We’re now more than halfway into the winter 2019 anime season, and with more than fifty different shows airing, it can be difficult to decide which ones to pick up. I would like to share my recommendations on which current anime you should be watching.
I will not be including leftovers from the fall 2018 season on this list, nor any second seasons, so you don’t have to worry about catching up with any of these.
1.) The Promised Neverland
I’ve seen about 300 anime series since 2013, but I’ve never seen a show manage suspense as well as The Promised Neverland. I’m at the edge of my seat every week and love discussing the cliffhangers in this horror-mystery-thriller. It can be streamed on Crunchyroll in the UK!
2.) The Rising of the Shield Hero
This is a controversial anime that I wrote a blog post about last month. Despite the controversy, I feel its a very well-written isekai series that excels in the way it deals with emotion and is unique in that the main character is rather underpowered, and has to rely on some immoral methods to survive in an unjust world.
Its sometimes difficult to tell whether the lead character is a hero or villain, but its definitely worth a watch, and is also available for free streaming on Crunchyroll. They have the manga too!
3.) Kaguya-Sama: Love is War
For many years there was a trend where anime shows would have insanely intelligent main characters; examples of this include Death Note, Code Geass and No Game No Life.
This seems to have died down recently, but it has returned in the surprising form of a romantic comedy set in a high school for posh kids! Its really funny, at times quite sweet and can even be educational!
Again, you can watch it on Crunchyroll!
4.) Boogiepop and Others
I’m somewhat hesitant to recommend this psychological mystery series because watching it while its airing can prove exceptionally confusing, and as I wrote recently, I feel it works far better as a light novel.
Still, this anime adaptation features fabulous music composed by Kensuke Ushio of Devilman Crybaby fame, nice animation and more than enough plot twists to keep you interested.
Its worth a try and is also available for streaming on Crunchyroll!
5.) Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka
This is a marmite show; most people either love it or hate it – the featured reviews on MyAnimeList range from 2/10 to 9/10. Personally, I rather like it. Its all about magical girls fighting terrorists, and can be pretty dark at times.
Not many people are watching it, but you can help change that by starting it on Crunchyroll!
Those are my top picks for new anime airing in winter 2019, but I would also like to give shotouts to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime which are both continuing.
What are your favourite anime this season?