Kotetsu T. Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr. are back at it as the dynamic superhero duo Tiger and Bunny, fighting crime on the hit reality TV series, “HERO TV,” where corporate sponsored superheroes compete to earn points by apprehending criminals and saving lives. It’s been a few years since the events of the first season, and now the two must contend with a new generation of heroes, eager to to prove their mettle.
Eve The Rainbow Bullet golfs in high stake matches with money on the line to support her adopted family. Having lived in poverty her whole life, golfing is the only way she knows to survive. Blessed with a preternatural talent for it, she hungers for a greater challenge. Aoi is a golfing prodigy who plays on the pro scene and possesses deceptive power and skill. One day the two cross paths and the world of women’s golf is changed forever.
In the year 234CE, legendary strategist Zhuge Liang passes away, signaling the curtain call to The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and the war between Wei, Shu, and Wu. However, this isn’t the end for Zhuge Liang, courtesy name, Kongming. He awakes to find himself in modern day japan, a young man again and bewildered by his surroundings. Here he meets Eiko, an aspiring singer struggling to make her voice heard. Together, the two work to make the best of their odd relationship against the trials and tribulations of modern life.
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 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.
2021 was an unbelievably strong year with some legitimate generational contenders. I look back on the year and for as much shit as I love to give anime (and rightfully so sometimes), this year also saw a ton of creativity and artistic vision at work. Join me as I go through the highs (and lows) of the anime I watched in 2021.
Mankind lives in disparate colonies deep underground. Outside the colonies, a dangerous uncharted land known as The Labyrinth is constantly being explored and colonized by mankind’s mech mounted exploration team, the Markers. Memempu is a child prodigy who dreams of one day becoming a Marker. Her father Gagumber is strictly opposed to this on account of her young age and the dangers of the occupation. After a giant creature destroys their hometown, the two set out on a journey into the Labyrinth.
In the year 2061, Japan has been divided into four protectorate territories managed and controlled by foreign nations in the name of preserving and aiding in Japan’s protection. In reality, the Japanese people are oppressed by the occupying forces and their remote piloted mecha drones, known as AMAIMs. Amou Shiba, a local scavenger and tinkerer, discovers an abandoned AI asking for his help. Together they pilot Kenbu, a robot Amou has been putting together in his spare time, and begin their fight to take back Japan.
It’s been years since Ryoma Nagare, Hayato Jin, and Musashi Tomoe saved the planet from the Dinosaur Empire. Things have taken a turn for the worse as insectoid monsters have emerged to wage a new war on mankind. Now, a new generation of Getter pilots must save the world. Ryoma’s son Takuma, the hybrid saurian Kamui, and the clairvoyant Baku Yamagishi pilot Getter Robo Arc against Earth’s newest foe.
Seven years have passed since “Gearless” Joe stunned the world with his big win at the first Megalonia tournament. Scarred up, addicted to drugs, and fighting meaningless battles in the underground as “Nomad”, Joe’s life has taken a serious fall since then.
Yomogi Asanaka meets a mysterious man passed out under a bridge named Gauma, who claims to be a, “Kaiju User.” Not long afterward, strange things start happening to the city. Kaiju begin attacking followed by the appearance of the giant robot, Dynazenon. Caught up in the chaos of Gauma’s actions, Yomogi is summoned along with two others to fight back against the kaiju.
Like many people, this year has been rather busy for me for a variety of reasons both personal and practical. So rather than my usual arbitrary awards show with bespoke categories, I’ll just be going through all the anime I watched in 2020 in chronological order and giving each one the words I think they deserve, for either good or ill.
Big titted mommy dictators have taken over the government and banned war. Now all conflicts are settled through rap battles. We follow the stories of Japan’s four greatest rap crews.
Mankind is invaded by an otherworldly entity known only as The Pillars. With conventional weaponry failing to stop them, an individual claiming to be the god Odin bestows the human race with the power to fight back in the form of the Valkyrie; cute anime girls with magical planes.
Itadori Yuji is just a regular high school guy trying to live his ordinary high school life who also happens to have supernatural physical ability. When his friends get attacked by demons known as Curses, he takes a gamble on harnessing demonic power. I assume he will go on adventures and fight more Curses.
The God of High School tournament is held to determine the best fighter among Korea’s high school population. Mori Jin is a fight guy who meets another fight guy and fight girl. Presumably, they will fight more guys.
In a world devoid of music and under constant attack by monstrous creatures known as the Earless, Echo Rec is a boy who makes his living as a junk collector in his small town. One day, he stumbles upon a mysterious girl with an audio input jack on her body and no memories of her past. Turns out she possesses the rare ability of a Player, an individual capable of controlling mechs called Equipment. The two embark on a journey of self discovery.
An uneasy tension exists between humanity and beastmen, a divergent path of evolution who possess the ability to transform into animal people. Michiru Kagemori, a human girl who finds herself transformed into a tanuki, flees to Animacity, the free bastion of the beastmen. There, she seeks refuge and to discover the nature of her mysterious condition. Hijinks ensue.
Gee is determined to use this opportunity to talk about Granbelm as much as possible.
After the war, cybernetically enhanced super soldiers known as Extends struggle to reintegrate themselves into society. Their bodies modified to the point of barely resembling humans, they are powerful, dangerous, and sometimes unhinged. Often resorting to becoming criminals or mercenaries, the world has become rife with Extend related crime. Inui Juuzou is an Extend, with no memory of his past or how his entire head got replaced with a gun. Now he lives as a private eye, taking on Extend related cases.