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5 short 2020 anime you should watch

Are you looking for short anime to binge watch? Or maybe you're looking for new and short anime to feed on while waiting for that new anime to air? In that case, you have come to the right place. 

In this article, I will be sharing some short anime that are no longer than thirteen episodes. These anime that I am about to share are of different types of genres ranging from romance to psychological thriller. If you are curious, read on to find out. 

1. My Next Life As A Villianess: All Routes Leads To Doom!

Genre: romantic comedy, harem, isekai 
Number of episodes: 12, 1 season 
Status: completed
Category: Spring 2020

Adapted and animated by Silver Link Studio, this anime is also commonly known as "HameFura" for short. The plot follows the main protagonist, a 17 year old otaku who was hit by a car on her way to school. When she awakes, she found out that she has now reincarnated as the villianess in her favorite otome game, Fortune Lover. Because of her extensive knowledge of the game, our protagonist must now carefully choose her actions and maneuver her way around the game so as to not end up being hated, which will ultimately lead to her death or exile. In an effort to avoid the usual fate the villianess who suffer, Caterina, the protagonist, worked hard to establish good relationships with each character. As a result, the characters fell for Caterina's kind nature. 

As someone who is not an avid fan of the isekai genre, I found this isekai anime to be quite refreshing. Granted that it still has the plot of the main character getting reincarnated after getting hit by a moving vehicle and then proceeding to have magical powers, this anime isn't like your typical isekai anime where the plot gets repetitive and boring after awhile. If you are an avid fan of ikemen characters or simply want to have a good laugh, this anime is definitely for you. And unlike most other reverse harem anime where the main character is portrayed as weak and helpless and needing the help of the good looking guys around her, HameFura has a strong-willed and independent main character, which is rather refreshing. 

If you liked this anime, be sure to be on the lookout for season two, which is scheduled to come out in July 2021. 

2. Runway De Waratte (Smile Down The Runway)

Genre: drama, slice of life 
Number of episodes: 12, 1 season 
Status: completed 
Category: Winter 2020

Animated by Ezo'la Studio, this anime follows the story of Fujito Chiyuki, a girl who strives to represent her father's modelling agency in the Paris Fashion Week despite her unconventional height. Meanwhile, Tsumara Ikuto is a high school student who has a talent for designing clothes. However, with no means of supporting himself in the pursuit of his dreams, he is forced to give up on his ambition until he meets Chiyuki. 

At a glance at this anime, it may seem like a generic slice of life anime, but what lies behind this show is a story of determination and hard work, with a little bit of everyday drama. When I first watched this anime, I was immediately drawn to the personalities of the two main characters. If you ever need a dose of motivation, try giving Chiyuki and Ikuto's story a shot. 

3. ID: Invaded 

Genre: science fiction, crime 
Number of episodes: 13, 1 season 
Status: completed 
Category: Winter 2020

Even if you are not a fan of science fiction, ID: Invaded is a must watch. The story follows a detective-turned-convict named Narhisago Akihito after tragedy struck. The Mizuhanome System is a highly advanced system that allows a person to enter the human mind- but not anyone can enter. The condition for entering is that you must have killed someone before. This leads to the detectives of the special police squad, Kura, to enlist the help of Akihito who is known as Sakaido inside the "well". 

In this anime, viewers follow Sakaido as he is tasked to solve one mystery after another. The intriguing plot and different crimes that were committed is enough to get you hooked. After the first episode, I found myself binge watching the entire series due to the characters and interesting crimes that Sakaido had to solve. As the anime progresses, it will leave you wanting more at the end as he uncovers something sinister behind what seems to be the numerous standalone crimes.

4. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle  

Genre: music, action, science fiction
Number of episodes: 13, 1 season 
Status: completed 
Category: Fall 2020

Originally a rap/song project developed by King Records under their Evil Line Records Label, Hypnosis Mic was so successful that it was subsequently adapted into three different manga, a rhythm game, as well as an anime. 

The Hypnosis Mic anime focuses on four different rap teams, each representing different division of Japan- Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Shibuya, and Shinjuku. In a world dominated by women, the use and creation of weapons were strictly forbidden and instead of using violence to solve conflicts, the men are given hypnosis microphones to battle for territories outside of Chuuouku, where the women live. In this case, the notorious rap crew, The Dirty Dawg, have now disbanded and formed their own crew, each of them seeking to fight for the pride of their respective crews. While this may seem like a show with no hidden meaning, behind each rap battle leads to hidden intentions. 

Apart from the engaging rap battles and bright colors, this anime uses a combination of CGI as well as 2D animation to execute the rap battles that added to the excitement of the show. While there are many different views on idol anime and the plot of Hypnosis Mic, this anime is great if you just want to have a change of pace. If you are looking for more Hypnosis Mic music that are not shown in the anime, you can always find them on Youtube and Spotify.  

5.  Munou Na Nana (Talentless Nana)

Genre: psychological thriller, horror, supernatural  
Number of episodes: 13, 1 season  
Status: completed 
Category: Fall 2020

When I first watched the first episode, another anime immediately came to mind- My Hero Academia. Much like the latter, Munou Na Nana surrounds a bunch of students called "Talents" who had superpowers. They were being kept on an island, where they train to fight against creatures who were called "enemies of humanity". 

The anime started off with a boy, Nakajima Nanao who is supposedly without talent. This causes him to often be the target of bullying. Soon after, when two new students were transferred to the island, strange occurrences started happening, and their classmates disappeared one by one. 

If you are a fan of psychological thriller, Munou Na Nana is the show for you. With an unexpected plot and the mind games between each of the characters, this anime is definitely worth a shot. 

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful! 

Until the next time, 

Rika ^-^

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