Moshi moshi my pandas! Long time no see. 2020 is rapidly coming to a close and I’m sure most of us feel like it can’t come soon enough. 2020 has been hell on earth due to the pandemic and a plethora of other things that have ensued but the one good thing about this year was all the AMAZING anime series that came out of this abysmal time. It looks like winter season is shaping up to be one heck of a ride as well. So many continuing series happening in January, as well as some promising new premiers.
But before we jump into 2021 let’s take a look at some of my favorite surprise series from 2020. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is dedicated to all the series that surprised me the most. I usually consider these breakout anime series (aka series that made a last impression on me). A few of these series will also be accounted for in my Top 10 Anime from 2020 but I still haven’t decided if I want to make a full blog post for those or just have a Twitter thread dedicated to these choices. Make sure you are following me on Twitter at paperpandabears since that is where I spend most of my time now. Without further ado….let’s get into these anime!
1. Akudama Drive
^The perfect cyberpunk/sci-fi anime…and that ending. It was *chef’s kiss* incredible!
2. Wandering Witch: Journey of Elaina
^I know everyone compares this to Kino’s Journey (cause we all know it’s the same but with witches and magic) but damn! Some of the episodes in Elaina’s journey were so so good especially the episodes involving Mirarose and Estelle.
3. Asteroid in Love
^It’s Laid Back Camp meets A Place Further Than the Universe meets a group of girls who love Earth Sciences. Asteroid in Love is perfect for anyone looking for a wholesome anime that sweeps you off your feet :3
4. Princess Connect Re:Dive
^Ahhhhh I still can’t believe how fun this anime was! It’s based off an RPG of the same name and sometimes anime based off games are hit and miss…but this one was definitely a HIT 😀
5. ID: Invaded
^One of the BEST crime/sci-fi/mystery anime I have seen in awhile. If you liked Psycho Pass you should also give this one a shot as well!
6. Great Pretender
^No explanation needed for this anime. Great Pretender is a smash hit anime that everyone needs to see!
7. Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater
^Who knew that an anime about cute girls and fishing would be so damn adorable and good?! This anime can also go under the wholesome and heartwarming category.
8. The Day I Became a God
^You guys already know I’m a sucker for anything P.A. Works creates so of course The Day I Became a God is on this list. Hina is wonderful, the animation is stunning, and the end will make you cry like a baby. A win win in my book ❤
^If you told me back in January that I would be obsessed with a drama idol anime I would have told you “there’s no way.” Low and behold the anime 22/7. I adore this anime! Each character background episodes were top notch. I think this anime surprised me the most this year.
10. Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
^Is Princess Syalis me? Cause it sure feels like it! I mean…who doesn’t love a good nap or two or three hundred? XD This anime needs to be fined for being too freaking cuuute!
And that about does it for me today! Before you go I would like to remind you that our third annual WordPress Anime Awards are still going on. We are in the final few days for voting so be sure to get your votes in before midnight on December 31st! Just head to www.wordpressanimeawards.com to vote for all your 2020 anime favorites. 2020 was a great year for anime and here’s hoping 2021 will be even better! Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH!
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