2020, hereinafter referred to as the year in which no to be named, it was a nice strange year in anime terms, to say the least. Several high-profile anime productions stalled due to the pandemic and were forced to reschedule, beginning with the second season of The promise of the never-never land to high-profile feature films such as the recently released Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 three times once and the upcoming US theatrical release of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the movie: Mugen Train.
Spring 2021 is packed with new releases, with more than 50 new anime series premiering throughout the rest of the year. As with so many things in life, an overabundance of options can lead to a feeling of detachment and paralysis, even for the most savvy of anime viewers. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you examine the field of options and choose the best new series to follow.
Here is our list of the 10 most exciting anime to watch this season.
Fruit basket: the final season
The last season of Fruit basquet It’s sure to be the most emotional yet, and that says something for a show that regularly questions childhood trauma, adult loneliness, and the ordeal of being known.
Last season concluded with the idealistic orphan Tohru Honda discovering the true nature of Akito, the head of the mysterious Sohma family. As the “God” of the zodiac, Akito wields great power and influence over members of the Sohma family, especially those who are affected by the curse. Essentially, they are forced to comply with Akito’s orders whether they like it or not.
Determined to break the curse they’re under, for everyone involved, but especially for the despised Zodiac Cat, Kyo, who will be basically incarcerated for life after graduation, Tohru must dig deeper and figure out how to undo the ties that bind. to the Sohmas together. The previews for the upcoming season promise some love confessions, stolen kisses, and moments of tears. Will Tohru be able to break the curse of the Sohma family? Word has spread about that, but one thing is for sure: Fruit basket: the final season it will probably make us all cry. —Petrana Radulovic
Fruit basket: the final season premieres April 5 on Crunchyroll and Funimation. The first episode is available to stream now on Funimation.
Godzilla: singular point
This spring couldn’t be a more serendipitous season for Godzilla fans, with the long-awaited premiere of Studio Bones (My hero academia) and orange (Beastars) anime series Godzilla singular point just days away from the release of the latest American live-action movie Godzilla vs. King Kong.
Not to be confused with Polygon Pictures’ trilogy of anime films (Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla: city on the brink of battle and Godzilla: The Planet Eater), Godzilla singular point features an entirely new cast of characters and an original story, written by Toh Enjoe (Empire of corpses, Dandy space) and directed by Atsushi Takahashi (Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in Antarctica Kachi Kochi). The series also features Eiji Yamamori, known for his work on anime classics such as Princess mononoke, Made disappear, and The wind increases, as the designer of the show’s kaiju. Will the King of the Kaiju reign triumphant in this new incarnation? There is only one way to find out. —Toussaint Egan
Godzilla: singular point premieres on Netflix in Japan on March 25 and will be available to stream worldwide later this year.
Joran, the princess of snow and blood
Joran, the princess of snow and blood may sound like a riff from Toshiya Fujita’s 1973 revenge drama Lady Snowblood, but the premise is much more supernatural. Directed by Susumu Kudo (Tokyo Babylon 2021, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Up) and written by Rika Nezu (Holy Young Men) and Kunihiko Okada (The girl who jumped through space), the anime is set in a version of Japan’s alternate history in 1931, where a mysterious energy source known as the “dragon’s vein” has granted the country miraculous technological advancements and a clandestine order of executioners known as “Nue “He works on behalf of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The series follows Sawa Yukimura, a young woman of blue blood and supernatural abilities, who embarks on a campaign of revenge against the Nue for murdering her family when she was a child. -TEA
Joran, the princess of snow and blood premieres April 6 in Japan and will air this spring on Crunchyroll.
Megalo Box 2: Nomad
Gearless Joe returns in highly anticipated follow-up to TMS Entertainment’s 2018 Ashita no Joe tribute Megalo box! And in the trailer, he looks a little worse in the seven years since he became the champion of the Megalonia boxing tournament. Megalo Box 2: Nomad sees the return of series director You Moriyama, along with series writer-composers Katsuhiko Manabe and Kensaku Kojima. If the series looks anything like its 2018 predecessor, Megalo Box 2: Nomad It is sure to be one of the most exciting and beautifully animated action anime of this season. -TEA
Megalobox 2: Nomad premieres April 4 in Japan and will air on Funimation.
My Hero Academia season 5
We named the fourth season of My hero academia one of our favorite anime from last year, and describes it as “[the series] in both his darkest and strongest guises, as he further explores the complications of a world in which almost everyone has superpowers. ”
The fifth season of MHA It will begin with the Joint Training Arc, in which Class 1-A and Class 1-B students face each other in a series of team battles that show how much each class has grown. In the wake of All Might’s retirement and Endeavor’s strained new role as the new number one hero, the fifth season of MHA It will likely see Izuku Midoriya and the rest of UA Academy Class 1-A face new challenges and an even scarier villain as the society of heroes grows more precarious with each passing day. Season 5 promises to bring exciting new reveals to the questions left at the end of last season, as well as the 100th episode of the series. -TEA
My Hero Academia Season 5 premieres on March 27 in Japan and will air on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Studio Trigger’s SSSS.Gridman was one of the most satisfying and surprising favorite anime of Fall 2018, revitalizing Tsuburaya Productions’ tokusatsu property, which was dormant for a long time. Denkou Choujin Gridman (best known in the US for its westernized adaptation Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad) with an intriguing character-based plot and stunning animation. With the return of the squad SSSS.Gridman including director Akira Amemiya, screenwriter Keiichi Hasegawa, character designer Masaru Sakamoto, and composer Shiro Sagisu, SSS.Dynazenon is the next installment in the “Gridman Universe” franchise and continues the story of its 2018 predecessor, although the “how” remains a top secret. Nonetheless, we remain excited to see where this new anime pushes the series forward in the future. -TEA
SSSS. Dynazenon premieres April 2 in Japan and will air on Crunchyroll.
The world ends with you: animation
Nintendo DS Game 2007 The world ends with you remains an eccentric cult favorite among Square Enix’s venerable JRPG catalog, a costume-centric action RPG inspired by Japanese youth culture and street fashion. With a long-awaited sequel, NEO: The world ends with you, scheduled to come out sometime this year, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the series through studio Domerica (Evangelion: 3.0 can (not) be redone) and Shin-Ei Animation‘s (Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan) latest anime adaptation. The game’s signature art style is incredibly rendered, executed through an ingenious combination of 2D and 3D animation that brings Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi’s original artwork to life. -TEA
The world ends with you premieres April 9 in Japan and will air on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
To your eternity
based on A silent voice the manga of the same name by author Yoshitoki Ōima, To your eternity follows a mysterious amorphous immortal being sent to Earth by a plus mysterious force, embarking on a personal journey in search of knowledge and meaning assuming the form of those with whom he forms a strong emotional bond. But what does this being have to do with the story of the lonely boy and his wolf companion in the North American Arctic? Well … that would be revealing, wouldn’t it? With a robust and eclectic staff that includes director Mashishiko Murata (NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Friends) and scriptwriter Shinzo Fujita (Parasyte -the maximum-), not to mention the title track courtesy of Kingdom Hearts singer Hikaru Utada, To your eternity resembles a strange and elusive John Carpenter hybrid The thing meets 2005 melancholic supernatural drama anime Mushishi. -TEA
To your eternity premieres April 12 in Japan and will air on Crunchyroll.
LeSean Thomas’ (Black dynamite, The Boondocks) last series Yasuke is easily one of the most intriguing new anime to come out this spring. Based on the real-life story of a former slave turned samurai by Oda Nobunaga, the series features a who’s who of talent behind the scenes, with director Takeshi Koike. (Lupid the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine) contributing design work, LaKeith Stanfield (Salt, Atlanta, Sorry to bother you) providing the voice of the main character and musician-producer Flying Lotus contributing to the soundtrack of the series. With animation accredited to the MAPPA study (Jujutsu Kaisen, Dororo, Dorohedoro), Yasuke has all the ingredients for a dazzling production and we can’t wait to see what the series has in store for the public when it premieres on Netflix. -TEA
Yasuke premieres on April 29 Netflix.
Zombieland Saga: Revenge
While idol anime may not appeal to all anime fans, Zombie Land Saga It is the idol anime for everyone. All the girls are from various time periods and died, but were brought back alive to be zombie idols. It’s fun learning about their different backstories, while sticking with whatever weird schemes they’ve come up with to promote their group. He has a delightful amount of antics humor in each episode, leaning towards the zombie genre, whether limbs are loosened or makeup smeared, revealing his zombie appearances to his human fans. –Julia Lee
Zombieland Saga: Revenge will broadcast this spring in Crunchyroll and Funimation.