Hello, dear action anime fan! If you are as passionate as we are for animes with breathtaking scenes and stories, check out this list that we have prepared with some of the best action anime of 2021 and even news of 2022 that are already making the rounds!
1. Tokyo Revengers
Tokyo Revengers was an audience phenomenon among fans of action anime in 2021, and promises to continue leaving its viewers heart in hand with its scenes and intriguing plot in 2022. This shounen follows the young man without great expectations in life Takemichi Hanagaki. One day, he discovers that his ex-girlfriend from high school has been murdered by the Tokyo Manji gang.
A short time later, Takemichi is mysteriously pushed in front of a train. However, when he opens his eyes, he discovers that not only has he not died, he has returned 12 years in the past in his teenage body. And this would only be the first of many time travels that the young man would make to try to change the chain of events that would lead to the death of his girlfriend. And it all involves gang fights, power play and lots of twists and turns.
2. Kaisen Jujutsu
After acclaimed productions such as Attack on Titan , Studio MAPPA has once again won the respect of action anime fans. This time with the release of Jujutsu Kaisen . Although it premiered in 2020, the series was an absolute success in 2021. And at the end of the year, the anime still won the prequel film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (which should be released in Brazil in 2022).
The anime follows student Yuuji Itadori. His life changes completely after he swallows an element that was released from an ancient talisman. Although he did this to save his schoolmates from the curses the element was causing, he ends up becoming the host of the personified Sukuna curse. However, he manages to maintain control of his body and mind, and goes on to help overcome other curses.
3. Attack on Titan: The Last Season
The last season of Attack on Titan was certainly one of the most anticipated anime of 2021 and 2022. That’s because half of the season arrived in one year, and the second part of the episodes in the following year. Full of strong scenes that undoubtedly marked the fans, the anime takes place in a reality in which giant figures of deformed human forms terrorize and destroy the villages.
Known as titans, these creatures were once responsible for the death of a large part of the communities that live on the Island of Paradis, although they all try to protect themselves behind walls. Wanting to avenge his mother’s death, young Eren joins the army. Going far beyond gratuitous violence, Attack on Titan has earned its place among the best anime ever released for a number of reasons. Its complex script, full of twists and turns and covering political secrets, war dramas, prejudice and much more is one of those reasons.
4. Bleach (Season 17)
In October 2022, the long-awaited 17th season of Bleach premieres in Japan. Yes, ten years after the airing of its last episode, the anime returns to the small screens with the adaptation of the last arc of Tite Kubo’s manga, The Bloody War of the Thousand Years . The plot will bring the conclusion to the adventures of the young man who unexpectedly becomes a reaper of souls.
And if you’re unsure about a possible loss of anime quality after ten years without new episodes, relax. The studio responsible for adapting the last season will be Studio Pierrot, the same that also carried out all previous seasons of the anime.
5. Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song
One of the darling animes of 2021, this series takes place in a futuristic world in which humans have managed to create autonomous Artificial Intelligences, after numerous experiments. However, the creators realized that giving each of these AIs a single distinct mission was the best way to make them more functional.
In this context, we meet the singer Diva, the first autonomous AI. Created with a mission to “make people happy with her music”, Diva’s work is interrupted by the arrival of Matsumoto, an AI who came from 100 years in the future. He reveals that in the future, the AIs have decided to eradicate humanity. Now, he asks Diva for help to prevent that from happening.
6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean
Another anime that left fans wanting more in 2021, after releasing only half of the season’s episodes. The highly-anticipated 6th season of the critically acclaimed anime JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure adapts the Stone Ocean arc , which features the franchise’s first female Jojo and features one of the manga’s most anticipated stories.
The plot follows Joline Cujoh, daughter of none other than Jotaro Kujo. Although she and her father have a distant relationship, Jotaro reappears in her life to try to save her, after the young woman is framed and wrongfully imprisoned. However, a mysterious villain ends up stealing the stand and memories of Jolyne’s father. Now she needs to find out who is responsible for the theft, try to save her father and clear her name.
If you liked Ashita no Joe, you need to give Megalobox a try . This anime adapted the manga of the same name which, in turn, was created as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the acclaimed boxing anime Ashita no Joe . The first season was released in 2018 and has already won over fans of the genre. The second followed the same path and secured its place among the best anime of 2021.
The plot takes place in a futuristic city. Wealthy citizens have a license to live in the city. The others live in their surroundings, in sub-conditions. The most popular sport is called Megalo Boxing and we follow the fighter Junk Dog trying to get out of the illegal rings and reach the top of the official tournament.
8. Mushoku Tensei
This anime follows the 34-year-old man without high expectations in life, without a job, without studies and without a social life. Seeing a group of teenagers about to be hit by a truck, he jumps in front of the vehicle willing to save them to do at least one meaningful thing in his life.
He ends up dying, but is reborn as a baby in a world of magic and swords. Determined to make his new life worthwhile, he dedicates himself to studying magic and fighting from an early age. However, in this world there are also dangerous enemies. This anime surprised action and isekai fans with good fight scenes, amazing scenarios and good characters.
9. Evangelion 3.0+1.0: The Hope
This film brought the long-awaited conclusion to the complex sci-fi plot that we followed in Evangelion . And just as the original anime secured its spot on several best anime lists, Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Mockingjay didn’t disappoint the most avid fans either.
The film follows the story of Shinji Ikari. After all the events he’s been through, he feels lost. However, new events will bring him back to life and give him the strength to continue the fight against Final Impact. This film is the fourth and final installment in Evangelion ‘s Rebuild series and has been highly praised for tackling important themes such as coming of age, art, and toxic masculinity.
10. Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi
This dark fantasy seinen anime follows the violent struggle between gods and demons. 800 years ago, the demons were sealed away after a fierce battle against powerful gods known as the Idaten. Nowadays, however, the war is not remembered as something real, but as a legend or a fairy tale. But the Idaten still exist, and the current generation enjoys the peace that came from battle, never having had to fight.
This changes when one awakens and releases the demons, otherwise known as Mazokus. Now humans (or Ningens), Idatens and Mazokus start a new war without limits. It is worth remembering that this anime is produced by the MAPPA studio, also responsible for Attack on Titan and Jujutsu Kaisen . And yes, this production deserves a place among the best anime.
11. Vanitas in Karte
This anime brings the story of the vampire Noah Archiviste. On a tour of Paris, he meets a human who claims to be a doctor for vampires. He calls himself Vanitas for using the knowledge of the Book of Vanitas to cure vampires of the malnomen, who would be responsible for the predatory behavior of vampires against his will.
The legendary book is linked to what would have been the original Vanitas, the Blue Moon Vampire. However, today’s traditional vampire society is made up of Red Moon vampires. And they hate the opponent. Noah and Vanitas team up to try to bring the cure to other vampires. However, they must deal with hostility from Red Moon vampires and opposition from Charlatan, a mysterious force that is corrupting vampires.
New anime, coming out of the oven, but which has already attracted the curiosity of fans and captured their attention for what is to come. Orient debuted in January 2022, bringing the story of two friends Musashi and Kojirou. Inseparable in childhood, the two vowed to one day become samurai and fight the demons that attacked the cities. Five years have passed since then, and the reality of the world and the friendship of the two young men has changed.
Now, demons have gained power over cities and the worship of humans. The samurai are seen as enemies, while the new rulers hide their true deeds and intentions with lies and domination. Even though they went their separate ways, Musashi and Kojirou end up teaming up again and accepting the journey to become samurai and defeat the demons.
The Republic of San Magnolia experiences a war against the Giadian Empire, and spreads the propaganda that there are no casualties on their side. However, those with silver hair, from sector 85, are still protected; while the citizens with hair of other colors live in Sector 86, being forced to fight the Empire.
In this context, we meet Vladilena Milizé. Although she is part of the 85 sector, she supports the 86 members and fights against the inhuman discrimination that prevails in her country. In this battle, she meets Shinei Nouzen, captain of the 86’s Spearhead squad, known for being the sole survivor of all the squads he has passed through. Now the two unite to fight against inequality, but also to reach an end to the war that ravages the country.
14. Sentouin, Hakenshimasu
Sentouin Roku-gou is the chief agent of the villainous company Kisaragi Corporation. He is ordered to infiltrate Grace’s kingdom to conquer new areas of the universe. The android Alice Kisaragi is assigned to accompany him on the quest. As he planned, Roku-gou disrespects Grace’s kingdom and is punished with the obligation to become an honorary knight there.
Undercover as per his plan, he must help his new employer battle the Demon Lord’s Army. However, he tries to do so while continuing to carry out the evil actions of the Kisaragi Corporation.
15. Kemono Jihen
A remote village in Japan begins to experience strange events, such as the appearance of dead oxen without explanation. The town then asks Kohachi Inugami for help. A detective specializing in the occult and a powerful entity known as Kemono, he is able to cast illusion spells and conjure weapons and armor for himself.
As soon as he arrives in town, Inugami notices something different about a young man rejected by everyone. At the age of 13, Kabane discovers with the help of the detective that he is a hybrid between a human and a ghoul. From there, the two team up to understand what was happening in the city and to discover the truth about Kabane’s past and family.
16. Shin no Nakama
Gideon Ragnason lives in a world in which everyone has their destiny determined by the Divine Blessings they receive at birth. With the ability to survive anywhere, Gideon is part of the Heroes Group, a team led by his sister Ruti whose mission is to save the world from evil. Everything changes when the second-in-command, a warrior named Ares, decides to expel Gideon from the group for finding him weak and useless. Gideon obeys and leaves without telling his sister.
The young man begins to lead a calmer life on the frontier, away from war and demons, and starts using the name Red. His tranquility, however, ends when the adventurer and princess of the Duchy Loggervia finds him. Rit, as she is called, moves in with him, but it will be difficult for Red to run away from the past with someone who knows her secret. And the wars are not over.
17. Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy
Years ago, young Makoto Misumi’s parents made a deal with a goddess, promising to send the boy to another world, in which the deity would make him a hero. When he arrives in the new world, however, the goddess finds him “awful” and refuses to give him the title of hero. The only ability she gives him, as a disdain, is that of understanding all languages but human. Makoto then grows up away from humans.
However, he manages to develop his physical and magical abilities over time and gains great power. In addition, he befriends and gains the trust of various mythical beings and demi-gods. While trying to build a new peaceful civilization for all species, he still dreams of meeting other humans, but there are many obstacles along the way.
18. Seirei Gensouki
Another action isekai for the list of best anime of the genre. In this production, we meet Haruto Amakawa, a 20-year-old university student who ends up dying in a traffic accident. However, he is transported to another world and wakes up in the body of a poor young man named Rio. As their consciousness and memories merge, he assumes his new identity and also gains magical powers.
One day, he ends up saving the princess of Bertram Kingdom when he sees her in danger. As a thank you, the king gives him a place at the prestigious Bertram Royal Academy. Although school seems like a new and good moment in his life, he will find it very difficult to live with the children of nobles who see him only as a poor boy.
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