2019 is coming to an end. Autumn anime from this year are unfolding in turbulent ways, but we shouldn't forget to stay tuned for the ones that are about to come next year as well.
2020 winter has a wide line-up of original titles, long-awaited adaptations, popular series sequels, competing for fan's attention. Now you're about to find which ones are the most anticipated by the fans.
We held Anime! Anime!'s reader survey “What's the most anticipated 2020 winter anime?” From Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 512 people answered the survey. The gender ratio was split almost equally between 51% for men and 49% for women. As for the age groups, 30% of the readers who answered were below 19, while 35% were in their twenties; an overall young readership.
■The top voted position goes to “Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP”
“Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP” Season 4 took the 1st place, having an approval rate of 20%.
In the survey, the new “Haikyuu!!” season has received comments from fans such as “I can't wait to see the boys from Karasuno High facing adversaries from all over the country” and “I'm eagerly waiting for it!”.
There were also a lot of comments regarding the new characters that are set to appear: “I'm not only looking forward to keeping up with the boys from Karasuno High, but also seeing what the other players from the different schools are like”, and “I got really excited after hearing about the new characters' voice casting”. Many are excited to see how the plot unfolds as the series takes place all over Japan in the new season.
“A Certain Scientific Railgun T” took the 2nd place, with an approval rate of 8%.
The season 3 of the “Railgun” series received comments such as: “This is the very first show that got me interested in anime”, and “I really love this series, so when the new season was announced I was very happy”. Other comments displayed devotion towards the protagonist of the series: “I love Misaka Mikoto.”
“Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story” took the 3rd place, with an approval rate of 6%.
The anime is an adaptation of the smartphone game of the same title, based on the immensely popular anime “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” aired in 2010. Both fans from the anime and the game left passionate comments: “I can't help looking forward to it because I like Madoka Magica and I'm playing Magia Record as well”. Expectations from fans also center around the plot: “Since the trailer was slightly dark, I'm curious about how the story will turn out”
Counting only male votes, the 1st place went to “A Certain Scientific Railgun T”, while “Koisuru Asteroid” was placed in 2nd, followed by “Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story” in 3rd. Counting only female votes, “Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP” was the top-voted anime, “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun” got 2nd place, and lastly “A3! SEASON SPRING ＆ SUMMER” and “pet” got the same number of votes, getting a tie in 3rd place.
“Koisuru Asteroid”, which is based on the manga “Manga Time Kirara Carat” received comments such as: “It's made by Doga Kobo, there's no way to not look forward to it. I'm expecting to see a high quallity anime.”
Described as a heartful toilet comedy, “Jibaku Shonen Jibaku-kun” is an adaptation same name manga originally serialized in “G Fantasy”. “I was impressed by how the unique visuals of the manga were transferred well into the trailer”.
P.A.WORKS and Studio 3Hz popped up on commentaries regarding “A3! SEASON SPRING & SUMMER” popular “ikemen actor raising” game based anime: “I'm really glad it got an anime adaptation. Also, since two of my favorite animation studios are involved in the production, I've nothing but high expectations.”
For “pet”, based on the manga created by Miyake Ranjo, comments made mention of the producing staff, “The original work is interesting and given that it is directed by Omori Takahiro and scripted by Imura Sadayuki”, the fan has high hopes.
■Top 20 Ranking
“What's the most anticipated 2020 winter anime?”
1st place: “Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP”(Season 4)
2nd place: “A Certain Scientific Railgun T”
3rd place: “Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story”
4th place: “Jibaku Shonen Hanako-kun”
5th place: “Koisuru Asteroid”
6th place: “Isekai Quartet 2”
7th place: “Heya Camp”
7th place: “pet”
9th place: “Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasuna!”
10th place: “Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu”
11th place: “A3! SEASON SPRING ＆ SUMMER”
12th place: “Kyokou Suiru”
12th place: “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened”
13th place: “Somali and the Forest Spirit ”
14th place: “Ishuzoku Reviewers”
14th place: “22/7”
17th place: “BanG Dream! 3rd Season”
17th place: “Smile at the Runway”
19th place: “Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!!”
19th place: “Natsunagu!”
(Survey period: Nov. 28 – Dec. 5, 2019)