The Winter season is almost complete and soon we’ll be starting on a whole new anime season – what does Spring have in store for us? It looks to be a packed lineup with the usual run of sequels (the finale season of Fruits Basket and the fifth season of My Hero Academia are at the top of the pack) and new series but which are the top five to keep an eye on? Here are my personal recommendations for anime to check out!
Shaman King (2021)
The original Shaman King series aired back in 2001 and now, twenty years later, we’re getting a remake series! The series follows carefree kid, You, as he and a number of other shamans compete in a tournament. It was always a kooky show, with oddball characters and some great concepts so I’m super excited to see how this translates to the more modern era.
The World Ends with You: The Animation
This is an admittedly heavily biased entry on my part – the original The World Ends with You video game is my favourite game of all time, so I’m extremely hyped to see it in an animation format. The art and music look on point so far from the trailers and I’m hoping the graffiti, street style so iconic of this game translates well to anime. Following loner teen, Neku, the story follows his journey through an alternate Tokyo after his untimely death, in a race against time to combat the Reapers and escape. The game had amazing characters, awesome music, and some great twists so it’s sure to be a wild ride!
Takemichi Hanagaki is mixed up with all sorts of bad stuff – and when his ex-girlfriend is murdered by a Tokyo mafia gang, he ends up transported back in time to his high school days. Seeing his chance, Takemichi is determined to save her life and rewrite the future. It reads similar to Erased but looks to be much more adult in tone, with a lot of violence and power dynamics – too early to tell if this anime will be a hit or a miss but the story premise is solid and the manga it came from has pretty high ratings.
The Way of the Househusband
A Netflix original anime, The Way of the House Husband looks to be wonderfully quirky and comedic. Following former yakuza, Tatsu, we follow his daily life after he left his life of crime to the much more domestic role of a house husband after his marriage. The trailer alone is absolutely hilarious and this looks to be a fun watch.
Shadows House follows Emilyko, a young and cheerful living doll, who serves in a mansion full of mysteriously shadowed nobles. It looks wonderfully gothic and spooky with a big chunk of mystery thrown in. I was automatically drawn in by the visuals released so far and it gave me very similar vibes to the Black Butler series. This anime is also based on a manga and looks to potentially be one of the more intellectual offerings of the season.
Others I’ll be keeping an eye on To Your Eternity, Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood, Mashiro no oto, Bishounen Series, OddTaxi