With the Fall 2020 anime season now in full swing, it’s time to take a look back at Summer 2020’s finest moments. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the scenes that made us laugh the most this past season – we’ve got rap battles, slapstick comedy, drinking contests, horribly cast plays, and much more. Let’s get started!
5. Ami and Sakaki’s Shipping Argument from Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! (Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!) – Episode 5
Uzaki and Sakurai’s hilarious bickering is entertaining enough on its own, but it gets even better once it becomes clear that they have unacknowledged feelings for each other. Sakurai’s coworker Ami and his friend Sakaki realize this and do their best to contrive scenarios for the not-lovebirds to hang out together, although they have very different philosophies on how to do it. As soon as Sakaki starts intervening a little too obviously for Ami’s liking, she gets into a shouting match with him in public about how Uzaki and Sakurai’s love should be allowed to bloom slowly like a perfectly roasted coffee. Of course, this all comes off as completely bonkers to the oblivious objects of their shipping fantasies, but it sure speaks to our ship-happy souls!
4. The Funding Rap Battle from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Kan (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax!) – Episode 7
Anime seems to have developed a fascination with random rapping scenes in recent years, from Devilman Crybaby and Japan Sinks 2020’s apocalyptic freestyling to Zombieland Saga’s emotionally intense verbal exchange, and now to Oregairu’s out-of-nowhere rap battle over a budgetary proposal. Hachiman claps back at the planning committee for rejecting his proposal by rapping his thoughts, and the ensuing battle is so legendary (with slick rhymes in both Japanese audio and English subtitles) that Yui takes out her phone to record it partway through. The best part? Nobody even questions this odd event or mentions it ever again.
3. The “Short Break” Shenanigans from Appare-Ranman! – Episode 9
After a tense showdown between Kosame and a group of bandits in episode 8, episode 9 of Appare-Ranman gives its characters a chance to rest and relax before the grand finale. The racers visit a hot spring to take a well-earned soak, but Kosame and Appare don’t realize that public baths in America are mixed gender and – more importantly – actually require clothing! Another fun moment in this episode comes when pretty boy Al challenges resident badass TJ to a drinking contest and ends up wasted after only a few shots. His prim and proper friend Sofia decides to take over for him and promptly wipes the floor with TJ without breaking a sweat, sauntering out of the bar with only a slight wobble in her step. These characters are so entertaining that we would gladly watch an entire Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu style spinoff of their downtime antics. Get on it, P.A. Works!
2. The Rapid-Fire Character Introductions from The God of High School – Episode 1
The God of High School wastes no time with anything, much less its character introductions. The MAPPA animators put their god-tier skills on full display for a rapid-fire slapstick comedy scene that efficiently gets our three main characters together for the start of the God of High School tournament. Highlights include Mori making up a sad backstory for the old lady whose stolen purse he’s trying to get back, Mira slamming face-first into a street sign in the middle of her special move, and Daewi punching the thief’s lights out so hard that the poor guy crashes into a truck and explodes. We wish this anime had more of these hilarious scenes, but at least this one is as perfect as can be!
1. “It’s Cinderella-ish!” from Fruits Basket 2nd Season – Episode 23
Fans of the Fruits Basket manga have been waiting over a decade for the infamously terrible “Cinderella” class play to be animated, and now here it is in all of its unhinged glory! Tooru’s class decides to perform “Cinderella” for the school festival, but due to some mean-spirited meddling by the Prince Yuki Fan Club, it’s horribly miscast in every way. Gloomy Hana is Cinderella, bristly Kyo and brusque Uo are princes, and sweet little Tooru is the evil stepsister – how could this ever work!? Luckily, they rewrite the script to match the cast and the resulting “Cinderella-ish” becomes the story of how Cinderella and her stepsister opened a yakiniku restaurant together instead of marrying anyone. And this scene is actually important for the anime’s plot, since Tooru and Uo’s emotional outbursts in the middle of the performance show their respective love interests how they really feel!
We also enjoyed Kazuya’s incel rage from Rent-a-Girlfriend, Anos’ overpowered flexing from The Misfit at Demon Academy, and the entire experience of hate-watching The Titan’s Bride. But what were your favorite funny moments from the Summer 2020 anime season? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!