Top 10 Most Anticipated Anime of Spring 2021

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Anime of Spring 2021

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
Spring is around the corner, and so are these anime! Join Ashley as he counts down our picks for the series we can't wait to see this season, including the likes of "86", "Zombie Land Saga Revenge", "Shaman King", and more!
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Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Top 10 Anticipated Anime of Spring 2021


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anticipated Anime of Spring 2021.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the upcoming anime set to be released this season that are sure to bring the hype! Did we miss a series that is sure to set the anime scene on fire? Let us know in the comments!

#10: “Nomad: Megalo Box 2” (2021)


When we last left Joe, he had just been crowned the champion of Megalonia, and did it all without the mechanical enhancements known as gears. It was a stellar finish to a modern underdog story. At least it was, until his life fell apart. Now under the name of Nomad, it seems that Joe has gone back to his Junk Dog days, leaving his title and recognition behind. We’re guessing something terrible must have happened back at the homestead, given his new dishevelled appearance. Hey, as long as they stick with its signature cell-shaded style and killer soundtrack, we’re here for it.

#9: “Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro” (2021)


Like Uzaki before her, this little lady has already got the internet in a frantic state due to some really stupid reasons. So naturally we’re excited to see where this adaptation goes! Following a sharp-tongued student who becomes interested in teasing/torturing her senpai, the series looks set to perfectly capture Nagatoro’s wild charm and humour. As fans of the source material are all no doubt aware, the relationship between our leads is a lot sweeter than you might think. So, toss out any preconceptions of bullying, and just enjoy the ride!

#8: “Zombie Land Saga Revenge” (2021)


They’re back. Back to life, back to save a shitty Japanese prefecture, and back to rock our socks off with their idol hijinks. Oh, how we missed these undead waifus. With Saga on its last legs, it falls to Sakura and her fellow zombie idols from across time to turn up the volume and try to save their home before it's left to wither and die. From the looks of things, we can expect a lot of glam, great on-stage performances, and more of Tatsumi screaming his head off.

#7: “86” (2021)


One of the big up and comers for the new season, this military mecha is looking to do justice to the dark undertones of the much beloved light novel. With the war between the Republic of San Magnolia and Empire of Giad continuing to escalate, Major Lena Mirize finds herself in command of a squadron of soldiers ready to fight for the glory of their homeland. Just one problem – her unit comprises 86’s; soldiers forced to operate dangerous mecha, all of whom are oppressed members of the Colorata minority. Add all that together and it looks like we’re in for a sci-fi set to tackle race-relations, militarisation and other all too real topics.

#6: “The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” (2021)


It’s not like Rimuru plans to devour ten thousand soldiers each day. Sometimes a slime just wants to unwind while focusing on the smaller aspects of running a town full of monsters. A slice of life spin-off to the much beloved isekai, this series is for those who favour the quieter side of Rimuru and his superpowered social circle, or just need another excuse to watch more of Shion. Sure, it’s trading out any large-scale battles, but at least we can expect to see plenty more heartfelt, comedic interactions.

#5: “How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Omega” (2021)


One of the more underrated isekai to come out in the last few years, say what you will about Diablo’s antics not exactly breaking the mould, it still ticked plenty of beloved boxes - anxious youth reincarnated as an OP character, a growing circle of endearingly, busty waifus, and plenty of one-sided battles that never failed to entertain. Hopefully Diablo ups his game this time around and really shows what a Demon Lord can do. That and actually make a move on Shera before it’s too late!

#4: “To Your Eternity” (2021)


Considering this was crafted by the same mangaka who did A Silent Voice…yeah, we’re expecting this one to blindside us with feels. Following the journey of a shapeshifting entity, the series looks set to steal the show in terms of spellbinding visuals, but as even a casual fan will tell you, this one isn’t so much an emotional punch to the gut as it is a piledriver. We’ve got a deathly ill boy, his pet wolf, and a myriad of cultures set to show the shapeshifter every shade of the human experience, and countless other observations deadest on making us weep.

#3: “Edens Zero” (2021)


It’s Fairy Tail…in space! Sort of. The latest of Hiro Mashima’s works to get itself an adaptation, the faces may look the same, but this time magic has been swapped for spaceships. Raised by robots all his life, Shiki finds his world expanded to cosmic proportions as he finally gets the chance to leave his home planet, setting off on a grand adventure across the cosmos. Given how this is supposed to take the best of Fairy Tail and Rave Master’s action while also smoothing over many of its imperfections, we’re excited to see just how high it can reach.

#2: “My Hero Academia” Season Five (2021)


Seems like only yesterday that Deku was beating the beak off Overhaul, and Endeavor was scorching his way to the title of number one hero. In what’s become a modern tradition, the next-gen caped crusaders are back for their fifth outing. While we’ve still got a million questions in regards to what’s happening with Deku’s Quirk and the other uses of One for All, we’ve got Class 1-A and Class 1-B’s battle royale to look forward to! Finally, a chance for someone to beat Monoma’s face in!

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

“SSSS.Dynazenon” (2021)
Can this spinoff live up to SSSS.Gridman?

“Fruits Basket: The Final” (2021)
After All This Time We Finally Get to See the Conclusion Animated!

“The World Ends with You” (2021)
Breathing New Life Into a Classic Video Game

#1: “Shaman King” (2021)


An unsung hero of the shounen genre, now reincarnated into the modern times with all the flash that comes with it! For those that didn’t grow up with this retro action-fest and its hauntingly terrible dub, you’re in for a treat. Focusing on the laid-back, sword-swinging shaman Yoh and his crew, we have high hopes this adaptation will recreate the Shaman Tournament and its iconic battles in glorious detail, not to mention finally give it the canon conclusion it deserves! We’ve waited long enough!
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