For the first time in a long time, there are a plethora of new anime releases on the horizon, with several premier series making their debut this year. Fortunately, most of these new series have fantastic takes on existing properties, with memorable characters, and original storylines. But, some are a bit reserved in their creativity and a little predictable in their storytelling, which is why we’ve created this list of the best new anime of 2019. If you’re looking for some new anime to add to your queue, these are the shows you need to check out.
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma
Joining his classmates is a group of elite students, who are in charge of forestalling food shortages in the city.
The series stars Junichi Suwabe as Soma, Yutaka Minobe as Hiraoka, and Hisako Kanemoto as Makinami.
Boku no Hero Academia
Boku no Hero Academia is based on the manga of the same name by Kisho Seike and follows the life of a young man named Izuku Midoriya, who discovers he can become a hero whenever he’s able to overcome hisils.
The series stars Kenichi Suzumura as Main Character Izuku Midoriya, Yosuke Natsuki as Mansherry Pagnac, Kanna Asano as Makoto STEEL, and Yui Natsuki as Katsuki Bakugo.
The series stars Atsuko Okamoto as Shiro, Junji Katai as Hisao Nakama, and Yosuke Natsuki as Yasuo Nakamura.
The series stars Natsuki Tayuya as Subaru Natsuki, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kanami Awaji, and Aoi Yuuki as Sumire Tachiki.
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The series stars Haruka Tomatsu as Suzune Tachibana, Yūichi Nakamura as Fuuta Aikawa, and Natsuki Suledro as Mikoto Maekawa.
The series follows the lives of many different races and individuals, as they all come together in a race to cross over first. The winner walks away with the soul of the deceased.
The series stars Kisho Tsuruya as Makoto Araya, Miyuki Sawashiro as Akane Tsumura, and Rin Gudjonsson as Rena Tsurugi.
The (Super) Short Film Showcase of Spring 2019
The (Super) Short Film Showcase of Spring 2019 is a compilation of shorts that are currently running in Japan. The program highlights recent anime shorts that are only a short length and features an introduction by the director. The program is in celebration of Spring being the best season of the year and features a theme song and preview for the season.
Anime to Watch During the Summer
Summer is a tough time to be an anime fan. Not only are there so many shows coming out, but many are also based on or inspired by movies and other forms of media, which means they don’t always have the best storytelling quality. Fortunately, there are a few shows that are standouts this year and are worth checking out.
Winter 2020 Anime to Look Out For
There are so many great shows coming out in the winter that it’s difficult to narrow down our recommendations to just two. But, we’ve done our best to choose the most interesting and best-updated anime to look out for.
We’ve included shows with a variety of themes, including a few fantasy-themed series. While the classics like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon are always popular, it’s great to see newer series challenging the norm.
Anime to Watch During the Winter
Winter is a tough time of year to be an anime fan. Not only are there so few new shows coming out, but many are based on or inspired by movies and other forms of media, which means they don’t always have the best storytelling quality. Fortunately, there are a few shows that are standouts this year and are worth checking out.
1. Tokyo Ghoul: re
Based on the popular manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul: follows Ken Kaneki as he struggles to find his place in a world where ghouls and humans have merged. The series also stars Yushana, a half-ghoul who, along with her ghoul friends, tries to survive in the human world. There’s plenty of action, adventure, and mystery in this series, and the creators did an amazing job at keeping the source material faithful to the original manga. Where to watch: Crunchyroll
2. Inu Yasha: Shippo’s Wish
Inuyasha is one of Japan’s most beloved franchises, and this new anime reimagines the story of the dog demon Inu Yasha. The series follows the younger brother of Inuyasha, Shippo, who, after a mishap involving the demon shard, can wish for anything he wants. What he chooses to wish for changes the course of history, and he becomes the target of powerful enemies.
3. Boku no Hero Academia
Based on a manga by Kohei Horikoshi, Boku no Hero Academia is a sports anime set in a world where superheroes and villains alike train to become “super” and fight each other. The series follows a group of students who enroll in a special program to become “heroes” and fight crime. At the same time, they’re all also assigned a “side” (good or bad) that they must fight on. The show has a great deal of humor, and the characters are likable and relatable.
4. Boku no Pico
Indie studio Trigger created the hit webcomic Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and this new anime takes place after the conclusion of that story. Pico, a magical girl who sacrificed her powers to save her best friend, is now mustering up the courage to become a hero herself. The series follows her journey.
5. Black Clover: Varicoloured Star
Based on a manga by Tomo Tokunmi, Black Clover is an action-packed reincarnation of Black Cat. As we follow our heroes’ journey to find their missing friend, Black Clover: Varicoloured Star, we see the darkness lurking in the shadows…
6. One-Punch Man: Stardust Crusaders
One-Pun is a god, and his legend has been passed down through the generations by his followers. Unfortunately, there’s a chance that he’ll return to this world one day, and that would be the end of all life on earth. But, if a hero knows his or her mission, they can fight against impossible odds and succeed. This is where Satele Cheung comes in.
7. Black Bullet: scripts for scarves
Aired in Japan in 2019, Black Bullet: scripts for scarves follows Akame, a young woman who is granted a wish by the Scarab God. The series also stars Ryou, a young doctor who, against all odds, wishes to become a superhero.
8. Sword Art Online: Aincrad
Set in a future where virtual reality has replaced the real world, Sword Art Online: Aincrad follows Kirito and his fellow virtual reality fighters as they battle against devastating new enemy attacks.
9. Akame ga KILL!
In the world of Akame ga Kill!, the powerful swordsman is Akame – a person with the unique ability to kill anyone and anything with a single stroke of his sword. But, Akame’s gentle nature might get in the way of his ambitions as a hero.
10. World of the Little Flowers
Based on a novel of the same name, World of the Little Flowers follows a young girl named Rinko who, after saving the life of a young girl named Tachibana Kaguya, is granted the ability to bring life into the body of a flower. The two grow close, but Rinko is unaware that Kaguya has a dark secret.
11. Red Data Girl
In this story about a girl who can see red data, we follow Rui, a young student at a private institute for the blind, as she fights for justice against those who used her ability for evil purposes.
12. Black Caprice: Runaway
When a young couple is found dead in a nearby forest, detectives are forced to question not only the man and woman’s relationship but their very identities as well. The series also stars Yumi Fujishima, the granddaughter of legendary manga artist Fujishima.
13. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
In the first season of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Ri and her sister Yukiko are ordinary 16-year-old high school students. But, when Ri’s friend is murdered, Ri goes on the run with Yukiko as the police close in. The series also stars a friendly local bear as a sidekick.
14. Sword Art Online II
After surviving countless attacks on their bodies, minds, and even their very existences, Kirito and the others of SAO II find themselves in a new world, but not a new reality. There are few things as comforting as your regular old reality show, but this time, it’s set in a fantasy setting.
15. Gintama: Is It Human?
Last but not least, is Gintama: Is It Human?. A spinoff of the popular series, Gintama follows the adventures of a group of warriors known as the Gintama Knights who, after defeating an immortal enemy, discover that they are the last humans on earth.
16. Free! Good Magic Can Change the World
What starts as a two-person magic battle between a girl and a dog transforms into a battle between good and evil. Free! Good Magic Can Change the World follows a young girl, Narumi, as she enters into a fight for the good of all living things.
17. Food Wars
Based on a popular novel by Haruki Murakami, the new series follows Erwin, a young man who, after a leg is amputated, uses his newfound power to start a revolution against the restaurant where he works.
Owarimonogatari, or “Monogatari in Darkness,” is a dark fantasy spinoff of the popular Nisekoi series. The series follows the adventures of two Japanese siblings, Ougi and Sion, as they protect their home from an army of demons and monsters.
19. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
After a young boy is found crushed to death under a truck, his family organizes a dangerous quest to try and uncover the truth behind his death. The series also stars a talking dog and a talking giraffe.
20. Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac
Based on a manga by Yoshihiro Watanabe, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac follows the adventures of the Zodiac Saints, a group of heroes who fight against the forces of darkness.
Anime is an ever-expanding genre, and as the year comes to a close, so do many of the shows that defined it. There will be more great new anime to look forward to in 2020, and perhaps even beyond. So, if you’re looking for new anime to add to your queue, be sure to keep an eye out for these upcoming titles.
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