The Fall 2020 anime lineup is filled with highly anticipated titles, such as Haikyuu!!: To the Top Part 2 and Golden Kamuy Season 3. However, each new season also means a brand new set of never-before-seen anime. The next couple of months will be their chance to shine and garner a dedicated fanbase. Here’s three shows that I believe stand above the rest.
A supernatural show with an overpowered vampire? Sign me up!
If you’re a fan of action-packed, vampire anime, Noblesse is the show for you. The story is adapted from the hit webtoon by Son Jeho, which bears the same name: Noblesse. Raizel, the titular character, awakens from his 820-year slumber. With the help of his loyal butler, Frankenstein, he enrolls into Ye Ran High School in order to learn about how society has progressed over the years. In the shadows is the antagonist organization called the Union, whose desire to rule the world frequently disrupt Raizel’s daily life.
Noblesse begins by introducing how members of the Union handle their missions and then leads the viewer into learning more about Raizel and his daily high school life. However, the first episode feels like it should really be episode three or four. The characters discuss events and relationships assuming that you already know who the Union is and that Raizel is an all-powerful vampire named the Noblesse. It can be confusing for viewers who haven’t read the webtoon or haven’t seen the ONA, Noblesse: Awakening.
Before watching Noblesse, make sure to watch Noblesse: Awakening because it explains events preceding the show.
2. Tonikawa Kawaii
Yuzaki Nasa really won at life when he married his crush within the first episode.
Tonikaku Kawaii follows Yuzaki Nasa, a young boy who’s ridiculed for his name sounding like the space station, NASA. He meets a beautiful girl on the way home from school one day, and gets hit by a truck when trying to approach her. Nasa forces himself to stay conscious so he can find the girl and confess his love for her. After confessing, she tells him that they can go out if he agrees to marry her.
While the relationship skipped a couple of steps, the anime doesn’t overlook pacing the narrative in a way that is easily understandable. From being the best at his studies to confessing to his crush while on door’s death, the anime expertly explains Nasa’s determination to get what he wants and the lengths he’ll go in order to succeed. His pure personality when it comes to his new marital life is refreshing as well.
If you’re a fan of comedy, romance, and not having to wait for the protagonist to get with their romantic interest, Tonikaku Kawaii is the anime for you.
1. Jujutsu Kaisen
You’re missing out if you haven’t started watching Jujutsu Kaizen. Even the TikTok anime fans started simping over Gojou.
Itadori Yuuji is a high school student with amazing physical abilities (he can run 50 meters in 3 seconds…no joke). He meets Fushiguro Megumi, who wishes to retrieve a cursed object from Itadori. However, Itadori gave it to his Occult clubmates to de-seal at night in school. The two make a run back to school and come face to face with a monster. Amidst all the mayhem, Itadori eats the cursed object and harnesses the power of the curse.
Mappa, who has animated other shows such as Kakegurui and Banana Fish, does not fail to capture the viewer’s attention within the first couple of minutes in the first episode. Whether it’s the fluid animation style, action-packed sequences, or if you’re a fan of Gojou, the show manages to leave you wanting more after every episode.
The anime also has a similar story structure to a typical shounen anime—Itadori gains a supernatural ability and needs to learn how to use it. However, Itadori isn’t like your standard shounen protagonist. He’s able to be useful for his classmates even without the power of the curse. His quirky one-liners make for good laughs as well.
Gabriella is a 21-year-old writer and artist from Texas and currently goes to university in New York. Her favorite anime shows include Mob Psycho 100, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, and Kill la Kill. In her free time, Gabriella likes to watch anime, read manga, and play the newest games on her Nintendo Switch.
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