Here we are, the final part of the 2020 Year In Review! It’s been a long time coming but we’re here to talk about the one anime that stands out the most for us from the past year. It’s not an easy task narrowing it down to just one anime out of all the dozens that aired in 2020, but we somehow have managed to do that. So with that said, let’s jump right in and take a look at our picks for Anime of the Year!
Nick’s Anime of the Year
Majo no Tabitabi
I can’t begin to even describe how hard it was to make a decision as to what my AOTY was going to be. While I didn’t watch a lot of shows last season, the ones I did watch were excellent and from those it was hard to narrow it down to just one that I enjoyed the most, but after thinking it over for a long while, this was my final choice.
I think what stands out the most for me when it comes to Wander Witch was that I didn’t really have any outstanding expectations going into it. I hadn’t watched a preview for it and I was just going off the summary I read about it, so based off that along I thought I had a good idea of what this show would be about. Of course once it began I realized I was in for a totally different ride. But the best part about it was that it ended up being way better than I had imagined it was going to be. I like it when a show surprises me and does something different than I think it will. After watching anime for so many years I feel I’ve got it all worked out already, I know what’s going to happen based off so many previous experiences, but still there are shows every now and then that do surprise me and Wandering Witch is definitely one of those.
I’ve pretty much covered all I wanted to talk about in the Fall post last week, so if you want more of my thoughts about this fantastic anime, go read them there. If I was to have a complaint about this anime, it’s that it should’ve been 24 eps. 12 does not do this show justice as it just feels too short and I’m sure there are many more adventures Elaina went on that could be animated as well. I really hope we get another season of this one because there is so much more that could happen in it.
Joe’s Anime of the Year
Honestly, I had no idea what to pick for this. I was stumped between two of the shows I previously talked about, Tonikawa and My Next Life as a Villainess. So, I flipped a coin and whichever one it was, Tonikawa, I was going to talk about more and why I liked it.
So, last time I mentioned how I just liked it because it was a parody at times, and a nice comfy romantic comedy anime. I forgot to mention what the show was about. Although, I mean, romantic comedy, means something with romance. Anyway, the story deals with a new young couple, recently married, after the main character, Nasa and his wife Tsukasa. Upon first site, Nasa decided to purpose to Tsukasa. That faithful encounter and proposal came back two years later when Tsukasa returned with a marriage form. Thus, their life as a married couple began.
While you would think that they did not know each other, there are bound to be issues, well, it is a comedy, so it is more with other people trying to interfere with their romance, as the two quickly become infatuated with one another. At times it is rather cheesy, and I always have a soft spot for that sort of things. The two are very different and yet, the two chemistry, comedy wise is rather perfect and complements both of them nicely.
There also been a lot of similarities between Tsukasa and Princess Kaguya, a story in Japanese that involves a women falling in love with a man only to then leave and return to the moon, thus never being able to marry, or something like that. So, it would be interesting to see what would happen later in the series, when there is hopefully a sequel. Either way, for now while I dream of a second season coming out, I will just have to accept reading the manga for now.
Deven’s Anime of the Year
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
I thought about the anime that I watched and enjoyed this year and even with good ones like Re:Zero on the list, I had to come back to Bakarina. My Next Life as a Villainess was really amazing. Just like a lot of other fans say that Katarina is like a dense black hole that draws people I feel like I was drawn into every episode the anime to the point where I didn’t want it to end. Each character was changed so much by Katarina being a lot different of a person than the version that the game had and it made such a difference in her own life. It was to the point where she still thought she was going to be killed or exiled but she didn’t even notice that she solved that problem years ago. Let’s not forget all of the funny moments given to us by her harem which made the whole anime feel more alive in my book. It’s the main reason why I’m so happy for the next season. I hope you all check it out.
So there you have it, our picks for Anime of the Year!
Yes 2020 wasn’t a great year by any means, but for anime we had plenty to enjoy and be happy about. With 2020 officially over with and 2021 on its way, there are plenty more anime to look forward to in the coming months. Be it returning favorites or exciting new shows, there will always be something for everyone when it comes to anime and the thought of a whole new round of anime to enjoy this year has got me all excited again.
As always thank you so much for spending another year with Anime Corps, be it if you’re a long time follower or just found this blog in the past year, we’re glad to have you along for the ride and I hope you’re enjoying the content we post here. I’m sure you also watched a lot of anime in 2020, so what did you pick for your Anime of the Year? Leave a comment below with what you decided on!
That’s it for this post, it’s been great to bring the team together once more for this annual series and I look forward to next year’s as we recap 2021’s amazing lineup of anime!
Thanks for reading and as always stay safe, wear a mask, and practice social distancing!