2020, huh? What a year? What a very surprising year this has been—
It’s been 3 months, Lemon.
MY NAME AIN’T LEMON, DONAGHY!!
OK, OK, this year just keeps coming on surprise after surprise and not in a good way. I thought the biggest thing anime-wise to speak about is the whole Interspecies Reviewers debacle but now I wish it was only that. Yes, folks, I’m talking about that ‘ol COVID-19 aka Coronavirus aka The Rona and how this pandemic just puts everything to a halt from movies, sporting events, tours and conventions getting cancelled or delayed and anime is no exception to that. Y’all looking forward to Re:Zero season 2? Well, you can wait for another 3 months since that’s coming in the summer season and there’s that anime A3, which is starting over next season.
Oh, and another thing is the current simulcast anime I’ve been watching this season is that I went straight for the English dub for those shows and if you haven’t heard, Funimation is delaying those simuldubs due to COVID-19 and we rather the VAs down there be safe from that. In other words, shows like Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun, Infinite Dendrogram & Isekai Quartet 2 are not going to be mentioned fully here as I’m not finished with those shows although to be fair, I have no desire or interest in what’s going on Infinite Dendrogram and while I get why Handa-Kun is somewhat liked this season, it’s not enough for me to continue in the sub.
Oh, and Isekai Quartet 2 is another show that I just started out in the dub as I did in the first season.
As for this season in anime……well, there’s a couple of shows that impresses a lot and got potential to be AOTY material by the end of this year but the rest have been very mid to just OK to good range in quality. This is also the season where I just needed to slow down on what new anime is out there or at least wait and see if the hype is good on it although me dropping A Destructive God Sits Next To Me was a good move since no one got nice things to say about that.
Shows continuing into the next season, we got Plunderer aka that show that can either be super serious business!!! to let’s peek into that main girl’s skirt or peep them titties!! Yeah, I’m saying it sucks.
But yeah, let’s get into the stuff I’ve watched this season.
WELCOME TO DEMON SCHOOL, IRUMA-KUN // BN Pictures // Crunchyroll
This show was a complete surprise when by the time we reach halfway into the series and while there was one part of the series that went over a bit long, it’s nothing crucial to get upset at as this show is very charming, funny, and sweet from all the characters and while this may be set in a demon world, it still retains that the spooky vibe but towards younger audiences. Plus, the dub of this is pretty good as well with Laura Stahl, Billy Kametz and Kayli Mills in the main leads and Mills definitely killed it as Clara. I can’t wait for the 2nd season of this and hopefully explain that cliffhanger of an ending of the last episode. (8/10)
SCIENCE FELL IN LOVE, SO I TRIED TO PROVE IT // Zero-G // Crunchyroll
Yeah, this show is basically Kaguya-sama if the main characters are fully-grown adults figuring out love with science and most of their peers wonder ‘what the hell is up with them?’ and ‘Really? They don’t know that much about love?’. Particularly on the main guy. Yeah, the girl is slightly better at this than him but it’s basically a love story about adults who probably never been in love before, which I get. I get that part but even though Kaguya-Sama’s premise was dumb at first, they pulled it off better than this one has but this show still got its moments. It’s watchable……
Hold up…..I got news that Kaguya-Sama is in fact getting a dub after all…..but yet, this is OK but the other one was better. (7/10)
SETON ACADEMY: JOIN THE PACK // Studio Gokumi // Crunchyroll
You know, I said that this was a bit stupid but at least it was better than Africa Salaryman but after watching all of this and then watched another show with anthropomorphic animals that’s on Netflix now…..yeah, this show ain’t shit. Some characters are either annoying, bland or just serve a purpose for a gag that’s gotten stale and let’s be real… only the male characters sans the human are anthropomorphic animals and the girls are basically anime girls in animal cosplay… which isn’t awful but you aren’t fooling anybody. Yeah, this will be long forgotten. (5/10)
ROOM CAMP // C-Station // Crunchyroll
Not gonna lie, I was disappointed that it was in short form format instead of 22 minutes because I like seeing these characters on screen doing various outside activities and stuff. It’s a very cozy 3 1/2 minutes I always get every Monday and I await when Season 2 eventually debuts. (7.5/10)
UCHI-TAMA?! HAVE YOU SEEN MY TAMA? // MAPPA/Lapin Track // Aniplex of America
If you love cats and cat-related things, then this anime is a nice treat for ya. It has many fun and wholesome moments in there along with one episode that will bring you in tears or at least gearing you up for it. I’m not shocked that this wasn’t talked about as much as it is more of a niche title considering where it originated from but it’s worth a watch. (7/10)
DARWIN’S GAME // Nexus // Aniplex of America
Well, look what’s back, the overly edge-filled anime about some sort of game and that people can eventually die and I was expecting to be either bored or pissed or wonder what the hell they were thinking but instead….I got a big ass shrug about it. Yes, some things about it were edgy but nothing that seems to bother me. I mean, the action is cool time to time but the story is very forgettable at best. Hell, the interesting thing about this show is that Funimation has a part of the English dub for an Aniplex USA licensed anime. But, yeah, it’s not as awful as I envision it to be but certainly go in and out of memory. (5/10)
ID:INVADED // NAZ // Funimation
OK, this show did manages to keep my attention for their entire run although anime like this (aka Concrete Revolutio, Derrida, etc.) tends to lose me or I start to not care as much although this is something you have to keep your attention on and anything with the mystery, revenge and layering world aspect that kept me intrigued throughout. (7/10)
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. // SILVER LINK // Funimation
So, we got a different spin of the MMO anime with instead of being OP at fighting and swords and all that shit, they’re OP at…. well, not getting hurt and you know what? This show is really good with the right amount of absurdity of how is she able to move on without getting her ass kicked. Plus, it also helps that the majority of characters are easily charming and adorable. I know one person who is already in love with this show and I don’t blame them, it’s an enjoyable show. (7.5/10)
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF EIZOUKEN! // SCIENCE SARU // Crunchyroll
Yeah, this was that anime that people already heralded it as Anime of the Season and possibly it might be AOTY by the time 2020 ends. The amount of creativity poured into each episode with the magnificent chemistry of our three leads and them pursuing their goals of creating their own anime. It just speaks to not only anime fans, but creatives that always stride to put themselves out there whether through the good times, the hardships, the work and the bullshit that comes with it. In other words, doing that shit isn’t all EASY BREEZY. (9/10)
SOMALI AND THE FOREST SPIRIT // Satelight // Crunchyroll
The first show I glanced at in the start of the anime season and this was something I need in my anime-viewing life. This show was a good mix of adventure, fantasy and father-daughter bonding moments. Other elements including how humans became extinct, run-ins with interesting side characters and the possibility that the Forest Spirit’s days may be numbered. This is such an breezy yet adventurous anime and a good way to start the new year, even though the year’s been bleh so far. (8.5/10)
THE CASE FILES OF JEWELER RICHARD // Shuka // Crunchyroll
I wanted to like this show a lot and while I do like most aspects of this show, sometimes the slow pace doesn’t help and most of the episodic story lines draw me in about 50/50. Some were good, others I couldn’t care less about and while Seigi and Richard can be intriguing characters, I start to lose focus on the story. Overall, if you don’t mind the heavy dialogue in here, then you’ll get a kick out of this. (6.5/10)
ASTEROID IN LOVE // Doga Kobo // Funimation
Yeah, this show came on this season and it’s not a bad show. It’s a tasteful bright and colorful show that focuses on a lot of innocent yuri relationships along with the exploration of astronomy and yet, it just seems OK. Yeah, stuff and character interaction happens and all although it just seems like typical anime girl type of shit unless I missed something that was important but I don’t think I did. (6/10)
MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA SIDE STORY // Shaft // Aniplex of America
I really wanted to make this my top anime of the season but…..I don’t know. Again, I don’t hate this but that feeling I had with watching the first Madoka Magica anime didn’t struck to me. Maybe it’s because I didn’t play that game or something but to me, it seems like another magical girl anime. Thankfully it isn’t as grotesque or overly edgey as other magical girl shows but it is very, very average. (6.5/10)
IN/SPECTRE // Brain’s Base // Crunchyroll
This took a while for mine to get into and I have to say that this has gotten a lot better during its run. The world-building and explanation of these yokais and some Japanese mythology thrown in there score from me although the humor can be hit or miss, even with stuff about Kotoko and Kuro being boyfriend/girlfriend. Also, Kotoko did grow on me as her cuteness and intellect are equal to each other and there’s also Lizzie Freeman, who voices her in the dub and that made me like the character more and her performance is good as well. (7/10)
MY HERO ACADEMIA s4 // Bones // Funimation
Look, I got nothing new to say about My Hero Academia but I still will say this show is still fucking excellent and even though this season might be a bit lower than the other seasons, it’s still got its moments from the action-packed scenes, the emotional beats, and the lighter side of things that keeps me glued in every weekend and yet I regretted not seeing Two Heroes in theaters when I had the chance but hopefully I can catch it whenever it comes out on Blu-ray. Yes, Mirio is indeed a best boy in this show. (9/10)
And here’s the rankings of 2020 so far!
- KEEP YOUR EYES OFF EIZOUKEN
- SOMALI AND THE FOREST SPIRIT
- BOFURI: I DON’T WANT TO GET HURT, SO I’LL MAX OUT MY DEFENSE
- ROOM CAMP
- ID: INVADED
- SCIENCE FELL IN LOVE, SO I TRIED TO PROVE IT
- UCHITAMA?! HAVE YOU SEEN MY TAMA?
- TOILET-BOUND HANAKO-KUN
- THE CASE FILES OF JEWELER RICHARD
- MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA SIDE STORY
- ASTEROID IN LOVE
- SETON ACADEMY: JOIN THE PACK!
- INFINITE DENDROGRAM
- DARWIN’S GAME
So…….. hopefully things can turn around in the next few weeks and we don’t die. I hope.
Next season, we see the return of Kaguya-sama: Love is War with Season 2 and just today at the time of this writing, there will be a dub for this and the first season coming soon. There’s also returns of No Guns Life, Food Wars, Ascendance of a Bookworm, Fruits Basket, Dropkick on My Devil (will this go to Amazon Prime if anime there is still a thing?) and of course, the final arc of SAO Alicization but if sequels aren’t your thing, Appare-Ranman! looks like a fun anime Wacky Races or maybe Listeners. That one looks interesting and all and oh, there’s My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! and I admit that premise does draw something to me.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and wash your motherfucking hands, you bitch!
Oh and don’t bother English VAs on why simuldubs are delayed! Their lives are more important! You got a bunch of anime you can catch up with at the meantime!
OH, and a few more things…
TRAP GAME SEASON 2 will be released in Summer 2020. No release date yet. Writing production will start soon.