Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Top Ten Winter 2019 Anime Recommendations

It is Winter in Japan. In some places it will snow and the world will transform into a beautiful snowy white landscape. Winter has a certain charm and beauty to it and some countries are lucky to experience snow. Just like every snowflake is unique and different, so is every anime series something different. This season there is sword and sorcery like Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (cover picture), horror mysteries like Boogiepop wa Warawanai, and so much more. Come and explore the new series with us! Itadakimasu!!

Recommendations

Boogiepop wa Warawanai

Genre: Horror Mystery Psychological
Release Date: Jan 4, 2019
Anime House: Madhouse 
Based on: Light Novel

When Takeda Keiji’s girlfriend, Miyashita Touka does not show up on their agreed time, he decides to head home after a while. Then he sees a man wandering around with tears in his eyes. Takeda and the people around him all realize there is something abnormal about the guy and decide to ignore the crying man, but then a mysterious figure, dressed in a cape and a bizarre hat approaches the man… and has the same face as Takeda’s girlfriend, Miyashita Touka…

Dimension High School

Genre: School
Release Date: Jan 10, 2019
Anime House: Polygon Pictures 
Based on: Original

The school fantasy features five high school boys that are whisked away across dimensions to an anime world. There they are introduced to a giant sphinx hellbent to take over the world. The story will show their lives in the real world as well as anime world.

Dokyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. (My Housemate Is on My Lap, But Sometimes on My Head)

Genre: Comedy Slice of Life
Release Date: Jan 9, 2019
Anime House: Zero-G 
Based on: Manga

The story is about reclusive novelist Subaru Mikazuki who takes in a stray cat and names it Haru. The anime features their everyday lives and each episode will have both a ‘Subaru’ and a ‘Haru’ segment, showing the episode from each character, human and feline’s respective perspectives.

Dororo

Genre: Action Adventure Historical Supernatural
Release Date: Jan 7, 2019
Anime House: MAPPA x Tezuka Productions
Based on: Manga

A Samurai’s new born baby boy miraculously survive even after a samurai bartered away the baby’s organs to 48 demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Abandoned, a medicine equips the baby with primitive prosthetics with which the wronged son will use to hunt down those demons to reclaim his body, piece by piece, until one day he will confront his father.

Grimms Notes The Animation

Genre: Action Adventure Fantasy Magic
Release Date: Jan 11, 2019
Anime House: Brain’s Base 
Based on: Game

There is a fairy tale world where everyone receives a book upon their birth. These books are written by a mysterious storyteller, determining every detail of the book owner’s life, meaning that the owner’s fate is preordained. But this story is about a hero that somehow had no preordained fate, his fate is free for him to shape. Because of his blank pages, he has to wander to find his purpose. He travels across the land to fight various characters from the pages of fairy-tales to win his story back.

Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai

Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: Jan 13, 2019
Anime House: GEMBA 
Based on: Original

Trading is the best way for people trying to survive at a barren frontier. Meet the Kotobuki Squadron, bodyguards for hire, led by a beautiful but strict squadron leader. They take to the air alongside colourful pilots in dogfights and live their lives filled with adventures.

Meiji Tokyo Renka

Genre: Fantasy Harem Historical Romance
Release Date: Jan 9, 2019
Anime House: TMS Entertainment 
Based on: Visual Novel

On a night bathed in strawberry moonlight, high schooler Mei Ayazuka is lured by the magic of a mysterious magician named Charlie into a box. When she wakes up she is Meiji period Tokyo. Lost and confused she is aides by Ougai Mori and Shunso Hisida who takes her to a ballroom full of powerful high officials, where she meets historic figures such as Kyoka Izumi, Otojiro Kawakami, Yakumo Koizumi, and Goro Fujita. She discovers that she has a mystical gift, able to see ‘Mononoke’. Will this ability help her to find her back to her own time? Will she want to, after all the strong ties she makes between the people of this era and her heart?

Revisions

Genre: Action Mecha Science-Fiction
Release Date: Jan 10, 2019
Anime House: Shirogumi 
Based on: Original

According to the anime’s website:

“Daisuke Dojima, a 2nd-year student in high school who was kidnapped when he was younger, experiences a strange phenomenon along with his friends Gai, Lu, Marimari, and Keisaku: “Shibuya Adrift”.

The center of the city of Shibuya is transported more than 300 years in the future. The people sent with it find nothing there but vast wastelands and forests, dotted with ruins… and hostile beings called “Revisions” that control massive mechanical monsters.”

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Genre: Action Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy Romance
Release Date: Jan 9, 2019
Anime House: Kinema Citrus 
Based on: Light Novel

Book otaku Iwatani Naofumi discovers a book in the library that summons him to another world. He finds himself joined up with the spear, sword and bow as one of the Four Cardinal heroes, fighting the waves of the Catastrophe as the Shield Hero. Excited by the notion of adventure, he sets off only to be betrayed days later losing all his money, dignity, and respect. What will happen to this young warrior who lost everything?

Yakusoku no Neverland

Genre: Horror Mystery Sci-Fi
Release Date: Jan 11, 2019
Anime House: CloverWorks
Based on: Manga

We meet Emma, Norman and Ray, the brightest orphans at the Grace Field Orphanage. Under the care of ‘mom’, the have enjoyed a comfortable life, good food, clean clothes and a perfect environment for learning – all their needs are met, right? But then Emma and Norman discovers a dark truth about the outside world, a world they are forbidden from ever seeing.

Special Mentions

Circlet Princess

This is based on a game, here is the game’s synopsis:
“People’s lives have changed because of VR and AR, and an competitive sport has born from these technologies called CB (Circlet Bout). CB can be competed between two schools and became an e-sport that decides the wealth of the schools. It also became the real ability of the school, which depends on not just the students’ academic skills, but also on the data based on the sport ability, art, skills, etc.”

Fukigen na Mononokean: Tsuzuki

In season one, our hero Ashiya spends seven days stuck in the infirmary thanks to an yōkai that attached itself to him. He eventually asked the owner of ‘Monokean”, a small tearoom for help. Together they started guiding the yōkai back to their own world. Will season two be just as crazy and fun? We will have to watch to find out.

Mob Psycho 100 II

Mob Psycho 100 tells the tale of Kageyama Shigeo, an average middle school boy nicknamed Mob (Which means John Doe) thanks to the fact that he does not stand out among people. He actually keeps a low profile because he learned that he is a powerful esper and his powers will go wildly out of control when his emotional capacity reaches 100%. Fighting his own psychic powers, he lives under self-induced emotional shackles, wishing he could live like others, but there are always problems. As the suppressed emotions grow inside him little by little, will his power on day burst free and create havoc?

Anime that AnimeFanatika watched last season

2018 Fall Roundup Takeshi

Best Series
1. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
2. Sword Art Online: Alicization
3. Goblin Slayer (Hard to watch the first episode but so worth it)
4. Karakuri Circus
5. Hinomaru Zumou (Dynamite does come in small packages)

Honourable Mentions
Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san
Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki

Baka
Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa (Nope)

Looking forward for
Mob Psycho 100 S2
Dororo
Boogiepop wa Warawanai
Grimms Notes The Animation
Yakusoku no Neverland

2018 Fall Roundup Ookami

Best Series
1. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
2. Sword Art Online: Alicization
3. Goblin Slayer (Survived episode 1 and the rest was just super mega sugoi))
4. Zombieland Saga (Zombie idols? Hell yeah)
5. Akanesasu Shoujo

Honourable Mentions

Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san
Merc Storia – Mukiryoku Shounen to Bin no Naka no Shoujo

Baka
SSSS.Gridman (Was very hyped up to watch it, but the mecha designs disappointed me)

Looking forward for
Dororo
Boogiepop wa Warawanai
Grimms Notes The Animation
Yakusoku no Neverland