With Youmacon 2022 right around the corner, from November 3-6, 2022, it is the perfect time to catch up on this year's anime and manga. Below we will cover not only the top anime you may have missed from this year, but the most anticipated upcoming anime and all the manga tie-ins we can get our hands on. Let us know what other new manga you would like us to have available at the library by suggesting a purchase.
Here's what you may have missed:
Princess Connect! – In the beautiful land of Astraea where a gentle breeze blows, a young man named Yuuki awakens with no memory of his past. There he encounters a guide who has sworn to care for him—Kokkoro, a lovely swordswoman who's always feeling peckish—Pecorine, and a cat-eared sorceress with a prickly attitude—Karyl.
Led by fate, these four come together to form the "Gourmet Guild."
Ranking of Kings – 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. 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.
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Ya Boy Kongming! – 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.
Bubble – The story is set in Tokyo, after bubbles that broke the laws of gravity rained down upon the world. Cut off from the outside world, Tokyo has become a playground for a group of young people who have lost their families, acting as a battlefield for parkour team battles as they leap from building to building.
Hibiki, a young ace known for his dangerous play style, makes a reckless move one day and plummets into the gravity-bending sea. His life is saved by Uta, a girl with mysterious powers. The pair then hear a unique sound audible only to them.
Why did Uta appear before Hibiki? Their encounter leads to a revelation that will change the world.
[Source: Netflix Anime]
Dance Dance Danseur – Danseur noble—a ballet dancer qualified to dance the role of the prince.
Second-year junior high school student Junpei Murao was fascinated by ballet as a boy, but gave up on dancing after his father's death, as he had to become a man. However, one day, a beautiful transfer student named Godai Miyako appears before him.
Miyako takes notice of Junpei's love of ballet and invites him to dance with her. Along with Miyako's cousin Mori Ruou, he begins his career as a full-fledged ballet dancer, with the aim of becoming the world's best dancer—the Danseur noble. Only those who have sacrificed everything are permitted to stand in the beautiful and harsh world of classical ballet.
What will be the fate of a total beginner like Junpei?
Thermae Romae Novae – Lucius, a bath designer in the Roman Empire, accidentally slips back in time to present day Japan and learns about Japanese bath culture in this comedy.
Birdie Wing – After Eve’s first meet-up with Aoi on the grass left her in defeat, she’s had her eyes set on a rematch to return the favor. Both of these up-and-coming golfers are highly skilled, highly unique and most of all, highly competitive. With dreams of making it pro, a rivalry is in full swing as they both battle it out in the biggest tournaments.
[Source: Netflix TV Series]
Tomodachi Game – 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 will they trust or betray their precious friends? The true nature of humanity is exposed in the ultimate psychological game.
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Overlord – Newly crowned Ains has big plans for his Sorcerer Kingdom, but so do his enemies. Deep in the mountains of Azerlisia lie the Dwarves' mortal enemy, a demi-human race, the Quagoa, gathered ready to invade.
To make matters worse, other kingdoms conspire to overthrow the undead king. Will his vision for a utopia come to fruition? Heavy lies the crown, even for the guy with unlimited power.
The Yakuza’s Guide to Babysitting – Kirishima Toru was accustomed to solving all problems through violence and was called “the Demon of Sakuragi” by the underbelly of society. One day, the boss of the Sakuragi family suddenly summons Kirishima and appoints him caretaker of his only daughter, Yaeka.
This is a heartwarming comedy about a yakuza crime family’s right-hand man and the boss’ only daughter. The two of them are about to begin their new daily lives together.
Aoashi – Ashito Aoi is a middle schooler who lives in Ehime, and the ace of an unremarkable soccer club. The day that they lost the final tournament of middle school, Ashito runs along the ocean in frustration, before running into a man who had been watching his game.
That man is Tatsuya Fukuda, the coach of the leading high-school-aged youth J-League team, "Tokyo City Esperion FC." After sensing immense potential in Ashito's still-unrefined skills, he describes his ambition:
"I want to build a team, and use it to take over the world. Our club isn't going to be a milestone for players who take on the world. Our club is going to be the world. And to make this happen, I'm going to need some 'aces' to train."
After hearing Fukuda's offer, Ashito decides to head to Tokyo and try out for his team.
A Couple of Cuckoos – Mixed up with another family's child as a baby, high school student Umino Nagi is finally meeting his biological parents.
On the day of their meeting, he happens to encounter Amano Erika, a high school student at a prestigious and wealthy girls school. At her request, he's half-forced into pretending to be her boyfriend so she can avoid marrying her fiancé.
However, not only were they the babies who had been mixed up, they're also engaged to each other. The loving parents of both families officially recognize their engagement, and the couple begin living together.
Nagi is in love with his classmate Segawa Hiro, and Erika is determined to rebel against her father, so the couple agree not to get involved with each other.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? – Labyrinth City Orario—a city located on the surface of a massive underground labyrinth known as the “Dungeon.”
In this city, a young aspiring adventurer, together with his tiny goddess and friends he has made, has escaped death several times and “ranked up” at an unprecedented rate.
One day, he receives a letter—an invitation to an expedition to an unexplored level within the Dungeon. Along with his friends, the young adventurer takes a step forward, into uncharted territory.
This is the “Familia Myth” recorded by a young man and his goddess.
[Source: ANIPLUS Asia]
Classroom of the Elite – Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School seems like a paradise, but in reality, it is an extreme meritocracy. In the class of underachievers, Kiyotaka has begun working with Suzune, who seeks to ascend higher.
After a survival test on an uninhabited island, they get to enjoy a luxury liner, but a new class-scrambling test will begin. Will they work for their class, their group, or themselves?
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Suzume no Tojimari – Seventeen-year-old Suzume's journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I'm looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck.
Seemingly mesmerized by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob. Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.
Drawn in by this mysterious door, Suzume's journey is about to begin.
[Source: Suzume Tojimari Movie]
Golden Kamuy – The story takes place in the mighty northern field of Hokkaido, the time is in the turbulent late Meiji Era. Post-war soldier Sugimoto, also known as “Immortal Sugimoto,” was in need of large sums of money for a particular purpose.
What awaited Sugimoto, who stepped into Hokkaido’s Gold Rush with dreams of making a fortune, was a tattoo map leading to a hidden treasure based on hints inscribed on the bodies of convicts in Abashiri Prison. A battle for a hidden treasure—and survival—begins.
Lum the Invader Girl – Lum, the gorgeous daughter of an invading race of Oni Aliens is smitten with high school student Ataru Moroboshi. A dedicated womanizer, Ataru is unfazed by Lum’s fierce electric shock attacks and continues his daily hunt for pretty girls.
With a host of other unique characters, including classmate Shinobu; elegant shrine maiden Sakura; Lum’s best friends Oyuki, Benten and Ran; Buddhist Monk Cherry; Ten, the little brat; Shutaro Mendo, heir to a wealthy family; and the secret female beauty, Ryunosuke; this is a classic slapstick love comedy where anything goes.
[Source: Fuji Creative Corporation]
To Every You I've Loved Before – A world where it has been proven that people swing between slightly different parallel worlds on a daily basis.
After his parents' divorce, Koyomi Takasaki, who lives with his mother, enters a local high school. However, he is suddenly approached by classmate Kazune Takigawa. She says that she has moved from the 85th world and that Koyomi and Kazune are lovers there. Is who he is in the parallel world the same as in this world?
[Source: Crunchyroll News]
To Me, The One Who Loved You – A world where it has been proven that people swing between slightly different parallel worlds on a daily basis.
Koyomi Hidaka, who lives with his father after his parents' divorce, meets a girl named Sato Shiori at the Institute of False Quality Science where his father works. They both have a little crush on each other, but when their parents remarry, everything changes.
Convinced that they will never be together, Koyomi and Shiori try to jump to another world where they won't be brother and sister... but a world without her has no meaning.
[Source: Crunchyroll News]
Welcome to Demon School! – Human boy Suzuki Iruma becomes "grandson" to the great demon Sullivan and begins attending demon school where "Grandpa" serves as chair. Winning friends—and rising in demon rank, too—Iruma thrives in his new environment, overcoming the harrowing ordeals thrown his way.
In the new season, further challenges await. It's harvest season, and time for the annual test when students wade into the expansive and extremely dangerous jungle to compete for food. Classmates become rivals, and what erupts is a gargantuan battle of brawn and wits.
[Source: NHK Enterprises]
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Winter 2023 and Beyond...
Check out these manga selections to get ahead of their anime counterparts that will air in winter 2023 and beyond.