It’s a new year for Crunchyroll, so naturally, they have an entire slate of anime lined up for Spring 2022. Even better: there’s so much of it.

With Spring 2022 Comes New Anime

Crunchyroll Spring 2022 Season Lineup art featuring Crunchyroll-hime IN SPACE!
Contrary to what this looks like unfortunately, there’s not a lot of sci-fi anime this season.

Crunchyroll is proud to announce its upcoming anime for Spring 2022. Thus far, the list includes over 50 new and returning anime series, with Crunchyroll proclaiming it to be the “biggest season in Crunchyroll history”. It certainly seems like it judging from what we have lined up here. Most of what we got are fantasy anime, isekai and otherwise. Not many sci-fi anime inbound, despite what the artwork suggests above, although we do have a single anime in that genre. Curious? Then check it out below:

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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Season 3 (Production I.G)

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I love me a good military sci-fi space opera. Especially in anime form.

As Yang is ordered to appear before the Free Planet Alliance, he’s shaken by the corruption he discovers. Meanwhile, Marshal Reinhardt uncovers disloyalty under his command as an upstart admiral launches a vicious offensive to retake the Iserlohn Fortress. Struggling to make strides in this never-ending bloody war, these two finally see their true enemy lies not from without—but from within!

I feel like I’m getting Honor Harrington: The Anime with this.

March 23

Estab Life: Great Escape (Polygon Pictures)

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Girls, guns, robots, and werewolf. I can dig this.

When the world’s population shrinks, the Supernatural Renovation Project splits up Tokyo. Divided by towering walls, cyborgs, beast folk, and magical beings are segregated into clusters and monitored by artificial intelligence. Some adjust to their new lives, but many suffer in silence, unaware secret help is available. Have no hope and desperate to escape? The Nigashiyan Extractors will find you!

I still have little idea what this anime is about even after watching this.

April 1

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It r=1-sinθ (Zero-G)

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Now this seems like a promising romcom anime.

Basking in the sun’s rays, Himuro and Yukimura embrace and share a tender kiss. But was it perfect? Rushing back to the lab for the results, they meet the seductive Fujiwara and her handsome partner, Chris, who’ve performed passionate analysis in love’s pursuit. But is this new couple competition, or can they reveal some insight into their studies? One thing is for sure—more research is needed!

So this is what happens when you try to boil down love to equations.

Mahjong Soul Pon☆ (Scooter Films)

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A mahjong anime with yokai? Now this is certainly a unique one.

Straight from the online game Mahjong Soul comes Mahjong Soul Pon. The new comical mini-anime adaptation of the game in which the one-of-a-kind Mahjong players dream big and go for a Thirteen Orphans. The Mahjong Soul Shrine is holding truly extrava-kan-t festivities centering around Ichihime! Are you ready to play the game fair and square? Maybe you can draw more Mahjong soul!

Who knew that an online mahjong game would get its own anime?

April 2

Fanfare of Adolescence (Lay-duce)

I get this feeling that this anime should be called But Boys Like Ponies Too!.

At the all-boys Horse Racing School, entrance is incredibly difficult, with only one of every 10 to 20 applicants being accepted. Here students need to not only be book smart, but athletic and in peak physique. Three new students—a popular idol, another from a remote island, and one from England unsure of his path—come to this elite school to pursue their dreams of becoming a jockey.

LOVE ALL PLAY (Nippon Animation and OLM)

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Badminton: the sport of manly men!

Ryo Mizushima dreams of being the best badminton player in the world. But despite his natural athleticism and skill—he’s only been able to get so far without a reliable coach. However, everything changes when his talent gets him scouted by one of the most prestigious high school badminton teams. Now, with a pro coach and an elite team to back him up—it’s finally time for Ryo’s journey to soar.

I’d never thought I’d see a badminton anime.


Does this mean it’s time to D-D-D…

Three years have passed since Teruto’s battle and Neo Kyoto is in ruins. Now people are rounded up by KUGE, the King’s servants, stealing their magical power, all for their leader to survive. Former King, Kikka, finds herself now on the run from the guards too. Helpless with no Build-Divide deck, she finds help in another. Together they embark on a battle for the one they seek to see again.


April 3

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Final Season (SHAFT)

Magical girl fighting giant eldritch horror moth? Par for the course for this anime.

Few people know the truth: the world is safe thanks to the Magical Girls who are forced to slay Witches. Even though these girls are putting their lives on the line for a wish, rumors say they can be saved in Kamihama City. That’s where Iroha Tamaki is headed in search of answers. She can’t remember the wish she made to Kyubey, but a shadowy figure haunts her dreams.

Ladies and gents: the original magical girl deconstruction anime.

Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs (ENGI)

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I’m not sure the author knows what an otome game is.

One office worker uses their otome game smarts after being reincarnated into a series they’ve played before!

Or maybe the author does?

April 5

Tomodachi Game (Okuruto Noboru)

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Ah, the anime where everyone is an a-hole?

High school student Katagiri Yuichi, who values friendship above all else, enjoys a fulfilling life with his close friends Sawaragi Shiho, Mikasa Tenji, Shibe Makoto, and Kokorogi Yutori. However, after a particular incident, they’re dragged into a debt repayment game.

Looks like Squid Game: The Anime.

April 6

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 (DR Movie)

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Now that’s a big turtle. Still not quite Great A’Tuin though.

20-year-old Naofumi Iwatani goes from 2nd class citizen to 2nd class hero when he’s summoned to the videogame-like kingdom of Melromarc.

Huh, nice stinger at the end there.

The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody (Silver Link)

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Ah, I see this is another anime featuring an overpowered male protagonist with a female harem.

The most powerful Demon Lord in history, Varvatos, felt that he had accomplished everything he could as a king. Because he was so alone due to how powerful he was, he longed for a much simpler life. A few millennia later, he is reborn as the villager, Ard Meteor. But in the future where he was reborn, magical civilization had declined and magic itself had become weaker.

You know, I don’t think the author knows what a “typical nobody” is.

April 7

Skeleton Knight in Another World (Studio Kai)

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Okay, see, this is a more interesting variant of the isekai anime genre.

When Arc wakes up, he discovers that he has been transported to another world in the body of the character he was playing in an MMO. Looking like a suit of armor on the outside and a skeleton on the inside, he is the Skeleton Knight. If his identity is discovered, he could be mistaken for a monster and become a target!

Looks like Overlord, but with an actually heroic skeleton hero.

The Dawn of the Witch (Tezuka Productions)

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You’d think this would be an anime about a witch judging from the title.

Seville is a student at a magic academy who has no memories of anything from before he joined the school. This is the story of how a young man, a boy who is no one special, and his companions, who all hold wounds in their hearts, set out and end up finding themselves.

Okay, I take it back. This anime actually looks interesting.

April 8

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic- (A-1 Pictures)

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It’s even sillier than this key visual implies.

Shuchiin Academy—an elite school where the most gifted students flock to. It is also where its Student Council brought together Vice President Kaguya Shinomiya and President Miyuki Shirogane. While everyone expected a speedy courtship and agreed that the two geniuses would make the perfect couple, the pair, it seems, has too much pride to confess their true feelings for one another! The two remain fully committed in devising a highly cerebral strategy in this cunning war of love… Will they take their relationship to the next level by the final day of Shuchiin Academy’s culture festival!?

You know an anime is good when you make an entire mini-episode as a teaser.

Date A Live IV (Geek Toys)

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Ah, not only yet another harem anime, but it’s one of the worst in the whole harem genre to boot.

With multiple Spirits now living with him, Shido’s juggling act of giving ladies attention is never-ending. On top of that, more Spirits arrive for him to put the charm on. As he seals more and more, with his intentions unknown to them, will he be able to keep this up or will it lead to one big, giant spatial quake?

I honestly don’t like the message this anime is sending about women. Oh, women with power can’t use their power on their own, and need a man to use it for them? I mean, what? What kind of a message is that?

Dance Dance Danseur (MAPPA)

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Shojo anime, or seinen?

Second-year junior high school student Junpei was fascinated by ballet as a boy but gave up on dancing after his father’s death, thinking that he had to act more manly. However, one day, a beautiful transfer student named Miyako appears before him.

You know what, it doesn’t matter. Just enjoy the dance!

Love After World Domination (Project No.9)

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I suspect this anime will be a treat for Power Rangers fans.

One spring day, a young, innocent couple sits side by side in a field. Their names are Fudo Aikawa and Desumi Magahara… but they are actually “Red Gelato,” the leader of the heroic fighting force Gelato 5, and “Reaper Princess,” a combat force member of the secret evil organization Gekko! These two are supposed to be enemies, so the public can’t know that they’re dating no matter what. All they can do is see each other secretly between fights. This spring day is just another day of them happily enjoying their time together while the fierce flames of a violent battle blaze right next to them!! This is a story of a hero of justice and an evil warrior trying to be lovey-dovey without being seen!

This is like if Red Ranger and a genderbent Goldar fell in love with each other.

April 9

SPY x FAMILY (WIT Studio and Cloverworks)

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As a fan of the manga, seeing this anime adaptation finally appear gives me warm fuzzy feelings.

World peace is at stake and secret agent Twilight must undergo his most difficult mission yet—pretend to be a family man. Posing as a loving husband and father, he’ll infiltrate an elite school to get close to a high-profile politician. He has the perfect cover, except his wife’s a deadly assassin and neither knows each other’s identity. But someone does, his adopted daughter who’s a telepath!

Let the Cold War-esque spy family anime hijinks begin!

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (Doga Kobo)

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Ooh, another interesting romcom!

The ultimate “heartthrob girlfriend” appears! Naturally unlucky high school student Izumi’s girlfriend is his classmate Shikimori. She’s a pretty, cute, and loving girlfriend, but when Izumi’s in trouble… she transforms into a super cool “heartthrob girlfriend!”

Just a minute into the teaser, and she already saved her boyfriend from Truck-kun. I think this anime is a keeper.

In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki (CloverWorks)

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I see this is going to be one of the more NSFW anime?

Deep in the mountains in the middle of nowhere lives a group of kunoichi called Akane Class. These kunoichi work hard together to improve their own skills, and they all live by an unbreakable rule: “Contact with men is strictly forbidden.” But everything takes an unexpected turn when Tsubaki, leader of one of the groups, starts experiencing strange feelings whenever the subject of men comes up.

And from the creator of Teasing Master Takagi-san to boot.

Aoashi (Production I.G)

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Soccer this time? Man, sports anime must be pretty popular.

Ashito Aoi is a middle schooler who lives in Ehime, and the ace of an unremarkable soccer club. The day that they lost the final tournament of middle school, Ashito runs along the ocean in frustration, before running into a man who had been watching his game. That man is Tatsuya Fukuda, the coach of the high-school-aged Youth team of a leading J-League team, “Tokyo City Esperion FC.”

Looks like it’ll be a treat for soccer fans, or football in the rest of the world.

April 10

Don’t Hurt Me, My Healer! (Jumondou)

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Uh, oh. I sense an inexperienced/incompetent cleric. This ought to be hilarious.

The misadventures of a knight and a healer begin in this new fantasy comedy series!

Oh, I see that everyone here is some level of incompetent, so it’s even better.

April 11

Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 (Ajiado)

An isekai anime featuring a female protagonist? I approve!

After becoming a blue priestess apprentice, Main continues doing everything to protect her loved ones. With some nobles targeting her because of her magic, she becomes the adopted daughter of Karstedt. She’s assigned a personal knight, which would mean leaving her family. Will Main be able to protect everyone while pursuing her goal of creating a letterpress, with danger lurking around?

April 23

A Couple of Cuckoos (Shin-Ei Animation)

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I sense Nisekoi vibes from this.

16-year-old super-studier Nagi Umino, second-year student at the Meguro River Academy high school, was switched at birth. On his way to a dinner to meet his birth parents, he accidentally meets the brash, outspoken, Erika Amano, who is determined to make Nagi her fake boyfriend as she never wants to actually marry.

Definitely feels like Nisekoi after watching this trailer.

New OVAs & TV Specials Coming This Spring 2022 Anime Season (Coming Soon)

Sony Music AnimeSongs ONLINE 2022 (Sony Music Entertainment Japan)

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Official anime song covers? I guess?

Listen to 14 of the top artists from Sony Music Entertainment Japan sing popular songs from your favorite anime!

Simulcasts Continuing From the Winter 2021 Anime Season

One Piece (Toei Animation)

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Now with over 1000 episodes total!


When Naruto just won’t end.

Requiem of the Rose King (J.C.Staff / Bandai Namco Arts)

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AKA: War of the Roses: The Anime.

CUE! (Yumeta Company and Graphinica / Pony Canyon)

Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai (Toei Animation)

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This is either a classic shonen anime, or a high fantasy anime, depending on your point of view.

Case Closed (Detective Conan) (TMS Entertainment)

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Ladies and gents: the anime that beats One Piece in terms of episode count.

Digimon Ghost Game (Toei Animation)

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A Digimon horror anime to give your kids nightmares.

Shenmue the Animation (Telecom Animation Film)

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The anime we thought would never happen.

Delicious Party Pretty Cure (Toei Animation)

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For when you need a break from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Source: Crunchyroll News