Top Anime to Expect in 2021

Most Anticipated Japanese Anime This Year

The Land of the Rising Sun is not only famed for its fascinating, unique culture and tradition, but also for its love of anime movies. As estimated in 2016, the anime industry in Japan generated massive revenues of over $17 billion. In 2018, the thriving Japanese anime industry was worth over 2.5 trillion yen which is around $24 billion and this was a massive 15% rise from the year before while it is expected to reach $43 billion in six years from now.

Anime: A Global Phenomenon

Anime movies are a huge part of fascinating Japanese culture. Today, anime movies expose people from all over the globe to different aspects of Japanese culture and tradition and people outside of Japan enjoy anime movies. Over the years, many iconic anime movies were released such as Howl’s Moving Castle directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 2004, Tamako Market released in 2014, The Anthem of the Heart from 2015, Digimon Adventure Children’s War Game from 2000, A Silent Voice from 2016, Rebuild of Evangelion from 2007, and many other.

To find out more about the most popular Japanese anime movies, check out this list here. Further, we take a look at the most anticipated Japanese anime movies soon and already released in 2021 no anime fan wants to miss 

  • Nanatsu No Taizai (Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Boku No Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
  • Hoshinaki Yoru no Aria (Sword Art Online Progressive Aria of a Starless Night)
  • Gekijouban Bishoujo Senshi (Sailor Moon Eternal)

The Seven Deadly Sins – Cursed by Light

In the world of Japanese anime, the Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga series remains one of the most popular anime movies. The series was illustrated and written by Nakaba Suzuki from 2012 to 2020. The Seven Deadly Sins series is directed by Tomokazu Tokoro and written by Yuniko Ayana and it ran from 2012 to 2020. The Seven Deadly Sins Prisoners of the Sky movie premiered in 2018 while in July 2021, the Seven Deadly Sins Cursed by Light movie premiers.

The movie sees the original cast from the Seven Deadly Sins Prisoners of the Sky movie coming back. The movie will premier in Japan on the 2nd of July and anime fans cannot wait to see what happens with the most beloved anime characters. Anime may be a Japanese product, but it is only one of the many things they share with the West

My Hero Academia – Fifth Season

Fans of the My Hero Academia series are super thrilled to finally see what happens in the fifth season. My Hero Academia written by Kōhei Horikoshi and published by Shueisha was made into a television series in 2014. The series has thirty volumes and it follows an ordinary young boy in a world where almost everyone has some kind of superpower. In the fifth season of the series, the original cast takes part in class battles, tries to mend broken relationships, and provides hours of anime fun for all fans of the series.

Sailor Moon – Eternal

When discussing the most anticipated Japanese anime movies released in 2021, we cannot forget to mention the Sailor Moon Eternal movie. Directed by Chiaki Kon and written by Naoko Takeuchi and Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, Sailor Moon follows Chibiusa and Usagi as the two come across a Pegasus. In the first part of the movie, the Pegasus called Helios wants Usagi and Chibiusa to assist on his quest to break Golden Crystal’s seal. In the second part of the movie, the Sailor Guardians come together for the ultimate battle against Nehelenia, the Queen of the Dead.

Sword Art Online Progressive – Aria of a Starless Night

Directed by Ayako Kōno, the Sword Art Online Progressive Aria of a Starless Night anime is the second Sword Art Online anime with all the original characters from the iconic Sword Art Online storyline. The movie follows the two main character’s Asuna and Kirito as the two struggle to manage their lives in the new Sword Art Online world. Both characters became trapped within the virtual reality of the game. Both Asuna and Kirito decide to isolate themselves from other gamers and the game of death starts with the Sword Art Online virtual world already claiming the lives of thousands of players.  

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