Every season, a large number of anime, including new episodes of well-known series, are published. There have been a number of noteworthy anime shows in 2020, but what should you be watching in 2021?
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but here are a few new shows that you should keep an eye out for.
Horimiya, a new anime set to premiere in 2021 and based on a long-running manga series that began in 2011, has been in development since 2011. High school students Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura star in this romantic comedy.
During the school day, both children display aspects of their personalities that are only surface-level glimpses into the larger picture. Miyamura is noted for being aloof and unfriendly, but Hori appears to be gregarious and well-groomed.
They bump into one other outside of school, but they don’t recognize each other because of their very different personalities and appearances. As a result of their meeting, they form a bond that allows them to open up about aspects of their lives that no one else has.
2. To Your Eternity
The author of A Silent Voice’s new novel, To Your Eternity, has penned a supernatural thriller. In 2021, if you’ve had the pleasure of viewing that movie or reading that manga, you’ll know what to expect from this new anime.
To Your Eternity is the story of a heartless, eternal entity who is sent to Earth to do nothing. Any object in its immediate vicinity can be morphed into it.
In the beginning, it appears as a ball, then as a rock, and at last, as a howling wolf. Wolf meets lone boy in life-or-death crisis while roaming the wilderness. From there, the entity embarks on a quest for meaning that takes it through times of melancholy, intrigue, and the unexpected.
3. Odd Taxi
While driving in his taxi, Hiroshi Odokawa, the walrus, encounters many strange personalities who take him out of his routine and introduce him to a world full of wonder and intrigue.
When the police begin their hunt for a missing female, the mystery elements begin to emerge. It turns out that numerous of Odokawa’s prior passengers have a greater impact on the investigation than the show initially suggests.
Odd Taxi is one of the year’s most anticipated new anime releases, and for good reason.
4. Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song
Sci-fi thriller Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song deals with AIs that could wipe out humanity. How are humans attempting to avoid this outcome?? We all know about time travel.
AI from the future is used to travel back in time to the early days of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI), Vivy. Her typical work is to sing songs in an amusement park all day, every day, but this messenger from the future shakes things up quite a bit for her routine.
This means that Vivy now has 100 years to save humanity from disaster in a world where AI has already been fully entrenched into society. If you’re a fan of the show’s premise, you should definitely check it out.
5. Tokyo Revengers
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song, on the other hand, is a little more grounded. It’s a time-travel story with some gang elements. When the Tokyo Manji Gang assassinates Takemichi Hanagaki’s ex-girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana, he is already in a bad place.
Takemichi was propelled back in time 12 years — to the time when he was dating Hinata – after experiencing a life-threatening incident.
From that point on, he faces trials and struggles as he strives to rise through the ranks of the gang and avert the murder.
6. Komi Can’t Communicate
Another anime that focuses on young pupils, although in a much less violent manner than the preceding entry, is Komi Can’t Communicate. Only high schoolers who are going through the high points and low points in their friendship are featured in this lighthearted slice-of-life animation.
Hitohito Tadano and Shouko Komi, the apprehensive but adorable protagonists, are the story’s two central figures. Despite sitting next to Komi in class, Tadano is the most well-known and idolized student.
Despite her fame, Komi struggles with social connection to the point where she often communicates with others by writing down what she wants to say. Komi’s goal of making 100 friends as she overcomes her communication difficulties is the focus of this story.
7. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is an isekai about a 34-year-old shut-in who’s had a tough existence. When he attempts a noble deed and fails miserably, he is reincarnated as Rudeus Greyrat in a fantasy world.
As he begins a new life as a youngster, Rudeus retains his memories and knowledge from his previous existence. He rapidly picks up magic and swordsmanship from his father and a magician named Roxy Migurdia, and he makes new friends in this strange new realm.
There are moments when Rudeus’s problematic (and at times unacceptable) habits come in the way of his own personal development. For those who can look past these character flaws, you’ll discover a world full of profound lore and unique abilities.
8. Wonder Egg Priority
In 2021, Wonder Egg Priority is one of the best and most gorgeous animes. After the death of her best friend, Koito Nagase, Ai Ooto has a fresh outlook on life.
In a strange new realm that appears in her dreams, Ai is charged with aiding those in need after cracking an egg. In order to “rescue” Koito, Ai believes she must do this.
The theory is simple to understand when you read about it, but viewing it is a very different story. At times, the story can feel a little disjointed, as there is a lot of magic and mystery involved that allows the reader to glimpse into the brains of the characters. They appear to have brains of their own thanks to their superb animation and fantasy elements.
Because CloverWorks studio also produced Horimiya and other CloverWorks titles like The Promised Neverland and Bunny Girl Senpai, you know what to expect from this show.
Based on a light book, the production of 86, a science fiction military drama, began production in 2017. During the conflict between the Republic of San Magnolia and the Giadian Empire, the latter employs robotic drones known as the Legion.
As a result, the inhabitants of San Magnolia think that the war has become one in which there are no true casualties. Not at all.
As the “Unmanned Eighty-Six,” the residents of San Magnolia’s 86th district fight alongside those “unmanned” mechs, often at great personal risk.
It is Vladilena Mirizé who is in charge of the safer detachment under the direction of Shinei Nouzen, who is in charge of the squadron. Violence, persecution, and loss all feature prominently in 86’s depiction of the realities of war.
10. Sonny Boy
Anime original show Sonny Boy has an unusual yet intriguing premise brought to life by the animators of Madhouse, the studio behind hits like Monster, Death Note, and One Punch Man.
This anime follows the adventures of a group of 36 students who, along with their school, are stranded in a strange nothingness. Students with supernatural powers begin to branch off from the rest of the class as a rift grows between the two groups.
Things begin to fall apart, despite the best efforts of the student council. Adding to the confusion is the fact that this new dimension has established rules that must be observed in order to survive.
While dealing with exciting drama, mystery, and tangled relationships, the students rapidly find themselves in the midst of a dimension-hopping journey.
11. The Heike Story
There’s no denying that The Heike Story (or Heike Monogatari) is visually stunning. It takes us back to a time when Japan was dominated by the Taira Clan, better known as the Heike, with the help of striking images and animation.
As the story progresses, Biwa, a little girl with a unique ability to glimpse the future, takes center stage. After the Heike clan assassinates her father, she is taken in by Taira no Shigemori. So, here’s the story of how she foresees the dynasty’s demise as it plays out in real time.
Shigemori is determined to save the Heike while Biwa adjusts to her new life without revealing exactly how this downfall would take place. In a time of adversity and looming conflict, the Heike Story is one of tragedy and fresh beginnings.
12. Star Wars: Visions
Fans of both Star Wars and anime will want to check out Star Wars: Visions, which at first glance may seem like an unusual choice for this list. Japanese animation studios have generated nine individual stories/episodes for the anthology.
Despite the fact that none of the episodes are canonical, they all feature short stories by Trigger, Production I.G., Science SARU, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Kinema Citrus, Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), and Kamikaze Douga in unique styles of animation.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a Star Wars fan, you shouldn’t miss Star Wars: Visions, a celebration of the brand as seen through the eyes of some of today’s most innovative directors and animators.
In the year 2021, there will be a wave of new anime series debuting. Let us know if we missed any shows you’ve seen or ones you’re excited for in the comments section below!