Not gonna be late this time~
The tradition continues, it's time to post your top anime from 2021! Quite a lot of AOTY contenders for this year than I normally see.
As always, I will post what I believe to be the best anime per season, so 4 total! They will all be non-sequel or not in a major series, so anybody looking for something they can quickly jump in will have a better time!
This one made the name for itself ever since EG still has it's simple shoutbox. Being the grandfather of modern isekai, Mushoku always has a spot in the list as one of the few anime exploring the full potential of this genre. Fanservice included, but that too is also essence of the isekai.
Honorable mention: https://myanimelist.net/anime/40750/Kaifuku_Jutsushi_no_Yarinaoshi
Isn't good by any mean, but I put this here for the impact it has lol.
One of the most underrated show until about 5 episodes in when people start catching wind of it. Very good animation, dystopian premise, and explore the issues of robots/AI and humans. Oh, nice music to boost since the AI is an aspiring idol : P
Honorable mention: https://myanimelist.net/anime/41457/86
Any other season and this would've been topping the chart. In fact, it's debatable whether Vivy or 86 is the best. Both are AOTY contender though.
This anime was made with collaboration from Front Wing. Why? Because it's an anime about a group of students and their visual novel circle, with a very immersive first episode (50 minute, basically a movie itself). The anime has a good cast of characters and stay pretty realistic in portraying the time and place these characters are in.
Honorable mention: https://myanimelist.net/anime/43969/Kanojo_mo_Kanojo
A guy agreed to date four (and counting) girls at once. That should give you an idea of what comedy you're in for.
Tight spot between this gorgeous animated romcom, and Ousama King. But I will let this take the throne since I enjoyed this adaptation very much.
Honorable mention: https://myanimelist.net/anime/40834/Ousama_Ranking
Another AOTY that's debatable. Most people will have this as their best Fall anime, just from the quality of the storytelling. Don't let this children-looking anime fools you.
Best of 2021: Mushoku Tensei