All the Best Upcoming Anime Shows of 2020

We’re halfway through 2020, and so far it’s been a fantastic year for anime. (It must be a fantastic year for Something, right?) Take, for example, the last seasons of Haikyu!! and food wars– our favorite shows really didn’t disappoint.

Unfortunately, thanks to the global pandemic that has devastated all sectors of society, anime – and the entertainment industry as a whole – has taken a hit. Even massively popular, well-funded shows like my hero academia had to be suspended mid-season last spring. Several release dates are now on hold for the same reason, but we’ve tracked down all the anime shows that are still slated to release new episodes this year. Hopefully no other releases get pushed back.

Here are the best upcoming anime shows to look forward to in 2020.

Best upcoming anime series in 2020

1) fire force

  • Season: 2
  • Release date: July 3
  • Stream it on: Crunchyroll

fire force is home to a world ravaged by a calamitous and fiery catastrophe that has rendered most places completely uninhabitable. Additionally, humans began to randomly burst into flames, becoming “infernals.” Join the Fire Force, an elite group dedicated to fighting this strange and demonic phenomenon.

fire force premiered last summer to great acclaim, receiving endless praise for its wild action scenes and beautiful animation. From now on, the studio David Production (Cells in action!, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure) is releasing Season 2, which will focus on amateur pyrokenetic Shinra Kusakabe, who can throw fire from her feet.

new anime series 2020 fire force

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2) The attack of the Titans

  • Season: 4
  • Release date: Fall 2020 (exact date to be determined)
  • Stream it on: Hulu

The attack of the Titans, arguably the biggest and most impactful anime of the last decade, is a dark fantasy show about humans living in hiding from gigantic human-eating titans. The show follows Eren Yeager, a young hero determined to save the world from the titans and seek revenge.

Seasons one through three were bitingly intense, truly living up to the expectations set by the high fantasy genre. While the series has definitely come under scrutiny for subtext and fascist themes, dozens of fans are looking forward to this fourth and final season.

new anime series 2020 attack on titan

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3) Uzumaki

  • Season: 1
  • Release date: To be determined (by the end of 2020)
  • Stream it on: Adult Swim (Toonami)

Junji Ito is a highly accomplished horror manga artist whose works have been adapted for the screen many times before. However, Adult Swim supports Uzumaki, one of Ito’s scariest creations, is particularly exciting. This four-episode mini-series will be directed by Hiroshi Nagahama (Big liquidation!, Flowers of Evil, Mushi-Shi) and created in partnership with Production IG. Get ready for Uzumaki to introduce you to a scary little town plagued by a mystical curse involving spirals. This black and white spectacle will take you as the townspeople slowly descend into spiraling madness.

new anime series 2020 uzumaki

Adult Swim / YouTube

4) Aggretsuko

  • Season: 3
  • Release date: To be determined (by the end of 2020)
  • Stream it on: netflix

If you’ve never watched an animated musical about an anthropomorphized red panda accountant who sings death metal in a karaoke bar, you’re seriously missing something.

While most anime tends to be aimed at younger audiences, Aggretsuko will resonate with any jaded 9-5 worker in their 20s or older. Wrestling with real-world issues like sexism in the workplace (the main character’s boss is literally a pig) and all the complexities of adult relationships, this show perfectly balances humor and heart – and season 3 will only be certainly no different.

new anime series 2020 aggretsuko


5) Pacific Rim: The Anime

  • Season: 1
  • Release date: To be determined (by the end of 2020)
  • Stream it on: netflix

If you weren’t expecting the mega-franchise Pacific Rim to be on this list, you are not alone. Guillermo del Toro’s much-loved monster-filled universe has launched a surprise partnership with Netflix, Legendary Entertainment, and Polygon Pictures to create an anime that will blend del Toro’s glorious sci-fi setting with Japanese monster and fantasy influences. mecha technology. Buckle up and get ready for the action anime of a lifetime, led by Thor: Ragnarok‘sand X-Men: Evolutionby Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson, respectively.

new anime series 2020 pacific rim

Pacific Rim / Netflix

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*First published: July 10, 2020, 4:10 p.m. CDT


Anna María is the social media editor of the Daily Dot. Her work focuses on the intersections of entertainment, pop culture and social justice. She previously contributed to Houston Chronicle and Orange magazine.


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