Coming hot off a great year of anime in 2021, 2022 might not be off to the best start. I’m sure we’ll find something to watch, right?
Thirty something salarymen Tachibana and Jinguji have been inseparable bros since childhood. After a night of drinking, the two meet a goddess that transports them to a fantasy world. To their surprise, she has also transformed Jinguji into a beautiful girl!
In the Three Kingdoms period of China, a group of ragtag misfits must hunt down the demons that are possessing people and turning them into rampaging monsters.
In the year 20XX Neo Tokyo is dominated by street gangs of disillusioned youths. To prevent all-out war breaking out, the government has decreed all conflicts should be resolved through ‘Extreme Baseball’ matches.
When high schooler and boys’ love fan Miyano has a chance encounter with a senpai named Sasaki, a delinquent with a heart of gold, sparks fly as Sasaki finds himself attracted to Miyano’s cute face, and Miyano soon finds himself opening up to the older student about his favorite manga genre.
In post-apocalyptic Japan, a phenomenon known as the Rusty Wind leaves its victims infected with a seemingly incurable disease. Bisco Akaboshi, known as the “Man-Eating Mushroom,” is a wandering outlaw who can shoot arrows that grow mushrooms wherever they land. Believing that mushrooms are the source of the Rust, he’s been declared an enemy of the world’s remaining government.
In the Middle Ages, England finds itself at a crossroads, and all-out war breaks out between the House of York and the House of Lancaster, each of which desires to claim the crown. A young Prince Richard III, neither man nor woman, battles his own inner demons as well as (apparently very real) fearsome spirits as he strives to help his family ascend the throne.
Yamato Haru was inspired to start playing futsal when he saw U-18 Japanese-team player Tokinari Tennoji jump 30 feet into the air while yelling ‘Storm of Horizon’, then overhead kicking a ball into the opposing team’s goal.
Komichi Akebi is about to start attending a prestigious girls’ junior high school, and is looking forward to wearing its signature sailor uniform like her mother used to. Unfortunately for her, however, times — and the school’s uniform policy — have changed.
Kuroitsu-san is an overworked and underpaid designer for a company that makes tokusatsu monsters. Like, assuming tokusatsu was real and they make real monsters.
Wakana Gojo is a first-year high school student who’s made not a single friend all throughout his academic life because of a shameful secret: his love of dolls and his goal to be a hina doll craftsman, just like his grandfather. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Marin Kitagawa, a trendsetting and popular classmate with an unexpected passion for anime and cosplay. When Marin spots Gojo using a sewing machine in the school home ec room, she unselfconsciously declares her hobby and convinces him to make her cosplay outfits for her.
Two girls go fishing. That’s it. That’s the show.
In the aftermath of World War III, Tactical Dolls (T-Dolls) are humanoid androids utilized in combat operations against Sangvis Ferri, a militant group of rampant AI that have declared war on mankind.
Keina (with a K) is in hospital on life support. To get some sort of enjoyment out of staying alive, she plays a VRMMORPG. There’s a power cut and the life support stops, but while the body died, Keina’s mind entered the game and became Cayna (with a C and a Y), an overpowered half-elf. 200 years passed but Keina’s efforts in the game in the past are still relevant and available, such as the children she made in the game. Oh right, yeah, she has some adopted children in the game, who haven’t seen their mother for 200 years.
Kawai Mai has recently joined the police force, and is to start working out of a local police box. There she meets Fuji Seiko, her superior and ex-member of Criminal Affairs, who is just a little jaded about the job.
In the near future, a terminal disease that only affects men has devastated the global population. After awakening from cryosleep, Reito Mizuhara discovers he is one of only five men left alive and immune to the disease, and is tasked with repopulating the Earth.
We go in-depth on our top ten anime of 2021, with a few honorable mentions.
2021 had a lot of good anime. What shows made the top 10? What made #1? Has our running gag of choosing an ironic header image for this post gone too far? Read on to get at least two of these questions answered.
For their first year-end post, Peter decides to stay on the positive side and write nice things about shows they dropped part-way through. Makes sense?
As the year draws to a close, Aqua provides an overview of the most memorable and interesting characters he got to meet during these four seasons of anime and tokusatsu.
Zigg talks about how 2021 saw a resurgence in high quality, creator creator-driven anime, and how that resulted in the strongest slate of shows in quite some time.