Given the number of amazing titles that aired during Winter and Spring, 2021 has probably been one of the best years for anime in quite some time. Although the Summer season that just ended fell a bit short of the standards set by Winter and Spring, I’m hoping that the Fall season will end the year with a bang.
I’ve gone through the list of seasonals. This is what I’ll be keeping an eye on this season, and why:
Jobless Reincarnation and Eighty Six
Before I go onto the new series, I wanted to talk about these two continuations. If you haven’t already seen the first parts of both of these series, I heavily recommend you watch them.
Jobless Reincarnation (Mushoku Tensei) is one of the few isekai anime out there that manages to capture the beauty of adventure. After I watched the first part back in Spring (or Winter?) I was so absorbed in the story that I got the light novels. While it’s not a perfect story, there are some seriously powerful moments, and I encourage all of you to join Rudeus on his journey through love, friendship, loss, and life.
Eighty Six was awesome. The direction was amazing—especially the sharp cuts between the mundane moments and the brutal fights—and the music was epic, as expected of Hiroyuki Sawano. Part 1 ended with quite an impact, and I’m very interested to see where the story will go. My one criticism is that the writing was occasionally a bit dramatic.
Mieruko-chan is a manga I’ve been following for maybe about a year? And it’s a great manga.
It’s about a cute highschool girl who one day begins seeing horrifying monsters everywhere around her. The only way she knows how to deal with them is to ignore them—it seems that they won’t be able to interact with her as long as she doesn’t acknowledge their existence. But it feels like it’s just a matter of time before she drops her guard…
In my opinion, the best part of Mieruko-chan is actually the world-building. Throughout the manga, it’s clear that there’s some kind of logic behind the monsters’ strange behaviors, but there is never enough information to reach any specific conclusion.
However, I have my doubts about how the anime will turn out.
First of all, is the atmosphere. The horrifying creations of Tomoki Izumi are so detailed in the manga, and I don’t know if the anime will be able to replicate that. From what I’ve seen of the trailer, I’m not sure I’m sold.
The art somehow seems too vibrant to achieve the right tone. I also really dislike the cute/happy music they seem to be going with. But honestly, Mieruko-chan is a very weird mix of genres and I myself have no idea how I would adapt the story.
It also begins as more of an episodic story—so I’m worried the anime won’t have much of a hold on its viewers. But despite all of my concerns, I’m really hoping that the anime turns out well, because I really liked the manga.
Platinum End. This is an adaptation of another manga that I read a while ago, and I believe this was actually written by the author of Death Note.
Platinum End is basically Mirai Nikki but with a more convoluted plot. Instead of diaries that tell the future everyone has three tools—the instakill white arrow, the slave-maker red arrow, and wings that let them move at the speed of light.
Similarly to Death Note, Platinum End end gets quite a bit worse after its first half. But even while the first half of Platinum End is kind of interesting, it never gets anywhere near the level of Death Note in my opinion.
I wasn’t really the biggest fan of the manga, but I do think it’s worth at least watching the first half of this show because I remember it being quite intense.
Saihate no Paladin
The last anime that’s caught my attention as of now is this isekai one. Saihate no Paladin. This is one I haven’t read the source material for, but from what I can tell from the synopsis, it’s an isekai story that seems like it will start out quite similarly to Mushoku Tensei. A boy is born in a fantasy world and raised by three undead beings. It looks like it’s going for a coming-of-age story in the isekai setting, which I think is a promising premise.
Anyways, these are the anime that I’ll probably be following this season, but let me know if I’m missing out on something big!
See you next time!