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Summer 2020’s anime season is a rare beast in that the average person could conceivably sample every new show. Such a feat usually requires superhuman levels of free time — 2019’s summer season featured, by one count, 33 new TV shows, while 2020, by comparison, boasts a “mere” 17.

It’d be nice to say this consolidation was due to some industry-wide “quality over quantity” epiphany, but the real cause of this year’s compact summer season is — you guessed it — COVID-19.

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