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The Fall 2020 AniTAY Sequel Guide

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Oh, this is where all the shows went!

In this, the worst of years, we had dramatically reduced Spring and Summer seasons, resulting in Fall 2020 being absolutely loaded with everything that was delayed earlier this year.

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A3 Season Autumn and Winter

Preview Author: Aoi Yamamoto

Type: TV Series

Genre: Idol

Studio: P.A Works/Studio 3Hz

About the Series: A young woman suddenly finds herself the director of a struggling theater company while on a search for her missing father. It’s not exactly an otome game, despite the reverse harem going on.

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Now that both the Spring and Summer Troupes have performed to great success, it’s time to start forming the Autumn and Winter Troupes! First up: the Autumn Troupe, whose members include a gentle giant with a rep for being the town bully, his cousin, a motherly college student, and their leader, bored delinquent. A character that audiences have met already also joins the cast full time and has a surprising connection to Izumi. And...we get some tension, too, as we learn more about the rivalry between a local theater and Mankai Company.

Time to Catch Up: 4.5 hours.

What You Need to Watch: A3! Season Spring & Summer (12 episodes).

Best Place to Catch Up: Funimation in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, and Animelab in Australia.

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Aggretsuko Season 3

Preview Author: TGRIP

Type: Netflix Original Series

Studio: Fanworks

Genre(s): Slice of Life, Workplace Comedy

About the Series: 25 year old Retsuko is single, works as a salarywoman in modern day Japan, and is an anthropomorphic red panda. Five years on the job has taken a toll on her, between managing ungrateful bosses, trying to find meaningful relationships, and lacking promising future prospects. All that said, there is one thing that allows her to vent her frustrations to her hearts’ content: death metal karaoke.

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After her most recent romantic relationship ended (albeit on good terms), Retsuko’s especially down, fallen in hard with VR escapism that has drained her personal income to a worrying low. While her work-friends have noticed and are worried about her (especially the spotted Hyena Haida, who still pines for her despite his own best efforts), she ends up crashing into a whole new world of stress: working as an accountant for an underground idol group...

Time to Catch Up:5.5 hours.

What You Need to Watch: Aggretsuko seasons 1 and 2 - 10 episodes each, most episodes clock in at around 15 minutes, Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas (special episode)

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Best Place to Catch Up: Netflix.

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Golden Kamuy Season 3

Preview Author: Requiem

Type: TV Series

Studio: Geno Studio

Genre(s): Historical, Adventure, Chitatap

About the Series: As a soldier of the Imperial Army during the Russo-Japanese War, Saichi Sugimoto repeatedly survived when odds and logic said he should not, thus earning the name “Immortal” Sugimoto. With the war over, he finds himself in Hokkaido hoping to find enough riches in the area’s gold rush to keep a promise to a war buddy. When he hears of a stash of gold stolen from the native Ainu tribes by escaped criminals, he seeks it out only to find trouble. Thankfully, he also meets Asirpa, a young Ainu girl who helps him survive the harsh wilderness. It was Airpa’s people from whom the gold was stolen, so the two team up to steal it back. Thus begins a rollicking adventure to find the gold - and not die in the process.

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After Season 2 left us on tenterhooks with a bunch of cliffhangers, we can (hopefully) expect the narrative threads to start coming together as the plot kicks into overdrive toward a climax. And we’ll probably get more fascinating Ainu cuisine. CHITATAP!

Time to Catch Up: 12 hours

What You Need to Watch: Golden Kamuy season 1 and 2 (required), 3 OVA episodes (optional).

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Best Place to Catch Up: VRV in the U.S., Crunchyroll and Funimation in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, Crunchyroll and Animelab in Australia.

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The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc

Preview Author: TheMamaLuigi

Type: TV Series

Studio: 8bit

Genre(s): Action, Drama, School, Sci-Fi

About the Series: Onii-sama is back! After the explosive finale of season one, Tatsuya, Miyuki, and the rest of the cast are back for more school shenanigans, technobabble goodness, and questionable love interests! It’s been nearly six years since the first season made waves across the anime community; can this second season recapture that magic through new characters and new scenarios for Tatsuya to Magic Atomic Batman (Requiem’s words) his way out of? We shall soon know!

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Time to Catch Up: 10 hours (or 11.5 with the movie)

What You Need to Watch: The Irregular at Magic High School (26 episodes, required), The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie - The Girl Who Summons The Stars (movie, optional)

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Best Place to Catch Up: VRV, Crunchyroll, Funimation, or Netflix in the U.S., Crunchyroll, Funimation, or Netflix in Canada, Crunchyroll or Netflix in the U.K, Crunchyroll in Australia. Animelab in Australia is the only service to carry the movie.

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Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? 3rd Season

Preview Author: Doctorkev

Studio: JC Staff

Genre: Fantasy/Dungeon Crawling/Harem

About the series: Rarely has a series suffered such an off-putting and inaccurate English title as poor DanMachi. Granted, the direct English transliteration of the lengthy Japanese title is apparently more akin to “Is it Wrong to Have an Encounter in a Dungeon?”, but it isn’t a bawdy, trashy fantasy sex comedy as would inititially appear. Based on Fujino Omori’s long-running light novel series (up to 15 volumes for the main series and 12 for the spin-off), this is instead a straight fantasy heavily based on D&D RPG concepts, with a smattering of ancient Greek and Roman mythology for good measure.

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Arising from the centre of Orario, the bustling town that serves as the series’ main setting, an enormous tower pierces the sky. Adventurers the world over flock to Orario to challenge the uncharted depths of the dungeon, and many engage the support of resident gods and goddesses to do so, joining their “familias”, akin to guilds, with each named god as figurehead.

White-haired protagonist Bell Cranel is a plucky young warrior with an optimistic heart and a strong work ethic. He becomes the first member of the down-at-heel goddess Hestia’s familia. Hestia is clearly besotted with Bell, though he has eyes only for the Loki Familia’s sword-princess wunderkind Ais Wallenstein. DanMachi follows Bell’s progress from inexperienced level 1 beginner to skilled warrior, and much of the fun comes from sharing in his triumphs over life-threatening situations. Bell has reserves of power and drive that even he barely understands, that the jealous Hestia wishes to keep to herself. Her thinly-veiled desire for his body and love causes her no end of aggravation because his apparently passive skill involves effortlessly adding other female characters to his loose “harem”.

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Refreshingly for modern anime, this is not an isekai, and Bell - although growing in abilities - is by no means a self-insert power-fantasy protagonist. Bell’s world is complex and filled with fun and interesting characters all with their own backstories and motivations. Don’t be put off by the title - give it a try and catch up in time for the hotly-anticipated third season.

Time to Catch Up: 10 hours (+7 hours for spinoff/OVAs/Movie)

What You Need to Watch:

Essential: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 1: 13 episodes, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 2: 12 episodes

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Highly recommended: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria: 12 episodes

Optional: Movie: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion, Season 1 OVA: Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon?, Season 2 OVA: Is It Wrong to go Searching for Herbs on a Deserted Island?

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Best Place to Catch Up: HIDIVE has everything in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, and everything but the original series in Canada, where you can find it on Crunchyroll or Netflix.

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Is the order a Rabbit? Bloom

Preview Author: Arcane

Type: TV Series

Studio(s): Kinema Citrus, White Fox

Genre(s): Slice-of-life, Comedy, Iyashikei

About the Series: One of the codifiers (though certainly not the first) of the Cute Girls Doing Cute Things genre, Is the order a Rabbit? (or GochiUsa) is the very chilled-out story of a girl getting a new job at a small coffee cafe in a very sleepy town and meeting new friends and odd characters as she gets used to her job - most notably, the aloof, blue-haired Chino and the motivated, purple-haired Rize.

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GochiUsa is in a similar situation as last season’s Oregairu Climax, as a third season made after a very long hiatus, but it’s a very easy watch because it nails its tone and does precisely what it needs to do - it’s a relaxing show about basically nothing with jokes thrown in and A-grade production value. (Seriously, look at those studios up there.) You will probably be fine jumping into it blind, but if you want to catch up, grab some hot chocolate or decaf with a lot of cream and get ready for a show so sweet it’ll give you a cavity.

Time to Catch Up: 9 hours

What You Need To Watch: Is the order a Rabbit?, Is the order a Rabbit??

Best Place to Catch Up: HIDIVE or VRV in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

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Mr. Osomatsu 3rd Season

Preview Author: Arcane

Type: TV Series

Studio: Studio Pierrot

Genre: Comedy

About the Series: The six Matsuno brothers return for another round of irreverent comedy, wacky personalities, and problematic shipping. Osomatsu-san started several years back as an all-grown-up sequel to a long-running show from the sixties and eighties, had a first episode that was too wonderful to continue existing, and developed a huge cult following thanks to the zany slapstick humor and good, old-fashioned hijinks perpetrated by a cast of comically-flawed brothers. Now, it finally returns with the same director as the previous seasons, now with the first season of ClassicaLoid under his belt and ready to go even more insane than before.

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Time to Catch Up: ~18.5 hours.

What You Need to Watch: Osomatsu-san, Osomatsu-san 2nd Season

Best Place to Catch Up: Crunchyroll, in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. Crunchyroll also has the preceding series from the eighties in all four places, as does RetroCrush for free if you’re in the U.S..

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Love Live: Nijigasaki High School Idol Club

Preview Author: Arcane

Type: TV Series

Studio: Sunrise

Genre: Music, Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-life, Idol

About the Series: Another Love Live! spinoff here to continue cementing the franchise’s place at the very top of the anime idol genre, Nijigasaki High School Idol Club (nickname pending) is here to give the formula another shake up in preparation for what will probably be another season of excellent musical performances, cute girls, and feels. The title is clunky, but represents a departure from the past that players of Love Live! School Idol Festival All-Stars will be familiar with - rather than competing as a large group, the girls of the Idol Club are a group of solo acts. Given that Sunshine!! dramatically stepped up the production value on the performance scenes and featured some of the most impressive in all of anime with choreography that did well utilizing all of the its cast, only time will tell how just one or two people performing at a time is going to look - the big group shows are the bread and butter of the idol genre - but having already heard some of the tunes, I think we’re probably going to be fine. Be prepared for a show that hits you in ways you don’t expect.

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Time to Catch Up: ~19 hours.

What You Need to Watch: Love Live! School Idol Project, Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Love Live! Sunshine!! 2nd Season

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Best Place to Catch Up: Crunchyroll has the first season of the original show and all of Sunshine!! in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, but unfortunately Funimation has exclusive rights to the second season of School Idol Project in the first three places. If you’re in Australia, you’re in luck, AnimeLab has everything you need. The movies aren’t strictly necessary, but if you’re interested in more music and crying, they are both available to rent on Amazon.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

Preview Author: Doctorkev

Studio: Sunrise

Genre: Fantasy/time travel/isekai/reverse isekai

About the series: A surprise sequel to the anime adaptation of beloved mangaka Rumiko Takahashi’s (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, Rin-ne) 56-volume 1996 manga Inu-Yasha, Yashahime is to Inu-Yasha what Boruto is to Naruto but with girls, and demons rather than ninjas. Inu-Yasha followed the story of ordinary 15-year-old schoolgirl Kagome Higurashi who falls down a magical well into the past and pulls a cursed arrow from the chest of titular half-boy, half-dog demon (yokai) Inu-Yasha, releasing him from bondage. Tied together through mystical obligations, they travel Sengoku-period Japan on a quest for shards of the “Shikon Jewel”, in opposition to the evil Naraku who seeks the shards for his own twisted ends.

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Yashahime is not written by Takahashi herself, though she does contribute main character designs. This sequel, set several years after the original’s conclusion, follows Moroha, the daughter of Kagome and Inu-Yasha (who must be quarter-demon, I guess?) and the twin daughters of Sesshomaru. The question on everyone’s lips, of course, is “who is Sesshomaru’s baby mama?” Eldest twin Towa somehow gets separated from younger sister Setsuna and ends up in the present where she is raised by Kagome’s family. After 10 years the twins are reunited but Setsuna has lost her memories and has trained as a demon slayer. Setsuna and Towa embark on a journey with their cousin Moroha to restore Setsuna’s memories. Rather than a boy-girl adventure story with constant romantic tension, this looks (at least initially) to be more of a girl-trio road-trip story through the demon-infested past.

Time to catch up: 77 hours (+optional movies: 6.5 hours)

What you need to watch:

Essential: Inu-Yasha: 167 episodes, Inu-Yasha: The Final Act: 26 episodes

Optional: Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time, Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass, Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, Inuyasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island

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Best Place to Catch Up: Crunchyroll or Netflix in the U.S. and Canada, Crunchyroll in the U.K. and Australia.

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