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One of the biggest anime events in the world, AnimeJapan 2021, is happening online this year, and here’s the recap of day 1. We got a ton of announcements today, and here’s everything you might be interested in (or almost everything at least).

Hey, How About Treason? revealed a new trailer

AnimeJapan 2021 Day 1 Recap – Tensai Ouji Trailer

You can also read the synopsis of the story:

Prince Wein is ready to commit treason. And who can blame him? Faced with the impossible task of ruling his pathetic little kingdom, this poor guy just can’t catch a break! But with his brilliant idea of auctioning off his country, this lazy prince should be able to retire once and for all. Or that was the plan…until his treasonous schemes lead to disastrous consequences-namely, accidental victories and the favor of his people!

“Yasuke” revealed a new visual, premieres on April 29 on Netflix with 6 episodes

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap Yasuke

The synopsis for the anime as described by Netflix:

In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords. The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world.

“I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level” released the 5th Key Visual. Premieres April 10 (Studio REVOROOT)

In addition, the synopsis for it goes:

An at-home comedy about a powerful girl who doesn’t work too hard!(⋈◍ ˃ᴗ˂ ◍)。✧♡ After dying of overwork in the real world, I’m reincarnated as an immortal witch, and I spend 300 years enjoying a relaxing life. At some point, though, I end up at level 99! All those years spent killing slimes to make the money to pay the bills gave me a ton of experience points… Rumors of the level 99 witch spread, and soon I’m up to my ears in curious adventurers, duelist dragons, and even a monster girl calling me her mom! “This isn’t a dojo, so don’t come here to fight me…!” I’ve never been on an adventure, but I’m the strongest in the world… What’s going to happen to my relaxing life?!

Record of Ragnarok revealed a new trailer, premieres in June 2021 on Netflix

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap – Record of Ragnarok trailer

This looks to be an awesome tournament arc anime, and you can also read the synopsis:

7 million years of human civilization is coming to an end…

Every thousand years, all the gods of the world gather in heaven to attend the Conference of Mankind Survival. The gods agree to end to mankind due to their foolish acts, but before the final verdict is made, Brunhild, the eldest of the 13 valkyrie sisters, makes an objection.

“To spice things up, why don’t you test the humans?”

She proposes that the all-powerful gods face off in one-on-one battles against the strongest champions from human history — during a final struggle known as “Ragnarok.” The first team to win 7 out of 13 battles will be declared the winner, but it seems almost impossible for humans to win against the gods.

Although the gods sneer at her declaration, Brunhild provokes them further:

“Are you chickening out?”

Her words hit the gods’ nerves, and, enraged, they accept her proposal. Now, Brunhild and her sisters must choose humanity’s 13 champions in a desperate battle for survival. Will humans surpass gods and prevent humanity’s ultimate end? The eschatological battles between heaven and earth finally begins!

“Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song” released a new visual and trailer, premieres April 3 (WIT Studio)

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap - Vivy
Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap – Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song trailer

It’s an original anime with script by Nagatsuki Tappei (Re:Zero). You can also read the synopsis:

“Near Land” is a complex theme park managed entirely by AIs. Vivy is the first humanoid AI deployed there, where she sings for the attendees every day following her directive to “make everyone happy through songs”. One day an AI named Matsumoto appears before her, saying he comes from 100 years in the future with the directive to work with Vivy to stop the war between Humans and AI that is soon to come.

New Noriyasu Agematsu × A-1 Pictures × Aniplex project revealed, “Visual Prison” TV anime scheduled for October 2021

In the anime, vampires perform visual kei music, and gather together in Harajuku in an event known as “Visual Prison” under a red moon once a year, performing visual kei songs to entrance an audience and offer the best song to the red moon above. The story begins when Ange Yuki, a lonely boy with no family, travels to Harajuku to see his favorite artist, and there sees an intense musical battle between the bands Eclipse and Lost Eden, their energetic performance striking a pain through his heart.

“Fairy Ranmaru” has revealed a Key Visual. Premieres on April 8th. (Studio Comet)

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap - Fairy Ranmaru

The synopsis for the show goes:

Set in a world of cruelty and heartbreak, Fairy Ranmaru: Anata no Kokoro Otasuke Shimasu follows five young men who work at the mysterious “Bar F” and who offer to heal the hearts of their clients, wiping away their tears and causing smiles to bloom like flowers. They take no payment… aside from stealing their clients’ hearts.

“So I’m a Spider, So What?” released the 3rd Key Visual, 2nd Cour begins on April 9

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap - So I'm a Spider, So What

Preview of the 13th episode is also available:

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap – So I’m a Spider, So What? trailer

If you haven’t watched it yet, the synopsis for the story goes:

I, the protagonist, was just an ordinary high school girl, but suddenly I was reincarnated as a spider monster in a fantasy world. Not only that, but I awakened in a dungeon filled with vicious monsters. Armed with only my human knowledge and my overwhelming positivity, I’m forced to use spiderwebs and traps to defeat far stronger monsters just to stay alive… So begins the labyrinth survival story of a girl with incredible mental strength living as one of the lowest-ranked beasts!

“How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω” (season 2) released a new trailer, premieres April 8 (Tezuka Productions × Okuruto Noboru)

AnimeJapan 2021 Day 1 Recap: How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord trailer

The synopsis of the story goes:

In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he is summoned to another world – but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They had performed an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon… but that’s when Takuma’s passive ability <> activated! Instead, it was the girls who had become enslaved! Though Takuma may have been the strongest Sorcerer there was, he had no idea how to talk with other people. That’s when he makes his choice: to act based on his persona from the game!

“Amazing? But of course… I am Diablo, the being known and feared as the Demon Lord!”

So begins a tale of adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!

“86: Eighty Six” revealed a new trailer, confirmed 2 cours. Premieres April 10 (A-1 Pictures)

AnimeJapan 2021 Day 1 Recap – 86 -Eighty Six- trailer

Synopsis for it:

The Republic of San Magnolia has long been under attack from the neighboring Giadian Empire’s army of unmanned drones known as the Legion. After years of painstaking research, the Republic finally developed autonomous drones of their own. Turning the one-sided struggle into a war without casualties-or at least, that’s what the government claims. In truth, there is no such thing as a bloodless war. Beyond the fortified walls protecting the eighty-five Republic territories lies the “nonexistent” Eighty-Sixth Sector. The young men and women of this forsaken land are branded the Eighty-Six and, stripped of their humanity, pilot the “unmanned” weapons into battle…

“The Vampire Dies in No Time” released a new trailer, premieres in October (Madhouse)

Also read the synopsis for the story:

A vampire hunter learns of a mansion inhabited by a vampire who’s rumoured to have kidnapped children and goes there intending to take him down. But then it turns out that the vampire’s a wimp who keeps turning into ash at the smallest things… And that the kids aren’t being held captive, they’re just using the “haunted house” as their personal playground.

“Fate/Grand Order THE MOVIE -Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot- Paladin; Agateram” (part 2) released a new visual and trailer

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap - Fate/Grand Order

The trailer is not on YouTube, although it is available on the official Twitter below

This is the second part, and you can read the story for the first one:

The wandering knight, Bedivere, reaches the end of his journey.

The year is A.D. 1273 in Jerusalem.

The Holy Land has been transformed into a massive desert, the people have been forced out of their homes, and three major powers wage war with each other in this wasteland. The Knights of the Round Table come together to protect the Holy City and their Lion King. With the whole of his kingdom summoned into a strange land, Ozymandias, the Sun-King, quietly plots against the tyranny of this bizarre realm.

The mountain people, protectors of those who were stripped of their land, await their chance at rebellion. In order to fulfill his mission, Bedivere heads for the Holy City where the Lion King rules. There he meets humanity’s final Master, Ritsuka Fujimaru, who has come to Jerusalem, accompanied by his Demi-Servant, Mash Kyrielight, in their quest to restore human history.

Bedivere joins with Fujimaru and his companions to undertake this quest.

“The Duke of Death and His Maid” released a new trailer, premieres July 2021

In addition, the synopsis for this romantic comedy goes:

In a large mansion lives a boy, an aristocrat who was cursed by the witch to “let everything he touches die.” With him is his maid Alice, who besides serving him, likes to tease him. The boy who is interested in her doesn’t mind the teasing, but not being able to touch her is painful!

If they are unable to hold hands, how will their love ever bloom?

“Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night” released a new Key Visual and trailer, premieres Fall 2021

Anime Japan 2021 Day 1 Recap - Sword Art Online
AnimeJapan 2021 Day 1 Recap – Sword Art Online: Progressive trailer

You can also read the synopsis for this version of SAO:

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure—on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

“That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” Season 2 released a new Key Visual for the 2nd Cour, premieres July 2021. Also released a visual for the Slime Diaries Spin-Off anime which premieres April 2021

The 2nd cour will continue the story for Season 2, and you can read the synopsis for the spin-off below:

“Dear diary… I got reincarnated as a slime.”

Even in another world, lives aren’t always on the line. There’s plenty of work to be done, from feeding the community and forging the items the community needs; as well as plenty of play …and hijinks throughout! Join Rimuru and friends as they kick back and enjoy their daily lives.

Source: AnimeJapan 2021 (Day 1 Stream), Official Websites

Hey How About Treason?
Official Website: tensaiouji-anime.com
©鳥羽徹・SBクリエイティブ/天才王子製作委員会

Yasuke
©「Yasuke -ヤスケ-」MAPPA / Netflix

I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Official Website: slime300-anime.com
(c)森田季節・SBクリエイティブ/高原の魔女の家

Record of Ragnarok
Official Website: ragnarok-official.com
©アジチカ・梅村真也・フクイタクミ/コアミックス, 終末のワルキューレ製作委員会

Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song
Official Website: vivy-portal.com
©Vivy Score / アニプレックス・WIT STUDIO

Visual Prison
Official Website: visualprison.com
©Noriyasu Agematsu,Afredes/Project VP

Fairy Ranmaru
Official Website: f-ran.jp
©馬谷たいが/F蘭製作委員会

So I’m a Spider, So What?
Official Website: kumo-anime.com
©馬場翁・輝竜司/KADOKAWA/蜘蛛ですが、なにか?製作委員会

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Official Website: isekaimaou-anime.com
©むらさきゆきや・講談社/異世界魔王Ω製作委員会

86: Eighty-Six
Official Website: anime-86.com
©2020 安里アサト/KADOKAWA/Project-86

The Vampire Dies in No Time
Official Website: sugushinu-anime.jp
©盆ノ木至(秋田書店)/製作委員会すぐ死ぬ

Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot – Paladin; Agateram
Official Website: anime.fate-go.jp/ep6-movie/
©TYPE-MOON / FGO6 ANIME PROJECT

The Duke of Death and His Maid
Official Website: bocchan-anime.com
©イノウエ/小学館・死神坊ちゃんと黒メイド製作委員会

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night
Official Website: sao-p.net
©2020 川原 礫/KADOKAWA/SAO-P Project

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Official Website: ten-sura.com
©川上泰樹・伏瀬・講談社/転スラ製作委員会

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Marko Jovanovic

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