MrAJCosplay, Monique Thomas, James Beckett & The Best Songs of 2021 (Anime News Network)

While I’m not a main writer on this article, I did chime in with my Favorite Song of 2021, which was an easy choice since Winter 2021. Here’s a taste, though I hope you’ll read the rest of the article:

“Minikui Ikimono”, or “Ugly Creatures” is hands down one of the best OPs of the year, and that’s not just because it’s performed by CHICO with Honeyworks, though they definitely brought the fire to this track. No, what makes this a 2021 banger are the lyrics, as well as the striking animation, which offer peeks into Sorawo and Toriko’s antics in our reality and the unreality of the Otherside. 

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Christopher Farris, Steve Jones, Mercedez Clewis & The Best Moments of 2021 (Anime News Network)

The next installment of ANN’s Best Anime of 2021 is here with picks from @BeeDubsProwl, @vestenet, and @pixelatedlenses! Plus the editorial team’s favorite moments this year!

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Nicholas Dupree, Richard Eisenbeis, Rebecca Silverman & Best Characters of 2021 (Anime News Network)

While I’m not a main writer on this article, I did chime in with my Favorite Character of 2021. Here’s a teaser:

Super Cub’s lead Koguma has had the strongest staying power for me as one of the slice of life genre’s best female leads. Her backstory is simple: she’s a girl characterized by a life absent of friends, family, and very little in the way of joy. It’s the perfect set-up for dynamic growth, which is what happens to Koguma over the course of the series…

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