Winter is quickly approaching! You know what that means? A whole slew of new animes and the returns of fan favorites. It can be hard to shift through all the options so here’s a list of all the anime to look out for this winter and a handful of series that recently released in the past two months!
Upcoming anime to look forward to
Attack on Titan (Season 4)
Release Date: Dec. 7, 2020
Fans have been waiting for the conclusion to Attack on Titan for what seems like forever. Well the thrilling conclusion to the series is almost here! Attack on Titan follows Eren Jeager and his two friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert. They all lived in the town of Shiganshina, one of the many areas within a set of ginormous walls that serves as a protection against creatures named titans. Titans are enormous people-eating beings that killed all of humanity that didn’t reside within the walls.
After 100 years without a titan attack, the people inside the walls have grown lax. That changes when the Colossal Titan appears, putting a hole in the wall and allowing a horde of titans into Eren’s town. After a titan eats his mother and his father disappears, Eren and his friends enlist in the Survey Corps – a group dedicated to defeating titans.
What follows is a mess of groundbreaking discoveries and events that shifts humanity’s chances at survival. Eren is revealed to have the power to transform into a titan and he isn’t the only one with the ability. More than that, the cast finds out the shocking origin of titans and more.
The series is a dark fantasy with violence and heavy themes. If that sounds up your alley, give this series a try.
The Promised Neverland (Season 2)
Release Date: Jan. 7, 2021
The second season of the highly acclaimed series was supposed to be released in October 2020. The date has changed to early 2021 and fans couldn’t be more excited. The anime follows the lives of Emma, Norman and Rey. The three live in an orphanage with other kids. They’ve had good lives and have been well taken care of by Isabella, the matron. That all changes when Emma witnesses what really happens to the children after they’re adopted – they’re sold to demons as meat. Emma and her friends are forced to come up with a way to escape with their siblings.
The series is a thriller and dark fantasy. It definitely also has some very mature themes. It’s a great series with a lot of twists and turns. Absolutely worth a watch!
Beastars (Season 2)
Release Date: Jan. 5th, 2021
Where to Watch: Netflix
Beastars took anime fans by storm with it’s interesting story and super catchy opening. It follows Legoshi, a wolf that has a problem suppressing his predator instincts. He spends much of his time at his school’s drama club where he supports the ever popular deer, Louis. Tensions between predator and prey animals have been on the rise since the murder of an alpaca, Tem. This complicates Legoshi’s budding feelings for Haru, a dwarf rabbit. To add to that, Haru and Louis have been sleeping together for some time.
If you couldn’t tell this series is full of drama and has some fantasy and coming of age aspects. There are some sexual themes so keep that in mind while watching.
Fall Anime already out to watch
Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou
Released: Oct. 1, 2020
In a weird twist, this show was believed to be a remake of the 2006 Higurashi anime series. However, the second episode of the show revealed that Higurashi Gou is actually a sequel. It was a tremendous surprise to the old fans of the series and definitely makes things a lot more interesting. People debate whether watchers new to the series should start with Gou but it’s up to individual preference. Just know that there are some pretty heavy info drops that don’t appear until much later in the original anime series.
The anime starts off by introducing kid Maebara Keiichi who has just moved into the small, secluded village of Hinamizawa. He made quick friends with some girls from his school, and their group spends their days playing games at school. Things take a turn when his friends avoid questions about the town. The “offness” of the community grows after the village’s annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to honor a deity known as Oyashiro. Keiichi learns that for the last few years, people in Hinamizawa have either disappeared or have been killed the night of the festival. These instances have remained unsolved and are attributed to Oyashiro’s Curse.
This is a horror anime and has quite a bit of violence and gore, so keep that in mind if you want to watch!
Released: Oct. 2, 2020
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
Manga fans have finally received their adaptation of the popular Jujutsu Kaisen. The story centers on a young teen, Yuji Itadori. He’s a regular high schooler for the most part… except for his unnatural strength. Instead of using his athletic ability for sports, he’s a part of the Occult Research Club. After his club activities, he usually takes a trip to the hospital to visit his sick grandfather.
His daily routine gets turned upside down when his fellow club members get their hands on a cursed artifact. They release the seal, which attracts deadly curses to the school, endangering their lives. A shaman, Megumi Fushiguro, tracks the object to the school, and that leads him to Yuji. A fight between the two boys and cursed monsters ensues. In the struggle, Yuji swallows the artifact and ends up possessed by an incredibly powerful curse. However, instead of being taken over by the curse, Yuji remains himself. Unfortunately, shaman law says that Yuji must be exorcised and killed.
This series has a lot of dark fantasy and supernatural themes. It’s great for viewers who want a show with a but more serious matter.
Haikyuu To the Top (Part 2)
Released: Oct. 2, 2020
Even if you don’t like sports anime, you should give Haikyuu a chance. The beloved series went on break in April of this year, and it’s finally back. The series follows Hinata Shoyo, a volleyball lover with a competitive streak. Even though he’s short, he can jump and has enough drive to be accepted into Karasuno High School’s volleyball team. There he meets Kageyama Tobio, a volleyball prodigy whose team defeated Hinata’s in middle school. The two butt heads immediately. But they put that aside to do what needs to be done for their team. The show follows Karasuno as they try to make their way to the top.
This is a sort of coming-of-age sports anime with comedic elements. This series will put you through a whirlwind of emotions. It’s a great watch that anyone can enjoy.
Released: Oct. 7, 2020
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll has been releasing a bunch of Webtoons turned anime this year and Noblesse is one of them. The popular series is about Raizel, a vampire-like bring that has just awakened from a 820 year slumber. He is known as a Noblesse, a pure-blooded Noble that serves as a protector of the other Nobles. He makes his way to a high school, where he finds his servant Frankenstein who is the principal. Rai enrolls in school and makes easy friends with a few of the students. Unfortunately, his friendship with them puts them in the crossfires of an organization that is after Raizel.
This series is a dark fantasy that will please readers of the original series.
All of these series are interesting and are worth an addition on your anime list. Have you watched any of these shows? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @geekgalsco!
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