Best Anime Spring 2020 (Sunday Sevens)

The Otaku Author Sunday Sevens Best Anime Spring 2020

It’s always a good idea to take a moment to look back and appreciate times past. In this instance, I’m looking back at the last three months and more specifically, the anime I finished from the Spring 2020 schedule.

Best Anime Spring 2020

This is a part of my Sunday Sevens series of posts and as luck would have it I only picked up seven new anime series to watch in the spring. Unfortunately, one of those has extended into summer and won’t make this list. Luckily, or not, I’ll let you decided, another show from winter 2020 continued into spring and has now come to an end. So, while this is my favourite seven seasons from Spring 2020, that’s all I watched that qualified for this list. Fruits Basket is the series that continues into next season and I’ll call it now, it’ll most likely be very near the top.


7. Plunderer (Season One)

Plunderer Episode 9 Licht Edgy Mask

If I’m being brutally honest, Plunderer was terrible and only makes the seventh spot by default. At twenty-four episodes long, this series suffered from pacing issues, a convoluted story that failed to make an impression on me, and fan-service that appeared to have been put together by someone that had only read complaints about fan-service. I wouldn’t recommend this series to anyone, but if you’re curious, my season review will be out in the coming week.


6. Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle (Season One)

Shironeko Project ZERO Chronicle Episode 3 Lady Groza The Prince of Darkness and Abel to deliver a message to the White Kingdom

This series made it into the sixth spot by the virtue of only being twelve episodes long. I had really high hopes for this one based on the synopsis and promotional art, but it failed to live up to even a fraction of that. Pacing was another huge issue in this series, but the failure to make any of the characters interesting was probably its greatest downfall. They spent an entire episode picking wild greens and making a picnic…


5. Shachibato! President, It’s Time for Battle! (Season One)

Shachibato President it's time for battle Episode 11 Kibou Company entering New Dungeon

All right, we’re entering the realms of shows I actually enjoyed. Shachibato started off pretty slowly and didn’t look like it was going to do much, but the characters grew on me. I think that was probably the thing that worked best. They weren’t spectacular, but you kind of get used to them and enjoy whatever it is they’re doing. This series would have been higher up the list too had it not shot itself in the foot in the final episode with a trifecta of letdowns. I’d still watch a second season if that happens, though.


4. The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? (Season One)

The 8th Son Are You Kidding Me Episode 8 Well Elise Louise Iina and Erwin

The 8th Son started off pretty well with some interesting ideas and concepts and looked like it could be one of my favourites for the season, but then we got to the point where there was some action. Well, there was in the story, but instead, we focused on something else entirely. This happened again and again and we had to settle for the characters telling us what happened. It certainly was a slap in the face for show and not tell. Still, I did enjoy it but would have been much happier had this been a longer series with the action included for all to see.


3. Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls (Season One)

Tamayomi The Baseball Girls Episode 11 Nakata Nao Batting

How did this one get all the way up here? Well, unlike Shachibato, Tamayomi had a pretty impressive final run of episodes. In fact, the final three episodes were the best in the season and played out how I would have liked the whole thing to have been. This series was best when it focused on the girls playing baseball and not the slice of life elements that dominated the first nine episodes. It’s worth noting that the computer animation was not good and often felt out of place.


2. Tower of God (Season One)

Tower of God Episode 1 Bam and Princess Yuri

Now we’re into the top section and rightly so. Tower of God was excellent. I really enjoyed the way it didn’t spoonfeed us all the answers and left it up to the viewer to piece together certain things. I was a little put off by the school element to it as I was expecting a darker fantasy story, but don’t let that put you off. It also had some excellent music and some interesting characters that deserve much more time and attention. I’ll be waiting for another season for sure.


1. Princess Connect! Re:Dive (Season One)

Princess Connect ReDive Episode 8 Karyl Pecorine and Kokkoro Scared

Just like Bofuri in the winter schedule, Princess Connect! has come out of nowhere to claim the top spot. Trust me, I’m as surprised as you, but I can’t help it. I loved this series and everything about it. I’d even go so far as to demand another season. That’s right. I demand it! This series had some spectacular animation and a group of characters that seemed to work together. As the series went on it got better and better and the mysteries started to take form. There were some fairly dark elements that helped, but I’d watch these characters doing just about anything.


Overall, I’d say that I enjoyed the titles that I watched from this season. Shironeko was probably the main disappointment, especially as I was already completely disenfranchised with Plunderer long before the midway point. The fact that I would watch a second season from five out of seven should tell you enough. Next season, I’ll probably watch just as much, although I won’t be covering them all episodically.

Obviously, these are just my opinions and I didn’t watch everything that was released. So, would you agree or disagree with my selections? Which were your favourite shows from Spring 2020? Thanks, again for reading.

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4 Comments

  1. David Boone (moonhawk81)
    David Boone (moonhawk81)

    I also loved Princess Connect and 8th Son, but I really feel let down by how abruptly 8th Son ended. There might have been some (suggested) resolution, but certainly no closure. . .

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      Agreed. I feel like The 8th Son ended up being a bit rushed and they didn’t have the time to really resolve much let alone indulge in the action side of things.

      It’s funny how the middle section all shifted around for me based on the endings. Tamayomi was firmly in 5th place before the final episodes.

      Princess Connect, however, had the number one spot since week one.

  2. Haha I’ve yet to see any of these other than Tower of God.

    • Lynn Sheridan
      Lynn Sheridan

      Well, I’d definitely recommend Princess Connect and the rest are if you feel like it. There’s good bits in most of them.

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