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.
2020 has been a good year for anime. With many different shows that have tickled the fancies of several different genres. There has been some greats, some really greats, and some clunkers. However there wasn’t been a show much like the one we are discussing today. A show that in many ways people made out to be something it wasn’t, but is also something pretty damn special. After the cut, let’s take a dive into the 2020 Winter series: Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
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!
I won’t rehash my views on Isekai on this post. There are good isekai, and there are great Isekai. The show we are talking about today works because it takes the characters from the ‘big four’ Isekai (Tanya the Evil, Konosuba, Overlord, and ReZero) and smashes them together for comedic fun. That worked damn well last time, but is the shine still around for the season season? Join me after the cut as we dive into Isekai Quartet 2!
There is probably no other anime genre that has such a varying degree of quality then ecchi. It can reach the highest of highs, having series that can touch hearts, make you pump your fist in triumph, and pull at your collar at their eroticism. There are also shows that are aimless, made for the lowest common denominator, and feel like they’ve been slapped together because (and it is true) sex sells. Ecchi has always been that, and because of that fact there has been moments in its history where a good ‘run’ of shows is few and far between.
2018 was a really fucking good year, with both How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord and the fourth season of High School DxD being amazing entries into the genre. 2019 however was different, and despite the best efforts of Hensuki, ecchi that year left a lot to be desired. 2020 however has not only started off strong, but has given us something extremely special. Join me after the cut as I dive into the first ecchi of 2020 and of the decade: Interspecies Reviewers.
I consider myself lucky to have watched both this anime and its visual novel in same span of time. While adaptions of visual novels have fared better than mobile games, visual novels that were eroges have had a mixed record. The anime have either removed the sex element completely (Fate Stay Night, YU-NO), conveniently edited around it (Island) or just went whole hog and threw it all in (Yosuga no Sora) Some work, some don’t, but what rarely happens is a visual novel that actually serves as an equal and in some cases better version of it’s source material. One such example is what we are talking about today. Join me after the cut as we dive into the anime adaption of Nekopara!
After the roller coaster of “wtf” that has been Mirai Nikki, this is the show I’ve needed.
With the Winter 2020 anime season all but wrapped up, it’s time to now give out my final thoughts on the series I have watched. It has been a very ‘meh’ season to start us off, with only really two shows that have been out and out greats. However that low bar has allowed other anime that would have been dismissed to flourish. The one we are talking about today is probably the best example of that. Join me after the cut as I dive into the series BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.
Winter 2020 is approaching the final stages. It has been an overall meh start to the year, but that is to be expected since so much is coming later. It’s been eight episodes so far, so join me after the cut as I give you my thoughts so far!
Winter 2020 has begun in earnest now, and most of the series have reached their third or fourth episodes. Overall this is absolutely a weaker outing than previous years, but I have no worries about the year as a whole because it’s looking to be absolutely stacked in the months to follow. The anime I’ve watched has changed a lot since I last did this, so join me after the cut as I give you my three-episode thoughts on the series I’m watching!
Welcome to Don’t @ Me where, like the creeping realization that anime is becoming mainstream, I am here to drop down my thoughts, opinions and views on everything related to anime, manga, light novels and more. Today I’m just shooting the shit and talking about what comes to me mind. Join me after the cut as I dish out ten more opinions.