On the 9th day of Weebsmas, Luna brings to you~ the top 5 anime of Fall 2020 (yes I know that didn’t rhyme). Welcome back to 12 days of Weebsmas and thank you for joining us up to this point! So, yeah, to make it short but sweet, as the year dies so too does the end of the fall 2020 anime season. Which means it’s time to yet again, pick a top 5 anime. So without further ado, let’s count it down so we can start looking ahead to next year!
Coming in at number five, we have Wandering Witch. Honestly, I never thought I’d like this as much as I did. While the story itself isn’t riveting per say, I found it delightful with the dark tones it often took on. Furthermore, the OST along with the art and direction of this show made for an absolutely stunning watch. Magic sequences were engaging looking and some of the fights were just fantastic. I really enjoyed following Elaina, though it did take a few eps to get into it and really start to appreciate it.
I want to start off by saying…I love this anime, and out of everything on this list–it will go into my personal anime collection. Taiso Samurai, was a really beautiful story that had a really great ending. It showcased how we can accomplish great things with the support of others, how we never stop growing and changing and learning–it was amazing. However, there were certainly issues with it. It had one too many training sequences that didn’t showcase actual gymnastics, annoying and sometimes vaguely offensive stereotypes of side characters, and a bit of an identity crisis in the beginning half. Despite these issues though, Taiso Samurai provided a really beautiful story. that admittedly, made me tear up. More to come in a full review sometime next year.
I know. I KNOW. Why is this resting at number three instead of number one? And I will be the first to say it: I’m a little tired of all these shounen jump-esque, super hype train shows. And I don’t mean to be rude when I say that. I think Jujutsu is GREAT. It’s entertaining, the fights are on point, I love the main character–I just think…a lot of why its good is because the studio poured a lot of effort into an already hyped story. Do I like it? Yes. It is awesome. The direction and art are great. But overall, it has a lot of common troupes that make it stand out less to me. However, because I do really appreciate the artistry of the show, despite landing at number 3 for the season–I am specially nominating for Anime of the Year as one of four special nominations.
So this show is probably a shoe-in for best animation this year. I’ll say it–okay, well at least a nomination. It’s super neon in a way and has these beautifully choreographed action sequences that just make for some really nice eye candy. As for the story–it’s pretty good, very VERY actiony and fast-paced. I heard Quentin Tarantino works were a huge inspo for this and you can really tell (Blade Runner was also inspo and you can REALLY tell). The characters are pretty decent too, though admittedly it took me a while to get a grasp on them. I will also say that at times the bloody and gritty aspect of it felt too over the top for my liking. Still, this show ended up being entertaining, even when the action felt too much, and I did end up enjoying it a lot.
I would’ve never guessed in a million years that Yuukoku no Moriarty would be my favorite anime this season. This show was barely on my radar, which is perhaps why I thought it worthy enough of best anime this season. It lacked the hype other shows received this season, and I still find people are sleeping on it. Hell–even I did, but once I started watching it, I realized how good it was. This take on Moriarty (and in turn Sherlock) builds on the story of Moriarty–giving him motivation, giving him true character as a crime consultant, and almost making him this Kira kind of character. Which is good. To show his motivation being wanting to take down the class system, we begin as an audience to empathize with this crime consultant, but at the same when Holmes is introduced–we naturally want to root for Holmes. The way in which this show characterizes and retells classic Holmes is just entertaining. And just speaking honestly, out of all adaptions of Sherlock Holmes, this is the first time I felt like one captured the idea and cleanly portrayed how Holmes and Moriarty are two sides of the same coin–literal sociopaths who are enjoying their game. Aside from simply being a good portrayal, I also found that the animation itself surprised me in its quality. Is it the best ever? No. But it’s very pleasant to look at and often gives me 91-Days esque vibes. The direction of different shots is very cinematic–like something I’d honestly expect to see in a feature film. Which is great, however I found that these interesting angles did dwindle towards the latter half of the season. Another weakness this show held was that the logic and ways in which they solved the cases (or set up the crimes), was not always as riveting as it could be. However, overall, this was a surprisingly solid show that made me want to keep watching it week to week. Plus it had banger OP and EDs.
There you have it–my top five anime of Fall 2020! This season shocked me a lot with the quality of anime–there was a lot of good going on–which made deciding this list super hard. However, I am pleased to say that Yuukoku no Moriarty will be locking in spot for the 4th and final seasonal nomination for Anime of the Year, and that Jujutsu Kaisen will be taking up one of the special nomination spots for Anime of the Year as well. I look forward to seeing more of both of them, and they’ll give each other, and all other anime nominated, a run for their money. Anyway, that is all for now! Thank you for joining me for day 9 of 12 days of Weebsmas. We’ll see you tomorrow for Day 10!
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