It feels like Sarazanmai came out of nowhere and pleasantly surprised everyone. What starts as a nonsensical story soon becomes a much deeper experience. As characters learn to navigate their struggles, the viewer becomes truly immersed in anime. The anime also gets bonus points for Japanese mythology references. Studio Lapin Track co-produced the series.
The setting is Asakusa. One day, second-years in middle school Kazuki Yasaka, Toi Kuji, and Enta Jinnai meet Keppi, a mysterious kappa-like creature, who steals their shirikodama and transforms them into kappas. “To return to your original forms,” Keppi tells them, “you must fight the zombies and take the shirikodama from them.” Can the boys connect with each other and steal the zombies’ shirikodama?! This is the story of three boys who can’t connect with someone important to them, learning about what it truly means to do so.
– via Crunchyroll
Dorohedoro is dark, gritty, and violent. Another one of MAPPA’s Netflix exclusives, it first aired in the Winter of 2020. Unique characters and interesting setting won’t leave you disappointed. The music in this anime is also pretty amazing and definitely makes the watching experience better.
Amnesiac Caiman seeks to undo his lizard head curse by killing the sorcerer responsible, with his friend Nikaido’s help. In the Hole, that’s a threat.
– via Netflix
Jujutsu Kaisen (2020)
One of the biggest hits of 2020 was surely the Jujutsu Kaisen anime. A solid storyline, combined with amazing animation makes for a wonderful watching experience. Even though the anime has 24 episodes, you won’t be bored for even a minute. It is truly among the best MAPPA anime. If you’ve already finished it, keep in mind that a prequel movie is coming later this year.
Yuji Itadori is a boy with tremendous physical strength, though he lives a completely ordinary high school life. One day, to save a classmate who has been attacked by curses, he eats the finger of Ryomen Sukuna, taking the curse into his own soul. From then on, he shares one body with Ryomen Sukuna. Guided by the most powerful of sorcerers, Satoru Gojo, Itadori is admitted to Tokyo Jujutsu High School, an organization that fights the curses… and thus begins the heroic tale of a boy who became a curse to exorcise a curse, a life from which he could never turn back.
– via Crunchyroll
Attack on Titan: The Final Season (2020)
This entry is a little bit different. The Attack on Titan franchise was taken over by studio MAPPA during its 4th season. Even though the fans were concerned at first, they managed to deliver. This series is currently among the best-rated MAPPA anime, which is why it’s on the list. If by some miracle you haven’t seen Attack on Titan until now, you have time to catch up before the 2nd part of The Final Season airs next year.
A century ago, the grotesque giants known as Titans appeared and consumed all but a few thousand humans. The survivors took refuge behind giant walls. Today, the threat of the Titans is a distant memory, and a boy named Eren yearns to explore the world beyond Wall Maria. But what began as a childish dream will become an all-too-real nightmare when the Titans return and humanity is once again on the brink of extinction…
– via Kodansha
MAPPA STAGE 2021 -10th Anniversary-
A special exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary is happening on June 27th, 2021. MAPPA STAGE 2021 -10th Anniversary- will celebrate some of the best MAPPA anime works, and include well-known names. In addition to guests and panels, news about the upcoming anime series will also be shared, so keep an eye out for news.
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