Five of the best anime to watch this season

We once again arrive at another new anime season and this time, I already have a handful of series that I’m really enjoying! Here are five anime series that I’ve been watching; I’ll give a short synopsis and then my opinions as to why you should give it a try.

Sk8: The Infinity anime

Sk8: The Infinity

Reki, a high school sophomore and skater, is addicted to “S,” a highly secret and dangerous downhill skateboarding race that takes place in an abandoned mine. The skaters are especially wild about the “beefs” — the heated battles that erupt in the races.

Reki takes Langa, a transfer student returning to Japan after studying abroad, to the mine where the races are held. Langa, who has no skateboarding experience, finds himself pulled into the world of “S”…

I love my sports anime and I also love skateboarding. Skating was something I grew up with and while I don’t skate anymore, I am still fascinated by the technical aspects of the sport. Sk8 is definitely an anime-fied version of skating, in the sense that they are sometimes moving at break-neck speeds and doing tricks that are downright impossible, but that doesn’t stop the series from being any less fun. 

Air Gear was an anime series I watched a long time ago and I still love that series to this day. It was an absurd and over-the-top anime about inline roller skating and it was so much fun to watch! In the first episode, Sk8 has managed to give me some of the feeling I had when watching Air Gear, and that’s a very good thing.

Watch Sk8: The Infinity on Funimation!

Horimiya anime

Horimiya

Although admired at school for her amiability and academic prowess, high school student Kyouko Hori has been hiding another side of her. With her parents often away from home due to work, Hori has to look after her younger brother and do the housework, leaving no chance to socialise outside of school.

Meanwhile, Izumi Miyamura is seen as a brooding, glasses-wearing otaku. However, in reality, he is a gentle person, somewhat inept at studying, with multiple piercings hidden behind his long hair and a tattoo along his back and left shoulder.

These seemingly polar opposites become friends, sharing with each other a side they have never shown to anyone else.

This is a series that I am up to date with the manga on. I absolutely adore Horimiya and everything that it includes. If you want a wholesome, warming and genuine romance anime series about a guy and a girl falling for one another’s most honest parts, then Horimiya is for you. I cannot praise this series enough and I would say that it is one of my personal favourite romance series. Go watch it!

Watch Horimiya on Funimation!

Beastars anime season 2

Beastars

Beastars, an absolutely incredible standout anime series from 2020, picks up where it left off back in season 1. Last time we saw some serious developments surrounding Legosi, Haru and Louis. In season 2 I hope that we will get to find out more with regards to their relationships and growth as characters. Louis took a rather unexpected turn towards the end of season 1 and the relationship between Legosi and Haru started progressing. I can’t wait to see more.

Beastars season 2 is airing in Japan now, and expected to hit Netflix in July of 2021.

Attack on Titan anime

Attack on Titan: Final Season

Of course we have to talk about this series in some way shape or form. It is the much anticipated “Final” season of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan. Where the story of this season begins may take viewers by surprise and leave some of you downright confused. There has been a timeskip since the previous season and the rumblings of enormous events are beginning to take place.

Watch Attack on Titan on Crunchyroll!

Yuru Camp/Laid-Back Camp anime

Yuru Camp/Laid-Back Camp Season 2

Finally, we arrive at the real one… YURU CAMP IS BACK BABY! That’s right, the ultimate cosy and comfortable series filled with nothing but lovable characters, comfy feelings and talking pinecones returns and I could not be any happier. To say I love Yuru Camp would be a massive understatement. When I watched the first season, I didn’t think I would like it at all. It’s a slice of life about camping, and it’s not even exclusively about the fun parts of camping. 

Yuru Camp is about everything to do with camping: the cost of the equipment, the learning process of figuring out how to properly pitch your tent, how to make a campfire. This series shows every aspect of the activity without just highlighting the “fun” bits. It’s because of this that the series is so damn special! 

You feel the love for the activity and nature that just exudes from it. The amazing soundtrack that sends you to where the characters are and instantly puts a smile on your face, the scenery that makes you wish you were there with them. It’s the best. I never knew I would need an anime like this in my life, but my God am I happy I found it.

Watch Laid-Back Camp on Crunchyroll!


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