Everyone has opinions about all sorts of things. Well, these are my seven favourite anime seasons from 2019. Why seven? Well, that’s just another opinion…
Best Anime 2019
I was about to say that I am bringing my Sunday Sevens lists series of posts back with the last one posted in March 2019, but then I have just relaunched the entire site and there is nothing before December 17… So, welcome to a brand new series of posts where I put together lists of seven things in anime. I’ve also decided to start with a fairly easy one… These are my seven favourite seasons that aired in 2019.
7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Season One)
When this series started, I was certain that it would end up much higher on my list. So, what went wrong? Unlike any of the shows that I’m ranking above it, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba had several episodes that I absolutely hated. I am, of course, referring to the introduction of Zenitsu and Inosuke and the absurd events at the Wisteria House. It was staggering to see this series that had been so dark and still managed to balance the comedic elements so well throw it all away.
The manga readers will no doubt be quick to defend Zenitsu, but a character screaming in a book compared to an anime is a very different thing. It should have been softened for the anime, not made even more over the top and annoying. Had that been the case, this series would have been so much more entertaining. It still made it to number seven on my list, but I can’t help but think it underperformed and deserved better.
6. The Rising of the Shield Hero (Season One)
This series certainly managed to garner the attention of the wrong crowd. Much like Goblin Slayer! people were outraged by The Rising of the Shield Hero, and much like with Goblin Slayer! this outrage was unwarranted. One thing that tells me if a series is working is whether I feel what the characters are feeling. Seeing Naofumi being framed and thrown into the gutter made me pretty angry. The lack of fairness really got to me and then when he had a duel with the cheating Spear Hero, I almost activated my own Rage Shield.
I thought that The Rising of the Shield Hero was excellent and delved into some really cool ideas, such as the inept heroes causing more trouble than they solved because they were treating it like a game. I loved the idea of rival heroes trying to save their own world coming into conflict with the heroes of this world. There were some issues but on the whole, I loved it.
5. The Promised Neverland (Season One)
The Promised Neverland’s first episode was mind-blowing. It showed us an almost perfect existence for these happy orphans in an almost idyllic setting. Everything seemed too perfect and that puts you on edge from the off, but even that shouldn’t prepare you for the big reveal at the end of the episode. Some would argue that the reveal was too soon, but I think that is what set the series up. From that point on, we knew the stakes and were invested in seeing these children find a way to escape.
The suspense and tension in The Promised Neverland never gave up and it left us with some truly incredible characters and wonderful moments. The final episode was a delight that managed to give us some closure but still set up future events. Often a series will leave too much hanging, but that wasn’t the case here.
4. Fruits Basket (Season One)
I hadn’t planned on watching Fruits Basket. I hadn’t seen the original and knew next to nothing about it, other than its name. Then someone on Twitter suggested that I should watch it and I am really glad that I did. It’s not my normal type of show, but that’s one of the great things about watching seasonal anime. I find myself watching shows that I wouldn’t have considered and often find myself enjoying them as much if not more.
This series has an insanely large cast of characters, but it didn’t matter who was involved it managed to maintain the same emotional impact. In short, this was a masterclass in character development and that’s pretty much all the first season was. It raised more and more questions which just leaves me even more excited for season two.
3. How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? (Season One)
This series was the surprise of the year for me. I covered it for EcchiHunter.com on an episodic basis and it was the only show that I would watch the second it aired. Hibiki’s journey was outstanding and the comedy just left me floored every time. I’ve worked at a gym and spent plenty of time training so a lot of the jokes really resonated with me. There are people like Machio who almost look normal at first, but once they’ve taken off their shirt they seem to explode with muscles.
The other delightful thing with this series was the attitude that it presented towards exercise and diet. Sure, not everything it said was current best practices, but there wasn’t anything that would do you harm. I loved how it focused on Hibiki developing a group of like-minded friends and learning about herself and the world of exercise. This series is seriously motivating too. I just can’t give it enough praise.
2. Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (Season One)
After the fairly poor showing of Isekai anime in the summer schedule, I was a little cautious coming into this series. Well, I needn’t have been, but Seiya would have been proud at least. This series started off with a fairly simple joke and took it to the nth degree. For the most, it was funny and definitely worked with my dry sense of humour. The best thing about this show, however, was the relationship between Ristarte and Seiya.
There were times that Ristarte loved Seiya and was in awe of him, but there were other times when she couldn’t stand him and reviled him. The whole time she was flip-flopping around, Seiya remained the same cool, calm, and collected person. There was obviously more going on with him, but he kept it buried, much like his true stats. I don’t want too say much here, but the last couple of episodes were outstanding.
1. Dr. Stone (Season One)
If you’ve read any of my Dr. Stone reviews, you’ll have seen this coming. This series was an absolute joy to watch and cover. It really managed to continuously better itself, with each episode building on the last. Sure, it started a little slow and the original characters didn’t quite mesh, but once Senku arrived at the village and met Chrome and Kohaku, things just came to life. The science elements were outstanding and continued to keep things interesting, but it was the reactions of the people around Senku that really caught you off guard.
Seeing Suika see her friends for the first time when Senku made glasses or Riri recovering from an illness that was sure to kill her without antibiotics made this show special. Even the tournament to become village chief was a knockout! Surprisingly, however, it was the flashback to Senku’s father that really stole the show. I don’t know how they did it, but to make us care so much about them so quickly was incredible, especially given that we know who it’s going to end. This is a must-watch series and with season two already on its way, there is no time to waste.
There were many more series that I enjoyed, but I’ve chosen my top seven from 2019 and I’m sticking with it. With my recent relaunch of this blog, many of the reviews for this shows aren’t available yet, but I will update the links as and when I repost them.
Obviously, these are just my opinions and I didn’t watch everything that was released. So, would you agree or disagree with my selections? Which were your favourite shows from 2019? Thanks, again for reading.
Other posts in the series
- Best Anime 2019
- Best Boy 2019
- Best Girl 2019
- Best Villain 2019
- Best Fight 2019
- Applications of BOFURI Technology!
- The Trouble with Plunderer!
- More Please!
- Make it Anime!
- My Introduction to Anime!
- What Am I Reading?
- Apocalyptic Anime
- Best Anime Winter 2020
- Best Boy Winter 2020
- Best Girl Winter 2020
- Best Villain Winter 2020
- Best Fight Winter 2020
- Seven Swords!
- Guilty Pleasures!
- My Pirate Crew!
- Course Correction!
- Guess Who I Drew!
- It Might Happen… Summer 2020
- Name That Anime!
- Anime Favorites A-Z Challenge
- Best Anime Spring 2020
- Best Boy Spring 2020
- Best Girl Spring 2020
- Best Villain Spring 2020
- Best Fight Spring 2020