BNP’s Anime Spring 2023 Season Preview

Spring 2023 is upon us, and we’re anticipating several returns for anime series with second and third seasons! From another serving of the Shonen global hit Demon Slayer to magical girl reboot Tokyo Mew Mew, here’s a quick sampling of what to expect for the highly anticipated series making their way back to our television screens this month!

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc

Premiere Date: April 9, 2023 on Crunchyroll

Premise: Tanjiro Kamado, a boy whose family is killed by a demon, joins the Demon Slayer Corps to turn his younger sister Nezuko back into a human after she is transformed into a demon. Along the way, he befriends other young Demon Corps potentials and together they learn more about protecting innocents from demons and their plans of manipulation and ill will. Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu have grown much with the aid of Demon Slayer Hashira Rengoku and Tengen with adventures on a train and through an entertainment district. Tanjiro has learned more about his sister Nezuko’s transformation and battling abilities as the two were pressed into life or death circumstances.

What to Expect: Tanjiro’s journey currently leads him to the Swordsmith Village, where he reunites with two Hashira, some of the Demon Slayer Corps’ highest-ranking swordsmen – Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji. With his leg of his journey comes new understanding of the Demon Corps, new demons revealed on the opposite side, and the return of a masked ally! Look forward to a new battle begins for Tanjiro and his comrades in this newest arc!

Recommended for lovers of: The Shonen Manga/Anime machine working with a formula that works, best siblings™️ on the scene once again, stunning animation

Tokyo Mew Mew New

Premiere Date: April 4, 2023 on HI-DIVE

Premise/Synopsis: The anime follows Ichigo Momomiya, a girl who transforms into Mew Ichigo (Strawberry) with the power of the Iriomote leopard cat to save Earth from parasitic Chimera Anima aliens. 

What to Expect: Another season of this magical girl reboot! Ichigo Momomiya, awakens to discover she is armed with all the skills of a Iriomote cat. Ichigo must band together with other Mew Mew girls, now united to repel an alien incursion, all the while hiding their thrilling double lives from friends and family. The anime will mark the 20th anniversary of the manga, as well as the 65th anniversary of Kodansha‘s Nakayoshi magazine, which originally serialized it.  This season features a super cute opening theme song that is super fun and catchy, hopefully setting the scene for this new season!

Recommended for lovers of: magical girls, Shojo anime reboots and lots of silliness and fun

Ranking of Kings: Treasure Chest of Courage

Premiere Date: April 13, 2023 on Crunchyroll

Premise: How prosperous your nation is, how many powerful warriors it boasts, and how heroic and strong its king is. These are the criteria that factor into the system known as the Ranking of Kings. The main character, Bojji, was born the first prince of the kingdom ruled by King Bossu, who is ranked number seven. But Bojji was born unable to hear and is so powerless that he can’t even swing a sword, properly. In consequence, his own retainers and the public, look down upon him as completely unfit to be king. It is then that Bojji finds his first friend, Kage, and Bojji’s life takes a dramatic turn. Ranking of Kings is a masterclass of the grand adventure of this pure hearted boy who stole all of hearts and who goes on to save his kingdom, his family and countless others.

What to Expect: Is this a special animated film or an short anime? I’m not sure entirely but the trailer seems to suggest brand new animation that will be adding a brand new story to the Ranking of Kings universe that we’ve all fallen in love with being in. There seems to be some flashbacks for several key characters like Kage’s childhood (with his mother), Bebin’s time as guardsman in the time before, and even king of the Underworld Desha during the bloody revolution that took place. I’m looking forward to Bojji on yet another adventure with some mysterious stranger, along with some of the other characters traveling and making discoveries!

Recommended for lovers of: If you’re a fan of fantasy adventure anime, seemingly a sequel to a well-loved series, one of Fall 2022 Season most lovable child characters

Dr. Stone: New World

Premiere Date: April 6, 2023 on Crunchyroll

Premise: Several thousand years after a mysterious phenomenon that turns all of humanity to stone, Senku Ishigami awakens. Facing a world of stone and the total collapse of civilization, the extraordinarily intelligent, science-driven boy, Senku, makes up his mind to use science to rebuild the world. Starting with his super strong childhood friend Taiju Oki, who awakened at the same time, they will begin to rebuild civilization from nothing.

What to Expect: Perhaps this series had fans annoying their loved ones with rock puns, maybe this series was more effective in teaching science than high school–what we do know for certain is that the saga returns. With the first episode: lots of Minecraft jokes thanks to the chat! Senku and gang are on on their long-awaited voyage. Revolution is on the horizon and prosperity of mankind is on the minds of our crew. With the Dr. Stone manga now being officially completed in Japan, now fans can look forward to another addition of the story being adapted. Science meets compassion. Curiosity meets responsibility. World views of who gets a say in how the world evolves or doesn’t is still a prevalent theme for this season.

Recommended for lovers of: over the top humor, sci-fiction goodness and more of a crew we love to see

The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Premiere Date: April 6, 2023 on Crunchyroll

Premise/Synopsis: Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again. The man is a “magus,” a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice–and his bride!

What to Expect: Has it really been five years???!??!!! Chise was able to accept Elias and herself, if not necessarily everything about her situation. Then she receives an invitation from a mutual aid organization for mages called the College. Under the British Library exists a secret society of mages. Encounters and interactions with people are about to open some new doors for Chise who once lived a life devoid of love and purpose!

Recommended for lovers of: fantasy romance, schools of magic not created by TERFS and female character centered anime

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury

Premiere Date: April 9, 2023 on Crunchyroll

Premise: The newest entry in the Gundam series presents an era when a multitude of corporations have entered space and built a huge economic system. After transferring to the school colony known as Asticassia School of Technology from the planet Mercury, Suletta Mercury has experienced so much. She’s started a colorful school life filled with excitement and heartbreak , as both Miorine Rembran’s bridegroom and a member of GUNDAM-ARM, Inc. The first cour left viewers (See our site’s review here!) with a stunning cliffhanger and a after credit scenes that we are all still talking about!

What to Expect: It has been two weeks since the incident at Plant Quetta where an ambush was had and other Gundam appeared! Suletta passes her days at the school with friends, anticipating her reunion with Miorine. Meanwhile, her bride has stationed herself at the head office of the Benerit Group, monitoring her father’s condition. The two are about to face new hardships and pressing decisions with new revelations of all the additional players who made themselves known two weeks ago. The two girls will confront the mighty curse the Gundam brings and uncover more plots and enemies coming their way.

Recommended for lovers of: EMOTIONAL DAMAGE™️, Another season of Suletta adoration and most definitely more intrigue from those who want Gundam

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  • Carrie McClain is writer, editor and media scholar. Other times she's known as a Starfleet Communications Officer, Comics Auntie, and Golden Saucer Frequenter. Nowadays you can usually find her avoiding Truck-kun and forgetting her magical girl transformation device. She/Her

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