Spoilers ahead! This blog contains my reactions and ratings for all the anime shows I watched this year. I don’t think I could watch some more since I am overloaded with work, so I’ll end my 2020 anime watch list here.
Kono Oto Tomare
I love Kono Oto Tomare, and I was extremely happy I chose this to watch first. There were bits of everything I asked for: friendship, family, romance, music, and even math. Plus, the character and plot development were superb.
I watched this for research, and I love yuri since I was a kid. Citrus, however, was full of unnecessary confrontations and drama; plus, both female protagonists made poor decisions, which resulted in bad consequences, dragging the whole series down. I almost gave up, to be honest. But 15:00–16:00 of the last episode made everything worth it, I guess. Plus, the art was amazing.
Meiji Tokyo Renka
I am an avid watcher of reverse harems: Kamisama Hajimemashita, Akatsuki no Yona, Fruits Basket, Brothers’ Conflict, Amnesia, Ouran High School Host Club, Uta no Prince-sama, Kamigami no Asobi, Fushigi Yuugi, Diabolik Lovers, and more, and I was really looking forward to watching another one this year. However, Meiji Tokyo Renka disappointed me. The ending was underwhelming, the characters flat. It was fun at the start, but the romance trailed off, not to mention that the “ghost” part felt lacking. They could have done better introducing the characters so watchers would get more attached to them, like that of other reverse harem animes. Episode 11 saved the whole series, however.
After two misses, I finally found an anime worthy to binge-watch. All the characters were very likeable, including Saki, whom I thought I was going to hate. I heard there were more cases in the manga, but I’m satisfied that they took the time to detail the chapter on Steel Lady Nanase. If you’re into mystery, you’ll surely like Kyokou Suiri. The opening theme is also one of my faves.
I finished this anime in a day. I was so hooked! The members of the clan complemented well, and girl, Kaname’s intellect and will to live (to end the game) was such a turn on. I kind of wanted Kaname to stick to his philosophy until the end, but knowing all shounens, I kind of prepared for it. Excited for another season!
The Promised Neverland
These are kids, for fox’s sake! My only problem when I was five was how to read certain words, and these babies had to go through all this. Unique plot, unique story-telling. I love all the children (take my heart!) that I couldn’t even choose a favorite. And because I didn’t believe Norman was dead, I spoiled myself by looking at some bits of the manga. Now I can sleep peacefully and wait for a season 2, perhaps.
I love both the plot and the characters (Asiri Gen and the old man are my favorite characters), except that some scenes are highly cringy. I didn’t even realize how I hated the high-pitched Senkuuuuu! screams until I used them to annoy people. Putting this aside, this anime made me think about how I would “play God” if I were in the protagonist’s shoes. That’s a high-end shounen for you. Also, science.
Kaguya-Sama Love Is War Season 2
I love this season more than season 1, I guess, because I got to know more of the characters, especially Ishigami. Each episode of Kaguya-sama didn’t fail to make me laugh (I got through a depressing state during the quarantine because of them). Also, this is the only anime that I waited for each episode to drop. Heck, I am that excited.
Weird ecchi scenes; they can be removed, and the anime can still stand on its own. I almost dropped watching this; good thing I stayed (it gets better). Characters, even the antagonists, are well written, which made me stick to the story; I still don’t like Clair, though. I am looking forward to the second season (there has to be).
The first episodes were dragging and boring, but it got better and better. The worst parts that happened to the main character were the best parts to watch (and I felt bad). Time travel is a difficult topic to write without inconsistencies, but the Steins;Gate team managed to develop a whole series out of it with very minimal plot holes. Mayushii best waifu.
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
I have read negative comments about this anime, saying that it copied Bakemonogatari. I haven’t watched the latter, so my comments are solely based on what I watched. I loved the art, the characters, and the plot. What I found uncomfortable was Kaede’s intimate relationship with Sakuta, her brother, as it felt almost incest, but her arc pulled the strings for me. On the other hand, I find Sakuta and Mai’s relationship admirable up till the end.
Kimetsu no Yaiba
I refused to watch this during the hype since I am not a fan of the art style (I tend to be picky with it, hehe). Glad I took the step to start this because, seriously, this is one of the best anime shows I have watched. Characters are unique; even the villains have depth. I will never forget the goosebumps and the adrenaline rush I had while watching episode 19 (the insert song matched the scene well omg). Though I would like to see more of the hashiras in the next season. Also, Nezuko is a precious babie. Protect her at all costs!
Bungou Stray Dogs Seasons 1 to 3
The only anime that made me listen to the ending themes for all episodes (I often listen to the whole song in the first episode but would skip it in the next ones). I love the characters, especially when a member of the Armed Detective Agency partners with a member of the Port Mafia (i.e., Akutagawa and Atsushi, Chuuya and Dazai, Fukuzawa and Mori). I just wish Atsushi would transform into a full weretiger. So good. So good. So good.
Food Wars Seasons 1 to 5
I’m just overwhelmed to watch really good animes consecutively (just after two misses). Though I admit that I didn’t expect ecchi in Food Wars. Haha! I enjoyed this anime a lot: the characters were not boring, the plot was interesting, the art was good. My favorite character would be Megumi, as she was well developed throughout the anime. Souma’s natural charisma and his undying will to learn different dishes made me binge-watch seasons 3 and 4 in two days. It should have been a 5/5 if not for the rushed season 5, but overall, this is a good and fun anime.
The Great Pretender
The first arc was my favorite since I was mind-blown with Laurent’s plans. One must be able to have a great amount of suspension of disbelief, as the last arc was highly insane, making it seem that the writers placed all the tricks they used in the previous arcs. But it felt overdone, or maybe the series didn’t fulfill my own sense of justice (i.e., child traffickers to jail). Makoto’s development was also questionable; if he were normal, he would be insanely angry toward Laurent and his father for all the manipulation he had to go through. It would have been interesting if he really did “get back” on Laurent and his father. But putting the last arc aside, this is an overall fun series to watch.
This was recommended by one of my readers when I was writing Safe Spaces and Last Full Show, a show which was aired more than a decade ago. Mai, the main character, was so annoying that whenever she was on screen, I would literally roll my eye. I even liked Ayako better than her. I even liked Yasuhara, a supporting character who only showed up during half of the season, more! There will always be this scene where Naru says something and then she gets pissed and just throws words at Naru. And then she blames and blames herself when something happens (girl, it’s not always about you, ugh), and she does not tell her dreams immediately even when she already knows that they help the case. The other members and the investigations made the whole anime interesting, but the main character just destroyed it for me.
My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected
The first season was funny, second season kind of annoying, third was great. I loved the main character, and I could easily connect with his philosophies. I had problems with the supporting characters, however, as they kept on insisting that the main character, Hikki, was playing the villain to save a situation, whereas his solutions seemed straight-forward and convenient. Though I had to suspend my disbelief; in reality, if there were a guy with this personality, I think it would be the other way around (not meant to be judgmental, but really). This is one of the few animes consisting of a love triangle that it was clear whom the mc ends up with, and I really appreciated it. The ending was satisfying.
Any recommendations for my 2021 watchlist? Preferably recent ones as there’s a 90% chance I’ve watched 2017 and older ones. Haikyuu! will definitely be in it; I was just not ready to commit to these boys this year.