I do this post on my blog every year. For those who are reading it for the first time, even though I watched these in 2021, the series may have come out years ago. I do have a few classics this year.
There are a few posts I enjoy writing over and over again and this is one of them. It sort of allows me to relive so really dope anime and remember the year in the best way. Also, I personally find it fun to see when I discovered a particular show and how it has influenced me. I sort of wish I had started earlier.
If you are interested, here are my past posts:
- Favourite Anime I watched in 2020– They may have come out years ago
- My Favourite Animes I watched in 2019 – They may have come out years ago
I actually watched this in 2020 but I forgot to put it in my list which is a travesty! So I’m fixing that today, I absolutely loved the latest season of Haikyuu. The pacing was wonderful. Inarazaki were some of the best opponents we’ve seen. All these new characters were fantastic foils for our favourite team and brought out the best in everyone. In the second part, we got to catch up with Nakoma (my second favourite team) and all the players got some very good character development. I had been waiting for that since season 1.
The change in art style got a lot of flack from fans but I actually liked it a lot.
As per tradition, here are a few posts I found about it:
- Haikyuu!!: To the Top 2nd Season
- [REVIEW] Haikyuu!!: To the Top
- that time when | a well-deserved haikyuu!! appreciation post
The timing is a little iffy on this one as well. In any case, I kicked myself for having waited so long to watch xxxHolic. I really enjoyed the anime and Clamp’s deliciously eccentric visual designs. But the real magic for me was that xxxHolic made me rediscover Clamp’s manga. In 2021, I went on to reread X 1999, all of Tsubasa Chronicles (amazing), starting Card Captor Sakura (which I will continue because it’s great) and of course the xxxHolica manga and xxxHolic Rei which have become my favourite manga.
Safe to say, I enjoyed this anime
This wasn’t exactly a huge hit in 2021 but what can I say, I loved it. It’s the type of easy-watching show that had me finishing each episode with a huge smile on my face. An anime that made me happy. Nothing more and nothing less. And to me, that’s precious.
- Dragon Goes House-Hunting Series Review
- First Impression: Dragon Goes House-Hunting
- Laughing at a House-Hunting Dragon
I really like classic science fiction and I notice that a lot of shows in that genre end up on my favourites list. Astra Lost in Space is this year’s entry. It wasn’t a perfect anime, in fact, I can find a lot to nitpick just off the top of my head but I got mesmerized by it. I watched every episode lost in the adventure and mystery of it all and I am so happy I got to see it!
- Anime Recommendations: 5 Reasons to Watch Astra Lost in Space
- Astra Lost in Space: A Suspenseful Sci-Fi Anime with Awesome Narrative Potential – Anime 1st Impressions (#AniTwitWatches)
- Astra Lost in Space
Another show that took me a long time to discover! I’m happy I did though. It’s sort of a grown-up superhero story and I realized while I was watching it that I had been craving exactly that. Tiger and Bunny doesn’t pour on the tragedy or make the tone artificially “dark” in order to age up a story about people in silly costumes with special powers. Instead, it seamlessly weaves in real-world concerns about commercialism, parenthood and the struggles to just make a living in modern society. A new season has been announced and I’m psyched!
There were a lot of thoughts and feelings about this show as it was airing. I made what in retrospect might have been the mistake of reviewing the show as it aired and got swayed by general opinion which can be fickle. There are things about the series that I didn’t like. Certain arcs felt weak compared to the others. And the type of sentimentality that To Your Eternity invokes, isn’t for everyone.
However, if I take a step back and really think about it as objectively as I can, it was a wild ride. One that I liked and I want to get on it again. Had I waited a bit and binged the show on my own time, I’m pretty sure I would have loved it. To Your Eternity can be a bit naive and a little clumsy with the themes but it explores a lot of questions and had some truly original storytelling.
- To Your Eternity Drags on for Eternity
- Anime Hajime Review: To Your Eternity
- Anime Corner: To Your Eternity Review
- To Your Eternity Review: A Bleak, Beautiful Masterpiece.
I told you I watched some real classics this year. Princess Tutu blew me away. I knew it was some sort of unusual take on the magical girl genre. I did not know it was a surreal and haunting, at times cruel dissection of the very concept of storytelling and fantasy. Princess Tutu was at times brilliant and should not be missed.
It is a deep wish of mine to be able to put a Natsume title on my list every single year. It probably won’t come true but I can always start rewatching them. If this is your first day here, Hi I’m Irina and I really like Natsume’s Book of Friends. I just received volume 26 of the manga. It’s on my bedstand and I’m carefully keeping it as a tasty treat.
As for Ephemeral Bond. I was a bit afraid. It’s an original story made for the movie, which I find is very hit or miss, to begin with. And there’s this sense of franchises getting exhausted after a while. I’m stupid. Ephemeral Bond is magical and beautiful and… just watch it. And if you’ve already watched it, watch it again. It’s worth it!
I couldn’t find any posts on it and it made me sad – if you know of any, let me know!
I waited for the series to be over so I could binge it and I just finished it now. I didn’t need to bother. Tokyo Revengers is one of those shows I just can’t binge. I didn’t know what to expect but I certainly didn’t expêct the emotional depth and heft of this show. Some episodes had me audibly cheering and running around the house with a stupid grin, envigorated by Takemichi’s latest small victory. Then just as quickly, the show had me reading, anxiety-ridden at how such a bad situation could possibly be salvaged.
I have rarely experienced this much of a rollercoaster in an anime and I did not want to get off. A well-written show that uses the premise of teenage gangs and violence in a completely new way to advocate for love. Oh, and the OP song rocks!
- Anime review: Tokyo Revengers
- Tokyo Revengers| Anime| “When an anime with great potential delivers.”
- Guest Post – Top 5 reasons to watch Tokyo Revengers
- Anime Hajime Review: Tokyo Revengers
- Tokyo Revengers
- Tokyo Revengers: There’s Power in Nostalgia
- Tokyo Revengers!!
I first watched Handa-kun not knowing there was any relation. Honestly, it wouldn’t have made a difference, the two shows are so different. But it did remind me that I had not seen Barakamon yet, so I added it to my watch list.
Little did I know I was about to be transported to lazy days on summy shores and get surrounded by new friends to help me through the rough times. Barakamon was a soothing vacation from the every day. Alongside Handa, I managed to remember what really matters and makes me happy.
Coincidentally, I also read Yoshi no Zuikara this year and am now a devoted Satsuki Yoshino fan!
- The Observation Deck: Barakamon
- Barakamon- A story of artistic and humanistic renewal
- Barakamon – It’s very fun
- The Anime That Changed My Life
The Case Study of Vanitas
What can I say, Vanitas took me by surprise. I just have one word for this show: fun. It’s campy, silly once in a while surprisingly earnest and unfailingly delightful to look at. I didn’t think a soapy show about vampires would be this enjoyable but it is. The second cour will be out soon and I’ll be right there watching!
- Anime Hajime Review: The Case Study of Vanitas
- Vanitas no Carte (First Impression)
- My most memorable anime’s for Summer 2021
- Vanitas no Carte Review
- The Case Study of Vanitas Episode 12 & Final Thoughts
Should I be embarrassed as I self-identifying KyoAni fan that I hadn’t watched Hyouka before 2021? It’s not only a case of it not being available. I purposefully put it off. Right now, I couldn’t tell you why, Hyouka is freakin delightful. And I don’t know why. Thankfully, my ignorance doesn’t change the fact that this was a great show, I got the manga recently, we’ll see if the magic can be recaptured!
Run with the Wind
I finished this show last night so it’s very fresh in my mind. Right now, I have some very warm and fuzzy feelings about it, I wonder if they will cool in time. Run with the Wind has character designs similar to Haikyuu’s latest versions and that’s really why I wanted to see the show. That’s by far not the best thing about it though.
A very well-written anime that takes all the classic tropes and archetypes of a Sports! anime and executes them with style and excellence. Run with the Wind is a good show and one that any fan of the Sports! genre should watch.
That’s it for this year. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a ton of great titles. I know for a fact I didn’t list a ton of great posts. I use the WordPress reader search function and there were posts about these shows I distinctly remember reading that I couldn’t find again. Phooey.