Many studios turn to manga for inspiration, with properties like Sasaki and Miyano, Requiem of the Rose King, Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie, and Aharen Is Indecipherable all confirmed to be receiving anime adaptations in 2022. While not as frequent as manga, light novels are also regularly adapted into anime, and this relationship has proven very successful over the years. That is likely to continue in 2022 with Arifureta and The Rising of the Shield Hero both receiving second seasons.
There are several new anime based on light novels coming out in 2022. Let's take a look at some of the notable light novels anime adaptations confirmed for next year.
Wein is the Prince Regent of a tiny kingdom, a role he doesn't particularly enjoy. Although he puts on a brave face to the public, Wein secretly yearns to sell the Kingdom of Natra to free himself of his responsibilities.
The Genius Prince's Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt is written by Toru Toba and debuted in 2018. Largely a comedy, the light novel balances Wein's dual personalities to amusing effect. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom fans will probably enjoy this series, especially since Wein is a bit more of a dynamic of a protagonist than Kazuya Souma.
An isekai anime that throws a gender-bender twist into proceedings, She Professed Herself Pupil Of The Wise Man is a pleasant enough read. The light novel doesn't reinvent the wheel or take any significant risks, but it avoids many of the subgenre's pitfalls as well.
Kagami plays a powerful mage in a virtual reality MMO. One day, he buys an item that swaps his gender. The next morning, Kagami wakes up in the game and, naturally, as the female version of his character. The light novel is quite slow-paced and focuses heavily on world-building during its opening few volumes.
Born to a world where proficiency with magic combat is determined by birthmarks, a talented sage decides to have another throw of the dice thousands of years in the future. This gamble pays off as he is reincarnated as Mathias, a child with the necessary mark. However, the world has largely left magic behind, so Mathias' combat skills are not especially rated in this day and age.
The Strongest Sage of Disqualified Crest does the power fantasy story well. While Mathias is certainly gifted, the protagonist does have to work for his success, and the secondary characters are generally quite likable.
Another isekai anime, In The Land Of Leadale stands out because it doesn't have much in the way of tension. This doesn't stem from an overpowered protagonist but due to the light novel adopting a slice of life tone.
During her last moments on Earth, the injured Keina Kagami found solace in a virtual reality MMORPG, the same world she would reincarnate into after her death. As Cayna, Keina gets to experience the beauty and excitement of living in a fantasy world with people she had once created in the game.
Shinji Cobkubo's ongoing light novel doesn't have much of a presence outside of Japan, where it has already been adapted into a manga that ended its run in 2021. Set in a post-apocalyptic Japan, Rust-Eater Bisco is named after Bisco Akaboshi, a criminal who is believed to be spreading mushrooms responsible for turning most of the country into rust. In reality, he is doing the opposite.
The light novel will be adapted by OZ, a new studio, so it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where it will land in terms of quality. People looking for an action fantasy anime to watch during Winter 2022 should check Rust-Eater Bisco out.
Technically, this is a slight cheat since I'm Quitting Heroing started as a novel series, but it was quickly adapted into a light novel. The latter will most likely serve as the main inspiration for the anime, even though there is also a manga adaptation.
I'm Quitting Heroing tells the tale of Leo Demonheart, a hero who is rejected by humans and ends up working for demons, the same ones he previously defeated. The highlight of the light novel is the relationship between Leo and Echidna, the Demon Queen.
Another fantasy series, The Dawn of the Witch takes place in the aftermath of a war between Witches and the Church. An amnesiac student at a magic academy, Sable leads a group of powerful comrades into a mission within a region where the conflict is far from resolved.
Tezuka Productions will be handling the adaptation process, and the studio has a few success stories under its belt, notably the Black Jack series and The Quintessential Quintuplets. In terms of fantasy anime, Tezuka was a co-producer of Dororo and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω.
When it comes to isekai stories, light novels are not in short supply. Consequently, it can be difficult to get too excited for an anime adaptation of one of these novels, however, Trapped in a Dating Sim is worthy of anticipation.
Following his demise, Leon is reincarnated in an otome game that he played when he was alive but didn't particularly enjoy. Taking place in a kingdom ruled by women and where class inequality is rampant, Leon sets out to right a few wrongs. Although overpowered due to his familiarity with the game, Leon is still quite likable as he approaches most scenarios with a grounded attitude.
Rakuda's Shine Post started its light novel run in October 2021, and that is only the beginning. The idol franchise has an anime, manga, and game in the works, so the series could very well be inescapable over the next few years.
Idol anime are an acquired taste, so Shine Post is certainly not going to be for everyone. However, the genre's popularity is beyond question, and this series could prove to be the next big hit.