In the world of anime, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest releases, especially in the spring of 2023, when some of the most exciting and groundbreaking anime shows have been released recently.
With thrilling action shows and heartwarming stories of friendship and family, there’s something for everyone this season.
Here is our take on the best anime of Spring 2023, examining why they’ve been so successful and how they provide a glimpse into what the anime industry is going through.
So, if you’re looking for a great way to spend your time this spring, read on to find out which anime shows you should be watching!
Best Anime of All time
One Piece is a popular Japanese anime series that has been airing since 1999. It is based on a manga series created by Eiichiro Oda. The anime follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy with a rubber-like body, who sets out to become the King of the Pirates.
Monkey D. Luffy is on a mission to become the Pirate King and rule the sea. His trusted crew accompanies him as they attempt to locate the hidden treasure of the previous Pirate King, Gol D. Roger.
Along the way, they battle numerous adversaries, including powerful pirates and the Navy, the World Government’s strongest military force.
Along with facing many challenges, Luffy and his crew make friends and have an unforgettable journey as they search for One Piece, an ultimate prize that will bring them closer to Luffy’s goal of becoming the Pirate King.
The characters of Strawhat are:
Luffy is the show’s leader, and his unwavering optimism and cheerful spirit make him hard to think of as a criminal. He is devoted to helping his friends and family, no matter the cost, and his passion for life has inspired others to follow their dreams, even if they are deemed absurd by some.
He has no qualms about storming the world’s most secure prison or taking on the World Government to protect those he cares about.
Luffy always brings out the best in those around him, and his quest for adventure often leads to amazing and unexpected outcomes.
Roronoa Zoro (Kazuya Nakai)
Luffy’s first crewmate to join him on his grand adventure was the swordsman Zoro, who dreamed of being the best swordsman in the world.
He had a living as a bounty hunter before joining the Worst Generation, a group of rookie pirates considered the strongest in the sea.
Zoro brings seriousness and badassery to the crew, and his Three-Sword Style sword fighting lets him fight against even the strongest enemies.
The only thing Zoro is not good at is directions, having been the only one to get lost on a straight road in the show’s history. He is a truly loyal companion and integral to Luffy’s team.
Nami (Akemi Okamura)
Nami, the infamous Cat Burglar, initially joined Luffy’s crew for selfish reasons, wanting to make money to buy her hometown back from the pirate Arlong.
However, she soon developed a real connection with the crew, using her skill at reading the weather and ocean to become a valuable navigator.
Her dream is to draw a complete world atlas, leading her and Luffy to explore unknown places.
Her quick wit and determination make her a valuable asset to the crew and a voice of reason, reigning in the more unruly members to help keep them focused.
Usopp (Kappei Yamaguchi)
Usopp has a distant dream of becoming a brave warrior of the sea, just like his father.
As a young boy, he fantasized about meeting his dad on the high seas as a fearless pirate. Unfortunately, he’s too fearful to set sail until Luffy invites him to join the Straw Hats.
Compared to the other crewmates, Usopp is incredibly relatable despite his lack of courage, as most of us can’t be as cavalier as Luffy and Zoro.
His cowardly attitude resonates with many viewers, making him one of the most beloved characters in the series.
Vinsmoke Sanji (Hiroaki Hirata)
Sanji is a key figure on the ship due to his cooking skills which are the only thing that can keep up with Luffy’s enormous appetite. He joined the Straw Hats after being a chef at the floating sea restaurant Baratie in pursuit of his dream – the mythical All Blue.
He is well known for his unique fighting style, based on his incredible kicking ability, refusing to damage his hands or use his knife skills on anything other than food.
He is one of the strongest members of the crew, and as part of the ‘Monster Trio’ alongside Luffy and Zoro, he is a powerful force. Sanji is also known for his admiration of women, being known to go to extreme lengths for them.
Tony-Tony Chopper (Ikue Otani/Kazue Ikura)
Chopper, an inhuman member of the Straw Hat Pirates, was originally born as a reindeer from an island where he was shunned and labeled a monster.
Thankfully, he was taken in by Hiriluk, a doctor who taught him about medicine and gave him the Human-Human Fruit, a Devil Fruit that granted him the ability to become human. In his memory, the young reindeer set out to become the world’s greatest doctor who could cure any disease.
Despite being the least threatening of the crew with a bounty of just 100 Berries, Chopper is no stranger to a fight. Although he prefers to stay out of combat and use his healing powers to help the Monster Trio, his endearing naivety and cheerfulness make him a memorable and beloved character.
Franky (Kazuki Yao)
Franky is a beloved member of the Straw Hat Pirates, renowned for his skill as a shipwright and brilliant robotics. He joined Luffy and the crew in pursuit of his dream to build a ship that could sail the world’s most treacherous seas, just like his mentor Tom.
His passionate and flamboyant attitude is a delight to the crew, and his willingness to side with the underdog is unsurpassed.
Franky’s knowledge and strength have been instrumental in ensuring the safe voyage of the Thousand Sunny, the ship he built himself. He often acts as a big brother to the crew, and his presence is a reminder of the joys of friendship and adventure.
Brook, the oldest and living skeleton member of the Straw Hat crew, joined them after he was found drifting at sea in a broken ship.
He is a skilled swordsman, renowned for his speed and finesse and trademark move, allowing him to cut people and walk away before they realize it. With years of experience as a pirate, Brook has a unique view of the seas, vastly different from the other crew members, many of whom are still getting their feet wet.
His Devil Fruit, the Revive-Revive Fruit, brought him back to life after his body had already decomposed. To meet Laboo, the only living member of his crew, Brook hopes to sail around the world with the Straw Hats.
Jinbe (Daisuke Gori)
Jinbe is the newest Straw Hat and easily one of the most important. He was a prominent figure in the Seven Warlords of the Sea, a powerful trio in the ocean, and faithfully served Emperor Big Mom.
Jinbe, also known as the First Son of the Sea, is a master of the Fishman Karate, and his power is feared. He joined the Straw Hats not to fulfill any ambitions but due to Luffy’s character and his brother Ace’s request.
Jinbe was convinced that the world could change with Luffy as King of the Pirates, and a new age could be brought to the seas. Out of honor and loyalty, he joined Luffy, hoping to help him achieve his dreams and build a better future.
2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Season 3)
Demon Slayer is a sensation that has taken the anime world by storm for the past three years. The series is still going strong, with a hit movie in 2020 and an extremely popular second season.
Now, Demon Slayer is gearing up for a third season, starting with the “Swordsmith Village Arc.” This arc will follow Tanjiro as he works to make up for the damage he caused to a sword given to him by a master swordsmith.
Demon Slayer remains a favorite among anime fans with no signs of slowing down.
3. Mashle: Magic And Muscles
Mashle has the potential to become one of the funniest series of the year, with its third episode setting the bar high. This anime takes a unique approach to parody Harry Potter and Shonen anime by introducing a protagonist of 70% brawn, 20% cream puffs, and 10% brain.
His antics are entertaining and further highlighted by his stoic and honest nature. The supporting characters are nothing special yet but contrast greatly to Mash’s personality.
With the stakes growing higher in the world of magic, Mash enrolls in a special school to acquire the highest honor and become untouchable.
4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, aim to restore their mother to life using the power of alchemy. However, their experiment went awry, leaving Edward with an amputated limb and Alphonse’s soul bound to a suit of armor.
As they seek out the Philosopher’s Stone, they become embroiled in a complicated web of intrigues, with Homunculi and other powerful forces at play. It’s a thrilling journey and one that no fan of anime should miss.
5. Attack On Titan
In a post-apocalyptic world, Attack On Titan centers around Eren Yaeger, a young man determined to rid the world of the monstrous Titans.
Through his training, he hopes to end the carnage caused by the Titans and uncover the mystery behind their origin. With anti-fascist themes, this series is a powerful indictment of war and its consequences.
Two years after the original series concluded, Naruto Shippuden began, continuing the story of the beloved protagonist. The 500 episodes follow Naruto’s quest to become a stronger ninja outside the Hidden Leaf Village.
This series version brings in some of the most memorable villains while deepening the feud between Naruto and Sasuke. It also provides a much-needed opportunity for fans to watch their favorite characters grow up, such as Hinata and Sakura.
7. Dragon Ball Z
Goku, the protagonist of Dragon Ball Z, is one of the most iconic anime characters ever. He is a powerful Saiyan warrior and the strongest fighter, leading the Z-fighters on their journey to obtain the Dragon Balls and protect the world from evil.
The continuation of the series builds upon the world of Dragon Ball and introduces new concepts to the franchise. After triumphing in the Martial Arts tournament, Goku married and had a son, but his true identity and mission were only revealed when his brother Raditz arrived.
He has lost his memories after a nasty fall but is determined to fulfill his original destiny and save the planet.