Isekai series are a dime a dozen of these days, which makes it very hard to tell which ones are worth getting invested in, which ones stand at the peak of the genre, and which ones are just a mess, at least at a glance. Thankfully, 2021 had quite a few isekai series that were worth watching whether it was due to their stellar animation, their interesting concepts, or just their likable characters. So, let's go over some of the best examples of the year and talk about why exactly they're the cream of the crop. The isekai genre is so overpopulated these days that it's actually creating sub-genres within it. Banished From The Heroes Party, in that sense, fits pretty well into the "overpowered MC in a slice-of-life setting" sub-genre along with series like Cheat Pharmacist's Slow Life: Making a Drugstore in Another World and Parallel World Pharmacy. But, what sets this one apart from all the other niche slice-of-life isekai is that it has a lot more substance than it might seem at first glance. Gideon's or "Red's" world has a lot of consistent rules to it, there's a lot of subtle world-building, and the viewers' suspension of disbelief is never really broken. Plus, as an added bonus, there's a cute romance in it that isn't drawn out over the course of the entire story. Here's the thing about The Faraway Paladin, it's a fantastic story that is massively underrated, and the anime adaptation is okay, but it isn't amazing.
When compared to other high-quality isekai adaptations like That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime and Jobless Reincarnation, The Faraway Paladin doesn't quite stack up in any category. The pacing is odd, the animation is a little sparse, and the fight choreography is confusing. Still, the story of William G. Maryblood is one of the more interesting isekai stories out there, and still has a long way to go, so it's still well worth a watch or at the very least a read. With Jobless Reincarnations' second season wrapping up during its air airing back at the end of 2021, people are desperate for other isekai series of its quality to fill the gap. Now, Jobless Reincarnation isn't exactly the easiest show to recommend to the more casual anime fanbase due to the polarizing nature of some of its more adult content, but the show is still absolutely worth at least a look regardless thanks to excelling in every other respect. Part two of Rudeus Greyrat's story is a lot more "grim" than part one, and fans get to see more of this fantastical isekai world as Rudeus, Eris, and the Superd Ruijerd journey back to their home from the Demon Continent. Much like The Faraway Paladin, the anime adaptation of How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom isn't the best.
39;t quite match these two shows, it does get very close.
Still, the concept of it, the interesting new ideas it adds to the isekai genre, and the overall interesting main character Kazuya Souma more than makeup for it. Once again, similar to Banished From The Hero's Party,Realist Hero neatly fits into another sub-category of isekai series. This time, it's the "socio-political isekai" type of show along with other series like Gate or Log Horizon. And, while it doesn't quite match these two shows, it does get very close. Usually, a typical isekai series tells the story of a main character who is unsatisfied with their life getting reincarnated, or being transported to a new fantasy world. But, The Dungeon of Black Company tells the opposite with an MC who is wrenched from his amazing life in the real world and thrown into the horrible life of a corporate dystopian isekai world. That unique concept alone makes Dungeon of Black Company worth at least a glance.
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Following this same pattern of sub-category isekai, Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy is the penultimate version of the "protagonist becomes immediately overpowered in an isekai world" stereotype of this genre. Quite literally, Makoto is dropped into his fantasy world already more than capable of taking down an ancient Dragon or stopping an age-old demon spider. And, this power only increases with each passing day as the story goes on. thankfully, because of the unique way this story is told and the non-stop comedic aspects of the show, Tsukimichi never gets boring like other stories with an overpowered protagonist would, and it's always interesting to see just how absurd Makoto becomes by the next episode. Who can forget about this high-quality isekai anime that was running for almost the entirety of 2021? That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is essentially the "de facto" premiere isekai of the last few years, and its quality has maintained or perhaps even grown in the second course of its second season. This patch of the absurdly strong Rimuru Tempest's story is a lot darker than fans of the first season were likely expecting, but that's what makes it so great. And, because of these darker narrative elements, there are a lot of chances for new characters to fight or appear. 1 So I'm A Spider, So What? The year 2021 was when the anime community as a whole was introduced to the roller coaster ride that is So I'm A Spider, So What? The modern icon of the "non-human isekai reincarnation" sub-category, SIaSSW is an anime almost entirely held up by the main lead Kumoko's ability to monologue and joke to herself. It's an odd story, to be sure, and one that isn't the most "well-animated" given its over-dependence on acceptable yet very noticeable CGI, but it's just so fun to watch! The video-gamey aspect of its leveling system (though it's not set in a game) and the constant progression of Kumoko up the dungeon always have the viewers craving for more, which is why it's so beloved.
In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards.
The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese:, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes. The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi, who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that the events are being told in a flashback, while an adult Futaro prepares to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. The anime series is licensed in North America under a Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The series is a commercial success, being the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life-his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school.
39;s diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades.
Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges-identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities-have no interest in studying at all and have abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades. Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them, but her true identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The idea of "a group of quintuplets falling in love with the same person" existed even before the serialization of Haruba's previous work, Karma of Purgatory (2014-2015), but was very simple at that time. The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge. A year after, after the end of Karma of Purgatory, he discussed with his editor-in-charge what to serialize next.
Among the few ideas being come up with, the "quintuplets" idea was included again, which was accepted by the editor this time. After failures in two to three serialization committees, finally, it was decided to have a one-shot manga published first. The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization. It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning. When later the idea of quadruplets and sextuplets was raised, it was rejected very quickly, around 30 seconds. Haruba said it might be a reference to Super Sentai when he came up with this idea. Similar to Super Sentai, Ichika (yellow), Nino (black), Miku (blue), Yotsuba (green), and Itsuki (red) are all represented by a color. The design of the quintuplets started from his favorite existing female characters from "some slice-of-life works only with girls", around 15 to 20 of them. The idea of adding numbers in their names was after the design was almost confirmed.
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The hair color of the Nakano quintuplets is different when being colored, which was suggested by Haruba himself, such that they are more distinguishable from each other. The hair color of the bride in the flashforward is, therefore, a colour-in-between. The flashforward showing that Futaro will eventually marry only one of the Nakano quintuplets was added in order to eliminate the possibility of Futaro marrying all five of them. It was also decided that all quintuplets would have negative feelings towards Futaro from the beginning, because Haruba wanted to write how their relationships improved from hate to love in the story, except Yotsuba, who acts as Futaro's guide for the development of the story. While it is often the norm for harem romantic comedy manga to have sexualized depictions of characters, Haruba has said that he tried to avoid this to some extent after Vol. In his opinion, showing panties which are being worn, ieTo keep the characters interesting, the sexy scenes were intended by him to be ambiguous but not straightforward, leading to readers' imagination. The swimsuit appearance of the Nakanos was finally revealed in Ep.
92 as Haruba thought an episode of swimsuits should exist before finishing the story. The Quintessential Quintuplets is written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. Before the serialization, a one-shot manga of the same name had been published in 2017 issue 8 of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on August 9, 2017, and received positive comments. On December 4, 2019, Haruba announced that the series would end on its 14th tankōbon volume. The series finished on February 19, 2020, with a total of 122 chapters. The series has been published in English by Kodansha USA under their Kodansha Comics imprint digitally since June 28, 2018, with a line of physical releases beginning publication on January 1, 2019. By August 2020 and July 2021 respectively, all fourteen volumes have been published digitally and physically. In October 2017, a television commercial for the manga was released where Ayane Sakura voiced all five girls. The series is directed by Satoshi Kuwabara and written by Keiichirō chi, featuring animation by Tezuka Productions, character designs by Michinosuke Nakamura and Gagakuga, and music by Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, and Miki Sakurai. The series aired from January 10 to March 28, 2019 on the TBS, SUN, and BS-TBS channels. The series ran for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series with Funimation providing the English dub as it airs. Although Tezuka Productions was the main animation studio behind the series, TBS producer Junichirou Tanaka stated that he asked for help from Shaft president Mitsutoshi Kubota for assistance in producing the series' 11th episode. It was ultimately decided that the studio would be outsourced to for the entire episode save for the episode's storyboards, which were drawn by series director Satoshi Kuwabara; however, all other animation, coloring, and compositing aspects of the episode were produced entirely at Shaft.
Kaori is Replacing Satoshi Kuwabara as the director of the season, and Keiichirō chi is returning to write the scripts. Bilbury Animation Studios produced this season. After the second season finished airing, a sequel was announced. On April 18, 2021, the sequel was revealed to be a film. Masato Jinbo directed the film, with the main staff of the second season returning to reprise their roles. For the first season, Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō, Ayane Sakura, and Inori Minase performed the opening theme song "Quintuplet Feelings" (五等分の気持ち, Gotōbun no Kimochi) as the group The Nakano Family's Quintuplets (中野家, Nakano-ke no Itsutsugo), while Aya Uchida performed the ending theme song "Sign". For the second season, The Nakano Family's Quintuplets performed the opening theme song "Gotōbun no Katachi" and the ending theme song "Hatsukoi". Children's Playground Entertainment licensed the series in Southeast Asia and streamed it on Bilibili. Characters from the series appeared in a collaboration event in the mobile video game Venus 11 Vivid! A visual novel titled The Quintessential Quintuplets : Summer Memories Also Come in Five (五等分の花嫁∬～夏の思い出も五等分～, Gotoubun no Hanayome : Natsu no Omoide mo Gotoubun) was developed by Mages for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles.