Time flies when you’re having fun… or watching anime, and before we knew it, it became time to say goodbye to the surprisingly enjoyable Summer 2021 anime season, and hello to the new Autumn 2021 season. As usual, we never know ahead of time how an anime season will unfold, and what series will make us burst out laughing or reach for the tissue box because we’re crying… or for any other reason. Here’s a post on the 13 series J-List will be paying attention to this season!
A New Anime Season Begins! J-List’s Top New Series
Anime continues to explode in popularity around the world, and the upcoming season offers 45 new anime series for us to enjoy, which is separate from the second cours of continuing series, or neverending shows like One Piece. What gems will the new season hold for us? Let’s find out!
In the second cour of one of the most well-executed isekai stories in years, we’ll finally get to enjoy more adventures of Rudeus Greyrat, Eris, Roxy, Sylphy, and all the rest. While it can be frustrating having a 24-episode series split into separate parts with months in between, it’s actually a fun way to experience the thrill of anticipation for a beloved series returning, as well as giving extra time for the studio to make cute figures for fans to buy.
We’re living in a golden age of manga-to-anime adaptions in which most any manga that attains a certain level of sales popularity and/or meme-ability on social media can look forward to getting an anime adaption, whether it’s Uzaki-chan or Nagatoro-san or the highly anticipated Komi-san wa Communication Shougai Desu, about a girl who had problems communicating with others. I’m totally looking forward to this one!
Based on a manga by the creator of such legendary works as Death Note and Bakuman, that alone is enough to get me to tune in.
An anime about young people exploring the world of art. It seems to be aimed at increasing interest in art clubs, the way Rifle is Beautiful tried to get people into competitive shooting, or Asteroid in Love promoted interest in geology and astronomy.
The continuation of the popular military sci-fi series about a country that’s fighting a war with “automated mecha” which are actually piloted by humans considered to be sub-human by their society.
An anime based on a manga about a girl who can see horrifying ghosts and spirits, which all others are oblivious to. She tries to enjoy a normal high school life despite seeing lots of spooky creatures every day. This looks like the perfect anime for Spooktober!
One thing you can say about isekai and tensei (reincarnated in another world) series, at least they keep coming up with creative titles. Based on a novel series by Kadokawa, Ansatsu Kizoku — the official Engrish title is The World’s Best Assassin, To Reincarnate in a Different World Aristocrat — is the story of a super-powerful assassin who gets reincarnated in another world where he does badass assassin stuff.
A continuation of the popular alien invasion sci-fi visual novel from the makers of KimiNozo / Rumbling Hearts, back in the day. It should be good!
Sometimes all we want from an anime is to help us relax with a low-stress stress story, and maybe some images of delicious Japanese food to look at. If there are sexy elves and other isekai tropes, that’s even better!
If you want more Demon Slayer, it’s coming! The Mugen Train film has been expanded with additional animation into a new TV arc… because once Sony has a hit on their hands, they can’t stop revisiting it again and again, until the end of time.
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A young man named Reito who was put in cryostasis wakes up to find that a virus has killed 99.9% of the world’s male population, leaving only females. In order to save humanity, he must mate with as many women as possible and impregnate them. Although this sounds like a lot of silly ecchi fun, it’s also a surprisingly serious drama. There will be a safe-for-broadcast and 18+ editions of the show.
I’ve been impressed with the quality of many of the recent Lupin the Third works, which really capture the grit of the old Monkey Punch days while updating the story with high-quality animation. I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming 6th Lupin series.
Bonus: an official Gunma-chan anime is coming! Gunma-chan is an example of Japan’s crazy penchant for creating local kigurumi (full body suit) characters to represent Japan’s local regions, though he’s actually the first such character created. Now that an official anime is coming out about the character, I’ll naturally have to tune in and let you know if you should check it out, too.
Thanks for reading this post about the new anime series J-List is most interested in in the upcoming anime season. Are there any other series we should make sure to cover? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter!
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