Top 20 Anime of 2020

Anime is not limited to the adventures of Naruto or Attack on Titan. Japanese directors and screenwriters annually release dozens of new films of various genres. Impeccable graphics and characteristic characterization in tandem with a fascinating story – this is the secret of the popularity of animated films. A selection of the top anime of 2020 – so as not to miss interesting and high-quality new items.

Akudama Drive (2020)

The new cyberpunk anime will tell about the bloody civil war between Kansai and Kanto. The confrontation divided the country into parts, and the losing region is forced to submit to the winner. However, the control of Kansai could not prevent the creation of the Akudama criminal group. They have their own laws and regulations.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Akudama Drive

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
16+


Fire Brigade! (2019 – 2020)

The list of the best anime of 2020 includes a series of an unusual genre – an action-packed detective. In the capital of Japan, new cases of spontaneous combustion appear daily. The affected person erupts into flames, transforming into an insane monster and a walking menace. The government creates specialized fire brigades to fight firemen and find out the causes of a strange phenomenon. In order to restore justice, Shinra Kusakabe, who is accused of the death of his own family, joins the rescuers.

Original title:
Enen no Shouboutai

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
16+


About my reincarnation as a slime (2018 – 2020)

An ordinary corporate worker Satoru Mikami is quite satisfied with life, but the guy lacks romance to be completely happy. The young man’s plans are not destined to come true, because one day he becomes a victim of a mystical robber . Satoru regains consciousness as a slippery slime reincarnated. Now he is Rimuru, who has the ability to analyze and absorb. If during his life Satoru dreamed of love, then after death he wants to create a new world for all beings.

Original title:
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+


Girl for an hour (2020)

In the top feature-length anime of 2020 that have already hit the screen, the exciting new film about Kazuya deserves attention. After breaking up with his beloved, the guy vowed not to start a relationship again, but for the sake of entertainment he decides to use a new popular application. Kazuya hires a companion for a date – and meets the ideal chosen one. However, the first impression of a new person is often misleading…

Original title:
Kanojo, Okarishimasu

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
12+


God of High School (2020)

A mysterious organization arranges a new tournament, sending out invitations to schools to participate in the competition. The motto of the duel sounds too tempting – the founders promise the fulfillment of the most cherished desires. Chin Mo-ri decides to prove to everyone that he is the toughest fighter, but very soon all the participants discover a catch. The main sponsor does not neglect behind-the-scenes intrigues to play his own game.

Original title:
The God of High School

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Through my tears I pretend to be a cat (2020)

The new anime, which was released in 2020, already at the beginning scored high ratings and broke into the list of the best feature films. Miyo Sasaki is secretly in love with a classmate, but does not dare to confess her feelings. Everything changes when a schoolgirl receives a mask as a gift that turns her into a snow-white cat . A classmate loves a fluffy pet, so the future takes on rainbow colors for Miyo. However, the line between a cat and a girl begins to gradually blur.

Original title:
Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+


Kaguya-sama: Love is War (2019 – 2020)

The list continues with a new anime series about the relationship of an eccentric couple, which has already been fully released on the screen in the summer of 2020. Miyuki and Kaguya are members of the student council of a prestigious school. The couple worked together perfectly, which gave rise to rumors of a love affair. However, students themselves consider feelings to be weaknesses. Kaguya and Miyuki had a secret competition – whoever confesses their love first, loses.

Original title:
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.3

Age limit:
12+


Gleipnir (2020)

This anime will be a worthy addition to the collection of new products for fans of Japanese creativity. High school student Shuichi keeps a terrible secret, but is forced to reveal himself in order to save the girl from the fiery captivity. Claire learns about the reincarnation of a new acquaintance, but has a personal interest in the amazing ability. A few years ago, the girl’s family died from the clutches of a similar monster, which her own sister turned into. Since then, Claire has not abandoned her attempts to find the demon in the flesh.

Original title:
Gleipnir

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+


Sing “Yesterday” to me (2020)

The list of the best new products that came out in 2020 was replenished with an anime drama about humanity and love. The story takes place in a small town. In the center of the plot are two couples trying to live in spite of difficulties. Small misunderstandings lead to conflicts and dramas, and feelings are woven into a tangled tangle of emotions. Rikuo Uizumi works in a convenience store without demanding much from life. Gray everyday life ends from the moment of meeting with old friends.

Original title:
Yesterday wo Utatte

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Hidden Things (2020)

A comedy has also entered the top of the best new anime – a good series of 2020, which deservedly occupies the top positions in the rating. Kakushi Goto is the author of an erotic manga. Unexpectedly for himself, the man learns that he has a little daughter. Hime moves to live with his father, and the writer finds himself in a difficult dilemma. From now on, you will have to carefully hide your spicy creativity, although manga has not been popular for a long time.

Original title:
Kakushigoto

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


Tower of God (2020)

There is a legend according to which, at the top of the mysterious Tower, any wish can come true. It is enough to climb the stairs to gain power over the world. Traps and dangers await the daredevils along the way. Each floor holds its own secrets, but Baama is ready to overcome any obstacles. The guy wants to return Rachel – the beloved went to meet the stars and got lost in the labyrinths of the Tower.

Original title:
Kami no Tou

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
16+


Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (2020)

Among the most popular new anime in 2020 is a film that has become a continuation of the audience’s favorite story about the brave inspectors. The work received high ratings and positive reviews due to an interesting plot. Arata and Kei discovered a trail of the mysterious Bifrost organization, but the enemy turned out to be insidious. A new part of the cruel game begins – the Bureau and its employees are under attack.

Original title:
Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
16+


Brand New Animal (2020)

A cool novelty in the action genre will take viewers to the amazing city of Anima City. Away from humanity, beastmen can live in peace and not hide their essence. Michiru was no different from her peers before turning into a tanuki, who could change the shape of her limbs in a matter of seconds. Kagemori will have to learn the secret of his transformation, as well as its connection with monstrous experiments on people.

Original title:
BNA

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


Altered Carbon: Reclaimed (2020)

The top got the continuation of the cult anime about the hidden side of immortality, released in 2020. Scientists managed to create a unique new system. The invention makes it possible to load a person’s consciousness onto a floppy disk and move it to a new body. Young tattoo artist Holly is in mortal danger. The girl makes an attempt to move her consciousness as far as possible from the enemies. Members of the yakuzda discover the fugitive, and the only salvation for Holly is the mercenary Kovacs.

Original title:
Altered Carbon: Resleeved

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+


Made in the Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (2020)

The list of the best novelties of 2020 includes a cool full-length mix of genres: detective, adventure, fantasy and science fiction. The tape received the highest marks from critics and viewers, who were looking forward to the continuation of the saga. Several thousand years ago, mankind discovered an island with a deep hole in the center. Unexplored secrets attracted scientists and researchers from different parts of the world, but none of the daredevils returned from the dark abyss. A shelter was organized for orphans left without parents. One of the pupils does not leave attempts to get a valuable artifact.

Original title:
Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


Dorohedoro (2020)

A fresh fantasy anime of 2020 is worth watching for a cool storyline that is dedicated to magic and parallel worlds. Wizards from an alternate reality test magical skills on people. Nikaido encounters a victim of monstrous experiments. The girl gives her new friend the nickname Caiman for the crocodile head. The unfortunate person is trying to remember at least fragments from a past life in a very original way.

Original title:
Dorohedoro

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


Interspecies Reviewers (2020)

An amazing new world is inhabited not only by people, but also by representatives of fantastic races. Angels, demons and elves are only a small part of the species represented working in the brothel. Adventurers Zel and Stank make detailed reviews while visiting savory establishments. This time the guys decided to arrange an interracial competition. However, practical research presents friends with many unexpected surprises.

Original title:
Interspecies Reviewers

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
18+


ID: Invasion (2020)

The top of the best anime series was replenished with a detective story with elements of fantasy, which was released in full in March 2020. The Kura organization has invented a system to predict criminal intent. Detective Sakaido pioneers the program by infiltrating the subconscious of the killers. Important clues for the investigation are hidden in the labyrinths of the mind, and the servant of the law is ready to get them at any cost.

Original title:
ID:Invaded

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
18+


Hands off the film club! (2020)

In 2020, only the first season of this interesting anime appeared, but the novelty immediately added to the list of popular ones and took the top. Since childhood, high school student Midori has been fascinated by anime, sketching various backgrounds. From the world of fantasies and dreams, the girl is always returned by Sayaka’s friend, who considers practicality to be her best quality. At a party, the schoolgirls meet model Tsubame, and the trio decide to start their own anime club. Midori will draw the background, Tsubame will design the main characters, and Sayaka will have to deal with red tape.

Original title:
Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Darwin’s Game (2020)

The finished season of new anime from the mystic category already at the beginning of 2020 broke records in popularity and entered the top rank. High school student Kaname agrees to take part in a mobile game, unaware that he is hiding behind a harmless app. Exclusive entertainment turns an ordinary guy into a brutal fight for survival, where everything happens for real.

Original title:
Darwin’s Game

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
18+


Other interesting anime of 2020

  • Dragon Dogma (TV series 2020)
  • Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown (2020)
  • Robber (TV series 2020)
  • I don’t like pain, so I’m going to put everything into protection (TV series, 2020)
  • Somalia and the Forest Spirit (TV series 2020)
  • Ghost in the Shell: Alone Syndrome 2045 (TV series 2020)
  • My reincarnation in an otome game as the main villain (TV series 2020)
  • False Conclusions (TV series 2020)
  • Toilet Boy Hanako (TV series 2020)
  • Endless Dendrogram (TV series 2020)
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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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