Anime has been around for many years now. And, with 2021 coming to a close, we can now take a good look at some of the best anime this year had bestowed upon us. Keep in mind, however, not every show from this year will be on this list. So, if you don’t see one that tickles your fancy, be sure to leave your favorite in the comments below. We’d love to hear about it! With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Popular Anime; Demon Slayer S2:
To kick things off, let’s start with one of the most talked about anime series, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba. Season 2 of the series is finally available, Surprisingly beginning with Rengoku’s perspective of the events involving Mugen Train, following his untimely demise. Afterward, the second half takes viewers to the Entertainment District Arc. Tanjiro and his friends accompany Sound Hashira Uzui Tengen to the Red Light District, where demon presence is at an all-time high.
Here, they will encounter a demon named Daki, of the Upper Rank Six. How Tanjiro and company will fair against her, even I have yet to know. Crunchyroll and Funimation released Season 2 on December 5th. In my opinion, this season, much like Mugen Train, holds promise. It’ll be up to Ufotable, once again, to keep the anime evenly paced with the manga. But, I’m looking forward to seeing this through.
Hori-San to Miyamura-Kun:
Looking back at another fan-favorite anime, let’s go over Horimiya (Alt. Title). The series ran from January 10th, eventually ending their first season on April 4th. Horimiya is the story of highschoolers Kyoko Hori and Izumi Miyamura. Polar opposites of each other, one wouldn’t expect these two to grow close. This all changes when Hori’s younger brother comes home with a nosebleed, and Miyamura is there to help. After a shocking realization of how the other behaves outside of school, the two grow closer, eventually forming a relationship.
Horimiya is set as a slice-of-life romcom with lot’s of heartwarming moments that even left me wanting to see more. Unfortunately, there has yet to be a season 2 scheduled, but here’s hoping we’ll eventually see the most hilarious couple soon. On a side note, Horimiya is only available to watch on Funimation, as of now.
Komi-San The Speechless Goddess:
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without a fresh face! And, by that I mean Komi Shouko. Komi-San Can’t Communicate tells the story of a young girl named Komi. To the outside world, she’s a goddess. Never uttering a single word, people were led to believe they were unworthy of such beauty. But, that isn’t the case. Enter Tadano Hitohito; a young man who actually understands Komi’s situation. However, that goes without saying, literally. Komi’s main goal is to earn 100 friends by the end of her high school life. So, with some hesitance, Tadano will do everything he can to support Komi.
Komi-San Can’t communicate is still airing their first season on Netflix. However, after doing a little digging, it appears to not be on Funimation nor Crunchyroll. Huh. How Netflix managed to get their hands on this anime series before an actual anime streaming service is beyond me.
Comfy Anime; Yuru Camp S2:
Who can forget the most wholesome and food-savvy anime of all time; Laid Back Camp (Alt. Title). I recently made an article covering the best food on the show to make for a quick and easy Thanksgiving feast, so be sure to give that a good read if you have the time. Not only does this anime manage to inform the viewer of how a camp is recommended to be set up, but also introduces numerous camping meals.
Even better, Yuru Camp Season 2 aired earlier in January, giving us even more dishes and ways to enjoy the great outdoors. While there’s no giant mechs duking it out, or some grand task to be completed, Yuru Camp gives viewers a break from all that, in exchange for a comfy lifestyle. This anime is available on Crunchyroll and VRV, though has yet to air on Funimation. Here’s hoping that’ll change soon, so they can get on board the comfy train!
World’s Finest Assassin:
Better known as The World’s Finest Assassin Reincarnated In Another World As An Aristocrat. Still quite a mouthful of a title, this anime series really does hold up an amazing world-building and story-telling experience. Following his death at the hands of his own employers, an old man is given a second chance at life by an unnamed Goddess. While the assassin just wishes to live an ordinary life, she hands out a proposition: At the age of 18, he must assassinate the world’s Hero.
This anime aired on Crunchyroll and VRV on October, ending in mid-December. Surprisingly, this anime, as discussed in my previous article, had been created by Rui Tsukiyo, the original author for Redo Of Healer. However, the way the story plays out, one wouldn’t expect such a well-aired story from such creators. This just goes to show that you can’t simply judge a book by its cover, or in this case its author.
And, that about wraps it up, folks. So far, these have made my list of some of the best anime 2021 has to offer us. Whether they be fantasy, slice-of-life, or simple series, anime will always be a gem no matter the year. Be sure to stop on by our Facebook page, and say hello! We’d love to hear all about your favorite anime from this year. Also, be sure to leave a comment below regarding which anime episodes brought joy to your heart this year.
From all of us here at Geek News Now, Happy Holidays to all and thank you for all the support you’ve shown us through the years!