The 2010s were good to long-time anime enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Over the course of the past decade, simulcasting and online streaming services such as Netflix, Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime, and Hulu reshaped the nature of the medium in both subtle and awesome ways, transforming how anime fans discovered, shared, and celebrated the shows and movies they loved. Japanese animation is a stronger medium now than at any other time in its existence, and from the looks of what 2020 has to offer, things are only going to get better.
Otaku and anime newbies have a lot to look forward to this year, with not only one but two new shows from Masaaki Yuasa, the long-awaited release of studio Orange's Beastars in the West, the highly-anticipated premiere of Toonami's adaptation of Junji Ito's nightmarish Uzumaki, and a new CG installment in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series from Netflix. Not to mention a whole host of returning fan-favorites with new seasons of Fire Force, Fruits Basket, The Promised Neverland, and the final season Attack on Titan on the horizon. But until then, here are our favorites of the year so far.
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