Top 10 Anime of 2020
VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman
WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
They're the best that 2020 has to offer! Join Ashley as he counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of "Dorohedoro", "Fire Force Season Two", "Haikyuu To The Top", and more!
Script written by ALEX CRILLY-MCKEAN
Top 10 Anime of 2020
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anime of 2020.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the best anime to come out this year! As per tradition, sequel seasons and new properties are all fair game, just as long as they dazzled us with their execution! Fair warning though, we won’t be including movies, so the exceptional Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul is out. Also, the Final Season of Attack on Titan, won’t be on here, since due its late release date, it will qualify for 2021’s line-up!
Were any of these your top picks of 2020? Or are there a few animated treasures that you believe deserve a spot? Let loose with your personal list in the comments below!
#10: “Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!” (2020)
A homage to anime past and present while also putting the industry under the microscope, witnessing these three diverse high schoolers endeavour to craft their own animation was spellbinding from start to finish. While watching Sayaka’s dry brand of humour run amok as well as getting sneak peeks into how the trade operated always made for a great watch, the real draw here were the visuals. Leave it to Masaki Yuasa to create an anime within an anime, with zero dialogue, that left us utterly breathless!
#9: “Great Pretender” (2020)
More of this please, Netflix! One of the flashiest, and well-polished explosions of a crime-capper you’re likely to come across, this globe-trotting extravaganza sees several con-men and women from all walks of life paired up as they attempt to pull some of the craziest heists. With a rich love of multiculturalism, sizzling wit, as well as everything that Abby does, there’s plenty to love here. It boggles the mind that it didn’t reach a wider audience, but that just means it's destined to become a not so hidden gem!
#8: “Haikyu!! To The Top” (2020)
Continuing to reach higher, the flightless crow’s grand return certainly delivered with both the feels and the spikes. Both parts of this fourth season certainly hit the mark, especially when it came to Karasuno’s ongoing match at the Spring Interhigh. We not only saw Hinata and the rest grow as players, but also as people off the court. Did the animation soar in comparison to the final match against Shiratorizawa? Debatable. But what can’t be denied was the overwhelming sense of optimism as the boys pushed themselves to become better athletes.
#7: “A Certain Scientific Railgun T” (2020)
The tragedy of this spin-off’s threequel is that it might just be the best thing the Index franchise has ever produced, but due to being hampered by its fellow side stories, fans may not be aware just how on point Misaka’s latest exploit was. In short, she brings the thunder! The battles are fluid, gorgeously animated and have so much gravitas to them that it puts the main series to shame. If you have even a spark of curiosity, it’s probably time to give the Railgun a go!
#6: “Fire Force” Season Two (2020)
Taking the raucous, fiery fun of the original and packing in as much metal as possible, Shinra and Company 8’s second outing has certainly had its fair share of bright spots, especially when it came to their ongoing battles against the White Clad. Not only did this season really push the fight scenes as far as they could go, but endeavoured to really broaden the lore of this perpetually toasty world, and in doing so delivered a result that was somehow brighter with its comedy but extremely dark with its subtext! Also, Charon catching that beam was fire. Pun intended.
#5: “Dorohedoro” (2020)
Are you ready for the madness? Because this thing is what happens when you blend together batshit insanity, grunge, classism and graphic violence into one melting point, and sprinkle in one Amazon waifu for good measure. In order to find the man who turned his face reptilian, the well-meaning yet brutal Caiman seeks out the sorcerers who use his home turf as target practise for their sinister spells. With his beastly and enigmatic bestie by his side, Caiman’s journey is one mired in demons, darkness, as well as the question of what defines one’s identity. And again, it’s got Noi in it!
#4: “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax” (2020)
It happened. It actually happened. In their own, painfully pragmatic way, Hachiman and the Service Club got their happy ending, along with all the bitter consequences that came with it. In a shining farewell to the cynical trio we had all come to love, we not only saw a satisfying conclusion to one of modern anime’s most contested love triangles but also got to witness how they each overcame some personal demons. Whichever girl you rooted for you’ll be glad you watched this show.
#3: “Kaguya-sama: Love Is War” Season Two (2020)
We already knew going in that the romance and the comedy was going to be on point. After all, the hilarious competition between Shinomiya and Shirogane as they endeavoured to win each other’s hearts had already ensnared us one year prior. That being said, we weren’t ready for the feels this sequel dished out. Oh, sure they still left us laughing like loons at every opportunity, but the biggest strength was by far its touching character moments, especially when it came to Ishigami and his pained past. We can’t wait to see them make a grand return, but please, warn us next time before you shatter us again!
#2: “Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World” Season Two (2020-)
Just when we thought Subaru’s suffering was at an end, along comes this twistedly tantalising second instalment, where it quickly became apparent that his death count had only just begun. Despite lacking that one blue oni girl whose name we can’t recall, this one more than delivered on the hype, exploring the very nerve of Subaru’s character and the trauma has accumulated over his many, many returns. We of course can’t forget about Echidna and the other Witches of Sin, whose introduction elevated the lore of this world tenfold! Good luck out there lad, try not to get eaten by bunnies again.
Before we reveal our number one pick of the year, here are a few honourable mentions that demand your attention!
“Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld” Season Two (2020)
“The Misfit of Demon King Academy (2020)
“Golden Kamuy” Season Three (2020)
“Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai” (2020-)
“Interspecies Reviewers” (2020)
#1: “Jujutsu Kaisen” (2020-)
Storming its way through the gate onto the shounen scene, this shining jewel in Mappa’s crown has firmly established itself as one of the frontrunners, and it’s only just gotten started! While the concept of a young rogue being trained in the dark arts by an institution of modern-day sorcerers in order to stop monstrous spectres that feed on humans might sound a tad familiar, the fantastic animation, intriguing cast of jujutsu practitioners, and creative approach to the tropes, the result is an exhilarating experience! You need to watch this for Gojo’s flexes alone!