With the new year approaching, its time to start checking out what anime will air for the Winter 2021 season. There’s an insane lineup coming since many popular shows are returning for another season. You may have already started watching Attack on Titan Season 4, which will definitely be the most popular show of the season. Other anime, such as The Promised Neverland and Dr. Stone, will be returning for a second season as well.
While these shows should definitely be on your Plan To Watch list, go ahead and add these new titles on there as well:
5. Kemono Jihen
Based off of the manga bearing the same title, Kemono Jihen is a dark tale full of monsters and demons. The studio working on the anime is Ajia-Do, who is making a comeback in the animation world. Ajia-Do animated many 90s anime as well as a couple between 2000 and 2010. They’ve transitioned to the modern animation era last year with Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen. While Ajia-Do hasn’t animated any big-name titles, each anime they’ve worked on has received high ratings.
Here is a summary of Kemono Jihen according to MyAnimeList:
When a series of animal bodies that rot away after a single night begin appearing in a remote mountain village, Inugami, a detective from Tokyo who specializes in the occult, is called to investigate.
While working the case, he befriends a strange boy who works in the field every day instead of going to school. Shunned by his peers and nicknamed “Dorota-bou” after a yokai that lives in the mud, he helps Inugami uncover the truth behind the killings—but supernatural forces are at work, and while Dorota-bou is just a nickname, it might not be the only thing about the boy that isn’t human.
Kemono Jihen will begin airing January 10, 2021 and will air new episodes every Sunday at 22:00 JST.
4. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Is it really a new anime season if there isn’t a new isekai anime?
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation will be Studio Bind’s first anime! Since isekai anime are generally very popular, I don’t see why this anime won’t be a success. There will be some famous voice actors working on the show too. Uchimiya Yumi, the voice of Puck from Re:Zero and Tennouji Nagisa from A-Channel, will voice the protagonist, Rudeus Greyrat. Kakuma Ai, the voice of Lala from Monster Musume and Makomo from Demon Slayer, will voice Eris Boreas Greyrat. There are many more recognizable voice actors in Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation so give it a shot!
Here’s a synopsis of the anime according to MyAnimeList:
Killed while saving a stranger from a traffic collision, a 34-year-old NEET is reincarnated into a world of magic as Rudeus Greyrat, a newborn baby. With knowledge, experience, and regrets from his previous life retained, Rudeus vows to lead a fulfilling life and not repeat his past mistakes.
Now gifted with a tremendous amount of magical power as well as the mind of a grown adult, Rudeus is seen as a genius in the making by his new parents. Soon, he finds himself studying under powerful warriors, such as his swordsman father and a mage named Roxy Migurdia—all in order to hone his apparent talents. But despite his innocent exterior, Rudeus is still a perverted otaku, who uses his wealth of knowledge to make moves on women whom he could never make in his previous life.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation will air January 11, 2021 and will release new episodes every Monday at 00:00 JST.
Brought to you by Bones is an anime all about skating! Bones has worked on extremely popular anime, such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and My Hero Academia, so SK∞ should definitely be on everyone’s lists. The two protagonists of the anime will be voiced by recognizable voice actors. First, Langa will be voiced by Kobayashi Chiaki, the voice of Edamura Makoto from Great Pretender. The second protagonist, Reiki, will be voiced by Hatanaka Tasuku, the voice of Denki from My Hero Academia.
Here’s a summary of the anime according to MyAnimeList:
Reki, a high school sophomore and skater, is addicted to “S,” a highly secret and dangerous downhill skateboarding race that takes place in an abandoned mine. The skaters are especially wild about the “beefs,” or heated battles that erupt in the races.
Reki takes Langa, a transfer student returning to Japan after studying abroad, to the mine where the races are held. Langa, who has no skateboarding experience, finds himself pulled into the world of “S”…
SK∞ will begin airing January 10, 2021 and will release new episodes every Sunday at 02:00 JST.
2. Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
Based off of the light novel bearing the same name, Project No. 9 presents Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki. This anime seems to be a coming of age story where the protagonist will learn to assimilate into society and learn to love the company of friends. Project No. 9 has worked on anime of a similar nature, such as And you thought there is never a girl online?
Here is a summary from MyAnimeList:
Tomozaki is one of the best gamers in Japan, and in his opinion, the game of real life is one of the worst. No clear-cut rules for success, horribly balanced, and nothing makes sense. But then he meets a gamer who’s just as good as him, and she offers to teach him a few exploits…
Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki will begin airing January 8, 2021 and will release new episodes every Friday at 21:00 JST.
Last but not least we have one of the most highly anticipated shoujo anime of the year. Horimiya fans have been waiting for a long time for a full-length anime to be released. Prior to the anime’s announcement, Horimiya was previously adapted into a short anime titled Hori-san to Miyamura-kun. The anime lasted four episodes and didn’t cover much of what happens in the manga. However, CloverWorks, the studio who has also worked on The Promised Neverland and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, gifts us with a well-deserved anime longer than four episodes. At the moment, the total number of episodes has not been released. We can anticipate Horimiya to have at least 12 episodes.
Here is a synopsis according to MyAnimeList:
Although admired at school for her amiability and academic prowess, high school student Kyouko Hori has been hiding another side of her. With her parents often away from home due to work, Hori has to look after her younger brother and do the housework, leaving no chance to socialize away from school.
Meanwhile, Izumi Miyamura is seen as a brooding, glasses-wearing otaku. However, in reality, he is a gentle person inept at studying. Furthermore, he has nine piercings hidden behind his long hair and a tattoo along his back and left shoulder.
By sheer chance, Hori and Miyamura cross paths outside of school—neither looking as the other expects. These seemingly polar opposites become friends, sharing with each other a side they have never shown to anyone else.
Horimiya will begin airing January 10, 2021 and will release new episodes every Sunday at 00:30 JST.
Are there any shows we forgot to add to the list? Let us know down below so we can keep our eyes on them! In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned for more daily anime coverage.
Gabriella is a 21-year-old writer and artist from Texas and currently goes to university in New York. Her favorite anime shows include Mob Psycho 100, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, and Kill la Kill. In her free time, Gabriella likes to watch anime, read manga, and play the newest games on her Nintendo Switch.
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