2020 was a rough year. Some would argue the worst year in recent memory. In the midst of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and the world practically falling apart, there is one problem that loomed over all else. The anime releases were rather weak. Okay, before you stop reading and leave me an angry comment, let me clarify my position. I am not counting shows being released in the season of Winter 2021. While some of them may have started coming out in December of 2020, they will ultimately be releasing throughout 2021. Besides that, there were still many great shows such as Deca-Dence, Jujutsu Kaisen, Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You, Great Pretender, and Keep Your Hands off Eizouken. We even got new seasons for great shows such as Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Haikyuu!!, Re:Zero-Starting Life in Another World, and Food Wars. I loved a lot of these shows, and they helped me through the loneliness of quarantine. However, we cannot deny the fact that while they are good shows, none of these are truly masterpieces. Some of them are still in their introductory stages (Jujutsu Kaisen), some of them burned out by the ending (Great Pretender), and some of them aren't even fully finished (Re:Zero). If you don't understand my point, just look at 2019. That year was stacked with Vinland Saga, Dr. Stone, Fruits Basket, Mob Psycho 100 II, The Promised Neverland, Dororo, The Rising of The Shield Hero, and Demon Slayer. Most of these broke our hearts, broke the charts, and are still on our minds even two years later. Maybe it would have been different if we were not surrounded by such apocalyptical circumstances, but I still feel that last year was a little disappointing.
Now we are well into the Winter 2021 season, and I am completely blown away. How can a season be so stacked? There are so many good shows, I don't have time to watch them all! I feel like all of the studios in Japan just waited to drop this season so they could destroy our sleep schedules. Firstly, with absolutely no introduction needed, we have Attack on Titan: The Final Season. Completely blowing every single show out of the water, we have Eren Yaeger and the Survey Corps all over Twitter, Reddit, Youtube, and essentially the entire Internet. The world went crazy as we were reminded just how much we missed having our souls crushed every week by Hajime Isayama. Regardless how you feel about the series, you cannot deny that we are watching a classic in the making. Attack on Titan has defined this decade of anime, and I am just glad to be a witness to it. Due to the blinding success of AOT, I can't help but feel saddened by the lack of attention some of these other shows are getting. We have Promised Neverland Second Season, where kids that should be learning how to play checkers are playing interdimensional chess to avoid death. We have Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, where we switch from our regularly scheduled programming of biology and chemistry lessons, to military strategy and warfare. Re:Zero-Starting Life in Another World is finishing its second season, and the fans are patiently waiting for more Rem screen time. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Quintessential Quintuplets, Beastars, Log Horizon, Cells at Work, World Trigger, and Laid-Back Camp all have new seasons as well! Honestly, these reboots alone would spell out an amazing season, but we also have great new anime as well! One of my personal favorites, is Horimiya. After waiting ten long years for an anime adaptation, the thirteenth most popular manga on MyAnimeList is finally here! The story is about looking past appearances, and features some of the most beautiful character animation this season. In all honesty, the story isn't very deep and there isn't some crazy premise either; this anime is just wholesome as hell. I thoroughly enjoy every episode, and I am all for a show that can make me feel all warm and fuzzy. On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Jobless Reincarnation. This is another show that has been waiting for an adaptation, having been released back in 2016. It follows the story of a thirty-four year old NEET, who is killed in a tragic accident. After being reincarnated into a fantasy world as Rudeus Greyrat, he has the chance to try to live life to the fullest, while holding all of the memories of his past life. While the story follows many of the common tropes you would see in an isekai, it does so in a refreshing and beautiful way. The story handles heavy topics such as infidelity, bullying, and trauma while still managing to keep a lighthearted tone. I have seen a good amount of isekai in my life, but this one feels truly unique. It represents everything the genre can be, in both beauty and storytelling. Wonder Egg Priority has also been in the conversation for a while. I haven't had the time to give it a watch yet, but I have heard that it is unique in its storytelling and symbolism. As a young girl tries to piece together the reason behind her first friend's suicide, the show takes a deep dive into her mind and her own mental issues. Redo of Healer is also coming out right now... and I will not talk about it, except to say that every day we stray further from God. Nonetheless, this season of anime is a true comeback story. With such strong shows in nearly every category, I am sure you will be able to find something this season to follow and enjoy!