Whether it’s hyped sequels or anticipated adaptations, anime is going to be big this year.

Headlining 2022’s lineup is the grand finale of the highly popular Attack on Titan. This will be followed by the return of renowned properties for new seasons such as Bleach, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, and Kaguya-sama: Love is War.

We’re also eyeing new 2022 anime releases like Spy x Family, Blue Lock, and Chainsaw Man.

With hundreds of anime shows to be released from winter to fall seasons, which ones are worth the binge? Here are the seven best 2022 anime releases you should add to your watch list.

The 7 best 2022 anime releases you should add to your watch list

7. Blue Lock
6. Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-
5. Spy x Family
4. The Devil is a Part-Timer! 2nd Season
3. Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War
2. Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2
1. Chainsaw Man

7. Blue Lock

The key visual for Blue Lock, one of the 2022 anime releases you should watch out for
Credit: 8-bit

Release date: June (Summer)

We already have a volleyball anime, a basketball anime, a tennis anime, and even a swimming anime. Now, we’re getting a soccer anime with Blue Lock.

Blue Lock refers to a soccer training project led by coach Ego Jinpachi. It is a training facility built to train and shape the best striker in the world. Can protagonist Isagi Yoicihi achieve his goal as the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

Blue Lock premieres later this year and will be produced by 8-bit Animation Studio, the studio behind the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime series.

6. Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-

Kaguya Shinomiya is the protagonist of Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Ultra Romantic
Credit: A-1 Pictures

Release date: April (Spring)

“Yoi, yoi,
Don da yo!

When it comes to good romantic comedy shows, Kaguya-sama easily tops the charts.

The series focuses on high school students Kaguya Shimomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, a pair of geniuses who are too proud to confess their love for one another. Throughout the series, both constantly come up with schemes to make the other confess, treating their affair like tug of war.

Unlike its main characters, many openly professed their love when the first season dropped in 2019. Heading into its third season, manga readers know it will soon be one of the best 2022 anime releases.

5. Spy x Family

Loid and Anya Forger in the Spy x Family anime
Credit: TOHO Animation

Release date: April (Spring)

One of the best comedy manga series is finally getting an anime adaptation, and fans can catch its premiere this year!

Spy x Family follows the story of spy Loid Forger. In order to join a top secret mission, he builds a pretend family comprised of a professional assassin and a telepathic child.

This award-winning title will not only bust your guts, but it will warm your hearts as well with the Forger family’s antics. Would you add this 2022 anime release to your watch list?

You can find out about Spy x Family’s release date and more here.

4. The Devil is a Part-Timer! 2nd Season

Sadao Maou in Hataraku Maou-sama! 2nd Season
Credit: Studio 3Hz

Release date: July (Summer)

Sure, the devil works hard, but Satan works harder as a MgRonald’s part-timer.

Nearly a decade after its debut season, The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!) is back to serve comedy hot off the grill. This anime has established itself as a must-watch for anyone seeking good laughs in the most mundane and bizarre situations.

The series follows the story of the demon lord Sadao Maou and his new life in the human world as a staff member for a fast-food restaurant. Once the conqueror of the Ente Isla realm, Sadao now must survive as a financially-challenged young adult living in the middle of Tokyo, Japan.

You can watch The Devil is a Part-Timer!’s first season here.

3. Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War

The key visual for BLEACH: Sennen Kessen-hen starring Kurosaki Ichigo
Credit: Studio Pierrot

Release date: October (Fall)

Ten years after its last episode, Bleach is making a comeback for its 17th season this October 2022 with Sennen Kessen-hen

Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen translates to an arc in Tite Kubo’s manga called the Thousand-Year Blood War. The story starts with the disruption of peace in the Soul Society and the appearance of a new enemy in Karakura, Ichigo Kurosaki’s hometown.

Long-time fans will surely get nostalgic at the return of Ichigo and the gang, especially after watching the PV for the upcoming 2022 anime release.

2. Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2

ScreenShot of Eren Yeager facing the Colossal Titan
Credit: Attack On Titan

Release date: January 9 (Winter)

After nine years, four seasons, and countless slashes of gigantic napes, Attack on Titan is finally coming to an end. Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 will adapt the final chapters of Hajime Isayama’s best-selling manga series, unveiling the bigger conflict between the anti-Marleyan Volunteers and the residents of Paradis.

The official site confirmed that Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 2 will premiere on January 9 at 11:05 p.m. GMT+8 | 7:05 a.m. PT | 3:05 p.m. GMT.

To refresh yourself, you can also read a brief recap of Attack on Titan Season 4 Part 1 here.

1. Chainsaw Man

Official splash art of Chainsaw Man
Credit: Viz Media

Release date: TBA

Ready for the next big shonen anime title after Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen? We’re talking about the much-awaited anime adaptation of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man.

Does a chainsaw-headed creature wreaking havoc on a bunch of devils sound cool? Then, the misadventures of protagonist Denji and his new life as a devil-human hybrid promises a great watch. If you are into gore and dark fantasy, then Chainsaw Man is for you.

With its bold and chaotic plot, paired with MAPPA’s stunning art and animation, Chainsaw Man is the best 2022 anime release you should binge on this year.

Still not convinced? You can catch the Chainsaw Man trailer here.

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