Some 2021 anime anniversaries

The first Lupin III TV anime (1971)

At each year’s turn I like to list some of the anime anniversaries in the coming months. A dry, clerical task? Yes, but I think it grants us a proper sense of time’s passage. In choosing titles to note here I took personal, idiosyncratic routes, but I hope this shows us roughly where we are!

Ten years

Wandering Son – 14 January
Suite Precure – 6 February
Rain Town – 6 March
‘Jinsei Best 10’ – 17 March
Nichijou – 3 April
Hyouge Mono – 7 April
Azazel-san TV – 8 April
Jewelpet Sunshine – 9 April
Penguindrum – 8 July
the 2011 Idolmaster anime – 8 July
Chihayafuru – 5 October
Un-Go – 14 October
Kyousougiga ONA – 1 December

Suite Precure

Twenty years

Cat Soup – 21 February
Animation Runner Kuromi – 30 March
Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san – 1 April
Haré+Guu – 3 April
The SoulTaker – 4 April
Galaxy Angel – 8 April
Crayon Shin-chan: The Adult Empire Strikes Back – 21 April
Shingu – 8 May
Read or Die OVA – 23 May
Metropolis – 26 May
Scryed – 4 July
Princess Arete – 21 July
Spirited Away – 20 July
Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door – 1 September
Mazinkaiser – 25 September
Hikaru no Go – 10 October

The SoulTaker

Twenty-five years

the 1996 Gegege no Kitarou adaptation – 7 January
Detective Conan – 8 January
The 08th MS Team – 25 January
Brave Command Dagwon – 3 February
Dragon Ball GT – 7 February
the Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko OVA – 6 March
The Vision of Escaflowne – 2 April
Mizuiro Jidai – 4 April
Gundam X – 5 April
Kodomo no Omocha – 5 April
the Magic Users’ Club OVA – 25 May
Shamanic Princess – 25 June
the Birdy the Mighty OVA – 25 July
Garzey’s Wing – 21 September
Shin Hurricane Polymar – 21 September
Martian Successor Nadesico – 1 October
Chouja Raideen – 2 October
Apocalypse Zero – 23 October

Martian Successor Nadesico

Thirty years

Brave of the Sun Fighbird – 2 February
Gundam F91 – 16 March
Future GPX Cyber Formula – 16 March
Raijin-Oh – 3 April
Sukeban Deka – 21 April
Blazing Transfer Student – 21 May
Gundam 0083 – 23 May
Dear Brother – 14 July
Only Yesterday – 20 July
3×3 Eyes – 25 July
the Heroic Legend of Arslan OVA – 17 August
Roujin Z – 14 September
Otaku no Video – 27 September
Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ – 18 October
Mozaicka – 21 November

Dear Brother

Forty years

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 – 8 January
Daiouja – 31 January
the first and second Mobile Suit Gundam films – 14 March, 11 July
Gold Lightan – 1 March
Golion – 4 March
The Door into Summer – 20 March
Dr Slump & Arale-chan – 8 April
Jarinko Chie – 11 April
Goshogun – 3 July
the Daicon III opening animation – 22 August
GodMars – 2 October
Braiger – 6 October
Urusei Yatsura – 14 October
Fang of the Sun Dougram – 23 October
the Baldios film – 29 December

Adieu Galaxy Express 999

Fifty years

Animal Treasure Island – 20 March
Wandering Sun – 8 April
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – 8 July
Tensai Bakabon – 25 September
Lupin III – 24 October
the 1971 Gegege no Kitarou adaptation – 7 October

Animal Treasure Island

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The dates are as accurate as I could get them, though authorities sometimes differ.

If you want a run-down of all the anime I finished for the first time in 2020, you can find that here!

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