April is here, and for otakus and weebs it’s the time to gear up for the Spring 2020 Anime releases. This year’s Spring Anime releases features some of the most anticipated shows making a comeback with a sequel and also some new series premiering, which from their first look, are guaranteed entertainers.
The period looks particularly exciting for Isekai watchers and Rom-com lovers as some of the best titles in these categories are returning with new episodes this spring. While there’s a ton of shows to navigate through during the summer period, we have created a list of some of the most exciting and anticipated shows that could very well define the upcoming Spring 2020 Anime season.
Without further ado, lets get started;
Top Spring 2020 Anime Releases:
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045:
Perhaps one of the most controversial spring 2020 releases, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex follows a complete CGI for its latest installations. While the fanbase is divided on whether the change in art style will be good, we certainly are looking forward to see how the show would be.
Kenji Kamiyama from the previous two seasons returns to co-direct the show. The seasons will premiere worldwide on Netflix on April 23.
Food Wars, Season 5:
The mouth watering anime series will be returning in April to adapt the last two arcs from the Manga namely the Beach exam and the BLUE arc. The anime starts airing from April 10 in Japan and will be simulcast on Crunchyroll for fans worldwide.
In the heated final season of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Yukihira Soma and the Totsuki Academy are set to compete in The Blue! An official teaser released featured Erina, Takumi, Megumi, and Soma who are set to be the main characters in the upcoming beach Exam and BLUE arc. In the teaser, Takumi is seen with a mezzaluna.
Kingdom, Season 3:
Kiingdom is a series which was adapted from one of the longest running seinen mangas. Despite all the content to go through with, the action drama series has been running on and off since 2012. However, since the new season was announced the fans of the anime and the manga have been looking forward to it.
Kingdom follows Li Xin, a young man who wants to be one of the greatest generals who ever lived, and Ying Zheng, a man aiming to unite all of the different states under one nation. The highly anticipated series of Spring 2020 lineup also has much better animation quality this time with Studio Signpost taking over the reins from Studio Pierrot.
The Season will start premiering in Japan on April 5, adapting the alliance arc from the manga. The series will feature a brand new set of cast and characters. Kingdom season 3 will be simulcast
No Guns Life, Part 2:
Following the life of a hard boiled “Resolver” named Juuzo Inui who protects a young boy named Tetsuro after he winds up needing protection from a mega corporation that runs the city, No Guns Life part 1 was nothing less than a thrilling anime
The series will be produced by Madhouse and directed by Naoyuki Ito of Overlord fame. The series will be simulcast on Funimation for audiences worldwide. As the second part of the series comes in April, fans are hoping to catch more of experimented on for the sake of the war and turned into a cyborg with a gun for a head.
Ascendance Of A Bookworm, Season 2:
As a female driven isekai series, Ascendance of a bookworm was a fan favourite last year. The series follows an aspiring librarian who dies in an earthquake and gets reincarnated into a medieval world with low literacy. Released in Fall 2019, the anime managed to charm viewers and immediately got a second season in the Spring 2020 lineup.
Season will premiere in Japan on April 4 and will see Myne begin her training as a priestess, granting her more access to the literature she has always craved for. Make sure you don’t miss out the OVA episodes that were released after the first season in order to be able to enjoy the anime completely.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Season 3:
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU will start airing its third season in April 2020. The series will premiere on April 9 in Japan and will be simulcasted on Crunchyroll. The third season will see the cast and crew returning as the anime adapts the last part of the story. The season is produced by Studio feel and director Kei Oikawa and scriptwriter Keiichirō Ōchi who have worked on the series before had returned for the third instalment of the character drama too.
The romantic drama, which attracted audiences to its characters and dialogues, is returning after a long gap making it one of the most anticipated and enjoyable flicks in the Spring 2020 lineup.
Described as one of the most insightful, poignant, and just plain excellent coming-of-age stories, it follows Hachiman Hikigaya, a pessimistic, close minded, and realistic teen, who is forced by his teacher to join the school’s service club and work with two girls with issues of their own. They offer help and advice to others while dealing with their inner conflicts.
Kaguya Sama Love is War, Season 2:
Voted as the best comedy of 2019 at Crunchyroll Anime Awards, the madhouse romantic comedy is set to return in Spring 2020. The show managed to win over a lot of fans with its bold, eclectic and hilarious narrative. However, it was also soft and emotional whenever required.
The series focused on a naive high-school duo who tried to make the other confess their feelings, giving a fresh perspective to the users of the romcom anime genre. The Anime will start airing in Japan from April 11th. The show will be simulcast on both Funimation and Crunchyroll. The cast and crew from season 1 will return for the second season of Kaguya Sama Love is War.
Fruits Basket, Season 2:
After a much acclaimed reboot in 2019, Fruits Basket stands out as the best anime in the Slice of life genre coming out this spring. Fruits Basket Season 2 will start airing in Japan on April 6 and will be simulcast by both Funimation and Crunchyroll.
Fruits basket, which was a popular anime series in the 2000s had failed to completely adapt the manga back then. However, this time around the anime is closely following the events of the manga and with its new look animation has won fans all over. Fruits Basket Season 2 will continue to focus on the relationships between Tohru Honda and Yuki and Kyo Sohma. The addition of two new characters Machi Kuragi and Kakeru Manabe will add more twists and turns to the slice of life anime.
Sword Art Online: Alicization, Part II:
Alicization is undoubtedly the best part of the Sword Art Online Series till date and the hit franchise returns to adapt the final arc after taking a break in the fall. It was weird that the show took a break considering the fact that the first season of the show was an unbroken two cours.
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of the underworld, will premiere in Japan on April 25. Crunchyroll, FUNimation, HIDIVE, and Hulu have all confirmed that they will be streaming the show for anime fans worldwide. With Kirito trapped in a world from which there is no guarantee of a way out, fans are eager to see how the season plays out with interesting character developments and slick battles.
Tower Of God:
The most heavily promoted series on Crunchyroll, Tower of God starts airing today. YES TODAY (April 1st). The new anime is based on an immensely popular Korean manhwa and is about Twenty-Fifth Bam, who lives under a massive tower with his friend Rachel. As Bam goes in search of Rachel into the tower he faces a number of challenges in the ascent.
The manhwa has managed to captivate millions of its readers and the trailer too promises an adaptation that is well animated and promises to be a huge hit like its compatriot. Tower of God also marks the first collaboration between Cruchyroll and Korean powerhouses Webtoon.
Re:ZERO, Season 2:
One of the most awaited Isekai series, Re:ZERO got a second season lined up in April but was pushed back to July due to the coronavirus scare. However, it is still a part of the Spring (not so much as the others) and will stretch into the fall season of 2020.
One of the most popular anime of 2016, Re:ZERO still stands out as one of the best isekai anime series of recent times. The story follows Natsuki Subaru, a hikikomori who suddenly finds himself transported to another world on his way home from the convenience store. Unlike the normal isekai tropes, Subaru does not have a bunch of sweet powers or an attractive girlfriend to guide him. Instead he is forced to go through the events in the show in a painful way, with his only power “return by death.”
The fanbase surely has been waiting forever for the second season to release and might just have to wait a little bit longer before they can get to see it.
The spring anime lineup for 2020 looks really strong this year, and without a doubt one or two of these could end up being nominated as the best anime of 2020. That said, which of these animes are you looking forward to the most. Let us know in the comments section.