The Fall 2019 anime season has come and gone, leaving us with some great anime (like Psycho-Pass 3, Dr. Stone, and Vinland Saga, to name a few), as well as a few letdowns (most notably, the confoundingly disappointing Fire Force). Every anime season brings with it at least two dozen new shows, and it’s hard to tell which ones will turn out to be pleasant surprises, and which ones will fall short of our great expectations. Now that we’re a few weeks into Winter 2020 with more than just the pilot episodes to go on, here are some new anime that I think would be worth keeping an eye on for the rest of the season.
Studio: Science SARU
From the director that brought us Tatami Galaxy, Ping Pong: The Animation, and Night is Short, Walk On Girl, comes Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, an anime about three young girls who want to make an anime. While the premise is simple enough, you can never expect what comes next when Masaaki Yuasa is directing, and all we can know for sure is that it’s gonna be a wild and beautifully animated ride.
Dorohedoro is a seinen action anime set in a post-apocalyptic world, where sorcerers and humans are segregated, with the latter being cast off in a dismal and broken down landscape called the Hole. Caiman, the protagonist, is a reptilian humanoid creature with no memory of his past life, trying to get back his lost memories believing it’s the sorcerers that transformed him into a reptile-like creature. With action and visuals reminiscent of Fist of the North Star and Berserk, Dorohedoro shows promise in its unique characters and compelling story.
Studio: Geno Studio
Pet is what you get when you take the key plot device of Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception and turn it into an anime. In the world of Pet, there are those who possess the power to enter people’s minds and manipulate their thoughts and memories. Pet focuses on the use of this power in underworld dealings: any crime can be covered up as long as its witnesses’ minds are altered. Superhuman powers being inserted into realistic conflicts isn’t a new trope, but Pet provides a fresh take on the dark and gritty superhuman story.
Somali and the Forest Spirit is a slice of life anime that’s a mix of The Iron Giant and Dororo, set in a fantasy world inhabited by all different kinds of creatures. It tells the story of Somali, a lone human in a world where humans are nearly extinct, and Golem, a robotic protector of the forest. The two meet and form a relationship like father and daughter, and the anime shows how their bond deepens as they travel together. It’s a heartwarming story that I can only hope won’t end anything like The Iron Giant. *sniffles*
Studio: Production I.G.
Haikyuu!! fans rejoice! It’s been over three years since we saw Karasuno beat Shiratorizawa for a spot at the Spring National Tournament, and our boys are finally back for a fourth season. While the Haikyuu!! manga has taken a divisive turn as of late (Google it at your own risk!) and is hinting at an ending to the series, the anime is showing no signs of slowing down. With such high standards set by the previous three seasons, there’s no doubt that season four should be in everyone’s Winter 2020 must-watch list.
My Hero Academia continues with the second half of its two-cour run this season, which covers the manga chapters 125 onwards. As the show gets nearer to its 100-episode mark (it currently has 72 episodes out as of writing, and is likely to continue for longer), it’s starting to make its place as one of the shounen anime greats. I wouldn’t be surprised to see My Hero Academia becoming the new generation’s Dragonball, Naruto, or Hunter X Hunter. After all, we love a good shounen protagonist, and Deku just keeps getting better.
Fate/Grand Order also continues its two-cour run this season, and while the Fate series and its spinoffs aren’t exactly the easiest anime to wrap your head around, their action scenes and extravagant depictions of historical figures make them undeniably fun to watch. Just remember to watch episode 0 first, which was a special release in August 2019, before the series was picked up for an October 2019 to March 2020 run.
Do you have any anime picks for this season that aren’t on this list? Share it with us in the comments!
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