The best animes of 2021 introduced us to unfathomable worlds, from powerful cursed energy methods controlled by beautiful blindfolded Jujutsu sorcerers to horrifying Tokyo-based biker gangs dominated by delinquents.
Fans of supernatural shonen anime “Jujutsu Kaisen” were enthralled by the show, and Riot Games’ flagship title was recently given the anime treatment. What stood out the most among the rest?
From Winter 2020 to Fall 2021, ONE Esports surveyed a variety of genres and came up with a list of the best anime of the year.
If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, “Hori-san toMiyamura-kun” is a must-see this year. There’s a lot you’re missing out on if you haven’t seen it.
The tale revolves around high school sweethearts Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura, referred to as “Horimiya” throughout the series. Miyamura’s secret is accidently revealed to Hori and the two begin a close relationship.
Your tummy will flutter with excitement as you see the beautiful beginnings and amorous antics of Horimiya and your heart will flutter along with them. Recommended for those who are seeking for a cheerful romantic comedy and slice-of-life series, it is an excellent choice.
Hero’s manga characters are brought to life by CloverWorks’ stunning graphic style, making Horimiya one of the best animes of 2021.
As evidenced by their Twitter profile images, esports pair TenZ and Kyedae Shymko are smitten with Horimiya.
4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean
As a long-standing bastion of manga and anime, the JoJo franchise was founded by Hirohiko Araki and continues to challenge traditional ideas of heroism and villainy.
JoJo, which has eight sections and 30 years of content, has just published its first female protagonist, Jolyne Cujoh, in the latest installment, Stone Ocean.
Jolyne’s effort to prove her innocence after being misled into going to jail is at the heart of the storyline in Stone Ocean. There are also a lot of nuances to be learned about JoJo’s power dynamics and how the anime uses Stands to represent soul.
Stone Ocean is one of the top animes of 2021 if you’re seeking for the standard JoJo experience of kickass character designs and mind-melting action scenes.
3. Tokyo Revengers
In addition to becoming one of the most popular mangas of 2021, Tokyo Revengers by Ken Wakui was also adapted into an anime, a stage play, and a live action film all in the same year.
As a matter of fact, the live-action film adaptation of Tokyo Revengers was so successful in Japan that it topped the box office charts for the year. Both the movie and the anime were praised for their faithful adaption of the manga.
In Tokyo Revengers, the basic notion is rather straightforward. Takemichi Hanagaki’s life was at its peak in middle school, when he had a girlfriend, and went downhill from there. For an average guy, the day his ex-girlfriend was tragically killed in an accident on the news happened to be when his life was put in jeopardy by a train. He then found himself 12 years in the past, in a delinquent life in middle school.
In order to save his ex-life girlfriend’s in the future, Hanagaki Takemichi uses his newly discovered time travel ability to “revenge,” which in Japanese means “to redo or to try again.” However, things don’t always go as planned.
Hiroaki Tsutsumi, who worked on the OST for Jujutsu Kaisen, wrote the album’s original soundtrack. Hiroaki’s signature edgy electric guitar theme is the driving force behind the Tokyo Revengers story about the Bszoku subculture of the 1990s.
These are just a few of the reasons why I think Tokyo Revengers is one of the best animes of 2021, and you should watch it immediately if you haven’t already.
2. Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen, a popular anime series, caught the world by storm in 2021 thanks to its focus on popular culture. Uniqlo is adored by fans around the world, and this year it unveiled two collections and a new mobile game called “Phantom Parade.”
Jutsu Kaisen 0, the latest film in the ongoing manga series by Gege Akutami, premiered on Christmas Eve in Japan and is already breaking box office records despite the fact that season two of the anime has not yet been announced.
In the universe of Jujutsu Kaisen, people’s negative emotions generate “curse energy.” They become invisible monsters when curse energy builds up, which in turn has a negative impact on humans.
Sorcerers come into play here. As a group, they use their training in curse energy manipulation techniques to battle to rid the world of evil and save humanity.
Sunghoo Park, director of the MAPPA-produced Jujutsu Kaisen anime, has created visually spectacular fight scenes, especially when the high-level technique Domain Expansion is performed.
There is no good anime without its music, and there is no good anime without its soundtrack. The accompanying OST by Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Yoshimasa Terui, and Arisa Okehazama was highly appreciated and merits several listening as one of the best animes of 2021.
Arcane, a champion in League of Legends, is a work of art. Even the venerable Hideo Kojima, the father of modern video games, agreed.
According to the Metal Gear Solid designer, Arcane is the future of animation and computer graphics.
Arcane, one of the best animes of 2021, if not the best, took six years to make. Longtime Riot Games staffers Christian Linke and Alex Yee, along with the French animation studio Fortiche, were behind the project.
In more than 30 countries around the world, Arcane ranked as the top-rated show on Netflix, with a strong Rotten Tomatoes rating.
Based on one of the most popular MOBA games in the world, Arcane’s plot revolves around Jinx and Vi, two sisters from the League of Legends realm, in Piltover and Zaun, two cities in the Runterra universe. Ekko, Heimerdinger, Viktor, Jayce, and Caitlyn are just a few of the familiar League of Legends characters that appear in the game.
If you’ve ever played League of Legends and have a soft spot in your heart for the characters you’ve come to love so dearly, Arcane is a must-see film. It’s a beautifully-told story with a tight storyline and a star-studded soundtrack, as well as outstanding voice acting by Hollywood names.