6 must-watch anime arriving for the 2022 summer season
While summer is right around the corner, the summer anime season is still a few months out. (Anime broadcast seasons are divided into yearly quarters, so the summer season doesn’t technically start until July.) Still, there are plenty of new anime premieres on the horizon to look forward to. As we get closer to July, we’ll update our preview with all the most exciting anime premiering this summer as they’re confirmed.
Along with previously announced late spring titles like Vampire in the Garden, the second season of Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, and the new Spriggan anime from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure studio David Production, the long anticipated follow-up to the 2013 breakout fantasy comedy The Devil is a Part-Timer! and Science Saru’s sci-fi take on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Yurei Deco, are slated to air this summer.
As of this writing, we’re still waiting on confirmation regarding the premiere of other highly anticipated series like the second season of Made in Abyss and the third season of Mob Psycho 100. We’ll update this list later once we have a clearer picture of everything the upcoming season has to offer, but in the meantime, here are six new anime premiering this summer that you should look forward to.
Vampire in the Garden
Set several years after humanity’s defeat at the hands of an immortal race of vampires, Vampire in the Garden follows the story of Momo, a young human girl eking out a lonely existence in one of the last human cities, and the vampire queen Fine, who once loved humans and mysteriously disappeared from the battlefield. Crossing paths with one another, the unlikely pair embark on a dangerous journey in search of a fabled “Paradise” where it’s said that humans and vampires once lived together in peace. Produced by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Ranking of Kings) and co-directed by Ryoutarou Makihara (Empire of Corpses) and Hiroyuki Tanaka (Hellsing Ultimate), the trailer for the series boasts an impressive artist and a premise that bears a striking resemblance to 2003’s Wolf’s Rain.
Vampire in the Garden premieres May 16 and will stream on Netflix.
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 2
Following the cliffhanger at the end of season one, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 season 2 follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, Batou, and the rest of Section 9 continuing their battle against the mysterious “post-humans” threatening civilization as they race to solve the mystery behind their emergence. The trailer for this season looks like a marked improvement over the prior season, with a heavy emphasis on dramatic action sequences and a noticeably darker color palette. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 season 2 features returning directors Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki with 3DCG animation production from Production I.G & Sola Digital Arts.
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 season 2 premieres May 23 and will stream on Netflix.
Spriggan follows Yu Ominae, a covert soldier known as a “Spriggan” working with the mysterious ARCAM Corporation to protect ancient alien artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. Based on Hiroshi Takashige and Ryōji Minagawa’s sci-fi action manga, the 2022 anime from director Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kiznaiver) and writer Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100) appears to cover much of the same ground as the 1998 anime film, albeit with a greater focus on the other Spriggan agents supporting Yu as he attempts to prevent the insidious MJ-12 from gaining control over Noah’s Ark.
Spriggan premieres June 18 and will stream on Netflix.
The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2
The 2013 fantasy comedy anime The Devil is a Part-Timer! follows the mundane misadventures of the Demon Lord Satan who, after being defeated in his home dimension of Ente Isla, escapes through a portal that transports him to modern-day Japan. With no knowledge of this world and without his powers, Satan adopts the human identity of Sadao Maou and becomes a part-time employee at a fast food restaurant called “MgRonald’s” in order to survive.
The long-awaited second season will see the return of Sadao, his lieutenant Ashiya, and his frenemy Emi Yusa as they bicker and stumble from one misadventure to the next. They’ll be joined by a new character, Alas Ramus, a mysterious little girl born from an apple. Not returning, however, are studio White Fox and director Naoto Hosoda, who produced the first season of the series, as Daisuke Tsukushi and Studio 3Hz have assumed production responsibilities for this new season.
The Devil is a Part-Timer! season 2 premieres in July.
Uncle from Another World
The premise of nearly every isekai fantasy anime goes something like this: A mild-mannered everyman, or some hapless layabout, finds themselves transported to an alternate world of myth and magic far removed from the mundanity of their own. Maybe they got hit by a truck and were reincarnated, maybe they fell asleep playing a video game, or maybe they got whisked through a portal — the “how they got there” doesn’t really matter. What matters here is that any isekai fan worth their salt knows that these types of stories usually end in one of two ways: The protagonist either remains in this new world and lives out the rest of their lives or, in true Campbellian fashion, they return to their own world having grown through this experience.
The new comedy isekai Uncle from Another World takes the latter scenario and flips it on its head, following a teenager named Takafumi whose uncle awakens from a 17-year-long coma believing he was transported to another world. Was Takafumi’s uncle really transported to another world, or is he just recovering from his coma? Either way, he’s got to get caught up on everything that’s transpired in the past two decades, from high-speed internet and smartphones to modern-day anime tropes!
Uncle from Another World premieres in July.
Loosely inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Yurei Deco is set in a futuristic world where augmented reality technology and digital avatars co-exist side by side with the physical world. The series follow Berry, a young girl who befriends Hack, a tech wiz and leader of a group known as the Ghost Detectives Club. When Berry discovers the legend of Zero, a mysterious figure said to lurk somewhere beneath the surface of their advanced society, she and Hack embark on a journey in search of them and the truth behind their world.
The latest original anime series from Science Saru, the studio behind hit shows like 2018’s Devilman Crybaby and 2020’s Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Yurei Deco will be directed by Tomohisa Shimoyama and written by Dai Satō, who is known for his work on such anime as Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Ergo Proxy.
Yurei Deco premieres in July and will stream on Crunchyroll.