Surprise my pandas! Aya here to bring you a long awaited blog post! Just in case anyone missed it I ended up shortening my name from Ayano to Aya on my Twitter after seeing a thread about how the use of Japanese names by westerns may come off insensitive. After a long discussion with my boyfriend about this topic I felt like it was necessary for me to change my anime pen name. With the world falling into chaos following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the racial injustices that are happening on a daily basis this was the right decision for me. Aya actually works out pretty well since some of my followers have been calling me this from time to time and if you take my real name, Alyssa, and drop the “l, s, and s” you get Aya. It’s a win win in my book!
With that all being said…how are you guys?! How are you holding up during these trying times? Are you staying safe, healthy and washing those hands on a regular basis? I am still working full time taking COVID-19 specimens for work and I have seen a spike once again in the amount I am taking for my state. It isn’t as bad as Florida, Texas, or Arizona but there have been decent amounts heading out to labs to get tested. It feels like 2020 is on a never-ending roller coaster of highs and lows but I am surviving as best as I can. Emotionally, I am still pretty exhausted and I am deeply sadden by all the fucked up shit going on in the world but at least we have anime!
And that is why I am writing this blog post today! To talk about anime since we have FINALLY reached the halfway point of 2020. That means we have finished up winter/spring anime season and we are about to dive into summer watch season. I wanted to share with you all my favorite series thus far! Lots of great new series this year and plenty are more to come with the latter half of the year. As most of you are aware a lot of the spring shows were pushed back due to COVID-19, but I will probably give the one’s I started an honorable mention since there were a few I was enjoying before they stopped airing.
Shall we get this anime party started?! I think so!
^Continuing series aside…I don’t know if any other new show will top Dorohedoro for me this year. This show is freaking top notch anime content.
2. ID: INVADED
^One of THE BEST psychological anime I have seen in a long time and can we talk about that OST by Miyavi?! Straight fire!
^22/7 was cute and heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time! Man…I enjoyed this series waaay more than I thought I would! ❤
4. Great Pretender
^Another breakout series for me! This show keeps pulling out all the stops with its comedy and twist and colorful animation. So so good!
5. Princess Connect Re:Dive
^Ugh…this show was so much fun! Plus there’s Karyl :3
6. Fruits Basket (Second Season First Cour)
^Lots of personal growth for Yuki and Kyo this second season. Fruits Basket is ticking all the boxes this season.
^Clair was definitely my favorite part of Gleipnir…but damn…episode 12 was beautifully done. Probably one of the best directed episodes of the year so far.
8. Toilet Bound Hanako-kun
^I miss Hanako and Nene already!
9. Tower of God
^Was the best part of this series Rak or Khun or Bam? Nah…it was them as a team. It will be interesting to see where season 2 leads us.
10. Interspecies Reviewers
^Surprise surprise…why yes I did enjoy this wild sexual ride of an anime series.
Shows I was enjoying before they got delayed:
Dairy of Our Days at the Breakwater
And there you have it folks! My favorite anime series of 2020 thus far. I also really liked Sing “Yesterday” for Me, Asteroid in Love, and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken as well. Love is War season 2 was pretty decent and I have to give them props for having so many Easter eggs throughout the second season. Which anime series are at the top for you during this halfway mark? Let me know in the comments section below! Or if you just want to chat/tell me how things are going for you that is cool as well. That is going to do it for me today. I will see you all whenever I get around to writing another post. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay active my pandas! Muah! XOXO
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