Best and Worst of Anime 2020

I’m doing this a little earlier than planned, but I go plenty to do this week regardless. While 2020 may have been a shit year for most people, it has been an absolute banger for anime. So many great series, so much good music (like oh my god so much good music), and so many cute girls. I already gave my thoughts on what I thought the best and worst was at the halfway point, but now it is time to show you my final selections. After the cut let’s get into the best, and worst of anime in 2020.

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Fruits Basket 2nd Season: First Cour: Torn in Two

I have never been overtly critical in my shallow dives. While I will always call it like I see it with the shows I watch, I have always avoided being overly critical. I do think being critical is important, but too often it can overwhelm a series. Nitpicking plot points, reaching out on strange concepts, it is something I have no interest in. Shallow Dives will be critical of anime when it has to be, like in the cases of Mirai Nikki or Rascal does not Dream of a Dreaming Girl, but I won’t go out and dump on a series for reasons that it doesn’t deserve, like with Sword Art Online.

I say all this, because the series we are discussing today has challenged that mindset in some regards, a true balancing act. After cut let’s talk about the first half of the second season of Fruits Basket.

Fruits Basket Season 2 announces release date and reveals key ...
Divided Sadness

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Best and Worst of Anime 2020: At the half

The summer season of anime is just about to get started which means we’ve now reached the halfway point for Anime 2020. Despite being handicapped by the pandemic there have still been some hits. Join me after the cut as I give you my preliminary bests and worsts of everything anime has offered this year. This list is absolutely subject to change as we still got two seasons left to go!

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Kaguya-Sama: Love is War Season 2: Twelve for Twelve Baby!

My journey through this series has been an interesting one. At one point close to dropping it, then completely turning around and calling it not only my anime of 2019, but one of the best anime I’ve watched period. With the news that we would be getting a second season, I was both excited and nervous. Excited because the story would be continuing, and nervous in that I hoped that the first season wasn’t a complete fluke. As the one heavy-hitter that survived to actually air in the season it was suppose to, how did it end up? Well, join me after the cut as I dive into the second season of Kaguya-Sama: Love is War.

Kaguya Sama Season 2
The Grand Slam Home Run

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Tune of the Week(ish) Tower of God’s TOP

We would be remiss to not finish off Spring 2020 with a look at this opening. I watched and enjoyed Tower of God. It was a good show, but I never once bought into the mountains of hype that people were claiming it was going to be. I’ll get into that in the future sometime, but for now, let’s just enjoy the music. The Tune of the Week this time is the opening theme of the series. TOP by Stray Kids!

Gleipnir: The Animal I’ve become.

A few months ago during the height of the lock-down, I finally listened to a buddy of mine and watched the anime Mirai Nikki. By the time it was all finished I found myself of two minds of the show, thinking that its concepts were interesting, but the show felt rushed. In a way, it was very much the rough draft of a better, tighter told story. I have only found that conclusion to have hardened in recent months, especially after the anime we are discussing today. Join me after the cut as we dive into the anime series Gleipnir

Gleipnir | TVmaze
Real talk? Best poster of the entire year.

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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!: She’s all that!

One of the good things that came out of having so many high profile series be delayed this Spring anime season was that it allowed other, lesser known series to take the spotlight. As much as I’ve enjoyed what’s been on offer this season, I do think a lot of it would have fallen to the wayside had big shows like ReZero season 2, or Sword Art Online‘s second cour been gracing screens at the same time.

The show we are talking about today is one such example, and something that I think much more people gave their time and attention to than they would have done. Join me after the cut as I take a dive into My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

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A Maiden’s Story

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