The world of anime can be difficult for new viewers to enter as it can be difficult to know where to start, but the journey is well worth it as this genre features some of the best stories. In 2021 alone, new anime episodes stole our hearts and made us smile, laugh and cry.
To help you make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest series to watch of the year, we’ve rounded up our picks for the best anime of 2021. Read on to find out why we picked these 10 series as the best of the best.
86: Eighty Six
At first glance, 86 looks like an echo of the recent Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans, with its focus on child soldiers in wartime. But what sets 86, it is the emphasis on the intersection of classism, racism and the morality of wartime murder. The battles themselves are surprisingly tactical, with massive fights between scorpion-like mechs instead of the usual humanoid robot forms in the genre. However, it is in the conversations and the slices of life between battles that 86 really shines.
Attack on Titan season finale
The attack of the Titans enters the first half of its final season with a time jump, big revelations from the past and a deep dive into the world beyond the borders of the Isle of Paradise. As always, there are massive battles, tragic deaths, and the introduction of interesting new characters. The final cliffhanger of this half of the final season will leave you anxious for answers as the series draws to a close.
Horimiya is a very special kind of anime where you find yourself smiling for half of the episode, even if nothing funny happens. It is simply healthy. It’s a love story between high school students that manages to overturn all the usual tropes of this genre. Basically, this is a series about people who are more than what their looks might suggest, which is certainly not uncharted territory in the anime world, but the way it is. treated in Horimiya seems very grounded in reality and relatable in a way that a lot of other similar anime aren’t. Horimiya doesn’t shy away from over-reacting and anime-worthy misunderstandings for its comedic moments, but it also counterbalances them with some truly heartwarming and low-key moments that don’t always have a happy ending, but still leave you hoping for them. characters involved.
The first season of Jujutsu Kaisen looks like the start of something special – much like the first season of The attack of the Titans had done in 2013, or more recently, the first season of Demon Slayer just two years ago. Like those two other animes, Jujutsu Kaisen seems to be part of this new generation of shonen action anime with extraordinary animation, amazing fight choreography, and jaw-dropping art that really pulls the full potential of its source material. Jujutsu Kaisen is filled with very endearing characters, gripping action, and truly heartbreaking dramatic moments. In addition, the first ending song is ” Lost in Paradise“, Which is hands down the best anime ending of 2021.
At a time when all types d’isekai are developed, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation takes a cheerful and heartfelt approach to the genre. The series tells the story of a 34-year-old young man who dies after being hit by a bus, before starting a new life in a new world as an infant. Rudy is reborn with the baggage of his former existence, which caused him considerable trauma and depression – that of being a bad student, an outcast, unloved and abused. Rudy will learn to seize all the opportunities this new adventure offers him, befriending countless new friends while finally having the courage to do what he always dreamed of.
In the era of animes whose title is ” Banned from the hero’s party, I decided to live a quiet country life“, It’s nice to have series like Oddtaxi. It is a fascinating mysterious drama with incredible writing, deeply developed and memorable characters, and a unique art style that stands out not only for its anthropomorphic world, but also because there is literally nothing that looks like him. Like Durarara, Oddtaxi is not the story of a single character, but rather that of an entire city, with an intricately woven plot that expertly connects seemingly unrelated story threads and culminates in with one of the most exciting endings we’ve seen in an anime this year.
The Memoirs of Vanitas
An anime about vampires is a familiar subject, but add some terrific characters, gorgeous imagery, and an intriguing mystery to it, and you’ve got an exceptional series like The Memoirs of Vanitas. The series follows Noah, a vampire in search of the mythical book of Vanitas that could bring death to the entire race of vampires. Noah soon meets a human named Vanitas who appears to own the book, but uses it more for good than for annihilation. The two hilariously join forces in some sort of cop buddy relationship to solve a mystery affecting vampires. Vanitas is by far one of the most interesting protagonists of this year, carrying every scene he takes part in. Between the characters, the narration and the incredible work of the studio Bones, this is a series to follow closely.
To Your Eternity
To Your Eternity, unlike many other nominations for the best anime of 2021, is not easy to watch. Tragedy abounds throughout the few story arcs that make up the first season of To Your Eternity, but every emotional punch is deserved. It is the story of an immortal creature, who ends up calling himself “Fushi”, born into the world for some unknown reason and who finds his humanity by witnessing life in its best and worse. The people who impact Fushi’s life literally become a part of him once they pass away, as he has the ability to adopt their appearance and special abilities. All of this translates into a narrative structure that allows us to get to know a wide variety of interesting characters and cultures, with the nagging feeling that disaster could await around every corner. To Your Eternity is a powerful anime that will make you feel something in almost every episode, which is a rare quality for an anime.
Vivy: Flourite Eye’s Song
Vivy : Fluorite Eye’s Song takes a familiar sci-fi trope, time travel, and sets up a gripping story with one of this year’s most astonishing animations. The series follows Vivy, an AI theme park singer, whose path changes rapidly when a futuristic AI warns of a devastating war that will take place 100 years from now. The series looks like Terminator, but Vivy’s primary goal of making people happy by singing adds a nice layer of storytelling as she tries to avert disaster. To top it all, Vivy : Fluorite Eye’s Song presents one of the best animated fight choreographies in a long time. Wit Studio manages to take advantage of these different elements, which makes this anime quite a remarkable product.
Wonder Egg Priority
The fantastic psychological drama Wonder Egg Priority has the heavy task of dealing with traumatic experiences and suicide. Given the subject matter, the series does a commendable job of recounting the trials and tribulations of our group of young protagonists. It is important to focus on characters animated by emotion and Wonder Egg Priority achieves this with the support of stunning visuals and animations, making the series a very memorable experience this year.