Many 2020 film and TV projects have been pushed back to 2021. And for that reason, it clearly wasn’t a typical year for the entertainment industry. The anime medium hasn’t been spared from the set of delays either, but despite the changes to the 2020 anime schedule, there are still plenty of long-awaited anime films that have aired throughout the year. year and graced the screens of viewers around the world.
While some of these films were standalone Netflix originals, others were long-awaited sequels to renowned anime franchises. The best of them have been ranked below according to their MyAnimeList (MAL) average user scores.
ten Goblin Slayer: Goblin Crown (7.19)
The Goblin Slayer the series met a lot of reactions when it was first created. Not only was it too bloody to suit most viewers’ tastes, it also had some reprehensible plot points. Still, for the most part, its fantasy world-building, slam-bang action scenes, and post-apocalyptic visuals have been fairly well received.
For the uninitiated, Goblin Slayer: Goblin Crown begins with a recap of half an hour and returns to its characters. What follows is a very straightforward tale in which the titular Goblin Slayer and his team embark on another quest to take on the evil goblins. While the movie isn’t far removed from the animated series, it doesn’t cover a lot of ground due to its limited runtime.
9 A mustache away (7.37)
A mustache away is a romantic anime with a supernatural touch. It focuses on a young girl, Miyo Sasaki, whose attempts to please his high school crush, Kento, are unsuccessful. But then, in a twist of fate, she gains the ability to become a cat and uses it to spend more time with Kento.
Soon she reaches a crossroads where she can either continue to help Kento with his problems, but risk giving up her cat form, or spend the rest of her life as a cat. It is these defining decisions in his life that lead to wonderful explorations of the Neko world and beneath it all hides a beautiful story of learning to let go.
8 Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (7.87)
Similar to Steven Spielberg’s Minority report, Psycho-Pass takes place in a world with a flawed justice system. Even before a crime is committed, citizens with criminal intentions are identified using a complex system and brought to justice using appropriate measures.
The Psycho-Pass franchise involves many films. Among them, Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector easily ranks somewhere at the top. However, unlike most other movies that adopt spinoff stories, this one serves as a direct continuation of Season 3. So to grab this one, a viewer must first go through Season 2, which in and of itself is quite intriguing with its nihilistic character. and philosophical nuances.
7 My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (8.08)
Studio Bones’ work with the My hero university the series has always been very popular. However, with Heroes Rising, The Studio goes above and beyond by presenting all-new action scenes and shounen-esque character bonuses.
Not only that, but the movie also has a non-canon but well-executed storyline that gives all of the beloved students in Class 1-A equal screen time. It’s also interesting how, despite having little to no connection to the anime’s current arc, the film leaves subtle clues as to what fans can expect in the future.
6 Given (8.18)
Although the shounen-ai genre remains unexplored, from time to time a large series like Given happens and changes everyone’s perception. Serving as a follow-up to the 11-episode show, the Given the film focuses on other supporting characters from the anime.
While the show was devoted to romantic developments between Ritsuka Uenoyama and Mafuyu Sato, both of whom are part of a rock band, the film highlights the romantic relationship between the group’s bassist, Haruki Nakayama, drummer, Akihiko Kaji. , and Akihito’s ex-boyfriend, Ugetsu Murata.
5 Digimon Adventure: Latest Kizuna Evolution (8.19)
Due to be compared to Pokemon franchise, Digimon never achieved fame and recognition from other popular late 90s shounen. Still, he did attract a fan who has remained loyal to him even after all these years.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the anime, Digimon Adventure: Latest Kizuna Evolution is the third and final installment of the Digimon Adventure Film Trilogy. As suggested by many reviewers, it brings a satisfying conclusion to the long-running franchise and is a reminder of all the elements that initially made the series so great. For anyone looking for a throwback to the good old shounen era of the ’90s, this one does the trick.
4 Violet Evergarden: The Movie (8.66)
Located in the aftermath of a war, Violet Evergarden unfolds like a rite of passage for a young woman, Violet, who has been a weapon all her life. With her old life behind her, she sets out to learn what it’s like to be human and understand the true essence of her lover’s last words.
The film continues this journey with the greatest depth, as Violet retains her last hopes of finding her lost lover. While at it, she continues to light up the lives of others by writing beautiful letters as an “Auto Memory Doll”.
3 Movie Demon Slayer: Infinity Train (8.72)
Often touted as one of the best anime of the past decade, Demon slayer continues to please his huge fan following with the movie sequel, Infinity train. With Tanjirou and the Demon Slayer Corps back to the fore again, the anime follows their action-fueled investigations into the mysterious disappearances on a train. They don’t realize there’s a lot more on the train than it looks.
Filled with glittering battle scenes, jaw-dropping art, and all the good stuff that fascinates shounen fans, the Demon slayer the movie never leaves a dull moment.
2 Made In Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (8.74)
It’s hard not to judge an anime by its animation style, but in the case of Made in the Abyss, its outward appearance is very deceptive. Its chibi-style animation might make new viewers feel like it’s for kids. However, given its darker themes surrounding death, grief, and cosmic horror, that’s far from the case.
In The dawn of the deep soul, the central characters dive deeper into the gruesome abyss that lies in the middle of their small town. Now in the fifth layer of the abyss, they cross paths with Prushka, who claims to be Bondrewd’s daughter. As always, they now have to be careful with every step they take and make big sacrifices before they can dive deeper into the sixth layer of the hole.
1 Fate / Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel III. Song of Spring (8.78)
The Destiny series is one of the most important anime franchises. It has everything from spin-offs and game adaptations to OVAs and movies. Heaven’s Feel III: Spring Song is the long-awaited final part of the Destiny / Stay the night trilogy of films and it does not disappoint.
Picking up where its predecessor left off, the film begins at a critical moment in the Fifth Holy Grail War. A hidden enemy finally emerges, and the main heroes learn that there is a lot more at stake for them than they anticipated. In its tense two-hour span, the film keeps viewers on the edge of their seats and resolves the morbid Holy Grail war in the best possible way.
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