Summer 2020 Anime in Review

Covid-19 really did a number on airing anime series for a while, but that didn’t lower the quality of this season for me. I didn’t watch a lot of shows that have sequels this time around. Mostly because I didn’t have a lot of interest in some that came out. Still, I feel like most of the shows I’ve watched have a lot of quality behind them. Enough quality in enough shows to make me keep coming back to them for more. It’s interesting how some shows just click together so well to build some kind of drama.

Of course, I also featured some shows that are technically “not seasonals” too. Yes. Yes, I did. Mainly because, at that time, I wasn’t as busy in my personal life and needed some more anime to watch in order to have my schedule fill that whole “filled out” requirement. In my eyes, having around ten shows a season to watch is what makes it full. Now I am in school again and see that thought process a pain. I plan on continuing the two cour shows that I started. I’m separating the two like my half way point post.

In the future, I think I am going to continue watching older shows in seasons after the next. I’m just going to keep the number to two or so. I’m going to catch up on my long backlog somehow. I’ve got a season to figure out. That’s fine. For now, onto the ratings and anime talking.


A Handy Guide for how I feel about shows:

Solid: Seasonal Favorites, Highly Recommend.
Good: Maybe not as high quality as the first category, but still pretty enjoyable.
Ok: What it says on the tin. Maybe preferable for those who are into the genre the show is from.
Bad: I’m not even sure why I am still watching it besides maybe learning something from it.


Seasonal Anime



Fruits Basket 2

I really don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said about Fruits Basket at this point. This reboot has existed for fifty episodes now and each week has been emotional in either an “I’m so proud of them” sort of way or the “I’m crying so hard right now” sort of way. This is a tale of the Sohma family curse and how it affects people with Tohru as our main guide. When I mean people, I don’t just mean the Sohmas themselves, but people around them. Season 2 is a season where everyone has made such large leaps forward. I’m so scared and excited to see how this ends next year.


Deca-Dence

While I can’t help but think that Deca-Dence is very busy with tons and tons of balls in the air in which not all of them land as satisfyingly as they could, I really liked this show. The main focus of the human bug, Natsume and the robot bug, Kaburagi interacting and changing each other while discovering and beating the wonders of the system they are forced into is great. This is an original project that hides tons of meaning and great characters into its journey that there is enough for me to say that I can’t but love this show. Even with the missed spots, I can’t help but think this show is my favorite show from this year so far.


Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise 2

This ended at the mid-way point of this season, so I have no new thoughts from me at the half way point post. That being said, I have so many positive memories of this show. This ended so well in a very satisfying way for a 24-episode show. This season slowed down compared to the last one, but the character drama felt so natural and the world of Eldora was fantastic too. This show is so creative and wonderful in what it wants to do.



No Guns Life 2

Huge improvement over season one. Not as all over the place, very interesting and more focused narrative capped off with an episode that gives us story lines and themes to look into next time if it happens. There is only one episode out of this cour that feels out of place. This show is not deep at all, but it is very fun cyberpunk based shonen battle series with some great characters in it.


Appare-Ranman

This was my weekly joy ride. Just like No Guns Life, this show isn’t deep. It’s still a very fun show with tons of good characters with small character arcs and phenomnal action scenes in terms of racing and pretty standard shonen scenes. I am not sure what else I have to do.



No Shows


Bad Rating


The God of High School

Just don’t watch this show. The first half was alright and felt like it was going somewhere with great action scenes. This season half just decided that actions scenes without any sort of grounded basis on an emotional or grounded level were a good idea. I love shonen power ups, but they at least have to make some sort of sense to them before the fact or at least after the fact. That way, characters can change a little bit from it happening to them. Yeah, I just hate it. I just don’t get those people who like it.


Non-Seasonal Anime



Dorohedoro

A short amount of talk here, because I want to write a review of this one in November. I really loved this show. I loved its wonderful characters, its wacky world and spells, and so much else. There is just so much insanity on the plate that I can’t help but really love it.


Dai-Guard (First Cour)

Oh my god, this show is so good. It’s such a fantastic work-based character drama story that just happens to feature people working together in a robot to save the world from a mysterious invasion forced. Basically, a what if Eva was toned down quite a bit and featured adults working at a company. Each episode does move pretty fast from how much stuff is mixed into each story, but each little segment in an episode leads to another one which leads to another one so naturally.



Bamboo Blade (First Cour)

At this moment, I don’t know what to add to my previous statement. It’s a good comedy show with some fun characters with very character interactions between them. A very fun and dramatic, when it needs to be, slice of life anime with characters brought together through Kendo. Wonderful.


Love Live! Sunshine!! (Season 1)

This is my first pure idol show and I am enjoying it quite a bit. I like this unique group of cute girls with their great dance and singing sequences that are just pure spectacle. So many great messages despite the escalation of idol groups. I do have some complaints though. For instance, each episode is way too stand alone. There is an arc, but each episode sets out to develop someone and then just have that development stay there instead of having naturally moving arcs. Plus, the reliance on the previous Love Live! Series is a little too strong. Those are nitpicks because the show is generally good and fun.



Nothing



Nothing


With that, I call the Summer 2020 Anime Season to a close. I have selected a few shows from the Fall that I will be checking out, but you will be seeing what I picked soon. I have done “this is what I am watching posts” before, but I have been too tied with so many other things in terms of blog writing and not blog writing to make one of those really. Just keep an eye out for what I choose in my regular seasonal postings. Until the next time I suppose.


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9 thoughts on “Summer 2020 Anime in Review

      1. Thank you! I’ve been working on writing the last book in my series (Juniper’s Tree, Pt. 3: Nothing in the World), so I have had to sacrifice some of my review time to write a satisfactory chapter, or two, every day. I have been publishing a review whenever I can, though. 😅

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  1. Glad to see I’m not the only one that turned against The God of High School. For a while I was starting to feel like the weirdo for basically turning against it right from episode 4 and that bloody wedding.

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      1. I had zero investment in what has happening throughout, the main trio were likeable enough on a surface level. But I just didn’t “care” about them, or anything they were going through. Lacked any dramatic weight whatsoever.

        Kinda hesitant to get into this third webtoon based anime this season as a result of shared issues between this series and Tower of God (which I did like more admittedly.)

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