We’re nearing the end of the current anime season and it’s around that time when we start to get ready for the new series that are just around the corner. This is going to be more of a discussion-type piece where I tell you guys the fall 2020 anime I’m excited for, a brief synopsis and why I’m excited for them. Then, you guys do the same!
Haikyuu To The Top!
Of course Haikyuu would be on here. I’ve spoken about this series a fair amount and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t incredibly excited for the second half of To The Top! The finale of the last episode had our boys from Karasuno beginning their match with the famed Inarizaki high school team. Inarizaki are a powerhouse team that have made their way to the nationals for the last 3 years running!
I love this series so much. Haikyuu is a standout when it comes to sports series at the moment. Sports can summon up such incredible motivational feelings inside you as a viewer, and Hakiyuu might just be one of the best at creating this feeling.
Considering the season will consist of 12 episodes, I imagine that a large majority of the season will be made up of this set between Karasuno and Inarizaki. The third season, where Karasuno faced off against Wakatoshi and Shiratorizawa, did a similar thing, in that the season only consisted of their set. With this in mind, I have total faith that this season will be another incredible one filled with hype and excitement. Haikyuu is a series that, in my opinion, improves with each new season and I cannot contain my excitement for what’s to come!
Itadori Yuji is a boy with tremendous physical strength, though he lives a completely ordinary high school life. One day, to save a friend who has been attacked by Curses, he eats the finger of the Double-Faced Specter, taking the Curse into his own soul. From then on, he shares one body with the Double-Faced Specter. Guided by the most powerful of sorcerers, Gojou Satoru, Itadori is admitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Technical High School of Sorcery, an organization that fights the Curses… and thus begins the heroic tale of a boy who became a Curse to exorcise a Curse, a life from which he could never turn back.
This new series is one of the current running weekly series featured in Shonen JUMP, so it was only a matter of time before it received its much awaited anime adaptation. Having read a few chapters of Jujutsu Kaisen, I can say that this series offers some really interesting characters, powers, dark twists and turns, along with some seriously badass action.
This series always reminded of Tokyo Ghoul in the way that it feels, mixed with some classic Shounen themes. So if you’re a fan of an actions series that will definitely showcase something a bit darker and has an interesting power system, you should definitely give Jujutsu Kaisen a go.
Sports Climbing Girls!
The story centers around girls who compete in sport climbing, particularly climbing artificially constructed walls. First-year high school student Konomi Kasahara discovered this sport at Hanamiya Girls’ High School after training her mind with puzzle games during junior high school.
MORE SPORTS! On a serious note though, I really hope that Sports Climbing Girls is a good series, because none of the more recent ones have been able to grab me. I think the last new seasonal sports anime I enjoyed and watched the entirety of was, forgive me for this, Keijo.
The others that come to mind are Hanebado, which was decent, but I could not get past my pure hatred for the main character’s mother. What an awful character. Kandagawa Jet Girls was another one. But on the whole, this series felt much more light hearted with a blend of ecchi and sport.
On the other hand, there is the chance we get a series that hits in the same way that some of the greats did. Run with the Wind, Ahiru no Sora, Chihayafuru, something that just blows you away with a story about characters sharing a passion. I just want a sports series that has girls but isn’t too ecchi. Is that too much to ask?
For 820 years he had slumbered with no knowledge of mankind’s advancement and scientific progress. The land which he once knew has become an unfamiliar place with new technology, attitudes, and lifestyles. Upon awakening, Cadis Etrama Di Raizel (aka Rai), seeks to familiarize himself with this era. He locates a loyal servant of his, Frankenstein, who is currently the principal of a South Korean High School. Rai decides that this school is the perfect place to help him learn about the modern world, enrols, and begins associating with a group of good-natured students in order to ‘blend in’. But this new world is no safer than the old; and the dignified, bewildered, technologically inept Rai finds himself embroiled in adventures both ridiculous and dangerous.
Another big Korean Manhwa/Webtoon title is making its way into the realm of anime. Noblesse is a story involving the supernatural adventures of Rai as he begins to dig up his past. I must admit that I’m not as familiar with this particular webtoon, but I have been interested in it for a while.
My only worry is that it may stumble in the same area as the previous two Crunchyroll original Webtoon anime, that being the pacing. God of Highschool was a series that had a good start and all of sudden went from early stage Naruto-style fist fighting to Goku-level power-ups that could also become Jojo Stands. Here’s hoping that 3rd time’s the charm.
Irregular at Magic High School: Second Season
Miyuki Shiba’s classmate Kitayama Shizuku is on her way to study abroad. For magicians, this is normally impossible, since allowing the genes of someone who can use magic outside their home country’s borders is tantamount to giving up national secrets. But it’s allowed to happen in one case – exchange programs.
And that’s how Angelina Kudou Shields, known as Lina, has arrived in Japan from the USNA to study at First High. Around the time Lina arrived in Japan, magicians began getting attacked by a mysterious being who leaves his victims drained of blood. Will Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba be able to discover the identity of the “Vampire”?
Can you believe that it’s been 6 years since the first season of Irregular at Magic High? 6 Years?! The show seemed fairly popular back when it first aired, and apparently the novels sell incredibly well in Japan, so I wonder what took them so long.
I must admit that I’m partial to a bit of a power fantasy series every now and then. I have been enjoying Misfit of Demon Academy this season, which is quite possibly one of the most absurd power fantasy shows I have ever seen. Suffice to say I’m sure I’ll have some fun watching the second season of Irregular at Magic High.
I can’t be the only one seeing the similarities in some of these power fantasy series names, surely?
Misfit at Demon Academy.
Irregular at Magic High School.
Anyways, thanks for reading!