What makes new-gen Anime so special? Better animation, better animation, and better animation! Amongst so many popular new-gen Anime, we bring the best, you would surely want to binge-watch.
If you ask any anime fan, they will have their own answer for when the new generation of anime started. Some say it started in the early 2000s, some say after 2010, but for me new-gen started after 2012. So in this post, I’ll be sharing with you the list of 15 Best new-gen anime that aired after 2012.
- 1 1. Ranking Of Kings
- 2 2. Attack on Titans
- 3 3. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
- 4 4. Odd Taxi
- 5 5. Vinland Saga
- 6 6. Jujutsu Kaisen
- 7 7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- 8 8. Made in Abyss
- 9 9. Your Lie in April
- 10 10. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
- 11 11. Violet Evergarden
- 12 12. Natsume’s Book of Friends
- 13 13. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
- 14 14. The Promised Neverland
- 15 15. One Punch Man
1. Ranking Of Kings
- Logline: Life of a deaf and mute prince trying to live his life to the fullest.
- Year: 2021
- Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
- Studio: Wit Studio
Must be sounding some typical King and prince plot involving the fight for the throne?! I assure you it’s not.
The story of the cute little prince, Bojji, is sure to touch the soft corners of your heart. Keep a box of tissue paper with you because it can make you cry.
Bojji was a tender soul with an observant mind. He dreamt of becoming a powerful and amazing king just like his father, King Bosse. The insensitive people of the kingdom considered him incompetent because of his disability.
He couldn’t even use weapons. Eventually, the originality of his behavior won him a friend for life, Kage, a shadow from the clan of elite assassins.
2. Attack on Titans
- Logline: Fight between humanity and giant monsters.
- Year: 2013
- Genre: Action, Dark Fantasy, Mystery
- Studio: Mappa
One of the most popular new-gen anime series of this century. This series is sure to thrill you with its extraordinary animation involving such fantastic action. For those who are easily intrigued just like me, make sure to watch this.
The Paradis Island is where humans live within the big walls. Outside these walls roam giants, called Titans who eat humans at sight. Eren Yeager, the boy of Shinghashina is all set to take revenge for his mother’s death from these Titans.
The different kinds of Titans, military officers fight to protect people from Titans, find clues about the origin of Titans, and with every episode in Shingeki no Kyojin, new truth is unfolded.
3. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
- Logline: A mid-aged otaku gets reincarnated into a fantasy world.
- Year: 2021
- Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Ecchi, Harem, Isekai
- Studio: Studio Bind
As the name says Isekai, this series is a must-watch for people who daydream and are fascinated.
Although real life doesn’t allow us to start from square one, this top new-gen anime allows the protagonist.
A 34 years old man, has been living an aimless life. Willing to do at least one fulfilling task in his life, he ends up dying himself. He opens his eyes to a new world with the memories of his old life.
Rudeus Greyrat, who he is now, is determined to have a fulfilling second life with no regrets, as we all should.
4. Odd Taxi
- Logline: A taxi driver perplexed in a missing case of a high school girl.
- Year: 2021
- Genre: Mystery
- Studio: OLM, P.I.C.S.
Who doesn’t like unusual stories?! Some out-of-the-box plots take us in a world of imagination. Odd Taxi is one such nail-biting series. The suspense and thrill of this new-gen anime will make you awestruck.
Deserted by his parents in elementary school, Hiroshi Odokawa has always been buttoned-up. Set on the background of anthropomorphic animals, Hiroshi is a 41-year-old Walrus. In this queer world of unusual individuals, he drives a taxi for earning a livelihood.
The otherwise aloof Odokawa has conversations with his unconventional passengers. Little does he knows that his ordinarily dull life will be cliffhanging soon.
5. Vinland Saga
- Logline: The revenge of a son for his father’s death
- Year: 2019
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical Drama
- Studio: Wit Studio
Much of mystery and thrill might blah you, do not worry as we have another new-gen Anime to fix your boredom. A ride on to history, drama, and revenge. If you love war and warriors, this one is for you!
A seinen series, Vinland Saga is basically about the war of the Vikings. Vikings are Danish invaders of England for whom war has become a lifestyle now. Thors, a warrior who served under the mercenaries is murdered by one of his companions,
Askeladd. Thorfinn is bent on taking revenge for his father’s death. A series of events happen throughout the series, making it even more electrifying.
6. Jujutsu Kaisen
- Logline: A normal boy enters a paranormal world.
- Year: 2018
- Genre: Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Supernatural
- Studio: Yokohama Animation Lab
Do you love spirits? Yes? Magical energies? That must be a yes too! If you love supernatural fiction so much, why are you still waiting? Check this review out and add this top new-gen Anime to your watchlist.
Yuji Itadori is a strong young high school student. Despite being naturally talented at sports, he joins the Occult Research Team so that he could visit his dying grandfather every day.
This team involved in paranormal activities comes across a rotten finger of a Cursed Spirit. Yuji consumes the finger. He is now under the possession of a powerful evil spirit, Sukuna.
This abrupt behavior of Itadori brings a complete change to his torpid lifestyle. He unravels a series of truths about the world of Cursed Energies.
7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Logline: Fight between demons and demon slayers.
- Year: 2019
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Supernatural
- Studio: ufotable
Another thirst for revenge! This time it is not for the father but the entire family. This new-gen anime is a combo pack of all the genres in a tremendous amount. This new-gen anime has one of the best animations out there.
Tanjiro Kamado is the only provider of his family after his father’s death. Wait, this is not it. One day when Kamado is back home, he finds his entire family annihilated by a demon. Tanjiro’s sister Nezuko escaped this deathbed but had turned into a demon.
A demon with bits of human abilities still left in her. Undoubtedly, Tanjiro is all set to help his sister be a human again and will turn into a demon slayer to redress this unfortunate incident.
8. Made in Abyss
- Logline: The story of a mysterious supernatural event.
- Year: 2017
- Genre: Adventure, Drama, Dark Fantasy
- Studio: Kinema Citrus
Anime always fills us with spine-chilling mysteries. This new-gen Anime wears the crown for the same reason. If you are a fan of Sci-fi sprinkled with mystery, then this show is definitely for you.
Made in Abyss is the story of a big odd hole in the Earth. People who hunted this hole were known as Cave-Raiders. They never made their way back. In a village named, Belchero which was in the town of Orth there lived Lyza. Lyza, Riko’s mother was one of the most famous Cave-Raiders of the town.
She was considered dead after her expedition to the Abyss. Riko’s lifelong wish is to become like her mother. One day she discovers a robot in the layers of the Abyss.
She begins calling him Reg and considers this a clue sent by her mother. With a resolution to find her mother, she embarks on her journey into the Abyss along with Reg.
9. Your Lie in April
- Logline: The love story of a pianist.
- Year: 2014
- Genre: Romance, Drama, Music
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
We listed action, mystery, and even fantasy. Now, we have something for the romantic peers out there. A new-gen Anime that will surely make you go ‘Aww.’
Kousei Arima, an astounding pianist is famed for his innate talent. He wins several music competitions. Post his mother’s death, he becomes mentally fragile.
He refrains from playing the piano as he is unable to hear the notes of his piano. He isn’t deaf but he is mentally lost. This dull life of Arima reshapes when two years later he meets Kaori Miyazono, a happy-go-lucky violinist.
10. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
- Logline: A perfect couple or two perfect students?
- Year: 2019
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
- Studio: A-1 Pictures
We have seen schoolmates falling for each other and being all lovey-dovey. This series portrays the same but with a different style. When I watched it, I was laughing all the time.
A cute romance saga, this new-gen Anime is about two high school students developing feelings for each other but neither is ready to confess.
These two are the President and Vice-President of the Student Council at the Shuchiin Academy. Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are not just members of the school’s eminent bodies but respected and liked by all. Everyone is aware of their feelings for each other but their ego is stopping them from this celebration of love.
11. Violet Evergarden
- Logline: Self-discovery of a young girl.
- Year: 2018
- Genre: Coming-of-age, Fantasy, Slice of Life
- Studio: Kyoto Animation
Isn’t self-discovery necessary and enlightening for all of us?! For people who have mind-provoking thoughts and search for the meaning of life, quickly note down the name of this new-gen Anime.
Wars do good to none and didn’t do to Violet Evergarden too. She loses her closest person, Major Gilbert in the shackles of The Great War. The only remains that she has now are his final words to her,” I love you.”
She was emotionally and physically hurt. Having recovered from her injuries, she sets on to restore the pieces of her heart too. She starts her work as an Auto Memory Doll which will aid her in making many lives better, including that of hers.
12. Natsume’s Book of Friends
- Logline: A story of a boy who can interact with spirits.
- Year: 2008
- Genre: Drama, Mystery, Slice of life
- Studio: Brain’s Base
A lot of negativity is too much. This is why this supernatural series is here to lighten the mood of its viewers. It is a chill and laid back new gen anime to watch in free time.
Takashi Natsume has the bequeathed ability to see spirits as his grandmother did. This behavior caused him to be aloof as a child. His grandmother passed on The Book of Friends to him at her death.
This Book of Friends is an asset in the world of spirits. It carries the name of the spirits she had compelled in her service. Now, Takashi is supposed to deal with this book. How he deals is this anime all about.
13. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
- Logline: A story about the Japanese art of comedic storytelling.
- Year: 2016
- Genre: Drama
- Studio: Studio Deen
Enough of spirits right? Now, some realistic plots for the viewers who love practicality more than anything. The story is really unique and interesting and gives some serious life lessons all in form of comedy.
Yotarou is set free from prison recently. He has made up his mind to do anything but return to the walls of imprisonment. This is when he picks up Rakugo, a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling under Yakumo.
Yakumo is a renowned practitioner and is reluctant to accept this student. The story takes a lot of twists and turns with the rising fame of Yotarou.
14. The Promised Neverland
- Logline: A dark story about the life of small kids in an orphanage.
- Year: 2019
- Genre: Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery
- Studio: CloverWorks
All that glitters is not gold. This piece of work fits this proverb in absolute ways. Apart from the usual supernatural and action series, this one will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The story is dark and can give you a few nightmares.
Grace Field house, is a self-sustained orphanage housing 38 orphans. These orphans led a routined life within the confinement of the gate with their Mama, Isabella. They had regular tests based on which they were sent for adoption. The strangest fact was that they never visited again.
This time a child named Conny was sent for adoption and with this comes out the worst truth the children would ever want to know. It changes the whole perception of the happy life they lived!
15. One Punch Man
- Logline: A man whose one punch is enough to defeat any adversary.
- Year: 2015
- Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
- Studio: Madhouse
With lots of action and pinches of humor, comes a great series. One such top new-gen anime is One Punch Man. It is one of the most famous anime around the globe and very well deserves all the popularity it has got.
One-Punch Man a.k.a Saitama led a solitary life in his early days. A young child Saitama watched superheroes. It was very obvious of him to fantasize too of becoming one. Who knew one day he would train himself so much that he will become the strongest of all! To gain something, you have to lose something.
He lost his hair in the training process. Even after this loss what he gained was boredom. Interesting, isn’t it? He had become so skilled and tough that nobody could stand his strength. His life takes an interesting turn when Genos, a 19-year old cyborg wants to become his student and learn from him.