The 7 Anime Shows You Should be Watching

This season has managed to have both far fewer shows than previous seasons and also a surprisingly large amount of sequels to very popular anime. It’s the perfect time to clear out the ol’ backlog, and many people might be interested in finally taking the plunge on some of these shows that are getting sequels. As such, we decided to include sequel series on this list for the first time in several years. Only the truly great shows manage to pull off a good sequel season, and we all want to avoid watching bad anime by accident, right?

As always, we implore all of you internet goons to remember that these recommendations are, like all recommendations, subjective. This list is a result of multiple weeks of discussion and debate amongst an international community of regular anime watchers and bloggers, but that doesn’t change the fact that we all have our own personal interests and experiences that shape the kinds of shows that we like and respond to. What we’re trying to get at here is that if your favorite show isn’t on this list, it probably sucks. we don’t make the rules. With that out of the way, here are a couple of final notes before we begin:

  • We are including sequels in this article this time, but we still recommend that you check out our sequel guide below for information about sequels.
  • Similarly, only shows available for legal streaming are considered. Netflix has complicated what the word “available” means, but we still consider limited-availability shows such as Netflix originals for this list.
  • We included a “where to watch” section, but keep in mind that our listings are based on availability in the United States.

Deca-Dence

Genre(s): Action, Science Fiction
Where to Watch: Funimation

Deca-Dence season 1, episode 2 recap - "Sprocket" changes the game
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Spoiler-free Synopsis 

Humanity has been driven to the brink of destruction because of lifeforms known as Gadoll; the remaining scraps of humanity now survive in the mobile fortress called Deca-Dence. Residents of Deca-Dence are split between Gears who actively fight against the Gadoll and Tankers, those who dwell within Deca-Dence. The story follows the events that surround two main characters: an optimistic Tanker named Natsume who desires to be a Gear after her father passes away and Kaburagi, a jaded armor worker who’s skilled at fighting the Gadoll.

Why You Should Be Watching

Deca-Dence is the kind of show that comes once in a blue moon, a sci-fi anime done so exceedingly well that it’s hard to find anything not to like. It nails everything you’d expect from this kind of show, with fantastic direction that unravels and changes the story in a compelling manner, stellar pacing, a likable cast with interesting and expressional emotions, and fantastic action scenes that highlights the incredible cinematography. We knew Studio NUT could do aerial fight scenes thanks to Tanya, but even so it’s amazing how well polished it is – the fight scenes make it worth coming back every week.

The show pulls off a risky twist in the second episode, and while we initially wasn’t a huge fan, the twist meaningfully contributes to the worldbuilding of the show and allows the work to explore themes that it wouldn’t be able to otherwise. A dystopian environment where everyone’s a replaceable product of the company, a world where enforcing order comes above all else and more, the way Deca-Dence unfolds is thought-provoking and compelling. This is one of the best shows of the season, and we definitely recommend giving it a watch.

Fire Force Season 2

Genre(s): Shonen action
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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Spoiler-free Synopsis

250 years after Earth was almost destroyed in a fiery cataclysm, the Fire Soldiers of the Tokyo Empire fight to keep their city safe from Infernals – burning monstrosities, victims of a mysterious spontaneous human combustion epidemic.

Why You Should Be Watching

Back for a second run, David Production’s (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Cells at Work) eye-poppingly pyrokinetic adaptation of Atsushi Ōkubo’s (Soul Eater) latest manga continues to wow with phenomenal production design, inventive direction, and colourful, dynamic action animation.

Adapted at a blistering clip that outpaces other similar genre staples, Fire Force averages out at around four manga chapters per episode (as opposed to the standard one or two). This sometimes results in rushed plotting, but to Fire Force, filler and dull are foreign words. With a lively cast of goofballs complete with distinct personality quirks, this isn’t the place to look for nuanced character drama. Bright and breezy fun, Fire Force doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we’re happy to report that season one’s egregious and intrusive fan service is mostly absent, bar only one inconsequential scene so far.

With the latest episodes, protagonist Shinra travels outside of his relatively safe home city and, along with the viewer, learns about the state of his post-apocalyptic world. This new focus on uncovering secrets drives the plot in new and interesting directions, even though the two newest characters are a talking mole and crow. Yeah. We’re unsure what to make of that so far.

If you weren’t a fan of season one, this new season probably won’t convert you. However, if you were only turned off by the fanservice, it’s worth giving Shinra’s latest episodes a shot. They’re hardly award-winning material, but they’re entertaining and fun. Sometimes that’s all you want from an anime.

Great Pretender

Genre(s): Heist, Drama

Where to Watch: Netflix

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Spoiler-free Synopsis

Makoto Edamura believes he’s Japan’s greatest swindler; that is, until the day he attempts to pickpocket a French foreigner, only later realizing all his money was stolen instead. The swindler has become the swindled…(swindlee?), and Edamura is thrown into a world of high stakes heists and expert confidence men (and women).

Why You Should Be Watching

Do you like all things Lupin (we sure do) and James Bond movies (Sean Connery best Bond)? Maybe you’ve seen Ocean’s Eleven more than once? Even if the answer is no, Great Pretender is definitely worth your time. Within this type of premise, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, but just be interesting enough to stay engaging – Great Pretender easily fits this description.

Not only is Great Pretender a fun, well-paced ride, it’s notably stylish and visually stunning. Brimming with flair, the backgrounds are so rich they appear like oil paintings behind the expressive characters, and we love the subtle artistic decisions like the streaks of red light coming from cars during a chase scene. The same way French super-confidence-man Laurent Thierry pulls in petty grifter Edamura to the con-man big leagues, the show pulls the viewer in with its vibrant colors and aesthetic, fast pace, and gorgeous, exotic locations.

The cityscapes truly come to life, too. Los Angeles looks and feels exactly how it should, with an aerial view of the downtown skyline as iconic and realistic as any movie set in LA. Beautiful modern Singapore, which was also a backdrop for season 3 of Westworld, is just an incredible setting, and London’s there looking as London as ever. Case 4 releases in Japan on September 21st with the crew traveling between Shanghai and Tokyo – the second half of the season cannot be freed from Netflix jail fast enough. Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Ancient Magus Bride, After the Rain, Vinland Saga) and Director Hiro Kaburagi (91 Days, Hoozuki no Reitetsu) succeed in what they were aiming for – a beautiful, highly stylized, and exciting show.

As for the characters, Edamura (or Edamame like Laurent likes to call him) becomes likeable by the 2nd episode. By revealing more of his backstory and disposition, you quickly realize he’s not a bad person. Laurent Thierry, additionally, is played perfectly by Junichi Suwabe. The addition of characters switching between English, French, and the occasional hint of Spanish strengthens the show’s global vibe. Throw in strong female characters like Aby and Cynthia, the confidence women, and some great minor characters, like the Movie Producer Eddie Cassano, and you have a well-rounded, lively cast. To add to this show’s already impressive pedigree, these aforementioned characters all come from renowned character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto of Evangelion, FLCL, and Gunbuster fame.

The OP, “G.P.” by Yutaka Yamada, is jazzy with Cowboy Bebop vibes, and the art style reminiscent of the great opening to Catch Me If You Can, with both seemingly influenced by the legendary art of Seal Bass, embracing that retro, mid-century feel. Lastly, let us make sure to mention the ED is Freddy Mercury’s cover of the Platters’ song “The Great Pretender”, and the first time any Mercury or Queen song has been featured in an anime. Oh and it contains cats. Very cute cats.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Genre(s): Action, Demons, Magic, Fantasy, School
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

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Spoiler-free Synopsis

Anos, the Demon King of Tyranny, has defeated every enemy and grown tired of neverending wars. Hoping for a more peaceful life, he decides to die and reincarnate. Two-thousand years later, he discovers that the world became too peaceful in his absence and resolves to reclaim his former glory. He enrolls at the Demon King Academy and is labeled as a misfit due to his immense, unmeasurable magical power. Thus begins his path to climb up the demon ranks!

Why You Should Be Watching

Misfit isn’t deep. On the contrary, it’s a show where you can (and should) turn your brain off. Every now and then, the show mixes mindless comedy into the action, which simply works in the show’s favour. If we had to compare Misfit to something, it’s The Irregular at Magic High School in a demon world with the same techno-babble while being on crack and still having tons of fun.

In the past, we’ve had many overpowered protagonists that always dragged their respective show into the deepest pits of the viewer’s despair, but Anos is one of the rare cases of actually making his show better. It’s not the fact every aspect of his character is taken to absurd degrees, but that he knows he’s above everybody else and has fun with it. Where else would you find a scene where the main character spins an actual castle on his finger like a basketball?

To balance Anos, we have sisters Misha and Sasha. Each is the polar opposite of the other, the yin to the other’s yang – it makes much more sense when you actually watch the show, trust me. To top this up, Anos has loving parents – cringy for some, sure, but definitely a rare sight in an anime, where usually parents are nowhere to be found, always busy or away.

To sum it up, if you want a fun show which for 25 minutes a week lets you forget about 2020, The Misfit of Demon King Academy has you covered and more.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax!

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Slice of Life, Romance
Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, HIDIVE

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Spoiler-Free Synopsis

“Youth is a lie. It is nothing but evil”; disillusioned and cynical, Hachiman Hikigaya lives his life on the sidelines, observing the social spheres of adolescent life with a pessimistic and critical eye. All this changes when Shizuka Hiratsuka, his teacher, volunteers him for the Service Club run by Yukino Yukinoshita, a similarly mannered classmate and school beauty. Hachiman and Yukino, together with Yui Yuigahama, must now navigate the particulars of high school life both as observers and direct interveners through the Service Club.

This third season picks up immediately after the second as relationships are strained and harsh truths begin boiling over. Can a prom save the members of the Service Club from drifting apart? Can Hachiman find something genuine? Tune in to find out!

Why You Should Be Watching 

Recommending the final season of an already-beloved series is an exercise in redundancy. Instead, let’s re-examine why you should watch My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU through the lens of this third season and why SNAFU remains a modern anime classic.

No show better encapsulates the modern teenage condition of belonging and becoming more accurately and cogently than SNAFU. Through the harsh and self-sacrificial lens of our beloved Hachiman, SNAFU explores how we exist alongside each other in our most formative years and, in its intense focus on high school, speaks to the broader issue of finding, crafting, or stumbling into relationships and what those relationships ultimately mean. The first two seasons were instantly impactful when they both premiered in 2013 and 2015, respectively, and despite the five-year gap, Studio feel. doesn’t miss a single beat in yahello-ing us back into this familiar world.

Like many finale seasons, SNAFU Climax! works to simultaneously comment on, re-contextualize, and build upon the previous seasons. The second season ended with unspoken promises of catharsis, growth, and heartbreak as our characters move beyond living for each other as a collective to living for each other as individuals. It is a subtle, yet major difference and the space in which the series lives. As Hachiman grows to see the error in his martyr-like tendencies, Yukino from under the shadow of her sister, and Yui towards the honesty that begets genuine relationships, the series grows, too — both in artstyle between the first and later seasons and in its shift from sharp comedy to gentle drama.

SNAFU never professes itself as a one-to-one representation of “the” high school experience. Rather, it uses melodrama to invoke the hormonal anxiety we all felt in our adolescent years. It uses deliberately obtuse dialogue not only to invite critical analysis but to remind us that, frankly, teenagers often don’t make sense. And in that, SNAFU reminds us that that is okay. We don’t have to make sense; none of us do, after all. In that confusion breeds connection, and as those connections bend, strain, and break, we find what we’ve been searching for all along: something genuine.

And that, we think, is what makes season three and the larger work of SNAFU so incredibly special. It does not expect everyone to enjoy it, but asks you to empathize with it. Watch My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and empathize with its characters, its world, and with your younger self that, much as you deny it, acted much the same as Hachiman, Yukino, Yui, and the gang. The only real SNAFU, after all, is the one in which we pretend to act as someone we are not. Remember when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?

No Guns Life Season 2

Genre(s): Sci-fi, Neo-noir, Guns for Heads

Where To Watch: Funimation, Hulu

No Guns Life Season 2 release date, synopsis and characters
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Spoiler-Free Synopsis

“Extendeds” are people whose bodies have been modified, particularly those who were modified for the War. They can be dangerous, especially the most powerful: the “Over-Extended.” In the City, Juuzo Inui, an Over-Extended with a gun for a head and no memory of his life before the War, is a Resolver, a Private Eye of sorts who specializes in cases involving Extendeds. He is often assisted by Mary, a young but brilliant back-alley engineer for people with extensions, and stuck as the guardian of a young boy named Tetsuro with many secrets of his own. In a dark, corrupt, dangerous city full of yakuza, anti-extension terrorists, and dominated by the mysterious Beruhren corporation, if you need help, Juuzo and team are the ones to find. Did we mention he’s got a gun for a head?

Why You Should Be Watching

No Guns Life is worthy of recommending to anyone; we did so ourselves when season one made the collab last year. But it should especially appeal to viewers with a penchant for that endangered species of a genre, the gritty sci-fi/cyberpunk neo-noir. In the Before Times the great sages call “The Nineteen Eighties and Nineties,” this kind of show was a key foundation of anime, with some of the coolest, most enduring stuff coming from the genre — shows like Appleseed, Armitage III, Goku: Midnight Eye or even the tragically forgotten Cyber City Oedo 808. At its core, No Guns Life is really a modernization of the themes and feel of these older classics, and it does a fabulous job of it.

Season one was a damn fine show, but it had to spend a good deal of time worldbuilding, introducing the various factions and alliances, and getting to know the characters. It did a fine job of this, but the narrative thrust naturally suffered as a result. This is not an issue in season two, which features much improved pacing and overall narrative cohesion, even as it does stop occasionally for a one-off tale here and there. The show has transitioned into a slightly darker, more melancholy tone as more of the characters’ histories are revealed and they have to reckon with their pasts, which highlights one of the show’s core themes: are you your past, or who you are now? Can you be someone other than who or what you were before? To what degree are you responsible for the you of yesterday, especially when there’s been radical change, like memory loss or, um, having a gun for a head? The writers mix these in with classic themes like the lines between man and machine and the dangers of dehumanizing technology, resulting in a show that like an ogre: it has layers. That’s not to say the show has lost its sense of humor; as evidenced by the image above, it’s still a masterclass in hilarious facial reactions, which is pretty impressive when half your cast doesn’t really have a face.

The animation isn’t spectacular, but it gets the job done and fits the larger aesthetic of the show and genre. Fight scenes are usually brief but frequently look pretty damn cool, and the sound track does its duty well. This season’s OP and ED are both quite good, with the OP song being a real banger and the ED’s CGI fistfight looking nifty, even if they decided to have Mary twerking in the background for some reason (seriously Madhouse, what the hell?).

In the end, No Guns Life’s second season is all of what made season one a standout but more focused and with more depth to the storytelling. If you haven’t jumped onto this cyber-train yet, we suggest you do so immediately. Oh, and don’t forget: GUN. FOR. A. HEAD.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2

Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Isekai, Mystery, Psychological

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Re:Zero: The Prophecy of the Throne Art Shows Subaru, Emilia, and Rem
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Spoiler-free Synopsis

After multiple grueling attempts, Natsuki Subaru, along with his friends and allies, manage to overcome the greatest threats they have met so far. The peace they fought so hard for is short lived, however, as new foes reveal themselves and cause new turmoil in their wake. Now, Natsuki must face trials and tribulations that not even his unique powers can handle easily.

Why You Should Be Watching

In 2016, Re:ZERO took the anime world by storm, ending up one of the year’s biggest hits and a crown jewel of the isekai genre.. The wait for the next season has been a painful one for fans ever since the first season ended with one of the biggest cliffhangers anime has seen in years. We are ecstatic to say that it has been worth the wait and then some, as Re:ZERO Season 2 has the series on the warpath to reclaim its crown.

Since the first season got much of the worldbuilding and lore out of the way, Season 2 has turned inwards, focusing more heavily on character building. Not only does Subaru continue his gradual improvement over the course of all that he goes through but supporting characters such as Otto, Beatrice, and Crusch get fleshed out in some genuinely surprising ways that they never would have been in a weaker series. Re:ZERO Season 2 doesn’t just rest there, however, as it further bolsters the great roster of characters with new villains and allies, many of whom have instantly become fan favorites, such as the character Frederica, who was previously seen in a flashback but finally makes her grand debut.

Of course, one of the key things that makes Re:ZERO so fascinating is the various mysteries and traumatic events that become a puzzle for Subaru, with his unique abilities, to solve. Needless to say, season two also delivers on this front in spectacular ways. The way this season implements these challenges is invigorating and keeps both Subaru and the audience on their toes with every twist and turn. Isekai stories have exploded, for better or worse, in the years since the first season came out, but Re:ZERO Season 2 is proving to yet again be a fantastic reminder of what isekai can deliver at its best.

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