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Top 5 Anime of Summer 2020

I have a fiery passion for anime and finding the cream of the crop each season.

Spend your summer vacation with these great series!

Spend your summer vacation with these great series!

The summer 2020 anime line up is, well, thin. With only a handful of new shows and continuations of existing shows, there isn't much to choose from. Thankfully, most of them are at least decent. But to save you the trouble of watching them all (though it wouldn't take that much time, honestly), here are the top five anime of summer 2020!

1. The God of High School

Based on a Korean webtoon of the same name, The God of High School combines a high school drama with an action-packed fighting anime. Mori Jin, a Taekwondo specialist and high school student, must compete to be the top fighter among all high school students in Korea. The winner gets their wish fulfilled by the competition's hosting corporation.

The art style is sharp and the animation is smooth, especially during the fight scenes. There are plenty of powerful foes and a main cast of unique characters that you get to know well in only the first episode. Though there are plenty of anime out there that mix high school life with some sort of grand competition or fight to the top, there is a fantasy element involved later on that makes things more interesting.

For fans of Food Wars, My Hero Academia, or Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler, this anime is for you.

2. Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!

As you can probably tell from the title, this anime is about a girl named Hana Uzaki who, well, wants to hang out. With her upperclassman Shinichi Sakurai, in particular. Sakurai is a bit of a slacker who doesn't take full advantage of his college life. Uzaki takes it upon herself to revitalize him by doing fun activities after class together. And for some reason, they are followed by an odd-looking cat who follows them everywhere they go.

This anime is perfect for those looking for a light-hearted, slice of life anime to spend the summer with.

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Warning: There are some ecchi themes in this anime.

3. Rent-a-Girlfriend

When 20-year-old college student Kinoshita Kazuya gets dumped, he tries to ease his pain by hiring a part-time girlfriend from an app. The girl he ends up seeing is Mizuhara Chizuru, who is so good at her job that Kazuya is swept away. When he finds out that she is like that with all of her customers (as she should be, it's her job), he chews her out in public on their second date. Of course, she doesn't take that sitting down. Though she wants nothing more to do with him, a handful of misunderstandings makes it so they have to keep their fake relationship going, all while Kazuya attracts all sorts of female attention.

Rent-a-Girlfriend is a fresh take on the classic harem anime. It's fun to watch Kazuya and Chizuru's interactions as they become closer and weasel their way out of awkward situations.

Warning: There are some ecchi themes in this anime.

4. Re: Zero Season 2

After much trial and error and quite a few deaths, Subaru finally defeated the White Whale and Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti, a Sin Archbishop of the Witch Cult. All seems at peace until Rem is attacked. Subaru tries to use his death loop to save her, but finds that he can't, and that Rem has been erased from the world. No one remembers her existence aside from him. Now, Subaru must cope with the new reality and find a way to get his dear friend back.

This season is definitely going to be a tearjerker. This is apparent in the first episode. Seeing Subaru's death loop fail means that he can't rely on it to magically make things better, leading to some more creative problem-solving.

5. Fire Force Season 2

Although Fire Company 8 won their battle in the Nether, people are still spontaneously combusting, so there is little time for a break. Season two introduces some interesting new characters, and the original cast is just as fun and lively as ever. Though the setting and the looming threat have changed, the premise has remained the same—Shinra and the rest of Company 8 fight baddies and look good in their bulky suits doing it. The animation, comedy, and action are back and better than ever.

Atsushi Ohkubo, the manga author of Fire Force, also created Soul Eater. Soul Eater has an anime adaptation as well, so if you're looking for something with a similar art style and a good balance of comedy and action, I suggest checking it out.

What's on Your Watchlist?

Although summer 2020 didn't deliver a long list of anime, most of them are pretty good. Did any of these catch your eye? If not, what's on your summer watchlist? Let me know in the comments below!

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