Hey everyone! It’s time for a new season of anime and by now most of the new anime have kicked off and given us at least one episode (if not two or even three). As such Irina and I have joined forces to discuss the Winter 2020 anime season.Anything to say, Irina, before we kick off?
Oh, Hi Guys! Winter 2020 has started and I am just loving this season. Maybe the anime industry finally decided that catering personally to me was the way to go and I have to say, it’s a decision I agree with!
As much as I was trying to keep my watch load light this season, there’s been quite a few shows that have grabbed my attention early on because they just happen to hit particular genres or styles I like. So yeah, Winter 2020 is looking to be a very fun season. Though given we usually have fairly differing views on anime, I’m interested to hear what has caught your attention. But let’s start at the beginning: What were you most looking forward to?
The honest answer is Haikyuu. I am a huge fan of the series and my heart jumped when I saw a new season announced. But as I always am, I was a little scared it wouldn’t live up to my expectations so there were a couple of backup picks. Pet was one if only because it played hard to get with me not coming out in 2019 as it was originally announced. I had a season to build up anticipation. The other was Ishuzoku Reviewers for reasons I cannot explain. Unfortunately I don’t have the platform for that one.
I still don’t have access to Pet and I was actually fairly sad about that because we’d agreed to cover it together last season. My honest answer is pretty straight forward, I hadn’t looked at what was coming out in the Winter season because the end of last season was hectic enough so I wasn’t really looking forward to anything. That’s allowed me to be pleasantly (and not-so pleasantly) surprised as the first episodes have rolled out.
Which means I’ve tried a little bit of everything. I think the only two shows I have access to that I didn’t at least start the first episode of was Asteroid in Love (really doesn’t seem like my kind of anime and I was looking to keep the watch list low) and Interspecies Reviewers (which definitely isn’t the kind of anime I’m going to enjoy so I’ll leave reviewing it to someone who might enjoy it). What have you tried so far?
Let’s see, Pet, The Case Files of Jeweller Richard, Haikyuu, Somali and the Forest Spirit, Keep your Hands Off Eizouken, In/Specter, Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga, Boku no Tonari. I was excited to see a new season of Idolish 7, it’s going in my binge file.
And, so what was your favourite premiere?
Hmmmm. I don’t know…. I loved Somali for the storybook feel and lovely colours, I loved Eizouken for the sheer joyfulness and love of anime, I loved In/Spectrr for best girl Kotoko and the fun pulpy atmosphere complete with silly Yokai and Haikyuu had me cheering all alone in my living room. And there are a lot of series I’m keeping to binge after the season is done, so there you have it. They are all favourite…. may not understand what favourite actually means.
Totally agree about Eizouken and it would have taken the position of my favourite premiere until I watched In/Spectre. Everything about the In/Spectre anime appeals to me so far so even though it is unlikely to have the quality of some of the other anime coming out this season, I think I’ll enjoy it the most.
On the other hand I made it less than ten minutes through A Destructive God Sits Next To Me. I just keep thinking that once again there’s a couple of popular shows about characters with Chuunibyou and other anime seem to feel that just dropping that character (or more than one) into a story is enough. Everything about the minutes I watched of that anime annoyed me. Then again, the anime about the two science students falling love also got a mid-episode drop from me. It was like a discount version of Kaguya-Sama and I didn’t like that. Anything earn a drop from you yet?
None, my 2020 loose goal to drop more anime is not off to the best start.
I plan on reviewing Pet right here on 100 Word Anime. The Case Files of Jeweller Richard, Keep your Hands Off Eizouken and In/Specter as collabs with you while I will be continuing the second cour of My Hero Academia with Crow. Haikyuu and Somali and the Forest Spirit over on my blog.
The other titles I plan to watch as a binge once the season is over and I will probably eventually do series reviews of those as well.
How about your plans? I’m sure the readers are eager to know!
For me, I’ve got the collaborations with you, My Hero Academia with Kapodaco, and then I’m planning to cover Bofuri, ID: Invaded and Darwin’s Game. Depending on various factors at work I’ll try and cover Magia Record, Haikyu and Somali and the Forest Spirit but these may end up just being binged and reviewed later. I feel they’ll all get good coverage elsewhere, and particularly with Haikyu I think I’ll enjoy it more if I just binge watch it.
Still, sounds like we’re both going to be pretty busy. Having fun, but definitely busy. Hopefully Winter 2020 keeps going strong after such a promising beginning.
Thanks for Reading From
Irina and Karandi