New anime coming in 2022: 11 most anticipated series – Insider

The final episodes of “Attack on Titan,” the massively popular anime series based on Hajime Isayama’s manga of the same name, are arriving right out the gate in the new year.
The series, which began airing in 2014, has captivated global audiences in the years since, becoming one of the most well-known anime series worldwide. Over that time, its universe has expanded significantly — what started as a straightforward series about fighting monsters hellbent on eating humans has since evolved into a complex political drama. 
The second part of the final season of “Attack on Titan” premieres on January 9 in the United States, and will simultaneously release on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Directed and written by Mitsuo Iso, who worked as a key animator on films like “The End of Evangelion” and “Perfect Blue,” “The Orbital Children” is set in the near future in the year 2045. With AI having rendered space travel easily accessible, a group of children — two born on the moon, and two from Earth — must survive after they end up stranded on their space station. 
“The Orbital Children,” distributed by Netflix internationally, is a six-episode series. Its first part will be released on Netflix on January 28.
The anime adaptation of Hirohiko Araki’s foundational and delightfully weird manga series is back. The series, which spans from the late 1800s to the early 2010s and hops geographically from England to to Egypt to Japan and back, tracing the “bizarre adventures” of those in the Joestar family bloodline. “Stone Ocean” follows Jolyne Cujoh, the first female protagonist of the series, after she’s incarcerated in Florida for a crime she didn’t commit.
The first part of “Stone Ocean,” the sixth arc in the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” series, technically premiered on Netflix internationally in early December. However, the show is airing weekly in Japan starting in January, and has other parts to come that will likely be available on Netflix later this year, so it gets a place on this list.
The first part of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean” is currently available on Netflix, with other parts likely to drop later in 2022.
In “Spy x Family,” elite spy Loid Forger is forced to pose as a family man in order to get close to a high-ranking political official in a rival nation. That means adopting a daughter — Anya, a psychic child who just wants to be a kid — and recruiting Yor Briar, a city worker who also works as an assassin, to pose as his wife. 
Animated by Wit Studio (“Attack on Titan” seasons 1-3) and Cloverworks (“Horimiya”), “Spy x Family” is drawing from excellent source material. Tatsuya Endo’s manga balances hijinks and heart as the Forgers inadvertently grow closer together while attempting to conceal their double lives. As the only one who knows everyone’s secret, Anya desperately tries to keep her family together, as best a psychic child can. 
“Spy x Family” premieres in April, and will stream simultaneously on Crunchyroll as it premieres in Japan.
One of the most popular series over the past several years, “Kaguya-sama: Love is War” is returning for its third season in April 2022. The series is an adaptation of Aka Akasaka’s manga of the same name.
“Kaguya-sama’s” premise is simple: Kaguya Shinomiya, the student council president, and Miyuki Shirogane, the vice president, like each other. However, they’re both too proud to confess on their own, instead choosing to execute elaborate schemes in an effort to force the other’s hand. 
“Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic-” is set to premiere in April 2022. 
Over half a decade after the “Bleach” anime ended in 2014, the beloved series based on Tite Kubo’s manga of the same name is finally getting the ending that it deserves.
Bleach” stopped airing in 2014, wrapping things up with the story’s “Lost Substitute Shinigami” arc. Kubo’s manga, however, ended in 2016. Now, it’s final “Thousand-Year Blood War” arc is finally getting an adaptation on the screen. As Polygon reported, the arc is a contentious one, with fans split on whether it’s one of the series’ best or worst.
Studio Pierrot is once again producing the series, with Tomohisa Taguchi (“Akudama Drive”) directing.
“Bleach: Thousand-Year War” is set to premiere in October 2022.
Based on manga horror artist Junji Ito’s seminal work of the same name, “Uzumaki” tells the story of a town, Kurouzu-cho, that’s plagued by a curse involving spirals, which manifest in buildings, patterns, and the town’s people themselves. 
Originally set to premiere in 2020 on Adult Swim, the four-episode miniseries was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A first look at the series showcased its unique black-and-white style, which mimics Ito’s original work. The series is produced by Production I.G. USA and Williams Street, Adult Swim’s in-house production arm, NME reported. 
“Uzumaki” will premiere in October on Adult Swim.
Based on the incredibly popular manga of the same name by Tatsuki Fujimoto, “Chainsaw Man” follows Denji, a young man trying to pay off his father’s debt by hunting devils, creatures born from human fears. Faced with a dire situation, he fuses with a devil to become Chainsaw Man, a half-human, half-devil hybrid. 
The manga series began serialization in 2018, and has gained a strong following in the years since. Mappa (“Jujutsu Kaisen”) is producing the anime series.
“Chainsaw Man” doesn’t yet have a set premiere date, but will be released sometime in 2022.
“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” takes place in the same world as the video game “Cyberpunk: 2077.” A standalone story set in the game’s Night City, it follows a “street kid” who becomes a mercenary known as an “edgerunner” while trying to survive in the city. 
The series is a partnership between CD Projekt Red, the developer behind “Cyberpunk: 2077,” Netflix , and Studio Trigger. The animation studio is enough to pay attention to the series — Trigger’s recent works like “Promare” and “BNA: Brave New Animal” have been riotous, color-filled takes with stunning animation. Hiroyuki Imaishi, who helmed “Promare” as well as acclaimed mech series “Gurren Lagann,” is set to direct. 
“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” doesn’t have a set premiere date but is slated for release on Netflix in 2022. 
“Blue Lock,” based on Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura’s manga series of the same name, takes on the spirit of competition in a way that most sports anime don’t. 
After Japan’s national soccer team suffers a crushing defeat on the world stage, the country’s football union scouts the 300 of the country’s best young strikers and pits them against each other as part of the “Blue Lock” training regimen. The person who emerges on top with become the country’s star forward. Those who lose will never be allowed to represent Japan in their careers.
Studio Eight Bit (“That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime”) is animating this series, which won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen series in 2021. 
“Blue Lock” doesn’t yet have a set release date, but it’s slated to premiere sometime in 2022. 
Beloved magical girl anime “Tokyo Mew Mew” is getting a reboot. Titled “Tokyo Mew Mew New,” it will retread the story of Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi’s manga series, which was first adapted as an anime in 2002.
In the series, five girls — Ichigo, Mint, Lettuce, Pudding, and Zakuro — are granted powers after merging with the spirits of endangered animals. In turn, they must fight off alien monsters while managing their new double lives. 
The new series is also accompanied by an idol group comprised of the voice actors for the five main characters, who will release a single on March 22 under the name Smewthie, Anime News Network reported.
“Tokyo Mew Mew New” is set to release sometime in 2022.
Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.
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