Spring 2021 is already getting over and it feels like it was only a few days ago when it started. As we’re getting ready for Summer 2021, it’s time to take a look at some of the best anime this season and cement them in Honey’s Anime history as some of the best anime that this season had to offer!
Romance anime is more often than not overlooked because the market tends to veer towards its opposite, the shounen genre. While an action-packed plot with many details is a treat on its own, Romance anime sets itself apart for its almost nostalgic cliche setting and pace. However, what defines a good Romance anime is when it accepts and embraces that cliche while adding a little bit of spice on its own as well, setting itself apart from its stereotype while also embracing it. This season was particularly seasoned with many good Romance anime, a rare treat after many years of the genre being almost non-existent. With that, let’s take a moment to take a look at three of the best Romance anime of Spring 2021 and what made them truly unique!
3. Fruits Basket: The Final
A grand saga comes to an end...Fruits Basket: The Final follows the story of Tohru Honda and her fateful encounter with the Chinese Zodiacs, the Somas. A vow made hundreds of years ago binds the Zodiacs together, making sure that they return to each other no matter what. However, such a vow also shackles them from freedom and it slowly becomes a curse. Tohru is determined to break these chains to help the Soma family but time is running out and so is Tohru’s tenacity.
The Fruits Basket franchise has been one memorable ride so far and it’s nearing its end. The final season has not disappointed fans so far and we at Honey’s Anime are very excited for the finale. Watching the connection between the Soma family and Tohru grow so beautifully intricate and the way it ties into the whole overarching plot is simply marvelous. The animation has not let us down either as the remake is strongly empowered by its beauty of animation.
2. Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui (Koikimo)
While sometimes you think you choose your love, the truth is love chooses you. You simply cannot choose the person you love and this is true for Ryou Amakusa who falls in love at first sight with the girl who helped him randomly, Ichika Arima. Known to be a ladies man, Ryou uses the only tactics he knows about wooing women on Ichika but she shuts him down, calling him disgusting because of their age gap. Thus starts the strange romance between a normal high school girl and a successful businessman that was all because of one fateful encounter.
Koikimo received many mixed reviews particularly because of the age gap and the ways through which Ryou pursued Ichika at first. However, Ryou develops as a person and learns the true meaning of love and how it should reflect in the way he behaves because of Ichika. Ichika also learns from Ryou and eventually falls in love with him, waiting for calls from him and so on. This anime is also realistic without betraying its shoujo bounds. It shows the struggles faced by such a unique relationship, looking at the way society would react and so on in the most realistic sense. The pacing of the anime is slow but steady as we see Ichika learning from Ryou and eventually falls in love with him and the fact that the two haven’t even kissed so far is a testament to the fact that they’re not unrealistically doing things just to make its audience happy.
1. Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou Desu (The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent)
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent follows the story of Sei Takanashi who is forced to leave her normal life on Earth to be a Saint in Salutania, in order to help its people from the evil forces. However, the Grand Magus had summoned two women--Sei and another brown-haired girl. Since the kingdom needed only one Saint, they leave Sei up to her devices and she chooses to focus on the Medicinal Floral Research Institute. But what happens when Sei’s calling to be a Saint continues to exert its influence in her new life?
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is possibly one of the hidden gems of the season. The story is perfectly paced so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming or underwhelming as it progresses. Sei is definitely a very relatable and strong MC, unlike the standard romance protagonist who depends on others. Moreover, the reverse harem element of the anime just adds enough spice and flair in such a unique way that you just want to get to know more about these characters. The animation is pretty special and dreamy, exactly what a romance anime needs.
We hope you enjoyed this article! What’s your favorite romance anime so far this season? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!