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We’ve Got Our Eyes on These Five New Winter Anime

These winter anime have caught our eye!

Finally, 2021 is here — and with it a new winter anime season! There’s a lot in store, from series finales to long-awaited continuations. And there are several new titles in there, too! But which have our attention the most?

We’ve picked five shows high on our list starting this month — some returning, some fresh. There’s a lot out there, and once again it’ll be hard to keep up. But as far as we’re concerned, these are the ones to lock on to!


Cells at Work BLACK

Cells at Work: Black

If you’re craving more Cells at Work! — and who isn’t? — the winter anime season provides. This time, though, it’s with a twist. While the original series educated us about how our cells work for us, the new season will be darker.

Cells at Work BLACK goes to much grimmer places than its predecessor. Now, our cells are working against alcoholism, tumors, and skin diseases. We’ve got new Red and White Blood Cells taking the lead, and it looks like things are going to be a lot harder than before. It might not be for viewers who’d prefer a lighthearted watch, but count us as interested.


Dr.STONE: Stone Wars

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

The future can still be saved! Dr.STONE returns for the winter anime season, proving that knowledge is power. And it had better be, because the Stone Wars arc is about to begin! Now, Senku’s Kingdom of Science has to prove its mettle as the Stone World’s factions go to war against each other.

We left off with an emotional season 1 finale, so we’re all ready to get back to the action. There are still lots of mysteries to uncover in the future!




It’s not an anime season without at least one media mix project. For our winter anime lineup, we have Gekidol: a long-teased project that blends idols and live plays. The project’s first play, Alice in Deadly School, was performed several years ago. So seeing this finally come to fruition is pretty exciting.

Plus, there will be at least one spinoff adapting the theatrical troupe’s plays. The cast will double as the characters their characters play… if that makes sense. So we’ve also got an Alice in Deadly School anime to look forward to!


The Promised Neverland Season 2

The Promised Neverland, Season 2

The Attack on Titan finale may loom large over the winter anime season, but the return of The Promised Neverland has our eye. With season 1 out of the way, Emma and her friends have a whole new set of challenges ahead of them. Readers of the manga have some idea of the twists and turns the story will take. But anime-onlies have a wild, surprising ride ahead of them.

Plus, manga readers now know how the whole story ends… meaning they’ll get to revisit these moments with extra insight!



Vlad Love

The winter anime season has so much to offer. So why are we excited about a slapstick vampire comedy? Because it’s a slapstick vampire comedy written by Mamoru Oshii. That’s right — Mr. Ghost in the Shell and Beautiful Dreamer is taking a stab at high school bloodsucking antics. What we’ve seen so far looks weird and frenetic and just a bit gory. Which sounds about right.

It’s hard to know what we’ll get with VLADLOVE, which is another reason we’re ready to brave it. No matter how it turns out, it will be interesting to say the least.

What anime have caught your eye this season?

Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.