Summer 2020 Anime Season
June 10, 2020 4:53 PM - Subscribe

Anichart. MyAnimeList. A little bit enka and a little bit visual-kei.

The number of shows (both new and continuing) announced to start in July is half of a normal season's -- less than 20 as I post this -- and I have to assume Coronavirus is to blame for most of that.

The disruptions in many series' schedules during the Spring season is probably going to have consequences as well. Some series will probably simply end early and maybe have more bonuses than usual on the Blueray releases, but I suspect other series' investors are going to push to have their shows fulfill a full season's commitment by hook or by crook.
posted by ardgedee (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Not enough otome game isekai.

... dear God what am I saying?
posted by charred husk at 10:33 AM on June 11

I hear ya. Bakarina got a fantastic adaptation and much of the otome game isekai holds up better than various shonen power fantasy isekai. I mean, I have a weakness for the latter anyway but the majority of it fails even by the standards of junk-culture guilty pleasure.
posted by ardgedee at 1:29 PM on June 11

The new season starts next week and I've taken another look at the new show lists and... have some series been cancelled before they began? I'm pretty sure there are fewer shows in the list now than there were two weeks ago.

Unlike the spring season, which was very strong (or at least started strong before shows started falling to Covid), the summer season looks awful, featuring pretty much nothing but moeblobs, ecchi and fighting.

I might risk giving "Monster Musume no Oishasan" a try, nothing else looks even interesting enough to peek at. The manga is enjoyable trash (more or less the Monster Musume series from a couple years ago but set in a medieval fantasy world with fighting and high adventure), but I'm expecting an anime version to focus primarily on the bouncing-boobies aspect, and... well, it's not whether I have a problem with it, but that I find it annoying when a potentially good story has to get repeatedly derailed so that the women in the show can get debased by proxy. (Monster Musume was exploitative fare too, but that was entirely the point of the show and story so it's harder to get up in arms about.)

We'll probably be using our TV time catching up on a bunch of old series this summer.
posted by ardgedee at 2:41 PM on June 22

Yeah, after the ridiculously strong two-punch of Villainess and Re:Dive this Spring, the Summer is not looking promising right now. I remember the Uzaki-chan manga being less porny than it sounds, though, so we'll see how this adaptation handles it.
posted by one for the books at 4:59 PM on June 23

Spring season had a lot of fantastic shows, unfortunately many of them were cut short by the pandemic: "Wave, Listen to Me" (ran to completion), "Gal & Dino" (unfortunately only six-ish eps), "Appare Ranman" (four eps), second season of "Bookworm" (ran to completion, third season is likely), "Bakarina" (ran to completion, second season scheduled), second season of "Kaguya-san" (will run to completion)...

I usually only watch three or four shows per season but this season I've been watching I think eight.
posted by ardgedee at 11:47 AM on June 24

Is Oregairu S3 going ahead this season like it was supposed to? I have mixed feelings about it--I liked the first two but I suspect they're going to wrap it up by laying the melodrama on thick and then having the most obvious ending possible, and I can't muster any enthusiasm for it. I subscribed to Funimation a couple weeks ago 'cause I felt like Crunchyroll wasn't picking up any shows I wanted, and now instead of finding anything new I'm just watching, like, Haruhi-Chan and a bunch of other silly stuff that I've already seen.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 9:44 AM on June 27

Funimation has "Wave, Listen to Me" and "Kaguya-sama". They're totally different, but both are fun and inventive and at least once will make you scream.
posted by ardgedee at 10:20 AM on June 27

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