As December arrives, signalling the end of the year, it’s become a significant time for us. A group of long-time friends united to embark on a project fuelled by our deepest passions – Ganiming. We established a blog where we delved into writing articles about the subjects closest to our hearts. Recently, we took a leap into video content creation as well, crafting shorts through recording and editing, with soon release of full-length videos. The year isn’t quite over yet, but let’s reflect on our top anime picks of 2023!
These picks aren’t in any specific order and were chosen based on our personal liking.
Mashle: Magic and Muscles
In a world governed by magic, Mash Burnedead stands out—he lacks magical abilities but compensates with extraordinary physical strength. His journey through the Easton Magic Academy is a tale with humour, action, and an unconventional portrayal of strength. Mash’s endearing resilience and quick wit create a unique narrative, offering a refreshing perspective on determination and fortitude. This series charms its audience with a delightful mix of humour, thrilling battles, and a protagonist who redefines strength, showcasing that true power embraces various forms beyond the realm of magical prowess.
To sum it up, imagine One Punch man as Harry Potter.
Hell’s Paradise weaves an enthralling tapestry of adventure and mystery within a mesmerizing historical setting. Set in an era adorned with samurais and shoguns, the narrative follows Gabimaru, a renowned ninja entrusted with an impossible mission on a haunting island. His quest: secure the elixir of immortality.
Amidst the island’s perilous landscapes and enigmatic inhabitants, Gabimaru’s journey unfolds, intertwining action, suspense, and intricate character growth. The series masterfully blends folklore, profound philosophy, and visceral combat, crafting a compelling saga that explores human desires, fears, and the relentless pursuit of freedom amidst a world brimming with secrets and challenges.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation S2
Season 2 of Mushoku Tensei takes place in university arc. Here, Rudeus’s academic pursuits take center stage, crafting a tale rich in personal growth and magical exploration. Within this phase, Rudeus encounters diverse challenges and meaningful interactions, fostering his development in the intricate world of academia. This arc beautifully weaves a tapestry of nuanced storytelling, emphasizing Rudeus’s emotional and intellectual journey. It’s a pivotal chapter in his life, showcasing his ongoing quest for self-discovery and transformation against the backdrop of an enchanting and ever-expanding fantasy realm.
Blue Lock takes centre stage of sport anime this year, it brings to life the thrilling world of competitive soccer. Adapted from the manga, the series follows the high-stakes narrative of a unique training program aiming to create Japan’s next soccer prodigy. Fuelled by intense rivalry and ambition, the show immerses viewers in the exhilarating journey of talented players vying for the ultimate spot in the national team. With its dynamic animation, gripping matches, and character-driven drama, Blue Lock offers a compelling narrative, showcasing the trials, aspirations, and fierce determination of young athletes striving for greatness on the field.
In a future dominated by virtual reality gaming, Hizutome Rakurou, a trash game enthusiast, ventures into a top-tier game named Shangri-La Frontier. Accustomed to glitchy titles, he’s astonished by the polished experience. Choosing an unconventional character—a bird-headed nearly naked man—he embraces a glass cannon build, favouring speed and offense over defence.
It is best described as a Sword Art Online or Ready Player One kind of anime.
Vinland Saga S2
Set during historical conflict, the Netflix series follows Thorfinn’s quest for redemption and peace in a turbulent Viking era. Season 2 promises further exploration of Thorfinn’s evolution, his aspirations beyond vengeance, and encounters with new allies and adversaries. With its intricate storytelling, stunning animation, and profound character development, the season holds the promise of deeper emotional resonance, epic battles, and the continued exploration of themes like honour and sacrifice.
For the fans of season 1, s2 is a bit more story driven rather than fight as in season 1, but don’t let that stop you, because every second is worth it.
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead presents a unique twist on the zombie apocalypse genre. The story revolves around Akira, a disenchanted office worker who finds liberation in a world overrun by zombies. Embracing the chaos, he crafts a bucket list of thrilling activities in this post-apocalyptic setting. With a blend of humour and action, the series follows Akira’s quest for excitement amidst the undead, offering a refreshing take on survival and personal growth.
Tokyo Revengers S3
Season 3 embarks on Takemichi’s journey to alter fate and save friends amidst the emergence of the Tenjiku gang, led by Kisaki. The first episode weaves intense fights, plot twists, and a one-on-one clash between Takemichi and Kukucho, revealing their childhood link and a lurking betrayal. Promising mysteries, heightened conflicts, and intricate storytelling, the season offers thrilling action and emotional depth. As Takemichi navigates delinquency’s world, the series captivates, blending time travel complexities and friendships into a roller-coaster ride through high-stakes missions, shaping destinies, and crafting a brighter future in this gripping continuation.
Demon Slayer – Swordsmith village arc
In the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Swordsmith Village Arc, Tanjiro delves into the enigmatic village of swordsmiths. This arc unfolds as they seek the aid of skilled craftsmen for their broken Nichirin Blades. Amidst the scenic village, they encounter a rich tapestry of characters and challenges, honing their skills and forging new alliances. The arc seamlessly blends action, character development, and intricate world-building, presenting the journey of Tanjiro and his comrades as they navigate the intricacies of swordsmanship and confront formidable demons.
Jujutsu Kaisen S2
Split in 2 parts, season 2 introduces hidden inventory and Shibuya incident arcs.
Hidden Inventory/Premature Death arc, dives into Satoru Gojo’s past in 2006. Joined by familiar allies, Gojo and companions undertake a mission with significant repercussions, reshaping their lives and the Jujutsu realm in profound ways.
Season 2’s latter half delves into the Shibuya Incident arc, reuniting viewers with Yuji, Megumi, and Nobara in a battle against a lethal coalition of Cursed Spirits and users. Masterminded by Mahito and Geto, their goal is to neutralize the formidable Satoru Gojo.