Spring is here and that means warm weather, allergies, and a new season of anime. The Winter 2021 season is over and the final long-running Fall 2020 shows are reaching their end. This leaves the next season wide open for a ton of shows to fill that gap.
These are my Top 7 picks for the Spring 2021 season that I believe will be among the best of the season.
7. My Hero Academia “Season 5”
The popular series, My Hero Academia, is getting its fifth season set to air on Saturday, April 3, with a recap episode airing the week before on March 27. And in addition to the season, a third MHA movie will release at the end of the year.
There aren’t many story details, but from what I’ve seen, “Season 5” will revolve around the Joint Training Arc where Classes 1-A and 1-B compete against each other, similar to the Final Exams earlier in the series.
6. The World Ends With You: The Animation
I typically don’t have a lot of confidence in anime based on video games. However, I’m making an exception with the anime adaptation of Square Enix’s The World Ends With You (TWEWY).
TWEWY is a cult classic RPG that was released 15 years ago on the Nintendo DS and it’s fantastic. The battle system is really unique, coupled with an amazing soundtrack and visuals that few games have.
The aspects that made TWEWY so spectacular are perfectly emulated and I can’t wait for the anime to start. The first episode airs on April 10.
SSSS.Dynazenon is the sequel to 2018’s SSSS.Gridman, a great anime about an amnesiac high school student who merges with a giant robot to fight kaijus and find out where they come from.
Story details are sparse; all we know is that it’s a sequel and some of the cast such as Daiki Hamano as Gauma, Junya Enoki as Yomogi Asanaka, and Chika Anzai as Chise Asukagawa.
Going off the trailer alone, character designs look great, the animation crisp and stylish, and the Dynazenon awe-inspiring. If SSSS.Gridman is anything to go by, I think SSSS.Dynazenon will be fantastic.
4. Shaman King 2021
Many, many years ago, I watched the original series on Fox Kids every Saturday morning and I loved it. When I first heard that Shaman King was getting a reboot, I was ecstatic.
I love Shaman King; it’s a cool story about Yoh Asakura honing his shaman skills alongside his guardian spirit to compete against other shamans like him and become the Shaman King.
Shaman King has great action, cool character designs, and a really interesting power system kind of like the Stands from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
3. Way of the Househusband/Gokushufudo
Way of the Househusband is a comedy series about an ex-yakuza boss who retires and becomes a househusband for his career-driven wife.
It’s a hilarious feel-good manga with great comedic timing and beautiful artwork. I love its cute premise and the ridiculous shenanigans.
I think Way of the Househusband will be a great anime to watch and relax after a long day. It’ll air globally on Netflix starting April 8, so don’t worry about it being region-locked like some series.
2. Zombieland Saga: Revenge
I love Zombieland Saga’s premise. A dead idol group gets resurrected as zombies and is given another shot at stardom. That idea alone made me a fan before I even watched it; it’s so out there.
Zombieland Saga‘s “Season 1” is a hilarious comedy series with zombie girls trying to make it while having to deal with their limbs falling off or people getting suspicious.
It’s a surprisingly engaging story with heartfelt moments, great music, and equally great acting.
“Season 2” looks like it’s continuing the ride. Look forward to Zombieland Saga: Revenge when Episode 1 airs on April 8.
1. Igiranaide, Naratoro-San/Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro.
It says a lot about the state of comedy anime that my top three recommendations are all comedy anime.
Igiranaide, Nagatoro-san is about introverted Naoto meeting the mischievous extrovert, Hayase Nagatoro, who, through the course of the series, brings him out of his shell via flirty teasing.
Although the manga is fairly new, the character of Nagatoro-san has been around since 2011, if she seems familiar that’s probably why. It took a decade but she finally has an anime.
So, those are my recommendations! Let me what you think and which anime you’re looking forward to the most.