Summer 2020 Final Rankings

Finally, Summer 2020 is over. Good. This is easily one of the most underwhelming anime seasons in recent memory. That admittedly can’t be helped. With the COVID-19, it simply had no chance to impress. I’m just glad that stuff aired at all and with no delays even (which is one thing this season has over Spring 2020). Nevertheless, underwhelming is underwhelming and I hope for Fall 2020 to be a better season than this (it already looks that way by default).

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

Completed

#1. The Millionaire Detective Balance: Balance

Score: 8/10

Episodes: 11

This is admittedly at the top by simply being the only show I’d confidently score an 8/10 though that obviously still means I quite enjoy it. The show just embraces its goofy nature by delivering some over the top set pieces and a lot of funny banter from the characters. Plus, to its credit, it does deliver a surprisingly compelling and exciting mystery (albeit with some clumsy details) that takes up the latter half of the series. A surprise favorite this season and even this entire year (though given this year, that’s not hard to do).

#2. Lapis Re:LIGHTs

Score: 7/10

Episodes: 12

Still my favorite of the Summer premieres. Believe me, Lapis Re:LiGHTs is far from perfect. The cast is too big and the story is severely unfocused during the first half. Despite all that, I honestly had a lot of fun watching this show. Lapis embraces its wackiness to the point that I can’t help but admire and enjoy it. The story does pick up at the halfway mark. The main five characters, especially Tiara, are really charming and other such as Yue and Eliza fulfill their roles pretty well. Some of the music performances are also fun and catchy. If this show ever gets a second season, I’d be down to watch it.

#3. Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater

Score: 6/10

Episodes: 12

I wrestled with this score as I tend to gravitate towards these outdoors-themed CGDCT anime and the cast in this show is pretty likable (Hinata especially). At the same time, I must admit that I started to get bored as I reached the end. The fishing tutorials gets really droning and the plot is extremely repetitive. I enjoyed Diary overall but it’s hardly up there with, say, Laid-Back Camp.

#4. Umayon

Score: 6/10

Episodes: 12

Pretty much an anthology of vignettes starring the characters of Umamusume: Pretty Derby (a lot of which I struggled to remember if they were actually in the original show). It’s really only for diehard fans but it’s also short and consistently funny. With a second season now in production, a appetizer such as this is fine by me.

#5. Rent-a-Girlfriend

Score: 6/10

Episodes: 12

Part of me kind of wishes I dropped coverage for Kanokari alongside Deca-Dence. The main cast of characters, even the most unlikable ones, are pretty interesting, hence why I stuck with it. Aside from that though, I didn’t find the show all that funny and the story got horribly sidetracked halfway through which made me lose interest. I can see myself continuing into Season 2 but only for a few episodes at least.

#6. Deca-Dence

Score: 6/10

Episodes: 12

Easily the most disappointing anime for me this season and maybe the whole year (though harldy the worst to be fair). Perhaps it’s on me for expecting a lot out of Deca-Dence but you’d think with the people behind this production, it wouldn’t be so underwhelming. The story is pedestrian and not particularly clever and the characters are largely forgettable. It’s at least paced very well and the art is quirky and distinctive (certainly for anime) but that barely means much to me if the story is weak.

#7. Monster Girl Doctor

Score: 5/10

Episodes: 12

I stuck with Monster Girl Doctor as it does have a couple of likable characters (Skadi is the highlight for me). It is however a very aimless show, especially in the romance department where all the love interests are well aware of their stalemate for Glenn’s heart…and yet don’t do anything meaningful about it. What really holds the show 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.

Currently Watching

#1. Healin’ Good Pretty Cure

Score: 6/10

Episodes Seen: 26

I quite like Asumi/Cure Earth but this show has been pushing her character an awful lot. Seriously, the 25th episode is the first one in a while where it wasn’t squarely about her. It especially hampers the action which has frankly gotten really boring because Cure Earth is so overpowered. Still an otherwise fun and charming series though I hope for the next cour to change course.

Dropped

  • Appare-Ranman! (Ep. 5)
  • Digimon Adventure: (Ep. 15)
  • 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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