Top 10 Anime of Spring 2021 You Need to Watch
VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman
WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
This season's line-up is no joke! Join Ashley as he counts down our picks for the best anime to air this spring, including the likes of "To Your Eternity", "Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro", "Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song", and more!
Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean
Top 10 Anime of Spring 2021
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anime of Spring 2021.
For this list, we’re going over the series that have debuted this season, and whipped fans into a frenzy with their awesomeness!
Think we’ve glossed over a hidden gem? Let us know in the comments!
#10: “Zombie Land Saga Revenge” (2021-)
They can sing, they can dance, they can detach their heads and still keep on playing. The girls are back from their limbo, armed with only the guidance of a crazy makeup artist determined to save a shitty prefecture from going under by having his undead idol group rock the heavens with their performances. If you were wowed by these idols before, then you’re in luck, since this sequel has lost none of its charm, even if Kotaro is hogging all the spotlight this time around.
#9: “How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Omega” (2021-)
If the isekai genre were delectable, then Demon Lord is nothing short of comfort food. You know what you’re getting, and it delivers. Barely into the first episode, the former NEET turned demonic chad Diablo has found himself embroiled in a battle with the church, and got himself a new member of his harem. With Lumachina completing the new trinity of anime hunnies, there’s no telling how many sticky situations Diablo is going to find himself in now. Hey, we’re here to see him blow up everyone with ease and worship the ground Shera walks on; we’re good.
#8: “Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro” (2021-)
Uzaki was just the beginning. Sure to send the internet into a meltdown with her antics, this series truly is for men of culture. Following a chance encounter, a hapless student finds himself on the receiving end of this little firecracker’s tirade of teases and verbal put downs, only for her to insert herself into his life. Though it’s perfectly clear that there’s something sweet and genuine bubbling beneath the surface. Even if she leaves Twitter in flames, Nagatoro is still a great time, and a definite bright spot for modern rom-com anime.
#7: “Tokyo Revengers” (2021-)
Travelling to the past, changing the future, bettering yourself along the way – it’s a treasured anime staple that’s worked wonders for some knockout series, and now it’s the central trope of this tale of redemption. After finding out that an old flame had become a casualty in a gang war, Takemichi finds himself spiralling back in time into his teenager body, where he vows to infiltrate that gang that caused his girlfriend’s death and change it from within. If rumours are to be believed, then this is going to be a battle anime with some pedigree.
#6: “86” (2021-)
Things are rather tranquil in the Republic of San Magnolia, what with their autonomous, walking tanks known as Juggernauts defending the freedom of all peoples. Just one problem, they’re not autonomous. Rather, they’re piloted by the segregated masses cruelly codenamed 86s, just so the elites don’t have to get their hands dirty. Enter Lena, a Handler who, unlike her peers, cares for the soldiers under her command, and seeks to save as many as possible…only for her world to be shaken when she’s put in charge of the infamous Spearhead unit. This show has a lot of potential and we’re excited to see where it goes!
#5: “My Hero Academia” Season 5 (2021-)
Class is in session once again, only Deku now has a lot more to worry about than graduating from his first year U.A High. While the battle with Class 1B is finally giving some of the side characters the chance to stand up and strut their stuff, the real draw of this fifth outing is what the hell is happening with Midoriya’s Quirk. Faced with the original owner of One for All, it looks like the hero of tomorrow is about to take things to the next level.
#4: “Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song” (2021-)
From the author of Re;Zero, brought to us by the studio behind Attack on Titan, comes the tale of a humanoid A.I who just wants to sing with all her heart on the largest stage she can. Whatever digital dream she may have been yearning for is swiftly shattered with the arrival of Matsumoto – a far more advanced A.I hailing from the future, who warns her than unless she assists him, humanity is doomed to extinction via an A.I uprising. So far what this series has given us is mesmerizing, matching intense action and intrigue with some of the best visuals all season! Diva’s got the potential to take the crown!
#3: “SSSS.Dynazenon” (2021-)
Any of you missing that Gridman hype? Then worry no longer, because its spiritual successor has just arrived. The faces may be different, but everything else about this mecha-thon looks to be hitting that sweet spot. You’ve got giant robots battling kaiju, harkening back to those days of watching tokusatsu, all the while the story seems to be layered with far more darkness than you’d expect to find in a show that has teens joining up to pilot a mecha.
#2: “To Your Eternity” (2021-)
We knew this was going to be rough, we knew it was going to hit us in the feels, and yet we all still believed that the writer behind A Silent Voice couldn’t make us cry in one episode. And look what happened. Focusing on an otherworldly orb that copies the form of whatever it touches, it’s sudden shift into a white wolf leads to it encountering a nameless boy. Their companionship not only sets the stage for the former spherical being to carve out a new path for itself, but also barrages us with what promises to be the first of many painful tragedies.
Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.
“Shaman King” (2021-)
“Edens Zero” (2021-)
“Fruits Basket: The Final” (2021-)
“Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood” (2021-)
#1: “Megalo Box 2: Nomad” (2021-)
Gearless Joe is finally back! Following on from being crowned the Champion of Megalonia, things seemed to have fallen apart for ol’ Joe. Back to taking part in underground matches, hopped up on drink and drugs, all the while haunted by what appears to be the ghost of his beloved trainer. While his fall from grace remains a mystery, his interaction with aging boxer Chief has taken Joe’s journey in a fascinating new direction. Throw in a truly phenomenal soundtrack, and there’s every chance this could be anime’s answer to Creed.