Winter 2020 Anime Releases and Lineup

Winter 2020 List - Anime Releases and Lineup


Hey guys, 2020 is almost here and I have prepared my list of anime series to be added in my watchlist for the winter 2020 season. It has been a pretty busy week lately since it’s Christmas season but I am definitely having fun with my Christmas anime watchlist. Furthermore, I am also geared up and preparing everything for my year-end list and wrapped up the whole 2019 anime experience for me and the Yu Alexius Anime Portal. However, before that, I shall present first my watchlist for the winter 2020 anime lineup – which I have chosen from all the anime series coming to air on January next year, although I didn’t include movies as I was planning to make a separate post for the list of 2020 anime movies.
In this post, I will divide the list into 2 sections – the first part are the anime series I have added in my watchlist and I am 100% sure that I will watch it. The second part will be the rest of the anime series airing in winter 2020, and maybe when the season officially starts I could find some hidden gems in this section that will suit my preferences. When that happened, I am sure to add it to my final watchlist then.


SECTION (1) – TV Anime that I will add in my watchlist, my reasons for choosing these titles were based on factors such as graphics/visuals, character designs, plot/synopsis – which pass my standard for anime or looks appealing to me. Nonetheless, I also consider the studio working behind these anime projects and the people behind the curtain. While in most cases, it is always the story presented in its synopsis is the huge basis for my choice but whether I will like it or not falls upon when the anime officially premiered. I remember from the previous seasons, some of my early favorites turn out to be disappointments (Assassins Pride, Magmel of the Sea Blue, Arifureta, etc.) so I am not also closing the door for new titles to enter my watchlist or for dropping some of my early favorites.

[Update] The season is finally over and here’s our best anime of winter 2020 season review.

However, I would like to clarify that this list was based on my own preferences, and that is why I have listed even the shows that are not in my own watchlist in order to help my fellow anime viewers to see other anime titles that they may find appealing in the section (2) of this post.


Alright, let’s start our list with the leftover shows from the Fall 2019 anime lineup as follows:

Winter 2020 List - Anime Releases (The Leftovers)

Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front –Babylonia-

Studio: CloverWorks
Premiere: Leftover

Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia. 2017 AD. The last era in which Magecraft still existed. Society was created by human hands, but Mages grasped the truth of the world. Magecraft is comprised of techniques from past humans that cannot be explained by science, while science encompasses the techniques of future humans that Magecraft cannot achieve. Researchers and scholars of both Magecraft and science have been gathered to maintain human civilization under the Chaldea Security Organization. But calculations then proved the extinction of humanity in 2019. The cause of this is “realms that cannot be observed” that suddenly appeared in various eras of history, called “Singularities.” Ritsuka Fujimaru, the one Master remaining in Chaldea, has been intervening within these Singularites, alongside the Demi-Servant Mash Kyrielight. He has been attending to the forbidden rituals to resolve or destroy the Singularities: the “Grand Order.” A seventh Singularity has been discovered in ancient Mesopotamia in the year 2655 BC. The land of Uruk, governed by the wise King Gilgamesh after his return from a journey seeking immortality, was grand and prosperous until three goddesses and countless Demonic Beasts appeared. These enemies have brought Uruk to the brink of destruction. With a “Rayshift,” a method of time travel to the past, Fujimaru and Mash arrive in the lands of Uruk to encounter the fortress city of Uruk and the Absolute Demonic Front, fighting back the fearsome attack of the Demonic Beasts. There, the people who live their lives to the fullest despite facing a major threat, continue to fight for their future. Deities and Demonic Beasts make their assault, and mankind stands up against it. It is the destined era where humans and gods part ways. Fujimaru and Mash, the pair who have raced through six previous Singularities, embark on their final battle. [Source: Crunchyroll]

My Hero Academia Season 4

Studio: BONES

Boku no Hero Academia Season 4. The villain world teeters on the brink of war now that All For One is out of the picture. Shigaraki of the League of Villains squares off with Overhaul of the yakuza, vying for total control of the shadows. Meanwhile, Deku gets tangled in another dangerous internship as he struggles to keep pace with his upperclassman—Mirio. Source: Funimation

Ahiru no Sora

Studio: Diomedea
Premiere: Leftover
Ahiru no Sora. He may be shorter in stature, but Sora Kurumatani can soar and score on the basketball court! With a passion for the sport he inherited from his mother, Sora vows to her that he’ll take top prize at a high school basketball tournament… but there’s one problem. His new school’s basketball club has turned into a hangout for delinquents! Will Sora’s sheer tenacity and amazing three-point shooting change their minds and get the club up and running again? [Source: Sentai Filmworks]

Chihayafuru 3

Studio: Madhouse
Premiere: Leftover
Chihayafuru 3. “I’m not letting go of my dreams! I’m gonna be the queen!” They put everything on the line to taste the glory. Chihaya and Mizusawa High School karuta club teammates, including those who just joined, spend the summer of their sophomore year competing at the National Tournament. In the team competition, they beat the seemingly invincible Fujisaki High School to make Mizusawa High School the champion for the first time. In the individual competition, Taichi wins the B Level while Arata wins the A Level. The right finger that Chihaya injured in the team competition has healed from the successful surgery. She’s ready to join the Fujisaki High School summer camp with Taichi. They set their eyes on beating the reigning queen and put up with the brutal training from their advisor Sakurazawa, but the discovery of one fact might dash their hopes of playing. Meanwhile, Arata learns that having his own team will open up new opportunities, so he sets off to establishing one. A new rival, an unpredictable future, and the dream of becoming the queen. “Chihayafuru 3” overflows with the passion and devotion of the karuta club high school students! [Source: Crunchyroll]

The Seven Deadly Sins Season 3 – Wrath of the Gods

Studio: DEEN
Premiere: Leftover
Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no Gekirin. Despite repelling the demon invasion of the Kingdom of Lioness, the war is far from over, for Arthur’s Kingdom of Camelot is still being occupied by the demon army and the surviving members of Jikkai. However, in order to begin counter-offensive, the Nanatsu no Taiza needs all of its members. Unfortunately, King and Diane are still hiding in the Fairy King’s Forest, where they are made to discover the strange history of Jikkai.

Welcome to the Demon School! Iruma-kun

Studio: BN Pictures
Premiere: Leftover
Mairishita! Iruma-kun: A boy’s chaotic life in a “prestigious” boarding school for elite demons! Iruma Suzuki, human, 14, one day finds himself sold to the devil. To add to his predicament, his doting owner and self-appointed “Grandpa” is the principal at his new school. Now Iruma must deal with a haughty student who challenges him to a duel, a girl with adjustment issues, and so many more scary beings! Can this ultimate pacifist dodge the slings and arrows that are flung his way? As he struggles frantically, Iruma’s innate kindness begins to win over enemies. [Source: NHK Enterprises]


Premiere: Leftover

Zen Seizaki, a public prosecutor at Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, is investigating a case of illegal clinical research related to a drug company and a university. During the investigation, he finds a file that Shin Inaba, an anesthesiologist, kept, which includes blood that is mixed with hair, skin, and a paper written with letter F. As he investigates, he realized there’s a hidden plot that is connected with a huge election as well as to a certain person who is in charge of it. [Source: MAL News]

Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle

Studio: Gonzo
Premiere: Leftover
Adaptation of episodes 1–3 of the 5 total episodes from the Phantasy Star Online 2 game along with original content. Episode 1: During their qualification exam in planet Naberius, the player and fellow ARKS trainee Afin were attacked by vile organisms known as Darkers. This is followed by the two discovering a mysterious girl who lost most of her memories, and the truth regarding Naberius and the recent spike of Darker activities. Episode 2: The plot follows the player and Matoi as they try to unravel a dark conspiracy regarding the origin and purpose of ARKS. Episode 3: The discovery of the planet Harukotan brought a new quest into the fray, as the peace between the Shironian and Kuronites that dwell in the planet is disturbed by the Kuronites’ sudden attack. The newly-reformed ARKS is tasked to investigate the reason behind it all, and it seems like the truth is more complicated and horrifying than expected… [Source:]

Here, we have the anime series premiering on the winter 2020 season both sequel and new anime adaptation series.

Winter 2020 List - Re:Zero Director's Cut, Haikyuu Season 4, Somali and the Forest Spirit, In/Spectre
Winter 2020 List – Somali & the Forest Spirit, Re:Zero (Director’s Cut), Haikyuu Season 4, In/Spectre

Haikyuu!! Season 4: To The Top

Studio: Production I.G.
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Haikyuu!! Season 4: To The Top. The Miyagi Prefecture qualifiers for the Spring Tournament… after an intense battle Karasuno High School Volleyball Club won their way into the nationals. As they were preparing for the nationals, Kageyama got an invitation to go to All-Japan Youth Training Camp. At the same time, Tsukishima is invited to go to a special rookie select training camp for first-years in Miyagi Prefecture. Hinata feels panic that he’s being left behind as one of the first-years and then decides to show up at the Miyagi Prefecture rookie select training camp anyway… As they prepare for the nationals, Hinata, Kageyama and the rest of the Karasuno High School Volleyball team get ready to face some new challenges!! Source: crunchyroll.

Somali and the Forest Spirit

Studio: Satelight
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Somali to Mori no Kamisama. The world is ruled by spirits, goblins and all manner of strange creatures. Human beings are persecuted, to the very point of extinction. One day, a golem and a lone human girl meet. This is a record of the pair; one a member of a ruined race, the other a watchman of the forest. It tells of their travels together, and of the bond between father and daughter. [Source: MyAnimeList]


Studio: Brain’s Base
Premiere: Jan. 12, 2020
Kyokou Suiri. The 17-year-old Kotoko has a unique situation. When she was a child, she was kidnapped by spirits called youkai, and returned missing one leg and one eye. Since then, she has been able to communicate with otherworldly forces, both benevolent and dangerous. Kotoko is alone in her power until she learns that the crush she’s watched from afar, Kurou, has had his own encounter with youkai! As if being touched by the supernatural wasn’t enough, Kurou’s personal life is also in shambles. With their shared experiences and understanding, Kotoko and Kurou form a partnership to deal with mysteries, from ancient demons to the ghost of an idol. But for a girl who’s used to dealing with spirits, winning love might prove to be the bigger challenge! [Source: Crunchyroll]

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Director’s Cut

Studio: White Fox
Premiere: Jan. 1, 2020
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Shin Henshuu-ban. New Edition that edits the first season into 1-hour episodes with new cuts of animation leading up to the premiere of Re:Zero Season 2 anime on April 2020.
Synopsis: By dying, a powerless boy obtained the ability “Return by Death,” allowing him to go back in time upon death. Natsuki Subaru was abruptly summoned to another world on his way home from the convenience store one night. In this new world where he had nothing and no one to turn to, the one power he gained was “Return by Death,” the ability to turn back time upon his own death. To protect those he holds dear, and to take back irreplaceable moments in time, he fights despair as he confronts his cruel fate. [Source: Crunchyroll]


Studio: Geno Studio
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
Pet. There are people who can get into people’s mind and control their memories. This power is used to eradicate mysteries and cases or worse, to assassinate. The potential of the said power is strong enough that it is able to destroy people’s mind, however, can backfire and eat up their own heart. To counter it, chains are used to lock and protect each other’s weak and dangerous heart. From one’s growing fear and disdain, they’re consequently called as a “Pet.” [Source: MAL News]


Winter 2020 List - Infinite Dendrogram, Plunderer, Darwin's Game, Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It
Winter 2020 List – Infinite Dendrogram, Plunderer, Darwin’s Game, Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It


Studio: Geek Toys
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020

Plunderer: It’s the year 305 of the Alcian calendar, and the world is controlled by numbers. Every human born is branded with a “Count,” which could mean anything from the number of kilometers walked to the amount of people who have said your food is tasty. And if your Count drops to 0… you’ll be sent into the Abyss! After Hina’s mother’s Count dropped to 0, her last request is for Hina to look for the Legendary Red Baron. [Source: Yen Press]

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Studio: Zero-G
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei Shite Mita. Yukimura Shinya and Himuro Ayame are two scientists that want to find out if love can be solved by a scientific theory. These two scientists also have feelings for each other and want to be able to solve their feelings through similar theoretical facts. With this perfect opportunity, these scientists will attempt to solve the theory of the love they express for each other. [Source: M-U]

Darwin’s Game

Studio: Nexus
Premiere: Jan. 4, 2020
Darwin’s Game. An unknowing Sudou Kaname is invited to try out a new mysterious mobile app game called Darwin’s Game, but later realizes that he’s in for more than he’s bargained for when he finds out that there’s no way to quit the game. [Source: MU]

Infinite Dendrogram

Studio: NAZ
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
In the year 2043, Infinite Dendrogram, the world’s first successful full-dive VRMMO was released. In addition to its ability to perfectly simulate the five senses, along with its many other amazing features, the game promised to offer players a world full of infinite possibilities. Nearly two years later, soon-to-be college freshman, Reiji Mukudori, is finally able to buy a copy of the game and start playing. With some help from his experienced older brother, Shu, and his partner Embryo, Reiji embarks on an adventure into the world of Infinite Dendrogram. Just what will he discover and encounter in this game world known for its incredible realism and infinite possibilities? [Source: J-Novel Club]


Winter 2020 Anime - A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, Dorohedoro,Smile Down the Runway
Winter 2020 Anime – A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, Dorohedoro,Smile Down the Runway

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story

Studio: Shaft
Premiere: Jan. 5, 2020
Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Gaiden. In exchange for the fulfillment of a wish, Magical Girls keep fighting, unbeknownst to the rest of the world. But Iroha Tamaki can’t seem to remember her wish. “When I became a Magical Girl, what did I wish for again?” There is a gaping hole in her life. Something important has been lost. But she continues to fight every day, without even knowing why… Then, a rumor begins to spread among Magical Girls. “Magical Girls can be saved if they go to Kamihama.” Kamihama City, the city where Magical Girls and Uwasa are gathering. The story of Iroha Tamaki, in search of her lost wish, begins…

Smile Down the Runway

Studio: Ezola
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Runway de Waratte. Runway de Waratte starts with the story of Fujito Chiyuki, an aspiring fashion model and daughter of a fledgling Modeling Agency, Mille Neige. Ever since she was little, Chiyuki’s dream was to be the star model of her dad’s agency and perform at Paris Fashion Week. With great looks and a gifted environment, it seemed like she was on the right track to fulfill her dream, but she soon found herself faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall when her height stopped growing at 158 cm; too short to be a professional model. Although Chiyuki still kept on believing in herself for years despite everyone telling her it’s impossible, Chiyuki’s resolve starts to crumble as she enters her last year of high school. This is when she meets Tsumura Ikuto, a lame classmate with a surprising talent for designing clothes, who is also considering giving up his dream due to unfortunate circumstances. Together, they begin the journey of doing the impossible in order to realize their dreams. [Source: MU]


Studio: MAPPA
Premiere: Jan. 13, 2020
Dorohedoro. In a city so dismal it’s known only as “the Hole,” a clan of Sorcerers has been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious “experiments” in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaidou found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they’re hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they’ll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of “cleaners” into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds. [Source: Viz]

A Certain Scientific Railgun T 

Studio: J.C. Staff
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T. * Based on the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga written by Kamachi Kazuma and illustrated by Fuyukawa Motoi, which in itself is a spin-off of the light novel, manga and anime series Toaru Majutsu no Index.

Isekai Quartet 2

Studio: PuYUKAI
Premiere: Jan. 14, 2020

* Isekai Quartet is a crossover series featuring characters from popular “isekai” franchises illustrated in cute, superdeformed style.

Winter 2020 Anime - Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun, Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi, BOFURI, Kuutei Dragons
Winter 2020 Anime – Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun, Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi, BOFURI, Kuutei Dragons

BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.

Studio: Silver Link
Premiere: Jan. 8, 2020
Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. Kaede Honjou is invited by her friend Risa Shiramine to play a virtual reality MMO game with her. While Kaede doesn’t dislike games, what she really, truly dislikes is being in pain. She creates a character named Maple, and decides to put all her points in VIT to minimize pain. As a result, she moves slowly, can’t use magic, and even a rabbit can get the best of her. But as it turns out, she acquires a skill known as “Absolute Defense” as a result of her pumping points into VIT, as well as a “Counter Skill” that works against special moves. Now, with her ability to nullify all damage, she goes on adventures. [Source: Anime News Network; emended]


Studio: TBD
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Natsunagu! The story follows the coming-of-age of Natsuna Keyaki, a college student in Tokyo who goes to Kumamoto after losing contact with her friend after the 2016 earthquakes. There, she meets individuals with colorful personalities, such as middle school girl Izumi, who begin to light a passion in Natsuna. [Source: Anime News Network]

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun

Studio: Lerche
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun. “Hanako-san, Hanako-san…are you there?” At Kamome Academy, rumors abound about the school’s Seven Mysteries, one of which is Hanako-san. Said to occupy the third stall of the third floor girls’ bathroom in the old school building, Hanako-san grants any wish when summoned. Yashiro Nene, an occult-loving high school girl who dreams of romance, ventures into this haunted bathroom…but the Hanako-san she meets there is nothing like she imagined! Kamome Academy’s Hanako-san…is a boy! [Source: Yen Press]

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Studio: DEEN
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi. A sorcerer who was once the top student of the famous Tower of Fang, now spends his time chasing around his hopeless clients as a moneylender, at least until his client comes up with a plan to make money: marriage fraud. Unwillingly being dragged in to the plan, Orphen encounters a monster who has long been his goal since the day he left the Tower of Fang. Between those who seek to kill the monster and Orphen, giving everything to protect the monster, his lousy but peaceful days end. Trying to turn back his sister, Azalie, back to her true form leads to many more mysteries and the key to the secret to the world. [Source: MyAnimeList]


Studio: NAZ
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
ID:INVADED. Set in a virtual world, the visually stunning ID: INVADED follows Sakaido, a detective looking to solve the grisly murder of Kaeru, a young girl. But solving this case is unlike any other as the world begins to twist and turn around Sakaido, challenging what he thinks and believes.

Heya Camp△

Studio: C-Station
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
Heya Camp△. The Outclub goes on a journey! The Outdoor Activities Club, Aka, the Outclub has 3 members. In the countryside of Yamanashi Prefecture, there’s a high school named Motosu High School. Go even further to one of the school buildings and you’ll find a very laid-back outdoor club that uses one corner of the classroom as their club room. Kagamihara Nadeshiko finally wants to kill some time in their club room, but then Ohgaki Chiaki and Inuyama Aoi suddenly announce that they’re all going on a trip. They drag the confused Nadeshiko with them and the Outclub hustles all through Yamanashi. The girls enjoy the various local treats as they travel around, but where in the world is the end destination for this trip?! [Source: Crunchyroll]

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Studio: Science SARU
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasuna! Asakusa Midori wants to create an anime, but she’s too disheartened to make that first step by herself. By pure chance, she meets Mizusaki Tsubame, an up-and-coming socialite secretly dreaming of becoming an animator. Together with Midori’s money-loving best friend Kanamori Sayaka, the energetic trio slowly work towards making their “ultimate world” a reality!

Drifting Dragons

Studio: Polygon Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
Kuutei Dragons. It’s time to see what the dragon tastes like! The crew of the airship Queen Zaza makes their living hunting dragons. Succeed, and the reward is riches and all the meat they can eat! Fail, and all that awaits them is a messy end. Follow the grand hunting and cooking adventure of the Queen Zaza as they chase dragons across the sky! [Source: Batoto]

The Case Files of Jeweler Richard

Studio: Shuka
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
Housekisho Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei. One night, a college student with a strong sense of justice, Seigi Nakata, saved a gorgeous foreigner, Richard, who was being harassed by some drunks. When Seigi found out that Richard was a jeweler, he asked for an appraisal on a ring with a shady history; one which his grandmother had kept secret until she died. The appraisal had revealed her past, truth, and desire. It led Seigi to work as a part-time employee for Richard’s jewelry store, the “Jewelry Etranger” in Ginza. While solving various “mysteries” introduced to the Jewelry Etranger, the relationship between Richard and Seigi gradually changes. However, each of them has secrets they have not told anyone. ~The curtain-up of the Jewel Mystery achieved by a gorgeous jeweler and a college student with a strong sense of justice~ [Source: Crunchyroll]

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SECTION (2) – And here, we have the rest of anime series for the winter 2020 anime season. I am not adding these titles in my watchlist as of now, but could eventually add them once the season started and find these series good for my own preference.

Radiant Season 2

Studio: Lerche
Premiere: Leftover
Seth, Melie, and Doc encounter new allies in Caislean Merlin – the stronghold of the Knights-sorcerers, a group that is also after the monster called Némésis. Seth’s adventure accelerates with the addition of Ocoho, a girl who hopes to become a Knights-sorcerer, a farewell with Melie and Doc, and a clash with the malicious Merchant-Barons! And all this with the Inquisition still at his heels! Source: Official website

Interspecies Reviewers

Studio: Passione
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Ishuzoku Reviewers. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder! From elves to succubi to cyclopes and more, the Yoruno Gloss reviewers are here to rate the red-light delights of all manner of monster girls…The only thing is, they can never agree on which species are the hottest! [Source: Yen Press]

Nekopara (TV)

Studio: Felix Film
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020

Case File nº221: Kabukicho

Studio: Production I.G.
Premiere: Leftover
Kabukichou Sherlock. The East Side of Shinjuku Ward… The neon-lit Kabuki-chou district stretches across the center of this chaotic city. Where light shines, there are also deep shadows. The curtains rise on this night stage where bizarre murders occurred! Is this suspense? No, comedy? An indistinguishable drama is about to begin… [Source: Anime News Network]

A Destructive God Sits Next To Me

Studio: EMT2
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hankaishin ga Imasu. The story follows Seri Koyuki, a high school student who tries to avoid strange people because he knows he will just end up being the the straight man to their antics. Enter Kabuto Hanadori, Koyuki’s classmate who has chuunibyou (second-year middle school syndrome) and claims his eye-patch seals his god of destruction alter ego. Everything about Hanadori exudes the need for a straight man to keep him in check, and sure enough Koyuki is drawn in. [Source: Anime News Network]

Asteroid in Love

Studio: Doga Kobo
Premiere: Jan. 3, 2020
Koisuru Asteroid. When she was little, Konohata Mira promises a boy she meets at a campsite that they can find a galaxy together. When she enters high school, she joins the astronomy club. But that year, the astronomy club happened to combine with the geology club, making it the astrogeo club?! Won’t you find all kinds of sparkles with the astrogeo girls? [Source: Crunchyroll]


Studio: Children’s Playground Entertainment
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
Hatena☆Illusion. Fresh in his first year of high school, Shiranui Makoto came to Tokyo to seek an apprenticeship under his parent’s acquaintance, world famous Illusionist Mamoru Hoshisato. Ever since watching a performance by Mamoru Hoshisato and his wife, Makoto had always wanted to be a Illusionist. The couple’s daughter Kana (nicknamed Hatena), incidentally, was also his childhood friend. Though Tokyo is a constant source of many strange and chilling incidents, still, since Hatena would be by his side, Shiranui Makoto isn’t too concerned. Inside the Hoshisato residence known as a haunted house, Makoto receives a warm welcome from the butler Jeeves and the maid Emma, and meets Hatena once again. However, as much as Hatena welcomes Makoto’s arrival, she and he don’t really get along, and in the end…!? [Source: Animesuki]

Seton Academy: Join the Pack!

Studio: Gokumi
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Murenase! Seton Gakuen. Seton Academy, a school full of animals where, thanks to population decline, there are fewer humans than any other creature. Mazama Jin, an animal hater and the only human male in his class, falls in love with Hino Hitomi, the only female human, the moment he lays eyes her. However he soon finds himself entangled with various other creatures after he reluctantly joins the ‘pack’ of Lanka the wolf, the only other member of her pack. [Source: MU]


Studio: A-1 Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Shy Miu Takigawa receives a letter notifying her that she’s been chosen as a member of a brand-new, mysterious project. Summoned to a giant, top-secret facility, she finds seven other girls just as confused as she is. Once there, a major record label tells them the craziest thing – they’ve all been selected to form a new idol group. What’s more, it’ll be unlike any that the world has seen before! [Source: Funimation]

Diamond no Ace: Act II

Studio: Madhouse
Premiere: Leftover
Picking up the next year after the end of the fall tournament, Seidou High School baseball team battle it out with new and old faces as they begin their tournament run at Koshien. [Source: MyAnimeList]

If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die

Studio: 8bit
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu. The story centers on a woman called “Eripiyo,” who is an extreme idol fan. She is wildly enthusiastic about Maina, the shy and lowest-ranking member of the minor underground idol group Cham Jam that performs in Okayama Prefecture. She gets so wrapped up in her love for Maina during a particular performance, that she has a major nosebleed. Eri will continue to give her complete devotion to Maina until the day she can perform at Budoukan (a major performing venue in Tokyo). [Source: Anime News Network]

Yatogame-chan Observation Diary 2nd Season

Studio: Creators in Pack x Saetta
Premiere: Jan. 5, 2020
Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 2 Satsume. After growing up in Tokyo, high school student Jin Kaito moves to Nagoya where he meets Yatogame Monaka, a fellow student who puts her Nagoya dialect on full display. With her cat-like appearance and unvarnished Nagoya dialect, Yatogame won’t open up to him at all. This popular local comedy is increasing the status of Nagoya through observation of the adorable Yatogame-chan! [Source: Crunchyroll]

Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama?

Studio: MAPPA x Lapintrack
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasenka?. Anime featuring anthropomorphized characters based on the Tama & Friends franchise’s main cats and dogs.


Studio: PRA
Premiere: Jan. 8, 2020
The college rugby story centers on Natsusa Yuzuki, who expects to be an ace on the rugby team when he enrolls in college. However, he is no longer able to play rugby due to certain circumstances. Ibuki Ueoka is an older fellow student who quit rugby. Yasunari Tsuru is a younger student who finds Natsusa disagreeable. Yuu Mashiro is a younger student who admires and follows Natsusa. Seiichirou Shingyou is Natsusa’s close childhood friend. Together, they compete in the Kansai university rugby league. [Source: Anime News Network]

Bang Dream! 3rd Season

Studio: Sanzigen
Premiere: Jan. 23, 2020
The girl-powered bands are gigging again. That means Poppin’Party and other fan favorites are set to return for an all new season of BanG Dream! Now that Kasumi and the rest of Poppin’Party are taking charge of their own show, the sky’s the limit for their rockin’ musical ambitions and dreams of stardom. But they’ll have to contend with other bands looking for their big break, and their friendship will be put to the ultimate test as they rock their way to the top of the charts! [Source: Sentai Filmworks]


Studio: Albacrow
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Humans have the power to release their potential under various conditions. Those who break through the wall named the limit… That is a para-athlete! Boys and girls who met heretic sports scientist, Narita Ren, got hints from Narita. As a para-athlete, a hot story that grows by opening the door to potential.

A3! Season Spring & summer

Studio: 3Hz x P.A. Works
Premiere: Jan. 14, 2020
“Director! Please help us bloom!” In Tokyo, there is a place called Velude Way. It is a district notorious for its performers and theatrical groups. Izumi Tachibana, who was previously a stage actress, arrives with a letter that reads, “Full of debt! Zero customers! Only one actor!” It describes the current state of the once-popular theater group Mankai Company. Her task is to rebuild the company to its former glory as the new owner and chief director. [Source: MAL News]

Show By Rock!! Mashumaireshi!!

Studio: Kinema Citrus
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
New anime focusing on the band “Mashumairesh!!”.

Zenonzard The Animation

Studio: 8bit
Premiere: Jan. 12, 2020
The year 20XX. Humans called <Concodes> and ultra-high-performance AI called <Codeman> team up as buddies to compete in the card battle game ZENOZARD. People are going wild with excitement at the world championships, THE ZENON. One day, Sota Azuma, an average high school student, is challenged to a battle by a mysterious woman, Eilietta Lash. She reveals that she’s a Codeman and that her intent is to team up with Sota and participate in THE ZENON. Sota reluctantly agrees. Sota and Eilietta’s first opponent turns out to be the super-famous player Shion Saionji, who attends Sota’s school, and her buddy, Ash Claude.

Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga

Studio: Pierrot
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Oda Shinamon Nobunaga. In the “one-of-a-kind samurai-general-reincarnated-as-a-canine comedy,” Nobunaga perishes at Honnouji as in history, and reincarnates in modern-day Japan as a dog named Shinamon. Other Warring States era warlords such as Takeda Shingen eventually join him, also as dogs.

Doll’s Frontline: Kyouran-hen

Studio: Big Firebird Cultural Media
Premiere: Dec. 28, 2019
Dorufuro: Kyouran-hen.

ARP Backstage Pass

Studio: Dynamo Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 13, 2020
ARP (nominally an abbreviation for Artists Republic Production) is a dance vocal group which holds live performances — featuring singing, dancing, and interactive talking with the audience — in real-time using the latest augmented-reality technology. The ikemen (handsome) group members include their de facto leader Shinji, the talented dancer León, and the members of the Rebel Cross duo (designer Daiya and composer/writer Rage). [Source: Anime News Network]


Studio: Dynamo Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 13, 2020

The series will revolve around a team of 12 high school students who love to play the trading card game Rebirth For You. [Source: Anime News Network]

This is where I will end my list of recommended anime series for 2020’s first quarter. I hope that you find some interesting anime that you may want to add in your own watchlist. Furthermore, if there are something anime titles that are not listed in my watchlist but you think is a good one, please let me know by leaving a comment below so I could check it out and who knows I might actually enjoy it. I’ll be more than happy if you guys can do that. Once again, thank you for reading and let’s all keep the hype and excitement for the anime community next year. Merry Christmas!


Code name: Yu Alexius is an ambiguous entity who loves to talk about anime and Chinese animation in general. An insatiable soul from the Pearl of the Orient, a frustrated writer and a Houtarou Oreki wanna-be. He is a piece of a lunatic and everything crazy.

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