Winter 2019 Anime Pre-Season Review and Recommendations

Hello again! It sure has been a while since my last review, and that would be because I’ve been keeping up with the Seasonal anime, and have been preparing reviews to write for them once it ends.

This seasonal anime thing is going to be a series I will do. For every season of anime, I will do a Pre-Season review/recommendations for the upcoming season and my impression of the lineup, Mid-Season review/recommendations to go over how the shows are progressing, and a Post-Season review/recommendations to give a general overview of the Seasonal anime, and my top 10 list. This will be in addition to the individual reviews I post about the seasonal anime.

I will not be posting these for the Autumn 2018 season, and they will start from Winter 2019.

So, Winter 2019

As seen at livechart.me, we have an impressive lineup for the coming season of anime, especially with the abundance of manga adaptations.

First of all, we have the leftovers from last season, namely the following:

Sword Art Online – Alicization: Now despite me being a huge fan of the SAO franchise, I have not published an Alicization review as I do not think it has gotten far enough to require one as of yet, as a Light Novel reader of SAO, I can safely say that the show is going down a great path, especially considering the things about to go down, even if you do not like SAO, Alicization is a breath of fresh air to the franchise that takes everything everyone loved about the Aincrad arc and intensifies it, except unfortunately the minor presence of Asuna.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime: Well I generally love Isekai shows, and as the genre became largely saturated with more and more attempts to copy shows like Re:Zero, Overlord and KonoSuba, I was skeptical to say the least. However, this anime was something I had not imagined I would like, I remember looking at the manga before and being like, “Who in their right mind would want something like this?”, well, I was wrong, definitely a watch.

Fairy Tail Final Season: Well, I can’t say much about this one, I enjoyed watching the original Fairy Tail, but it never gave me a reason to come back and watch the show, it just didn’t excite me in that way, therefore I ended up dropping the show before hitting episode 50 (I think), for all you hardcore FT fans (including my best friend) out there, sorry.

A Certain Magical Index III: Okay, so I haven’t watched this series, neither have I watched the first one, but after Gigguk’s video on it, I certainly plan to do so. In light of that, I have nothing further to say on this show.

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru: This show has been said to capture the spirit that Haikyu has, and that is something incredible. As someone still watching Haikyu S3, I plan to watch this show if it lives up to it’s reputation within the community.

Jojo: There really isn’t anything that needs to be said here.

Other leftovers: Radiant, Karakuri Circus, Hinomaru Zumou, Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu,” Igiari! Season 2, Zoids Wild, Inazuma Eleven: Orion no Kokuin, Future Card Shin Buddyfight, Kira Kira Happy★Hirake! Cocotama

Now onto the upcoming anime

Please note that I will only talk about the shows I recommend/plan to watch

Sorting in order of popularity, first up we have Tate No Yuusha No Nariagari, or The Rising Of The Shield Hero, an adaptation of a manga series that has been in my Mangarock To-Read list for quite some time. I am happy it is getting an anime adaptation as I can’t find the time to read it, and have been dying to do so. It is an Isekai, it is a shounen. But nevertheless, I have a good feeling about this show. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/35790/Tate_no_Yuusha_no_Nariagari

Next up is Kakegurui Season 2, another manga adaptation of which I am currently watching the first season, and so far I love it. It puts a twist on a classic School anime by introducing cute girls and gambling, what else do you need. I definitely plan to watch Season 2 and if you have not watched Season 1 yet, watch it. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/37086/Kakegurui%C3%97%C3%97

Thirdly is Date A Live III. Now I am not a HUGE fan of DAL seasons 1 and 2; however, I don’t dislike them either. They were good seasons, but more of a guilty pleasure anime. Nevertheless, I do plan to watch Season 3 for the sole reason that I have watched Seasons 1 and 2. I wouldn’t recommend watching the first two seasons unless you love the genres, and even then it’s nothing special; however, if you have time to kill and literally nothing better to do and have watched almost every anime in the world, go for it; however you could just rewatch Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood or The Last Airbender instead, and even then there are better shows to watch. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/36633/Date_A_Live_%E2%85%A2

Up next on the list is Yakusoku no Neverland, a show whose premise is extremely interesting and by my assumptions looks like it will be one of, if not the, best show of the season. It feels similar to Satsuriku No Tenshi in a way; however, I think this one will be much better. I have not read the manga, but I have heard great things about it. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/37779/Yakusoku_no_Neverland

Now we have our sort of generic romance anime for the season, Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen, which literally translates to Kaguya Wants to be Confessed To: The Geniuses’ War of Love and Brains or the English name, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War. Yet another manga adaptation that I plan to watch this season, it seems like a generic, trashy, school-life, romance-comedy show except completely flipped on it’s head. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/37999/Kaguya-sama_wa_Kokurasetai__Tensai-tachi_no_Renai_Zunousen

Next is Domestic Na Kanojo or Domestic Girlfriend. A couple months ago I read a post marking the serialization of this manga, I read the synopsis and I was completely taken aback, the premise is stupid, but it also means that this is going to be one damn funny romance anime. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/37982/Domestic_na_Kanojo?q=Domestic%20na%20kanojo

Now we have a work from the legendary Osamu Tezuka, the ‘godfather’/’father’/’god’ of manga. It’s Dororo and there are two reasons I plan to watch it and why you should too. Number 1, it’s an adaptation, of a Tezuka manga, by Tezuka Productions and MAPPA, if these guys don’t get it right, no one will. Number 2, the premise and synopsis is freaking amazing. An adaptation of Dororo also aired in the Spring 1969 season. If that isn’t enough for you, further details are here: https://myanimelist.net/anime/37520/Dororo?q=Dororo

And for our harem anime this season we have Gotoubun no Hanayome, a classic Harem, Comedy, School, Romance, Shounen, and the only reason I am watching this is because one of my friends said the manga was good. That’s all. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/38101/Gotoubun_no_Hanayome

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the one you’ve been waiting for, Boogiepop Wa Warawanai a rework of the popular Boogiepop anime from 2000. I am most certainly going to be watching this show for the sheer amount of positive response it had in its original run. It is guaranteed to be an insanely good Horror, Psychological and Mystery anime and I cannot wait. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/37451/Boogiepop_wa_Warawanai_2019?q=Boogiepop%20wa%20Warawanai

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K, one of the funniest anime ever, in my opinion, will also be airing its final season in Winter 2019 and I definitely plan to watch it, and if you haven’t watched seasons 1 and 2 I heavily recommend it. For further details: https://myanimelist.net/anime/38249

These are all the shows I plan to watch for sure; however depending on my 3 episode test I may drop them. There were some other shows that I am still debating over whether I will watch them or not. They are:

Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka

Grimms Notes The Animation

W’z

Revisions

That wraps up my look at the Winter 2019 season. Comment on what you are planning to watch and why!

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