I finally received an opportunity to sit down and take a gander at the Winter 2021 anime offerings. At first, I thought there would only be four or five shows that would be of interest to me, yet after paroozing the catalogue, I ended up with a tentative watchlist of approximately eleven to twelve titles! The chances of me being able to consistently stick with all of these from week to week—in addition to three leftovers I’m watching from the Fall 2020 season—are a bit low with school leering around the corner. Even so, I’m pretty excited to check these out and see what shall float my fancy!
Since I shall be doing first impressions thingamabobs for all of these in the upcoming week(s), I’m going to keep the snippets short and simple here. There shall be links to any relative AniList pages via the titles and their streaming sites if they’re available.
The second season in a seinen, slice-of-life series about cute girls who love to camp and eat delicious foods while doing it. I adored the first season quite a lot and am looking forward to watching much more! The anime’s being produced by C-Station with direction from Yoshiaki Kyōgoku. It’s available on CrunchyRoll.
A shōnen, fantasy series about a foul-mouthed doctor dude who takes pleasure in helping folx with diagnosing and treating mysterious illnesses. Almost anything pertaining to doctors, healers, pharmacists, etc. are my weakness, whether it’s anime or live action. So, naturally I became instantly curious about this one. It’s being produced by Platinum Vision, with direction from Hideaki Ōba. It’s available on CrunchyRoll.
This seinen, isekai anime follows a high school girl who was suddenly reincarnated in a fantasy world as a spider monster inside of a dungeon packed to the brim with yucky monsters. Armed only with her human knowledge and a strange sense of optimism, the girl must utilise her knew creature abilities to stay alive long enough to figure out how the hell to get back home. Normally, I’m a gargantuan arachnophobe, however, the cutesy nature of this young spider lady has me intrigued enough to watch the pilot at the very least. The series being produced by Millepensee and it’s directed by Shin Itagaki. It can be streamed on CrunchyRoll.
The series is a shōnen, supernatural, action title centring on Special Detective Kōachi Inugami who’s summoned to a mountain village after the discovery of animal corpses. Once he arrives and encounters a young boy that wishes to help the detective, Inugami starts to realise that supernatural forces may be at play. I love detective shows—anime or otherwise—and I love supernatural things. When the two collide, you can bet your arse I’m going to watch the first couple episodes as the very least. It’s produced by Ajia-do Animation Works with direction from Masaya Fujimori. It’s available on Funimation and Anime Lab.
A shōnen, romantic comedy series about two unlikely individuals that end up getting to know one another better due to some happenstance circumstances. Eventually their interaction leads to the development of a wonderful friendship with the possibility for something more. I tried to read the manga for Horimiya last year, but felt quite bored by it. I’m not sure why, but it just didn’t click with me. I’m curious to see if I’ll have better luck with it in anime form. Production is done by CloverWorks and direction via Masashi Ishihama. Streamers can check it out on Funimation, HULU, and Anime Lab.
In this seinen, fantasy series the duke of Hortensia murders the king and then slaughters the people that oppose him, building a new kingdom on death and glory. Little does he know that the king’s heir, who has been living in secret as a man, finally comes of age and is ready to gather up allies in order to retrieve what is rightfully hers. Classic political intrigue-laced fantasy is what I’m expecting from this show. Whether it delivers or not is yet to be seen, but colour me curious. Liden Film is producing this gig and Yasutō Nishikata is directing it. It can be found over on Funimation and Anime Lab.
The shōnen, science-fiction adventure anime is about Sorawo who’s saved moments from death by Toriko in the Otherside, a different dimension where fantastical monsters are quite real. The two join up in order to search for Toriko’s missing friend as they explore the nightmare-realm and try to survive together. The snippet didn’t have anything specific that felt compelling to me, but for some reason the PV shots made me intrigued enough to at least watch the pilot. It’s produced by Liden Films and Felix Film and directed by Takuya Satō. Watchers can look it up over on Funimation and Anime Lab.
A shōnen, fantasy, science-fiction show about the government collapsing in the Akatsuki Special Ward of Tokyo after a rebellion, leaving the citizens to fend for themselves. Some individuals have Divine Tattoos that give them unique abilities, making them the keepers of peace. However, three separate groups have ulterior motives that look beyond the simple confines of justice. The premise sounds a little strange and fascinating, particularly with the magic tattoo things, so why not see the first segment? It’s being produced by GoHands, directed by Shingo Suzuki, and streamed on Funimation and Anime Lab.
The third season of a shōnen, fantasy anime series that revolves around humans who’ve found themselves in a fantasy world with no idea of how they got there. Slowly with the help of one another and the NPCs (Non-Playable characters), the people have created a world where they can survive and build some semblance of a future for themselves. I really love this anime (so much so that I recently bought the first two seasons!) and I feel like I’ve been waiting for this third season for ages. Of course, I’m going to watch it. It’s produced by Studio Deen and directed by Shinji Ishihira. The first two seasons can be streamed on CrunchyRoll. The third season is exclusively available on Funimation.
A seinen, magical realism anime about an introverted gal named Ai. When she acquires a Wonder Egg from a deserted arcade, her fate is forever altered. This is the strangest sounding thing I’ve stumbled across in years and I’m hoping it’s going to be glorious. I love strange shite. The anime is being produced by CloverWorks, directed by Shin Wakabayashi, and streamed on Funimation.
This shōnen, romantic comedy follows an expert gamer known as Tomozaki who sucks at interacting with people, making the real world feel quite frightening and intimidating. His only hope of navigating the real-life environments is through a seasoned player of reality known as Aoi Hinami. This sounds like it can either be extremely cringe-worthy with its awkwardness, or it’s going to be supremely cute. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the latter. Project No. 9 is producing it and Shinsuke Yanagi is directing it. It’s available for streaming on Funimation and Anime Lab.
A shōnen, cooking anime that won’t hit the airwaves until February, it follows a sixteen-year-old girl that fails to become a maiko and ends up working as a caterer for her troupe. Cooking shindigs are totally my gig and I can’t wait to check this one out as it’s the most unique sounding one I’ve encountered yet. There’s no information about its streaming sources yet, but I plan on keeping a close eye on this for the latest news to drop.
That does it for all the anime that I plan on checking out from the Winter 2021 simulcast line-up. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that at least half of these titles work out swellingly for me because a lot of them have great snippets. If they all work out, I’ll scream from both unexpected excitement and knowing I’m going to get overwhelmed. If only a few of them end up worth the long-term investment, then I’ll be a little sad yet also grateful for the minimised watching responsibilities (that are entirely self-inflicted LOL).
Are you watching any currently airing anime during the Winter 2021 season? Is there anything you’d rather wait to binge once it’s over (for me that’s the final season of Attack on Titan) rather than try to keep up with it week by week?