Winter 2020 Anime: Official Info, Airdates & Trailers
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The cherry blossoms are sprouting in Japan, and spring is in full swing across the southern hemisphere. There’s significant meaning in this pleasing time of year: Spring signifies ‘new beginnings’ and ‘new life’. As I write this article, we are at the Spring 2019 season. It has a few chilled titles like Fruits Basket and Carole & Tuesday to compensate for hyped hottie picks such as One Punch Man and Demon Slayer. But no matter the season, it might be time to cut down the notch at a slower pace.
MANGA.TOKYO wants to recommend five subtle series that will slow the pace down and fill you with positive vibes. These are vibrant, refreshing watches that will sooth you to the core and bring all the smiles (and possibly a few tears).
Kick back and as we ease into these titles !!
Something short and sweet can always do the trick. Inari Kon Kon follows Inari, a clumsy airhead who can’t ignore the pleas of others. Inari has no confidence to confess to her long time crush Kouji due to her excessive shyness. One day she saves a baby fox from nearly falling into a river. Inari follows the young fox to the Inari shrine, a regular place she visits. There Inari meets the goddess of the shrine, Uka. To thank Inari for saving her fox familiar, she will grant any wish Inari desires… but that wish backfires. To make amends Uka places a small part of her devine part in Inari, which gives Inari the ability to change into anyone she wishes.
It is an adorable supernatural anime. For a ten-episode series, Inari Kon Kon is full of such warmth and has an uplifting atmosphere. The visually, colorful aesthetic sets this pleasant tone throughout. Inari is like another Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket, constantly wanting to help others but not be a burden, full of such positive energy and kind-natured at heart. You’ll just fall in love with Inari and her constant struggle to be more assertive and confident like others around her. Having the ability to change into any person brings more trouble than it’s worth – but it’s hysterical.
The romance factor does not take center stage in this anime. Inari Kon Kon‘s focus is acceptance of the need to be someone we’re not. I was not expecting such a theme from such a sweet show. Beside Inari, every character is given side time about their internal struggles, all relatable and emotionally tugging. Inari Kon Kon is not your typical supernatural romance but highlights the love of friendship, a constant trait throughout the series that it’s bloody beautiful.
If you want a sweet ride, then this anime is just for you. Blue Spring Ride follows Futuba who in middle school had a crush on Kou and the pair were very fond of each other. The two were to meet at a summer festival but due to a misunderstanding, (Kou being told that Futuba hates boys) Kou stands her up and later moves away. The two meet again in high school when both have changed drastically. Futuba is boisterous and makes herself appear unattractive. Kou is more reserved and cold towards people. They find each other again and both discover secrets and their true self.
Who hasn’t heard of this cutesy romance by now? I couldn’t NOT include in this list. Everything about this series is just good. It just needs another season, for god’s sake. The pastel animation makes all the moments between Kou and Futuba scream the essence that is shoujo. Kou and Futuba both have a complex identity because of past trauma and bullying. Both are a lost in that aspect and it’s just gorgeous how the pair heal each other’s wounds – with their bond becoming stronger. The cute and fluffy ride you need in your life during this spring time!
This is a tale of a girl who is as sweet as pie. The anime follows Kobato who comes to Earth for one purpose: to fill a bottle with ‘Konpeito’ in order to get her wish granted. ‘Konpeito’ only appears if a suffering person’s heart has been healed from stress, sadness, etc. The only catch is that Kobato can’t fall in love with those she heals.
Kobato. is a soothing series that brings all the awes and calmness. Kobato is most sincere and caring to those she encounters and helps. Yeh, we have another Tohru Honda here! Kobato’s character alone brings an infectious atmosphere to this series; her outlook on the simple pleasures in life is charming. This series is not just about a girl filling up a bottle to get her wish granted, as the themes of god and the afterlife play an interesting part. Kobato, out of this list, would be my number one pick if you need some epic sweetness and a calm atmosphere. You can expect nothing less from Kobato!
This P.A.Works anime is a pretty watch. Hanasuka Iroha follows Ohana, an individual who relies on no-one. Thanks to her free spirit mother who runs away with her new boyfriend from debt collectors, Ohana is left to fend for herself but her mother sends Ohana to stay with her grandmother in the country where she runs an inn. Her time there will open a world of experiences for this city girl.
I can’t think of a series better to show hard work and new beginnings. We follow Ohana as she is introduced early into her working life as a maid, having for the first time to rely upon others and to open herself up. It’s a teary and joyful journey. Ohana learns what it means to be a part of a family for the first time because of her strained relationship with her own mother. There is such a radiating warmth throughout this series. We learn more about the people who work in the inn and of their ambitions and of why they love working there. The added bonus of seeing what it’s like to work in a Japanese inn is an insightful aspect I adore about this series.
It’s not going to take you very long to become emotionally invested in the series and its characters.
This anime has the most colorful palette you’ll ever see. IRODUKU: The World in Colors follows 17-year-old Hitomi whose world is gray for lack of color sense. This has caused Hitomi to feel disconnected from the world around her. Wanting to help her granddaughter, Hitomi’s grandmother casts a spell sending Hitomi 60 years in the past. There Hitomi encounters a younger version of her grandmother. With no clue how to get home, Hitomi tries to adapt to her surroundings and the new people she befriends.
Out of this list, this anime is the most emotional. We follow Hitomi as she tries to discover what are the things missing in her life and how she had become blindsighted. It is confusing at first (why would Hitomi’s grandmother sent her to the past?) but the buildup to the ‘why’ is going to make you cry. This series is one of the most visually colorful series I’ve seen in a long time. It heightens your experience and you can just watch this series for the visuals alone. While it’s not all sunflowers and daisies, it’s touching how Hitomi connects with Kohaku and the rest of the main group, finding what’s been obvious to her. She just needed a nudge. This series is like a rainbow: visually stunning, and when it fades away, you’ll not forget it.
Any of these recommendations will make an impact. They are series full of warmth, anime that will break up the pace of things; so, get your coffee and snack, and kick back to the sweet vibes of these spring stories.
Let MANGA.TOKYO know in the comments: What are series that remind you of spring? Don’t forget to check out our other recommendation titles!! If your in need of anime suggestions.
Keep warm this winter season with the latest anime info at MANGA.TOKYO!
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