Before we say goodbye to 2020 let us wrap it up with two posts, the first being my 10 favorite anime I watched in 2020. As always with these lists these are not the “creme de la creme” or “critically acclaimed” anime that aired in the year, just the ones I enjoyed watching the most.
- Note 1: This year only the Top 3 will be ranked. To my surprise the 2020 list was tougher to make than I thought.
- Note 2: If your favorite show/s wasn’t/weren’t mentioned it’s either because I haven’t watched, finished or enjoyed it/them as much.
First the Honorable Mentions:
- Yashahime (Inuyasha Jr)
- Higurashi 2020
- Sleepy Princess
- Sport Climbing Girls
- Magia Record
- Strike Witches S3
- GochiUsa S3
- Princess Connect Re:Dive
- Fishing Girls
- Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
- Lapis Re:LiGHTs
- Fragtime (Subbed in 2020)
- Hai-Furi Movie (Subbed in 2020)
- BNA (Brand New Animal)
- Azur Lane (It finished airing in 2020)
Did not add Healin’ Good PreCure or D4DJ First Mix because they are still ongoing as of this post.
Alrighty then. Let us begin.
#10: Interspecies Reviewers. The anime Funimation didn’t expect to be as lewd as it was, or something like that. First highlight, some of the best monster girl designs I have seen since Lupiesoft games featuring them. Besides the amusing sex jokes and uncensored ecchi goodness (Watching this censored is a disservice) the show, like other monster girl series I have seen, features small tidbits of the different cultures and economies, how races interact with and treat each other, sexual preferences among species and more. Plus there was Crim the Angel’s character progression. Their journey through debauchery was a fascinating one.
#9: Koisuru Asteroid. Favorite Girls’ Club show of 2020. Nicknamed #Stargayzing for several reasons besides the main couple. Besides the lovely gayness there was a nice story about strong bonds, looking to the future and facing tough challenges head on all while getting a nice weekly lesson on both astronomy and geology.
#8: 22/7. One of the most interesting idol anime I have seen in a long time. Each member had a fascinating story to tell. Some more heart wrenching than others but all equally fascinating. The soundtrack is excellent with each girl getting their own ED song. Miu X Sakura’s constant cuteness together was another nice draw along with other potential pairings among the group.
#7: Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!!. Despite not featuring a story about fighting an evil corporation or alien invaders bent on dominating or destroying the world of music the third season of Show By Rock!! is the best by far. This time we follow a new band called Mashumairesh as they strive to become great musicians and prove themselves against an established band. Sounds simple on the surface but it is that simplicity that makes the story easier to enjoy. Both our main band and the token humorous male band are fun to watch and the veteran band are alright. Then there’s the most important reason, Howan X HImeko’s love story. One of the best of the year. Ruhuyu X Delmin are an adorable side-couple too of course. Hope to see HowaHime have more excellent scenes and share the spotlight with CyaReto in the 4th season.
#6: My Next Life as a Villainess. The surprise hit of 2020 for me. I brushed this show off as an otome/reverse harem at first. Nothing against them, just not my thing. However, some of my closest peeps got me to give it a go. Lo and behold it was actually a bisexual harem. Not only that but although the guys were cool chaps the ladies pining for our lovable oblivious dork of a heroine got plenty more time to shine and they killed it. Basically Katarina and the female side of her harem stole the show, each one being worthy of becoming her bride. If that weren’t enough Katarina earned the guys and gals’ love fair and square. No “I’m in love with you because the plot said so” here. She legitimately earned their affections. Hopefully they’ll keep the girls as the central focus in S2.
#5: The Journey of Elaina. The Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear anime was criticized by fans of the Light Novel and Manga for its simplicity compared to the source material, to which I said “I came to the anime looking for cuteness and cute yuri and I got it. I got all the depth and complexity I needed from another fantasy themed anime”. That anime was Elaina. Each and every land/country Elaina visited during her travels was a fascinating experience, some downright dark (#9 still sends chills down my spine). Every single visit was interesting and Elaina herself was a lovable narcissist. The recurring characters are great too, especially one who arguably stole the show every time she appeared.
#4: Dropout Idol Fruit Tart. My favorite comedy of 2020. A “Girls’ Club Melting Pot” combining the cuteness of HaNaYaMaTa, the yuri humor of Yuru Yuri, the low budget local idol shenanigans of Locodol and the ecchi X moe combo of Hinako Note to create a mishmash of glorious hilarity capped off by a cast of kooky lesbians with their own amusing traits and fetishes.
Time for the Top 3
#3: Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club. To some this may be an exaggeration but this is my list so #DealWithIt. The Nijigasaki anime is my favorite in the Love Live! anime franchise thus far. The “Solo Idols” narrative was an interesting new direction, the Nijigasaki club members were all really fun to watch develop and perform on stage, the songs and animation were choice and this was easily the gayest entry in the franchise by far. Yes, it is Love Live! so it did not break any barriers but it came the closest to doing so thus far. Hopefully after “Liella”s big anime debut we will return to Nijigasaki because there is definitely more story to tell.
#2: Assault Lily Bouquet. Strike Witches X Maria-Sama ga Miteru with a small dose of Strawberry Panic and an emphasis on tights instead of panties. 2020 was a great year for fans of women’s thighs and tights. The cast was large, which is a pro or con depending on the viewer, but besides Riri and Yuyu the core members of the show got as much time to shine as they could. The other side-characters were great too when they got to shine. The action and animation got better and better as the story progressed. Speaking of the story it was not all gay rainbows. There was some good drama, sometimes “right in the kokoro” hard. Main couple were grand. There was a legendary tertiary character and while not all side-couples got enough time to shine there was one duo who started in the background and ended with a bang. Lots to like about this show, yes.
#1: Adachi and Shimamura. Sexier than I thought (Strong enough to compete with Fruit Tart and ALB) and a presentation as excellent as Bloom Into You’s. The other reasons this series hit me as a hard as it did, besides the two aforementioned points, the fascinating main relationship and one incredible side-couple was how much I could relate to Adachi herself. It was scary how much I could see myself in Adachi. While I did not outright run away from people I was as shy as her around crowds, only opened up to people I considered friends (usually one or two) and hardly said anything unless spoken to. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Do not get me started on how Adachi reacted as her love for Shimamura grew. Almost mirror image. Speaking of Shimamura, some can relate to her too while but for others it will take some time to better understand her. Even viewers who may not have had similar high school years as AdaShima their relationship is undeniably fascinating. There is more I said in the review but to wrap it up AdaShima is a yuri classic that is highly recommended…and HOPEFULLY will get another season in the future.
Like I said in the first note, this was a tough Top 10. I had to go back multiple times because I remembered “This anime aired in 2020 too?!” and changed it. Goes to show how many shows I enjoyed in 2020 despite 2020 being…well, 2020. I am content with my picks.