From Suzume to Blue Eye Samurai - Good Anime of 2023

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When Suzume Came to Town

Suzume is arguably Shinkai at his best. The film is simultaneously about trying to save the world and also confronting the inevitability of grief. It explores and addresses the grief, love and heartbreak that are bundled up in the real-life trauma of surviving a disaster.

One Piece

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, this time taking the anime series of more than 1,000 episodes into the world of live action. The adaptation of the beloved manga series by the same name manages to stay buoyant while sifting through the original material.

Netflix’s Ooku: The Inner Chambers

A mysterious plague claims only young men as its victims, which throws Edo-era Japan into both a medical and socio-political crisis. Intensely melancholic and meticulously researched

Netflix’s Blue Eye Samurai

Edo-period inspired drama, which has gone on to become one of the platform’s most critically acclaimed series.The setting is Japan in the 1600s, when its borders were closed to the outside world, and white people were banished.

My Happy Marriage

It follows the Cinderella-like story of Miyo, who lives with her father’s abusive family after the early death of her mother, and is arranged to marry a high-ranking officer without her consent. The officer turns out to be good for her.


An enchanting cocktail of spy action and comedy, returned for a second season. The show combines the deceptions of espionage with the stresses of parenting when secret agent Twilight is tasked with building a family as a cover for a mission. 

Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen returned with updated action this season. Fans have always joked about how it's a more evolved and less sexist Naruto because of the space it gives its female characters (also a nicer Sasuke).

Waiting for Miyazaki

We’re still lying in wait to see 82-year-old filmmaker and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki’s latest outing, The Boy and the Heron. The film is based on Genzaburo Yoshino’s How Do You Live and according to producer Toshio Suzuki, it’s “semi-autobiographical”.

Attack on Titan

The final season of Attack on Titan is riveting. The series features one of the most legendary break-bad moments for a protagonist of a series.The tonal shift in Attack on Titan came with one of the biggest heel-turns in modern anime.


A live-action Naruto is in the making after several botched attempts. Naruto Shipudden’s subbed version recently arrived on Netflix, along with its less revered sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.