Night falls earlier and temperatures are at their lowest: all the signals are green to embark on anime marathons, warm in your sofa or bed. More and more popular, the genre is more easily accessible, in particular thanks to Netflix which is betting big on these Asian productions. To end the year well, here is the selection of the best anime to absolutely watch in December.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean – From 1is December on Netflix
One of the most popular works in manga circles (so much so that a new spin-off will soon be released), Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is back at the end of the year for the long-awaited sixth part, called Stone Ocean. Posted in the pages of Weekly Shōnen Jump between 2000 and 2003, this new arc continues the saga of the Joestar family and features Jotaro’s daughter, Jolyne Cujoh, who is the only female “JoJo” to date. The plot takes place in Florida, in 2011. Unjustly accused of a murder, she will find herself in a prison where she will demonstrate for the first time her Stand, Stone Free. During a visit from her father, she learns that her ordeal was organized by a man wanting to avenge a certain Dio Brando.
Tokyo Godfathers – From 1is December on Netflix
December is also an opportunity to celebrate Christmas and, in addition to the many movies and TV movies that have just arrived on the platform, Netflix has everything planned for anime fans. Released in 2003, Tokyo Godfathers is a feature film created by one of the masters of the genre, Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Paprika). The animated film tells the story of the intersection of three characters who struggle to find their place in society. One of the heroes, Gin, is a man who accumulates problems: he abandoned his wife and child and found himself completely ruined and an alcoholic. He lives on the streets of Tokyo with Miyuki, a runaway and delinquent teenager in conflict with her father, and Hana, a transgender woman who dreams of one day having a child. But, with the miracle of Christmas, the wish of the latter will come true on the evening of December 25 when the three accomplices are alerted by the cries of an abandoned newborn. If Hana decides to keep him first, the three friends will eventually embark on a real quest to find her biological mother.
Platinum End – From December 2 on Crunchyroll
Published from November 2015 to January 2021 in the monthly magazine Jump Square de Shueisha, Platinum End tells the story of a student named Mirai Kakehashi, who makes a suicide attempt. He is saved by his guardian angel, Nasse, who has not only sworn to protect him, but also grants him special powers, as he is one of the 13 candidates chosen by different angels to take on the role of God, who will take his retirement in 999 days. Based on the manga created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the Signal anime MD TV series returns this month with Episode 9, available December 2 on Crunchyroll. With a new episode airing every Wednesday, the month of December promises to be once again rich in action.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Season 2) – From December 5 on Crunchyroll and Wakanim
Recently declined in video game with the title Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles, Demon Slayer is a work that breaks all records. In 2020, manga sales exceeded 330 million euros in revenue in Japan and merchandising around the franchise generated 6.7 billion euros. The seven-episode adaptation of the film The Infinity Train Having come to an end, fans can now move on with a brand new season, which kicks off on December 5th. This will adapt the arc The Pleasure District, in which Tanjirô and his gang face the demon Daki, one of the Twelve Demonic Moons. To mark the occasion, this season will be entitled to a first special double episode where the Japanese singer Aimer will perform the opening Zankyosanka as well as the ending Asa ga kuru.
Shaman King (part 2) – From December 9 on Netflix
Shaman King, one of the iconic shōnen of the early 2000s, made a comeback this year with a new anime adaptation produced by studio Bridge (Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens, Fairy Tail). This promises to adapt the 35 volumes of the new edition of the manga published by Kōdansha, for a total of 52 episodes to discover. After the first 13 episodes that arrived on Netflix last August, the platform is offering a new salvo from December 9. As a reminder, the work features Yoh Asakura, a shaman capable of seeing ghosts and merging with them to use their skills. His goal is to win the Shaman Fight tournament in order to become Shaman King.
Aggretsuko – Season 4 December 16 on Netflix
In this anime, the viewer follows the daily life of a female office worker panda who, to free herself from all her frustration, regularly goes to karaoke. Nevertheless, the latter prefers to sing good old death metal there, a musical genre that obviously contrasts with her physique. Full of humor and cynicism, this series produced by the Fanworks studio is above all a delicious satire of the working world in Japan. About fifteen minutes each, new episodes will be available for a season 4, available from December 16 on Netflix. If she rose to the rank of idol in season 3, Retsuko chooses to resume a more classic life. After having suffered in the last episodes from the actions of a toxic fan, she could count on the support of Haida and it is in this context that season 4 will start.
The Ancient Magus Bride: The Boy From the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm Part 1 – In December on Crunchyroll
Chise Hatori is 15 years old. She has no family, no special talent, no hope in life. One day, she is sold to a sorcerer, a non-human whose existence goes back to the dawn of time… He takes her under his wing to make her his disciple and announces to her that in the long term, she will become his wife . Then, the needles which seemed forever frozen in the heart of Chise Hatori start to turn again, little by little. Based on a new story from manga author Kore Yamazaki, this work will be cut into three parts: the second part is due out in Japan with the 17e manga volume on March 10, 2022, while the third OAD will be released on the 18the volume. Produced by studio Kafka, this anime is directed by Kazuaki Terasawa (Overlord II and III), Aya Takaha works on the scripts alongside Yoko Yonaiyama (Umamusume: Pretty Derby), while Hirotaka Kato works on character designs.
Blue Period – Last episode December 25 on Netflix
Produced by the company Seven Arcs, Blue Period is a coming-of-age fiction, which follows a high school student called Yatora Yaguchi, to classical life. He gets good grades, but is deeply bored and not stimulated enough. Until the day when he will discover his attraction for art. Charging head first into his new passion, he quickly realized that the artistic world was sometimes ruthless. Launched last October on Netflix, the adaptation of this anime will end in December, with the posting of the last episodes. Unlike most of its content, the large N firm has indeed opted for an old-fashioned broadcast, with a new episode each week. To end on a high note, the last episode of Blue Period will be released on December 25, to kick off Christmas with an artistic twist. For the impatient, each new episode is posted on the platform on Saturday at 9:01 am.
Belle – From December 29 at the cinema
The approach of the end of the year celebrations is often the occasion to see a good number of blockbusters coming to the cinema. If 2021 is no exception to the rule with Charm, the latest Disney animated film, or Spider-Man No Way Home, which promises epic clashes, it will undoubtedly be necessary to count on another animated film: Belle. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda (Miraï, my little sister, The Boy and the Beast, Digimon: the movie), the director’s new film tells the story of Suzu, a teenager with complexes and stuck in her small mountain town with her father. But, in the virtual world of U, Suzu becomes Belle, a musical icon followed by more than 5 billion followers. A difficult double life for the shy Suzu, who will take an unexpected flight when Beauty meets the Beast, a creature as fascinating as it is frightening. Then begins a virtual crossover between Beauty and the Beast, at the end of which Suzu will discover who she is. In the French version, the character of Belle will be voiced by singer and actress Louane, who has already gone through dubbing with The Incredibles 2 Where The Trolls.