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Spring 2022 Anime Roundup!

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Source: Kaguya-sama: Love is War website

It’s that time of the year – spring has sprung in Tokyo, meaning new beginnings, new experiences, and of course, plenty of new anime!

If you haven’t been keeping up, then fear not. Here, we have release dates, trailers, and plots for the upcoming season’s anime series so that you can browse through at your leisure. We’ll kick things off with sequel anime (new seasons and cours) and then move onto new anime. Whether you’re looking for action-packed adventures, romcom romps, or superhero shenanigans, there’s bound to be something for you!

Contents
1. Sequel Anime
2. New Anime

– Sequel Anime

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2

Release: April 6
Studio: DR Movie, Kinema Citrus

Iwatani Naofumi, a run-of-the-mill otaku, finds a book in the library that summons him to another world. He is tasked with joining the sword, spear, and bow as one of the Four Cardinal Heroes and fighting the Waves of Catastrophe as the Shield Hero. Excited by the prospect of a grand adventure, Naofumi sets off with his party. However, merely a few days later, he is betrayed and loses all his money, dignity, and respect. Unable to trust anyone anymore, he employs a slave named Raphtalia and takes on the Waves and the world. But will he really find a way to overturn this desperate situation?

Source: Crunchyroll

Kaguya-sama: Love is War: Ultra Romantic (Season 3)

Release: April 9
Studio: A-1 Pictures

From a good family? Check! A good personality? Check! Shuchiin Academy is where all these elite students with bright futures flock to. As the two leaders of the student council, Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane have supposedly fallen in love… But after almost half a year, nothing has happened!? They both have too much pride and can’t be honest. Things have gotten troublesome, and they are now caught in a war of “How to get the other to confess their love first.” This is a whole new romantic comedy, following an outbreak of cunning warfare between two elite students in love.

Source: Crunchyroll

Date A Live IV

Release: April 8
Studio: GEEKTOYS

Ordinary high school boy Shido discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the spacequakes. Shido is recruited to help “seal” the sprits and end their threat to mankind. There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit—is to make her fall in love with you.

Source: Crunchyroll

Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2

Release: April 7
Studio: OLM

At a high school full of unique characters, Tadano helps his shy and unsociable classmate Komi reach her goal of making friends with 100 people.

Source: Netflix

Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden Final Season

Release: April 3
Studio: Shaft

In exchange for the fulfillment of a wish, Magical Girls keep fighting, unbeknownst to the rest of the world. But Iroha Tamaki can’t seem to remember her wish. “When I became a Magical Girl, what did I wish for again?” There is a gaping hole in her life. Something important has been lost. But she continues to fight every day, without even knowing why… Then, a rumor begins to spread among Magical Girls. “Magical Girls can be saved if they go to Kamihama.” Kamihama City, the city where Magical Girls and Uwasa are gathering. The story of Iroha Tamaki, in search of her lost wish, begins…

Source: Crunchyroll

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It Season 2

Release: April 2
Studio: Zero-G

What happens when a science-inclined girl and boy who are deeply passionate about research fall in love? An intelligent woman named Himuro Ayame who is a science graduate student at Saitama University happens to ask fellow science grad student Yukimura Shinya out. Of course, there’s no logical reason for this love! But as a science and engineering major, not being able to logically prove love would mean that those feelings aren’t real, and they’d fail as a science student. With that in mind, the two drag everyone else in the lab into trying various experiments to prove love actually exists.

Source: Crunchyroll

Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3

Release: April 12
Studio: Ajia-Do

Avid bookworm and college student Motosu Urano ends up dying in an unforeseen accident. This came right after the news that she would finally be able to work as a librarian like she had always dreamed of. When she regained consciousness, she was reborn as Main, the daughter of a poor soldier. She was in the town of Ehrenfest, which had a harsh class system. But as long as she had books, she didn’t really need anything else. However, books were scarce and belonged only to the nobles. But that doesn’t stop her, so she makes a decision… “If there aren’t any books, I’ll just create some.”

Source: Crunchyroll

The Demon Girl Next Door 2-Chome (Season 2)

Release: April 8
Studio: J.C.Staff

Yuko Yoshida is just an ordinary schoolgirl — until one day the demon Lilith unleashes her dormant, devilish powers! Yuko transforms into Shadow Mistress Yuko, a supernatural powerhouse with horns and a devil tail. Now she must defeat another mystical being named Momo Chiyoda, the shrine maiden of the Light Clan who just so happens to go to Yuko’s school! But being a demonic magical girl isn’t as easy as it looks, and Yuko has a lot to learn before she’s ready to fulfill her destiny.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

☆ Kingdom Season 4

Release: April 10
Studio: Pierrot, Studio Signpost

Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of proving themselves on the battlefield until the day Hyou is captured by a minister. The boy manages to escape and return to his village, but he is badly injured. Shin then meets a mysterious youth who bears an eerie resemblance to Hyou—a boy who will one day become emperor!

Source: Crunchyroll

Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2

Release: April 2
Studio: Sunrise

Nijigasaki High School is known for their diverse subjects and the freedom they give to students. Second-year student Yu Takasaki has been turned on to the charms of school idols, so she knocks on the door of the School Idol Club with her friend, Ayumu Uehara. Sometimes friends, sometimes rivals, the members of this club each contribute their own thoughts and motivations to the group.

Source: Crunchyroll

☆ Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 4

Release: April
Studio: Hayabusa Film

Source: Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Twitter

After growing up in Tokyo, high school student Jin Kaito moves to Nagoya where he meets Yatogame Monaka, a fellow student who puts her Nagoya dialect on full display. With her cat-like appearance and unvarnished Nagoya dialect, Yatogame won’t open up to him at all. This popular local comedy is increasing the status of Nagoya through observation of the adorable Yatogame-chan!

Source: Crunchyroll

KAGI-NADO Season 2

Release: April
Studio: Liden Films Kyoto Studio

Source: KAGI-NADO Twitter

This is the story of a small miracle. Stars from different universes and different times that were never meant to cross paths. By irony of fate, these stars come together in “Kaginado Academy”. What awaits them there is a lively school life full of hope and dreams. The wonderful encounters provide the stars with new radiance. What awaits beyond that radiance…?

Source: Crunchyroll

☆ Amaim Warrior at the Borderline Part 2

Release: April
Studio: Sunrise Beyond

It’s 2061, and the nation of Japan lies under the jackboots of economic bloc world tyrants. Its people scrape by to survive while hiding from AMAIM mech enforcers. But destiny smiles on introverted mechanic Shiiba Amou when he finds the AI, I-LeS Gai—the final key needed to power his own unit. Can this young freedom fighter spark the flames of rebellion for his beloved country and free its people?

Source: Funimation

Tiger & Bunny 2

Release: April 8
Studio: Sunrise

Mismatched hero duo Wild Tiger and Barnaby lead the way in keeping the peace and getting sponsors as heroes from around the world enter the fray.

Source: Netflix Anime

☆ Build Divide -#FFFFFF- Code White (Season 2)

Release: April 3
Studio: Liden Films

In a city where the King reigns supreme, your strength in Build-Divide determines everything… There is a rumor circulating in Shin Kyoto. “Anyone able to defeat the King in Build-Divide shall be granted whatever their heart desires.” In order to challenge the King, one must first enter the battle known as Rebuild. There, they will have to complete the “Key.” The young Teruto Kurabe vows to defeat the King so that he can get what he longs for. He, with a little guidance from the mysterious Sakura Banka, dives headfirst into the Rebuild Battle.

Source: Crunchyroll

– New Anime

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie

Release: April 9
Studio: Doga Kobo

The ultimate “heartthrob girlfriend” appears! Naturally unlucky high school student Izumi’s girlfriend is his classmate Shikimori. She has a beautiful smile and kind personality and always seems happy when she’s with Izumi. She’s a pretty, cute, and loving girlfriend, but when Izumi’s in trouble… she transforms into a super cool “heartthrob girlfriend!” The fun lives of the cute and cool Shikimori, Izumi, and their good friends never end! This 1000% precious romantic comedy begins now!

Source: Crunchyroll

Spy x Family

Release: April 9
Studio: Wit Studio, CloverWorks

A spy who goes by the codename “Twilight” is ordered to create a fake family to facilitate his latest mission. Unbeknownst to him, however, the woman he chooses as his “wife” is actually an assassin, the little girl he “adopts” is a telepath, and even the family dog has the ability to predict the future.

Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall

Release: April 3
Studio: Bibury Animation CG, Bibury Animation Studios

A new anime series from the Black Rock Shooter franchise, which began with a series of illustrations by Ryohei Fuke (also known as huke) and expanded into a hit song by Supercell’s Ryo, manga, anime and games. While each version takes place in a different universe, they all revolve around Black Rock Shooter, a young woman with dark hair and a flaming blue eye who carries a rapid-fire, high speed cannon.

A Couple of Cuckoos

Release: April
Studio: SynergySP, Shin-Ei Animation

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. But once Nagi makes it to dinner, he finds his parents have decided to resolve the hospital switch by conveniently having him marry the daughter his birth parents raised…who turns out to be none other than Erika herself!

Source: Kodansha USA

Summer Time Rendering

Release: April 15
Studio: OLM

A tragic incident calls a young man named Shinpei back to his hometown on the remote island of Higotoshima, Japan. But something sinister awaits upon his return, and a chilling sequence of events unfolds that will have dire consequences for Shinpei, for Japan, and for the entire world!

Source: Udon Entertainment

☆ Skeleton Knight in Another World

Release: April 7
Studio: HORNETS, Studio Kai

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! Arc decides to spend his time as a mercenary so as not to attract attention to himself. However, he’s not the kind of man who can stand idly by when he witnesses evil acts take place right before his eyes! This isekai fantasy series about the Skeleton Knight’s unintentional quest to make the world a better place has arrived!!

Source: Crunchyroll

Aharen-san wa Hakarenai

Release: April 2, 2022
Studio: Felix Film

A romantic comedy following the friendship between Reina Aharen, a high school girl who struggles with interpersonal boundaries, and Raido Matsuboshi, the kind-hearted boy who sits next to her.

Aoashi

Release: April 9
Studio: Production I.G

Ashito Aoi is a young, aspiring soccer player from a backwater town in Japan. His hopes of getting into a high school with a good soccer club are dashed when he causes an incident during a critical match for his team, which results in their loss and elimination from the tournament. Nevertheless, he catches the eye of someone important who happened to be visiting from Tokyo. How will things turn out for Ashito?

Source: Shogakukan Asia

Love After World Domination

Release: April 8
Studio: Project No.9

In a world of superheroes and villains, Fudo Aikawa leads the Gelato Five as his heroic alter ego Red Gelato. However, what everyone doesn’t know is that he and Desumi Magahara, the leader of secret evil organization Gekko, have inconveniently fallen for each other and are now in a loving relationship…

☆ Love All Play

Release: April 2
Studio: Nippon Animation, OLM

Despite a lack of proper instruction, junior high school student Ryo Mizushima makes it to the prefectural tournaments for badminton and catches the eye of Coach Ebihara from the prestigious Yokohama Minato High School. Spurred on by his new coach and talented teammates, Ryo begins to aim for victory at the inter-high tournament.

☆ I’m Quitting Heroing

Release: April 5
Studio: EMT Squared

After saving humanity from the despicable Demon King, Leo Demonhart does not earn a hero’s standing. Instead, he is regarded with suspicion and hostility by those he fought to protect. Treated as a pariah with nowhere else to turn, exiled Leo seeks a position in the army of his former nemesis! But the army is not what it once was before its defeat at Leo’s hands, so to maintain his new position, Leo must whip the forces back into fighting shape.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

The Executioner and Her Way of Life

Release: April 2
Studio: Egg Firm, SB Creative

The Lost Ones are wanderers who come here from a distant world known as “Japan.” No one knows how or why they leave their homes. The only thing that is certain is that they bring disaster and calamity. The duty of exterminating them without remorse falls to Menou, a young Executioner. When she meets Akari, it seems like just another job…until she discovers it’s impossible to kill this girl! And when Menou begins to search for a way to defeat this immortality, Akari is more than happy to tag along! So begins a journey that will change Menou forever…

Source: Yen Press

☆ The Dawn of the Witch

Release: April 8
Studio: Tezuka Productions

Saybil is a magic student with no memories of his life before he met a mysterious silver-haired woman in an alley. Now he travels with his teacher, Loux—another student, Holt, and the beastfallen Kudo for “special training”… but this field trip may not be as routine as it seems!

Source: Kodansha USA

☆ Tomodachi Game

Release: April 6
Studio: Okuruto Noboru

High school student Katagiri Yuichi, who values friendship above all else, enjoys a fulfilling life with his close friends Sawagiri Shiho, Mikasa Tenji, Shibe Makoto, and Kokorogi Yutori.

However, after a particular incident, they’re dragged into a debt repayment game.

The only way to beat the “Tomodachi Game” is to not doubt their friends. Bound together by solid friendships, the game should’ve been easy, but– The hugely popular comic that sold over two million copies is finally becoming an anime! Will they trust or betray their precious friends? The true nature of humanity is exposed in the ultimate psychological game!

Source: Crunchyroll

☆ Deaimon

Release: April 6
Studio: Encourage Films

After 10 years spent chasing his dreams in Tokyo, Nagomu Irino receives word that his father is sick and returns to Kyoto to take over the family business, a wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) shop. There, his mother expects him to fill the role of a parent to a young girl named Itsuka Yukihira, who has declared that she’ll be the one to take over the shop. Although she initially views Nagomu with hostility, she begins reveals a different side to her as they work together.

☆ Heroine Tarumono!: Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto

Release: April 7
Studio: Lay-duce

Hiyori Suzumi leaves the country for Tokyo in hopes of joining the track and field team at her new school, only to be drawn into the world of idols by her new classmates – Yujiro Someya and Aizo Shibasaki, members of idol group LIPxLIP. In addition to her busy new life as a high school student, she must now face the challenges of being a junior idol manager.

☆ Ya Boy Kongming!

Release: April 5
Studio: P.A. Works

Fate and reincarnation deliver brilliant military strategist, Kongming, from warring, ancient China to Japan’s modern party hot spot in Shibuya City, Tokyo. After a lifetime of battles and military skirmishes, Kongming wished with his last breath to be reborn in a world of peace and prosperity. It’s nearly two millennia later and he’s finding his way in a very different world than that of his past life. When he meets Eiko, an amateur musician with big dreams, the unlikely duo strikes up an even unlikelier friendship. Eiko has street smarts to help Kongming navigate this strange new world, and Kongming will use his strategic mind to help Eiko achieve stardom!

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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

Release: April 3
Studio: ENGI

Office worker Leon is reincarnated into a dating sim video game, where women reign supreme and only beautiful men have a seat at the table. But Leon has a secret weapon: he remembers everything from his past life, which includes a complete playthrough of the very game in which he is now trapped. Can Leon spark a revolution to change this new world order?

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody

Release: April 6
Studio: Blade, SILVER LINK.

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.

Ard enrolls into the Academy of Magic with his childhood friend Ireena and no matter how much he tries not to stand out, he can’t hide the fact that he is not ordinary.

He is constantly surrounded by people awestruck by him, and many try to approach him. Meanwhile, the demons of the world who once struck fear into the hearts of the people have also gone into hiding…

Will the former Demon Lord be able to achieve the peaceful and mundane life he’s always dreamed of? A heroic academy-life fantasy filled with chaos is about to begin!

Source: Crunchyroll

☆ Dance Dance Danseur

Release: April 9
Studio: MAPPA

After the death of his father, a teenage boy named Junpei gives up his dream of becoming a ballet dancer, believing that he must become more masculine. However, the arrival of a transfer student sets him back on the path to become a great dancer.

Fanfare of Adolescence

Release: April 2
Studio: Lay-duce

Set in a demanding school that only admits 10 to 20 students per year, Fanfare of Adolescence is a youth drama that follows the lives of three young men – a boy who formerly belonged to an idol group, a boy who was raised on a remote island, and a boy from England whose parents dictate his future for him – as they train to become professional horse racing jockeys. Can they make it through three years of schooling that tests not only their motor skills and academic prowess, but also their physical attributes as well?

Don’t Hurt Me, My Healer!

Release: April 10
Studio: Jumondo

The story of the series follows Arvin, a knight with saint-like patience for annoying people, and Karla, a dark elf healer with a sharp tongue and a rotten personality who always speaks without thinking first. Together, they form a party and go on fantastical adventures.

Source: Crunchyroll

Shachiku-san wa Yojo Yurei ni Iyasaretai.

Release: April 7
Studio: Project No.9

Corporate slave Fujihara is working late at night when she hears an eerie voice telling her to get out. However, she discovers that instead of a creepy creature, but it’s an adorable ghost who simply wants her to rest and live a healthier life!

RPG Real Estate

Release: April 6
Studio: Doga Kobo

In a fantasy world where it’s been 15 years since the demon king was defeated, a young magician named Kotone works as a real estate agent with several unique colleagues, including the mischievous and free-spirited Fa, the monk Rufuria, and the soldier Rakira.

In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki

Release: April 10
Studio: CloverWorks

An adaptation of a manga series by Teasing Master Takagi’s Soichiro Yamamoto. A talented young kunoichi (female ninja) named Tsubaki lives in a remote village whose inhabitants are absolutely forbidden to have contact with men. However, she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to finally meet a man…

☆ Healer Girl

Release: April 4
Studio: Studio 3Hz

In a world where injuries and ailments are treated by Healers through song, four girls do their best to train their skills as apprentices and bring relief to those around them.

Shin Ikki Tousen

Release: March 27
Studio: Arms

An adaptation of the sequel manga to Ikki Tousen, in which fighters across different schools wear magatama, or sacred beads that hold the essence of warriors from China’s Three Kingdom era, thsu bestowing upon its holder the powers and fate of that warrior.

☆ Birdie Wing: Golf Girls’ Story

Release: April 6
Studio: Bandai Namco Pictures

An original anime set in a fictional European country, where a brilliant golfer named Eve earns a living by playing betting games. One fateful day, she witnesses a shot by someone from a completely different walk of life – Aoi Amawashi, an elite golfer who nevertheless plays to enjoy the sport. Thus, they go on to influence each other and develop as fellow golfers.

Shadowverse Flame

Release: April 2
Studio: Zexcs

The second anime adaptation from Cygames’ Shadowverse card game franchise, focusing on Tenryu Light, a beginner who transfers into pro training facility Shadova College.

Estab-Life: Great Escape

Release: April
Studio: Polygon Pictures

An anime set in the world of a mixed-media project led by Code Geass’ Goro Taniguchi, which explores a world where humans also exist in the forms of cyborgs and supernatural beings. Huge walls controlled by artificial intelligence have split Tokyo into areas known as Clusters, leading to unique cultures within each. Although most people live in peace without ever leaving their own Cluster, some don’t fit in and dream of moving to another.

Onipan!

Release: April
Studio: Wit Studio

In a world where oni (demons) are no longer feared and coexist with humans, three young oni transfer into a junior high school in an attempt to improve how people see their species with the help of their trusty oni underpants, or “onipan!”

Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: Go Rush!!

Release: April 3
Studio: Bridge

Source: Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: Go Rush!! website

Twin elementary school students Yuhi and Yuamu Odo run a business that claims to exterminate aliens. Unfortunately, they’re unable to actually find any – that is, until the day they meet Yudias, an alien from a distant star who seeks Rush Duel in hopes of bringing his exiled friends to a new future.

Found any new anime to look out for? We definitely have! Our watchlists keep growing and growing, but we’ll count that as a good problem to have. Thanks for reading all the way down to here, and see you next time!

This is a Tokyo Otaku Mode original article.

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