Legend:

Now that every show has had a few episodes to make its case, it’s time to tell you what we’ll be blogging this season. This is Random Curiosity’s Winter 2021 blogging schedule.

As per illustrious tradition, this is a tentative overview of our plans for the new season . . . or at least should be, but with multiple episodes under our belts, we’re pretty confident in our picks. Will some of them fall flat in the home stretch? Probably. This is what we’ll stick with for now, barring any unforeseen changes in the near future.

In terms of coverage I’m quite happy with the results. While a few notable series have slipped through the blogging cracks, we’ve pretty much got everything else – and who knows, there might be even one or two more shows yet up for writing consideration! Given how this year is looking an awful lot like the last so far I’m not about to fret too much; there’s too much to worry about in real life already to have our daily anime rituals suffer the same lamentations.

In other news, consider this the public announcement that we’ll be commencing a recruitment drive next month. The specifics will follow in a dedicated post, but if you so much as have the urge to write, host podcasts and livestreams, make videos, or discuss any and all aspects of anime and Japanese entertainment in general – hell even dig into the nitty gritty of backend tech work for fun – stay tuned because we are in need of your help. And if you’re not, don’t worry, because your reading and involvement with RC is a major part of what keeps this site (and us personally) chugging along. The world may be a dreary place at the moment, but we’ll all get through it in the end. And who knows, maybe we’ll even have some fantastic anime to look forward to in the meantime!

36 Comments

  1. Very pleased with your choices. Only one you’re “missing” that I think RC can do better than anyone else is Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun. But there will be plenty to read and think about with the other choices, so not the worst case by any means 🙂

    NaweG
  2. I can get Dr. Stone not being covered, seeing as what it is is already established in the first season and it will be more of that.

    But I am surprised Yakusoku no Neverland and especially Back Arrow didn’t make the cut.

    JHNSeph
    1. Yakusoku no Neverland is probably the biggest one IMO, and it largely came down to those of us watching not having the time. Part of why we’re aiming to get some more members next month to ensure we don’t keep missing these sorts of series.

      As for Back Arrow it’s one of the ones still being considered, but I don’t know if I’ll have the time to dedicate to it given it’s two cour and my spring real life schedule will be hectic 😛

  3. 9 out of the 12 are series that I’m following so I can’t really complain much here; the exceptions being Furry show, Harem show, and Log Horizon.

    Most of the remaining shows that I’m watching, I can’t really be upset at not being covered, though I have to admit that I’m a tad disappointed that Neverland and Urasekai Picnic won’t be covered, as I think they’re very creative takes on previous material, though I know yall can’t cover everything. Still hate that yall aren’t covering Jujutsu Kaisen, as I’ve found to be a very good example of how to do Shounen right. Kemono takes a very different approach, but I am enjoying it so far.

    Still though, great number of choices; I ended up liking a lot more this season than I expected and that I usually do

    hjerry
  4. Considering that the 1st season of Neverland season was covered in its entirety, that it’s still pretty popular, at least going by this season’s MAL rankings, I admit being disappointed that it wasn’t possible to at least blog the 1st episode. Of course the same could be said about Dr. Stone, but unlike Neverland the manga is still running, so an end is not in sight AFAIK.

    boingman
    1. Per above Yakusoku no Neverland is entirely down to lack of time from those of us watching, and likewise for Dr. Stone. This is why I highlighted our recruitment plans because we want to ensure these sorts of misses don’t continue in the future.

  5. I was hoping some coverage for Uma musume but given quite a number of good shows this season and the limited time and resources you guys have, I am happy with what you have chosen.

    SABERKK
  6. I don’t got why you still uses that shows chart, it was far from right and lack few showes for this air this season,

    Also for some reason that was the only season were on the first week some showed aired on different days and only then move back to their consistent time slot, why the hell shows like Gekidols, neverland, and Hataraku aired at wrong dates (And why Hataraku black got 3 eps in one week, one in thursday and two in saturday, are all big feaking mystery to me :0 )

    Wth
  7. Weird season. I’m not watching any Saturday shows when it’s typically the second heaviest day (after Friday). That hasn’t happened since the winter of 2016 for me.

    Only three of the shows I’m watching are being covered but since I’m not watching much that’s good, it makes sense. Maybe I need to check out some more shows, or even look at some of the multi-season shows that are underway.

    Mockman
  8. Looks nice for this season, but damn is it hard to find places where they show certain anime from this season from either legal sites or not so legal ones…
    And no, i am not only talking about that kaifuku one. That one was actually pretty easy to find uncensored 😀

    ArturiaFayth
  9. Again, I have no idea why you still insist on listing the two Cells At Work shows on Saturdays. They’re released on Thursdays.

    Also, I am astounded no one is covering Dr. Stone.

    starss
    1. Again, because you apparently did not read my comment to you on the Winter 2021 Preview, because the official listed airing times according to both syoboi and MOON PHASE are Saturdays.

      Funimation may be releasing the episodes early, however we do not and will not use licensed sub releases for airing times given how unpredictable they can be. See Yakusoku no Neverland’s premiere this season or the multitude of delayed, rescheduled, or outright cancelled offical sub releases over the years.

      As for Dr. Stone, again, plenty of comments above referring to why.

  10. You’re doing a great job with Log Horizon Pancakes. I’m expecting the author to announce at some point this year that the series is coming to a close. I think the authors plan was for 15 volumes(Minus the three Kanami novels) and he’s calling the 16th novel after the name of the world they’re in. I think that will probably kick start the final arc and wrap it up.

    Lyfe
  11. Are you serious? You’re not covering Ex-arm? Best series of this season or even year?

    I’m joking ofc and if you dont know this title, pls make yourself favor and dont check it out 😀 or maybe people who complain for CGI in attack on titan should.
    I’m happy and relieved that Beastars, Re:zero and Kemono (hidden gem of this season!) will be covered. Thank you as always for your hard work ♥

    Shirocat
    1. Yes. Where I had free time around Christmas/New Years was spent on the Winter Preview HTML + Best of Anime + Winter Anime Season blogging. Unfortunately, I couldn’t complete all of it before the break finished and real life has been a massive pain in the ass.

      Rest assured it will come out.

  12. Hey, don’t stretch yourselves too thin. I don’t mind if you guys want to watch other anime not for blogging purposes, but to take your mind off things, recharge those creative juices and replenish the psyche. (Real world’s crazy, gloomy and stressful enough as it is. Also made this post link-free this time, unlike some obviously spam posts that somehow popped up…)

    Covered shows:
    Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season – Of course.
    Kaifuku Jutsushi no YarinaoshiMuahahahahahaha! (Sorry, couldn’t resist a bit of schadenfreude-filled evil laughter towards those “usual suspects” making a dumpster fire on Twitter.)
    Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki DasuIsekai Quartet inclusion joke aside, I’m just glad that the studio animating this pillar of modern isekai series is in it for the long haul. The seiyuu cast is pretty good, too. And on a different note, finally found at least two seiyuu joke fanarts of Roxy cosplaying as Mona.
    Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Season 2 (second half) – Damn, the second half took off running, as if it didn’t need to catch its breath in between breaks. So is Puck gone for good or will he return (again) at a crucial moment? And those reveals about Otto (no wonder he’s best bro) and Garfiel… *chef’s kiss* Looking forward to Subaru (and Emilia’s[!]) game plan from this point on.
    Go-Toubun no Hanayome∬ – Despite…”forbidden knowledge” regarding how the manga ends, I’m more interested in how it got to that point. Granted, this season might not be able to cover up to the manga’s end, but I can always switch to the manga once the season is over. And yes, I damn well know that’s one form of “hell” I’m walking into.

    Will still watch even if not covered:
    Shin Chuuka Ichiban! (2021) – Haven’t read how the manga ended (heck, I dunno if it ended already or is still ongoing), so this is uncharted territory. Looking forward to seeing the (new) rival chefs from the Underground/Dark Cooking Society, though.
    Hataraku Saibou Black – They seem to have relocated a chapter or two in the anime after that episode on hair loss, but still grimly interested in this.
    World Witches Hasshin Shimasu! – It’s taking a while for the actual Strike Witches x Brave Witches crossover to happen in this show, but when it does, hope it’ll be a funny one.
    Azur Lane: Bisoku Zenshin! – Seeing Prinz Eugen in episode 2? YA BE. Seeing Dunkerque, Bismarck, Formidable, Taihou, Mikasa, North Carolina, Honolulu, St. Louis, Belfast and Bel-chan being featured in the end credits (and implying they might appear in future episodes)? PANIK. (Meanwhile in KanColle, the long-awaited second season of the anime is apparently coming…in 2022.)

    On hold, for future marathoning:
    Horimiya
    Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun

    This is probably the second time I’m trimming down my watchlist during the seasonal blogging schedule post after listing what I wanted to watch during a seasonal preview. I still want to watch those two series if time permits (and I’ll probably enjoy them more with a marathon), though it admittedly hasn’t been easy after falling into the Hololive rabbithole and checking out The Mighty Jingles’ playthrough (so far) of Cyberpunk 2077.

    Still, thanks as always, RC crew.

    Incognito

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