Your Spring 2021 Anime Guide

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Spring is in the air! That only means one thing. Actually, it means several things, but one of them is that it’s time for a new season of anime.

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What are you interested in? What are you watching? What are you not watching? Have a look and let us know in the comments down below.

Backflip!!

Studio: Zexcs

Genre: Drama, School, Sports, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A high school boy joins the rhythmic gymnastics team.


Battle Athletes ReStart!

Studio: Seven

Genre: Comedy, Sports, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: April 10

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A reboot of the 1990s anime, Battle Athletes ReStart! tells the story of a potato farmer who competes in an intergalactic athletics tournament.


Blue Reflection Ray

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Drama, Magical Girl, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 9

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: The lives of two schoolgirls, with very different personalities, cross paths and change the world.

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Burning Kabaddi

Studio: TMS | Domerica

Genre: Sports

Premiere Date: April 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolboy finds his competitive passion light ablaze when he joins the school’s Kabaddi team.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard | Overdress

Studio: Kinema Citrus | Kibuto Animaton | Studio Jemi

Genre: Adventure, Card Battle, Drama

Premiere Date: April 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Card fight is back for more cards and more fighting.

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Cestvs: The Roman Fighter

Studio: BN Pictures

Genre: Action, Drama, Historical

Premiere Date: April 14

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Here’s an anime about Cestvs, who is, wait for it, a Roman fighter.

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Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A nefarious organization finds out that exploring an alien planet sure is harder than it seems, especially when its members are wacky.

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Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro

Studio: Telecom Animation Film

Genre: Comedy, School, Romantic Comedy

Premiere Date: April 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A sadistic schoolgirl makes her senpai’s life stressful not only because she loves teasing him, but also actually has a crush on him.

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Dragon Goes House-Hunting

Studio: Signal.MD

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: If you thought looking for a house was hard, do it with a dragon.

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Duel Masters: King

Studio: Brain’s Base

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Duel Masters is back with another card battle anime.

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86: Eighty-Six

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Mecha, War

Premiere Date: April 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: In the Eighty-Six sector, troops protect the republic by commanding unmanned weapons into battle.

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Fairy Ranmaru

Studio: Studio Comet

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, School

Premiere Date: April 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Handsome anime dudes work at a bar that doesn’t take money, but rather, its patrons’ hearts.

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Fruits Basket The Final

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Supernatural, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Fruits Basket is back for a third and final season.

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Full Dive: The Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life!

Studio: Engi

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Premiere Date: April 7

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A high school student finds himself in the role-playing game Kiwame Quest, playing to stay alive.

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Gloomy The Naughty Grizzly

Studio: TBA

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: April

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Well, here’s the story of a boy and a pink bear that’s trying to him kill.

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Godzilla Singular Point

Studio: Bones x Orange

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: April 1

Where to Watch: Netflix (Japan)

What It’s About in One Sentence: A totally new series in which Godzilla and other kaiju do what they do best: destroy things.

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Gokushufudo: The Way of the Househusband

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: April 8

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: A legendary yakuza boss retires from a life of crime to do housework and support his wife and her career.

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Farewell, My Dear Cramer

Studio: Liden Films

Genre: Drama, School, Slice of Life, Sports

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Schoolgirls do their best on their school’s soccer team.

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Hetalia World Stars

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Comedy, History

Premiere Date: April 1

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Anime boys represent different countries and make geopolitics so handsome.

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Higehiro

Studio: Project No. 9

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A businessman takes a runaway schoolgirl under his wing and tries to help get her life back on track.

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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2

Studio: Tezuka Productions | Okuruto Noboru

Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem

Premiere Date: April 8

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime about a young man who ends up trapped in his favorite RPG with two female characters inadvertently becoming his slaves.

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Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood

Studio: Bakken Record

Genre: Action, Drama, History, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in an alternative 1931 in which the Tokugawa Shogunate continues, a young woman searches for the murderer of her family.

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Kingdom Season 3

Studio: Pierrot | Studio Signpost

Genre: Action, Drama

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Warriors join forces to change the history of China forever.

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Koikimo

Studio: Nomad

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Premiere Date: April 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: After a schoolgirl saves a businessman, he gets creepy and wants to kiss her.

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Kuro-Gyaru ni Natta kara Yujin to shite mita (Fucked By My Best Friend)

Studio: Elias

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Things get complicated when you find you find yourself turned into a tanned anime lady and your best friend starts bonking you.

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Let’s Make a Mug Too

Studio: Nippon Animation

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A girl moves to Gifu Prefecture and learns how to make pottery.

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Mars Red

Studio: Signal-MD

Genre: Action, Drama, Historical, Horror, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 5

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in an alternate 1923, the Japanese government creates a task force to kill vampires and save us all.

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Megalobox 2: Nomad

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Sports

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A machine-augmented fighter tries to put his life back together after spending years in a haze of booze and pills.

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Moriarty The Patriot Part 2

Studio: Production I.G

Genre: Drama, Crime, Psychological

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of the anime that follows William James Moriarty, who becomes Sherlock Holmes’ arch-rival.

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My Hero Academia Season 5

Studio: Bones

Genre: Action, School, Superhero

Premiere Date: March 27

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: My Hero Academia is back for more anime heroism.

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Odd Taxi

Studio: OLM, Inc.| P.I.C.S.

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A walrus taxi driver around various passengers through the urban sprawl.

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Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre: Comedy, School, Romantic Comedy

Premiere Date: April 14

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A spurned high schooler decides to get even.


Pretty Boy Detective Club

Studio: Shaft

Genre: Comedy, Mystery

Premiere Date: April 10

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A group of pretty anime boy detectives helps a young woman find a star she saw in the sky a decade ago.

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The Saint’s Magic Power Is Omnipotent

Studio: Diomedéa

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Premiere Date: April 6

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: An office worker finds herself transported to a fantasy world, where he spends her time making magical potions instead of working at a computer.

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SD Gundam World Heroes

Studio: Sunrise

Genre: Action, Mecha, Robot

Premiere Date: April 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Adorable Gundam mecha have adventures all over the world, whether they are cute little samurai Gundam or sea-sailing pirate ones.

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Seven Knights Revolution

Studio: Liden Films x Domerica

Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy, School

Premiere Date: April 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: One day a boy’s life changes, as it would, when he is saved by a girl with magical power she inherited from legendary knights.

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Shadows House

Studio: Clover Works

Genre: Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 10

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: Living dolls spend their days waiting on faceless, soot-producing shadow masters.

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Shaman King

Studio: Bridge

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 1

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Shamans, people able the ability to communicate with the supernatural, go head to head in hopes of being crowns the Shaman King.

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Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Transforming robots

Premiere Date: April 9

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: All aboard for the anime in which Japanese bullet trains transform into robots — or is it, robots transform into bullet trains...

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The Slime Diaries

Studio: 8-bit

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Enjoy the life and leisure of a girl who was reincarnated as a Slime.

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SSSS.DYNAZENON

Studio: Trigger

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mecha, Robots, School, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: April 2

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: This is the follow-up to the 2018 SSSS.Gridman, which had cool transforming robots, interesting characters, and excellent animation from Trigger.

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Super Cub

Studio: Studio Kai

Genre: Drama, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: April 7

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl life’s changes with she begins riding Japan’s most iconic scooter, the Super Cub, in what really seems like a serialized Honda commercial.

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Those Snow White Notes

Studio: Shin-Ei Animation

Genre: Drama, Music

Premiere Date: April 2

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Here’s an anime about a schoolboy and other students who are into playing the shamisen.

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Tokyo Revengers

Studio: Liden Films

Genre: Action, School, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: April 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young man travels through time to save his girlfriend by joining a game filled with tough anime dudes who must spend lots of him styling their hair each morning.

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To Your Eternity

Studio: Brain’s Base

Genre: Adventure, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 12

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A shapeshifter takes the form of a dying boy and goes on adventures.

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Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

Studio: Wit Studio

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: April 3

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: An A.I. songstress is tasked by a teddy bear from the future with helping to prevent an inevitable war between humankind and artificial intelligence.

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Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun Season 2

Studio: BN Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: April 17

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Demon school is back in session for Iruma-kun.


The World Ends with You: The Animation

Studio: DOMERICA × SHIN-EI ANIMATION

Genre: Adventure, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 8

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: The stylish Square Enix game is now a stylish anime.

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Yasuke

Studio: Mappa

Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 29

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: Based on the historical figure Yasuke, this anime tells the story of a former warrior turned boatsman who is drawn back into the fight.

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Yokai Watch

Studio: OLM

Genre: Comedy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 9

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: A new season of Yokai Watch is back, rebooted for more anime hijinks.

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Zombie Land Saga: Revenge

Studio: Mappa

Genre: Comedy, Idol, Supernatural

Premiere Date: April 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: The zombies-turned-idols are back, ready to dance, make music, and be morbid.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

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Can I just say, as a Marvel and DC comic geek, how refreshing MHA is. It’s rare in the Big Two for a teen superhero team to go this long without most of the cast either dying gruesomely, getting horribly mutilated, or just turning evil.