and game adaptation, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners was a surprise hit that not only matched but perhaps even surpasses the source material. Studio Trigger brought their A game with top quality animation and adrenaline pumping action. The series clocks at only 10 episodes but takes viewers on a ride they won’t soon forget.
#9 – Spy x Family
Spy x Family incorporates elements of action and slice of life combined into a fictional world inspired by 1960s era secret agent films to create one of the most entertaining stories in years. The series manages to be easily approachable yet highly charming with its cast of lovable characters, great visuals, genuinely enjoyable humor. It is no wonder that Spy x Family has already had two seasons this year with likely more to come.
#8 – Ya Boy Kongming!
A silly premise of a Three Kingdoms period tactician suddenly being reincarnated into modern Japan to become the manager of an inspiring musician turns out to also be surprisingly good. Fun character dynamics along with the wacky premise of using war strategies to conquer the dance floor comes together in a show that is one of the most unique of the last several seasons. The opening is also an absolute banger.
#7 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Part 2
I don’t know. JoJo can go here I guess. Are you happy now? Leave me alone.
#6 – Urusei Yatsura (2022)
Haven’t watched it, probably won’t. Only here so the anime boomers won’t complain. It’s got a floating bikini-clad alien girl in it though so that’s got to count for something.
#5 – Among Us VR
#4 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
Move over Kyoto Animation, Illumination is the new king in town. A visually stunning masterpiece that refines modern humor itself, Minions does it again with this latest entry into series. Voice acting veteran Steve Carell returns as Gru in a heartwarming origins story that is guaranteed to impress even the most die-hard anime fan.
#3 – Gawr Gura – Shark’d
I see you don’t have a lifeguard here at your beach. I’m not at the beach, this is a bathtub! No body of water is safe without a lifeguard. It’s two feet deep, lady. You’re- what are you doing here? You can relax. You’re safe now, your life guard is here. Okay…? *whistle blows* Get out of the water, there’s a shark! What, a shark?! Get out of the water! A shark? There’s a shark in the water! No, wait a- there’s no shark in the bathtub!
#2 – Morbius
On April 1, 2022, Sony dropped Morbius, inadvertently releasing the Citizen Kane of the modern generation. The visuals, unparalleled. The action, breathtaking. The story writing, morbin’ tastic. With Sony owning both Funimation and Crunchyroll now, it can only mean great things for such a large portion of the industry to owned by a company that will greenlight projects like Morbius.
#1 – Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2
Do you ever feel inadequate? Disappointed in your relationships? Feeling like you’re bearing an overwhelming sense of failure? Rent-A-Girlfriend manages to do something incredible by plunging so far into the depths that everything else will suddenly feel like a high point. What used to take years with long term therapy can now be accomplished in only a few hours by subjecting yourself to 2 full seasons of a dense protagonist constantly tripping over himself as he keeps digging himself further and further into a hole of selfish lies. Watch as he fumbles during the most basic of situations all to attract the attention of girls with the collective personality of a toothbrush. Thank you Rent-A-Girlfriend. Thank you for showing us a glimpse into the pit of despair so that we may never have to venture there ourselves.