2023 was a monumental year for anime enthusiasts, featuring the end of Attack on Titan and the return of Jujutsu Kaisen. As the anime landscape continues to thrive, the beginning of 2024 promises an equally remarkable lineup. January kicks off with noteworthy releases, including One Piece: Egghead Island and the highly anticipated return of Blue Exorcist. Additionally, several new shows are ready to debut, offering fresh and exciting content for anime lovers. Here’s a glimpse of the most promising anime to watch in January 2024.
Classroom of the Elite Season 3 (Jan 3)
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji and his classmates find themselves in Class C as they enter the challenging third term. The upcoming exam, known as the “mixed training camp,” poses a unique test for all classes. It requires them to collaborate for high scores. Students are grouped unexpectedly with former rivals, and the stakes are high – failure to meet the benchmark leads to expulsion! Classroom of the Elite promises a captivating blend of psychological thriller, romance, and drama, with compelling storytelling and intense fights. Season three, under the direction of Yoshihito Nishōji, is anticipated to maintain the series’ quality. Kishi and Hashimoto will serve as chief directors for this upcoming installment.
Anime 2024: Solo Leveling (Jan 6)
More than ten years have passed since the unexpected emergence of the “gates,” connecting our world to a different dimension. In the wake of this event, certain individuals, known as “hunters,” have awakened supernatural powers. These hunters earn their livelihood by utilizing their abilities to conquer dungeons found within the gates.
Solo Leveling has gained rapid popularity, especially with the surge of Manhwa (Korean comics) in the United States. It will undergo some alterations from the source material, including changes to character names and adjustments to specific plot elements.
Blue Exorcist -Shimane Illuminati Saga (Jan 6)
After successfully thwarting the revival of the Impure King in Kyoto, Rin. And, his friends have resumed their normal routines at True Cross Academy. Yet, the Knights of the True Cross find themselves inundated with demon-related consultations as peculiar events unfold globally. Simultaneously, Rin and the Exwires at the academy strive to unravel the enigmatic phenomenon afflicting their school.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga concluded in 2017, and the series makes a comeback seven years later. Studio VOLN has taken on the responsibility of adapting the Illuminati Saga. The extended hiatus adds an extra layer of excitement to the return of Blue Exorcist.
MASHLE: MAGIC AND MUSCLES Season 2 (Jan 6)
MASHLE: MAGIC AND MUSCLES unfolds in a world where magic is an everyday part of life. Amidst a mystical forest, Mash Burnedead devotes himself to intense workouts, harboring a colossal secret. He is one of the rare individuals incapable of using magic. A-1 Pictures resumes its role in producing the second season of the show. The Divine Visionary Candidate Exam arc is ready to introduce a plethora of new characters and magical escapades.
Anime 2024: One Piece – Egghead Island Arc (Jan 7)
Following the intense conflict between Big Mom and Kaido and a grand feast, as well as the revelation that Luffy is now recognized as one of the Four Emperors alongside Shanks, Buggy, and Marshall D. Teach, the Straw Hats depart from Wano. Their journey leads them to a mysterious island called Egghead, home to the brilliant scientist Dr. Vegapunk. Known for his contributions to the government and his creation of multiple clones of Kuma, who played a significant role in the Straw Hats’ adventures, Dr. Vegapunk is also linked to the genetic manipulation of Vinsmoke Judge, Sanji’s father.
The One Piece: Egghead Island arc is poised to be a pivotal chapter in the One Piece narrative. It promises answers to lingering questions, such as the fate of Sabo, a deeper understanding of Devil Fruits, insights into the pasts of characters like Bartholomew Kuma and Jewelry Bonney, and revelations surrounding the God Valley incident. Viewers can expect a wealth of information within this arc, prompting a need for careful observation to fully grasp the unfolding events.
HIGH CARD Season 2 (Jan 8)
High Card follows the story of Finn, a skilled pickpocket who stumbles upon the X-Playing Cards, powerful cards that grant unique powers. Recruited by High Card, a secretive group dedicated to protecting and collecting these cards scattered across the kingdom of Fourland, Finn, and the squad embark on a perilous mission. Working undercover at the luxury carmaker Pinochle, they engage in a high-stakes game against their rival carmaker, Who’s Who, aiming to secure the elusive cards before their competitors.
The anime’s first season kept audiences captivated, and Season 2 promises to raise the stakes even higher in the unpredictable world of High Card.
Anime 2024: Metallic Rouge (Jan 11)
In a world where humans coexist with androids known as Neans, a rebellious group named the Immortal Nine challenges societal norms. Tasked with quelling the uprising, Rouge Redstar, a Nean also known as Metal Rouge, and investigator Naomi Orthmann travel to Mars to confront the insurgents. However, Rouge’s priorities take an unexpected turn as a simple desire for chocolate temporarily sidelines their mission.
Produced by Studio BONES, Metallic Rouge is gaining attention for its intriguing premise and thematic exploration of morality and the essence of humanity. The trailer showcases promising visuals, and much like BONES’ renowned project Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Metallic Rouge is expected to deliver a thought-provoking narrative. The series appears to offer a captivating blend of action, drama, and well-developed characters, making it a highly anticipated must-watch for a diverse audience.