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Anime 1st episodes 2020: H
Including: Haikyuu!!, Hanakappa, Hatena Illusion, Healin' Good PreCure, Hentatsu, Higurashi When They Cry: Gou, Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume - Golden Spell, Holo Graffiti, The House Spirit Tatami-chan, Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rhyme Anima
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2020
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2020 >>
Keywords: Healin' Good, PreCure, Higurashi, anime, horror, SF, fantasy, magical girl, rubbish, yokai
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 10 first episodes
Website category: Anime 2020
Review date: 10 September 2023
Listed under "A": The 8th son? Are you kidding me? aka. Hachi-nan tte Sore wa Nai deshou!
Listed under "A": Ascendance of a Bookworm: Season 2 + OVAs, aka. Honzuki no Gekokujou
Listed under "C": The Case Files of Jeweler Richard, aka. Housekishou Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei
Listed under "D": Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater, aka. Houkago Teibou Nisshi
Listed under "G": The Genie Family, aka. Hakushon Daimaou 2020
Listed under "P": Pokemon: Twilight Wings, aka. Hakumei no Tsubasa
Listed under "S": Super HxEros, aka. Dokyuu Hentai HxEros
Listed under "R": Room Camp, aka. Heya Camp
Listed under "Y": Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, aka. Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi
Delayed to 2021: Hataraku Saibou Black, aka. Cells at Work! Code Black
They're Chinese: Han Hua Ri Ji 2nd Season, He Wei Dao x Hui Yeda Xiaojie Xiangyao Wo Gaobai, Hitori no Shita: The Outcast 3rd Season, Huanji 45 Miao, Hulaing Babies Aratame - Staying Babies: Chikyuu wo Mamore! Staying Babies with Yuusha Hayami-san, Hulaing Babies Aratame: Staying Babies, Hulaing Babies Petit, Huyao Xiao Hongniang: Jin Chenxi, Huyao Xiao Hongniang: Mu Tiancheng
It's a movie: High School Fleet Movie
It's a movie (and I've reviewed it): Hataraku Saibou!!: Saikyou no Teki Futatabi. Karada no Naka wa "Chou" Oosawagi!
It's an OVA: Holy Knight Light
It's an OVA: Hallelujah: Unmei no Sentaku
It's a special episode and I've probably seen it anyway: Heya Camp: Sauna to Gohan to Sanrin Bike
Haikyuu!!: To the Top
Season 4 (parts 1 and 2, so I watched two first episodes)
Keep watching: no, but it's quite good
One-line summary: volleyball
The boys have their physical examinations. Shoyo (who's short) gets overexcited about having had a millimetre more growth than a taller boy.
Someone gets invited to the All-Japan Youth Training Camp.
It's volleyball. Our heroes burn with passion for volleyball. This is admirable and I'm happy for them. If you like sports anime, I understand this is one of the better ones.
The pre-credits 150 seconds made me laugh. Our heroes are in front of a packed stadium, playing a volleyball match against another school... and it's incompetent failure time. Total brain fades. Our hero remembers to jump, but forgets to hit the ball. The faces are great, the comic timing is perfect and I'd recommend this show to anyone who's into sports anime.
Seriously, I really liked it. The animation's fluid, playful and entertaining. The whole episode's just schoolboys playing volleyball, though, and obviously the comedy gets toned down after the title sequence.
Hana kappa
Random 4-minute episode on YouTube
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: children's anime
I quite like Hanakappa. This week, all the animals, mythical creatures and outrageously absurd non-beings are sitting with their pig teacher and reading essays.
Hanakappa reads one about beans. Then, the animation style changes to coloured crayons as TereTereBouzu reads his story about helping the moon return to the sky with a giant catapult.
Hatena  Illusion
Hatena Illusion
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: childhood friends + tsundere + magicians + phantom thieves
It's a bit of a mess. We have:
(a) main characters who are introduced to us as glamorous phantom thieves. They're filthy rich and live in a mansion, but they steal things.
(b) two childhood friends (Kana and Makoto) who are being reunited for the first time in ages. Kana had always thought Makoto was a girl, but no. Whoops. On realising her mistake, Kana turns into a man-hating tsundere.
(c) Makoto's been invited to live here by Kana's dad, a world famous magician who's going to raise him as his apprentice... and he immediately disappears for a month. Contrived anime set-up, check. Annoyingly over-theatrical entrance, check.
Makoto's nice, but that's about it for good points. Even the servants rubbed me up the wrong way. The maid is a genre-aware manipulative irritant, while the butler's called Jeeves Wodehouse. (Jeeves was not a butler, although when required he could admittedly buttle with the best of them.)
healin good precure
Healin' Good PreCure
Healin' Good Pretty Cure
17th PreCure series
Episode 1 (or 783): Holding Hands Tightly! We're Pretty Cure Cure Grace
Keep watching: obviously
One-line summary: PreCure, i.e. magical girls
I've since finished it and... my optimism was misplaced. It's another skippable one.
I've got a good feeling about this, despite recent PreCure history. The franchise's last few seasons are "degenerated", "painful", "good" and "empty" (in that order), but hopefully they're planning to alternate between "good" and "shit". (The more polite description of the latter would be "lighter and less drama-heavy for the younger audience".)
This might sound dumb, but I'm encouraged by this episode's title sequence. It promises menacing baddies and the PreCures' courage and determination facing them. It feels old-school. I approve.
There are also some innovations, though. The fairies try to fight the baddies! They don't stand a chance, but they try. We've never had action fairies before. I like these brave fairies, although Latte reminds me of a fairy from an old PreCure season and I still haven't worked out which one.
The episode felt right to me. Admittedly, it's easy to be more positive about PreCure first episodes than about the full series, but this season's started on the right foot.
Hen tatsu
Season 2
Episodes: 12 x 2 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: two girls talk
For some reason, my copies of these episodes were audio-only. That said, though, what I remember of Season 1 was just two girls sitting and chatting. This looks like more of the same.
Higurashi When They Cry: Gou
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gou
Series: 5-ish, including OVA series but not the live-action adaptations
Episodes: 24 x 24 minutes (and there's another series in 2021)
Keep watching: I wouldn't miss this for the world
One-line summary: (a) fluffy, charming slice-of-life, (b) torture, murder, insanity, etc.
I've since finished it and... they do something stupid to keep the franchise alive for a Season 6. I absolutely hated it.
It's another light, mostly harmless Higurashi opening episode, lulling you into a false sense of security. Our heroes have boisterous fun. They're as playful and likeable as ever, although Keiichi's sense of humour seems a bit rougher than I remember and Satoko's traps include drawing pins in door handles and (previously) rocks to the head. No one minds. Her victims spot the danger, there are no injuries and it's all laughed off. Similarly, when everyone has lunch together, the food doesn't contain any needles or razor blades. (I was nervous, but needlessly.)
I'm disappointed that they've updated the previously unchanged character designs, even if today those originals do look dated. It's been almost twenty years now. You can tell who everyone is, though, and they've got all their old speech patterns. (They've also brought back everyone's original voice actors.)
There are only a few trademark moments, alongside the sleepy mountain village charm. Someone gets messily beaten to death at the start in what I presume is a flashforward to impending murderous insanity. Rena and Mion don't like being asked about that bloke who got lynched and dismembered. That's normal for Higurashi, though. I'm looking forward to another return to this landmark psychological horror series. (Starring all our favourite characters.)
Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume Golden Spell
Himitsukessha Taka no Tsume - Golden Spell
I think there were previous seasons of this
Episodes: 12 x 11 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: comedy version of superheroes, etc.
It looks like garbage. You and I can both draw better than this. You could probably make better animation on your phone.
There's a supervillain who looks a bit like Bison in Street Fighter, a space ship, a purple zombie bloke, some child-sized heroes, etc. It's silly and probably amusing if you're in the mood.
Holo no Graffiti
Holo Graffiti
Holo no Graffiti
Episodes: lots x 1 or 2 minutes
Keep watching: die
One-line summary: VTubers
A "VTuber" is a "Virtual YouTuber", i.e. Satan's tool from hell to destroy mankind with self-loathing. I can't see a better explanation for the fact that this series was made and broadcast.
They think they're funny.
Zashiki Warashi no Tatami chan
The House Spirit Tatami-chan
Zashiki Warashi no Tatami-chan
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 4 minutes
Keep watching: no
One-line summary: youkai moves to Tokyo and has grumpy conversations
It's a semi-animated web series. It's about a zashiki-warashi, which is a Japanese spirit that brings good fortune. (The subtitles wound me up slightly by translating it as "house spirit", which isn't wrong but is a bit like translating "yeti" as "mammal". Why not just leave it as "zashiki-warashi"?)
This zashiki-warashi moves to Tokyo and has a bad-tempered conversation that's meant to be comedic with other supernatural beings in her new boarding house. Charmless.
Hypnosis Mic Division Rap Battle
Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rhyme Anima
Season 1
Episodes: 12 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: BWAHAHAHAHAHA
One-line summary: pretty boy rap duels
There was a war, after which women took over the world and banned all weapons. (Do I believe that universal disarmament would be as simple as that? No, I don't.) Badass street gangs yo dude dude chill of anime pretty boys must thus instead hold their battles with MICROPHONES! The best rapper will make all his opponents explode in a blast of blue flames, after which they'll be lying on the ground groaning at the pain of having had to listen to rap.
No, wait, that was me.
If I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it existed.