While the josei genre of anime doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the bigger genres, including seinen and shoujo, this is still a powerful genre with some all-time classic titles behind it!
Aimed mostly at women in the 18-45 age bracket, the stories you find in josei are oftentimes dramatic and filled with deep emotions. While they do occasionally skew towards the comedic side of things, the bottom line is that if you’re watching a josei, you should be prepared to feel something deep within your soul.
The Slime Diaries is off to an amazing start with cute and clever little side stories that will soften even the hardest of hearts.
While it was supposed to air in January 2021, COVID put a crimp on that plan and caused the series to be delayed until April, but it’s here now! A spinoff from the main story of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, The Slime Diaries takes an everyday look at the residents of the Jura Tempest Federation and focuses on the daily relationships that make this city so fun and prosperous. Animated by studio Eight Bit, the series features Yuji Ikuhara as the director working off scripts written by Kotatsumikan.
Based on the manga (which itself is based on the original light novels), this series is not going to advance the main story at all and is instead going to be a completely comedic slice of life series which isn’t a bad thing in the least (especially considering the high tension events of the main story’s second season).
The Slime Diaries Episode 3 Release Date
The next episode of The Slime Diaries will premiere on Tuesday, April 20th.
The Slime Diaries Episode 3 Release Time
The Slime Diaries airs at 11 pm Japan Standard Time and streams outside of Japan on Crunchyroll an hour later. This means that the new episode will appear at the following times around the world:
Pacific Time: 8 am
Central Time: 10 am
Eastern Time: 11 am
British Time: 4 pm
The Slime Diaries Episode 3 Where to Watch English Subs Online
As of the time of this writing, the only place to watch this series legally with English subs is on Crunchyroll. No other streaming service has announced plans to simulcast this series as of April 16th, 2021.
The Slime Diaries is proving to be an incredibly fun series to watch this season. It won’t last long (only one cour), but that’s not going to stop me from enjoying it to the fullest!
Related: How Many Episodes Will The Slime Diaries Have?
Shoes are the big bonding force that brings the kabaddi team together in the second episode of Burning Kabaddi!
After being forced to join the team, Tatsuya has been diligent in attending practices (even if he complains a lot) though he isn’t getting much better and is constantly being tackled to the mat. During one practice session, though, he finally scores a point, but it also becomes apparent that Tatsuya needs new shoes. Going on a club outing, the team goes out to choose his new shoes and learns a bit more about why he left the soccer team after junior high.
Burning Kabaddi Episode 3 Release Date
Burning Kabaddi airs early in the morning on Saturdays, which means the next episode will stream outside of Japan on Friday, April 16th.
Burning Kabaddi Episode 3 Release Time
This series airs at 1:23 am Japan Standard Time on Saturdays. Crunchyroll adds it to their site about 90 minutes later at the following times around the world:
Pacific Time: 11:00 am
Central Time: 1:00 pm
Eastern Time: 2:00 pm
British Time: 7:00 pm
Burning Kabaddi Episode 3 Where to Watch English Subs
As of this writing, the only place to watch Burning Kabaddi outside of Japan is Crunchyroll. No other streaming service has announced plans to simulcast this series.
Burning Kabaddi got off to a very rough start thanks to a premiere episode that made me dislike the entire primary cast of characters pretty much right away. It didn’t help that the animation is not the best presentation of the season (it’s not the worst, but still…). That said, this episode helped push the series further towards the positive side rather than the negative that it had made a comfortable home in after the first week.
While Tatsuya is still a little brat that you just love to hate right away, the rest of the team is coming together in a way that makes me feel more positive about them, much like the series at large. What helps matters the most is that the team is showing that they mean it when they say they’re all in it together, and that makes a big difference.
Related: How Many Episodes Will Season 1 of Burning Kabaddi Have?
Originally a shonen manga created by Ken Wakui, the anime adaptation for Tokyo Revengers has already begun. The manga, which runs in Weekly Shonen Magazine, has been in print since March 2017 and as of February 2020 had 3 million copies in circulation. As of April 2021, the series has reached 22 volumes in Japan with the English version published by Kodansha not far behind with 20 volumes released as of April 2021.
In this series, the main character is Takemichi Hanagaki, an adult male who is living a dreary existence, and when he figures that life can’t get any worse, he sees on the news that a girl he dated in junior high (the only girl he’s ever dated) has been murdered by a gang that has been running wild. Suddenly our hero is sent back in time 12 years to junior high, which he decides to use by infiltrating the gang that murdered his ex-girlfriend and tries to avert disaster.
The anime is produced by LIDENFILMS and features Koichi Hatsumi as the director working off scripts written by Yasuyuki Muto and character designs from Keiko Ota. The first episode premiered on April 11th and will also receive a live-action film adaptation in Japan, which is set to premiere in summer 2021.
When Will Tokyo Revengers Be Dubbed in English?
The good news is that as of April 12th, 2021, it’s been made official that this series will get an English dub on Crunchyroll. We don’t know when exactly the English dub will be released, but stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Tokyo Revengers sounds like the gritty drama that I could really sink my teeth into this season. While I haven’t watched the first episode yet, I’m looking forward to seeing it in the near future when I have some free time to get caught up with the new season. While I don’t always love time skip series, this could be one that bucks that trend for me and helps me find my footing in this often tricky genre.
Related: Is Tokyo Revengers Anime Based on a Manga or Light Novel and Is It Complete, Finished, or Ongoing? Here is Everything You Need to Know
Animated by Revoroot with Nobukage Kimura serving as the director working off series composition by Tatsuya Takahashi and character designs by Keisuke Goto, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is another one of my favorite series from this season.
In this fantasy comedy isekai anime series, the main character is a Japanese office worker who dies at the tender age of 27 due to overwork. When she gets to the afterlife, she meets a sympathetic goddess who allows her to be reborn in another world in the body of an immortal and eternally youthful female witch. Now, Azusa lives a quiet life in the mountains who makes medicine for the local villagers, and occasionally kills some slimes in order to bring in some income.
Life is pretty awesome for her for the next 300 years until she learns that all those slimes have caused her to max out her level. Once word gets out about that, Azusa must deal with adventurers and a dragon, all of which want to test themselves against the powerful witch.
When Will I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Be Dubbed in English?
The good news is that as of April 12th, 2021, it has been made official I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level will get an English dub on Crunchyroll. The only issue is that we do not know when the English dub will premiere. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
As I’ve said time and time again so far this season, I absolutely loved this first episode. It was cute, charming, and funny, which is a wonderful combo to enjoy in these dark and trying times we live in.
It’s difficult to pin down what I liked best about this series, but I’m sure that after a few more episodes I’ll be able to put my finger on it much more easily. Huzzah to I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, and I hope it continues to be as utterly charming and captivating as the premiere was.
Related: How Many Episodes Will Season 1 of I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Have?
The first anime episode of To Your Eternity was an emotional roller coaster with an ending that I’m sure caused many members of the audience to shed at least one tear.
In the first episode of this series, we meet a very special orb sent to Earth by a god. This orb takes the shape of things it encounters, starting with a rock. Eventually, a wolf comes along and dies on the rock in the arctic wilderness so the orb takes on the shape of the wolf who wanders back to a village and encounters a young boy who was abandoned by the other members of his village as they sought better lands. Eventually, the wolf takes on the form of the boy and sets off on a never-ending quest for new emotions and experiences.
Based on a manga created by Yoshitoki Oima, the series has been running in Weekly Shonen Magazine since November 2016 and is up to 14 volumes in Japan as of December 2020. The English version is being released by Kodansha and is up to 13 volumes as of December 2020. The anime adaptation is being produced by studio Brain’s Base with Masahiko Murata serving as the director. They are working off series composition created by Shinzo Fujita.
When Will To Your Eternity Be Dubbed in English?
As of April 12th, 2021, it’s been made official that this series will receive an English dub at some point in the near future, but when exactly that will happen is still up in the air.
The good news is that the series is available on Crunchyroll in its original Japanese, with new episodes appearing weekly on Mondays at 9:30 am Pacific Daylight Time.
The first episode of To Your Eternity absolutely blew me away. It was emotional, dramatic, and moving in a way that I haven’t experienced in a very long time. It was powerful and gripping, and I feel strongly that you’ll think the same thing when you get around to watching it. It is that good.
Related: To Your Eternity Episode 2 Release Date and Time, Where to Watch English Subs Online, COUNTDOWN
Originally a science fiction light novel series that has been running in Japan since February 2017, 86 has made its big anime debut as of April 11th, 2021. Animated by A-1 Pictures, Toshimasa Ishii is directing the series with Toshiya Ono writing the scripts. The light novel is up to 9 volumes in Japan as of February 2021, with the English language release published by Yen Press is not far behind with 7 volumes published as of March 2021.
In this complex story, we have a war being fought between the Republic of San Magnolia and the Empire of Giad. At first, the war was pretty one sided with the Empire able to cause significant losses for the Republic but eventually, they were able to develop their own autonomous units to fight the war for them which is fine to the public at large since they believe that these autonomous robots are piloted remotely. In reality, they are actually being piloted by the former dominant race known as Alba but who have since been persecuted into being considered below human and forced into internment camps known as the 86th ward.
When Will 86 Anime Be Dubbed in English?
To answer this question, I must present you with good news and bad news. As of April 14th, 2021, we do know that Crunchyroll will be dubbing this series into multiple languages including English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German. All of these dubs will be available in their respective regions. The bad news is that as of April 15th, we do not know when exactly these dubs will debut but keep checking back for more information as it becomes available.
The series is also available now on Crunchyroll in its original Japanese, with new episodes appearing on the site weekly on Saturdays at 9:30 am Pacific.
I have not seen 86 yet, but this was definitely a series that people noticed in the weeks leading up to the premiere. From what I’ve seen in promotional videos this could be a fantastic series to check out on a weekly basis so if you haven’t looked into this one yet, maybe now is a good time?
Related: 86 Anime Episode 2 Release Date and Time, Where to Watch English Subs Online, COUNTDOWN
One of my favorite new series of the season is the adorable isekai comedy I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. In this series, a woman in her 20s dedicates her life to her career to the point that she dies from overwork. When she gets to the afterlife, a goddess (who has a weak spot for females) reincarnates the woman in another world with immortality and the body of an eternal 17-year-old witch.
Taking on the name Azusa, the witch decides to lead a simple life of tending to her field, creating medicines for the local village, and killing a few slimes a day to bring in some income. After 300 years of killing slimes, however, Azusa learns that she’s maxed out her level! Once word of that starts spreading, the poor witch kisses her peaceful life behind as she has adventurers and even a dragon appearing on her doorstep wanting to challenge her.
Originally a light novel series written by Kisetsu Morita and illustrated by Benio, the series has been published since 2017. The light novel series is up to 16 volumes as of April 2021. An English language version is being released by Yen Press and is up to 9 volumes as of January 2021. The anime adaptation is animated by studio Revoroot, Nobukage Kimura is serving as the director working off series composition handled by Tatsuya Takahashi and character designs from Keisuke Goto. The series premiered on April 10th, 2021, and will run weekly until its conclusion.
How Many Episodes Will Season 1 of I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Have?
According to official reports, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level will run for 12 episodes, which means it will conclude around the middle of June 2021.
As stated in the introduction, I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level is one of my favorites of the season, even after only one episode. What makes this series work so well is the wonderful reaction shots peppered throughout the first episode. They’re just so spot-on perfect and adorable that it’s impossible not to like Azusa.
I mean, let’s face it… how many of us who are adults can’t relate to the idea of just wanting to live a quiet, peaceful life only to be interrupted by unwanted guests? I think that’s possibly the most relatable anime premise in the history of ever.
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One thing that I love about living in North America is all the options available to me for watching anime! All I have to do is go into the other room; fire up my PS4, Fire Stick, laptop, or tablet, and I have nearly limitless possibilities available to me at any time. This is truly a great era to be alive in.
With so many options, however, it’s difficult to know where are the reliable sites that allow you to watch anime legally in North America. That’s where this list comes in; we’ve compiled this list of every streaming service that offers anime in the United States!
One of the hottest properties of the year is the remake of the hit shonen anime series, Shaman King, which is streaming this year on Netflix (it premiered in Japan on April 1st, 2021). When exactly it will stream on Netflix depends entirely on which geographic region you live in, so please check your local listings to see if Shaman King 2021 is streaming yet or not.
The new adaptation is animated by studio Bridge and features Joji Furuta as the director. Series composition is done by Shoji Yonemura. It will run for 52 episodes and will adapt the entire series from start to finish (much like Fruits Basket has been doing for the last three years). This is, of course, a very good thing as fans didn’t exactly get the proper experience from the original anime adaptation which aired a couple of decades ago.
Is Shaman King 2021 Anime Based on a Manga or Light Novel and Is It Complete, Finished, or Ongoing?
The good news is that Shaman King (2021) is based on a completed manga series that ran originally in Weekly Shonen Jump from June 1998 to August 2004 and was collected in 32 volumes. In terms of its availability in English, most recently the series was licensed by Kodansha who started re-releasing the series digitally in 2018 and then again in print starting in 2020.
At this point, it’s difficult to know what to say exactly about the series since it’s currently in Netflix Jail in my country and so I haven’t been able to watch any of it despite the fact that I really want to watch it. Seriously, I’ve been waiting quite a long while to watch this series and so I can be patient and wait a while longer, but still, it’s more than a little vexing and I’m not ashamed to admit that.
That said, once this series does become available in my region, I’ll hopefully be among the first to check it out and post my proper thoughts on it because this is a series that deserves it for certain.
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