Even though the Spring 2021 anime season is still underway, we’re already smitten with several of its new characters. Mischievous gals, troubled military men, ghostly samurai assassins... honestly, this season has had our simp sensors tingling since day one. So let’s talk about five of our favorites, shall we? These are the Spring 2021 anime characters we’re simping over!
5. Hayase Nagatoro from Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san (Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro!)
If you were a big fan of Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out from summer of last year, then this anime’s permanently smug title character will be right up your alley. But Nagatoro has much harsher bullying tactics than Uzaki – she takes every opportunity to call her senpai a creepy virgin, forces him to do her bidding, and doesn’t hold back with the slapstick humor. Even though she’d probably be an unbearable pest in real life, we can’t help but love this domineering schoolgirl and her sadistic antics!
4. Shinei “Undertaker” Nouzen from 86
Fitting to his position as the stoic leader of the Spearhead Squadron, Shinei Nouzen is one of the most elite soldiers in the war against the Legion. He’s outlived hundreds of comrades over his five years of service (and keeps mementos of every single one), so he initially doesn’t have patience for Lena’s pure-hearted idealism. Eventually, though, he does warm up to her and opens up about his tainted past. Shinei’s gruff personality, violently protective attitude towards his unit, and inner darkness make him a perfect foil for Lena and a perfect hottie to us. We’d hop in a combat robot and fight the Legion if he was our commander!
3. Sawa Yukimura from Jouran: The Princess of Snow and Blood (Joran the Princess of Snow and Blood)
While Sawa may look like a simple bookstore manager on the surface, she’s really a black-ops executioner who uses ghostly powers to assassinate those who would threaten the rule of the shogunate. Her abilities are so over-the-top that they could only come from the world of anime—with the blue blood that flows through her veins, she transforms into a phantom-like warrior with skeletal features, a glowing blue eye, and sketchy black outlines that represent her untamed power. Wait a minute... is Sawa just the anime version of Sans from Undertale? Either way, we’re simping for her hardcore.
2. Yoshinobu Maeda from Mars Red
It takes a certain kind of person to command a group of vampires when they’re no more than a human themselves, but the members of Code Zero know better than to cross Colonel Maeda. This no-nonsense military man holds many secrets, like how he lost his arm and the nature of his relationship with the actress-turned-vampire Misaki, so it’s fascinating to try to fill in the blanks from the few hints that he gives us. Most of all, though, we just can’t get enough of that aesthetic: a solitary man in a crisp uniform, smoking a cigarette and overlooking 1920s Tokyo with a weary look on his face... he’s effortlessly stylish!
1. Irene Adler/James Bonde from Yuukoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) 2nd Cours
Moriarty the Patriot’s take on the classic character of Irene Adler initially sticks close to her original portrayal as an opera singer/disguise expert who can match wits with Sherlock all day long, but then expands on her role by having her partner up with the Moriartys and shed her previous identity to become the incomparable James Bonde. We love both versions of this character, but Bonde is our favorite because his lady-killer look and crafty schemes make him a fantastic addition to the Moriarty team (and a thorn in Sebastian’s side, much to everyone else’s amusement). We can’t wait to see what he does next!
We’ve also got hearts in our eyes for the fairy warriors from Fairy Ranmaru, Dearia from Dragon Goes House-Hunting, and Azusa Aizawa from I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. But are there any that we missed? Who are your favorite simp-worthy characters of Spring 2021? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!