2020 has been a rough year for us all—for very obvious reasons that we don’t need to explain in detail—but the anime world has definitely given us even more emotional slaps to the face. There have been some truly powerful scenes in this summer 2020 anime season that shocked us to the core and made us rush to our nearest tissue box to stop the flood of tears from our faces.
We here at Honey’s Anime looked at our favorite emotional scenes from summer 2020 and we decided to discuss them all with you to get your opinions on them! Be ready though folks, these scenes are going to make your hearts experience various feelings you might not have known you had!
Kirito Enduring His Past from Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season
Sword Art Online fans know that the survivors of Aincrad have endured pains most humans will never know. Kirito was one of the survivors—and heroes—of Sword Art Online but that title came with a heavy burden that only got heavier once he was thrust into the Underworld. Now in this new world, Kirito has suffered even more loss—like Eugeo’s death—and his own fear of becoming a burden to those around him.
Luckily, Kirito’s friends and loved ones rally together to reawaken our hero—who was set into a comatose-like existence after the first War of Underworld arc—and he regains his past strength. Yet, watching Kirito suffer internally with numerous images assaulting his psyche was a powerful moment in the Sword Art Online franchise that we won’t forget for quite a while.
Subaru Finally Revealing his Return by Death Ability to Echidna in Re: Zero Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2nd Season (Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World – Season 2)
Subaru’s pain in the Re:Zero world has been cemented time after time thanks to his Return by Death ability. What’s worse, Subaru has been unable to confide in anyone due to the strange curse that appears if he even thinks about mentioning Return by Death.
That all changed in the second season of Re:Zero when Subaru had his second meeting with potential waifu Echidna. Despite the fear of the curse appearing, Subaru was able to finally reveal his ability to Echidna without having the curse appear! This tear-jerking moment had Subaru in sobbing and us viewers as well as we finally felt a weight lifted off our isekai hero.
Dae-Wi Han’s Friend Dying in The God of High School
The God of High School has been a pretty action-heavy series since episode one but one moment of the series revealed that this show has the ability to convey some strong real-world emotions. Dae-Wi Han has been considered the most reserved fighter of our main trio in The God of High School tournament/series but his stoic exterior was cracked when we see his best friend dying in the hospital despite all of his efforts to help him with his medical treatments.
Dae-Wi almost enters a numb state but thanks to his newest friend—Mo-Ri Jin—Dae-Wi is able to recover his sanity and push past his sorrow. It took us weeks here at Honey’s Anime to stop thinking about that sad scene…
The Revelation in Episode 2 of Deca Dence
The beauty of anime originals—like Deca Dence—is that there is no source material to base ourselves on. We don’t know what will happen because of a previous manga chapter or light novel entry. Deca Dence surprised its fanbase with a big revelation occurring in episode 2 of the series when we learned that the world we thought our Gears were surviving in was actually a simulation! That’s right readers, alien lifeforms have fabricated a virtual world where our “characters” survive for their entertainment! Since then, many viewers have either fallen in love with Deca Dence or have been turned off by this revelation but we here at Honey’s Anime can only say this was truly an emotional turn of events for this anime original! Seriously, imagine your life and its struggles being just for entertainment…that’s truly scary as heck folks!
The summer 2020 anime season has been an emotional powerhouse of series that truly seemed to never stop delivering! We have cried during some shows, raged during some battles, and went “awww” during some tender moments. Our favorite emotional moments are listed above but, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Let us know which anime from this summer 2020 anime season really hit you hard and why! While you’re at it, check out our emotionally strong hive here at Honey’s Anime for even more articles just like this one!