It’s the new year, so before anything else, we here at SGCafe would like to greet everyone a Happy New Year! And as we celebrate finally getting through such a turbulent 2020, we take a look back at some of the best TV anime from that year. We are only looking at TV anime, so no Netflix exclusives like The Great Pretender or theatrical anime movies like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train. We are also excluding Attack on Titan Final Season as we only saw a few episodes premiere last December.
Dorohedoro is unique to say the least. With a Lizard-headed main protagonist, some weird mushrooms, and certainly lots of gore, this series was certainly fun to watch. Offbeat anime certainly was the theme of 2020, and this was certainly one of the best ones this year.
9) Wave, Listen to Me!
A waitress getting a late night radio gig might not sound like a great anime, but Wave, Listen to Me! certainly made it work. The series introduced some very quirky characters and made a very interesting watch. Just listening to Minare’s rants and ravings while on air is certainly entertaining to say the least.
8) Re:Zero 2nd Season
The anime certainly was as dark and depressing as the previous season. However, it was still a very intriguing watch for 2020, with several breakout new characters. Let’s say the debate for “Best Girl” has another candidate, with a certain evil witch joining the fray.
7) BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.
The Overpowered Protagonist trope has certainly grown stale. However, BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense isn’t one of them. For starters, it went for the comedic route and played that overpoweredness for laughs. And add in some memorable characters who compliment Maple, and you’ve got a great series in your hands.
6) I’m standing on 1,000,000 lives.
This Isekai looks fun at first, but there are a few dark undertones, and it ain’t afraid to go all psychological. There were a ton of Isekai anime this year, and this one was certainly one of the best, with a party of adventurers getting summoned to an alternate world to perform various tasks. It seamlessly goes from comedic to tragic, something that most other anime struggle with. And for an isekai with no overpowered protagonist to anchor on, this series certainly escaped the trappings of that “Oh, another Isekai with an OP protagonist” label.
Ahhhh, Rent-A-Girlfriend, where do we even begin? The anime is fun to watch and frustrating at the same time. Basically, this was the guilty pleasure anime many of us watched. The debate for Best Girl was certainly intense, but the debate for Worst Girl is something that many fans agree upon. Let’s just say if COVID-19 did not mess things up last year, Mami might have won Villain of the Year.
4) Jujutsu Kaisen
An interesting premise, great action, great animation, edge-of-your-seat battles, and characters we can get behind. Those are the hallmarks of a great shounen anime. It’s easy to say that Jujutsu Kaisen has all of those things. It’s a simple anime about curses and students studying to fight those curses, but it’s safe to say that the series knocked it out of the park.
3) My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax!
The Bitter-Bitter-Sweet Trio of Hachiman, Yukino, and Yui finally say their goodbyes in the third and final season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU. The series has always been great, playing at the usual romcom tropes and twisting them into a pessimistic mindset. And this anime ended with something that most romcoms fail at doing, and that is successfully give fans a proper ending that everyone actually liked. Simply put, it ended with fans feeling satisfied. Now that alone will land you into the Top 3.
2) Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
A story about Three girls working on animation and using their imaginations is definitely one of the most interesting stories we have this year. With 2020 being such a bad year for many, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! has proven to be a great distraction. It’s a show about creativity and imagination, and certainly abandons the usual tropes we have become sick of from recent other anime. The series certainly is a fun watch, and it ain’t bad the second time watching either. If you want an anime to sit back, relax, and enjoy, this one is the right anime for you. And speaking of great anime…
1) My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
Girl dies and suddenly finds herself as the villain of an otome visual novel game that she last played. Knowing that as the villain, she will get her comeuppance soon, she decides to become nice to everyone. Hilarity ensues. While the premise sounds something you would expect from a typical shoujo anime, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! is anything but typical. In fact, just like Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, it’s a breath of fresh air. Bakaterina is hilarious, and is probably one of the best anime protagonists in 2020.
So that’s our list. Tune in again tomorrow as we explore the five biggest anime news stories of 2020!
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