Two Spring 2020 Anime That May Be Starting an Adventure-Workplace Crossover Trend!

We all need to work to make a living (well, most of us anyway). Even our favorite characters in anime have some sort of “job” that they are responsible for and a team or nakama that supports them and who the heroes support. It’s not referred to as a job usually and they are usually lacking the traditional parts of a work environment like meetings, reports, and having secretaries and/or presidents outright.

That all seems to have changed this Spring 2020 as we have at least two anime airing that, while in a fantasy and sci-fi world respectively, still seem to play by the rules of the real-world workplace! We’re talking, of course, about the obvious Shachibato! President, It’s Time for Battle! and, coincidentally, another game adaptation; Sakura Wars the Animation. Both combining different genres, you’ll probably like at least one of them!

Shachou, Battle no Jikan Desu! (Shachibato! President, It's Time for Battle!)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2020 - currently airing
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Shachou, Battle no Jikan Desu! Is based on an RPG by the same name in which the player plays the titular “president” and must recruit adventurers and train them. In the anime, we have Minato, who has become the new president of the Kibou Company. They’re not really the best and the company is broke so they rely on him to lead them to success and to earn a lot of money by collecting Kirakuri—a valuable type of energy. Adventure and hilarity ensue.

This sounds like a regular old fantasy adventure RPG-ish anime but the way they approach all the usual concepts and tropes is unique in that it is all treated much like a workplace. From the obvious use of “President” for who would regularly be the leader of the party to said party being referred to as a “Company” instead of a guild or something similar, we see a lot of workplace references in Shachibato! But really, when you think about it, all adventurers have a job; being adventurers IS their job! They have hierarchies just like in an office, and they all work towards a common goal, giving each team member a role that they are good at. In Shachibato!, Guide is the administrator and accountant for the company, Yutoria is the secretary, and so on. They even talk about what technical schools they all went to when they run into old classmates that now work at other companies! It’s definitely a fresh new twist on the fantasy adventure genre.

Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation (Sakura Wars the Animation)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2020 - currently airing
  • Genres: Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Shounen

In the year 1940 and after the Great Demon War, the world is at peace and international divisions form the World Combat Revue Organization. These combat revues, meant to fight originally, are now in a peaceful world and set to participate in biennial tournaments. Seijuurou Kamiyama is the new captain of the Imperial Combat Revue's Flower Division in Tokyo which, as expected, is formed by a variety of skilled fighters who are also talented performers. As a new demon threat rises to destroy the peace, the Tokyo Fower Revue must compete in the tournament while defending their city.

Also based on a—very popular—game of the same name, Sakura Wars the Animation envelops more than just action, mechs, and artistic performances. With their status and no wars to fight over the last decade, they work like a well-oiled machine to put on their performances and performed other duties. They have a general manager in Sumire Kanzaki, who has a secretary of her own in Kaoru Rindou—who is also the accountant—and Clarissa Snowflake is the archivist/librarian. What can’t these girls do!??

Final Thoughts

It’s interesting seeing anime characters with fantastical lives and jobs have the same workplace issues as we do. Some could argue this makes them more relatable, bringing us closer to these characters and worlds, while others might counter that it breaks the spell—many of us do watch anime for the escapism, after all. Either way, both of these Spring 2020 anime look promising for fans of their respective genres!

What do you think? Do you think this could become a trend? Is it a game-to-anime thing? How’s the spring season treating you? Join the conversation below!

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Author: Lizzy Nyanko

An otaku as far as I can remember. I grew up playing video games, watching anime in Spanish in Mexico where I grew up, and then was a member of both anime clubs at UTEP for my entire university life when I moved to Texas. I love going to cons, I used to cosplay (always hoping to get back into it), and I got to live in Japan for 2 years and be an otaku there! It was literally a dream come true! Now back in the US, I love being a writer and editor for Honey’s. It’s a great chance to keep up with all the latest anime each season and up to date with all otaku news. And without our readers, that wouldn’t be possible so, thank you for being a part of our hive!!

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