The Top 10 Most Anticipated Anime of Spring 2021

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With the final days of March also comes the final days of the Winter 2021 anime season, and this means it's time to look ahead to the new releases of the Spring 2021 schedule! It's a huge season as it's a much different looking schedule than from the same time last year. Last year was the peak of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the Spring 2020 season was hit the hardest. Series were postponed until months later, others stopped airing for a few weeks, and the amount of shows that made it through the chaos had to bear the weight of that schedule all on their own. It's a completely different world a year later as Spring 2021 is the most packed schedule in the year yet, and potentially the most packed for the year overall depending on the rest of the line ups. This season includes some returns of fan favorite series for new episodes, sequel seasons to bring current releases, franchises coming back for new adaptations, and of course, brand new anime making their official debut. With so many new releases vying for fan attention over the next few months, has compiled a list of the ten series you should really keep an eye out for this Spring. Read on to see our picks for the ten most anticipated anime releases of Spring 2021, and let us know your picks! There are too many to list all here, so let us know which anime you're looking forward to the most in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff


How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Omega

Premiere Date: April 8th (Crunchyroll) It's admittedly difficult to recommend a series with fan service elements at its core, but it's honestly not difficult to say keep an eye for How Not to Summon a Demon Lord's second season. The first season has a lot of attention to detail when it comes to that fan service, and that same amount of quality in the production is paid to how its action plays out. Couple this with a fun main character, and you're set up for quite a good time. But this is likely only going to be a major fit for those looking for this sort of anime! There are worse kinds out there, for sure.

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Fruits Basket: The Final

Premiere Date: April 5th (English Dub with Funimation after release) Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket kickstarted its new anime reboot with the promise it would follow a lot more closely to the original manga release than the first adaptation released over 20 years ago. The problem continued to deliver with the second season as it brought several major moments to life through the anime for the first real time. Now we'll see that in action even more so with its third and final season. This will be the first real anime adaptation of the manga's ending as Takaya intended (who remains the creative supervisor for its final outing), and fans of the classic series will finally be able to close the book on this one at last.

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To Your Eternity

Premiere Date: April 12th (Crunchyroll) Yoshitoki Oima's A Silent Voice is one of the most beloved manga releases of all time, and the creator's follow up series is shaping up to be just as well remembered. Taking on science fiction once more (but with more of a fantasy spin this time around), To Your Eternity follows an immortal being whose main purpose is to learn and grow as it takes the forms of beings and objects it meets along its journey. It's a little more complicated than that, and the anime reflects this with a huge boon to its presentation with the studio behind hits like Baccano, Durarara, and In/Spectre and even a theme song from Hikaru Utada, who's contributing her first anime theme ever! This one's going to be big.

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Megalo Box 2: Nomad

Premiere Date: April 5th (Funimation) Megalo Box was one of the other major surprises of the 2018 slate of releases as it brought a whole new kind of vision to a classic series. With that first season being the 50th Anniversary celebration of Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba's Ashita no Joe, and it coming to a pretty narratively fulfilling end, this second season of episodes are all the more intriguing. Considering itself more a "sequel" than anything, this new season will be jumping seven years into the future and centers on a version of Gearless Joe who has lost his way in the years since his Megalonia win. If it has anything close to the character work in the first season, Megalo Box 2: Nomad is bound to be a knockout.

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My Hero Academia Season 5

Premiere Date: March 27th (Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu) Leading the way for the strong Spring 2021 season is one of the biggest anime comebacks of the year as a whole. Following the massively successful response to the fourth season (especially the second half of it), the fifth season of the series will be hitting quite hard as it picks up from a massive One For All cliffhanger from that Season 4 finale. Featuring a joint training exercise between Class 1-A and 1-B, the fifth season is going to show off quite a bit of fun and unique battles. Expect this one to dominate most of the conversation.

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