With a new season right around the corner, today we’re highlighting five upcoming series that have got us and the rest of the otaku community buzzing with anticipation for their release! We’ll be doing brief introductions for each series and including trailers and initial release dates when available. Let’s take a peek at some of next season’s hot new anime!
5. Ikebukuro West Gate Park
- Studio: Doga Kobo
- Air Date Start: October 6, 2020
As given away by the title, Ikebukuro West Gate Park is set in Ikebukuro, a trendy part of Tokyo known as one of its otaku and youth culture epicenters. The story follows charismatic twenty-something punk Majima Makoto who finds himself caught up in an escalating turf war between the G Boys, a gang led by his old classmate Ando “King” Takashi, and rival groups. Although Makoto doesn’t want to join the G Boys himself, after his girlfriend Rika is killed by an unknown assailant he allies with them in search of vengeance.
Needless to say, IWGP has some serious Durarara!! vibes with its street gangs and Ikebukuro setting and is looking to be a cool series that mixes underworld mystery and action with a lot of personality that’s got us excited!
Ikebukuro West Gate Park Trailer
4. Jujustu Kaisen
- Studio: MAPPA
- Air Date Start: October 3, 2020
Despite his surprising physical strength making him a popular target for sports club recruiters at his school, Itadori Yuuji spends most of his time hanging out with the misfits of the occult club and visiting his bedridden grandpa who raised him. However, things start to get crazy after Yuuji encounters a mysterious dried finger which turns out to be a cursed artifact that results in him becoming partially possessed by a powerful demon called Sukuna and thrown into the middle of a conflict between demons and sorcerers who fight them.
With the potential to become yet another bombshell Shounen Jump adaptation with a darker side focused on demons and curses, we’re definitely interested to see how Jujustu Kaisen turns out, particularly given the promising animation quality showcased in the trailer! Can Park Seong-Hu steer clear of some of the fumbles of The God of High School? We hope so as there’s a lot of potential here!
Jujustu Kaisen Trailer
3. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi: When They Cry - New)
- Studio: Passione
- Air Date Start: October 1, 2020
Speaking of spooky curses, this season will also be hosting the highly anticipated reboot of Higurashi: When They Cry. Based on the psychological horror visual novel series of the same name, the story follows Maebara Keiichi, the son of a famous artist who has recently moved to the countryside village of Hinamizawa and already made friends like Sonozaki Mion, her twin sister Shion, Ryugu Ren, Furude Rika, and Hojo Satoko. However, after learning about the annual Watanagashi Festival, he becomes increasingly paranoid concerning the so-called Oyashiro curse connected to it that’s been linked to several murders and disappearances in the past four years. It seems that his new home and friends might be much more sinister than they seem…
As a reboot/remake of a classic visual novel that already has a pretty well-regarded anime adaptation from the mid-late 2000s, fans and newcomers alike are dying to see where this version will go and how it will differ, especially given that the core vocal cast and composer will be returning. Seeing the new character designs by Watanabe Akio of Bakemonogatari fame has certainly caught our eye already and if this series is getting the full Fruits Basket remake treatment, it should be a horrific treat for everyone!
Higurashi: When They Cry - New Trailer
2. Kamisama ni Natta Hi (The Day I Became a God)
- Studio: P.A. Works
- Air Date Start: October 11, 2020
The acclaimed visual novel adaptations just keep on coming! The Day I Became a God is a Key joint focused on high school student Narukami Youta who is busy preparing for his university entrance exams and a mysterious girl named Hina, a self-proclaimed omniscient goddess who has seen the impending end of the world in 30 days and chooses to spend the rest of her time with Youta in what will be a summer full of memories.
As a Maeda Jun / Key adaptation, the same creative forces beyond the likes of Angel Beats, Little Busters, and CLANNAD, there’s definitely a lot of expectations on The Day I Became a God based on that legacy alone but at least we know the music will be awesome! We’re hoping it gets two cours to really shine but regardless, it is certainly an anime many are keeping their eyes on for that special mix of lighthearted moments and colossal emotional drama with a hint of the supernatural that made the best of Key’s previous adaptations so special.
1. Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi (Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon)
- Studio: Sunrise
- Air Date Start: October 3, 2020
The followup to all-time fan favorite InuYasha, it’s amazing to be writing about the sequel of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon in this blighted year of 2020, over 15 years since the last anime adaptation! Creator Takahashi Rumiko’s trademark girl power has overflowed this time with Yashahime following the daughters of InuYasha and his brother Sesshomaru. Sesshomaru’s twins Higurashi Towa and Setsuna were separated when they were four years old during a forest fire. Towa escapes through a mysterious tunnel that transports her to modern-day Japan while Setsuna stayed in the feudal era to become a demon slayer under Kohaku. Meanwhile, InuYasha and Kagome’s quarter-demon daughter tritagonist Moroha roams the feudal lands as well as a bounty hunter. All three will become drawn together in adventures across time.
Yashahime is a series with a lot to live up to as an unexpected sequel to a beloved classic and is already pulling hard on those nostalgia strings, quite literally in some respect thanks to more great orchestral music from returning composer Wada Kaoru. We’ll just have to wait and see if it can live up to the high fan expectations but for now, all signs point to Yashahime getting a lot of care and attention with involvement from Takahashi, a story setup and characters that are both deeply connected to the legacy of the series while changing things up enough to open new possibilities, and solid production values all around that will hopefully lead to another classic feudal fairy tale worth remembering!
Princess Half-Demon Trailer
With all of the issues facing the world right now, it’s comforting to at least have what looks to be a full, exciting season of new anime to look forward to this fall! What shows are you planning to watch next season? Let us know what fall anime have you buzzing in the comments section below and be sure to stick around the site for more coverage of all things awesome with us at Honey’s Anime! Until next time, may your autumn season be as sweet as honey! See ya~!