Mid-Winter 2023 Anime Ranking

01. VINLAND SAGA SEASON 2 (Ep. 1-12) – Definitely a slow burn compared to the first season, but still riveting. Einar is a really likeable main character. All I know is, when each episode ends, I want more.

(Streaming at Crunchyroll)

02. TRIGUN STAMPEDE (Ep. 1-12) – Darker than the 1998 anime series and with a greater focus on the sci-fi origins of Vash and Millions Knives. STAMPEDE tells a different aspect of the story and is more of a companion piece than a replacement. The CG animation looks good too; it’s obviously quite a departure from the previous designs, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it.

(Streaming at Crunchyroll)

03. IDOLiSH7 Third Beat! Part 2 (Ep. 27-30) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)

04. Tomo-chan Is a Girl! (Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko!) (Ep. 1-13) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)

05. Play It Cool, Guys (Ep. 13-24) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)

06. BLUELOCK (Ep. 13-24) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)

07. KAINA OF THE GREAT SNOW SEA (Ooyukiumi no Kaina) (Ep. 1-8) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)

08. REVENGER (Ep. 1-12) – Historical setting, sword fights, samurai, intrigue, vengence, Urobuchi Gen on composition, and Umehara Yuuichirou in one of the lead roles! I should be all over this stuff. But I’m not. And it’s because REVENGER is a bit too dry and humourless for my taste. I would have liked some Thunderbolt Fantasy-type levity, but there’s none. Meanwhile, some of the more outrageous aspects are played so seriously, that I can’t tell if it’s okay to laugh.

(Streaming at Crunchyroll)

9. HIGH CARD (Ep. 1-12) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)

10. UniteUp! (Ep. 1-12) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)


BUNGO STRAY DOGS 4 (Ep. 38-44) – I was really thrilled when this season started off in prequel mode. I enjoyed the origins story for Rampo and wondered why I hesitated to watch. But then the narrative returned to the present storyline, and I started to lose interest again.

(Streaming at Crunchyroll)

NieR:Automata Ver1.1a (Ep. 1-4) (Streaming at Crunchyroll)