Though 2020 has been a year with stalled plans worldwide, as we look at 2021, lots of great anime releases are on the horizon! Join us as we take a look at some of our favorite anime with shounen elements that have new content coming. Listed here, in no particular order, are some continued favorites you can look forward to!
2021 Shounen Delight
Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! (Bungo Stray Dogs, Wan!), Coming January 2021
Based on a chibi manga of the same name, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! is an anime adaptation that shows the "mini" adventures. While not a continuation of the series, this anime is a spin-off that has a lot of silly moments in the daily lives of Atsushi, Dazai, and the rest of the chibi Armed Detective Agency.
If the chibi characters for this show aren't cute enough, the "Wan!" in the title, Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!, can be translated to "Woof!" Fans of this story know that it is full of laughter and relationship building. As of this publication's date, the teaser image shown here is the only look into the upcoming new series that has come out so far, but you can look forward to Bungou Stray Dogs in early 2021!
Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Slayer Movie: Mugen Train), Coming 2021
A recent heavyweight in the realm of shounen publications, Demon Slayer, has caught the attention of action-lovers worldwide. For the next part of the storyline for Kimetsu no Yaiba, the upcoming production is a movie. This is an incredibly clever decision on the part of the creators, as the next arc takes place entirely on a train ride.
Reminiscent of The Orient Express, this thrilling series has to do with finding a predator on a train, before our heroes become victims themselves. The shounen lover will love this, with its beautiful depictions of the different sword techniques. The Japan release of this movie is October 16th, and the US release date is set for early 2021. If you're looking for some shounen delight, get ready for excellent fight scenes with this upcoming release.
*Editor's Note: Since writing, Demon Slayer Movie: Mugen Train has broken opening weekend box office reocrds in Japan!
Demon Slayer Movie: Mugen Train Trailer
Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan (The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgement), Coming January 2021
Though delayed by COVID 19, the next installment of The Seven Deadly Sins will be coming in 2021! The January Japan release date has been officially announced, but North America dates can be expected later in 2021. This addition to the series will be the final animated season, so it will be exciting for fans to see how the animes finishes up. Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan is bound to be another action-filled comedy with the Seven Deadly Sins, Elizabeth, and our favorite talking pig, Hawk! Do you need a re-watch before the upcoming season? Catch it on Netflix!
Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan PV
Gintama: The Final, Coming January 2021
Fans of Gintama know that there are many times throughout the series where the main characters talk about how it might be the last episode or how the show could get canceled (again). With this in mind, it can be hard to think that Gintama: The Final is the final part of this story, but this seems to be the case.
Gintama: The Final will contain a combination of the manga's ending and some new elements. It is sure to be nostalgic, full of laughs, and contain some fun fight scenes. The last production year was 2018 for the series, but Gintama: The Final is scheduled to drop on January 8th of next year. That's less than 90 days from now! Mark your calendars and get ready for the last animated adventure of Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura in Gintama: The Final.
Gintama: The Final Trailer
Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen (Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc), Coming 2021
August of 2021 will mark two decades since the debut of Bleach, and it has since been a worldwide favorite. To celebrate, coming next year as part of a twentieth-anniversary project, is Bleach: Sennen Kessen-han! This exciting addition to the series will be the 17th season, and the first since 2012. (Almost a decade!)
For fans of Bleach, it is a perfect time to begin your re-watch if you plan to put this on your watchlist for next year. There is no definitive release date yet, but we know it's coming in 2021. Get ready for a new adventure with our favorite soul reapers in Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen!
Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen PV
2020 might not have been anybody's favorite year to watch their plans come to fruition, but 2021 looks like it's going to be a good year for anime production. Whether it be something old or something new, we hope that you have found a new addition to your watchlist in this edition of Shounen Delight! Is there another shounen anime that should have made this list? Please tell us in the comments! And like this article, so we know you want more like it!