As 2020 comes to a close and the last episodes of this year’s Fall anime roll out, it is once again time to take a look at Anichart or MyAnimeList for upcoming shows to watch out for. If you’re like me and you’re going through some post-Haikyuu finale withdrawal, don’t worry because, alongside the amazing Jujutsu Kaisen (which will be carrying over to Winter from Fall), Winter 2021 is jam-packed with some interesting new anime and several returning seasons for well-loved shows.
Here are the upcoming Winter 2021 anime you should keep an eye on.
Shoujo manga fans rejoice! Horimiya is finally getting an anime adaptation. The web manga, which was previously adapted into several OVAs in the past years, has been a fan favorite for its clever execution of vanilla shoujo manga tropes. Horimiya tells the story of Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura, the former being the typical popular girl, and the latter being the quiet otaku-type that sits in the corner of the classroom. The story takes off when, by happenstance, Hori and Miyamura stumble into each other without their campus facades: Hori is apparently a shy, hardworking girl who keeps to herself, and Miyamura is a tattooed punk-rocker. It might be an exceedingly vanilla story, but nothing beats a straightforward shoujo anime every now and then.
Have you seen Cells at Work! on Netflix? It’s an enjoyable action-comedy anime that also serves as a form of edutainment for how the cells in our body work (though I’m pretty sure our cells look nothing like cute anime boys and girls). Cells at Work! is such a lighthearted show that you tend to forget all the less cute things that happen in real human bodies, and that’s where Cells at Work: Code Black comes in. Code Black is a grittier and more violent spinoff that shows how cells in our bodies work in more unfortunate or gruesome cases. If you missed the bloody action you might have expected with the original Cells at Work, you might want to watch out for Code Black.
It’s no exaggeration to say that isekai (“other-world”) anime have gotten weird over the years. Stories about protagonists being transported to another world to become that new world’s hero (or villain) make up a good fraction of every year’s new manga and anime. On the surface, the isekai genre seems to be filled with tired tropes that get regurgitated in new titles every year, but I’d argue that the isekai genre makes more unique and interesting narratives possible. In the case of Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?, the hero is a schoolgirl who enters another world as a weak spider, with her only strength being her willpower. Instead of the usual ultra-powerful hero, Kumo’s titular character presents the tale of an underdog whose resolve will prove to defy all odds. I’ve never rooted for an anime spider before, but I think this anime will make me do just that.
While Kumo is a fresh take on the isekai genre, Mushoku Tensei seems to be more of the same isekai anime we’re used to. An adult male shut-in is struck and supposedly killed by a speeding truck (in Truck-kun’s nth cameo), and he’s reborn in a new world as an infant, with all of his knowledge intact. What drives Mushoku Tensei’s story is its protagonist’s previous life: he was an unemployed 34-year old who led a life of loneliness and regret. Having been reborn in an isekai with the new name Rudeus, he finds the resolve to face his past life’s grievances head-on. You might watch the trailer and think, “Oh, it’s a story about another overpowered hero in a fantasy world,” but it’s really a story that centers on the phrase: “If I could have a second go at life, how would I do it right this time?”. The NEET inside me is shedding tears.
While there are still a few other new anime shows coming out this Winter, most of the season is dominated by returning seasons of shows we already know and love. Beastars, The Promised Neverland, and Dr. Stone are returning for their 2nd seasons, but there are also some surprising comebacks like Non Non Biyori and Log Horizon. Here are the returning seasons for Winter 2021.
Did I miss any anime that you were looking forward to for Winter 2021? Share it 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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