Summer 2020 Midseason Rankings

Like the Spring that came before, Summer 2020 has been a very awkward season for anime, albeit in a different sense. It seems that everything airing right now will indeed air all the way through which is indeed nice. Wondering if the shows you’re watching will get delayed or not was pretty nerve-wracking. At the same time, the Summer lineup isn’t all that impressive due to delays and a bunch of the shows that are airing frankly not being the best.

I’m actually still watching a fair amount, nine shows in total, and that’s thankfully without forcing myself to do so. I owe that to a couple of holdouts from Spring resuming broadcast, two of which would’ve aired through Summer anyway delay or not. It’s not best watch list though. Scroll down and you’ll quickly notice that the carry overs dominate the list and that’s very indicative of what I think of the shows that are new this season. Well, that and the scores; nothing too low but nothing too high either (which also make it difficult to really decide what ranks above each other).

Anyway, let’s take a look at Summer 2020.

Currently Watching

Healin' Good Pretty Cure Ep. 20 Temp.#1. Healin’ Good Pretty Cure

Current Score: 7/10

Episodes Seen: 20

One of these days, I’ll finish Hugtto! and Star Twinkle but I’m enjoying my time with Healin’ Good. It’s not doing anything exceptional but it’s also been consistently fun which more than I say about a lot of the shows ranking below it. I still like the cast (Hinata is Best Girl) and the recent addition of Asumi/Cure Earth is a nice change of pace.

#2. The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited

Current Score: 7/10

Episodes Seen: 5

A carry-over from Spring due to the pandemic and also a surprise favorite of mine this season. Right as the show finally airs new episodes, it starts to pick up steam. As a detective series, the show frankly fails in that regard but it makes for it by reveling in its goofy and illogical nature, making for a fun romp. The show is also doing a good job developing Kambe’s character and his strange friendship with Kato.

Lapis ReLiGHTs Ep. 7 Temp.#3. Lapis Re:LiGHTs 

Current Score: 7/10

Episodes Seen: 7 out of 12

My favorite of the new shows though believe me, I recognize the flaws. The cast is too big and the story has gotten severely unfocused the past couple of episodes. Nevertheless, I like the main five characters and the setting is surprisingly more realized than I expected. And honestly, I found myself enjoying the randomness of the story; it at least led to some solid comedy. At the end of the day, I’m having fun and that’s what matters most.

#4. Digimon Adventure:

Current Score: 7/10

Episodes Seen: 11

Digimon Adventure: took its sweet time reintroducing everyone and getting the gang together. Not going to lie, it got pretty sluggish. Also, I don’t know if it’s the character designs being over 20 years old or if it’s due to Omegamon showing up so early but the Digivolution reveals have been pretty underwhelming. I still appreciate that this is different from the 1999 original and we’re only 11 episodes in what’s clearly going to run for at least 50 so the pacing can be excused for now.

#5. Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater

Current Score: 7/10

Episodes Seen: 6 out of 12

Another show returning after a pandemic-fueled delay. The fishing tutorials gets pretty droning for me but I otherwise adore the outdoor theme. Hinata is also a likable and funny protagonist with whom the viewer can share their unfamiliarity towards fishing with.

Rent-a-Girlfriend Ep. 6 Temp.#6. Rent-a-Girlfriend

Current Score: 6/10

Episodes Seen: 6 out of 12

I’ve neglected to comment in my episode reviews (will rectify that in the next one) but I really question Rent-a-Girlfriend‘s effectiveness as a comedy. Save for a few exceptions, I’ve found the show’s attempts rather cringey and often clashing with the more serious elements. At the same time though, I do find the show pretty engaging with each of the three ladies introduced so far being interesting and portrayed terrifically by their voice actors.

Deca-Dence Ep. 6 Temp.#7. Deca-Dence 

Current Score: 6/10

Episodes Seen: 6 out of 12

Easily the most disappointing show of the season bar none. Some characters and aspects of the setting are decent but very little stands out to me and watching the show has gotten boring, hence why I’m considering to drop coverage. I’m still going to finish it and who knows, maybe this show will somehow pick up from here. Surprise me.

#8. Umayon

Current Score: 6/10

Episodes Seen: 6

Umamusume‘s biggest flaw was having a cast far too big for its own good and that remains the case with Umayon. I’d even argue it’s more detrimental here because of the three minute run time and the assumption that you’ve seen the parent show. I’m glad Umamusume is on the air again and this show is fun to watch but I also long for a full fledged second season.

#9. Monster Girl Doctor

Current Score: 6/10

Episodes Seen: 5

The premiere was so-so but most of the girls introduced since then are pretty likable and the romantic tension has gotten more believable. What still holds Monster Girl Doctor back is the art. Aside from some character designs, this show is pretty ugly with a diluted color palate and CGI. Also for an ecchi series, this show hasn’t been terribly sexy, either being too weird or too tame (the BDSM scene shown in the screencap is one of the rare times this isn’t the case).

Dropped

  • Appare-Ranman! (Ep. 5)
  • Gibiate (Ep. 2)
  • The God of High School (Ep. 6)
  • The Misfit of Demon King Academy (Ep. 5)
  • Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice (Ep. 3)
  • Ninja Collection (Ep. 1)
  • Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time (Ep. 1)
  • SUPER HXEROS (Ep. 4)
  • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Ep. 2)

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2 thoughts on “Summer 2020 Midseason Rankings

  1. Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater is theonly airing show that I am currently watching. Most of the anime I am checking out at the mo is old stuff on Netflix.

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