You could say that 2023 was a good year for anime: we got to see some amazing new titles, long-anticipated sequels, and iconic finales. With the year now officially behind us, we at Anime Corner News once again picked our favorites. Keep in mind that this list is just a personal opinion, based on our tastes and preferences \u2013 in no way should it be seen as an official score (that\u2019s what our Anime Corner rankings, where everyone can vote, are for). With that out of the way, it\u2019s time to see what we enjoyed the most in anime terms in 2023!ACN \u2013 Best Anime of 2023Frieren: Beyond Journey\u2019s End \u2013 BrettIn a year that\u2019s included the completion of culturally significant shows like Attack on Titan, or the action-packed (if production-challenged) second season of Jujutsu Kaisen, it speaks volumes about an anime to steal the thunder for the entire year right at the very end. Frieren: Beyond Journey\u2019s End sits comfortably among those masterpieces such as Violet Evergarden\u2014the type of anime you simply must recommend to someone\u2014and I say that as someone who ignored the calls to read the manga for years. From beautiful, poignant moments about the fragility of life, romance, and bonds; to climatic battles with raging magic and genuine stakes, Frieren: Beyond Journey\u2019s End exceeds at every turn. Effortlessly pulling together a loveable main crew with distinct personalities, and a music score by Evan Call (the music composer for Violet Evergarden, as it was), every moment of Frieren\u2014even the wistful, quiet scenes, is truly art quite unlike any other.\u00a9 Yamada Kanehito, Abe Tsukasa \/Shogakukan \/ \u201cSousou no Frieren\u201d Production CommitteeTrigun Stampede \u2013 EricThere are plenty of anime that could deserve this title but I\u2019m going with Trigun Stampede. Studio Orange took on a huge task to put their own spin on one of the most iconic series in anime. Despite receiving some doubts considering it was all CGI, the team that worked on this anime for years ahead of its release exceeded in ways I didn\u2019t think were possible. Trigun Stampede was a riveting piece of storytelling that only a few series from this year can compete with, and even then I don\u2019t think it\u2019s close.\u00a92023 Yasuhiro Nightow, SHONEN GAHOSHA \/ TRIGUN STAMPEDE ProjectWhen you take an element of animation production, in this case, CGI, that tends to worry the community and turn it into something so visually stunning that it even trumps most 2D animation, it really puts into perspective just how amazing Trigun Stampede really was as a whole. The voice acting\u2014brilliant. The soundtrack\u2014on constant rotation. I think everything that was put together to make this series the masterpiece that it was, even cameos from the original voice cast, shined brightly in their own ways that no other series did this year.Tengoku Daimakyo \u2013 TamaraIf Attack on Titan finale had a weekly format in 2023 that would definitely be my pick for Anime of the Year. Although it was something I looked forward to the most in the past year, I felt like I needed to give this recognition to a title that truly surprised me and that had me looking forward to each new episode. Tengoku Daimakyo: Heavenly Delusion first caught my eye when the trailer with the opening theme song dropped. That trailer was the reason I gave the series a go and it did not leave me disappointed.\u00a9 Masakazu Ishiguro, Kodansha \/ Tengoku Daimakyo Production CommitteeThe mystery, the characters, the writing \u2013 it felt like each episode had something new. Sometimes, it was a horrifying reveal but other times nothing really happened and I was okay with that. I enjoyed seeing Kiruko and Maru travel, hang out, and just do nothing. I hope this anime gets a second season with the same staff because this combination of story and visual storytelling was simply incredible. It may not be the most popular anime of the year, but it was definitely one of the best and it deserves to be recognized as such.Bungo Stray Dogs Season 5 \u2013 CarlaI was actually leaning toward Zom 100 since it was my most enjoyable anime watch of 2023, but hey, I\u2019m a Bungo Stray Dogs fan through and through! I\u2019ve known the franchise since 2016 so seeing the story come this far makes me so happy, not to mention how big the fandom is now. Season 5\u2019s dynamic was a roller coaster that was interesting to experience. However, my most frustrating yet favorite part was that the finale episode was dark, uncharted territory\u2013 both manga readers and anime watchers didn\u2019t know what to expect. At that point, we were already hit with so many plot twists and whatnot. But with the way the finale was delivered? Just, incredible.\u00a9Kafka Asagiri, Harukawa35\/KADOKAWA\/Bungo Stray Dogs Production CommitteeZom 100: Bucket List of the Dead \u2013 KarlaFor some reason, I often have nightmares that revolve around a zombie apocalypse, so watching any content related to it tends to give me the chills. However, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is a delightful exception. The animation, voice actors, and storyline are nothing short of a masterpiece. I especially appreciate how Akira Tendou maintains optimism amidst the world\u2019s demise, and how he teaches us to enjoy our lives and stay committed to it.\u00a0\u00a9 Haro Aso, Kotaro Takata, Shogakukan \/ Zom100 ProjectThis series has been a poignant reminder of the value of cherishing moments with loved ones and actively nurturing one\u2019s own happiness. It beautifully emphasizes the importance of investing time and effort in cultivating joy and meaningful connections. To me, that stood out when it comes to anime in 2023, so this is why I\u2019m choosing Zom 100 as my favorite.Vinland Saga Season 2 \u2013 DaliThe first season of Vinland Saga was a somewhat classical story of revenge. With a dark tone, amazing fights, and a realistic story, it was able to garner many fans and cement itself as a staple of action animes. When season 2 starts, however, we find out that season 1 is merely a long prologue for the real story that it wants to tell. Season 2 tells a story of redemption, and focuses on the part that most revenge storylines brush off or skip completely.\u00a9 Makoto Yukimura, Kodansha\/VINLAND SAGA SEASON 2 ProjectWhat was the point of seeking revenge? When all is said and done, was there any meaning to the merciless slaughter? How does someone who let his ego run wild for so long, accept losing his freedom? How does someone who grew up killing and stealing for a living, switch to a living of tilling the land? How does someone who grew cold and without mercy accept someone else\u2019s clemency? Season 2 focuses on Thorfinn\u2019s journey as he finds his answers to these questions. The introduction of Einar to the cast serves as a catalyst for Thorfinn to face his past; in another timeline, he could have been another victim of his. The start of season 2 could be seen as slow-paced by some people, but it is essential as it slowly shows the inner progress of Thorfinn, and the message of the story would fall flat if not for the buildup occurring during that first part. The payoff for that is delivered in the second half, with the few final episodes of the series being simply phenomenal. From an aggressive boy who attacks everything that moves, to a man who declares proudly that he has no enemies after being battered down, Vinland Saga is a tale about Thorfinn\u2019s journey to finding peace and freedom, and to becoming a true warrior.The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady \u2013 KenComing from Diomedea, a studio that barely produces anything great, plus the fact that the story was another isekai with a long title, it was so easy to scratch The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady off the watchlist. If it weren\u2019t for its yuri genre, I would\u2019ve easily skipped this anime, thinking that it was just another forgettable isekai trash. But thank goodness I didn\u2019t because The Magical Revolution proved to be one of the best series I\u2019ve watched this year.\u00a9 Piero Karasu, Yuri Kisaragi \/ KADOKAWA \/ Tenten Production CommitteeSimply put, this series has shattered my expectations completely. Everything about it is fantastic: Anisphia and Euphyllia are the best duo (or couple) of the year by having a phenomenal dynamic. The animation along with the music is superb, the fight scenes are intense, and the art is just enough to make you feel immersed in this fantasy world. The cast was also a huge factor in why I love this series as Manaka Iwami, Sayaka Senbongi, Shogo Sakata, and the rest gave soulful performances. But what really made me choose this as my anime of the year among all the amazing shows this year is the intertwining of storylines; everything connects and happens for a reason. There wasn\u2019t an unnecessary moment until the very end. It made me cherish every scene, every frame, and every dialogue. The entire 12-episode series felt like a carefully crafted masterpiece. Anis and Euphie\u2019s revolution was a captivating journey that left an unforgettable mark, proving that sometimes, the most unexpected and best gems come from the unlikeliest of places. It truly was magical.Frieren: Beyond Journey\u2019s End \u2013 TeddyBefore anyone comes at me and says \u201cDude, you haven\u2019t gotten to the best part yet\u201d, the 16 episodes that are currently out are enough evidence for me why this anime is my title of the year. From the very first four episodes that premiered, the animation and storytelling premise already made me fall in love with this series. But more than that, Frieren taught a very important lesson: make the effort to create memories with someone. This series really hits you with this sinking feeling of how every second is important, and that you must take the time to cherish every worthy memory you have.\u00a9 Yamada Kanehito, Abe Tsukasa \/Shogakukan \/ \u201cSousou no Frieren\u201d Production CommitteeMuch like how Frieren\u2019s story is now focused on retracing the steps she took alongside her previous party, the series has inspired me to retrace all of those old memories I had and try my best to reconnect with the people I lost track of along the way. More than the pimp and glory the series shows, I have been more invested in the show\u2019s slow pace, and how it makes you really think to enjoy life, not through all of these big milestones but rather even through mundane moments. If there is one quote that I can finally embody moving forward, it would be Eisen\u2019s \u201cMy fear has brought me this far\u201d. And I think such lessons and life realizations are enough reasons for me to name Frieren as my anime of 2023.ONE PIECE \u2013 MarkoDespite some great seasonal shows, my Anime of the Year for 2023 is definitely ONE PIECE. It had a consistently strong run for the conclusion of Wano throughout the year, and I think it gave a deservedly high-quality adaptation to all the important moments. Besides the obvious Gear 5 hype, Zoro and Sanji also got amazing episodes for their fights against King and Queen. Law and Kid\u2019s fight against Big Mom was yet another one in a seriously packed year of action. Props to Toei and I look forward to what they\u2019re cooking in Egghead!\u00a9 Eiichiro Oda \/ Shueisha Toei AnimationWe\u2019d love to hear about your favorite anime titles of 2023 so feel free to drop us a comment below!