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2021 Anime: The Best Upcoming Releases of The Year

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have thrown a wrench into most of our daily lives, it enabled thousands of new media viewers to discover one of the most beloved television genres in modern history: Anime.

Thanks to social media like TikTok and Twitter, anime is seeing a bit of a renaissance when it comes to popularity and releases. It seems there isn’t a new title being announced every few days, bringing with it the promise of additional anime apparel, Anime Hoodies, Anime Shirts and other merchandise for fans to splurge on.

So, what are some of the releases you should watch out for in the new year? Stay tuned as we cover the most exciting titles:

The Way of the Househusband

Release Date: April 8, 2021 (Netflix)

Helmed by Tatsu, also known as the “Immortal Dragon,” this new anime series will follow the retired Yakuza boss and his life as a househusband. Based on the manga of the same name, viewers can look forward to some hilarious slice-of-life entertainment once the title hits small screens.

The World Ends with You: The Animation

Release Date: April 2021

After almost a year of waiting, this highly anticipated anime series is finally hitting screens for fans to enjoy worldwide. Based on the cult classic 2007 Nintendo DS release, the title follows the main character, Neku Sakaruba, and his allies as they battle through a game that will determine their destinies. Expect to see plenty of action!

Eden

Release Date: May 2021 (Netflix)

Initially scheduled to release in 2020, this four-part Netflix original series is expected to finally arrive in the spring of this year. Set in a sci-fi world thousands of years in the future, the anime will follow two farming robots who raise a child in a world absent of humans. Featuring a unique art direction and a wholesome storyline, this title is bound to be a favorite amongst fans of the genre.

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

Release Date: April 2021

With a fantasy setting and an action-centered premise, this anime title follows an underground group of criminals who’ve aimed their sights at interstellar takeover. As expected, things go wrong quickly when the group’s chief operative faces off against another planet’s evil organization.

The Dungeon of Black Company

Release Date: July 2021

Based on the manga series by Yōhei Yasamura, this anime follows the main character, Kinji, as he’s suddenly transported to a fantasy world. Of course, this world is no magical place; instead, Kinji is enslaved by a cruel mining company and sets off on new adventures in his unfamiliar reality. Fans of satirical comedy should find the title to be a new favorite!

Blue Period

Release Date: TBA 2021

Expected to be stylish and visually moving, this anime series will be based on the manga of the same name. The narrative follows art student Yatora Yaguchi as he uncovers and develops his obsession with the art form, taking viewers along with him on an educational journey of self-discovery and development.

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