As a quick look at MyAnimeList or LiveChart.me will show you, the Summer 2020 anime season has a lot of returning seasons. Somehow there’s still a new, ongoing Sword Art Online anime, and David Productions is putting out a 2nd season of Fire Force (and still we hear no word on whether they plan to make JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, sigh). Even the continuation of Haikyuu!!’s fourth season was planned to be released this Summer 2020, but it was delayed due to production issues in light of COVID-19.
With so many returning seasons that require some prior viewing, as well as some mild disappointment at the delay of Haikyuu!!, you might be discouraged to even check for any new, original anime coming this season. But hey, that’s why I’m here to do all the checking for you. Here are five new and upcoming anime worth checking out this Summer 2020.
Based on the 2011 webtoon/manhwa (the Korean version of manga) of the same name, The God of High School has had a long journey from webtoon to mobile game and OVA, to finally a full-fledged anime, now serving as proof of how anime is becoming an increasingly global medium. It’s a Korean webtoon being adapted into an anime by one of Japan’s major anime studios, MAPPA, and it’s produced by America’s leading anime licensing and distribution company, Crunchyroll.
The God of High School is a shounen anime led by protagonist Jin Mo-Ri, who enters a fighting tournament called “The God of High School”, where superpowered high school students from all over the world come to fight for the 1st placer’s prize: to have one wish of theirs granted, without limits, and no questions asked. It’s every shounen anime’s “tournament” arc taken to the next level, and it’s going to be interesting to see how a Korean-written and American-produced anime might differ from the Japanese anime we’re used to.
Deca-Dence is an original anime produced by Kadokawa and animated by NUT, a relatively new animation studio founded in 2017, whose only animation credits thus far are the anime adaptation of The Saga of Tanya the Evil, and FLCL Alternative. If you’ve seen either of their previous works, you’d know that their animation is pretty impressive, and the trailer for Deca-Dence shows even more promise.
So far, details are scarce for Deca-Dence’s plot, but it’s set in a dystopia where humanity has been driven to the brink of extinction by mysterious life forms called Gadoll. In order to protect themselves, the last remaining humans built a large mobile fortress called the “Deca-Dence”. It seems like a sci-fi version of Attack on Titan, but in the hands of director Yuzuru Tachikawa (director of the fantastic Death Parade) and writer Hiroshi Seko (whose writing credits include so many of our favorite anime), Deca-Dence is bound to be one of the standouts of Summer 2020.
Based on the hit 2017 manga, and also known as “Rent-A-Girlfriend”, Kanojo, Okarishimasu is what you get when you put a romantic-comedy harem anime spin on the bizarre phenomenon of friend-and-family rental services in Japan. Describing the phenomenon itself could take up way too much space in this article, but essentially in Japan, you can rent yourself a friend, parent, sibling, and even a boyfriend or girlfriend (no funny business, of course).
In Kanojo, Okarishimasu, the protagonist Kazuya gets dumped by his girlfriend of one month, and in order to keep up appearances, he resorts to renting a girlfriend through an online app. He ends up renting the out-of-his-league Chizuru, who just so happens to go to the same college as he does and is also his next-door neighbor (rom-com anime logic, am I right?). Kazuya begins to fall for Chizuru despite their relationship being of the business-only type, and Chizuru starts getting jealous when other girls begin approaching Kazuya. It’s a harem rom-com setup that revolves around a real-life phenomenon, and it’s definitely worth a watch if even just to see how it handles the controversial topic of rental companions.
Okay, hear me out here: I am fully aware that Koi to Producer: EVOL×LOVE (also known as “Mr Love: Queen’s Choice”) is based on an otome game (basically a female-oriented dating sim), and I know it’s easy to dismiss as one of those pretty-boys-fight-over-one-girl anime, but Koi to Producer is almost like a modern Fushigi Yuugi. Considering how Fushigi Yuugi was so well-loved by both male and female audiences in the 2000s, we ought to be more open to watching anime shows that revolve around superpowered studs.
In Koi to Producer, the yet-unnamed protagonist works as a media producer as she finds herself in the sights of four boys with their own distinct archetypes, all vying for her attention. At first, it seems like the typical otome set-up, but the story takes a sharp turn when the boys are revealed to have superpowers as a result of genetic alterations. They’re all connected by the Black Swan Project, a program that aims to alter the genes of humans in order to grant them superpowers. It’s basically Fushigi Yuugi if Tamahome and Hotohori were X-Men, and the plot twists alone are sure to make for a captivating anime. If you’re interested in playing the game ahead of its anime adaptation, it’s available on iOS and Google Play.
With one of the strongest trailers for this season’s batch of anime, Great Pretender is already off to a great start when it comes to generating hype. With stylish animation from Wit Studio, whose credits include Attack on Titan, Vinland Saga, and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, it’s a safe bet that Great Pretender is going to be a visual treat.
Great Pretender tells the story of Masato, a con man who attempts to swindle a Frenchman in Japan, only to discover that the Frenchman, named Laurent, was actually a fellow con man with far more talent for the job. Masato gets conned back, and gets roped into joining Laurent’s team of con men. As Masato works alongside Laurent, he learns to become a master con-man himself.
The story feels like a mix of Black Lagoon and the lesser-known but equally great Gangsta, and the jazzy, adult-contemporary tone in its trailers are reminiscent of old heist films and the older entries in the Lupin the Third series. Who doesn’t love a story about a ragtag group of swindlers, right?
Alongside the four new anime listed above, there are also plenty of anime with returning seasons this Summer 2020, and in case you missed their announcements, here they are for your viewing convenience.
For more news on which anime to check out every season, as well as the latest anime releases on your favorite streaming services, be sure to stay tuned. Until then, happy viewing!
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