2020 has been a great year for anime with some of the most famous anime titles having their sequels. Likewise, there are also new anime, ranging from original series to simply amazing manga adaptations. If you are somewhat confused and dazed by what anime to watch in 2020, then you have come to the right place. Today, I will be going over the list of 20 Best Anime To Watch in 2020. Hopefully, you come out of this list with episodes upon episodes of new anime added to your list. Without further ado, let’s get started!




20. Kami no Tou

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Spring 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Telecom Animation Film
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
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Anime Synopsis:

Bam is a young boy who lived a lonely life: a life filled with dark caves and unachievable dreams. All his life, his only close friend was a girl named Rachel who helped him understand the stars, as well as the world around him. However, one day, Rachel abandoned Bam in order to climb the rumored Tower that granted wishes. Following Rachel’s trail, Bam must pass through multiple difficult obstacles in order to reunite with his old friend once more.

Best Anime 2020:

Kami no Tou is one of the more unique anime of 2020 due to having its origin from a Korean manhwa. Kami no Tou features great fighting scenes, and despite the slow initial character development, its first season successfully introduced the key characters within the show. So check it out, because Kami no Tou is definitely another great and unique anime to watch in 2020.




19. Enen no Shouboutai: Ni no Shou

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Summer 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: David Production
  • Genres: Action, Supernatural, Shounen
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Anime Synopsis:

Following the previous events of Enen no Shouboutai, Shinra and Company 8 were finally able to identify their enemies, the Evangelist, once and for all. In order to prepare for the epic showdown against his brother Shou, Shinra must master the techniques of his Adolla Burst.

Best Anime 2020:

If the first season of Fire Force was the base of a pizza, then the 2nd season is the raw ingredients being added. Sure, the first season of Fire Force introduced the settings, the characters, as well as the problems needed to be solved. But the 2nd season is essentially the beginning to everything. With great fight scenes, character development, and a massive sense of plot development, Fire Force 2nd season makes for a great anime to watch in 2020.




18. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T

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  • Episodes: 25
  • Season: Winter 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Super Power
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Anime Synopsis:

The Daihasei Festival is quickly approaching, meaning there will be a mass amount of high-level participants from nearby school districts. Of course, this includes prestigious all-girls middle school, Tokiwadai Middle School. However, unknowingly to everyone, a large festival makes for the perfect target for numerous terrorist organizations. Now, It is up to Misaka and her friends in order to bring peace to their community.

Best Anime 2020:

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T is an anime you never knew you needed. It has everything from sci-fi themed settings, cute girls doing cute things, tropes, and most importantly, epic fight scenes featuring some of the best animation in anime. Definitely a must-watch anime of 2020.




17. Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Winter 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Science SARU
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, School, Seinen
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Anime Synopsis:

For Midori Asakusa, the world was a vividly colorful place. Possessing superb imagination, her eyes were constantly filled with detailed landscape and background. After a dramatic encounter with Mizusaki Tsubame, a rich and beautiful model, the two sensed a spark as they shared their intense interest in animation. Along with Midori’s best friend, Kanamori Sayaka, the trio was dead set on creating the most impressive animation ever.

Best Anime 2020:

Do you want to know how anime is made? If so, then Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! has got you covered. Visually, Eizouken loses to none, featuring some of the most dynamic art and animation in anime. Ironically, this anime will teach you how to breathe life to art, and at the same time, blossom itself into a breathing organism.

Related: 10 Most Education Anime To Watch!




16. Kingdom 3rd Season

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  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Season: Spring 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Studio Signpost
  • Genres: Action, Historical, Military, Seinen
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Anime Synopsis:

As the Quin military, including the 1000 men forces led by Li Xin, achieved victory over the Sanyou Campaign, the dreams of unifying China were closer than ever. However, Li Mu, the new prime minister of the state of Zhao, is preparing one of the largest sneak attacks against the Quin military. Faced with a seemingly impossible dilemma, the Quin army must use every resource at their disposal in order to prevent their imminent downfall.

Best Anime 2020:

The 3rd Season of Kingdom brings a lot of promise to the series, especially in terms of plot progression and further character development. Highlighting the brutality of war, as well as the mass corruption and chaos of China’s dynasty at the time makes this show a great history lesson. So if you are looking for a violent action anime, then Kingdom 3rd season is a great choice for you.




15. Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season

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  • Episodes: 11
  • Season: Summer 2020
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genres: Action, Game, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
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Anime Synopsis:

As the final battles of the War of Underworld approach the climax, Kirito has yet to awaken from his deep slumber. It was up to Asuna and Kirito’s friend to hinder the progress of the incoming MMORPG players from around the world. Meanwhile, Alice is flying to the World’s End Altar with Gabriel following right behind. The situation seemed dire for the Underworld’s residents as reinforcements failed to give Asuna and Kirito’s friends support. Suddenly, Kirito’s voice echoed throughout the battlefield.

Best Anime 2020:

Some might say that Sword Art Online – Alicization – War of Underworld is the best arc within the entire series. This is not far from the truth, as the show generally has less sugar coating, featuring brutal fight scenes and more ‘grown-up’ themes. As such, if you are a die-hard Sword Art Online fan, or simply wanted to see what it’s all about, then this show is definitely a great pick of 2020.




14. Honzuki no Gekokujou 2nd Season

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Spring 2020
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: Ajia-Do
  • Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Isekai
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Anime Synopsis:

After the events of the first season, Myne was able to obtain her blue-robe position at the Holy Church. Despite all the hate and dirty eyes from nearby nobles and servants, this ultimately meant that Myne finally obtained unlimited access to books. However, these books come at a great cost, and that cost is for Myne to now master the arts of dealing with noble events, etiquette, and much more. Nevertheless, she was fully determined to manage any obstacles thrown in her directions.

Best Anime 2020:

The Ascendance of a Bookworm 2nd season follows the series of events from its prequel. As Myne is able to obtain a new position within the Holy Church, this essentially means the Isekai content is simply getting better. With a great trove of knowledge obtained from her past life, watch as Myne slowly raises up the ranks of Noble and attains a name for herself.

Related: 5 Best Isekai Manga To Read Now!




13. BanG Dream! 3rd Season

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Winter 2020
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: SANZIGEN
  • Genres: Music
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Anime Synopsis:

Following the previous season of BanG Dream!, the band members of Poppin’Party are urgently getting ready for the legendary Nippon Budoukan musical event. Their goals were to expand their brand and reach new heights within the idol world. In the meantime, RAISE A SUILEN was going through a difficult phase. First, they have to finish composing ‘the strongest music’. But to achieve that goal, RAISE A SUILEN needed to find a skilled guitarist who is able to support them along the way.

Best Anime 2020:

BanG Dream is a great idol anime to watch in 2020, featuring a large arsenal of girls bands to root for. The story is rather episodic, detailing the difficulties and struggles of each girl band in achieving their goals and ambitions. So if you love idol and music themes in anime, BanG Dream 3rd season is a must-watch anime in 2020.




12. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: 2nd Season

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Spring 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen
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Anime Synopsis:

Following the events of the previous arc of Kaguya-Sama, Shuuchin’s Academy began its second semester. For Kaguya Shinomiya, such an event was extremely worrying, as this means Miyuki Shirogane’s birthday was quickly approaching. In addition, the student council presidential term was coming to an end, meaning Kaguya must launch numerous campaigns in order to remain within the student council for the year to come. Thus, Kaguya was faced with numerous challenges as she struggled to maintain her vice president seat, as well as to prepare the ultimate present for Miyuki.

Best Anime 2020:

Kaguya-sama 2nd season sounds exactly like what it is: a continuation of the previous season. If you are someone who appreciates a little plot progression in episodic rom-com shows such as Kaguya-sama, then you have come to the right place. The character’s relationship dynamic, if not much, has definitely changed for the better. At its core, however, the anime is still a relaxing anime with Chika doing silly things in the background, Kaguya and Miyuki’s constant mind game, and other random moments.




11. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Fall 2020
  • Source: Visual Novel
  • Studio: Passione
  • Genres: Dementia, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
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Anime Synopsis:

Keiichi Maebara, a recent resident of the Hinamiza Village, is able to quickly settle in. Making new friends was a breeze. In addition, his arrival was especially close to one of the biggest festivals in the village. However, Keiichi had a strange gut feeling that ‘something’ was missing. In fact, the Hinamiza Village was hiding an incredible terrifying secret from him, and he was about to find out the hard way. 

Best Anime 2020:

Higurashi no Koro ni Gou is a remake of the original Higurashi series, highlighting upgraded visuals as well as the overall animation quality. If you are unaware, the original Higurashi series was deemed one of the best horror anime to ever be made. Gore, torture, or mindbreak, Higurashi no Koro ni Gou has it all. So whether you are explicitly a Higurashi fan, or just a general horror anime fan, then for sure check it out.




10. Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Summer 2020
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: Silver Link.
  • Genres: Action, Demons, Magic, Fantasy, School
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Anime Synopsis:

Arnos, the all-powerful demon lord, was sick and tired of the constant war and brutality that spread through his land. Longing for a peaceful life, he decided it was best to reincarnate 2000 years in the future. However, despite obtaining the peace he always wanted, Arnos judged the current world to be too lacking in magical power due to the long absence of war. Enrolling in the Demon King Academy, the almighty Demon Lord, Arnos, was once more ready to assert his dominance on the current residence of this new era.

Best Anime 2020:

Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha is your everyday cliche yet epic anime that everyone will love. The show incorporates many of the ‘common’ tropes in anime, especially the ‘overpowered protagonists’ one. And of course, the main protagonist, Arnos, is so epic that he will indeed get all the girls. So for all the harem fans out there, this is undoubtedly an anime worth checking out in 2020.

Related: 10 Anime With Surprisingly Overpowered Characters




9. Darwin’s Game

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  • Episodes: 11
  • Season: Winter 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Nexus
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Super Power, Shounen
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Anime Synopsis:

One day, Kaname Sudou, a high school student, receives a mysterious invitation on his phone to participate in Darwin’s Game, a fighting game. As he opens the app, a snake pops out of the screen and bite Kaname on the neck, rendering him unconscious. After waking up in the school’s infirmary without any signs of a snake bite, Kaname once again launches Darwin’s Game and starts a match. Only this time, he found his opponent came hunting for him with a knife. Now, Kaname must fight to death as other players and challengers come in order to take his very life.

Best Anime 2020:

Darwin’s Game is a fast-paced and thrilling survival anime that will definitely get you on the edge of your seats. For one, Kaname Sudou, the show’s main protagonist, actually knows what he’s doing. His leadership and survival skills are top notched, making Darwin’s Game as a whole one of the more entertaining anime shows of 2020.




8. Oregairu 3rd Season

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Summer 2020
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: feel.
  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School
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Anime Synopsis:

Following the previous season of Oregairu, the story revolves around three members of the Volunteer Service Club. As graduation draws closer, boisterous kouhai, Iroha Isshiki, requests their help in order to formulate an end of year prom. However, the idea was quickly rejected by Yukino’s mother. In order to prove her worth, Yukino got to work in order to successfully persuade the higher-ups, all the while alienating herself from Hachiman and Yui.

Best Anime 2020:

As a quite deep and philosophical anime, Oregairu 3rd Season further continues the struggles that its characters must face head on. However, this time, Hachiman is in for a rough time as the relationship between Yui and Yukino is rapidly degrading, creating an awkward tension between the two. With quite a dramatic story telling method, witty comedy here and there, and an overall serious theme, Oregairu 3rd Season is definitely a must-watch anime of 2020.




7. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Summer 2020
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Psychological, Thriller
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Anime Synopsis:

After passing through numerous passages between life and death, Subaru was finally able to attain victory over the Witch Cult’s Sin Archbishop. However, after a supposedly emotional reunion with Emily, he quickly realized that Rem disappeared from the world. Subaru quickly learns that she has fallen victim to the White Whale’s Fog of Elimination. Now, still possessing his death loop ability, Subaru was on a mission to save his loved ones from the evil fate that befalls them.

Best Anime 2020:

Despite the approximate 4 years wait, Re: Zero has finally gotten a 2nd season. For previous fans of Re: Zero, this is perhaps some of the greatest news of 2020. Featuring a brand new arc and similar story-telling method to the first season, Re: Zero is a thrilling and suspenseful drama that will certainly keep you excited for more to come.




6. Haikyuu!!: To the Top

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  • Episodes: 13
  • Season: Winter 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama, School, Shounen
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Anime Synopsis:

Following the victory of Karasuno High School’s volleyball team over Shiratorizawa Academy, the team members were set on to refine their skills for the upcoming season. While setter Tobio Kageyama was invited to the All-Japan Youth Training Camp, and Kei Tsukishima to a special training camp for first-years within the Miyagi Prefecture, Hinata received no offers. Feeling left behind, he snuck into the training camp along with Tsukishima, earning him the title of ball-boy. Despite that, Hinata took it as a win that allows him to analyze high-level volleyball, and ultimately, refine his skills.

Best Anime 2020:

Once again, Haikyuu! To the Top features high intensity volleyball actions and the character’s desires to improve their game. From teamwork, to self-growth, to having the best determination, Haikyuu has it all. So if you are looking for a solid sport anime to watch in 2020, then definitely check out Haikyuu! To the Top.




5. Kakushigoto

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Spring 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Ajia-Do
  • Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen
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Anime Synopsis:

Kakushi Gotou draws manga featuring dirty jokes for a living. As a result, the mangaka lives in constant fear that his 10 years old daughter, Hime Gotou, would find out about the nature of his job. This is a story about the daily lives of a heartwarming family of Gotou, a dad who tried his hardest to protect his naive and innocent daughter, Hime, from the ugliness of reality.

Best Anime 2020:

Kakushigoto features a heartwarming story revolving around a kind father and his oblivious daughter. Throughout the series, the audiences will learn of the various responsibilities of being a parent, as well as being able to witness some of the most wholesome father-daughter relationships.




4. Kanojo, Okarishimasu

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Summer 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
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Anime Synopsis:

20 years old college student, Kazuya Kinoshita, has recently broken up with his beautiful girlfriend. In order to forget the pain, he decided to order a rental girlfriend service through an online app. Unknowingly to Kazuya, on that fateful day, he met Chizuru Mizuhara, the most beautiful girl one has ever witnessed. Thus begin a dramatic, cute, and childish relationship between the two.

Best Anime 2020:

Kanojo Okarishimasu is an all-in-one package in terms of romance anime in 2020. With quite a unique setting of rental girlfriends, the show features beautiful girls, cute waifu moments, and rom-com moments that is able to provide viewers a great laugh. If you’re up for something more light-hearted, yet dramatic, then Kanojo Okarishimasu is a great anime to watch in 2020.

Related: 5 Reasons Why Chizuru Mizuhara Is Best Girl!




3. Dorohedoro

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Winter 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Horror, Magic, Fantasy, Seinen
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Anime Synopsis:

Hole, a dark and brutal district, is only befitting for those with enough power and authority to challenge it. These are mainly known as the Magic Users who see human lives as less than insects. However, for Kaiman, a half reptilian half-man, Magic-Users are easy prey, hunting them in order to find the answer to his cursed appearance.

Best Anime 2020:

Dorohedoro carried a hefty amount of controversies during its initial airing date. This is due to the questionable CGI used to create the entire series. However, despite such initial worry, Dorohedoro is a successful show, featuring vivid CGI animation, great comedic moments, and provides an overall interesting plot. Essentially, you can’t go wrong with Dorohedoro as a must-watch anime of 2020.




2. Deca-Dence

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Season: Summer 2020
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Nut
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
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Anime Synopsis:

Set in a world where humans were driven away from their land by a new emerging lifeform called Gadoll. In order to survive, mankind built a gigantic and mobile fortress, Deca-Dence, 3000 meters above the sky. Its inhabitants were of two kinds: the all powerful Gears who dedicated their life to protecting the fortress, and the seemingly useless Tankers who possessed no particular special skills. One day, Tanker Natsume met with Gear Kaburagi. Despite their glaringly opposite personality, their unique encounter will forever change the history of mankind once and for all.

Best Anime 2020:

Deca-Dence, an original sci-fi anime, is perhaps one of the anime highlights for 2020. Now, this show is not your everyday sci-fi show where you simply ‘get used’ to the plot. Why might you ask? Because with every new episode, the show introduces new key concepts that help layer the complexity of Deca-Dence, from character building to plot progression. In short, you will be missing out if you’re not watching Deca-Dence in 2020.




1. Jujutsu Kaisen

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Season: Fall 2020
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Demons, Supernatural, School, Shounen
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Anime Synopsis:

In this world, demons are able to conceal themselves from humans and feed on their unknowing victims. What’s more terrifying were the scattered fragments of the legendary demon, Ryoumen Sukuna, which granted unlimited power to any demons able to consume it. Yuuji Itadori, a high school student who possesses an insurmountable amount of physical strength, enjoys spending his time in the Occult Club rather than Sports Clubs. One day, the Occult Club has gotten their hands on a certain sealed curse object. On a whim, they decided to break the seal with little knowledge of what is about to come.

Best Anime 2020:

Jujutsu Kaisen is a new shounen anime show in 2020 that every shounen fan should at least give it a try. From high intensity action scenes, amazing animation, to a perfectly paced story line, you will definitely find Jujutsu Kaisen to be quite an entertaining watch.




Conclusion:

And that concludes the list of the 20 Best Anime to Watch in 2020. Hopefully, this list clears up most of your confusion on the released anime this year. Whether you are someone who loves brutal action shows, wholesome drama, or simply wanted to enjoy relaxing shows on your days off, then this 2020 list has it all. Thus, what are you waiting for? Add these 20 new anime to your list and start binge-watching them right now!

So for those who have watched and tried out the 20 anime on this list, how did you think of them so far? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Keni
An anime enthusiast who writes about things he likes