Why 2022 could be a big year for his anime series – 71Bait

Anime has never been more in the mainstream spotlight on the international stage than it is now. You used to have to be a die-hard fan to watch the latest anime TV series with English subtitles. Today, fans just have to subscribe to at least one streaming service to see the latest episodes within 24 hours They air in Japan. Likewise, anime films are experiencing more expansive localization, with recent blockbuster hits such as the 2021 Western release Demon Slayer: Mugen Train and this year’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0 shows the growing international success of theatrical releases.

Most of what makes up each season of 2022’s high-profile TV anime premieres is, unsurprisingly, the shonen genre. They’re the kind of franchises with huge appeal that get audiences tuned into their streaming service of choice and sitting in theaters on a par that compares to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the two IPs mentioned above are prime examples. However, with series like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean and Vinland saga Premiering this year, the older Seinen anime genre is all set for a stellar 2022.

Follow Joestar’s colorful odyssey

When it comes to mass popularity, Hirohiko Araki is celebrated JoJo’s bizarre adventure Manga – and now anime adaptation – is undoubtedly in the top league. From David Productions, the series is all it takes to give Araki’s work the spotlight it deserves, and numerous fans have kept their eyes on the colorful, violent, and irresistibly stylish odyssey of the Joestar bloodline. There was a significant gap between the end of Season 4 Part 5 of the series. golden windand the stream Rocky Ocean Adaptation, but seeing audiences flock to Netflix for the anime despite the long transition period was impressive, to say the least.

Rocky Ocean is also a special milestone for the JoJo franchise as it is the first part of this great overarching story starring a female Joestar. There are several popular protagonists in this series and Rocky Ocean‘s Jolyne Cujoh – daughter of fan favorite Jotaro Kujo – has already proven to be a powerful and charismatic hit with fans. Considering how each successive adaptation has been met with thunderous applause, it’s a testament to the long-standing endurance of Araki’s work – and his love of Western music and film.

Official art of Joestar protagonists across generations.

The series certainly gained more mainstream traction when the spiritual Stand personas/powers were introduced Stardust Crusader. Still, the allure of following the centuries-old adventures of the Joestar bloodline as they battle near-prophetic villains is hard to ignore. Looking at the anime’s impact on global audiences, arguably the only thing fans would have to worry about is Netflix’s painfully sporadic release strategy Rocky Ocean‘s consequences.

But even with the streamer’s rocky attempt to balance its binge strategy with the weekly release model, given animation studio David Production’s track record with the IP, the season will no doubt continue to garner critical acclaim. One can only imagine the emphatic reaction that will come when the anime adaptation for Steel barrel is officially announced as this arc of Araki’s manga is considered one of the best in the medium, not just in JoJo’s bizarre adventure.

Gripping Nordic drama and Japanese historical fiction

Partial image of Vinland Saga and Golden Kamuy anime posters showing their respective main characters.

Even outside the realm of the fantastic JoJo’s bizarre adventure, there are some compelling anime dramas by Sein that may premiere later this year. There are two, Vinland saga on Prime Video and Golden Kamuythat stand out and have the potential for crossover appeal jujutsu Emperor 0.

Makoto Yukimura’s Viking-themed Norse epic Vinland saga Arguably belongs in the same line of revered, down-to-earth Seinen manga as the legendary and late Kentaro Miura berserk and Takehiko Inoues rover. This series lacks the fantasy and supernatural elements of Miura’s dark fantasy world, but has a similar level of resonant, character-driven drama and introspection as she and Inoue’s Ronin-themed journey. Wit Studio – from attack on Titan Seasons 1-3 Glory – Adjusted what is essentially the prologue to the rest of where Vinland saga has gone and will go to the end of Yukimura’s run in a 24-episode lauded season.

The way the series has planted its flag in the mainstream anime community is particularly impressive, not only because it’s a story that leans towards older demographics, but when you look at all of those watching big shows that were premiering at the time. There’s no doubt that 2019 was a big year for anime, with the likes of Demon Hunter, The Promised Neverland, attack on Titan Season 3, Haikyu!! Season 4 and My hero academy Season 4 all packed into the same year. Vinland saga stood out even in a crowded field with its superior storytelling and artistic animation.

An exhausted Thorfinn stretching out with the sky in the background in the Vinland Saga Season 2 key art.

Vinland saga tells an intimate story that begins as a Viking revenge plot – handy for those who want to see Robert Eggers The Northman this month – but is gradually evolving into a story about letting go of the past to live for the future, and what it means to achieve peace in a world about going to war for your worth to prove. Alongside cathartic and brutal combat sequences, Wit excels at depicting picturesque landscapes of the Scandinavian countryside, and the writing, which fills in the supporting cast of protagonist Thorfinn Karlsefni, is both tragically beautiful and thought-provoking.

While it’s unclear when exactly Season 2 will premiere and whether Wit Studio will return or if it will continue on Prime Video, the timing suggests a late 2022 premiere date is reasonable. Season 2 is poised to adapt one of the most emotionally powerful and philosophically transformative storylines in Thorfinn’s life, as well as the point in Vinland saga where he really becomes the protagonist.

Sugimoto and his group trudge through the snow in Golden Kamuy Key Art.

Meanwhile, the anime adaptation by Satoru Noda Golden Kamuy is another anime that is equal parts thoughtful drama and exciting action-adventure yarn. For fans of the manga, Noda’s historical piece is in its final stages, with each character positioned against incredibly high stakes, which should bode well for the anime adaptation to have a fulfilling ending as well.

Golden Kamuy Set in the 1800s after the Russo-Japanese War, it follows veteran Saichi Sugimoto as he comes home and stumbles over the mental strain trying to financially take care of the family of a fallen childhood friend. The main conflict revolves around various factions – ex-military and otherwise – all trying to find an ancient treasure of the indigenous Ainu people.

What is most impressive about the series is how well it balances so many themes and intertwining storylines full of intriguing characters, as well as the attention to detail in the natural exploration of Ainu culture. The treasure hunt adventure story is exciting, but the series complements that premise with candid commentary on issues such as survivor guilt, the mistreatment of soldiers when they are no longer fit for combat, and the complex spectrum of the “moral gray area.” .

Young Ainu girl Asirpa with Sugimoto braced against the cold in Golden Kamuy.

Following a unique cast of characters so humanized with such believable and nuanced motivations will keep fans invested in this insane race for treasure at the finish line. However, Golden Kamuy neither is afraid to enjoy moments of genuine lighthearted optimism and tasteful comedic relief. Similar to Vinland saga, Golden KamuyThe fourth season of could also premiere in late 2022 given the timing of its announcement.

A promising future

Fortunately, anime is growing west steadily and successfully, and the shonen genre will no doubt take the lion’s share of the limelight. But it’s series like this that will help the genre retain a certain level of creativity and diversity.

To be able to swing from the exciting and lively adventures of JoJo’s bizarre adventure and transition to equally compelling but grounded personal stories of Vinland saga and Golden Kamuy should give fans plenty of reasons to look forward to his anime in 2022 and beyond.

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