Christmas is about one thing and one thing only. PRESENTS!! However, we understand that the holiday season is a busy time for everyone. So, in hopes of getting you your anime fix at half the time investment, check out our list of the best TV shorts, OVAs, and ONAs of 2020 to stock your stuffing with!
1. Aggressive Retsuko (ONA) 3rd Season (Aggretsuko)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: August 2020
Retsuko is back with her third season of misadventures! After a tumultuous breakup with billionaire heartthrob Tadano, Retsuko finds herself once again unsure of her place in the world. Retreating into VR to escape the pain of reality, her virtual boyfriend showers her with praise (just so long as she can afford a heaping of microtransactions to buy him a new shirt). Restuko’s financial situation continues to worsen as she accidentally crashes into a parked car of an ominous and foreboding man. Unable to pay off the expense, the man recruits Retsuko for his underground idol group!
Aggretsuko is a wonderful snapshot of the Japanese office dynamic, rife with power harassment, drinking parties, and semi-debilitating poverty. The desire to escape from one’s career shackles but having grown masochistically accustomed to them, is a situation any office worker can understand. Additionally, Retsuko returns in another ONA called, Aggressive Retsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas, in which she strives for more Instagram followers. This Winter vacation, take Retsuko’s death metal medleys to heart and blow off steam in whatever way stops the voices in your head from screaming.
2. Strike the Blood IV
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2020 – June 2021
Strike the Blood IV is the continuation of the beloved and ongoing franchise of Strike the Blood. This season brings more of what Strike the Blood fans crave - a perfect cocktail of Shounen action and neck-breaking panty shots. Akatsuki Kojo’s Michael Bay cameraman returns for this season to provide more ecchi goodness with camera shots that defy the laws of physics. With all of this on full display, it can be easy to overlook just how good Strike the Blood’s plot is and has been for its four-season run.
Strike the Blood has always blended its vampire-fighting action with its more romantic elements. Lest we forget that every character in this show has some form of supernatural power or advanced form of weaponry. While the original seasons’ runtime was on par with an average anime, seasons three and four are much more bitesize (pun intended). While the plot has rapidly progressed since then, this season features the obligatory beach and onsen episodes so even new viewers can feel at home!
3. Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan (Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2020 – September 2020
Ah, Peter Grill - strongest man alive, whose seed is the object of desire for countless women. Nobody expected you to come out of the woodwork and revive the fairly formulaic ecchi genre. Yet, there you are, lying in bed next to two monster girls with a slew of more love interests on the horizon. Now that’s just good wholesome television. Wanting to protect his honor, Peter must do all he can to reject the sexual advances of countless women.
Peter Grill is the quickie of anime. Before having to go to a dinner party or friend’s housewarming, Peter Grill is a no foreplay, unmuted TV, socks on, purely physical romp that has no room for sensibilities. With each episode running for less than half the time of an ordinary anime series, indulging in this guilty pleasure can be over and done with in as little as twelve minutes.
4. One Room Third Season
- Episodes: Ongoing
- Aired: October 2020 – Ongoing
One Room places you at the center of the action through a very unique episodic structure and premise. Several girls visit your apartment and talk directly to the camera. After each question, in a Dora the Explorer homage, they will wait patiently in silence for you to reply. Be it helping a neighbor study for her entrance exams, entertaining your little sister while she visits, or reuniting with a childhood friend, One Room offers three to four-minute mini-stories as we follow each girl and the impact that you have on their lives.
One Room Third Season introduces two new girls into the mix to ensure you stick around and discover their stories. One Room was made for the visual novel fans who ate so much Christmas turkey that they are incapable of physically clicking their mouse button, in order to select a dialogue response. Rest assured, you needn’t worry about fat-fingering the rudest option, losing affection points with the main heroine, and sending your thirty-hour playthrough spiraling toward the worst ending. One Room takes care of all the dialogue for you, so you can just sit back, relax, and stuff your face with more Christmas treats!
5. Boku no Hero Academia: Ikinokore! Kesshi no Survival Kunren (My Hero Academia: Make It! Do-or-Die Survival Training)
- Episodes: 2
- Aired: August 2020
With My Hero Academia emerging from its lair only once a year, it can oftentimes be quite jarring upon reaching the final episode of a season, and realizing you just started the 364-day countdown! Luckily, several spinoffs and movies are periodically released in order to quench that everlasting thirst for superpowers and tight spandex. This two-part special is no exception in bringing the Shounen heat and focuses on class 1-A attending survival training camp.
With the mainline series about to enter into its fifth season, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of new characters and plot threads. Not only this, but viewers can only yearn for the past where the students of class 1-A were not so separated. Ikinokore is a blast from season one and features the original cast of class 1-A doing what they do best. Fans who want to deepen their knowledge of the My Hero Academia franchise as well as quell the withdrawal shakes as they wait for season five, be sure to check out Ikinokore for more of what you know and love about the show.
If you find yourself with a brief moment’s respite between family arguments, drunk in-laws, and burnt turkey; check out some of these recommendations that don’t require as much time investment as a full-blown series.
Let us know what your favorite TV short, OVA, or ONA was in 2020 down below! Merry Christmas!!