Winter 2021 Anime

Top Winter 2021 Anime Recommendations

Rise of Winter

A new winter rises, ushering Japan into a new year. 2020 is over, and we, reading here survived its craziness. What helps was anime, cheering us up. Now new anime rise up to meet us, bringing new stories to tell, and old favourites visit us again with a second, third or even fourth seasons. We bring you our recommendations for the new season to nibble on. Itadakimasu.

Recommendations

Back Arrow

Back Arrow

Genre: Action Fantasy Mecha

Release Date: Jan 9, 2021

Anime House: Studio VOLN

Based on: Original

Ringarindo, a strange land that is surrounded by a wall. The wall protects, cultivates, covers and protects the land, the wall is a god to the people of Ringarindo. Then comes a mysterious man named Back Arrow, appearing on the outskirts of Ringarindo at Essha Village. Our mystery man lost his memories but claims that all he knows is, “I came from beyond the wall.” Back Arrow must now go on a quest to restore his memories. He heads out beyond the wall but soon finds himself in a battle where he is the stakes.

Kai Byoui Ramune

Kai Byoui Ramune

Genre: Psychological Supernatural

Release Date: Jan 10, 2021

Anime House: Platinum Vision

Based on: Manga

There is an odd doctor that is the only one that can cure an illness, a “mystery disease” which is unknown to most but really exists. He and his apprentice fight this disease which modern medicine cannot cure. The doctor’s name is Ramune, and he is a foul-mouthed man that does not even look like a doctor. Once the doctor is confronted by this disease, he quickly uncovers the root cause of his patient’s distress and heals them, it can be from a girl who cries condiments to a philanderer who finds a chikuwa in his pants. There is a catch, Ramune’s treatments come at a cost, and not one that can be paid in money…

Hataraku Saibou Black

Hataraku Saibou Black

Genre: Action

Release Date: Jan 10, 2021

Anime House: LIDEN FILMS

Based on: Manga

Stress, drinking, smoking, sleep deprivation… When the body is subjected to such an environment its cells responsible for keeping the body alive seem to be in a fight it can never win. Due to a shortage of workers, Red Blood Cell AA2153 , a rookie Red Blood Cell works frantically, making oxygen deliveries all over the body and collecting carbon dioxide. On the other part, White Blood Cell U-1196 deals with germs and viruses and other nasties during life-threatening situations. This series takes a darker approach to show us how the body survives in conditions brought on by stress and bad choices… This could be YOUR body….

Hortensia Saga

Hortensia Saga

Genre: Adventure Fantasy Magic

Release Date: Jan 7, 2021

Anime House: LIDEN FILMS

Based on: Game

Set in the kingdom of Hortensia, this medieval fantasy is one of chaos and war. Hortensia has known peace for seven hundred years beforehand, a result of being protection by invasion by the tributary states of Olivier and Camellia. However, three years ago, the king was murdered and betrayed by a duke who them rebuild the kingdom into the image he envisioned for it. Meanwhile, the true heir to the throne has secretly come of age. Hidden in plain sight as a man, she and a group of young knights starts their quest to save their homeland.

Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi

Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Release Date: January 2021

Anime House: TNK

Based on: Light Novel

Healing magician Keare was exploited repeatedly because of his vocation and knowledge. He started to see what may be lying beyond healing magic, becoming convinced that the healing magician class is the strongest class in the world. Sadly, by the time he realized its full potential, he was deprived of everything. He decides to use healing magic on the world itself, going back four years, to redo everything and get sweet revenge on the ones that exploited him.

Kemono Jihen

Kemono Jihen

Genre: Action Supernatural

Release Date: Jan 10, 2021

Anime House: Ajia-do

Based on: Manga

A series of animal bodies that rot away after a single night starts appearing in a remote mountain village and Inugami, an occult detective from Tokyo is called to investigate the phenomena. While on the case he meets a strange boy called Dorata-bou by the villagers, named after a specific yokai that lives in the mud. The shunned boy helps Inugami to uncover the truth behind cattle killings and the rotting mystery. Thing is, there may be something not quite human about the boy Dorata-bou, and also there are definite supernatural forces afoot in their investigation.

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?

Genre: Adventure Comedy Fantasy

Release Date: Jan 8, 2021

Anime House: Millepensee

Based on: Light Novel

A mysterious explosion kills an entire class full of high school students, their souls transported to a fantasy world and reincarnated, some into princes and scholars others, however, were not as lucky. Our heroine wakes up in that world, in a labyrinth, as a lowly spider, at the bottom of the food chain, Now she must adapt with her human knowledge from her past life, willpower and a positive attitude to raise in that world and become a force to be reckoned with. She must evolve, become stronger, become better. Will she succeed? This is the story of a spider doing whatever she can in order to survive!

Praeter no Kizu

Praeter no Kizu

Genre: Action Superpower

Release Date: Jan 9, 2021

Anime House: GoHands

Based on: Mixed-Media Project

This series depicts people that carry ‘divine tattoos’, in which the powers of gods and divine beasts are sealed and it plays off in the lawless zone of Akatsuki Special District in Tokyo. The bearers of these tattoos can be broken up into three groups: ‘Helios’, those who protect the city, ‘Artemis’, those committed to maintaining security and control and the ‘Public Safety Special Division’, the law and order. In a zone filled with gang wars, these groups try to each pursue their own sense of justice.

SK∞

SK∞

Genre: Sports

Release Date: Jan 10, 2021

Anime House: Bones

Based on: Original

Aniplex US released the following synopsis:

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”…

Ura Sekai Picnic

Ura Sekai Picnic

Genre: Adventure Fantasy Mystery 

Release Date: Jan 4, 2021

Anime House: LIDEN FILMS x Felix Film

Based on: Light Novel

There are doorways into the Otherside, a place of paranormal entities like Yokai where creatures from urban legends like the dangerous Kunekune and Hasshaku-sama exist. They are not just campfire tales but really exists. Something University student Sorawo Kamikoshi found out when she saw ‘that thing’ and a strange gunslinger girl named Tomiko Nishina saved her life. Tomiko herself is searching the Otherworld to find an important person. Join us as these girls are hell-bent on a paranormal quest that may change their lives… forever…

Recommendations

Beastars 2nd Season

Beastars 2nd Season

In Season two we return to the Cherryton Academy, set in a reality populated by anthropomorphic animals, where teenagers deal with the normal mix of hope, romance, distrust, and uneasiness. What will the gentle-hearted wolf Regoshi, member of the drama club and his band of misfits get into this season…

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

Science geek Senku and friends return again, still set to restore civilization and science to a future where all technology is lost… this time they face war…

Hataraku Saibou!!

Hataraku Saibou!!

As the average human body contains trillions of cells, each with its own function, some fighting allergies, some helping you heal when you scrape a knee or something. In this new season, we get to explore all that further!

Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai

Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai

This third season of Log Horizon plays oof a year after the adventurers were trapped in the game Elder Tale. A new monster appears, there is a power struggle between the east-west aristocrats and the growing gap between the adventurers themselves to deal with.

Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan

Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan 

It is the sequel to Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin. Yes minna, Seven Deadly Sins is back with a shiny glorious fourth season. Not must has been revealed about it but we know it is going to be epic!!!!

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken 2nd Season

Remember our September anime challenge? That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is back and if you followed the challenge you are, like us at AnimeFanatika, so ready for this. It is time to join our badass slime lord for new adventures…

 

Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season

Yakusoku no Neverland 2nd Season

Last season we met Emma, Norman and Ray, the brightest orphans at the Grace Field Orphanage. We learned dark and disturbing secrets and had huge shocks. (No spoilers for the stragglers). Now we need to see if, in that bleak, dark world, the kids will continue to hope and fight for freedom.

What did the AnimeFantatika staff watch last season?

2020 Fall Roundup Takeshi

Takeshi only managed to watch a few anime series this season as he is still in mourning of his favourite site, HorribleSubs and recommended the following anime for Fall 2020.

Enn Enn no Shouboutai: Ni no Shou, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darou ka III, Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season, JUJUTSU KAISEN and Dogeza de Tanondemita for a good laugh

2020 Fall Roundup Ookami

1 Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko (Interesting elements… slime research and fantasy laundry service… quite interesting)

2 Majo no Tabitabi (It reminded me slightly of Kino no Tabi, but is its own entity)

3 Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (Very cute anime, love the bears)

4 Munou na Nana (great black humour)

5 King’s Raid Ishi wo Tsugumono-tachi (very god plot)

Honourable Mentions

Digimon Adventure (2020) (For a reboot it actually rocks)

JUJUTSU KAISEN