With a new year comes a whole new list of anime to look forward to! This year, there are several big-name anime that have come back for another season. These, of course, include, Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season (Attack On Titans), Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland) Season 2, Boku no Hero Academia Season 5, Dr Stone: Stone Wars, etc. But today, they will not be our focus. Instead, we will be looking at some other anime that will be making their debut! So without further ado, these are the 5 new anime of 2021 that you must watch!

1. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu

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Starting off this list is an isekai genre anime based on the extremely popular light novel series of the same name. For those unaware, isekai, translates to ‘another world’ and the genre typically deviates from reality; a fantasy, you might say.

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Mushoku Tensei follows the life of a 34-year-old Japanese NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) who retains his memories after being reincarnated as a baby in a fantasy world of swords and magic. Determined to live out his second life without any regrets, he discards his past life and aims to makes his new life as Rudeus Greyrat fulfilling. Seen as a genius by his parents and mentors, he works hard to be a gentleman. However, his perverted nature does not fail to shine through, leading to several comedic moments. How will Rudeus fare in this new world and how will he meet the great adversities that are to come?

Aired on 11 January, Mushoku Tensei will consist of 11 episodes in part 1. Part 2 will air in July 2021, finishing the season with 23 episodes. This is the debut project of the new animation company Studio Bind, which was formed to create this anime. However, so far the animation has been impressive, and the story has been faithful to the light novel content. Definitely worth a watch in this rich season of anime.

2. Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

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Next up is another highly anticipated light novel-based anime of the “isekai” genre!

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But instead of the standard reincarnation of isekai, Kumo Desu depicts the story of a girl who reincarnates as a spider after an unprecedented catastrophe kills everyone in her class. Being reborn as the weakest monster, she has to fight for her survival in a harsh new environment. Will this endearing and adorable spider be able to attain her goal of living a better life?

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka aired on 8 January and will consist of 24 episodes. Brought by Studio Millepensee, the story of this optimistic spider is really not to be missed!

3. Shaman King (2021)

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Moving away from isekai, we now have Shaman King. For those familiar with anime from the early 2000s, you might recognize this anime. This anime is a remake of the anime that aired from 2001 to 2002 and an adaptation of the manga of the same name.

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Shamans are extraordinary individuals who hold the ability to communicate with ghosts, spirits, and gods. And pitting these shamans from around the world against each other is the Shaman Fight, a prestigious tournament to crown the next Shaman King. Follow young Shaman-in-training, You Asakura, and his partner, the ghost of 600-year-old samurai Amidamaru, in their journey to be king.

Airing in April 2021, Shaman King will be presented by Studio Bridge. Studio Bridge has also worked on several other anime such as “Fairy Tail (2014)” and “Fairy Tail: Final Series”. Although not a new anime per se, this new Shaman King certainly still deserves its place on this list of the Top 5 New Must-Watch Anime of 2021!

4. Tokyo Revengers

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Another addition of a manga-adapted anime, Tokyo Revengers follows the efforts of Takemichi Hanagaki in changing the fates of those he cares about.

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Takamichi is at an all-time low in his life when he finds out his ex-girlfriend Hinata Tachibana was murdered by the Tokyo Manji Gang. He soon finds himself sent back in time to a time he and Hinata were still together. Soon realizing that this was his chance to save her, he must infiltrate the Tokyo Manji Gang and fight his way to change Hinata’s tragic fate. How will Takemichi’s actions change the course of history?

Airing in April 2021, Tokyo Revengers will be presented by LIDENFILMS. This action anime will surely captivate you with its many twists. A definite must-have for your list of things to watch!

5. 86

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Closing this list is a sci-fi drama anime that is adapted from the light novel of the same name.

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After years of besiegement by the neighbouring Gladian Empire, the Republic of San Magnolia has finally developed its own autonomous drones, changing the war to one without casualties. Or so the government claims. In reality, there is no bloodless war. Instead, the Eighty-Six, people left in the forsaken Eighty-Sixth Sector, are stripped of their humanity and used to pilot these drones into battle. Republican soldier Vladilena Milizé meets one of the Eighty-Six squadron captain Shinei Nouzen as their handler. As they grow closer while walking a path riddled with death, Vladilena will find out growing close to an 86 sets one down a path of despair.

Airing in April 2021, 86 will be done by A-1 Pictures. Many of you will probably recognize this studio for being the one to bring “Sword Art Online”, “Your Lie in April”, “Ao no Exorcist” and many others. If you are into mecha anime, this is one that you absolutely cannot miss. Even if you are not, it will definitely be still worth keeping an eye on!


This marks the end of the 5 Most Anticipated Anime of 2021 You Must Watch! There are definitely more anime deserving to be on this list. However, due to there being no fixed release date, they have been omitted for now. Remember to mark out your calendars for the release of these anime!

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