Y’all know what time it is.
(If not, that’s okay.)
Another year ending and a new one on the rise. There are some great titles on their way in 2019 and we’re about to be introduced to the first set in roughly ten days or so.
From the winter anime 2019 line-up, I noticed some trends in their content, namely:
- Everyone works in a squad! Working in groups is fundamental in anime because #poweroffriendship.
- Young cute girls~ Young cute girls~ Not just one, but oh so many!
- Girls can kick ass just fine, thank you very much.
- It’s all about the music… Or some music theme? Anime idols will always be a necessity in otaku culture.
- Manga adaptations galore! So that when the season ends, we ( as in anime only watching otaku) can immediately find out what everyone else is talking about and not be outside the loop for too long, if we so choose to.
2019 marks a season where sequels are the butter to our toasty warm bread. So it’s pretty obvious that I’ll be looking at some Continuations of Anime We Love (Because They Know We’ll Continue To Bleed Money Over Them):
One of the much anticipated sequels coming out in 2019 is Mob Psycho 100. From ONE‘s works, I found that as much as I enjoyed the action and ridiculous antics of One-Punch Man, I enjoyed Mob Psycho 100‘s story and characters more, especially Reigen. In the first season, we’re introduced to Mob and his abilities, how he views himself and his reluctance to use his powers. With never having read the original manga and watching the PV for the second season, I can expect nice character development with Mob coming to terms with his powers and the responsibilities of possessing them. It’s gonna be a fun time.
I have read the first few chapters of the original manga and completed the first season of this anime. I think that the premise of the series itself is interesting with the dynamic of someone tied to the supernatural building a (somewhat forced) relationship with someone who isn’t. I also enjoyed watching Moja and the Mononokean’s adorable antics. But do I think that the second season is needed? Not really, but at the same time, some questions do need to be answered but nothing too big was revealed in the PV I hooked you all up with.
Because it’s (almost) Christmas, there aren’t too many Hype Train Highlights (The Ones Ads And People Have Never Shut Up About) out and about, but I definitely see Crunchyroll (or other legal anime streaming services) pushing Mob Psycho 100 II and Yakusoku No Neverland once the aforementioned holiday is over.
As I pointed out earlier, many manga titles are now being animated for our viewing pleasure at the start of 2019. Here are two titles From The Comic To Moving Images (Series I Kinda Picked Up And Then Never Read Again To A Certain Point And Now I Don’t Have To Because It Has An Anime) that I’m pumped to see:
As one of the manga titles I’m currently reading and purchasing once the new translated volume comes out at Indigo, I flipped the shit out when the announcement was released for this series. Yakusoku No Neverland is a nail-biting science fiction horror mystery shounen manga about a group of orphaned children who discover that they are gathered together to be grown as food for demons and decide to escape their prison, with no knowledge as to what the outside world looks like. UVERWORLD will be performing the opening theme with their song, Touch Off.
Funny story, but a couple friends of mine introduced me to the manga adaptation of this series around the same time last year. Now here we are at the end of 2018 with the anime adaptation coming out soon. The isekai genre is extensive with fantasy adventures where the protagonists (usually) accept their fate because there is no easy way to return home. Imagine finding yourself in that situation and discover that everyone HATES the hero position you’re supposed to fill and as a result, everyone HATES your guts. Scandals happen and it’s just a BAD TIME for you. Yeah, I felt bad for the protagonist too, but his growth into a badass in this series is satisfying!
I do want to put more effort into trying out the other winter anime 2019 titles because I didn’t watch the less promoted anime that aired in the past, so here are Ones I Found Looking at Anichart and Seem Cool, Cooler and Coolest:
I never watched the original Boogiepop but after watching this PV of this remake, I got some ufotable vibes with the fight scenes and the entire mood of the PV. The premise of the anime sounds like my cup of tea. I’ve seen the trailer for the original anime and it looks like a gritty bloody time, but the remake looks cleaner. Something that I felt was missing from the anime line-ups these days is how there are too few anime with more mature story lines since we only got Banana Fish recently. I don’t necessarily mean just gore, blood or sex when I mean “mature” but more meatier human dramas too. If anyone wants to challenge me on this, please do and give me some recommendations to watch.
I’ve read and seen some of Osamu Tezuka‘s works for fun but I never came across this title and was happy to find out that he had written the original manga. The premise of Dororo is dark with the protagonist’s father having given his son’s limbs to 48 demons in order to become the strongest in Japan. His son, left abandoned, is saved by a medicine man and gifted prosthetic limbs to hunt down these demons and reclaim his body parts. Funny enough, I have seen the live action adaptation of the manga in the past, but barely remember it. So, watching this series will be a new experience.
I saw the key visual and then the PV. It’s another cute girls doing something cute even though their intention is to go to school in order to learn how to save the world from the Demon King.
Another comedic light-hearted slice-of-life anime for the winter anime 2019 line-up about a lonely novelist and a cat he’s adopted. I had a chance to read the manga but never picked it up. I’m still debating as to whether I should check it out before watching the series or not.
The trailer did a nice job of showcasing how the anime-ness of the models translates well and the detail of the googles imprint on one of the character’s face is great.
And introducing a brand-new category to the watch list line-up (for the sake of having something new): I just don’t even… Why??
It looks so bad that it could wind up being good…? This series will be an isekai blending live-action and 3D animation together. Looking at Crunchyroll’s article on Dimension High School, there is a lot of tenipuri (Prince of Tennis) representation, from the anime and the musical, in the cast. I think the only thing that threw me off the most from the trailer was the talking rock with a face.
Merry (Almost) Christmas! Which series from the upcoming winter anime 2019 season are you most looking forward to? Let me know down below!