Another season of anime is in the books, and as such it's time for Winners and Losers for the Fall 2020 season.

WINNER: Funimation
Funimation continues to dominate in the streaming market as they are picking up shows left and right, and recently they have been predatory. Case in point is their license of the Log Horizon sequel as this was one of Sentai's better-performing shows. But Funimation threw a lot of money to take it for themselves. And of course, they got just about every show out there except for Jujutsu Kaisen, and I had to think that Crunchyroll went hard after this show, but because they had to pony up a ton of of their budget to outbid Funimation for it that they didn't have much left in the bank. They even went after shows that would have gone to Crunchyroll or Sentai in the past like King's Raid and Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, which are TV Tokyo shows and Crunchyroll had a partnership with them up until AT&T's takeover, in Assault Lily Bouquet and Adachi and Shimamura that are both TBS shows that are more of the type of show that Sentai likes to release, and while their exclusive partnership with TBS had expired a long time ago, they used to have at least one show from them when the block has two shows, and in shows that Funimation probably won't be dubbing like Maesetsu and Dropout Idol Fruit Tart. Funimation it being run by guys who are investing heavily into anime in Sony, and it makes all the difference.

LOSER: Crunchyroll
The good news for Crunchyroll is that they actually have some good shows this season unlike in the summer as they have Jujutsu Kaisen, Tonikawa, and Golden Kamuy. The bad news is that their catalog has greatly dwindled, and it's especially the case this season as they were left with not much this season after Funimation grabbed the majority of the stuff. Crunchyroll was able to get Tonikawa and I'm Standing on a Million Lives through Warner Japan as Crunchyroll is, as of this writing with the sale to Sony not yet official, owned at the top by AT&T, which owns Warner, who owns their parent company, while they went hard after Jujutsu Kaisen and To Your Eternity, the latter unfortunately getting delayed at the last minute to the spring season. Not much to see at Crunchyroll these days, and add on the fact that their new apps are trash compared to their outdated, but fully functional, older version, and Crunchyroll had a hard time this season. And now, they are about to get owned by the same company that owns both Funimation and Aniplex, and its future remains uncertain.

LOSER: Sentai
Sentai just hasn't been the same as to make it in the anime industry, a distributor must have the backing of a megacorporation. Funimation has Sony, Aniplex also has Sony, Crunchyroll has AT&T (and soon, it will also be Sony as the transaction is still in progress), and of course Netflix and Amazon are owned at the top by people on the Forbes list for richest people in America. Right Stuf, Discotek, GKIDS, and Media Blasters are all privately owned, but are focused on home video and use partnerships to get their shows streaming in other places. That leaves just Sentai as they are still licensing and using Crunchyroll to stream simulcasts while using HIDIVE for dubs and older shows. Pretty much, they are slowly getting out of the simulcast business and focusing strictly on home video since they don't have the resources to compete with Funimation for them. This season, they only have two sequels to shows they have, and while they are both very good shows, they just don't have the means to compete with Funimation anymore.

WINNER: Discotek
Discotek continues to pick up all the great shows that time forgot, but in particular it is their pickup of Memories, Kodocha, and Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple that makes them big winners this season as they had perhaps their best haul in the company's history during their Discotek panel a month ago.

WINNER: Animeism
MBS had a loaded lineup as their Animeism block this season has perhaps its strongest lineup ever with Jujutsu Kaisen, Fire Force, and Haikyu in it. That pretty much speaks for itself.

LOSER: Noitamina
For the second time in three seasons, the block features a rerun and nothing else as The Promised Neverland aired again rather than it being for the originally scheduled second season. Fuji was going to give it a rebroadcast no matter what, but that was originally scheduled for the summer season until The Millionaire Detective got delayed. While having The Promised Neverland is never a bad thing, having a rerun of the first season and not the upcoming second season is what lands it in the loser's circle.

WINNER: MAPPA
MAPPA had quite a strong season as they animated one of the season's best in Jujutsu Kaisen, while also doing The Gymnastics Samurai, as well as the final season of Attack on Titan that premiered in December. It has been a strong year for MAPPA, though they didn't hit on everything as while they crushed it with Jujutsu Kaisen and Dorohedoro, they totally whiffed with Uchitama and Listeners, while having mixed results with The God of High School and The Gymnastics Samurai for opposite reasons as the God of High School was all style and no substance, while Gymnastics Samurai nailed it with the substance, but skimped on the style. Nevertheless, this season MAPPA does extremely well.

WINNER: Production I.G
Production I.G had a strong season as well as they featured three shows in Haikyu! To the Top, Moriarty the Patriot, and Noblesse. They went two for three here, and the two are excellent as Haikyu! continues to be great even if the animation quality sags this season, and Moriarty the Patriot is one of the season's best shows that will continue into the spring, while on the flipside Noblesse just didn't come out right as the source material was quite strong, but the way it was translated into anime was not really handled well as instead of being engaging, it ended up being dull and lifeless. That said, it was way more good than bad out of IG this season going to show why they are one of the best in the business, and on top of that there's the Fate/Grand Order movie that they produced that's looking amazing.

WINNER: Seven Arcs
Seven Arcs has had a long, but troubled history as they were started up by former members of Pierrot, and then in 2012 they were split off from their parent company. That really showed as they have been handed a lot of low-profile projects that included a title cancel due to the controversy from the light novel's author, and they have been putting up nothing but garbage since then that includes dumpster fires in Idol Memories, Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls, and Dances with the Dragons. But in 2019, they were acquired by TBS and they returned to their parent company, and their production quality has greatly improved since then. Tonikawa is their second project since returning to their parent company, and it's one of the best shows of the season. The first is Arte, which had strong source material and Seven Arcs put out a solid product although it was far from perfect. But considering what the studio had put out recently, this is quite an accomplishment, and they are well on their way back to relevance that they once had when they animated the Magical Girl Lyrican Nanoha and Dog Days series.

LOSER: A-1 Pictures
A-1 is one of the elite studios, but this season their lineup was pretty uninspiring to say the least. This season they put out two shows in Warlords of Sigrdrifa and Hypnosis Mic, and neither show is among their best efforts. While Sigururi at least had some pretty good episodes and great characters, Hypnosis Mic was just a mess that's nothing but rap after rap, and as such nothing made any sense whatsoever. That goes to show that while A-1 is great, they will put out duds from time to time.

LOSER: Maho Film
After putting out a very good show in If It's For My Daughter, I'd Even Fight a Demon Lord for its first show as the primary animators, they follow that up with two duds in I'm Standing on a Million Lives and By the Grace of the Gods. The former has weak source material, and while they did a solid job in making it presentable, it didn't really stand much of a chance to be good, but at least it tried and it had great appeal to the point where it's getting a second season. By the Grace of the Gods actually had pretty good source material, but they did a lackluster job translating it into a TV series as it was just bland for the most part.

LOSER: Gokumi
Gokumi generally gets moe-centric shows and while Maesetsu! fits the bill, they did a poor job in adapting this show. While it would be a stretch for this mid-tier studio to get anything prolific, they produced a boring and lifeless show out of this. There's not much going for this show, and the selling point for this show ended up being just dull and lifeless. Their standards aren't very high, but even so they at least make stuff watchable. Maesetsu!, however, is not.

WINNER: Fridays
The Friday lineup was just stacked as once again, the day dominated the week. The shows on Friday consists of Wandering Witch, I'm Standing on a Million Lives, Danmachi, Tonikawa, Hypnosis Mic, Fire Force, Jujutsu Kaisen, Haikyu!, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Rail Romanesque, With a Dog and a Cat Everyday is Fun, and D4DJ, while TBS made Funimation delay Assault Lily Bouquet to Thursdays largely because the animators were up against the clock in getting this show broadcast ready and thus, making Funimation delay it to give the translators enough time to get it ready for streaming. And while that's an impressive haul, having Jujutsu Kaisen, Haikyu, and Tonikawa part of the lineup further cements Fridays in the winners column.

WINNER: Saturdays
Saturdays also has a strong lineup as well with Yashahime, Is the Order a Rabbit?, Warlords of Sigrdrifa, The Day I Became a God, Mahouka, Iwa Kakeru, and The Gymnastics Samurai, and then later in the season Onyx Equinox and Healin' Good Pretty Cure. The quality isn't as great as Friday's lineup, but the day had a number of solid shows and stuff worth watching for various different reasons.

LOSER: Tuesdays
Tuesdays only had Ikebukuro West Gate Park and Magatsu Wahrheit: Zuerst, and both shows were stinkers to say the least. IWGP is one of those shows that just repeats itself every week, while Magatsu Wahrheit is mostly an advertisement and a show in which the producers weren't exactly trying. And then there's the long-running Black Clover and Shadowverse, and there's not much more to say about that.

LOSER: Wednesdays
Unlike with Tuesdays, the Wednesday lineup actually had shows, but none of them were more than alright. The Wednesday lineup consists of Noblesse, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World, Strike Witches: Road to Berlin, Tsukiuta, and the short Dogeza. Noblesse is one of this season's big disappointments as the show has strong source material, all while with Production I.G handling the animation that there were high hopes for this show that ultimately ended up being a bust. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear ended up being a fun show, but it didn't look that way at the start and add to that EMT^2 and the poor reputation they have totally botching the first episode. Our Last Crusade is another disappointing show as the adaptation didn't feel like it did any justice to the original work. Strike Witches, the show will satisfy fans of the franchise, but it doesn't do anything out of the usual. Tsukiuta, I don't know who's watching this boy band show. And then there's Dogeza, a show that's trashy and creepy, and there's just nothing redeeming about it. So in all, the Wednesday lineup was forgettable and it didn't have to be this way since Re:Zero season 2 ended up being a split-cour show as while being bumped back a season was harsh enough, having it be a split-cour rather than continuous just feels brutal.