What To Watch: Winter 2021 Anime

New, exciting and action packed anime are being delivered on popular TV channels, such as TV Tokyo, every three months. This is known as an “anime season”, and being half way into the winter 2021 anime season, the community has reached peak excitement due to the prolonged airing of many long awaited anime adaptations of popular manga series.

Since the beginning of January, we’ve been served a massive buffet of exhilarating shows with genres ranging from Shonen to slice-of-life, ultimately quenching anime-only watchers thirst for new content.

However, between the continuation of shows you already know you will watch and the

new shows that you want to give a chance too, there is just simply too much to look over. Which is why I will give a short list of some of the most hyped up and long awaited series who have recently gotten a great amount of attention in early January.

Although the winter season starts with December many critics agree that January of this year's winter season will contain some of the most hyped up anime adaptations of all time starting off with "So I'm a Spider. So what?" Similar to "That Time I got Reincarnated As A Slime", the story follows the reincarnation of a school girl, Kumoko, into a spider. Illustrating her struggles with surviving in a cruel foreign world that she recently was born in.

As of now, the anime has one episode aired and-as most hyped up anime go-has fans yearning for more. Studio Millepensee will oversee the animation of the television series which can be clearly seen in the first episode by the astounding CGI (Computer Generated Imagery). Millepensee is known for their expert CGI animations, famously known for their "Berserk" anime adaptation.

"So I'm a Spider, So what?" first aired on Friday, 8 January 2021 and produces a newepisode every Friday. A must have on your anime list as it embodies a fun equilibrium of quirky comedy, action and a touch of semi-gory scenes.

"Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town," (yes that's the full name) is a new action packed anime that premiered on January 4, 2021. Lloyd Belladonna, the protagonist of the story, is deemed the weakest boy in the village of Konron which is located on the countryside of the Azami Kingdom. However, Konron isn’t just any old village, it is a legendary village home to superhuman-like heroes possessing extraordinary strength and combat capabilities.

For this reason, when Lloyd arrives at the capital of the Azami Kingdom in order to pursue his dream of becoming a soldier for the country, everyone he interacts with is quick to enter a “defensive stance” as their instincts warn them of the enormous danger that this boy poses.

"Suppose a kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town" is being handled by Liden Films. Liden Films, like the previous studio, had a hand in the development of the well known "Berserk" anime. They also animated "Cells at Work! Code Black" which has a similar fantasy like drawing style used in "Suppose a kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town." Essentially, Liden Films is a good studio for this adaptation seeing as how in their other anime adaptations they followed a similar drawing style which fits this anime.

Get your finger tape and uniforms ready because we're back with another volleyball anime. That's right "2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team" put the ball back on the court when it aired on January 8, 2021.

Thanks to "Haikyuu’s" overwhelming popularity easing many people into the sports genre, anime watchers are more likely to give "2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team" a shot. Unlike "Haikyuu", "2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team" seems to focus more on each character's personal struggles and their need for volleyball as an emotional outlet rather than just volleyball itself and the matches they play.

The protagonist of the story, Yuni, is a sportsie, cheerful, optimistic character who was thrilled to learn that his old friend, Kimichika Haijima or “Chika”, has moved back into their hometown. Chika is a character who puts his all into the sport of volleyball. Chika cares very little for anything that doesn’t involve volleyball. As the story progresses the two old friend begin to influence each other and help develop several things that lacked in both of them.