When the snow’s falling and you’re trapped inside the house, it’s the perfect time to binge-watch anime. Luckily, the winter 2020 season is full of new anime, as well as continuations of popular series.
You definitely won’t be bored during your next snow day. These exciting anime coming in winter 2020 will keep you entertained while you’re snowed in.
1. Haikyuu: To the Top
To the Top is the fourth season of the iconic high school sports anime, Haikyuu. This season, the Karasuno volleyball team must prepare for the National Tournament, while Hinata and Tsukishima tackle training camp. If you’re familiar with Haikyuu, you’ll notice that Hinata and Kageyama have been given a small, but welcome redesign.
Plunderer takes place in the year 305 of the Alcian calendar, a time when the world is dominated by “Numbers.” Every person has a specific “Count” that may influence a certain number involved in their life, whether it’s how many steps they walk, or the number of compliments they receive. However, when this count turns to zero, they’ll get sent to the abyss.
After Hina’s mother’s count has fallen to zero, she seeks out the Legendary Red Baron. During her journey, she ends up coming across Licht Bach, a swordsman with an extremely low Count.
Dorohedoro is set in the decrepit district of Hole. In this run-down area, the citizens are treated as test subjects by society’s magic users. Those who use magic have no remorse for killing and mutilating anyone they believe are beneath them.
The part-man, part-reptile Kaiman, is determined to get revenge against the magic users. His resistance to magic coupled with two handy bayonets will assist him in his quest to get his life back to normal.
4. Somali to Mori no Kamisama
Somali to Mori no Kamisama translates to Somali and the Forest Spirit. This fantasy anime is remarkable for its beautiful visuals alone—the eye-catching scenery and unique character designs resemble the style of Studio Ghibli.
Somali to Mori no Kamisama follows the adventures of an unlikely pair: a golem and a young human girl. In this world, humans are near extinction. Spirits, human-like animals, and other monsters walk the Earth instead. When the young girl meets a golem, she begins to view him as a father figure.
In/Spectre started out as a light novel, and will make its debut as an anime in January 2020. As a child, Kotoko got taken away by spirits, or yokai. Although the spirits granted her the ability to talk with paranormal creatures, it literally cost her an arm and a leg.
She soon finds out that her crush, Kuro, has also had an experience with yokai. The two end up teaming up to solve supernatural mysteries involving demons and ghosts.
6. ID: Invaded
If you’re a fan of Fate/Zero, you might want to check out ID: Invaded. This anime comes from the same director as Fate/Zero, and looks just as epic.
The virtual universe of ID: Invaded is utterly mind-boggling—it consists of floating buildings and mismatched chunks of land. The detective Sakaido must solve the brutal murder of Kaeru, who was mysteriously stabbed to death.
7. Darwin’s Game
Darwin’s Game revolves around the 17-year-old Kaname Sudo. After getting an invitation from a friend, he downloads a smartphone app named “Darwin’s Game,” and it’s definitely not the kind of app he expected.
Kaname realizes that he can’t quit the game. To make matters worse, the mobile game has real-life consequences that jeopardize his life. Will he figure out a way to escape the game alive?
What Anime Will You Watch This Winter?
As much as you might not want to think about being cooped up in your house during the winter, at least you can look forward to some exciting upcoming anime. Grab some hot cocoa, wrap yourself up in a blanket, and start watching anime!
You’ll notice that most shows on this list will debut with subtitles. Keep in mind that even if you hate reading subtitles, there are still some reasons to like subbed anime over dubbed.
Japanese Anime & Manga Genres, Explained
We all know what fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and thriller mean. But anime and manga go beyond that, and there are all kinds of Japanese genre names that might perplex you.
Maybe you already understand what shonen and shoujo are all about. But what about isekai? What exactly does slice of life entail? What's the difference between ecchi and hentai? We've broken it down for you!
Understanding the Japanese genre names can be helpful when you want to find more anime to watch and manga to read. Download the printable PDF below and pin it on your wall so you always have a handy reference at hand: