Your Spring 2022 Anime Guide – Kotaku

Springtime is upon us once again, and much like the sprouting of cherry blossoms, new anime are cropping up all over the pace.
Like tending a garden, weeding and pruning your backlog of anime to make room for the new hotness of the season is a tough task. To make matters simpler, here’s a list of returning shows, as well as some new anime that might pique your interest. Let us know what you plan on watching and your impressions of them in the comment section below.
2 / 40
Studio: Production I.G
Genre: Sports
Premiere Date: April 9
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: After blowing the big game for his middle school soccer team and his chances of getting into a good soccer club, an aspiring young player catches the eye of the coach of a J-League high school soccer team.
3 / 40
Studio: Ajia-Do
Genre: Isekai, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Premiere Date: April 11
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A bookworm gets reincarnated as a young girl in medieval times, and makes it her life’s mission to invent a printing press so she can read more books.
4 / 40
Studio: Pierrot / TV TOKYO
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Premiere Date: March 20
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll and Funimation
What It’s About in One Sentence: Naruto’s boisterous son Boruto continues in his quest to surpass his father and become the strongest shinobi in the world.
5 / 40
Studio: Bandai Namco Pictures
Genre: Sports
Premiere Date: April 6
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: Two young women hailing from different walks of life turn the world of women’s golfing on its head.
6 / 40
Studio: Liden Films
Genre: Fantasy
Premiere Date: April 3
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: The three years since the devastating battle in Build Divide Code Black has left Neo Kyoto in ruins, magical powers stolen from its citizens, and its former king, Kikka, on the run.
7 / 40
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
Genre: Romance
Premiere Date: April 23
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: Before meeting his birth parents for the first time after getting switched at birth, a young man bumps into a lady who’s determined to make him her fake boyfriend.
8 / 40
Studio: Yumeta Company x Graphinica
Genre: Drama, Slice of Life
Premiere Date: January 7
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: Young ladies strive to make their dreams of becoming voice actors a reality.
9 / 40
Studio: MAPPA
Genre: Drama
Premiere Date: April 9
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A young man has his love for ballet reignited despite the death of his father and insecurities around masculinity.
10 / 40
Studio: Geek Toys
Genre: Mecha, Harem
Premiere Date: April 8
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: The fourth season of Date A Live, in which Shindo continues to juggle protecting the Earth from destruction, while giving enough attention to the otherworldly women vying for him.
11 / 40
Studio: Tezuka Productions
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Premiere Date: April 7
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A young mage suffering from amnesia sets off on a journey with his strong companions in search of knowledge pertaining to forbidden magic.
12 / 40
Studio: Jumondou
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Premiere Date: April 10
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A comedy series following the misadventures of a bumbling knight and his equally ridiculous healer.
13 / 40
Studio: Polygon Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi
Premiere Date: March 23
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: After Earth’s population experiences a major decline, an AI micromanages humanity into separate sections leading the underrepresented to suffer in silence.
14 / 40
Studio: Lay-duce
Genre: Sports
Premiere Date: April 2
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: An anime about three boys from different backgrounds pursuing their dream of being a jockey while attending an elite all-boys horse racing school.
15 / 40
Studio: Production I.G
Genre: Sci-Fi
Premiere Date: May 23
Where to Watch: Netflix
What It’s About in One Sentence: Major Kusanagi and Section 9 crack down on a wave of new cyber crimes in Netflix’s CGI animated continuation of Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex.
16 / 40
Studio: SILVER LINK x Blade
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Premiere Date: April 6
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A demon lord nerfs his magical strength and reincarnates as an average guy after becoming bored of being overpowered, only to discover he’s still overpowered in the modern world.
17 / 40
Studio: CloverWorks
Genre: Comedy
Premiere Date: Apr 9
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A young ninja starts developing feelings for boys despite her clan’s code of not interacting with them.
18 / 40
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Premiere Date: April 9
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll and Funimation
What It’s About in One Sentence: The president and vice president of the most prestigious high school in the world continue their ongoing battle of goading the other to profess their love.
19 / 40
Studio: Studio Pierrot
Genre: Action
Premiere Date: April 10
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll and Funimation
What It’s About in One Sentence: The fourth season of Kingdom rages on as legendary warriors battle over the future of China.
20 / 40
Studio: OLM
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Premiere Date: April 6
Where to Watch: Netflix
What It’s About in One Sentence: A young high school student attempts to overcome her severe social anxiety disorder and make 100 friends.
21 / 40
Studio: LIDENFILMS
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Premiere Date: March 10
Where to Watch: Netflix
What It’s About in One Sentence: A kindergartner flees from his abusive father and shares an apartment complex with a manga writer, a hostess club member, and a yakuza.
22 / 40
Studio: Production I.G
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Premiere Date: April 7
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: Season 3 of the iconic intergalactic political drama Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
23 / 40
Studio: Project No.9
Genre: Comedy Romance
Premiere Date: April 2
Where to Watch: Funimation
What It’s About in One Sentence: A hero and villain must keep their secret love life under wraps from their allies.
24 / 40
Studio: Nippon Animation x OLM
Genre: Sports
Premiere Date: April 2
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A badminton prodigy’s skills reach new heights after getting picked by a pro coach from one of the most prestigious badminton high schools teams.
25 / 40
Studio: SHAFT
Genre: Fantasy
Premiere Date: April 3
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: Iroha Tamaki, a magical girl forced to slay witches, continues to search for the truth behind her pact with Kyubey in the final season of Madoka Magica.
26 / 40
Studio: Scooter Films
Genre: Comedy
Premiere Date: April 1
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: The anime adaptation of the online game Mahjong Soul.
27 / 40
Studio: Polygon Pictures
Genre: Action
Premiere Date: April 19
Where To Watch: Netflix
What It’s About In One Sentence: The anime continuation of Guillermo Del Toro’s mecha kaiju world of Pacific Rim.
28 / 40
Studio: DR Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Premiere Date: April 6
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll and Funimation
What It’s About in One Sentence: Season two of the popular isakai action fantasy series.
29 / 40
Studio: J.C.Staff / Bandai Namco Arts
Genre: Drama, Supernatural
Premiere Date: Jan 9
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll and Funimation
What It’s About in One Sentence: An anime retelling of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Richard III.
30 / 40
Studio: Zero-G
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Premiere Date: April 1
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: Scientists conduct intimate experiments on one another to prove whether love is the result of pesky brain chemicals.
31 / 40
Studio: Telecom Animation Film
Genre: Action, Adventure
Premiere Date: Feb 6
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: An anime adaptation of the popular Sega action-adventure series, Shenmue.
32 / 40
Studio: Studio Kai
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Premiere Date: April 7
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A gamer gets isekai’d into an MMO as a skeleton inside a suit of armor, and must hide his identity lest he’s mistaken for a monster.
33 / 40
Studio: Doga Kobo
Genre: Romance
Premiere Date: April 9
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: The budding romance between a meek high schooler and his chivalrous and mondo cool girlfriend.
34 / 40
Studio: WIT Studio and Cloverworks
Genre: Comedy
Premiere Date: April 9
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A spy unknowingly adopts a telepathic child and marries a deadly assassin during his top-secret mission to create a family and maintain world peace.
35 / 40
Studio: Sunrise
Genre: Action
Premiere Date: April 8
Where to Watch: Netflix
What It’s About in One Sentence: After an 11 year absence, here’s a second season of the mismatched superhero team-up between Wild Tiger and rookie, Barnaby Brooks Jr.
36 / 40
Studio: Okuruto Noboru
Genre: Drama
Premiere Date: April 5
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: A high school student and his friends’ lives are uprooted when they get dragged into a gambling death game.
37 / 40
Studio: ENGI
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Premiere Date: April 3
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
What It’s About in One Sentence: An office worker utilizes his time spent playing a dating sim game to his advantage, after getting isekai’d into the world of the dating game.
38 / 40
Studio: Production I.G
Genre: Action
Premiere Date: April 14
Where to Watch: Netflix
What It’s About in One Sentence: Ultraman and his allies team up to defend the earth from countless threats beyond the stars.
39 / 40
Studio: WIT STUDIO
Genre: Supernatural
Premiere Date: May 16
Where to Watch: Netflix
What It’s About in One Sentence: A repressed woman and a vampire queen journey to find a paradise where vampires and humans can coexist.
40 / 40

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