Well, it’s that time again… Winter is fading and Spring approaches. There’s shows I’m sad to see go, shows I’m glad to be rid of. And there’s also shows to look forward to!
Hit the jump and let’s see what’s coming up for the next season!
Winter 2021 was packed with potentially good stuff. So much that for the first time ever I had to split my anticipation post into two parts. That is… Not so much the case for the Spring 2021.
While there are several shows I’m looking forward to, there’s a dearth of hype from where I sit. Spring seems to be mostly shows that appear to be probably just mediocre. That makes it hard to anticipate much. Of course, appearances can be deceiving. Mediocre plot summaries and PV’s can hide outstanding shows.
Let’s hope that’s the case here.
As is my usual habit here at the Lounge, these aren’t necessarily in any particular order. It’s pretty easy to sort by broad bands, but mostly pointless to sort in details.
The shows that I am anticipating are in bold, shows my wife and I are anticipating together are in bold italics.
That being said… Let’s dive in!
My Hero Academia 5th Season
Boku no Hero Academia 5th Season
One of the few shows in this post which needs no introduction… and one would be sort of pointless since by the time you read this it will already have premiered.
Class 1B has some interesting personalities in it, so the theme of “1A vs. 1B” will bring out more of them.
Hopefully it can recover from the awful pacing of the 4th season.
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, VRV
Fruits Basket: The Final
Fruits Basket The Final Season
I am looking forward to this season with… Trepidation? No, no, it’s certainly not going be awful or anything! I’m just anticipating having my heart broken. And then the shattered pieces being ground into dust by a 500lb feels gorilla.
Karandi has already reviewed the 1st episode of this season (which was aired early).
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV
Second year high school student Koguma doesn’t lead a very interesting life. She has no parents, and no friends nor hobbies to keep her daily life busy. One day, she acquires a second-hand Honda Super Cub motorcycle and rides it to school. As time goes by, not only does Koguma have a new adventurous life, but she also forges precious friendships thanks to her precious little motorcycle.Source: LiveChart.me
If you know me, you know that quiet slice-of-life shows are right in my wheelhouse. I was looking forward to this even before the PV dropped two cherries on top with it’s music and animation styling.
Please don’t suck!
No announced stream.
Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song
The story takes place in “Nearland,” a theme park where “dreams, hope, and science” exist together as an AI theme park. The theme park is where the first automated human-type AI is born. Vivy is an AI who sings on stage for park attendees every day, as it is her directive to “make everyone happy through song.” She performs wholeheartedly for the attendees in the park. One day, an AI named Matsumoto appears before her. He says he has come from 100 years in the future with the directive of “working with Vivy to correct history, and to stop the war between AI and humans that breaks out 100 years from now.” The 100-year journey of the AI songstress Vivy begins.Source: Anime News Network
Anime original, which always carries some degree of risk…
But the writers, studio, and staff have some interesting credentials. Tappei Nagatsuki wrote Re:Zero (among other things). Studio Wit should need no introduction… Shinpei Ezaki directed the execrable Hanebado, but for all the flaws of the storyline the animation and action were well done.
And it’s closest thing to an idol anime this season. Which you know I can’t resist…
No announced stream
Mashiro no Oto
Those Snow White Notes
When Setsu’s grandfather died, so did Setsu’s “sound”—his unique creative spark. Grieving, he goes to Tokyo to find himself…but manages to become totally, literally lost on his first day. Only a chance meeting with Yuna—aka Yuka, the hostess—saves him from being robbed. At first glance their lives seem totally different, but they’re both striving for their dreams—hers, of being an actress, and his, of developing his talent with the shamisen—and it could just be that life in the raucous, unfeeling urban sprawl of Tokyo could just be what binds their fates together…Source: Kodansha Comics
That alone gives me reason to look forward to this. I enjoy stories where the protagonist has a very firm goal, even if the reason he struggles is a bit of a trope. And I guess I’m starting to be more attracted to shows with music at the heart of them. Idol adjacent maybe?
No announced stream.
Sayonara Watashi no Cramer
Farewell, My Dear Cramer
With no soccer accomplishments to speak of during the entirety of Sumire Suo’s junior high school years, the young wing gets an odd offer. Suo’s main rival, Midori Soshizaki, invites her to join up on the same team in high school, with a promise that she’ll never let Suo “play alone.” It’s an earnest offer, but the question is whether Suo will take her up on it. Thus the curtain opens on a story that collects an enormous cast of individual soccer-playing personalities!Source: Kodansha Comics
Girls and sports, also catnip for Derek.
My big concern here is my usual one – it appears to have a large ensemble cast. Such shows live or die by how well they handle their cast, and it’s not at all easy.
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, VRV
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Slime Taoshite 300-nen, Shiranai Uchi ni Level Max ni Nattemashita
After dying of overwork in the real world, I’m reincarnated as an immortal witch, and I spend 300 years enjoying a relaxing life. At some point, though, I end up at level 99! All those years spent killing slimes to make the money to pay the bills gave me a ton of experience points… Rumors of the level 99 witch spread, and soon I’m up to my ears in curious adventurers, duelist dragons, and even a monster girl calling me her mom! “This isn’t a dojo, so don’t come here to fight me…!” I’ve never been on an adventure, but I’m the strongest in the world…Source: Crunchyroll
I have to be honest. Slime wasn’t even really on my radar and when I thought of it, it was just another isekai and I’m about burned out on those. And I know I’m hardly alone in that.
Then I happened to check out the PV a couple of weeks back because it popped up on my YouTube feed… And it’s just too darn cute looking to not at least check out.
C’mon, it’s not like I need a deep reason or urge to watch a show, too darn cute is more than enough.
Streaming on: Crunchyroll, VRV
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Churutto!
That I’m an unabashed fanboy for the Yuuki Yuuna franchise is well known to all. So why is this series so far down the list rather than being up at the top with My Hero Academia and Fruits Basket? My deep dark secret…
I absolutely loath these slice-of-life chibified takes on popular shows. The few I’ve checked out despite that have been universally horribly done.
But, fanboy and all that, I’ll do my level best to give this one a fair shake.
No announced stream.
HIGEHIRO: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou.
Yoshida is an ordinary guy who was rejected hard by the woman he’d spent the last 5 years having a crush on. On his way home after getting drunk at a bar, he finds a teenage girl crouched on the side of the road… “If you let me stay at your place, you can sleep with me.” “You shouldn’t say that, even as a joke.” “Then let me stay over for free.” Before he knows it, the girl, Sayu, has moved in with him. This is the story of a runaway teen girl and an ordinary 26-year-old man.Source: Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures
Higehiro was on my radar under “cautiously await the initial reports”… because the plot summary shows that there’s a huge chance of it being problematic and going horribly wrong.
Then I was talking about this preview and what shows we’re anticipating with my wife, and it turns out that she’d read the first few chapters of the manga. She’s say it’s not like that at all. More like Found Family.
Found. Family. Another of Derek’s catnip genres… And the PV doesn’t look too bad either.
So, on the anticipation list it goes.
As usual there’s a whole bunch just below the anticipation level… And I do check out more than is listed here. A lot depends on what commenters recommend, the initial reviews on ANN, and blog and Twitter buzz as well.
So, that’s enough from me – check out the Spring 2021 season chart and drop a comment! Let’s hear what you’re anticipating!