2022 was a very different year compared to 2021 and 2020. The pandemic continued, but it no longer dominated the headlines, and its effects were much less apparent in most of our readers’ countries.
Although it didn’t make the top ANN news itself, one of the biggest stories worldwide was, of course, the return to “life as usual,” or at least something closer to life as usual following two years of lockdowns and other restrictions. For the anime community, this meant the return of major anime cons, with Anime Expo attracting 105,000 unique attendees in July and Anime NYC attracting 55,000 individual attendees in November.
Sadly, 2022’s top news articles were dominated by unfortunate news, with articles about the deaths of voice actor Billy Kametz, manwha artist Dubu, manga creator Koko Natsuki, and voice actress Hitomi Suzuki being 4 of the top 10 most-read news articles….