I’ve been saying this a lot lately but boy did the end of the fall season hit me by surprise. Maybe it’s because I only watch a few shows seasonally so I don’t get a proper sense of time. Or maybe I was just into the series I was watching and wasn’t prepared for them to end. Either way, there I was minding my own business, enjoying my routine, when BAM! I have to pick a whole new slew of shows to watch (eventually), with all the anxiety and possibility that entails.

I have a highly scientific method of choosing anime. First I look at the promo art that comes with the release announcement. Then I make up a synopsis for the show based entirely on that one image. That’s is. Not all science has a lot of steps to it… or any science to it….

Of course this means that I’m more likely to be picking a season’s worth of shows based entirely on what I feel like watching the specific day I look over the next season’s roster but what are you gonna do. And also my misinterpretation of the pictures. I’m beginning to think there may be a better way to do this. Nah. I must be imagining things. So what am I going to want to watch in 2020?

Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP

Haikyuu!! I Love Haikyuu! I’m gonna watch season 4 of Haikyuu.


This was originally going to come out last season and Karandi and I were excited to review it. I hope she still wants to. I really want to watch it either way. There’s a Natsume connection and a serial killer story. It’s weird!

Somali to Mori no Kamisama

Boy that’s a beautiful image and it looks to be high fantasy which I’ve been craving lately. I’m also guessing there’s a found family element here. I’m intrigued.


Honestly the image just reminded me of Blood Blockade Battlefront. It strikes me as a fun silly high action sci fi/urban fantasy. I’m all for it.

Darwin’s Game

I always fall for these brooding, thriller looking anime and honestly, I’m almost always disappointed. Yet I still haven’t learned my lesson! Still stupidly optimistic about this one.

Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun

Honestly, the content of the image just doesn’t appeal to me at all yet the art style and mostly does colours have me mesmerized. I had to go back for it and I will at least give it a chance.

Ishuzoku Reviewers

I’m really intrigued by this one. The image is unusual, the word reviewers in the title confuses me. I have high hopes and no idea why!


This one falls into the same category as Darwin’s Game (told you I couldn’t resist) but it looks like there a bit more money poured into the production. (I’m saying this based on a single picture, please don’t take it for a valid opinion). Even though I’m so guarded about these shows, I really .hope one turns out to be good. Usually when they pan out, they are great!

Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu

Honestly, this is all about composition. That image is just so well composed that I think I would enjoy watching the show even if it turns out to be a run of the mill action/adventure title we all forget about next season.

Itai no wa Iya nanode Bogyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu

I have been craving a good CGDCT show for a while and can’t seem to scratch the itch. I’m a little picky when it comes to these shows though and for some reason Itai is the one that spoke to me out of the slew available this season.

Runway de Waratte

This could be very bad but it could also be very funny. And I do love fashion in anime!

Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu

I love comedies and I’ve been neglecting the genre lately. It’s past time I got back into it!

number 24

It’s a sports anime. I usually at least give them a chance.

Housekisho Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei

I won’t lie, this can go either way. To be honest I’m looking for another Given. Not necessarily a BL series but a slow burn character drama that’s surprisingly understated and nuanced. So no prerssure…


A para-sports anime….ooohhh this could go bad. Real bad! But I have to give it a watch because if they pull it off, then it will be a game changer!

ARP Backstage Pass

Here are two fun facts no one asked about. 1) Boy idol shows tend to yield my favourite posts to write and just generally make me happy and 2) Boy idol shows are the one genre I tend to drop over any other. Basically they are often pretty bad in my opinion except when they strike that magic balance, then they’re pure gold! Wish me luck, I’m going prospecting!


A short starring a young lady that doesn’t seem to be either a reverse harem or a CGDCT. Count me in!

There you have it. I’ve singled out 17 shows based 9on nothing. Once I filter out those I can’t get on any of my platforms I hope to be left with a reasonable selection for winter 2020. There are a few in here I’m really excited about.

Is there anything you guys are looking forward to watching this winter? Tell us about it!

Laughing Rini

19 thoughts

  1. I am surprised you didn’t include some of the most anticipated 2020 anime :O. I am working on a 2020 upcoming anime list and haven’t seen half of these mentioned here ever, lol.

    I checked the Ishuzoku Reviewers’ official art and holy molly, some of the ladies there have more than monstrous boobs.

    1. I guess I don’t roll with the popular crowd… I’m sort of out of the loop about what’s anticipated in the anime community, I just randomly pick shows and occasionally, it works out!

  2. I watch very little simulcast so the new season always catches me by surprise. What generally happens is I make a mental list of what looks interesting and when it comes out, I watch a few episodes. If I am interested it goes onto the ever growing watch list. If I can’t wait until next week for the new episode, I’ll watch it simulcast. Log Horizon and Sword Art Onlines first two seasons had me literally sitting at the computer waiting for the new episode to drop. But that’s pretty unusual for me. That said – In/Spectre and Somali are definately on my list. I guess I’m the only one looking forward to the Island of Giant Insects – but I am a die hard kaiju fan. A Destructive God Sits Next To Me is almost irresistible between the title and the blurb. I’ll probably do Chihayafuru as I am now – bingeing at or near the end. I can’t wait a week for new Chihayafuru! I see there is a new Gundam world, so I’ll have to check that out. And a new Madoka Majika side story that I will at least give a chance. I’ve also got such a dismal memory I can only really keep track of maybe two or three simulcasts at a time without confusion so unless something snatches me up by the short hairs I’ll probably just end up adding more to my ever growing watchlist. LOL. So much anime, so little time…

    1. Wait there’s ba show called Island of the Giant Insects??? I was not kidding when I said I only look at the pictures…

      1. I was immediately looking for the show but couldn’t find it. I click play on everything anyway, so I can wait, but still… this sounds awesome.

  3. For next season, I’m curious about the new Orphen anime, Drifting Dragons, Heya Camp, and Dorohedoro. I’ve been a fan of Orphen since watching the original 1998 anime. The manga for Drifting Dragons struck me as being both original and exciting. Heya Camp looks like a sequel to Laid-Back Camp, and Dorohedoro looks like fun.

    I might end up watching more than that, but I’ll wait for more adventurous bloggers to shift the wheat from the chaff. 🙂

  4. Oh, definitely Haikyuu.

    My top pick for next season is without a doubt Somali to Mori no Kami Sama; it just looks so gorgeous.

    The Ishuzoku Reviewers have the potential to be one of the best or one of the worst shows of the season. The concept is gold, but fraught with peril like no other: these two shady guys rescue an angel from a monster and drag him/her along to their job, which is reviewing the red-light district. I adore the art in the preview – reminds me of a cross between Dragon Maid and Nichijou.

    Runway de Waratte and Hanako-kun have excellent word of mouth from people who know the source. The Richard show is from the director of Isshukan Friends and Sweetness and Lightening, which is a draw for me. (Also, it’s a sign that Shuka’s still alive, which means there’s hope for more Natsume.) I like both the art and the concept of the Itai Iya show, so there’s potential, too (not sure it’s a CGDCT, though; could be).

    Dorohedoro has me curious (and gets good word of mouth).

    I’ve got nothing you haven’t mentioned.

    1. I didn’t see much in way of straight up Yaoi. Maybe some shonen-ai. I haven’t specifically looked into it though.

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