A short list, from feature-length films to new seasons
In the early aughts, we could only watch anime, dubbed in Filipino, on local TV networks. Sure, there were a few specialty stores (Comic Alley and Filbar’s were some of the go-to’s back then) that sold VHS tapes of beloved anime (and some manga!) that we’ve only heard of from our hardcore otaku pals. But access to new releases and titles was scarce and largely dependent on demand. Aren’t you glad those days are far behind? So much of the anime we loved then and now has become easier to find and watch (legally) through streaming platforms—even the mainstream ones (thank you, Netflix).
I don’t know about you, but reconnecting with my love for mostly Shonen anime has helped heal my inner child and, honestly, cope with the dullness of adult life. And with that, here’s a list of 2024 anime releases we’re excited for:
Haikyuu!! Movie: Decisive Battle at the Garbage Dump
The four-year-long wait is over for the sports anime fans now that the next installment—a feature-length movie—of Haikyuu!! has been announced. Haikyuu!! Movie: Decisive Battle at the Garbage Dump will be the first of two movies and will conclude the anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's manga. Picking up from where the fourth season ended, with Hinata promising to give Kenma a memorable match, the movie will cover the game with Nekoma, Fukurodani, and Bakuto’s story arc.
The movie is out in February 2024.
One of the most popular anime series and the best-selling manga of all time returns for a fourth season this year. But prior to its release, Demon Slayer will premiere a new film in February featuring episode 11 of the Swordsmith Village arc and the first episode of the Hashira Training arc. Meanwhile, the new season will adapt the rest of the Hashira Training arc, where Tanjiro goes to see the Stone Hashira. Other sources suggest that the same season might tackle the first part of the Infinity Castle arc and to expect a kickoff before season five.
Season 4 is out in April 2024.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 3 – The Conflict
The legendary Shonen anime Bleach is back with a final season adapted from the last arc of the manga. Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 3 – The Conflict continues with the war between Qunicy and the Soul Reapers. But while the enemy is already at Soul King Palace, our heroes remain unfazed. We haven’t seen the manga ourselves, but the latest installment hints at more brutal battles and unexpected team-ups.
Oshi No Ko Season 2
If you haven’t seen the first installment of Oshi No Ko, you might be missing out on one of the best anime that came out in 2023. The plot gives audiences a look into the intense world of Japanese (and perhaps other Asian) idols with a murder mystery twist. Oshi No Ko’s maiden season finale ended with a strong performance from the new B-Komachi and some details about the show’s main mystery. There’s really not much we know about the sophomore season, but it's likely to follow the original narrative, which might include a stage adaptation of a famous manga. We’re also eager to see developments in Aqua’s hunt for his father. But until then, we have this teaser to keep us guessing:
No specific release date has been announced for Oshi No Ko Season 2.
Suicide Squad Isekai
Following the success of three manga series, Joker: One Operation Joker, Superman vs. Meshi, and Batman: Justice Buster, DC jumps back into the world of anime with Suicide Squad Isekai. Highlighting our favorite nefarious duo, Harley Quinn and Joker, Suicide Squad Isekai promises thrilling adventures and chaos set in another world. It also features new and familiar Task Force X members, like Deadshot, King Shark, and Peacemaker. While the plot will likely follow the source material, we can’t wait to see beloved DC anti-heroes and supervillains navigate a new and magical realm.
No specific release date has been announced for Suicide Squad Isekai.
Art Alexandra Lara