These Were the Highest-Rated Anime of Summer 2023

The Summer 2023 anime season is wrapping up, with many shows airing their finale this week. Can you believe over 70 anime series graced our screens this season? But, as with every season, it’s time to say our goodbyes.

Top 10 Highest-Rated Anime Series of Summer Season 2023

Which shows captured the hearts of fans and received top ratings? To find out, we pulled data from two leading anime databases: MyAnimeList and AniList.

By merging their ratings, we aimed to minimize any site-specific biases. So, without further delay, let’s explore the top-rated anime of Summer 2023 (July-September). Let’s begin the top 10 list without further ado!

10. Undead Girl Murder Farce

Number of Episodes13 Episodes

“Undead Girl Murder Farce” is a standout mystery anime series that has garnered praise from the community for its distinctive approach to the classic mystery genre.

What sets it apart is its seamless integration of vampire elements, enhancing the overall enjoyment of the series.

Set in modern-day France, “Undead Girl Murder Farce” chronicles the journey of two unfortunate souls. Shinuchi, once a man, has now been transformed into a half-demon.

Alongside him is Aya, who, after having her body stolen, is left with only her head, which Shinuchi dutifully carries around.

Together, they navigate the streets of France, on a mission to find the one responsible for their predicaments and seek their revenge.

9. BanG Dream! It’s MyGO!!!!!

Number of Episodes13 Episodes

“BanG Dream! It’s MyGO!!!!!” is a spin-off of the well-loved music series “BanG Dream!” Its inclusion on this list might raise some eyebrows, given that it wasn’t widely talked about in the broader anime community.

However, die-hard “BanG Dream!” enthusiasts rallied behind it, giving it high ratings and securing its spot as one of the summer season’s standouts.

The story of “BanG Dream! It’s MyGO!!!!!” picks up after the band CRYCHIC disbands, with each member embarking on a new chapter in their lives.

Chihaya, seeking a fresh start and new faces, transfers to Haneoka Girls’ Academy. But to her astonishment, she finds her former bandmates there.

While there’s some initial tension among them, the pull of music is strong, and they contemplate reuniting for a brand new musical journey!

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8. Baki Hanma Season 2

Number of Episodes27 Episodes
GenreAction, Sports

“Baki Hanma Season 2” is a martial arts series that made its way to Netflix this summer. Its popularity among fans ensured the release of this sequel.

What really draws fans in is the series’ unique approach to power scaling, which is always a treat to watch.

In “Baki Hanma Season 2,” we continue to follow the journey of Baki, the formidable young fighter. This season introduces a new challenger, “Pickle.”

What sets Pickle apart from Baki’s previous adversaries is his history of hunting dinosaurs in his prime. This means Baki needs to up his game and train even harder.

But the ultimate test awaits him in the form of the world’s strongest man, Yuujirou Hanma, who also happens to be Baki’s father.

7. ZOM 100: Bucket List of the Dead

Number of Episodes12 Episodes
GenreAction, Supernatural, Comedy

ZOM 100: Bucket List of the Dead” is an outstanding anime series that stood out as one of the top shows this season. It masterfully merges the “Comedy” genre with a “Zombies” theme, making it a must-watch anime of Summer 2023.

The only downside of this series is the production issues, which resulted in many delays in its weekly episode schedule.

The narrative of “ZOM 100” centers around Akira, a young man who has just stepped into the professional world, only to find it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Exhausted from endless overtime, he yearns for a break from the daily grind.

To his astonishment, he wakes up one day to find the world overrun by zombies. Far from being horrified, Akira is thrilled — no more office job!

Seizing the moment, he drafts a Bucket List of all the things he wants to accomplish before he, too, becomes one of the undead.

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6. My Happy Marriage

Number of Episodes12 Episodes
GenreRomance, Fantasy

“My Happy Marriage” is a touching romance anime series that has garnered significant attention and acclaim this season.

The good news for fans of the series is that a second season has already been announced, ensuring more heartwarming moments in the future.

The story of “My Happy Marriage” revolves around Mio, a young girl burdened with the inability to use magic.

Tragically, her mother passed away during her birth, and her father’s subsequent remarriage brought a cruel step-sister into her life. Mio’s step-sister never misses an opportunity to taunt Mio for her lack of magical prowess.

As the story unfolds, Mio learns she’s been arranged to marry Kiyoka, a man from a prestigious clan known for his ruthless reputation.

However, to Mio’s surprise, Kiyoka proves to be a kind and caring husband. But as with any romance, misunderstandings arise, threatening to plunge Mio back into the depths of despair.

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5. Horimiya -piece-

Number of Episodes13 Episodes
GenreRomance, Slice-of-life

Horimiya -piece-” is a rom-com anime that has been warmly received by fans, even though it’s essentially a compilation of the remaining manga chapters post-Season 1.

The story of “Horimiya” revolves around Hori and Miyamura, two high school students who keep their true selves hidden from their peers. However, a chance encounter leads them to inadvertently reveal their genuine sides to each other.

This shared secret brings them closer, and they eventually start dating. But as with most romance stories, their journey is not without its challenges.

“Horimiya -piece-” dives deeper into the lives of Miyamura and Hori, now a couple. This season shines a spotlight on their daily interactions, encounters with friends, and the evolution of their relationship.

4. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2

Number of Episodes12 Episodes
GenreFantasy, Drama

“Mushoku Tensei Season 2” was the continuation of arguably the best isekai series ever produced.

The story centers on a 35-year-old reclusive Otaku who, after meeting an untimely end in his original life, is granted a fresh start in a different world.

Seizing this second chance, he commits to making the most of this new life, striving for success and embracing every moment.

In “Mushoku Tensei Season 2”, the plot picks up from the cliffhanger of the previous season. Eris’s sudden departure without a word deeply affects Rudeus, leaving him grappling with emotional turmoil and seeking a remedy for his resulting impotence.

His quest leads him to a prestigious magic academy, where he crosses paths with Fitz. Unbeknownst to Rudeus, Fitz is actually Sylph in disguise, keen on keeping her true identity hidden from him.

As Rudeus explores the academy’s vast libraries, his interactions with Fitz frequently lead him to question the latter’s true gender.

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3. Bungou Stray Dogs Season 5

Number of Episodes11 Episodes
GenreAction, Mystery, Supernatural

“Bungou Stray Dogs” has consistently held its ground as a reputable anime series since its debut. The fifth season, in particular, stands out for its exceptional animation and compelling story progression.

The story centers around Atsushi, an orphan with nowhere to go. His life takes a turn when he saves a man from drowning, who introduces himself as Dazai.

In gratitude for Atsushi’s act, Dazai offers him a temporary place to stay and eventually invites him to join the Armed Detective Agency.

This isn’t just any agency; its members have unique superpowers they use for various missions. But there’s a twist: Atsushi himself is manifesting powers he doesn’t fully understand, and they seem to cause chaos in the city whenever he sleeps.

In this season of “Bungou Stray Dogs”, the Armed Detective Agency is on a mission to prove their legitimacy as a force for good. However, they face challenges from the Hunting Dogs, a powerful group of superpower users.

Their main objective is to confront Fukuchi, the leader of the Hunting Dogs. The overarching question is: Can the Armed Detective Agency clear its name and continue its mission of helping others?

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2. Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2

Number of Episodes23 Episodes
GenreAction, Fantasy, Supernatural

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2″ is the biggest contender for anime of the decade. It displayed masterclass story writing, breathtaking fights, and outstanding opening/ending songs.

The story of ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ centers on Yuji, who, after the loss of his grandfather, commits to a life of aiding others.

But this commitment takes a turn when, in an effort to help a classmate, he ingests a cursed artifact, awakening the formidable King of Curses within him.

This act thrusts Yuji into the spotlight, making him a target for every sorcerer out there. His sole ally in this treacherous situation is the unparalleled sorcerer, Gojo Satoru.

“Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2” took fans on a journey to the past in its initial episodes, shedding light on the high school days of Gojo and Geto, once best friends and jointly recognized as the “strongest” sorcerers.

But the true allure of Season 2 lies in its second half.

The latter part introduces fans to the eagerly awaited “Shibuya Arc.” This arc is a grand clash between curses and jujutsu sorcerers, with the curses fervently pursuing their malevolent objectives!

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1. BLEACH: Thousand Year Blood War -The Separation- (Part 2)

Number of Episodes13 Episodes
GenreAction, Adventure, Supernatural

The return of Bleach as “BLEACH: Thousand Year Blood War” was the best thing Shounen fans could ask for. This season will adapt the climax arc of Bleach, which seemed impossible because Bleach stopped airing ten years ago. But everything is possible in the anime series.

“Bleach” tells the story of Ichigo, who unexpectedly finds himself becoming a Soul Reaper—an individual tasked with hunting down spirits called Hollows.

Being new to this role, Ichigo struggles to harness his powers. With his friends Orihime, Sado, and Ishida by his side, Ichigo embarks on a journey filled with daily mysteries.

“BLEACH: Thousand Year Blood War” brings to the screen the ultimate confrontation between the protagonist, Ichigo, and the series’ chief antagonist, Yhwach.

This Summer Season delivered the second segment of the four-part series, delving into Quincy’s siege on the Soul Society.

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This part included some of the best fights from the climax arc of Bleach, which included Rukia taking on As Nodt and Kenpachi taking on Gremmy, along with some original content.

As we move forward, the subsequent parts of Bleach TYBW are set to showcase one of the most awaited confrontations in the anime.

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There you have it: the top 10 highest-rated anime series of Summer 2023. Let us know in the comments below how many of these anime shows have you watched this season.

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