The Spring 2021 anime season is shaping up to be one of my favorites this year with continuing seasons, such as My Hero Academia, Season 5, which was confirmed to be releasing on March 27, 2021 at Jump Festa 2021, and new series, like Edens Zero, To Your Eternity, and more premiering this April.
To keep this list concise, I’m only going to include new series on this list, but I want to mention continuing series and sequels, such as My Hero Academia, Season 5, Fruits Basket: The Final Season, SSSS.Dynazenon, Megalo Box 2: Nomad, Zombie Land Saga Revenge, and Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun, Season 2, who are also some of my most anticipated releases of the year.
Here are the new series I’m looking forward to seeing most in the Spring 2021 anime season so far!
Edens Zero air date: April 10, 2021
Why I’m excited for it: Edens Zero is the latest manga series created by Hiro Mashima. You may notice a similar style and character designs as his other well-known manga series, Fairy Tail, but the two aren’t connected. Edens Zero follows Shiki, who has lived among machines his entire life. One day, his life changes when Rebecca and her cat companion, Happy, enter his world.
I’m excited that J.C.Staff (Food Wars, Toradora!, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) was tapped to do the animation for Edens Zero. With their track record, I’m confident they’ll do the style of the manga justice. I’m looking forward to seeing another one of Hiro Mashima’s works come further to life on screen this Spring and I am hopeful that this series will not only be one of my favorites this season, but the entire year as well!
Shaman King air date: Shaman King is releasing at a TBD date in April 2021.
Why I’m excited for it: Shaman King was first adapted into an anime back in 2001, but it is getting a reboot this year. I am happy they chose to remake the anime instead of just remastering the original and calling it a day. Because of its nostalgia, there’s something charming about the original, but unfortunately, it just didn’t age well over time and I’m eager to see it animated in a way that does the battles and characters in the series justice.
To Your Eternity
To Your Eternity air date: April 12, 2021
Why I’m excited for it: To Your Eternity was originally slated to release in 2020, but it was delayed to April 2021, and I am looking forward to it even more so now than I was when it was first announced. This is one that’s bound to have stunning animation and visuals, especially in regards to its landscapes and backgrounds, thanks to the incredible artwork and scenery showcased in the manga, but it also has a unique and fascinating premise that makes it one of my most anticipated Spring 2021 anime.
Burning Kabaddi air date: April 2, 2021
Why I’m excited for it: From what I’ve seen in the teasers, the animation, which is done by TMS Entertainment (Dr. Stone, Fruits Basket, D.Gray-man, and ReLIFE), looks like it’s going to be incredible. For a sports anime to really hook me, it has to have great characters that show growth, intense competition and interesting dynamics between teams, and dynamic action sequences that feature crisp animation. Burning Kabaddi seems like it is going to have all of this and so much more, making it one of my most anticipated Spring 2021 anime!
Shadows House air date: Shadows House is releasing at a TBD date in April 2021.
Why I’m excited for it: I’m not familiar with Shadows House’s manga, but from what I’ve seen and heard so far, I am anxious to delve into its world this Spring. It’s one I feel will really grab my attention with its setting and designs, and with animation by CloverWorks (The Promised Neverland, Wonder Egg Priority), it’s sure to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing as well.
Mashiro no Oto
Mashiro no Oto air date: April 2, 2021
Why I’m excited for it: Mashiro no Oto’s story follows teenager Setsu Sawamura, who’s grandfather, one of the greatest shamisen players of all-time, passes away. He grew up listening to his grandfather play, and since his death, has been aimlessly moving through life. His mother steps in and enrolls him back in school, where he rediscovers his love for the shamisen.
I think Mashiro no Oto is going to be one of the biggest surprises and one of the most emotionally-stirring releases of the year. Series that revolve around music, such as Given and Your Lie in April, have always interested me and are some of the best series, and while I’m not sure this one will be quite on their level, my expectations and hopes are high for Mashiro no Oto.
MARS RED air date: MARS RED is releasing at a TBD date in April 2021.
Why I’m excited for it: MARS RED is the first anime to be based on a dramatic stage reading and I’m interested in seeing how this medium translates into an anime. But I’m also intrigued by it as well, because it’s set in a world where vampires exist.
Since there are a ton of vampire stories out there, I’m hoping this anime brings something unique and new to the table. With its premise, which follows “Code Zero”, a unit created by the Japanese government to look into an increase in the number of vampires and the rise of a new artificial blood source called Ascra, I’m hopeful that MARS RED will stand out. I’m also interested in seeing how the humans and the vampires work together in this series as well as seeing the dynamics and interactions that exist between the two.
Godzilla: Singular Point
Godzilla: Singular Point air date: Godzilla: Singular Point is releasing at a TBD date in April 2021. It is a Netflix exclusive series.
Why I’m excited for it: My childhood was full of Godzilla and Studio Ghibli films thanks to my parents, so when I heard that a Godzilla anime would be coming to Netflix this year with Eiji Yamamori (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) creating the monster designs, I was excited to say the least.
In addition, the character designs are done by Kazue Kato, the creator of a manga series Blue Exorcist. And to top it all off, Bones (My Hero Academia, Mob Psycho 100, Bungo Stray Dogs), who are one of my all-time favorite studios, and Orange, the studio behind Beastars and Land of the Lustrous, are teaming up to do the animation. Godzilla: Singular Point has an A-list team and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us this Spring!
86 air date: 86 is releasing at a TBD date in April 2021.
Why I’m excited for it: As someone who’s a fan of series with military and political themes and mecha involved, like Gundam, it’s no surprise that 86 is one of my most anticipated Spring 2021 anime. While the series is dark due to the issues it explores, such as racism and discrimination, it is one of the most well-developed and profound stories I’ve read to date. With a strong story and great world-building, 86 is one that will translate really well into an anime adaptation. I think it will be one of the best this season has to offer all-around, especially with A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Kaguya-sama: Love is War) at the helm.
The World Ends with You
The World Ends with You air date: The World Ends with You is releasing at a TBD date in April 2021.
Why I’m excited for it: The World Ends with You’s anime is based on the 2007 Nintendo DS game developed by Square Enix and Jupiter. I haven’t played the game, but I am a huge fan of its style and premise. The music featured in the series is going to be incredible with Takeharu Ishimoto involved, who’s composed pieces for Final Fantasy X and Kingdom Hearts II. From the audio to its visuals, it’s one that is going to provide a great cinematic experience.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level air date: I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is releasing at a TBD date in April 2021.
Why I’m excited for it: My favorite new isekai series of 2021 so far is Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, and while I don’t think that I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is going to surpass it, it’s one that is going to come close. Whether it will do enough to stand out in the genre I have yet to discover, but it looks like it’s going to be one of the more entertaining anime to release this Spring.
As more anime are announced or confirmed for Spring 2021, we will continue to update this post, but for now, these are the ones I’m looking forward to most in the season!
Tags: 86, Burning Kabaddi, Edens Zero, Godzilla: Singular Point, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, MARS RED, Mashiro no Oto, Shadows House, Shaman King, The World Ends with You, To Your Eternity