Anime Highlights Spring 2020

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The following are some of the potential highlights for this Spring season of anime. Like always, some of these will turn into duds and unforeseen gems in this season could have been overlooked.

Included in this season of the highlights is the Ecchi/Gore warnings which range from None through High. These are the somewhat expected levels of these two potentially off-putting aspects of an anime in each of the highlighted shows. These are iffy ranges, that could be completely thrown off both by changes from the source material and director choices. This iffyness is even more present in original anime or stuff that is being adapted based off properties that have no translations in the west (thus no research/idea of what to really expect in these two areas). So, don’t take them as the gospel but rather as an expected range of what you may find in each of these shows.



BNA: Brand New Animal

Director: Yoh Yoshinari (Little Witch Academia Series as Director)
Series Composition: Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann Series & Promare as Script/Series Composition)
Studio: Trigger
Genres: Fantasy, Action?, Drama?, Comedy?
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Medium for both
Streaming Services: Netflix
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Another season, another furry anime. May Narag have mercy on us.

"BNA is set in a 21st century in which the existence of humanoid animals has been revealed to the world after living in the darkness for centuries. One day, a high school student named Michiru suddenly turns into a tanuki person. After going to live in Anima City, where she meets wolf Ogami Shiro, she goes on to investigate why she became an animal and gets mixed up in even stranger events in the process. "

Digimon Adventure: (2020)

Director: Masato Mitsuka (Maho Girls Precure! as Director)
Series Composition: Atsuhiro Tomioka (Heybot! as Series Composition)
Studio: Toei Animation
Genres: Action and Adventure
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: None to Low for Both
Streaming Services: Unknown
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After Digimon Tri, Toei certainly won't trample upon whatever dignity that is left of the original Digimon entry any further right? ....Right?

"The new anime will take place in 2020 and will feature an all-new story centering on Taichi Yagami when he is in his fifth year in elementary school. His partner is Agumon. The story begins in Tokyo when a large-scale network malfunction occurs. Taichi is preparing for his weekend summer camping trip when the incident happens. Taichi's mother and his younger sister Hikari get stuck on a train that won't stop moving, and Taichi heads to Shibuya in order to help them. However, on his way there, he encounters a strange phenomenon and sweeps him up into the Digital World along with the other DigiDestined. "

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Season 3)

Director: Kei Oikawa (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season 2 as Director)
Series Composition: Keiichirō Ōchi (8 Episodes of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Season 2's Scripts)
Studio: feel.
Genres: Romance, Comedy and Drama
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Low to Medium Ecchi elements and no gore elements.
Streaming Services: HIDIVE
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"Hachiman Hikigaya is an apathetic high school student with narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies. He firmly believes that joyful youth is nothing but a farce, and everyone who says otherwise is just lying to themselves.

In a novel punishment for writing an essay mocking modern social relationships, Hachiman's teacher forces him to join the Volunteer Service Club, a club that aims to extend a helping hand to any student who seeks their support in achieving their goals. With the only other club member being the beautiful ice queen Yukino Yukinoshita, Hachiman finds himself on the front line of other people's problems—a place he never dreamed he would be. As Hachiman and Yukino use their wits to solve many students' problems, will Hachiman's rotten view of society prove to be a hindrance or a tool he can use to his advantage? "

Gal & Dino

Director: Jun Aoki (Pop Team Epic as Director)
Series Composition: Jun Aoki (Pop Team Epic as Series Composition)
Studio: Kamikaze Douga & Space Neko Company
Genres: Comedy & Slice of Life
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: None to Medium for Ecchi, none for Gore.
Streaming Services: Funimation
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From the team that adapted Pop Team Epic into....whatever it was, brings us their take of this cute and heartwarming manga.

"One day, Kaede, a gyaru, picks up a dinosaur and begins living with it. The short comedy depicts their daily lives together as the dinosaur consumes human food, watches TV, and enjoys fashionable things. Thus begins the story of a gal and a dinosaur cohabiting that transcends time. "



Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2

Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama (Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 1 as Director)
Series Composition: Yasuhiro Nakanishi (Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 1 as Series Composition)
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genres: Romance & Comedy
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Low to Medium ecchi elements, low gore elements ("playful" blood).
Streaming Services: Funimation
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Winner of our 2019 Anime of the Year airs its sequel this season with the same staff as last time.

" Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss—they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and thus become the “loser” in the competition of love. "

Wave, Listen to Me!

Director: Tatsuma Minamikawa (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Ep 15 as Episode Director)
Series Composition: Shoji Yonemura (Pokemon 2019 Series as Series Composition)
Studio: Sunrise
Genres: Comedy, Drama & Romance
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Unknown for both
Streaming Services: Funimation
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From the managka of Blade of the Immortal comes Sunrise's first new manga anime TV adaptation since Binbougami ga! in 2012.

"The stage is Sapporo, Hokkaido. One night, our heroine, Minare Koda, spills her heartbroken woes to a radio station worker she meets while out drinking one night. The next day, she hears a recording of her pitiful grumbling being played live over the air. Minare storms into the station in a rage, only to then be duped by the station director into doing an impromptu talk show explaining her harsh dialogue. With just one recording, the many eccentric facets of Minare's life begin to pull every which direction as she falls ever deeper into the world of radio. "

Tower of God

Director: Takashi Sano (Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement as Director)
Series Composition: Erika Yoshida (Trickster as Series Composition)
Studio: Telecom Animation Film
Genres: Action, Adventure & Comedy
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: None to Low Ecchi Element, Medium Gore Elements.
Streaming Services: Crunchyroll
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The first of a handful of manhwa/Naver Webtoon anime adaptation as part of a partnership between them and Crunchyroll.

"Tower of God centers around a boy called Twenty-Fifth Bam, who has spent most of his life trapped beneath a vast and mysterious Tower, with only his close friend, Rachel, to keep him company. When Rachel enters the Tower, Bam manages to open the door into it as well, and faces challenges at each floor of this tower as he tries to find his closest companion. "

Kakushigoto

Director: Yūta Murano (How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord & Seven Days War as Director)
Series Composition: Takashi Aoshima (Love Lab & Mitsudomoe series as Series Composition)
Studio: Ajiado
Genres: Comedy & Slice of Life
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: None for both
Streaming Services: Funimation
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From Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei's mangaka comes our Dadnime of the season with some familar faces.

"This story is about Gotou Kakushi, an artist who draws a somewhat vulgar manga, and tries to hide it for the sake of his daughter, Hime. A father-daughter tale of love and laughter. "



Arte

Director: Takayuki Hamana (Library War Series & The Beast Player Erin as Director)
Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Girls und Panzer Series as Script Writter)
Studio: Seven Arcs
Genres: Historical & Slice of Life
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Low to Medium for both.
Streaming Services: Unknown
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"16th century Firenze, Italy. The birthplace of the Renaissance Era, where art is thriving. In one small corner of this vast city, one sheltered girl's journey begins. Arte dreams of becoming an artist, an impossible career for a girl born into a noble family. In those days, art was an exclusively male profession, with women facing strong discrimination. In spite of these challenges, Arte perseveres with hard work and a positive attitude. "

Appare-Ranman!

Director: Masakazu Hashimoto (Tari Tari as Director)
Series Composition: Masakazu Hashimoto (Tari Tari as Series Composition)
Studio: P.A. Works
Genres: Historical, Action & Racing
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Unknown for both.
Streaming Services: Funimation
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P.A. Works decided to combine Steel Ball Run with Wacky Races...I'm in.

"During the back-end of the 19th century, the genius but socially awkward engineer Sorano Appare and the wise yet cowardly samurai Isshiki Kosame find themselves drifting in the sea between Japan and America. With no money, the duo decide to enter the Trans-America Wild Race to win the prize money so they can get home. The two encounter rivals, bandits, and challenges in the wilderness as they race through America, from the starting line in Los Angeles to the finish line in New York, in the steam-powered car they built. "

Sing "Yesterday" for Me

Director: Yoshiyuki Fujiwara (New Game Series & Engaged to the Unidentified as Director)
Series Composition: Jin Tanaka (Laid-Back Camp as Series Composition)
Studio: Doga Kobo
Genres: Romance, Drama & Slice of Life
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Uknown Ecchi elments, None to Low Gore Elements.
Streaming Services: Unknown
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" Rikuo has graduated from college, but has zero ambition or direction and works in a convenience store. A strange high-school dropout, Haru, keeps coming around with her pet crow. Rikuo still has a crush on his senior Shinako, who is beginning a teaching career, and who shows up in the store one day. Rikuo's relationships with the girls, and his feelings about his life, keep changing as the story evolves, bringing in other important characters—Rikuo's co-worker, the coworker's sister, and a childhood friend of Shinako's, etc. "

My Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Director: Keisuke Inoue (Ao-chan Can't Study! as Director)
Series Composition: Megumi Shimizu (Butlers X Battlers as Series Composition)
Studio: SILVER LINK
Genres: Fantsy, Romance & Comedy
Ecchi and/or Gore Warning: Low for Both
Streaming Services: Crunchyroll
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Welp, it is finally here, the start of the shoujo side of isekais. The Otome game villainess isekai anime adaptation floodgates will soon open.

"Eight-year-old Katarina Claes is the only daughter of a duke, living her life peacefully and without incident until she hits her head on a rock... and then remembers that she is not actually the duke's daughter. She used to be an otaku who died on her way to school after spending the previous night playing Fortune Lover, her favorite otome game. After noticing that her current surroundings seem oddly familiar, she is shocked to discover that she has been reincarnated into the world of Fortune Lover as the villainess.

The villainess in the game usually winds up dead or exiled, so Katarina decides to use her knowledge of the game and its routes to avoid any bad situations. But is it even possible for the villainess to reach a good ending?"

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Spring 2020 Shows
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