Hello and Happy New Year all my kings and queens. Last year was hot for anime! Hitting us hard with some really powerful original series such as Demon Slayer, Fruits Basket (sorta original), Fire Force and Rising of the Shield Hero. It also gave us even more life to continuing series such as Attack on Titan and MHA. And with 2020 here, producers don’t look like they are holding back the punches this year.
I’m telling you! This list is full of heavy hitters returning to the rink for their next match and I am excited ! Let’s go!!! Or to be more appropriate, “Ikou!”
5. Rising of the Shield Hero
So first off. During the Crunchyroll Expo in 2019, the creators released that there would not only be a Season 2 coming our way but they had already confirmed season 3. This is actually rare for a production company to do, so that means the producers know this anime is so popular they are banking on the fact season 2 will be a success which will project them towards season 3 being a hit!
If you’re not familiar with Tate Yuusha No Nariagari aka The Rising of the Shield Hero, then what are you waiting for? It’s a great isekai about this college student who was, of course, transported to another world along with three other people from his realm to become Legendary Heroes and fulfill the prophecy to protect the people of Melromarc from natural tragedies happening across the nation. What makes this show so unique is that the people who summoned our Four Heroes to their world actually sabotaged our protagonist, Iwatani Naofumi, making him hated by all the people of Melromarc. How can someone be a hero to those who despise him and see him as the devil? You just have to watch the series to find out.
Warning: you will probably vomit or say “F*ck you!” every time a specific character shows their face. Not lying. You will hate them SOOOOO MUCH!
4. Haikyuu!! (Tie)
I have to admit. I enjoy this anime more than I thought I would. Super late to the party on this one but this series has some really good vibes to it. The best part about this one is it’s newest season Haikyuu: To The Top is already out unlike the rest of the anime on this list where you have to wait until Spring or Fall.
This anime is not just about guy’s playing volleyball. It goes beyond that. It’s about achieving your dreams and Flying High until you reach to the top.
The story centers around Shoyo Hinata, a boy who, one day, watches volleyball superstar nicknamed “Small Giant” on TV and instantly becomes inspired to be in his shoes. He joins the middle school volleyball team and sets off for the tournament where he crosses paths with his icon, Tobio Kageyama, who is also deemed the title, “King of the Upper Court”. Hinata’s team were mercilessly defeated but that didn’t stop our Small Giant from working hard to aim to the top and crush Kageyama in high school. He enters high school and receives the biggest surprise: He and Kageyama are on the same high school volleyball team!
4. Fire Force (Tie)
I will admit that I am late to the Fire Force party as well. I just finished the season this week and it was stunningly AMAZING!
This series’s fighting scenes are mainly pyrokinesis so that means a lot of fire. Which means… a lot of FIRE! The fight scenes are hot and contain such good, non overly dramatic use of CGI. The art style is beautiful. Literally this takes place in a somewhat future of Tokyo and a lot of the statues I saw when traveling Japan were in this anime with such detail. It wasn’t like other anime that are placed in Tokyo and that’s it. There are historical landmarks in here that have beautiful detail. Also, the emotional scenes are so raw.
Like this scene! I’m not going to spoil it, but in anime, when someone is emotional you see probably two seconds of them crying and then it cuts to another shot of the character holding them or something. But with this scene… we saw the whole emotional journey of this character named Tamaki. It wasn’t like she cried for two seconds because she was saved. It was like we saw her crying out of happiness someone heard her cries for help. Then after a few seconds of that we saw her realize she was crying and that she doesn’t need to anymore because she is now safe. And then after a second or two of that, we see her go into a faint smile of hope before it cuts to black and ends the episode. Artistic genius! That felt so relatable to how we experience emotions as human beings.
So long story short, this anime takes place in a futuristic sorta Tokyo where humans die, of course, by illness, disease, and suicide. But they also die by combustion. Randomly bursting into flames and turning into these demon-like creatures called Infernals. This is where the Fire Force comes in. To end the suffering of the humans who have turned into flames and peacefully exorcise them. However, there has been talk of some corruption amongst the Fire Force stations and it is now up to Station Number 8, post of our protagonist, Shinra Kusakabe, to find the origin behind human combustion and put it to an end.
3. Re: Zero
Whoa man. This is almost as bad as AOT. FOUR YEARS LATER and we finally get a second season. Granted this series didn’t leave us on a dramatic cliff hanger for five years, so the creators probably had a second season in mind but didn’t want to bank on it.
This anime is so fire and has been one of the few isekai that continue to push that genre further and further. Let’s face it. Ever since SAO hit the networks isekai has been growing with plenty of anime following in its footsteps. Creating series like No Game No Life, Re:Zero, The Saga of Tanya The Evil, Overlord, and many more.
This is the story of Natsuki Subaru who was, one day, transported from his normal everyday life to a fantasy world. And I mean like. he left the grocery store, looked down at his phone, looked up and the next thing he realized he was at this fantasy kingdom with people in archaic clothes and lizard bodies. Honestly any normal person probably would have been incapacitated by shock. So now you have this lost dog (Subaru) meandering around the kingdom realizing he is not in Kansas anymore. Eventually meeting this beautiful elf named Satella (sorta), Subaru grows fond of her and promises to return an item she lost. Little did he know when going on this journey to find said item, he ends up getting involved in this whole corrupt political scheme that costs him his life. However, he learns has the ability to “Return by Death”. A creepy but powerful gift that resurrects him and sets him back to a specific starting point on his journey. Whether it be 3 days ago or two hours ago, Subaru is sent back to have a second chance at altering the fate of those around him and prevent the error that cost his life. And then creepy children sing in the background followed by an angelic voice. I’m telling you I had that shit in my nightmares for days.
2. The Promised Neverland
If you haven’t seen this series yet, you are slacking! My weeb friends and I always debate whether or not this was the best first episode in anime history or not BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD! Not going to spoil it! But I will say this series’s first episode will wreck you. And leave you unapologetically binging the whole first season.
We will see this season later on in the fall with the number one on the list AND 👏🏽 I 👏🏽 AM 👏🏽 SO PUMPED!👏🏽 Let’s go!
This series is about a group of orphans who live a happy life in this secluded orphanage under the care of this woman they call Mama. They are all close to each other and treat each other like family. However, the one rule that Mama tells them to never break is to never go beyond the gates of the land. It’s so cute until one day our protagonist Emma and Norman go beyond the gates and discover a horrid truth about their reality.
This anime is suspenseful, filled with thrills and twists, and will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. It teaches you how to defy the odds and how to always be one step ahead of your opponent.
AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST! THE RETURNING ANIME SEASON I AM MOST EXCITED FOR THIS YEAR!
*You probably already know what it is because it’s the only epic anime I haven’t covered yet on the list.*
1. Attack on Titan
Not only is this season going to showcase the final showdown between our Scouts and the creators of the Titans, but it is the final season! What does that mean? All the high flying action, the betrayal, deceit, suspense, and heartbreak will hit us like a freight train. I haven’t read the manga because I don’t want the ending to be spoiled to me but know for a fact that more main characters will be lost and betrayal will commence. The action is going to be at the peak of EPICNESS! And the story is going to be filled with so much heart!
We left off last season with Eren and the Scout finally reaching to the origin of the Titans, and Eren and Armin finally get to see their dream through to the end. However, Eren’s feelings about this magnificent view have been darkened by the thought that just across from that body of water, there lies the enemy. I have no idea as to if our creators will release a full 24 episode season on a weekly schedule or if they will release a Part 1 of Season 4 in the fall and then a Part 2 of Season 4 the following year. Either way, I am excited.
Attack on Titan takes place long ago when humanity is on the brink of extinction because of man-eating giants they call Titans. Humans have lived in survival (notice I didn’t say peace) behind the walls of Maria, Rose, and Sina. Fifty meter high walls that surround the small kingdom of humanity and have provided protection from the Titans for centuries…until one day, a Titan different from the others wrecks the outer wall (something that no Titan has done for centuries) allowing the other Titans to come in and massacre the humans. Witnessing the death of his loved ones, protagonist, Eren Yeager, vows to join the Scouts along with his friends and bring the Titans down once and for all. And you’d be surprised at how far he goes to make that dream become a reality. With unexpected twists and turns as their secret weapon, none of us saw what plot twists lied ahead in the story!
There is a reason why I debate with my friend on The Promised Neverland episode 1 being the best episode one in anime history. Simply because this episode 1 SMOKES that episode. They are both awesome but AOT has a lot more energy in their first episode! I mean come on! The introduction to the ODM gear and the first glimpse of an actual fight with a Titan WITHIN THE FIRST 5 MINUTES OF THE SERIES was such an iconic scene that everyone watching was so hype to cosplay as a Scout and swing high from trees and slice up some Titan via their belts! Hell, I have friends that don’t even like anime but were hooked on AOT the second they saw that iconic scene!
Thanks for reading my list. Hope you all had an awesome time.
Stay fierce! Stay awesome! Itekimasu!