Best spring 2021 animes you should watch

Best anime for Spring 2021

The spring 2021 season was full of many interesting series. Since the season is coming to an end, I would like to share my opinion on some of the series which I think you should watch.

Here are my opinions on this season’s anime series that I have watched. My ratings are mostly with regards to the storyline, as well as different presentation aspects of the anime. Unless the visuals or audio are subpar, I would not mention it. Spoilers will not be included.

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?
EN: So I’m a Spider, So What?
Number of episodes: 24
My rating: 6
MAL rating: 7.32

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

Synopsis: Isekai. The genre that is now in its peak, spewing out the most random of topics. In this anime, a school blows up, killing everyone. Most students get reborn as humans. On the contrary, our protagonist is a girl who got reborn as a spider. Being one of the millions of hatchlings, she must get stronger to survive. To achieve this, she does the most sensible thing any protagonist does — eat anything and everything in sight.

My opinions: The fight scenes were epic and the character’s strategies are well thought out (not the “bonk and the enemies are dead” strategy). The plot is very interesting and the lore is very deep. The anime shows kumoko’s growth in great detail. Despite her already being very strong, there are opponents that are equal in strength or stronger that she has to face. This makes the fights more exhilarating.
However, the progress of the story is very slow, and poorly juggles between the spider’s arc and the humans’ arc (her classmates). Even after 23 episodes, there was still no interactions between kumoko and the hero. It should have had two separate animes for the separate arcs, and a third one when the two storylines merged. This would allow the viewers to appreciate the separate arcs instead of being bored out by one arc because they want to see the other. In addition, there is no depiction of any bonds between the characters and little character development (only skill development). For example, kumoko only kills and consumes enemies to level up, evolve and gain skills. In the human’s arc, it starts out as a slice of life, then the heroes run for their life before being thrown into an all out war. Even the lore of the admins is not well explained. All in all, a good series that turned bad due to poor presentation.

Sentouin, Hakenshimasu!

Sentouin, Hakenshimasu!
EN: Combatants Will Be Dispatched!
Number of episodes: 12
My rating: 7
MAL rating: 7.27

Synopsis: Combatant Roku-gou is a chief operative at the evil Kisaragi Corporation. He was ordered to infiltrate the Kingdom of Grace — an operation that could change the fate of the world. To help him with his mission, a state of the art android called Alice Kisaragi was also dispatched to follow him. After infiltrating, he helps Kingdom of Grace fight the Demon Lord’s Army.
Kisaragi Corporation has an evil points system. When combatants commit evil deeds, they gain evil points that can be exchanged for powerful weapons. To help with his mission, he commits many evil yet hilarious acts to accumulate evil points.

My opinions: When I first started watching, I watched it for the main plot. However, after a few episodes, I watched it for the multitude of ridiculous things Roku-gou does to gain evil points. Most of his actions to obtain evil points are actually childish or perverted, which can come up to either being very funny or a huge facepalm. His synergy with his teammates also make the anime funnier. In the comedic aspect, it is quite similar to KonoSuba. Overall, this anime is quite entertaining.

Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy
EN: Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose
Number of episodes: 12
My rating: 6.5
MAL rating: 6.38

Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy
 Osananajimi ga Zettai Makenai Love Comedy

Synopsis: Are you tired of all the rom-coms where the childhood friend always never ends up with the protagonist?
Well look no further for this is the anime for you. Suehara Maru is best friends with Kuroha Shida since their childhood. Kuroha is one of the most popular girls in Hozumino High School, with many boys begging to be with her. However, when she confesses to Suehara, he flat out rejected her. He had already set his sights on his first love — Shirokusa Kachi. However, when he found out that Shiro already has a boyfriend, he confesses to Kuroha, who flat out rejected him out of revenge. They then proceeded to regret what they have done. Afterwards, Kuroha tries to win Suehara’s heart again, but faces competition from two other girls.

My opinions: While this anime lives up to the comedy genre, it certainly is lacking a little in the romance department despite being a rom-com. Furthermore, there isn’t much balance of the romance and comedy, with comedy being the focus of the first half, and switching to romance in the second half of the anime. While there are quite a few twists, the biggest twist is with regard to the title of the anime. This anime gives the feels of awkward teens doing awkward teen stuff. Overall, this anime seems boring and lacks the substance usually found in rom-coms. The juicy part only starts to appear after half of the season has passed.

Tensura Nikki: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
EN: The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Number of episodes: 12
My rating: 8
MAL rating: 7.56

Tensura Nikki: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken

Synopsis: Tensura nikki is a slice of life series from the main series — Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (EN: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) Each episode has a theme which depicts the various activities that go on in the Jura Tempest Federation. With less fighting and more focus on side characters and bonds between different characters, Tensura nikki becomes very lively.

My opinions: Firstly, I should mention that skipping Tensura nikki does not mean missing out on the main plot. However, I would still recommend you to watch Tensura nikki. In tensura nikki, there is more air time for side characters such as Milim, Geld and Treyni, as well as the dwarves and some humans (Youm, Rommel etc.).
Tensura nikki also clearly shows the deep bonds between characters that may not be depicted in the original series.
Last but not least, Tensura nikki manages to balance the wide cast, not focusing too much on Rimuru and the other main characters, but not neglecting them either.
The only downside is that there isn’t a hook to keep you waiting for the next episode in anticipation. Additionally, amongst the other great animes this season with great plot and hooks, it became easy to forget when the next episode dropped.

Boku no Hero Academia 5th Season (The first half)
EN: My Hero Academia
Number of episodes: 25
My rating: 8.5
MAL rating: 7.57

Boku no Hero Academia 5th Season

Synopsis: The first half if BNHA is a mock battle arc, where class 1-A and class 1-B compete against each other. They form teams of four, and the group who captures all of the opposing team’s members first wins.

My opinions: While this season seems to be of a slower pace, it has very detailed fight scenes that show character growth compared to when they first joined. They also explore the fighting styles and synergy of each team, both from A class and B class. Overall, it is what you would expect from the BNHA series.

Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 2nd Season

Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 2nd Season (The first half)
EN: Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun 2nd Season
Number of episodes: 21
My rating: 8.5
MAL rating: 8.03

Synopsis: Iruma is a human happily living amongst demons in the demon realm whilst hiding his true identity. Recently, the Magical Apparatus Battler was temporarily dismissed due to having insufficient club members. As such, Iruma was forced to join the student council. The student council is known to be very strict. How will Iruma cope?
After this arc, Iruma entered his evil cycle. What would he achieve?

My opinions: This anime is really enjoyable. I highly recommend it. The challenges he faces are quite hard to overcome, but he achieves the impossible through logical and practical means. The comedy aspect is on point.

Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou Desu

Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou Desu
EN: The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent
Number of episodes: 12
My rating: 8.5
MAL rating: 7.32

Synopsis: In the past, the people of Salutania have lived within a shroud of miasma, a force that summons creatures, wrecking the peaceful world. The Order of Knights were pushed to their limits, and at wits end, the Grand Magus summons a holy maiden—the legendary “Saint”—to purify the catastrophe.

The faithful evening comes, Sei Takanashi, was pulled into a foreign world (isekai). Upon her arrival to the kingdom of Salutania, she learns that the Grand Magus inadvertently summoned two Saints—Sei along with a brown-haired girl. Needing only one holy maiden, the prince declares the other girl as the Saint, leaving Sei to her own devices.
As she tries to adapt to the new world, Sei sets her sights on entering Medicinal Flora Research Institute, a well known establishment admired for its studies regarding herbs and potions. Indulging in her new found passion, Sei has a fateful encounter with the commander of the Third Order of Knights. But little does she know, her aptitude as a Saint was still highly sought after, influencing over her only passion.

My opinions: The saint isekai has the perfect balance between isekai, magic and romance. We can clearly see how Sei develops the ability to use her powers, as well as her relationships with all the other characters. They have also handled the slice of life very well. Unlike other slice of life animes where there is no link between episodes and little to no character development, the saint isekai shows clear character development while keeping the slice of life aspects. They show the day to day life of Sei, while still linking the activities to the main storyline. Even the filler episode deepens the lore.

Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou
EN: Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
Number of episodes: 13
Rated R+ — Mild Nudity
My rating: 9
MAL rating: 7.57

Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou
Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou

Synopsis: Yoshida is a 26 year old salaryman working for a major IT company. One day, he decides to confess to his boss and longtime crush, Gotou, but ends up getting rejected. Heartbroken, he went to a bar with his great friend, Hashimoto, to drink his feelings out. Afterwards, he heads home drunk, where he encounters Sayu Ogiwara, a runaway highschool student. Sayu asked Yoshida to let her stay at his place for the night, to which Yoshida agreed in his drunken state.

Before I continue, I should put up a warning first. This anime explores social issues that Japan is currently facing. (Specifically children growing up without a parental figure and child abuse.)
It covers dark themes which some may consider disturbing. (Specifically child abuse, prostitution and suicide.)
My rating is given based off the story, not the dark themes. I do not support child abuse, prostitution or suicide.

My opinions: I gave this anime a high score because we can see the character’s develop, their troubles, emotions and thought processes in each situation they face. This allows us to understand their situation and their past. Most importantly, higehiro shows how they feel about each other. It really makes you empathize for each character (and especially for Sayu).
“The finest men have the highest of standards.” Yoshida is indeed the finest man in this anime, choosing to take care of Sayu as if he were her father. In a sense, Yoshida tries to makes things right as much as he practically can. Afterall, an adult male living with an unrelated and much younger female definitely rings the mental alarm in many. What I like is how Yoshida handles every situation lawfully and practically. He has a great sense of responsibility and care for the people around him.

These are the Animes I recommend you to watch for Spring 2021. If you do enjoy these contents, please do share and subscribe to our blog.😁

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