With each coming season of anime, I find it harder and harder to decide which new series premise I am most interested in, often the descriptions don’t do justice to the anime’s and fail to entice me to press play; I never know where to look to get a headstart on each new series, so with the coming two-part guide I will hopefully help you navigate the anime waters of 2020.
All of the anime in this guide have been watched in the original Japanese with subtitles so I am unable to comment on the English dubs for each show if they are available. As a personal rule, I have watched at least the first two episodes of each series to get a solid idea of each series direction but in many cases, I have watched more than that as you will see.
In Part 2 of the guide below you will find my picks from animelab.com where you will find a life or death phone app, a girl who does not want to get hurt, a murderer detective, a dragon obsessed sorcerer and a group of people who live to count.
Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defence
Released Date: 08/01/2020
Current Episode Available: 5
Available on: Animelab
When starting to arrange the list of anime for this upcoming article, Bofuri among my selections. Having seen some shorts from the show I was not too drawn in and the ongoing VRPG anime trope was beginning to grow thin for me. But yet here we are and honestly, I am glad that this show ended up on this list.
The show’s premise sounds simple enough, a Japanese high school student tries out her first virtual reality role-playing game, New World Online. Being scared of getting hurt in the game she chooses to place all of her stats into defense, and I mean ALL of them. On my initial viewing, I was finding it hard to see how interesting this premise could be, could watching a character with such a focus on defense be fun? At first, my pessimistic outlook seemed to find a basis in the opening scenes but Bofuri quickly won me over not only with some truly laugh out loud comedic moments but also truly capitalising on the video game setting.