The COVID-19 pandemic played havoc with film and television productions everywhere when it swept the globe in 2020, and anime was no exception.
Studios announced a spate of delays as Japan entered a state of emergency, with big shows like “One Piece” and “My Hero Academia” among the early victims. The outlook was bleak in terms of production, but the one silver lining was that anime consumption began to increase, a byproduct of people seeking out new things to watch during lockdowns and quarantines. “Streaming and COVID-19 have entrenched anime’s global popularity,” said The Economist, pointing out that the 2020 film “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” broke the “box office record for a foreign language debut” in the States.
The appetite for anime has never been bigger in the West, and it’s as huge as ever at home, where studios have been working hard to deal with the immense backlog. Thankfully, many of the titles that were put on hold because of coronavirus are finally set to drop in 2022, which is shaping up to be a banner year for anime. From new adaptations of old classics to long-awaited final seasons and feature length films expected to make an impact, these are the most anticipated anime confirmed for 2022.