Winter 2021 Anime: Thoughts So Far

Ah, it appears we are roughly halfway though the winter 2021 season of anime. That must mean it is time for me to once again share my impressions of the shows that I have chosen to watch so far.

Attack on Titan Final SeasonAoTFSI’ve been reading the Attack on Titan manga, so I knew what to expect going into the final season. There’s no happiness for anybody here. Still a compelling watch, though, particularly with certain characters’ changing morals.

Azur Lane: Slow Ahead
This series of shorts based on the Azur Lane mobile game is pretty fun. Javelin is practically the main character here, and I like that a lot. Naturally, there’s plenty of other ships present, too. Amusing interactions all round.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONSBNNG - Boruto using RasenganWhen BORUTO hits its stride, it really gets going. It has started the Vessel Arc, and given us some really strong stuff; including a proper good fight. I’m looking forward to seeing what else the arc has in store for us, because the first few episodes have been phenomenal.

Cells at Work!!CaWS2The second season of Cells at Work! is proving to be just as enjoyable as the first. You can tell it is the second season, because it has two exclamation marks in the title.
A lot of fun to watch, whilst still being educational. Plus, we also got the introduction of the adorable Lactic Acid Bacteria. Season 2 pretty much offers more of the same of what we got from season 1, and that is absolutely fine.

Cells at Work! CODE BLACKCaWCBThe darker and edgier counterpart to Cells at Work!, CODE BLACK focuses on cells working in a body that has extremely poor health. It is not easy for them, and I think the anime does a pretty good job of driving that home. The show also touches upon some matters that may be a little too mature for Cells at Work!!. Things may seem to be pretty hopeless for the cells here, but it is still an entertaining watch.

GekidolGI compared this show to Starlight Revue at the beginning of the season, and I think that comparison still stands at this point. Though I’d rather have the giraffe over the creepy producer…
Gekidol has definitely been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season. I was worried for a while that the Seria x Airi stuff was going to be a one-time thing, but nope, there will be more of that come.

Healin’ Good PreCureHinata, Nyatoran, Asumi, Latte, Nodoka, Rabirin, Chiyu & PegitanWe’re right at the end of Healin’ Good ♡ PreCure, and it has been a pretty good ending. I’m satisfied with the way things are turning out. Expect a review soon.

Idolls!II find this show genuinely funny. Idolls! may only clock in at about eight minutes per episode, but it does tend to make me chuckle at least.

Idoly PrideIPThis show is kind of a mess, attempting to do way too much. The problems started from its very first episode, and it only added more instead of trying to fix them. The soundtrack is pretty good, though. I’ll give it that much.
I’ll keep watching, but only out of morbid curiosity. I want to see how bad this train wreck gets.

Laid-Back Camp Season 2LBC2More cosy camping adventures. Exactly what you’d expect from a show called Laid-Back Camp, and it delivers that. Another case of the second season offering more of the same as the first. Again, absolutely fine.

LBX GirlsLBXGThe first episode didn’t leave a particularly strong impression for me, but I can definitely say that I’ve been enjoying LBX Girls more with its recent episodes. I wouldn’t call it the most spectacular anime out there, but it does entertain.

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round TableLH3The third season of Log Horizon gives us politics, and makes that whole election process actually quite entertaining. The show does tend to take something that could be considered quite mundane and make it compelling. Enjoyable stuff here.

Non Non Biyori NonstopNNBNWe’re getting a double dose of comfiness this season, with Laid-Back Camp and this. Amusingly enough, Non Non Biyori Nonstop has also giving us a camping episode. After Non Non Biyori Repeat‘s focus on mostly Renge, it’s nice to see the other cast members getting more chances to shine this time around.

One PieceOP - Ashura Doji vs Kozuki OdenWe are now in the third act of the Wano Kuni Arc in One Piece and at the moment we are getting a bit of Wano’s history. The focus is on Kozuki Oden, and how his impact on Wano. Whilst I am enjoying the glimpse into the past, I hope we don’t dwell on it too long as I know what is coming from reading the manga, and it will be fantastic.

Otherside PicnicSorawo practices shootingThe adaptation of the Otherside Picnic light novels has been fairly decent, even if they have been shifting events around a bit. That has caused an inconsistency or two, but nothing that has any major impact on the plot.

Show By Rock!! Stars!!SBR!!S!!We finally have Plasmagica and Mashumairesh together, and it’s been a lot of fun. ShinganCrimsonZ and DOKONJOFINGER have also had their moments to shine, too. Regardless of who is in the spotlight, Show By Rock!! is still providing plenty of fun.

Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2UPD2My hope for Special Week doing anything of significance in the second season of Umamusume: Pretty Derby grows fainter and fainter with each episode. Fortunately, Tokai Teio has stepped up to the plate as our new main protagonist, and she’s doing well for herself. Some of the new horse girls are also pretty interesting, too.

VLAD LOVEVLI can think of a single phrase that is perfect for describing this show, just excuse my language first: it is batshit insane. I can see that VLAD LOVE certainly won’t be for everyone, but I love it. Plenty of leaning on the fourth wall and pop culture references in this one, and a very similar vibe to Kill la Kill. Oh, and the “Winds of Transylvania” opening theme by LOVEBITES is so frickin’ good!

WIXOSS DIVA(A)LIVEWD(A)LWe may have had only hints towards the darkness one might typically expect of WIXOSS, but that hasn’t diminished my enjoyment of the show any. I quite like the idol aspect that they’ve added; it’s a great excuse for them to fill their soundtrack out with some good songs.
I do feel the card games are a bit more… um… card gamey… like we do get the odd explanation of what a card does, which was something that didn’t really happen previously. At least not as far as I recall. Still wouldn’t rely on the show to actually learn how to play WIXOSS in real life, though.

WONDER EGG PRIORITYWEPSeems a little unfair to air an anime as fantastic as WONDER EGG PRIORITY in the first season of the year. Everything else that airs this year is gonna have to compete with this to be my anime of the year (though there is one light novel adaptation that I do have high hopes for).
I stand by that remark, even as of episode 6. That one gave people some pause, as there was a worry that Ai was going to confess to her teacher/counselor/whatever he is (besides suspicious).
However, Ai plainly says that she does not have feelings for him. Perhaps episode 6 is suggesting that sometimes it is fine to take what people say at face value. After all, if just one person would have believed Yae about what she could see, perhaps she would have been fine. That’s just one interpretation of the episode, though.
Easily a strong favourite of mine for this season.

World Witches Take Off!WWTO!Still hoping to see some interactions between the 501st and the 502nd, instead of jumping between the two each episode. On the plus side, one or two specific characters aren’t stealing the spotlight; everyone seems to be getting their chance. Another show that has the kind of humour I enjoy.

That’s what I’m watching this season. D4DJ First Mix finished (it was good), so that’s why it hasn’t been included here.
My top three picks this season would have to be WONDER EGG PRIORITY, Otherside Picnic and Gekidol. All the sequels are proving to be very good, too.
This season is a solid one, and I look forward to seeing what the rest has in store for us.

About Rory

I enjoy writing, manga, anime and video games, so naturally here on my blog, you will find anime reviews, Nintendo news and other such things that I deem interesting.
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