The current winter anime season offers an excellent selection of new shows for fans of all genres. With all of these options, you may be asking yourself, “What should I do?” Really Are you watching this season?”

The resident anime fans have compiled a short list of the anime we watched and enjoyed this winter season. From ongoing new releases to old favorites that just feel appropriate for the season, we have a range of recommendations that should please any curious anime fan looking for a new (or new) show to watch.

Here are some of the best anime you should watch this winter season.

Solo leveling

Image: A-1 Pictures/Crunchyroll

Where to stream: Crunchyroll

Solo leveling was one of the most anticipated series of this season, and for good reason: the Korean web novel it’s based on is a huge cultural phenomenon, and damn entertaining too. While the show starts slowly, it’s nice to see a shonen take the time to show our protagonist at his deepest, all knowing that he’ll become a god over the course of the series.

In addition, the series is very carefully constructed Solo levelingIt’s a complex world, which should make things even more exciting when Jin-woo finally figures out his powers and the fact that he’s the only one in the world with the ability to level up. In the meantime, A-1 Pictures’ excellent animation is more than enough to keep the series entertaining as it develops into something truly special. –Austen Goslin

Delicious in the dungeon

Image: Studio Trigger/Netflix

Where to stream: Netflix

You’ve probably heard about it by now Delicious in the dungeon. If you haven’t, I’d like to tell you why you should take the time to watch one of the best new anime this season. The series follows a group of adventurers who, after being defeated by a fearsome red dragon, embark on a journey into the depths of a vast dungeon to save one of their own. One problem: They have no money to buy provisions, so they have to get as much food as possible by cooking the various creatures they find on their quest.

As my colleague Joshua Rivera so aptly put it, it essentially is Baldur’s Gate 3 through Chef’s Table, with each episode offering a variety of dishes that look stranger and more delicious than the last. It’s an entertaining fantasy adventure with moderate stakes, colorful characters, and surprises around every corner. –Toussaint Egan

The pharmacist diaries

Image: Toho Animation Studio, OLM/Crunchyroll

Where to stream: Crunchyroll

Not only am I following the weekly episodes of this season’s latest releases, but I’m also checking out a few series that I missed in 2023. One of those anime that I’ve seen – and that I’m figuratively following (I’m annoyed that I missed it to begin with) – is The pharmacist diaries.

Director: Norihiro Naganuma (The old magician’s bride) and based on the light novel series by Natsu Hyūga, the anime is best described as a historical mystery drama with romantic elements. The story follows a young pharmacist named Maomao who is kidnapped and sold as a servant in a palace built for the concubines of a powerful emperor. After solving a mystery and saving the life of one of the emperor’s heirs, Maomao is promoted to poison tester and unofficial pathologist. He clears up various other mishaps and advises on puzzling puzzles in and around the palace.

It’s quickly become one of my favorite watches of late, and with the second installment of the series currently streaming on Crunchyroll this season, I’m confident it has a good chance of landing on our upcoming list of the best watches of the year so far . —TE

Cinema’s journey

Image: ACGT, Genco/Sentai Filmworks

Where to stream: HIDDEN

I know this movie is not on Netflix or Crunchyroll, but trust me – I promise it’s still worth looking for!

As the weather outside gets cooler, some people travel out of town to visit warmer climates until the season changes. Whenever I think of traveling, one of my favorite animes inevitably comes to mind: the adaptation of Cinema’s journey. Directed by the late, great Ryūtarō Nakamura (Serial experiments laid out), the anime follows Kino, an itinerant traveler and trained gunslinger who travels the world and explores exotic locations aboard her talking, intelligent motorcycle, Hermes.

It’s an anime about the journey really is the goal, with each episode existing as a standalone adventure in which Kino encounters a new oddity or obstacle that provokes pondering about individual and cultural influences behind each country’s idiosyncratic customs. It’s a fantastic philosophical adventure series that also has a lot of action and intrigue. —TE


Image: A-1 Images/Aniplex

Where to stream: Crunchyroll, Hulu

If you’re looking for a suitably chill mystery drama to watch, Deleted is the perfect anime for the season. Directed by Tomohiko Itō (Sword art online), the series tells the story of a struggling 29-year-old named Satoru, who is unwillingly transported back in time after witnessing his mother’s death. To prevent her death and clear his own name, Satoru must solve the disappearance of his childhood classmate Kayo. Similar to Tokyo Revengers, Deleted is a story about the smallest actions having devastating consequences as Satoru races against and through time to prevent a tragedy that, if left unchecked, will inevitably lead to more tragedy. It’s an exciting sci-fi drama and a hellish crime thriller with lots of twists and turns and an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a shorter anime to watch this season. —TE

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