What are the best spring 2021 anime shows to watch?


Anime has started to dominate popular culture – with its stunning art style, fast-paced storylines, and frenzied seasons. Longtime fans of the genre are all too familiar with anime-centric streaming platforms like Crunchyroll and Funimation. However, as beloved shows and characters make their way to mainstream audiences, you can enjoy popular releases through services like Netflix. The vibrant spring 2021 season is no exception.

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No matter where you prefer to get your anime patch, the spring 2021 line of anime releases didn’t disappoint. Here’s what you need to know about the season’s most watched adventures.

‘My Hero Academia’ gets excited with fifth season

Kōhei Horikoshi has created thrilling adventures in his My hero university manga series since 2014. The serialized story follows Izuku Midoriya, a young man who aspires to become a hero despite the lack of a superpower.

These special skills, called “Quirks”, appeared in 80% of the population. Although Izuku doesn’t have his own, he remains determined to achieve his goals and doesn’t let his bullies deter him.

The beloved story was given the green light for an anime adaptation in 2015 and has since reached its fifth season. The lovable characters and addicting storyline translated seamlessly on screen, receiving praise from critics and fans alike. IGN ranked it among his best animes of the decade 2010 and, according to Anime UK News, Crunchyroll too.

Crunchyroll is streaming the series on its platform, but fans can also enjoy the latest episodes on Hulu and Funimation. If you haven’t delved into history yet, there’s never been a better time to binge.

‘Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san’ has 12 episodes of laughter and love

This upcoming anime has a debut in 2021, but it has already reached nearly half a million viewers. Ijiranaïde, Nagatoro-san (Where Don’t play with me, Miss Nagatoro), is an adaptation of a manga web-series of the same name. The show follows a protagonist who is immediately identifiable – a manga-loving student named Naoto Hachioji.

The hilarious plot begins when Naoto meets Hayase Nagatoro in the school library. Despite being a year younger than Naoto, Hayase wastes no time teasing Naoto for his interest in the Japanese art form, even going so far as to call him “senpai”.

Over the course of the twelve episodes of the first seasons, fans can see their relationship turn from enemies to friends, and maybe even something more.

With his humor and sparks of romance, Don’t play with me, Miss Nagatoro sent fans flocking to Crunchyroll, where all twelve episodes are streamed.

‘Tokyo Revengers’ airs on Crunchyroll even after animated Spring 2021 season

Ken Wakui’s Tokyo Avengers manga started in March 2017. Since then the popularity of the story has absolutely exploded. Over 30 million copies of the serialized adventures are in circulation, and 2021 has brought us live-action and anime film adaptations.

Tokyo Avengers brings all the plot points needed to keep viewers gorging on the twenty episodes: time travel, romance, and revenge. Our main character is Takemichi Hanagaki, a demotivated man with no real plan for his future.

Everything changes when he learns of his girlfriend’s death in college. She fell victim to the Tokyo Manji Gang, a ruthless organization that could finally give Hanagaki something to fight (or, at the very least, fight against).

The situation is only complicated when a near-death experience sends Hanagaki back to the past, allowing him to relive his college years and attempt to change the future. While viewers may not be able to time travel alongside Hanagaki, rest assured that once you get started on the show, you will quickly be transported to 20 episodes into the future. Tokyo Avengers is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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