Anime is not just Kawaii, but also mysterious, comic, tragic, packed with action, romance and everything in between. The summer of 2020 has brought us some really fine Anime shows. No wonder why Anime rocks, this summer is going to sizzle with action, mystery, romance, thrillers and the other worldly. Welcome to Watch Tank and have a look at the fantastic top 10 seasonal Anime shows of summer 2020.
10. Zero – Starting Life In Another World
Also known as Kara Hejimeru Isekai Seikatu. This awesome anime is a gift for those who are introverted and prefer to stay alone. A Hikikomori named Subaru Natsuki is transported to another world while returning home from a convenience store. This Tappei Nagatsuki anime is a work of sympathy for Japanese ‘hermit men’ who live a life of social seclusion. This summer brings us season 2 where Subaru finally defeats his nemesis, the Witch Cult’s Sin Archbishop and negates the threat of the White Whale. Well, what is to be seen is whether Subaru gets out of his death loop
9. Sword Art Online Alicization
How would you feel if you are spending your life inside a virtual reality environment where things are real? Written by Reki Kawahara, this techno-fantasy anime is set to introduce great mystery for its viewers. In season two, Kirito is introduced to unknown people, whose names sound quite familiar. Does he know them? Do they know him? What will be the encounter be like? Excitement, adventure and even some romance lies ahead. However, the anime also has hues of politics, with the virtual reality environment, populated by players from various countries, challenging Japanese players, especially players fro China and South Korea.
This post-apocalytic anime is the brainchild of Hiroshi Seko and put into life by director Yuzuru Tachikawa, that tells the tale of humanity in late 2400s when it is driven to extinction by unknown life forms called Gadoll. Tanker Girl Natsume who aims to be a gear warrior after her father is killed by the Gadolls. In her journey towards her goal, she encounters things that are not like what they appear. We can ancticipate that season 2 is going to open a box of surprises, some of them good and others, well, not so good. Hopefully, Natsume will do some terrible damage to the Gadoll this summer.
7. Uzaki Chan Wants To Hang Out!
This one is a bit on the adult side of things and for those who are looking for some anime romance. Uzaki Chan, a former high schooler finds out the college she’ll be attending has also been chosen by her crush Shinichi Sakurai. However, to her dismay she discovers that he has become an introvert. What’s so exciting about this storyline, is the anticipation whether her senpai, as she calls him will respond to her and what exactly does he think of her. Will she be able to pull him out of his newly found introversion? And why exactly did he become one? We will find out this summer!
6. The Millionaire Detective Balance
Unlimited Known in Japanese as Fugō Keiji Baransu Anrimiteddo, this cop action mystery thriller is about two detectives assigned to solve serious and challenging cases. Interestingly, the show emphasizes on this clash of personalities, adding to its entertainment value. Well, you can say that this also a conflict of classes where aristrocracy is pitted against commoners. Some of the cases are, way more mysterious in nature, tests the duo to their wits end. Daisuke Kanbe and Harukato must learn to deal with each other while dealing with crime and mystery. Check out this season 2 what awaits them.
5. No Guns Life
This futuristic cyberpunk scifi is what represents modern day urban Japan. Written by Tasuka Karasuma, this scifi flick portrays a future where humans have transformed into cyborgs that are called ‘Extended’. After the Great War, many former soldiers have resorted to a life of crime for subsistence. While the post-war economy is booming, there has been a steep increase in crime in the country. In the second season, the protagonist Juzo Inui’s next task is to save the girl Rosa McMahon who possesses valuable data. Will he succeed in his mission?
4. Digimon Adventures
Possibly inspired by Pokemon, Digimon is a similar concept but instead puts an emphasis on Digital Monsters and hence the name. This summer, the year in Digimon is 2020 and human beings are so dependent on the Network that they can’t even do their mundane tasks without it. With network outages taking place in Central Tokyo, fifth grader Taichi Yagami is transported unwillingly to the digital realm and is destined to meet his own Digimon. The beauty of this series is that it brought the popular toy franchise to the screen, thus making it more exciting for kids in the age bracket 5 to 9.
3. Bungo No Alchemist – Gears Of Judgement
Known in Japanese as Shinpan no Haguruma, the concept of this anime is way different from what you have been seeing till now. The concept revolves around mysterious beings called taints born out of negativity towards literature, who invade books and destroy them. The job to protect books are delegated to great writers who have the gift of the alchemist’s powers. The anime originates from the a game going by the same name and is slated to be received well by young adult audiences since they can identify the slight tinge of Lovecraftian lookout in the anime. We are sure that this anime is based on more than the story itself. It might be a commentary on social change where the value of old literature is diminishin g in favor of more advanced platforms such as video and online gaming.
2. Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation
This anime is exactly what the name sounds like. If complicated anime storylines spin you head, this anime is definitely for you. Supernatural entity battling duo Toru Muhyo and Jiro Kusano are out there on a mission to save humanity from the world of supernatural and paranormal. Their job is simple. Track down ghosts and then send them either to hell or to heaven depending on the karma. We hope the 2nd season this summer is going to be more exciting than the last one. When something goes bump in the night, who do you call? Muhyo and Roji!
Before we hit our number 1, here are some of our honorable mentions
- Koi to Producer: EVOL×LOVE
- Ahiru no Sora
- Great Pretender
1. Besatsu Olympia Kyklos
Sounds odd? Well, that actually explains how exciting the storyline is. The cartoon tells the story of an ancient Greek vase painter who has fallen victim to unusual circumstances and to save himself he does the best he can; hide himself in a large vase. Thanks to divine intervention, a lighting strike transports him to 1964 Tokyo, which is also the venue for the Olympic games that year. This anime reminds us of the 2012 Japanese film Thermae Romae where an ancient Roman is transported to modern day Japan only to see the advancements in bathroom technology. The main premise behind these time travel movies is more of a thought experiment to see how would the ancients react had they time traveled to modern day Japan.
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