Top 10 Anime to Watch Summer 2020

Top 10 Anime to Watch Summer 2020

By: Hyochii 
A freelance anime blogger, cosplayer and amateur artist.


Bored during the summer and need some anime to watch? Here's our top ten anime to kick off the start of summer.

10. DARWIN'S GAME

Where to watch: Hulu Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

17-year old Kaname Sudō accepts an online invitation by a friend to play an app game called Darwin's Game, unbeknownst to him that it involves a fight between life and death. Those who play the game are given a Sigil, an ability that varies from player to player. Trapped in this game of relentless murder and conquest, Kaname determines to clear the game, and seek out and kill the Game Master.

Our take:

Darwin’s Game is a survival, killing game that I heavily recommend if you enjoyed shows like King’s Game, Mirai Nikki, and Battle Royale. The characters are interesting and the anime itself is entertaining. The anime actually goes in depth with the set of rules required for survival unlike a lot of other anime. There are changes though from the original manga made to the anime, but despite this if you want a show about people struggling to either survive or hunt each other to kill then this is a good one.

9. THE MILLIONAIRE DETECTIVE

Where to watch: Funimation

Synopsis: 

Daisuke Kanbe, a detective with an extreme amount of personal wealth, is assigned to the Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters where officers who have caused problems for the Metropolitan Police Department are sent. There, Daisuke is partnered with Haru Katou who is repulsed by Daisuke's materialistic ways. Challenging mysteries unfold in front of the two detectives, and they must work together to solve them. 

Our take:

The Millionaire Detective was suggested by many of my friends as well. The plot, characters, and artwork are all beautifully done. The anime is addicting, funny, and just overall a great watch.

8. HAIKYUU!! TO THE TOP (SEASON 4)

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

After their triumphant victory over Shiratorizawa Academy, the Karasuno High School volleyball team has earned their long-awaited ticket to nationals. As preparations begin, genius setter Tobio Kageyama is invited to the All-Japan Youth Training Camp to play alongside fellow nationally recognized players. Meanwhile, Kei Tsukishima is invited to a special rookie training camp for first-years within the Miyagi Prefecture. Despite not receiving any invitations for himself, Hinata decides to sneak himself into the same rookie training camp as Tsukishima, earning himself a spot as the ball boy. As the much-anticipated national tournament approaches, the members of Karasuno's volleyball team attempt to overcome their weak points and refine their skills, all while aiming for the top!

Our take:

Haikyuu!! Has always been my personal favorite sports anime. The manga is amazing, and the anime adaption follows the exact plot lines. The protagonist is interesting and it’s a funny show to watch apart from its sports theme. I heavily recommend watching all seasons of Haikyuu!! If you have not seen it yet.

7. CHIHAYAFURU (SEASON 3)

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

Winning the high school team tournament was a great accomplishment for the Mizusawa members. Each of them has made great strides in improving themselves, and the victory symbolizes how far they've come. But after accomplishing one goal, their individual aims are within reach. Chihaya Ayase has her sights set on Wakamiya Shinobu and the title of Queen, and now that Taichi Mashima has made it into Class A, he can finally compete against Arata Wataya. Everyone in Mizusawa wants to get better, and there's no telling what the future holds if they keep trying.

Our take:

Chihayafuru is very different from our standard sports anime. Instead of things like volleyball, basketball, baseball, and etc., the anime focuses on a sport revolving around a card game called Karuta which requires fast thinking, reaction time, and physical speed. If you want to watch something new and enjoyable, Chihayafuru is the anime to watch.  

6. FIRE FORCE (SEASON 2)

Where to Watch: HuluFunimation, Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

Tokyo is burning, and citizens are mysteriously suffering from spontaneous human combustion throughout the city! Responsible for snuffing out this inferno is the Fire Force, and Shinra is ready to join their fight. Now, as part of Company 8, he’ll use his devil’s footprints to help keep the city from turning to ash! But his past and a burning secret behind the scenes could set everything ablaze.

Our take:

If you enjoyed season one of Fire Force, then season 2 is definitely something to look forward to. It is set to release on July 3rd, and you can watch it on Funimation or Crunchyroll. It’s a great anime with amazing animation, characters, and actions. The setting/story is very well grounded, and each character has their own stories and plots behind them too.  

5. SING "YESTERDAY" FOR ME

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

Rikuo Uozumi has all but resigned himself to a bleak future, aimlessly working at a convenience store in Tokyo after graduating from college. His monotonous life is interrupted when the peculiar Haru Nonaka makes a lively appearance, frequently dropping by his workplace to befriend him. When Rikuo learns that an old college friend and crush, Shinako Morinome, has moved back into town, he reaches out to further their relationship. Unbeknownst to Rikuo however, Shinako is carrying painful memories from her past that were holding her back from accepting his feelings. Meanwhile, as Haru continually opens up to Rikuo, he discovers that she, much like him, is living by herself and wants to step out of her comfort zone into an uncertain future.

The past lingers long in the mind, and the future remains elusive. At a crossroads along their intertwined paths, these three experiences what it means to let go of their feelings of yesterday and embrace the change that tomorrow brings.

Our take:

An anime with a lot of feels and nostalgia, it can also be very relatable in many aspects as well. It’s a life-based genre with very mature and intriguing characters/plot. While it’s well written and paced, it will most likely emotionally destroy you.

4. In/Spectre

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

Iwanaga Kotoko became the god of wisdom to the supernatural beings and spends her days solving problems for them. However, the boy who she fell head over heels for, Sakuragawa Kuro, is someone that is feared by all supernatural creatures. The two of them face various mysterious incidents involving the supernatural in this love x romance x mystery series. Where will these fantastical incidents lead them and what will happen with Kotoko’s crush?

Our take:

The concept and the story line of the anime is really interesting from just reading the synopsis. The artwork is visually appealing and so are the characters. The pacing is pretty slow at first though and if you don’t mind it, it is a good one to watch if you're into the psychological and mystery genre.

3. Tower of God

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

There is a tower that summons chosen people called "Regulars" with the promise of granting their deepest desires. Whether it be wealth, fame, authority, or something that surpasses them all—everything awaits those who reach the top.

Twenty-Fifth Bam is a boy who had only known a dark cave, a dirty cloth, and an unreachable light his entire life. So when a girl named Rachel came to him through the light, his entire world changed. Becoming close friends with Rachel, he learned various things about the outside world from her. But when Rachel says she must leave him to climb the Tower, his world shatters around him. Vowing to follow her no matter what it takes, he sets his sight on the tower, and a miracle occurs.

Thus, begins the journey of Bam, a young boy who was not chosen by the Tower but opened its gates by himself. They call his kind "Irregulars"—beings that have shaken the very foundation of the Tower each time they set foot inside it.

Our take:

Tower of God is a South Korean manhwa written and illustrated by S.I.U. The plot and concept is new to the world of anime which is why this would be a fun and interesting watch for the Summer. The artwork and animation again is beautifully executed. The anime not only focuses on the protagonist, but also on the side characters as well.

2. Keep your hands off Eizouken

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

First year high schooler Midori Asakusa loves anime so much, she insists that "concept is everything" in animation. Though she draws a variety of ideas in her sketchbook, she hasn't taken the first step to creating anime, insisting that she can't do it alone. The producer-type Sayaka Kanamori is the first to notice Asakusa's genius. Then, when it becomes clear that their classmate, charismatic fashion model Tsubame Mizusaki, really wants to be an animator, they create an animation club to realize the "ultimate world" that exists in their minds.

Our take:

This anime is a must watch for anyone that loves anime, cartoons, and etc. It’s intriguing and interesting as it talks about the anime industry and how anime itself is made. The efforts and money needed to create these beautiful shows is what makes this anime so interesting. BUT that’s not all. The characters themselves are something to look forward to too because of their personalities and differences from each other. The visuals are beautiful and the voice acting too is off the marks.

1. The God of High School

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Synopsis:

It all began as a fighting tournament to seek out the best fighter among all high school students in Korea. The winner gets their wish fulfilled by the hosting corporation, with no question asked. Mori Jin, a Taekwondo specialist and a high school student, soon learns that there is something much greater beneath the stage of the tournament.

Our take:

The God of High School is a South Korean web manhwa written and illustrated by Yongje Park, it can be found on LINE WEBTOON and Naver. The highly anticipated anime adaptation will start airing on July 6th. It’s an anime to look forward to due to the exciting plot, clean art style and intense fighting scenes.

What other anime would you recommend others to watch this summer? Tell us in the comments down below!


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