Best New Anime to Watch (Spring Season 2021)

pring is here which means another season full of anime to check out! Giant monsters, anthropomorphic animals, and time-traveling shenanigans are just some of what you can expect this spring anime season. We have a good amount of new anime for the spring such as the mystery series ODDTAXI, the drama-filled Tokyo Revengers, and some big monster madness with Godzilla: Singular Point. We’re also seeing the return of some highly anticipated anime series such as My Hero Academia and SHAMAN KING. Across Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix, among others, there are a lot of places to enjoy anime.Check out some of our favorite picks in the video above or the slideshow gallery below, followed by the full list of new spring season 2021 anime in the US and their respective streaming platforms. Anime listed are available now unless otherwise stated.

With the Godzilla vs. Kong movie out already, we’re sure some of you are eager to see more monster action like we are. Godzilla: Singular Point is produced by both Bones (My Hero Academia) and Orange (Beastars) studios so we are definitely expecting some sweet animation. Not to mention that the classic mecha, Jet Jaguar, returns as a prominent figure in this new series.

MegaloBox is back with Season 2

! The series takes place in a futuristic world where Megalo Boxing exists, a sport where competitors box each other while enhanced with metal frames. The protagonist, Joe, is a Megalo boxer who had a pretty hopeful outlook last we saw him in Season 1. In NOMAD, five years have passed by and Joe’s life seems to have been turned upside down. He is riddled with guilt and has a painkiller addiction as he travels from place to place for underground fights. We’ll expect to find out what led Joe down this rough path as the season goes on. Check out the currently airing series if you’re looking for a dark sports story with visuals reminiscent of late ’90s/early 2000s anime like Cowboy Bebop or Trigun.

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and do things differently? Takemichi Hanagaki gets a chance after mysteriously traveling 12 years back in time after his own murder. Coincidentally, Takemichi died soon after he learned that his ex-girlfriend from middle school was also killed, so he plans to use this opportunity to save her in the future. We’re getting a little bit of Erased vibes here so we’re looking forward to seeing how this fresh take on the time-travel murder-mystery formula unfolds.

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Do you ever wish you could go back in time and do things differently? Takemichi Hanagaki gets a chance after mysteriously traveling 12 years back in time after his own murder. Coincidentally, Takemichi died soon after he learned that his ex-girlfriend from middle school was also killed, so he plans to use this opportunity to save her in the future. We’re getting a little bit of Erased vibes here so we’re looking forward to seeing how this fresh take on the time-travel murder-mystery formula unfolds.

Because of this methodical pacing, we get such a sharp and clear idea of Vinland Saga’s characters, including the legendary real-life Norse explorer Leif Erikson, who returns to Iceland after claiming to have discovered the “new world,” which he has named Vinland. The introduction of Erikson comes after a gorgeously-directed and bloody opening battle sequence, which takes place across a fleet of ships on a stormy sea, as Thors the Jomsviking singlehandedly tears apart the enemy with relative ease. Fast-forward to his now peaceful life as a family man in a village of Icelanders, and as a father to Thorfinn – the series protagonist who is at this point only six years old and wide-eyed as he enjoys the tales of Leif Erikson the explorer.

What helps frame these characters and their story so well is Vinland Saga’s art and music. A slow-burn show can sometimes feel like a struggle if it only has the characters and their dialogue to carry it. But Vinland Saga has masterfully-crafted landscapes that draw your eye as you watch these characters talk and brawl. The moments between conversations and fights are often sweeping shots of the snow-covered hills and the crashing of icy waves on the open sea.

And then there’s the music. The OP, titled Mukanjyo, is a thrilling and powerful piece of post-hardcore by Japanese band Survive Said the Prophet. The track uses intricate riffs, thrashing drums, and soothing vocals which give way to intense screams by the OP’s climax. It’s an intense ride all on its own. The rest of the soundtrack is carried mostly on the impressive strength of raw war drums and soothing Celtic flutes which work magically when combined with the show’s rich colors and sweeping landscapes.

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Put simply, if Vinland Saga keeps up this same quality of the animation, dialogue, characterization, and music, it feels like a classic in the making. A show with real, palpable, fleshed-out characters that you’ll quickly grow to love, living in a harsh but beautifully-captured world brought to life by stellar art and soothing melodies. Vinland Saga is an epic in every sense of the word.

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