2020, which in the future will be referred to as the year to come not being called, was a pretty strange years when it comes to anime, to say the least. Several high-profile anime productions were stopped due to the pandemic and forced to plan from the second season of Promised Neverland to high-profile feature films such as the recently released one Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time and the forthcoming American theater premiere at Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train.
Here is our list of the 10 most exciting anime to watch this season.
Fruit basket: The last season
The last season of Fruit basket is certainly the most emotional yet – and it says something for a show that regularly interrogates childhood traumas, adult loneliness and the terrifying test of being famous.
Last season ended with the idealist orphan Tohru Honda discovering the true nature of Akito, the leader of the mysterious Sohma family. As the “God” of the zodiac, Akito exercises great power and influence over the families of the Sohma, especially those affected by the curse. Essentially, they are forced to keep Akito’s commandments, whether they like it or not.
Determined to break the curse they are under – for everyone involved, but especially for the mocking Cat of the Zodiac, Kyo, who will initially be imprisoned for life after graduation – Tohru must dive deeper and figure out how to resolve the bonds that bind Sohmas together. Preview of the upcoming season promises some love confessions, stolen smooches and tearful moments. Will Tohru be able to break the curse of the Sohma family? The word is out there, but one thing is for sure: Fruit basket: The last season will probably make us all cry. —Petrana Radulovic
Fruit basket: The last season premieres April 5 on Crunchyroll and Funimation. The first episode is available for streaming now Funimation.
Godzilla: Singular Point
This spring could not possibly be a more casual season for Godzilla fans, what about the long-awaited premiere on studio legs (My Hero Academia) and orange (Beastars) anime series Godzilla Singular Point just a few days apart from the release of the latest live-action American film Godzilla vs. King Kong.
Not to be confused with Polygon Pictures’ trilogy of anime movies (Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle and Godzilla: The Planet Eater), Godzilla Singular Point has a brand new cast of characters and original story, written by Toh Enjoe (Empire of Corpses, Space Dandy) and directed by Atsushi Takahashi (Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi). The series also includes Eiji Yamamori, known for his work with such anime classics as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and The wind is increasing, who designs for the series’ kaiju. Will the King of Kaiju rule triumphantly in this new incarnation? There’s just one way to find out. – Toussaint Egan
Godzilla: Singular Point premieres on Netflix in Japan on March 25 and will be available for streaming worldwide later this year.
Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood
Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood may sound like a riff on Toshiya Fujita’s revenge drama from 1973 Lady Snowblood, but the premise is far more supernatural. Directed by Susumu Kudo (Tokyo Babylon 2021, Ghost in the Shell: Arise) and written by Rika Nezu (Holy young men) and Kunihiko Okada (The girl who ran through the room), anime is set in an alternate historical version of Japan in 1931 where a mysterious energy source known as the “dragon friend” has given the country miraculous technological advances and a secret order of executioners known as “Nue” works on behalf of the Tokugawa shogunate. The series follows Sawa Yukimura, a young woman with blue blood and supernatural abilities, who launches a campaign of revenge against Nue for killing her family when she was a child. -TEA
Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood premieres April 6 in Japan and will stream this spring Crunchyroll.
Megalo Box 2: Nomad
Gearless Joe returns in the long-awaited follow-up to TMS Entertainment 2018 Ashita to Joe homage Megalo Box! And from the trailer, he looks a little worse for wear and tear in the seven years since he became champion of the Megalonia boxing tournament. Megalo Box 2: Nomad sees the return of director You Moriyama, together with series writer and composers Katsuhiko Manabe and Kensaku Kojima. If the series is something like its predecessor from 2018, Megalo Box 2: Nomad is definitely one of this season’s most exciting and beautifully animated action anime. -TEA
Megalobox 2: Nomad premieres April 4 in Japan and will stream further Funimation.
My Hero Academia season 5
We voted out the fourth season My Hero Academia one of our favorite anime last year, and describes it as, “[the series] both at its darkest and strongest, as it further explores the complications of a world where almost everyone is super-driven. ”
The fifth season of MHA will start with the Joint Training Arc, which sees students in class 1-A and class 1-B face each other in a series of team matches that show how much each class has grown. In the wake of All Might’s retirement and Endeavor’s full new role as the new number one hero, the fifth season of MHA will probably see Izuku Midoriya and the rest of UA Academy’s Class 1-A face new challenges and even more frightening villains as the heroic society becomes more precarious with each passing day. Season 5 promises to provide exciting new revelations to questions that remain after the end of last season, as well as the series’ 100th episode. -TEA
My Hero Academia season 5 premieres March 27 in Japan and will stream further Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Studio Trigger’s SSSS.Gridman was one of the most satisfying and surprising anime favorites of the fall of 2018, and stimulated Tsuburaya Productions’ long-asleep tokusatsu prpperty Think Choujin Gridman (better known in the United States by the Western adaptation Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad) with an exciting character-driven plot and dazzling animation. With the return of the staff on SSSS.Gridman including director Akira Amemiya, screenwriter Keiichi Hasegawa, character designer Masaru Sakamoto and composer Shiro Sagisu, SSS.Dynazenon is the next part of the “Gridman Universe” franchise and continues the story of its predecessor from 2018 – although “how” just yet is still a tight-lipped secret. Nevertheless, we remain happy to see where this new anime pushes the series forward. -TEA
SSSS. Dynazenon premieres April 2 in Japan and will stream further Crunchyroll.
The world ends with you: the animation
2007 Nintendo DS game The world ends with you is still an eccentric cult favorite among Square Enix’s venerable JRPG catalog, a sartorial-focused action role-playing game inspired by Japanese youth culture and street fashion. With a long-awaited sequel, NEO: The world ends with you, scheduled to come out once this year, now is the perfect time to get to know the series via studio Domerica (Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo) and Shin-Ei Animation‘s (Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan) latest anime adaptation. The game’s distinctive art style is wonderfully rendered, performed through an artistic mix of 2D and 3D animation that brings Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi’s original artwork to life. -TEA
The world ends with you premieres April 9 in Japan and will stream further Crunchyroll and Funimation.
For your eternity
Based on A quiet voice author Yoshitoki Ōima’s manga of the same name, For your eternity follows a mysterious amorphous immortal who is sent to earth by a regular more mysterious power, which embarks on a personal journey in search of knowledge and meaning while assuming the form of those with whom it forms a strong emotional bond. But what does this have to do with the story of a lonely boy and his companion wolf in the North American Arctic? Well … that would be telling, right? With a robust and eclectic staff including director Mashishiko Murata (NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals) and screenwriter Shinzo Fujita (Parasite -the maximum-), not to mention a theme song courtesy of Kingdom Hearts singer Hikaru Utada, For your eternity resembles a strange and elusive hybrid by John Carpenter Things meets 2005’s melancholy supernatural drama anime Mushishi. -TEA
For your eternity premieres April 12 in Japan and will stream further Crunchyroll.
LeSean Thomas’ (Black Dynamite, The Boondocks) latest series Yasuke is easily one of the most exciting new anime coming out this spring. Based on the true story of a former slave-beaten-samurai holder by Oda Nobunaga, the series boasts behind-the-scenes talent, with director Takeshi Koike (Lupid the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine) contributing design work, LaKeith Stanfield (Get out, Atlanta, Sorry I’m disturbing) gives the voice to the main character, and musician-producer Flying Lotus contributes with the score for the series. With animation credited studio MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen, Dororo, Dorohedoro), Yasuke has every opportunity for a fantastic production, and we can not wait to see the series has in store for the public when it premieres on Netflix. -TEA
Yasuke premieres April 29 Netflix.
Zombieland Saga: Revenge
While idolanime may not appeal to all anime fans, Zombie Land Saga is idolanime for everyone. All the girls are from different time periods and dead, but they were brought back alive to be zombie idols. It’s fun to learn about their different background stories, while sticking to the weird scheme they’ve created to market the group. It has a wonderful amount of slapstick humor every episode, leans into the zombie genre, whether it’s limbs that loosen or makeup smears off, and reveals their zombie appearances to their human fans. –Julia Lee
Zombieland Saga: Revenge will flow until the spring onwards Crunchyroll and Funimation.