From Chainsaw Man to Demon Slayer season 2, these series and movies have us hyped with excitement and are the must-see anime that should be on your radar.
2021 has so far been a good year for anime, but the rest of the year and early next year promises to be just as good, if not better. Whether it be new debut series, highly anticipated new seasons of beloved series, or a movie adaptation of popular anime, these upcoming anime have undoubtedly built up the hype and attention. Here are 8 upcoming anime series and movies we cannot wait to see.
BAKI: SON OF OGRE
BAKI is back once again, which means we get more martial arts meets the criminal underground of Japan. The fourth season of BAKI, otherwise known as BAKI: SON OF OGRE, is set to see a rematch between Baki Hanma and his father. The series is a must-watch for any action and adventure anime fan. BAKI season four hits Netflix on September 30.
KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE
Based on the manga of the same name by Tomihito Oda, Komi Can’t Communicate has already built a strong fanbase thanks to its wholesome romantic comedy vibe and themes. Fans have been asking for an anime adaptation for a while now, and that time is finally here. The upcoming anime is set to follow Shouko Komi, a teenage girl who suffers from a communication disorder. One day, she meets a teenage boy named Hitohito Tadano and the two form a friendship as he tries to help her make more friends. Produced by OLM Studio, the upcoming Komi Can’t Communicate anime adaptation is set coming to Netflix on October 21.
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA – ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT ARC
Demon Slayer is figurately and literally riding on a hype train. After the critical success and box office smash that was Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, the anime is set to return with a second season. Entitled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc, season two is set to follow Tanjiro and friends as they meet up with the Sound Hahira Tengen Uzui to find a demon that’s been terrorizing Yoshiwara’s red-light district. But before you get to enjoy the new season, Funimation announced that they were turning Mugen Train into a seven-episode series with new scenes, music tracks, theme songs, and more. The Mugen Train series drops this October 7 while season two is set for a release date of December 5.
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE PART 6: STONE OCEAN
The Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure anime has taken on a life of its own to be one of the most popular anime series right now. After much hype and anticipation, Part 6: Stone Ocean, is finally almost here. Following Part 5: Golden Wind, Part 6 will tell the story of Jolyne Cujoh, the daughter of Jotaro Kujo. Jolyne and her boyfriend are accused of committing a crime she did not do. She must now prove her innocence and clear her name. Aside from the fact that we are getting more Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, this will also be the first time the anime will have a lead female character. We can’t wait to see what beautiful madness the new series has in store. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean arrives on Netflix this December 2021.
JUJUTSU KAISEN 0
When the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series first landed in late 2020, it impressed a lot of people thanks to its intriguing dark fantasy world, memorable characters, and comedic moments. Fans have since been clamoring for a season two for the supernatural series. While no official announcement has been given, we are getting a movie. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 will serve as a prequel to the whole series. It will follow a new protagonist named Yuji Itadori.
Yuji is cursed and haunted by his childhood friend Rika. This then catches the attention of blindfolded teacher Saturo Gojo who enrolls him at first-year Jujutsu High. There, he learns to control his curse. Characters featured in the series are set to make cameos and appearances, though it will be their much younger selves. Produced by MAPPA, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is set for a release date of December 24 in Japanese cinemas.
Chainsaw Man went from relative obscurity to being one of the best-selling and most popular manga out right now. The manga follows Denji who lives a difficult life under the Yakuza. One day merges with his chainsaw dog and goes to work for the Public Safety Division. Chainsaw Man has made a name for itself as one of the craziest, bloodiest, goriest, and most hardcore manga in recent memory. And we are finally getting an anime adaptation.
MAPPA finds themselves on this list again as they are in charge of adapting this one-of-a-kind series. From the trailer alone, the animation looks stunning and we have a feeling we are in for a wild ride. No official release date has been given. Though it has been suggested that the series will release sometime between late 2021 to early 2022.
ATTACK ON TITAN: THE FINAL SEASON PART 2
Few modern anime have penetrated pop culture like Attack on Titan has. Even for people who rarely watch anime, they have at least heard about Attack on Titan. And with the anime series coming to an end, all eyes are on how MAPPA decides to end the series. Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 will serve as the swan song for the series. As such, it has fans curious as to how the journey will end for Erin and the rest. Part 2 is coming on January 9, 2022.
DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO
Weird title aside, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has gotten us excited by the mere fact that it’s a new movie from the Dragon Ball universe. Serving as the second Dragon Ball Super movie after 2018’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Super Hero doesn’t have a lot of information about it aside from some released art and concept designs. Whatever they decide to do with the movie, we can’t wait to see where they go with it and hope it delivers. The movie is set to arrive sometime in 2022.
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