Most Promising Anime of the Winter 2020 Season

Graphic featuring Darwin’s Game, Magia Record and RikeKoi

It’s now January 2020, and to my shame I haven’t posted anything here since August last year. Time to change that as the Winter 2020 anime season is now in full swing, and while I find it a bit lacking compared to the last few seasons, there are still some fantastic shows you should be watching.

First up, we have Darwin’s Game. This series follows a high school student named Kaname Sudou who suddenly finds himself involved with a mobile app called Darwin’s Game, which proves to be especially dangerous when he realises there’s no way to quit the game. The concept is similar to other death game series like Battle Royale, Btooom! and King’s Game, and if you’ve seen more than one of those already, you’ll know the formula can turn out either perfectly, disastrously or somewhere in between.

So far, Darwin’s Game has been fun and the team behind it is great at building suspense. The characters are likeable and it hasn’t devolved into the oversexualised mess of a certain other death game show that I’ve already named. There’s still potential for everything to go downhill, but I like what I’ve seen so far and have faith in it.

Anime fans in the UK can watch Darwin’s Game on Funimation.

Next up is the highly anticipated Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story. We haven’t had any TV Madoka content since the original series in 2011, so the cult following that has developed around this magical girl thriller has been eager to watch its new spinoff, based on a mobile game.

I had mixed expectations at first as I feel a lot of video game derived anime is lacklustre, but the first few episodes have been an absolute delight. The characters are adorable and the ED implies we’ll see the original Madoka cast at some point. Also, bonus points for the adorable baby Kyubey in the first episode!

UK viewers can watch this one on Crunchyroll.

My third recommendation is a comedic slice of life anime titled Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it. This show follows the antics of a pair of scientists, one male and one female, who are adamantly in love with each other, but being so passionate about data, feel the need to prove these feelings with scientific evidence.

I have seen this described as an anime version of hit American TV show The Big Bang Theory, and while I’m not sure I agree with that description, I can see some similarities.

The two main characters are utterly oblivious just like Sheldon and its a pretty humorous show that has cracked a few laughs out of me. Both love birds are also really cute and it just feels like a very wholesome experience.

The format could get old after twelve episodes, but if you like slice of life anime, make sure to give it a shot. Again, you can watch it on Crunchyroll.

These are my top picks so far for the Winter 2020 season, but honourable mentions should go to In/Spectre, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! and BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. All of these are worth checking out!

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