A new season in Japan means a new batch of animes to watch! In this summer 2021, there are tons of animes you should try to watch at home, be it from Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, WeTV, or any other platform. There are varieties of genres to look for this summer, from samurai pirates to vampire mysteries. We have compiled the list of the ten hottest anime to watch this summer.


1. The Case Study of Vanitas

This anime is adapted from the Japanese manga series written by Jun Mochizuki. The anime adaptation is directed by the famous Bones animation studio, well-known for other titles like My Hero Academia and Bungou Stray Dogs. The story tells about a vampire named Noé who is looking for the mythical Book of Vanitas that was said to be able to bring death to the entire vampire race. Noé later meets a human named Vanitas, who seemed to have the book he was looking for, but he used it to cure an enraged vampire. Eventually, the two of them ended up teaming up to learn more about the book and the mystery behind the vampire race’s sickness. If you’re a fan of the dark fantasy and supernatural genre, this series is recommended for you. This anime has started airing on 3rd July 2021 in Funimation and Hulu.


This reboot version of Shaman King has started airing outside Japan on 9th August 2021 on Netflix, directed by Joji Furuta and Bridge animation studio. The story follows a shaman named Yoh who can communicate with death. Yoh wants to become the Shaman King to earn the power to reshape the world. To successfully achieve his goal, he must win a tournament between shamans that happens once every 500 years. If you’re either a shonen fan or a fan from the 2000s series, you definitely should check this one out!

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3. Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild

If you’re a gamer who loves the Monster Hunter game series, you need to watch this animation series. This series is the third collaboration between Netflix and Capcom and was released pretty recently on 12th August 2021. The story tells about the young monster hunter named Aiden who teams up with an elite team of veteran hunters to save his home from the migrating monsters that threaten his village.

4. Darwin’s Game

If you’re a fan of Sword Art Online, you definitely should watch Darwin’s Game. The anime has started airing on Netflix from 1st August 2021. It tells the story of the 17-years-old Kaname Sudou, who is invited to partake in an online mobile game named Darwin’s Game. In this game, the fights can result in the deaths of players in real life. Sudou determined to win and clear the game to find the creators and take revenge upon them.


If you’re a sports anime lover, you should check RE-MAIN out. Produced by the MAPPA animation studio whom previously did a great job on the Attack on Titan anime, RE-MAIN tells the story of a great water polo prodigy named Minato Kiyomizu. He forcefully gave up the sport after a traumatic incident. Thankfully, because of the encouragement from his friends, Minato decides to play water polo once again in high school. This anime tells the story of friendship and the journey of how to become a great team. It started airing on 4th July on TV Asahi and simulcast airing by FUNIMATION.

6. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2

The second half of the anime “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” has aired season 2 on Crunchyroll and Funimation since 6th July 2021! The adventures of Rimuru Tempest and his comrades continue as they have to battle Clayman, which most likely will show us the most epic battles in its series from what we’ve seen in its trailer. The series is animated by Eight Bit.

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Tokyo Street

7. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S

Do you remember about this anime which features the cute dragon maid, Tohru? Miss Kobayashi is now back with a new season, and it’s already aired on 7th July and simulcasted on Crunchyroll. This anime follows the story of Miss Kobayashi, who was drunk and accidentally removed a sword from a dragon’s back, eventually being rewarded with a dragon named Tohru, who serves here as her maid. This series is animated by Kyoto Animation and directed by Tatsuya Ishihara.

8. Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou Season 2

If you’re a fan of the beloved horror franchise of Higurashi, you might want to watch season 2 of this anime. It tells us about a high school student named Keiichi Maebara who had moved to a small rural town in Japan. He later learned the dark history behind the rural town that caused the demise of many locals who lived there. This anime premieres on 1st July on Tokyo MX and Funimation.

9. Sonny Boy

This anime is animated by Madhouse, written and directed by Shingo Natsume. It took up the genre of Sci-Fi and survival as one, said as a borderline surrealist psychological character drama about a group of school students who suddenly adrift in a void-like dimension. These students must unravel the mysterious phenomenon happening in each world to find their way back home. Sonny Boy premiered on 16th July 2021 on Tokyo MX and Funimation.

10. Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan

If you’re looking for a comedy anime to freshen up your mood during this era of the pandemic, Uramichi Oniisan is here for you! It’s a comedy anime that is so relatable and real, following the story of a 31-years-old host of children’s shows named Uramichi Omota, who needs to keep cheerful and bright for the kids. However, his other side of life can be pretty depressing. The gloomy side of him comes out on air sometimes that gives you an awkwardly navigate adulthood vibe. It airs on Funimation from 6th July and is animated by Studio Blanc.