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Three Winter Anime That Have Us Shivering with Anticipation

We can't wait for the bizarrely good run of winter anime starting soon.

There’s nothing like the approach of a new series of anime. After years of reading manga and light novels and months of following production, it’s almost here. And the incoming selection of winter anime has some seriously big hitters… some of them starting this week!

Fitting them all in is going to be a trick. But here are three that have flown to the tops of our lists. Which series are you excited for?


JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

We all know what time it is. It’s JoJo time. And the long-awaited adaptation of Stone Ocean, the sixth part of the long-running manga series, leads off the winter anime season.

Part 6 takes place in 2011 and stars Jotaro Kujo’s daugher Jolyne. She’s in prison (the “stone ocean” of the title) for a crime he didn’t commit. And her dad’s Stand has been stolen as part of a scheme centering around — you guessed it — DIO. Getin on the action when it starts December 1.


Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2

We’ve come a long way from Eren and Mikasa fighting weird naked giants. Attack on Titan is screaming toward its big finale — which manga fans have already seen play out. One way or another, it promises to be the talk of the winter anime scene.

The series will see the upshot of all our discoveries about the Titans and the world our heroes currently live in. As we saw in the manga, pretty much anything goes and nothing is sacred. How closely MAPPA’s anime adaptation follows that manga, we’ll just have to wait and see. But we won’t have to wait much longer — it all kicks off January 9.


The Orbital Children

Orbital Children

As with other seasons, the upcoming winter anime season is full of adaptations and sequels. But Denno Coil‘s Mitsuo Iso is coming at us fast with an original project, The Orbital Children. It’s a two-part drop that challenges kids to survive with limited tools. Those tools include freeware AI, social media, and narrowband radio. Sounds pretty cushy, until you find out the kids are on an abandoned space station.

The description of the series is reminiscent of 1983’s Round Vernian Vifam, developed from a draft by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Kenichi Yoshida (Eureka Seven, Overman King Gainer) did the character designs, which may be a big reason we immediately feel right at home looking at them. The first half comes to Netflix on January 28.

There’s lots more coming besides these — be sure to clear your queues before the big titles hit!

Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.