I’m just going to open up with this: there’s a fuck ton of anime coming this season! Like, this list felt endless. I’m super pumped for the spring 2022 anime season. So, with that out of the way, understand I had to prune down a bunch. Brace yourselves for a lengthy post, and per usual in no particular order.
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, Season 2
We’re finally getting the second season for Rising of the Shield Hero. I enjoy this series quite a bit, and I hope they keep up the good work. The upcoming arc was a bit iffy for me however, so I’m curious how it’ll feel when it’s in anime format.
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Ultra Romantic (Season 3)
Kaguya-sama: Love is War is such a phenomenal series. The romance is cute, the characters are both adorable and quirky, and the humor makes me fall out of my chair laughing. More of this is always welcome in my book. Not sure how anything could beat this series in the romantic comedy genre…
Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu., Season 2
… Except maybe this one. Komi Can’t Communicate is a strong contender in the romantic comedy genre. I was in love with this series in Fall 2021, and I’m so excited for it to have a second season so soon. I don’t know which will be better, this or Kaguya-sama. Either way, super glad to have both of these.
So, this one isn’t technically classified as romantic comedy, but the basic setup here seems like it’ll lean that way. Regardless, Aharen is Indecipherable looks like it’ll be a riot, chock full of great comedy.
Lot of rom-coms this season look really good. A Couple of Cuckoos very clearly has harem elements in it, which I’m always a fan of. I’m just not sure how they’re going to direct it. It’s not categorized as drama, but the trailers look like it’ll play a big part. Guess we’ll just watch and see.
Finally some fantasy (I swear I wasn’t avoiding them, just so many rom-coms this season). I’ve read a bit of the manga, and it seems like good pick to watch. Basically a hero who puts a stop to the demon army, only to be disposed of (or try to, at least). As he has no where left to go, he quits being a hero (thus the title, which effectively translates as “Hero, I Quit”) and applies for a job within the demon army. Like I said, should be a solid fantasy series.
From my understanding this series takes place in the same world as Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho, or Grimoire of Zero. I haven’t seen the series personally, but any anime that takes place in a world built well enough to support two different series has me interested. The Dawn of the Witch could be a seriously good series, and I really hope it is.
I’ve been reading the manga for The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody (no idea why they didn’t want to translate that as “reborn as Villager A”…). It’s fairly good. My only concern, as with several power fantasies, is pacing. The manga’s pace is pretty fast already, and if they increase that even further, we could be in for a shit storm. But, I’ll hold out hope that they’ll adapt this well. The art for the spells looks great though.
Huzzah! Another fantasy series! Looks like a comedy this time. I have a feeling how good This Healer’s a Handful does will be contingent on if the jokes land or not. Nothing’s more sad than a comedy that isn’t funny (well, on this blog anyway. Happy endings only!).
Let’s tackle a few honorable mentions here. Because, honestly, this post is insanely long already.
Kawaii dake ja Nai Shikimori-san – Another romantic series. If the list wasn’t so long, it probably would have earned a spot above. I had to move it down here just because I couldn’t tell if I liked the girl’s personality shifts or not from trailers alone.
Summertime Render – Got a supernatural mystery this time. I’m always hesitant with these, because things can turn super dark at the drop of a hat. Looks really good though.
Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu – This one was hard to place. It looks like a mix of dark fantasy with comedy. Could end up being super good, but it’ll depend on the balance between the two opposing (in my opinion) genres. Also not sure I could relate well to the protagonist, kind of like in Overlord.
Koi wa Sekai Seifuku Ato de – This one seems so weird. Basically a Super Sentai in anime form, but the hero and villain fall in love. Looks funny (I actually laughed at one point in the trailer), and could be really cute.
Otome Game Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai desu – The synopsis and trailer alone are not enough to gauge how good this’ll be. Basically, it’s another isekai where it’s a game world the protagonist is transported to, and one they have a lot of experience in. I have high hopes for it, but they need to execute it correctly.
Kunoichi Tsubaki no Mune no Uchi – This is probably the most contested series on this list. While the plot seems cute and innocent, I think it was the moe character designs and the fact that CloverWorks are the ones making it that really forced me to put it on this list. Yep. Moving on.
Date A Live IV – So. I’ll be honest here. I haven’t watched Date A Live‘s earlier seasons. … Now that you’ve recovered from the shock, it seems like a series I’d really enjoy, so I felt like I needed to at least put this one on the honorable mentions.
Okay, there we go. There is a LOT of good anime coming this Spring 2022 season. This is probably my longest recommendations post I’ve made. And, almost certainly, there’ll be other good ones that I couldn’t fit on here.
Which series on this list are you most hyped for? Is there one you’re more excited for? Let me know down in the comments. I’ll catch you in the next one.