VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman
WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Alexander
Say hello to anime's most popular troupe! Join Ashley as we look over the anime that have established themselves as the hottest things in the industy, including the likes of "Ranking of Kings", "Spy x Family", "Attack on Titan", and more!
Script written by Jonathan Alexander
Top 10 Anime EVERYONE is Talking About
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anime EVERYONE is Talking About.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the uber-popular series you’d have to be living under a Spirit Bomb-sized rock to have not heard about.
How many of these shows have you seen? Which of them are you catching up with? Let us know in the comments below!
#10: “My Dress-Up Darling” (2022)
There is definitely a joke buried in this genderbent setup, though refreshingly, this series doesn’t make its characters the butt of a lame gag. Kitagawa is a nerdy cosplayer, and Gojo likes sewing Hina dolls, but they’re still respected as characters beyond their “untraditional” hobbies. Instead, the show examines their genuine passions as a way to develop an organic and heartwarming relationship that’s impossible not to root for. Despite some stiff competition in the Winter 2022 anime season, this breezy rom-com’s earnest romance and innovative take on gender norms had it steal more hearts than the usual Shoujo crowd.
#9: “Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War” (2019-)
There may not be a happily-ever after in sight, but this will-they-won’t-they is plenty entertaining without it. While it’s clear from the get-go that these student council reps are a match made in rom-com heaven, neither Kaguya or Miyuki are willing to confess their feelings. Even trite plot points brim with newfound charm thanks to the sweet hijinks of two lovebirds desperately trying to get the other to declare their love first. Three seasons deep, the show continues to be refreshingly fun, low-stakes viewing with just the right amount of heart. Is it bad that we don’t want these two to get together any time soon?
#8: “Ranking of Kings” (2021-22)
A former assassin helping a Prince become King doesn’t sound all that groundbreaking, but this kingdom is well worth the visit. The series’ crowning achievement isn’t the fun action or comical hijinks, but the revolutionary portrayal of its deaf main character, Bojji. His optimism in the face of personal struggle, as well as the Kage’s unwavering support, is nothing short of inspiring. It has all the traits of an engaging fantasy show, but it's framed by genuinely affecting conflicts with real-world applications. Bojji may not be King yet in his realm, but he’s already ascended the throne of public opinion in this one.
#7: “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” (2022)
Goku’s instant-transmission back to theaters was always going to draw some eyes, but it helps that this outing promises to be unlike anything that had come before. Following years of high-stakes, world-ending action, “Super Hero” is bringing things back down to earth, literally, with a more light-hearted, slice-of-life adventure. To complement this, the Z-warriors are hopping dimensions into full 3D for the first time. Pair that with a greater focus on Gohan and a welcome timeskip, and it's clear the series is abandoning the classic formula with a bold new power-up. Only time will tell if this transformation is to Super Saiyan or something even greater.
#6: “Chainsaw Man” (2022)
The manga is on hiatus, and its adaptation has yet to air a single episode, but that hasn't stopped this delightfully weird horror series from becoming one of the most discussed titles of the year. The source material offers plenty of gory fun to go along with its darkly comedic premise, and the forthcoming anime promises to live up to the hype. It’s being produced by studio MAPPA, who are also responsible for a few niche series you may have heard of - “Jujutsu Kaisen?”and “Attack on Titan?” If the reaction to the trailer alone is anything to go by, this series is sawing a path to become anime’s next big thing.
#5: “One Piece” (1999-)
Whether it’s onscreen or on the page, it’s a good time to be sailing the high seas with the Straw Hats. Ever since Luffy and his crew dropped anchor in the Wano arc, the anime adaptation has consistently brought some of the best animation and hypest brawls the series has ever seen in its 20 year run. But astoundingly, there’s still plenty to look forward to, with recent manga chapters dropping some massive revelations literally years in the making. After a thousand episodes and counting, “One Piece” is more than staying afloat, it’s riding the waves.
#4: “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba” (2019-)
Episode 19. Need we say any more? If that’s not enough, how about its movie - you know, the highest grossing anime film of all time? “Demon Slayer’s” reign at the top of the pop-culture zeitgeist is undeniable, evidenced by its remarkably uncanny ability to break the internet each time an episode drops. Despite some large Rengoku-sized shoes to fill, the “Entertainment District Arc” continued the series’ Hinokami-hot-streak with not just one, but two beheadings. With plenty more Kizuki left to decapitate, and Hashira to join the fray, it doesn’t seem like this Mugen Train will be slowing down any time soon.
#3: “Jujutsu Kaisen” (2020-)
This horror series’ fresh twists on well-trodden tropes and gritter, action-packed storylines earned it plenty of acclaim on the page, but its fantastic anime adaptation catapulted it to “Special Grade” status. The ambitious, bloody spectacle has all the heart-stopping fight scenes, gasp-worthy plot points and fully-realized characters representative of shonen at its finest. Following its bombastic inaugural run, the recently well-received prequel film has left fans frenzied. At this point, it's safe to say the series’ potential is as limitless as Gojo’s infinite void.
#2: “Attack on Titan” (2013-)
The only thing bigger than the titular behemoths is this post-apocalyptic anime’s enduring popularity. Each subsequent season brought more Titans and higher stakes, but now that the story’s officially in its endgame, no one is safe anymore. Moreso than maybe any other currently airing anime, “Attack on Titan” is a minefield of spoilers and twists that demands immediate viewing for those not caught up with the manga. Despite some changes behind the scenes, the final season has continued to provide the top-tier production values befitting one of the most seminal modern anime. This Colossal Titan of a series is coming to an end, but it’s going out with a roar, not a whimper.
#1: “Spy x Family” (2022)
Playing “house” has never been this fun. After years spent on “manga most deserving of an anime adaptation” lists, this espionage comedy is finally on screen, and it hasn’t disappointed. The story of an unlikely family formed with a mind-reader, a spy, and an assassin has been amazingly translated to animation with all the charm and thrills that made the manga a smash hit. If it can maintain even a fraction of the goodwill of its source material, then it's poised to become another industry heavy-hitter, if it isn’t already. Though its heroes may still be undercover, the show’s popularity is anything but.