The Spring 2021 season of anime is fast approaching, with pilot episodes set to come out in the next two weeks, but for many of us, it doesn’t feel like the arrival of Spring 2021 as much as it feels like the end of Winter 2021. This week marks the last episodes to be released for the season for Jujutsu Kaisen, Horimiya, and Attack on Titan, among many others (though the good news is that Attack on Titan will return in Winter 2022). So many great shows are closing their course that it’s hard to be excited for the following season, but don’t feel so down–there’s a lot to be excited about this Spring.
Here are five anime we’re excited to see this Spring 2021.
If you’re a fan of shows and movies with yankii gangs and fistfights, you’re going to love Tokyo Revengers. Based on the award-winning manga of the same name, Tokyo Revengers tells the story of Takemichi Hanagaki, a deadbeat freeter whose uneventful life is shaken by the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hinata, by a gang known as the Tokyo Manjikai. One day, Takemichi falls onto a railway track, but instead of dying from the oncoming train, finds himself transported 12 years in the past. Knowing Hinata’s fate and the perpetrators behind it, Takemichi vows to fight his way to the top of the Tokyo Manjikai to prevent Hinata’s murder.
Anime fans of a certain age need no introduction to Shaman King. From Studio Bridge, whose previous works include Fairy Tale, Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens, and Devil Survivor 2: The Animation comes this remake of a true shounen classic. Shaman King (2021) is set to be a full remake of the 64-episode, 2001 original, and it’ll be a retelling of the adventures of Yoh and Amidamaru as they gather allies and face powerful foes in the fight to become the shaman king. I for one can’t wait to see Yoh and the gang in 16:9 HD.
Depending on when you started watching anime, you know mangaka Hiro Mashima from either Groove Adventure Rave or Fairy Tale. In Rave, we followed the adventures of Haru and his ragtag band of misfits. In Fairy Tale, we followed the adventures of Natsu and his ragtag band of misfits. In Edens Zero… well, you get it.
Edens Zero is another entry in the Mashimaverse, this time set in a space fantasy world. The neither-Haru-nor-Natsu protagonist this time is Shiki, whose name is notable for being readable as “four seasons”, clearly taking after his predecessors Haru (“Spring”) and Natsu (“Summer”). According to Mashima, Shiki was named as such to represent Edens Zero as a culmination of all his past work, and if Rave and Fairy Tale are anything to go by, Edens Zero can only be a net positive for fans of the shounen genre. It’s more of the same thing but in a good way.
Also, Plue is back.
86 – Eighty Six (the title looks better in Japanese: “86ーエイティシックスー”) is a mecha anime about a fictional dystopian universe, where a sort of caste system protects 85 wards’ worth of citizens, while a lone, lawless 86th ward is inhabited by nameless humans. These 86ers (not to be confused with a similarly named Philadelphia team) aren’t allowed to bear names as they’re meant to pilot Juggernauts–war mecha known to the masses as being autonomous, when in fact they’re piloted.
86 – Eighty Six is a story with heavy themes of race and politics. While these issues are rarely handled well in anime, we’ve already seen how they can set the foundations for strong narratives in Attack on Titan (which is basically a mecha anime with flesh mecha). Depending on how 86 – Eighty Six chooses to tell its story, it might just be the sleeper hit of the season.
Fumetsu no Anata e is the anime to watch if you’re looking for a heart-wrenching adventure in a rural fantasy setting. On the surface, it looks like Princess Mononoke meets Golden Kamuy, but something deeper (and sadder) lies beyond. From Yoshitoki Ooima, creator of another tearjerker, Koe no Katachi, Fumetsu no Anata e tells the story of Fushi, a young boy who meets and befriends a lone white wolf that strangely has the ability to shapeshift. Wandering through harsh winter conditions, Fushi and the wolf can rely only on each other to survive. Through their journey, chance encounters with potential friends and foes will reveal their respective pasts.
Did we miss any promising Spring 2021 anime on this list? Which shows are you excited for this season? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments! And for more news and updates on upcoming anime, be sure to stay tuned to our website and Facebook page.
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