tehe pero てへぺろ

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In Japanese, tehe pero てへぺろ is a silly pose that basically means "oops!"

There are many variations of the pose, but it's generally used when a character cute girl does something wrong, a mischief, so they giggle a "tee hee" and put their "tongues" out in a silly expression.

This gesture is often accompanied by placing one hand behind the head, like to say sorry, or using the hand to strike a pose, like with a peace sign, with one eye close, as if they're about to take a photo or something like that.

Lilith リリス striking a  tehe pero てへぺろ pose.
Character: Lilith リリス
Anime: Machikado Mazoku まちカドまぞく (Episode 8)

It's also spelled terepero テヘペロ, tehe pero with star てへぺろ☆, and, in English, "teehee pero."
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kaogei 顔芸

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In Japanese, kaogei 顔芸, "face performance," refers to comedic performance (in real life) using the face, specially making weird facial expressions.

From that, in anime and manga, kaogei can refer to basically any facial expression used to communicate a characters' emotions, but specially the intense, ridiculous, or over the top ones, like those often used when a character is shocked or enraged.

Examples of 顔芸, exaggerated anime facial expressions.
Anime: Shinchou Yuusha 慎重勇者 (Various Episodes)
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Winter 2020 List - Anime Releases and Lineup

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Winter 2020 List - Anime Releases and Lineup

Hey guys, 2020 is almost here and I have prepared my list of anime series to be added in my watchlist for the winter 2020 season. It has been a pretty busy week lately since it’s Christmas season but I am definitely having fun with my Christmas anime watchlist. Furthermore, I am also geared up and preparing everything for my year-end list and wrapped up the whole 2019 anime experience for me and the Yu Alexius Anime Portal. However, before that, I shall present first my watchlist for the winter 2020 anime lineup – which I have chosen from all the anime series coming to air on January next year, although I didn’t include movies as I was planning to make a separate post for the list of 2020 anime movies.

In this post, I will divide the list into 2 sections – the first part are the anime series I have added in my watchlist and I am 100% sure that I will watch it. The second part will be the rest of the anime series airing in winter 2020, and maybe when the season officially starts I could find some hidden gems in this section that will suit my preferences. When that happened, I am sure to add it to my final watchlist then.

THE WINTER 2020 ANIME LINEUP

SECTION (1) – TV Anime that I will add in my watchlist, my reasons for choosing these titles were based on factors such as graphics/visuals, character designs, plot/synopsis – which pass my standard for anime or looks appealing to me. Nonetheless, I also consider the studio working behind these anime projects and the people behind the curtain. While in most cases, it is always the story presented in its synopsis is the huge basis for my choice but whether I will like it or not falls upon when the anime officially premiered. I remember from the previous seasons, some of my early favorites turn out to be disappointments (Assassins Pride, Magmel of the Sea Blue, Arifureta, etc.) so I am not also closing the door for new titles to enter my watchlist or for dropping some of my early favorites.

However, I would like to clarify that this list was based on my own preferences, and that is why I have listed even the shows that are not in my own watchlist in order to help my fellow anime viewers to see other anime titles that they may find appealing in the section (2) of this post.


THE LEFTOVERS
Alright, let’s start our list with the leftover shows from the Fall 2019 anime lineup as follows:
Winter 2020 List - Anime Releases (The Leftovers)

Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front –Babylonia-

Studio: CloverWorks
Premiere: Leftover
Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia2017 AD. The last era in which Magecraft still existed. Society was created by human hands, but Mages grasped the truth of the world. Magecraft is comprised of techniques from past humans that cannot be explained by science, while science encompasses the techniques of future humans that Magecraft cannot achieve. Researchers and scholars of both Magecraft and science have been gathered to maintain human civilization under the Chaldea Security Organization. But calculations then proved the extinction of humanity in 2019. The cause of this is "realms that cannot be observed" that suddenly appeared in various eras of history, called "Singularities." Ritsuka Fujimaru, the one Master remaining in Chaldea, has been intervening within these Singularites, alongside the Demi-Servant Mash Kyrielight. He has been attending to the forbidden rituals to resolve or destroy the Singularities: the "Grand Order." A seventh Singularity has been discovered in ancient Mesopotamia in the year 2655 BC. The land of Uruk, governed by the wise King Gilgamesh after his return from a journey seeking immortality, was grand and prosperous until three goddesses and countless Demonic Beasts appeared. These enemies have brought Uruk to the brink of destruction. With a "Rayshift," a method of time travel to the past, Fujimaru and Mash arrive in the lands of Uruk to encounter the fortress city of Uruk and the Absolute Demonic Front, fighting back the fearsome attack of the Demonic Beasts. There, the people who live their lives to the fullest despite facing a major threat, continue to fight for their future. Deities and Demonic Beasts make their assault, and mankind stands up against it. It is the destined era where humans and gods part ways. Fujimaru and Mash, the pair who have raced through six previous Singularities, embark on their final battle. [Source: Crunchyroll]


My Hero Academia Season 4

Studio: BONES
Premiere: LEFTOVER FROM FALL 2019
Boku no Hero Academia Season 4. The villain world teeters on the brink of war now that All For One is out of the picture. Shigaraki of the League of Villains squares off with Overhaul of the yakuza, vying for total control of the shadows. Meanwhile, Deku gets tangled in another dangerous internship as he struggles to keep pace with his upperclassman—Mirio. Source: Funimation


Ahiru no Sora

Studio: Diomedea
Premiere: Leftover
Ahiru no SoraHe may be shorter in stature, but Sora Kurumatani can soar and score on the basketball court! With a passion for the sport he inherited from his mother, Sora vows to her that he’ll take top prize at a high school basketball tournament… but there’s one problem. His new school’s basketball club has turned into a hangout for delinquents! Will Sora’s sheer tenacity and amazing three-point shooting change their minds and get the club up and running again? [Source: Sentai Filmworks]

Chihayafuru 3

Studio: Madhouse
Premiere: Leftover
Chihayafuru 3“I’m not letting go of my dreams! I’m gonna be the queen!” They put everything on the line to taste the glory. Chihaya and Mizusawa High School karuta club teammates, including those who just joined, spend the summer of their sophomore year competing at the National Tournament. In the team competition, they beat the seemingly invincible Fujisaki High School to make Mizusawa High School the champion for the first time. In the individual competition, Taichi wins the B Level while Arata wins the A Level. The right finger that Chihaya injured in the team competition has healed from the successful surgery. She’s ready to join the Fujisaki High School summer camp with Taichi. They set their eyes on beating the reigning queen and put up with the brutal training from their advisor Sakurazawa, but the discovery of one fact might dash their hopes of playing. Meanwhile, Arata learns that having his own team will open up new opportunities, so he sets off to establishing one. A new rival, an unpredictable future, and the dream of becoming the queen. “Chihayafuru 3” overflows with the passion and devotion of the karuta club high school students! [Source: Crunchyroll]

The Seven Deadly Sins Season 3 – Wrath of the Gods

Studio: DEEN
Premiere: Leftover
Nanatsu no Taizai: Kamigami no GekirinDespite repelling the demon invasion of the Kingdom of Lioness, the war is far from over, for Arthur's Kingdom of Camelot is still being occupied by the demon army and the surviving members of Jikkai. However, in order to begin counter-offensive, the Nanatsu no Taiza needs all of its members. Unfortunately, King and Diane are still hiding in the Fairy King's Forest, where they are made to discover the strange history of Jikkai.

Welcome to the Demon School! Iruma-kun

Studio: BN Pictures
Premiere: Leftover
Mairishita! Iruma-kun: A boy's chaotic life in a "prestigious" boarding school for elite demons! Iruma Suzuki, human, 14, one day finds himself sold to the devil. To add to his predicament, his doting owner and self-appointed "Grandpa" is the principal at his new school. Now Iruma must deal with a haughty student who challenges him to a duel, a girl with adjustment issues, and so many more scary beings! Can this ultimate pacifist dodge the slings and arrows that are flung his way? As he struggles frantically, Iruma's innate kindness begins to win over enemies. [Source: NHK Enterprises]

Babylon

Studio: REVOROOT
Premiere: Leftover
Zen Seizaki, a public prosecutor at Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, is investigating a case of illegal clinical research related to a drug company and a university. During the investigation, he finds a file that Shin Inaba, an anesthesiologist, kept, which includes blood that is mixed with hair, skin, and a paper written with letter F. As he investigates, he realized there's a hidden plot that is connected with a huge election as well as to a certain person who is in charge of it. [Source: MAL News]


Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle

Studio: Gonzo
Premiere: Leftover
Adaptation of episodes 1–3 of the 5 total episodes from the Phantasy Star Online 2 game along with original content. Episode 1: During their qualification exam in planet Naberius, the player and fellow ARKS trainee Afin were attacked by vile organisms known as Darkers. This is followed by the two discovering a mysterious girl who lost most of her memories, and the truth regarding Naberius and the recent spike of Darker activities. Episode 2: The plot follows the player and Matoi as they try to unravel a dark conspiracy regarding the origin and purpose of ARKS. Episode 3: The discovery of the planet Harukotan brought a new quest into the fray, as the peace between the Shironian and Kuronites that dwell in the planet is disturbed by the Kuronites' sudden attack. The newly-reformed ARKS is tasked to investigate the reason behind it all, and it seems like the truth is more complicated and horrifying than expected... [Source: phantasystar.fandom.com]



THE NEW ANIME SERIES
Here, we have the anime series premiering on the winter 2020 season both sequel and new anime adaptation series.
Winter 2020 List - Re:Zero Director's Cut, Haikyuu Season 4, Somali and the Forest Spirit, In/Spectre
Winter 2020 List - Somali & the Forest Spirit, Re:Zero (Director's Cut), Haikyuu Season 4, In/Spectre

Haikyuu!! Season 4: To The Top

Studio: Production I.G.
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Haikyuu!! Season 4: To The TopThe Miyagi Prefecture qualifiers for the Spring Tournament... after an intense battle Karasuno High School Volleyball Club won their way into the nationals. As they were preparing for the nationals, Kageyama got an invitation to go to All-Japan Youth Training Camp. At the same time, Tsukishima is invited to go to a special rookie select training camp for first-years in Miyagi Prefecture. Hinata feels panic that he's being left behind as one of the first-years and then decides to show up at the Miyagi Prefecture rookie select training camp anyway... As they prepare for the nationals, Hinata, Kageyama and the rest of the Karasuno High School Volleyball team get ready to face some new challenges!! Source: crunchyroll.

Somali and the Forest Spirit

Studio: Satelight
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Somali to Mori no KamisamaThe world is ruled by spirits, goblins and all manner of strange creatures. Human beings are persecuted, to the very point of extinction. One day, a golem and a lone human girl meet. This is a record of the pair; one a member of a ruined race, the other a watchman of the forest. It tells of their travels together, and of the bond between father and daughter. [Source: MyAnimeList]

In/Spectre

Studio: Brain’s Base
Premiere: Jan. 12, 2020
Kyokou Suiri. The 17-year-old Kotoko has a unique situation. When she was a child, she was kidnapped by spirits called youkai, and returned missing one leg and one eye. Since then, she has been able to communicate with otherworldly forces, both benevolent and dangerous. Kotoko is alone in her power until she learns that the crush she's watched from afar, Kurou, has had his own encounter with youkai! As if being touched by the supernatural wasn't enough, Kurou's personal life is also in shambles. With their shared experiences and understanding, Kotoko and Kurou form a partnership to deal with mysteries, from ancient demons to the ghost of an idol. But for a girl who's used to dealing with spirits, winning love might prove to be the bigger challenge! [Source: Crunchyroll]

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- Director's Cut

Studio: White Fox
Premiere: Jan. 1, 2020
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Shin Henshuu-ban. New Edition that edits the first season into 1-hour episodes with new cuts of animation leading up to the premiere of Re:Zero Season 2 anime on April 2020.

Synopsis: By dying, a powerless boy obtained the ability "Return by Death," allowing him to go back in time upon death. Natsuki Subaru was abruptly summoned to another world on his way home from the convenience store one night. In this new world where he had nothing and no one to turn to, the one power he gained was "Return by Death," the ability to turn back time upon his own death. To protect those he holds dear, and to take back irreplaceable moments in time, he fights despair as he confronts his cruel fate. [Source: Crunchyroll]

Pet

Studio: Geno Studio
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
Pet. There are people who can get into people's mind and control their memories. This power is used to eradicate mysteries and cases or worse, to assassinate. The potential of the said power is strong enough that it is able to destroy people's mind, however, can backfire and eat up their own heart. To counter it, chains are used to lock and protect each other's weak and dangerous heart. From one's growing fear and disdain, they're consequently called as a "Pet." [Source: MAL News]



Winter 2020 List - Infinite Dendrogram, Plunderer, Darwin's Game, Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It
Winter 2020 List - Infinite Dendrogram, Plunderer, Darwin's Game, Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Plunderer

Studio: Geek Toys
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
PlundererIt's the year 305 of the Alcian calendar, and the world is controlled by numbers. Every human born is branded with a "Count,” which could mean anything from the number of kilometers walked to the amount of people who have said your food is tasty. And if your Count drops to 0… you'll be sent into the Abyss! After Hina's mother's Count dropped to 0, her last request is for Hina to look for the Legendary Red Baron. [Source: Yen Press]


Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It

Studio: Zero-G
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shoumei Shite Mita. Yukimura Shinya and Himuro Ayame are two scientists that want to find out if love can be solved by a scientific theory. These two scientists also have feelings for each other and want to be able to solve their feelings through similar theoretical facts. With this perfect opportunity, these scientists will attempt to solve the theory of the love they express for each other. [Source: M-U]

Darwin’s Game

Studio: Nexus
Premiere: Jan. 4, 2020
Darwin’s GameAn unknowing Sudou Kaname is invited to try out a new mysterious mobile app game called Darwin's Game, but later realizes that he's in for more than he's bargained for when he finds out that there's no way to quit the game. [Source: MU]

Infinite Dendrogram

Studio: NAZ
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
In the year 2043, Infinite Dendrogram, the world's first successful full-dive VRMMO was released. In addition to its ability to perfectly simulate the five senses, along with its many other amazing features, the game promised to offer players a world full of infinite possibilities. Nearly two years later, soon-to-be college freshman, Reiji Mukudori, is finally able to buy a copy of the game and start playing. With some help from his experienced older brother, Shu, and his partner Embryo, Reiji embarks on an adventure into the world of Infinite Dendrogram. Just what will he discover and encounter in this game world known for its incredible realism and infinite possibilities? [Source: J-Novel Club]



Winter 2020 Anime - A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, Dorohedoro,Smile Down the Runway
Winter 2020 Anime - A Certain Scientific Railgun T, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, Dorohedoro,Smile Down the Runway

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story

Studio: Shaft
Premiere: Jan. 5, 2020
Magia Record: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Gaiden. In exchange for the fulfillment of a wish, Magical Girls keep fighting, unbeknownst to the rest of the world. But Iroha Tamaki can't seem to remember her wish. “When I became a Magical Girl, what did I wish for again?” There is a gaping hole in her life. Something important has been lost. But she continues to fight every day, without even knowing why… Then, a rumor begins to spread among Magical Girls. “Magical Girls can be saved if they go to Kamihama.” Kamihama City, the city where Magical Girls and Uwasa are gathering. The story of Iroha Tamaki, in search of her lost wish, begins…

Smile Down the Runway

Studio: Ezola
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Runway de WaratteRunway de Waratte starts with the story of Fujito Chiyuki, an aspiring fashion model and daughter of a fledgling Modeling Agency, Mille Neige. Ever since she was little, Chiyuki's dream was to be the star model of her dad's agency and perform at Paris Fashion Week. With great looks and a gifted environment, it seemed like she was on the right track to fulfill her dream, but she soon found herself faced with a seemingly insurmountable wall when her height stopped growing at 158 cm; too short to be a professional model. Although Chiyuki still kept on believing in herself for years despite everyone telling her it's impossible, Chiyuki's resolve starts to crumble as she enters her last year of high school. This is when she meets Tsumura Ikuto, a lame classmate with a surprising talent for designing clothes, who is also considering giving up his dream due to unfortunate circumstances. Together, they begin the journey of doing the impossible in order to realize their dreams. [Source: MU]

Dorohedoro

Studio: MAPPA
Premiere: Jan. 13, 2020
DorohedoroIn a city so dismal it's known only as "the Hole," a clan of Sorcerers has been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious "experiments" in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaidou found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they're hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they'll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of "cleaners" into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds. [Source: Viz]

A Certain Scientific Railgun T 

Studio: J.C. Staff
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T. * Based on the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga written by Kamachi Kazuma and illustrated by Fuyukawa Motoi, which in itself is a spin-off of the light novel, manga and anime series Toaru Majutsu no Index.


Isekai Quartet 2

Studio: PuYUKAI
Premiere: Jan. 14, 2020
* Isekai Quartet is a crossover series featuring characters from popular “isekai” franchises illustrated in cute, superdeformed style.




Winter 2020 Anime - Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun, Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi, BOFURI, Kuutei Dragons
Winter 2020 Anime - Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun, Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi, BOFURI, Kuutei Dragons

BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.

Studio: Silver Link
Premiere: Jan. 8, 2020
Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to OmoimasuKaede Honjou is invited by her friend Risa Shiramine to play a virtual reality MMO game with her. While Kaede doesn't dislike games, what she really, truly dislikes is being in pain. She creates a character named Maple, and decides to put all her points in VIT to minimize pain. As a result, she moves slowly, can't use magic, and even a rabbit can get the best of her. But as it turns out, she acquires a skill known as "Absolute Defense" as a result of her pumping points into VIT, as well as a "Counter Skill" that works against special moves. Now, with her ability to nullify all damage, she goes on adventures. [Source: Anime News Network; emended]

Natsunagu!

Studio: TBD
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Natsunagu! The story follows the coming-of-age of Natsuna Keyaki, a college student in Tokyo who goes to Kumamoto after losing contact with her friend after the 2016 earthquakes. There, she meets individuals with colorful personalities, such as middle school girl Izumi, who begin to light a passion in Natsuna. [Source: Anime News Network]

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun

Studio: Lerche
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun. "Hanako-san, Hanako-san...are you there?" At Kamome Academy, rumors abound about the school's Seven Mysteries, one of which is Hanako-san. Said to occupy the third stall of the third floor girls' bathroom in the old school building, Hanako-san grants any wish when summoned. Yashiro Nene, an occult-loving high school girl who dreams of romance, ventures into this haunted bathroom...but the Hanako-san she meets there is nothing like she imagined! Kamome Academy's Hanako-san...is a boy! [Source: Yen Press]

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Studio: DEEN
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi. A sorcerer who was once the top student of the famous Tower of Fang, now spends his time chasing around his hopeless clients as a moneylender, at least until his client comes up with a plan to make money: marriage fraud. Unwillingly being dragged in to the plan, Orphen encounters a monster who has long been his goal since the day he left the Tower of Fang. Between those who seek to kill the monster and Orphen, giving everything to protect the monster, his lousy but peaceful days end. Trying to turn back his sister, Azalie, back to her true form leads to many more mysteries and the key to the secret to the world. [Source: MyAnimeList]

ID:INVADED

Studio: NAZ
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
ID:INVADED. Set in a virtual world, the visually stunning ID: INVADED follows Sakaido, a detective looking to solve the grisly murder of Kaeru, a young girl. But solving this case is unlike any other as the world begins to twist and turn around Sakaido, challenging what he thinks and believes.

Heya Camp△

Studio: C-Station
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
Heya Camp△The Outclub goes on a journey! The Outdoor Activities Club, Aka, the Outclub has 3 members. In the countryside of Yamanashi Prefecture, there’s a high school named Motosu High School. Go even further to one of the school buildings and you’ll find a very laid-back outdoor club that uses one corner of the classroom as their club room. Kagamihara Nadeshiko finally wants to kill some time in their club room, but then Ohgaki Chiaki and Inuyama Aoi suddenly announce that they’re all going on a trip. They drag the confused Nadeshiko with them and the Outclub hustles all through Yamanashi. The girls enjoy the various local treats as they travel around, but where in the world is the end destination for this trip?! [Source: Crunchyroll]

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Studio: Science SARU
Premiere: Jan. 6, 2020
Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasuna! Asakusa Midori wants to create an anime, but she's too disheartened to make that first step by herself. By pure chance, she meets Mizusaki Tsubame, an up-and-coming socialite secretly dreaming of becoming an animator. Together with Midori's money-loving best friend Kanamori Sayaka, the energetic trio slowly work towards making their "ultimate world" a reality!

Drifting Dragons

Studio: Polygon Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
Kuutei DragonsIt's time to see what the dragon tastes like! The crew of the airship Queen Zaza makes their living hunting dragons. Succeed, and the reward is riches and all the meat they can eat! Fail, and all that awaits them is a messy end. Follow the grand hunting and cooking adventure of the Queen Zaza as they chase dragons across the sky! [Source: Batoto]

The Case Files of Jeweler Richard

Studio: Shuka
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
Housekisho Richard-shi no Nazo KanteiOne night, a college student with a strong sense of justice, Seigi Nakata, saved a gorgeous foreigner, Richard, who was being harassed by some drunks. When Seigi found out that Richard was a jeweler, he asked for an appraisal on a ring with a shady history; one which his grandmother had kept secret until she died. The appraisal had revealed her past, truth, and desire. It led Seigi to work as a part-time employee for Richard’s jewelry store, the “Jewelry Etranger” in Ginza. While solving various “mysteries” introduced to the Jewelry Etranger, the relationship between Richard and Seigi gradually changes. However, each of them has secrets they have not told anyone. ~The curtain-up of the Jewel Mystery achieved by a gorgeous jeweler and a college student with a strong sense of justice~ [Source: Crunchyroll]



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SECTION (2) - And here, we have the rest of anime series for the winter 2020 anime season. I am not adding these titles in my watchlist as of now, but could eventually add them once the season started and find these series good for my own preference.

Radiant Season 2

Studio: Lerche
Premiere: Leftover
Seth, Melie, and Doc encounter new allies in Caislean Merlin – the stronghold of the Knights-sorcerers, a group that is also after the monster called Némésis. Seth's adventure accelerates with the addition of Ocoho, a girl who hopes to become a Knights-sorcerer, a farewell with Melie and Doc, and a clash with the malicious Merchant-Barons! And all this with the Inquisition still at his heels! Source: Official website

Interspecies Reviewers

Studio: Passione
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Ishuzoku ReviewersBeauty truly is in the eye of the beholder! From elves to succubi to cyclopes and more, the Yoruno Gloss reviewers are here to rate the red-light delights of all manner of monster girls...The only thing is, they can never agree on which species are the hottest! [Source: Yen Press]

Nekopara (TV)

Studio: Felix Film
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020

Case File nº221: Kabukicho

Studio: Production I.G.
Premiere: Leftover
Kabukichou SherlockThe East Side of Shinjuku Ward… The neon-lit Kabuki-chou district stretches across the center of this chaotic city. Where light shines, there are also deep shadows. The curtains rise on this night stage where bizarre murders occurred! Is this suspense? No, comedy? An indistinguishable drama is about to begin… [Source: Anime News Network]

A Destructive God Sits Next To Me

Studio: EMT2
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hankaishin ga Imasu. The story follows Seri Koyuki, a high school student who tries to avoid strange people because he knows he will just end up being the the straight man to their antics. Enter Kabuto Hanadori, Koyuki's classmate who has chuunibyou (second-year middle school syndrome) and claims his eye-patch seals his god of destruction alter ego. Everything about Hanadori exudes the need for a straight man to keep him in check, and sure enough Koyuki is drawn in. [Source: Anime News Network]

Asteroid in Love

Studio: Doga Kobo
Premiere: Jan. 3, 2020
Koisuru AsteroidWhen she was little, Konohata Mira promises a boy she meets at a campsite that they can find a galaxy together. When she enters high school, she joins the astronomy club. But that year, the astronomy club happened to combine with the geology club, making it the astrogeo club?! Won't you find all kinds of sparkles with the astrogeo girls? [Source: Crunchyroll]

Hatena☆Illusion

Studio: Children’s Playground Entertainment
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
Hatena☆IllusionFresh in his first year of high school, Shiranui Makoto came to Tokyo to seek an apprenticeship under his parent's acquaintance, world famous Illusionist Mamoru Hoshisato. Ever since watching a performance by Mamoru Hoshisato and his wife, Makoto had always wanted to be a Illusionist. The couple's daughter Kana (nicknamed Hatena), incidentally, was also his childhood friend. Though Tokyo is a constant source of many strange and chilling incidents, still, since Hatena would be by his side, Shiranui Makoto isn't too concerned. Inside the Hoshisato residence known as a haunted house, Makoto receives a warm welcome from the butler Jeeves and the maid Emma, and meets Hatena once again. However, as much as Hatena welcomes Makoto's arrival, she and he don't really get along, and in the end...!? [Source: Animesuki]

Seton Academy: Join the Pack!

Studio: Gokumi
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Murenase! Seton GakuenSeton Academy, a school full of animals where, thanks to population decline, there are fewer humans than any other creature. Mazama Jin, an animal hater and the only human male in his class, falls in love with Hino Hitomi, the only female human, the moment he lays eyes her. However he soon finds himself entangled with various other creatures after he reluctantly joins the 'pack' of Lanka the wolf, the only other member of her pack. [Source: MU]

22/7

Studio: A-1 Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Shy Miu Takigawa receives a letter notifying her that she’s been chosen as a member of a brand-new, mysterious project. Summoned to a giant, top-secret facility, she finds seven other girls just as confused as she is. Once there, a major record label tells them the craziest thing – they’ve all been selected to form a new idol group. What’s more, it’ll be unlike any that the world has seen before! [Source: Funimation]

Diamond no Ace: Act II

Studio: Madhouse
Premiere: Leftover
Picking up the next year after the end of the fall tournament, Seidou High School baseball team battle it out with new and old faces as they begin their tournament run at Koshien. [Source: MyAnimeList]

If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die

Studio: 8bit
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara ShinuThe story centers on a woman called "Eripiyo," who is an extreme idol fan. She is wildly enthusiastic about Maina, the shy and lowest-ranking member of the minor underground idol group Cham Jam that performs in Okayama Prefecture. She gets so wrapped up in her love for Maina during a particular performance, that she has a major nosebleed. Eri will continue to give her complete devotion to Maina until the day she can perform at Budoukan (a major performing venue in Tokyo). [Source: Anime News Network]

Yatogame-chan Observation Diary 2nd Season

Studio: Creators in Pack x Saetta
Premiere: Jan. 5, 2020
Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 2 SatsumeAfter growing up in Tokyo, high school student Jin Kaito moves to Nagoya where he meets Yatogame Monaka, a fellow student who puts her Nagoya dialect on full display. With her cat-like appearance and unvarnished Nagoya dialect, Yatogame won't open up to him at all. This popular local comedy is increasing the status of Nagoya through observation of the adorable Yatogame-chan! [Source: Crunchyroll]

Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama?

Studio: MAPPA x Lapintrack
Premiere: Jan. 10, 2020
Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasenka?Anime featuring anthropomorphized characters based on the Tama & Friends franchise's main cats and dogs.

Number24

Studio: PRA
Premiere: Jan. 8, 2020
The college rugby story centers on Natsusa Yuzuki, who expects to be an ace on the rugby team when he enrolls in college. However, he is no longer able to play rugby due to certain circumstances. Ibuki Ueoka is an older fellow student who quit rugby. Yasunari Tsuru is a younger student who finds Natsusa disagreeable. Yuu Mashiro is a younger student who admires and follows Natsusa. Seiichirou Shingyou is Natsusa's close childhood friend. Together, they compete in the Kansai university rugby league. [Source: Anime News Network]

Bang Dream! 3rd Season

Studio: Sanzigen
Premiere: Jan. 23, 2020
The girl-powered bands are gigging again. That means Poppin’Party and other fan favorites are set to return for an all new season of BanG Dream! Now that Kasumi and the rest of Poppin’Party are taking charge of their own show, the sky’s the limit for their rockin’ musical ambitions and dreams of stardom. But they’ll have to contend with other bands looking for their big break, and their friendship will be put to the ultimate test as they rock their way to the top of the charts! [Source: Sentai Filmworks]

Breakers

Studio: Albacrow
Premiere: Jan. 7, 2020
Humans have the power to release their potential under various conditions. Those who break through the wall named the limit... That is a para-athlete! Boys and girls who met heretic sports scientist, Narita Ren, got hints from Narita. As a para-athlete, a hot story that grows by opening the door to potential.

A3! Season Spring & summer

Studio: 3Hz x P.A. Works
Premiere: Jan. 14, 2020
"Director! Please help us bloom!" In Tokyo, there is a place called Velude Way. It is a district notorious for its performers and theatrical groups. Izumi Tachibana, who was previously a stage actress, arrives with a letter that reads, "Full of debt! Zero customers! Only one actor!" It describes the current state of the once-popular theater group Mankai Company. Her task is to rebuild the company to its former glory as the new owner and chief director. [Source: MAL News]

Show By Rock!! Mashumaireshi!!

Studio: Kinema Citrus
Premiere: Jan. 9, 2020
New anime focusing on the band "Mashumairesh!!".

Zenonzard The Animation

Studio: 8bit
Premiere: Jan. 12, 2020
The year 20XX. Humans called <Concodes> and ultra-high-performance AI called <Codeman> team up as buddies to compete in the card battle game ZENOZARD. People are going wild with excitement at the world championships, THE ZENON. One day, Sota Azuma, an average high school student, is challenged to a battle by a mysterious woman, Eilietta Lash. She reveals that she’s a Codeman and that her intent is to team up with Sota and participate in THE ZENON. Sota reluctantly agrees. Sota and Eilietta’s first opponent turns out to be the super-famous player Shion Saionji, who attends Sota’s school, and her buddy, Ash Claude.

Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga

Studio: Pierrot
Premiere: Jan. 11, 2020
Oda Shinamon NobunagaIn the “one-of-a-kind samurai-general-reincarnated-as-a-canine comedy,” Nobunaga perishes at Honnouji as in history, and reincarnates in modern-day Japan as a dog named Shinamon. Other Warring States era warlords such as Takeda Shingen eventually join him, also as dogs.

Doll’s Frontline: Kyouran-hen

Studio: Big Firebird Cultural Media
Premiere: Dec. 28, 2019
Dorufuro: Kyouran-hen. 

ARP Backstage Pass

Studio: Dynamo Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 13, 2020
ARP (nominally an abbreviation for Artists Republic Production) is a dance vocal group which holds live performances — featuring singing, dancing, and interactive talking with the audience — in real-time using the latest augmented-reality technology. The ikemen (handsome) group members include their de facto leader Shinji, the talented dancer León, and the members of the Rebel Cross duo (designer Daiya and composer/writer Rage). [Source: Anime News Network]

Rebirth

Studio: Dynamo Pictures
Premiere: Jan. 13, 2020
The series will revolve around a team of 12 high school students who love to play the trading card game Rebirth For You. [Source: Anime News Network]


This is where I will end my list of recommended anime series for 2020’s first quarter. I hope that you find some interesting anime that you may want to add in your own watchlist. Furthermore, if there are something anime titles that are not listed in my watchlist but you think is a good one, please let me know by leaving a comment below so I could check it out and who knows I might actually enjoy it. I’ll be more than happy if you guys can do that. Once again, thank you for reading and let’s all keep the hype and excitement for the anime community next year. Merry Christmas!

Monday, 30 December 2019 0 comments

20 Anime that You Can Enjoy to Watch during Christmas Season

Posted by : zahid

Anime for Christmas Season
Christmas season is finally here and for some people, it simply means vacation and what’s great to do with vacation is spend it with the whole family, travel with friends or by oneself, or for otakus – more time to drown ourselves to anime. Just like everyone else, we anime fans always take this opportunity to check anime series or movies that we hadn’t seen yet, well that is one of the ways to enjoy the Christmas vacation after all. Unfortunately, such is not the case on my end since I don’t have a Christmas vacation due to work-related stuff. Nonetheless, I am sure to have plenty of anime to catch up from my watchlist before the year ends.

Since it is Christmas, you might be wondering what anime to watch during Christmas day or during the whole span of your vacation? And that’s what we will cover for today as I have prepared a list of anime series and movies that you can watch this Christmas. You can watch it by yourself alone, or by your friends and family. Our list covers several genres and does not simply revolve around Christmas-theme story but also includes anime with great stories for family, friends, and some important life lessons to learn from.

Ho Ho Ho! That is not Santa or anyone; it’s just me laughing a little bit to call forth some Christmas vibes as we start our list as follows:
  • TOKYO GODFATHERS
  • MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
  • KIMI TO BOKU
  • MY DADDY LONG LEGS (JUDY ABBOTT)
  • ITSUDATTE MY SANTA!
  • LOVE HINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
  • SPICE & WOLF
  • WINTER SONATA
  • NATSUME YUUJINCHOU
  • WINTER GARDEN
  • THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA
  • HONEY AND CLOVER
  • TORADORA
  • WHITE ALBUM 2
  • MARCELINO PAN Y VINO
  • SPIRITED AWAY
  • NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND
  • WOLF CHILDREN
  • HYOUKA
  • COLORFUL

Now, let’s discuss each of these anime and what makes it appropriate to watch for the holiday season. First of all, you might have noticed that I didn’t include some anime titles which is listed for best Christmas-themed anime to watch for the holiday from other sites, it is because I would like to offer a fresh recommendations, something new that people could actually enjoy aside from those shows that other people always suggest. Alright, let’s start with the first on our list.

TOKYO GODFATHERS

TOKYO GODFATHERS ANIME

Whenever I think about Christmas anime, Tokyo Godfathers is the first anime title that comes into my mind. The reason is that Tokyo Godfathers' story took place during Christmas Eve and it turned out to be an insanely hilarious ride filled with drama, humor, and an obnoxious series of coincidence that led to a great finale. Yes, Tokyo Godfathers is both fun and inspiring. It only shows that despite how tragic or unfortunate things could be, there is still the light, there’s still hope, and that is what this anime had shown us – very befitting for the Christmas season isn’t it?

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

This is one of my favorite anime from Studio Ghibli and is a story for the whole family to enjoy. I could actually watch this with my whole family and just enjoy it as a bonding session for us. That is what Christmas is all about, spending time with the people that truly matter to our heart and celebrates Christ's birthday.

KIMI TO BOKU

KIMI TO BOKU

An anime that tells us the daily life of high school boys and it’s an amazing story to follow. Many of us can seriously relate ourselves with them, and it could even bring back some nostalgic scenes from our high school days (which actually happened t me). This anime has 2 seasons, for the Christmas special episodes, I will recommend heading straight to Kimi to Boku Season 2 Episode 1 until 5. However, it won’t hurt to watch the entire series as the fun and story really worth your time.

MY DADDY LONG LEGS

MY DADDY LONG LEGS

Locally known as Judy Abbottin my home country and it is part of the World Masterpiece Theaters anime projects, I did watch this anime during my childhood days and I truly enjoyed it even though I am not familiar with the romance genre that much yet. I have watched it for a 2ndtime during the Christmas season in 2015 (coz I am actually jobless at that time) and it makes me appreciate the story even more now, possibly it’s because I am more mature to understand it. Among my favorite scenes from the anime is the vacation of our main character, and the Christmas holiday that she had throughout the entire course of the story. This is a great romance anime, and perfect for lovers and friends to watch during the holiday.

ITSUDATTE MY SANTA!

ITSUDATTE MY SANTA!

Always My Santa. This one is a special episode of the Love Hina anime series. Itsdatte My Santa! is an anime that really brings Christmas vibes as it gives us the essence of it – the spirit of giving, and more importantly, changing people's lives for the better. Itsudatte My Santa! tell us a girl who meets a boy who hates Christmas – and she makes everything she could in order to help him improve his luck and change his views about Christmas and life in general. If you like romantic comedy anime, then this one is a must-watch for you. It will be more awesome to watch it along with your girlfriend or boyfriend; it will be an awesome Christmas date I swear.

LOVE HINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: SILENT EVE

LOVE HINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: SILENT EVE

A Christmas special episode from one of the most popular harem romance anime prior to 2000 era –  Love Hina did give us a romantic story through this OVA where Keichiro tries to confess his love for Naru.

SPICE & WOLF

SPICE & WOLF

One of my all-time favorite anime series, Spice & Wolf is a story about a Wolf in disguised as a young lady (a harvest goddess) and a traveling merchant which shows the story of how everyone could live a mutual relationship – a symbiosis in scientific terms. Far from the action-packed light novel inspired anime, Spice & Wolf is on the economic side which tells a lot about the adventure of a merchant, and the challenges and wonders that they meet along the way. Furthermore, Holo is such an interesting wolf and a powerful one.

WINTER SONATA

WINTER SONATA

Fuyu no Sonata. If you’re familiar with the Korean drama Winter Sonata, then you’ll definitely want to check this anime. It’s an anime adaptation of the actual K-drama and aired as part of the 2009 anime lineup. A drama romance story that could awaken the cold atmosphere in the Christmas season – what a befitting mood though, Winter Sonata tells us a story of love, moving forward and coping up with our loses, and face what the future may in store for us no matter what it is.

NATSUME’S BOOK OF FRIENDS

NATSUME’S BOOK OF FRIENDS

Natsume Yuujinchou. I am sincerely excited to recommend this one because it is my no. 1 favorite anime of all-time. Though the anime runs for a total of 6 seasons with roughly over 60 episodes in total, this is a great experience to follow during the holiday break. It is an inspiring story with so much warmth and perfect match for the cold ambiance of the Christmas season. There are so many life lessons to ponder from watching Natsume Yuujinchou and until now, I still think that it’s the King of Slice of Life anime genre.

WINTER GARDEN

WINTER GARDEN

Also known as DiGi Charat: Winter Garden, this anime is a good slice of life, romance anime that every shoujo fans may enjoy. A little bit heartbreaking, a little bit dramatic, just perfect to spice up the holiday for some drama and romance.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA

A movie from the franchise of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – this anime had been an obnoxious ride for me and there’s just so much drama going on in here. We had to see our Haruhi Suzumiya in a different light in this movie, and it really feels great to see the whole gang as they’re preparing for the holiday season in the movie. I think the narrative of the film is interesting and ambiguous at some point and that’s what makes the story even more appalling.

HONEY & CLOVER

HONEY & CLOVER

An anime that I have always treasure the most due to many life lessons embedded in its story. Honey and Clover are among the most inspiring anime that I have had seen and the fact that its story is relatable and hit right in our senses because of the lessons that we could get from it. During the yuletide season, watching Honey & Clover is a great way to reflect our lives in this energetic yet sentimental Josie anime.

TORADORA

TORADORA

One of the biggest romance anime of 2008 – Toradora is an exciting way to have a Christmas date with your special someone. There’s just too much love in the air when watching this anime and it was blended with a great amount of humor and feels in a slice of life school set up.

WHITE ALBUM 2

WHITE ALBUM 2

A complex romance story with exhilarating music and drama, that’s what we should expect from White Album 2 and if you want to have kinda emotional Christmas season, then watching this anime is the right choice for you as it will give you the right feels you may want to have. In the end, White Album 2 will make you fall in love with multi-level degrees and sets apart from the majority of visual novel-inspired anime series.

MARCELINO PAN Y VINO

MARCELINO PAN Y VINO

Oh my, this brings back memories from my childhood days. The 2001 anime adaptation of the popular novel Marcelino Pan Y Vino is a great ride and perfect for the whole family to enjoy especially this Christmas season as it is not only fun to watch but also inspiring. Marcelino is an orphaned who was raised by priars and he has the ability to communicate with animals, and eventually being able to help them in various ways. This anime is both heart-warming and spreading good vibes and the message of kindness towards everyone.

SPIRITED AWAY

SPIRITED AWAY

Now, we have here one of the most popular anime movies of all time, the Academy Awards winner Spirited Away from Studio Ghibli. It’s a family-oriented anime with good moral lessons to learn from and simply perfect to watch during Christmas day together with the rest of the family. While I am not a big fan of the film, I can’t deny the fact that it’s a well-written film with a strong message to deliver partnered with fascinating visuals and animation. Oh, it truly is a magical experience to enjoy this holiday season.

NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

Yeah, we have one of the anime movies with a very powerful message next in our list and it’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. If your spirit anime is craving for anime story with great moral lessons then this one is highly recommended. Set in a post-apocalyptic world in the future where humanity is in decline. Mother Earth is angry because of people’s abuse of the environment, how one single human could change the tide is truly an amazing adventure to follow. I personally have this in my Top 20 Anime Movies of all Time.

WOLF CHILDREN

WOLF CHILDREN

Family-oriented and overwhelmingly dramatic, Wolf Children is an anime story that will make you realized how precious it is to have a doting mother. If Christmas is the season to show love and kindness, then it’s definitely the time to appreciate our parents – both our father and especially our mother, and Wolf Children will further intensify that feels.

HYOUKA

HYOUKA

A little hint of romance, a little bit of drama, a heavy emphasis on mystery and a heavy dosage of fun – that is what Hyouka will give us. Christmas season is not the time for an I SCREAM but definitely for an ICE CREAM, and having Hyouka in our watchlist will make the holiday even more magical and fun.

COLORFUL

COLORFUL

If you’re feeling sad, pathetic, depressed, anxious or bad about yourself, I highly advise you to watch Colorful – a 2010 anime film which will make you realize how beautiful life is. It’s a great anime tackling issues like bullying, suicide, prostitution, and social acceptance. Family issues are also a central theme in this anime and it has been an amazing ride with so much drama beautifully wrapped together to produce an acceptable and inspiring conclusion.

These are only few of the anime that everyone could definitely enjoy this Christmas season no matter what their genre preferences are. Nonetheless, it always depends on our own self what kind of story we would like to enjoy during the Christmas holiday, and I do hope that we are able to give you a good recommendation for your next watchlist.

Are you familiar with some of the titles that we had recommended to watch? If yes, please let us know which one and how do you find it? What are the other anime titles that you would like to be added to this list and what is your anime watchlist during the Christmas season? Please let us know by leaving your comment below.

I would also like to take this opportunity to greet our viewers a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Have a great celebration everyone!
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 0 comments

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