What were the souls better than 2022? How were they received by the public?
2022 is almost over and, after making a similar reflection on TV series of 2022, it is also necessary to pull the strings for an entertainment sector that is constantly growing. But before proceeding, I want to make a clarification on how I’m going to select the titles that you will read below. In Italy, with souls it is going to identify a work (whether series or film) of Japanese animation, but I will consider the term with a broader meaning, including all animated productions.
The animation industry it is constantly evolving, thanks also to the introduction of new techniques, which allow us to always develop new wonders. Having said that, the words spoken by the director seem fitting to me Guillermo del Torowho during an interview this year for the presentation of his Pinocchiohe said:
“Animation is the art that will save cinema”
Obviously he was referring to the world of cinema, but I am convinced that this concept should also be applied to the world of serialization.
The titles that have been made available in this 2022whether in theaters or on streaming platforms, have been of great merit, but some are more noteworthy than high.
The “top ten” anime titles of 2022
The ranking of the best anime of 2022 that I am about to illustrate to you will refer to all the animated products released last year, whether they are feature films, shorts or serials and above all, as I mentioned above, they will have no territorial borders.
The yardstick I used refers to the type of animation used, the plot and the overall experience that the title gave me, so the 10 souls I’m going to indicate will be those that I was able to enjoy the vision.
10 – Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
In last place in this ranking of the best anime of 2022, we find a series produced by the studio Triggers and inspired by the video game Cyberpunk 2077 from the CD Project.
The first season of Cyberpunk Edgerunners It’s composed by 10 episodesand is available in the anime section of Netflix. The plot follows the story of David Martineza boy who, following a series of accidents that make him lose everything, decides to become a mercenary Edgerunners to survive. The setting refers to that of the video game, therefore a dystopian society, where crime is the order of the day.
The animation itself is very beautiful and structured in a perfect way to adapt to the background. I didn’t really like the plot, very superficial and banal. Overall, the series creates a good experience, which however can certainly be improved. As can be guessed, the second season of Cyberpunk Edgerunners it won’t be done.
9 – Bastard!! The Dark Destroyer
The anime series, based on the homonymous manga by Kazushi Hagiwarawas produced by Liden Films and distributed in two parts, between June and September of 2022up Netflixin the appropriate section for the Souls. Composed of a total of 24 ONA, Bastard!! The Dark Destroyer deals with the events of Tiara North Yokothe daughter of a high priest, who brings the dark sorcerer back to life to save her kingdom Dark Schneider. The anime has a captivating storyline, which fits perfectly with the animation and the soundtrack (the theme song is sung by the group dai Coldrain). By itself, however, this series does not add anything new to the animated adaptation of the 1992leading to a lukewarm and at times repetitive experience.
Overall though, especially for fans of the manga, it’s a highly recommended viewing.
8 – Dragon Ball Super – Super Hero
The spirit of the Red Ribbon Army lives on through two ultimate Androids who call themselves “Super Heroes”.
Crunchyroll is bringing Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO to theaters around the world later this year!
— Crunchyroll (@Crunchyroll) May 10, 2022
Twenty-first film of the franchise, it was distributed in all Italian cinemas starting fromJune 11, 2022. The Italian version was distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment Italyand was a smash hit at the box office. Dragon Ball Super – Super Heroes was written by Akira Toriyama and directed by Tetsuro Kodama and it is very detached from both the series and the other films released so far.
Indeed, in this feature film, the central figures are Small and Gohan (characters praised more than once by the famous mangaka), who will have to face the new threat created by the army of Red Ribbon.
The film follows the same line as those already released in the series Super, introducing a new type of animation. Overall it creates a good experience, with challenging fights, which however sometimes turn out to be too close to a video game. However, for all fans of the manga of Toriyamais a must-see.
7 – Chainsaw Man
Among the most controversial and debated anime of the 2022and which certainly left its mark, we find Chainsaw Man. Based on the manga of the same name by Tatsuki FujimotoTalks about Denjia homeless orphan he meets Littlea Devil Chainsaw, with whom he connects very much. One day, due to an attack of the Yakuzathe boy arrives on the verge of death, but thanks to the little friend he is saved, becoming a hybrid between man and devil, and starting the activity of a demon hunter.
The series, which features a mix of action and horror, has had a huge success, becoming a revelation of 2022. Personally, I really appreciated the animation and the fluidity of the movements, especially during the fights. The inclusion in the week position is due to the fact that I don’t really appreciate the genre, but it’s definitely a series to watch and keep an eye on with great interest.
6 – My Hero Academia – Season 6
Definitely, among the souls most anticipated by fans in 2022, we find the new season of My hero academia. The series, based on the manga by Kōhei Horikoshihas in fact reached its sixth part, adapting one of the crudest saws that fans have already read in the manga.
In fact, here we see an adaptation of the War for the Liberation of the Supernaturalwhere is it deku and his friends, wineskin a Tomura Shigarakialso the former Superpowers Liberation Army. Here, the boys of the Yuueiwill still grow, between very hard battles and serious losses.
The sixth season of this successful anime looks like the previous ones, so with very accurate and dynamic animation, which adapts very well to the many fights that are represented.
For those who haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend catching up on previous seasons as well.
5 – Bleach: Thousand – Year Blood War
After several years of hiatus, thesouls Of Bleach. The series, based on the homonymous cult manga by Tite Kubo, has resumed its production and is currently underway. In fact, everything will be divided into four parts, and at the moment we have only seen the first one finished.
The adaptation will be of the final saga of the paper work, or what is called “saga of the missing substitute Shinigami“, and will finally see the end of this anime too, now started in 2004.
The animation is well cared for, and certainly different from the one used for the first few episodes. The dynamism and the soundtrack create a beautiful experience, for this I highly recommend the vision of this series, which in any case is currently ongoing.
4 – One Piece Film – Red
2022.8.6 → 2023.1.29
— 『ONE PIECE FILM RED』【公式】 (@OP_FILMRED) December 31, 2022
Fifteenth feature film inspired by the famous manga by Eiichiro Oda and released in Italian theaters on December 1st 2022. One Piece Film Reddirected by Goro Taniguchi and produced by Toei Animationsees the introduction of a new character, Utadaughter of Shanks the Red and world famous singer. In addition to different dangers and opponents that the crew of Luffy and companions will have to face, the film also offers an insight into the life of one of the four emperors of the sea.
The film is graphically impeccable, with a new animation that goes very well with the style of the film, which however at times turns out to be a bit heavy due to the continuous musical interludes.
Overall it is highly recommended, but if you want more information, you can also consult our review of One Piece Film – Red.
3 – Spy X Family
Anime series based on the manga of the same name by Tatsuya Endoand currently composed of 25 episodes distributed by the streaming platform Crunchyroll.
Spy X Family deals with the misadventures of the secret agent Twilight, who for a fundamental mission, is forced to build a fictitious family within a few days. The spy finds himself with a daughter, Anyawho possesses psychic powers, and a wife, Yor, who is actually a ruthless killer. This series mixes comic situations with very well animated and fluid action scenes. Personally I really appreciated it, also because it provides a different type of entertainment than what is currently available.
This anime has already been renewed for a second season, and a movie has already been announced, both to be released in 2023.
This too, like Chainsaw Manit can be defined as one of the revelation anime of the 2022and it is definitely worth seeing.
2 – Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies
— スタジオジブリ STUDIO GHIBLI (@JP_GHIBLI) November 12, 2022
Among the best anime of 2022 we find the latest short film made by Studio Ghibliin collaboration with the Lucasfilmreleased on the streaming platform Disney Plus on November 12, 2022.
By itself, this little gem of 3 minutes it is very simple, but also very significant. The short sees the tender Grogu(the famous baby Yoda of the series The Mandalorian) just woke up, which meets with the “blacks of the dark”, the small dots of soot of “my neighbor Totoro”. This film adapts to the typical animation style that made him famous Studio Ghibli in the world, a character of a completely different derivation, perhaps opening the doors to future collaborations, not only with the Lucasfilmbut also with the Disney itself.
In addition to all this, Zen – Grogu and Dust Bunnies it is a very beautiful short, which transmits sensations of harmony and serenity to the viewer, for this reason it is a vision that I absolutely recommend.
1 – The Deer King – The King of the Deer
In second place we find a film made by Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyajitwo former animators of the famous Studio Ghibli, who are now making their directorial debut. The film, released in Italian theaters on June 27, 2022deals with the story of Van, a man who after being bitten by wolves, rescues a little girl from a mine and adopts her as his own daughter. After the incident, a doctor from this world with feudal traits sets out to find him, to investigate a mysterious disease. The story is very complex, and deals with really interesting themes, the first of which is the father-daughter relationship.
The animations are well done and, perhaps recalling the work in the famous Japanese animation studio, the settings are reminiscent of watercolor paintings. A film that I highly recommend to watch and enjoy until the end.