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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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.
Other posts in the series
- Best Anime 2019
- Best Boy 2019
- Best Girl 2019
- Best Villain 2019
- Best Fight 2019
- Applications of BOFURI Technology!
- The Trouble with Plunderer!
- More Please!
- Make it Anime!
- My Introduction to Anime!
- What Am I Reading?
- Apocalyptic Anime
- Best Anime Winter 2020
- Best Boy Winter 2020
- Best Girl Winter 2020
- Best Villain Winter 2020
- Best Fight Winter 2020
- Seven Swords!
- Guilty Pleasures!
- My Pirate Crew!
- Course Correction!
- Guess Who I Drew!
- It Might Happen… Summer 2020
- Name That Anime!
- Anime Favorites A-Z Challenge
- Best Anime Spring 2020
- Best Boy Spring 2020
- Best Girl Spring 2020
- Best Villain Spring 2020
- Best Fight Spring 2020