Welcome To A New Year, and a Great Lineup of Anime!

2020 sucked. That’s for sure, but now in the new year we can hope for a better and brighter future. At the very least, 2021 promises to be a great year for any anime fan. With many series returning for a second season, this is one year of anime you won’t want to miss.

Between the unfortunate loss of the Studio Ghibli actress Kumiko Okae, and the absolute hell of world-wide spread of Covid-19, 2020 was a particularly horrible year for anime fans.

Covid-19 shoved a rather unfortunate boot in the face many industries, but one industry that isn’t talked about much in the west is the anime industry. If the disruption of several supply lines or the delays in production weren’t bad enough, everyone needing to work from home certainly was. So, it’s true anime fans have more than enough reason to hate 2020. It will be a year that will go down in history as a well and true pain in the butt.

However, for as bad as 2020 was, this new year promises a clean slate. Anime is coming back, and it’s doing it with a slew of what looks to be top-notch content.

Sure we have the usual contenders showing up for yet another season. You know the type. Among them are the big names. My Hero Academia returns for it’s fifth season and Attack on Titan returns for it’s final one. Those anime probably need no explanation. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know of those anime. You’ve likely formed your opinion on them, and not much I could say would change that.

If they’re not to your interest, don’t worry. they’re not the only anime out there promising to be entertaining. In fact, they’re both fairly low on my personal watch-list compared to other anime in the lineup for the year.

The Promised Neverland returns with season two.

The Promised Neverland returns with it’s haunting tale for a second season, the perfect thriller promised to be filled with mental hurdles and compelling narrative twists. If you haven’t seen the first season yet, what are you waiting for? Any anime fan looking for a series with a story-line meaty sink your teeth into, look no further than this show. Catch up now while you can.

For those in search of a more adventure and less grit in their anime, Dr. Stone is sure to offer equally thoughtful narrative twists revolving around chemistry. It’s a series that raises more than a few interesting questions.

Both anime are sure to offer a reprieve amid the usual flood of uninspired seasonal line-ups. Then again, they’re both such solid entries that most anime fans have both series on their watch-lists already.

So then, let’s move onto an anime a little more derisive. Those searching for an anime off the beaten path can do no better than Beastars, and it’s back for second season too. Many who read the manga are particularly excited for this anime’s return. The first season was shockingly good, and I was one-hundred percent skeptical when I heard it was about anthropomorphic animals. The second season has me hyped.

Beastars announcement poster from Netflix.

To be honest, with all of these amazing titles the year of 2021 promises to be a strong year. It makes me think back to 2018. If you can recall how wonderful that particular year was for anime fans, it’s hard not to see the similarities.

For those in search of a more relaxing experience, you haven’t been forgotten about this year. One of the best “cute girls, doing cute things” anime is back for it’s second season too. Laid-Back Camp has you completely covered when it comes to an anime to take you mind off the ails in the world.

I’ve only named a few series, and there are countless more that prove to be promising. So farewell 2020, and good riddance.

Hello 2021, you beautiful, glorious, anime filled year!

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