The best 2019 anime includes reboots of classics like Fruits Basket and Boogiepop Phantom, new seasons of amazing shows like Mob Psycho 100 and Chihayafuru, and all-new adaptations of hot manga like Osamu Tezuka’s 60’s classic Dororo, and the more recent series, The Promised Neverland. There’s even a fun crossover between four different popular isekai series. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s something to get hyped about in this list.
Blade Of Demon Destruction
The anime studio best-known for its incredible CGI and work on the Fate franchise, Ufotable, is finally coming out with something that has nothing to do with the clash over the Holy Grail. In Blade Of Demon Destruction, Tanjirou’s entire family gets assaulted, and the only other survivor is his sister Nezuko – who has turned into a demon.
Despite the change, there still appears to be some humanity left inside of Nezuko, prompting Tanjirou to embark on a journey to change her back.
My Hero Academia Season 4
Izuku Midoriya’s journey to become a professional hero continues in Season 4. Viewers can look forward to an explosion of new heroes and new villains alike, as well as a new plot involving a yakuza leader named Chisaki whose nefarious plans put a wide range of people – including a mysterious little girl named Eri – in danger.
After all of humanity is encased in stone for thousands of years, those who awaken must figure out how to rebuild the societies they once took for granted. One of the survivors is Senku, a science genius who plans to restore humanity to its technological glory. He has his work cut out for him – not only does he have to rebuild the whole world from scratch, he also has to contend with people who have very different ideas than he does about what the new world should be like.
The Rising Of The Shield Hero
Iwatani Naofumi is summoned to another world with the expectation that he will be a great warrior, but when he turns out to be too weak to prosper in this new world, he finds himself the target of shunning.
Consumed with rage at his circumstances, he sets about getting revenge.
The Promised Neverland
A seemingly idyllic orphanage turns out to be something far more sinister. When two of the children venture away from the orphanage, they discover that they’re being raised as livestock in service of hungry demons.
Will these innocent kids be able to escape in time?
Wit Studio – the studio best-known for hits like Attack on Titan and The Ancient Magus’ Bride – is adapting Vinland Saga, a beloved manga from 2005. It follows Thorfinn, a young Viking warrior who is hellbent on getting revenge against the person who slayed his father.
This action-adventure story is filled with compelling characters and plotlines.
Osamu Tezuka is often called the father of anime, which makes it a cause for celebration that his 1960’s manga Dororo is being adapted into an anime. In this classic tale, a samurai barters away 48 of his infant child’s organs and other parts to various demons in exchange for incredible power.
The boy survives with the help of prosthetics; he dedicates his life to hunting down demons and getting his body back.
One-Punch Man 2
One-Punch Man, which follows the adventures of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat anyone with a single punch, is one of the most popular anime of the past decade.
After people begin to spontaneously combust, the world gets a lot more dangerous. Luckily, the next wave of people who have supernatural flame-based experiences are able to control their fiery powers, and can join the Fire Force to help extinguish the fires. But these seemingly altruistic organizations may be hiding terrible secrets – to find out what they are, you’ll have to watch the show.
Mob Psycho 100 II
Mob Psycho 100 tells the story of Mob Kageyama, a 12-year-old boy with incredible psychic abilities who just wants to lead a normal life. The first season saw him defeating a cult, taking down an organization of powerful psychics, and learning life lessons from his mentor Reigen.
Food Wars: The Fourth Plate
Food Wars is back with an all-new season. This season opens where the last one left off – smack dab in the middle of the shokugeki (food war) between the Rebels and the Elite Ten. More exciting cooking competitions, as well as some pretty impressive character work through flashbacks and other means.
Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane serve as the vice president and president of the student council. The process of working together has caused them to develop romantic feelings for one another. Most people would confess their feelings or keep quiet, but not these two.
Instead, they dedicate all their efforts to making the other person confess first.
A full 18 years after it originally aired, Fruits Basket is finally getting a much-needed reboot. The story of Tohru Honda’s encounter with the enigmatic Sohma family was never fully adapted – the original anime only covered the first few volumes of Natsuki Takaya’s original manga, making some significant changes to the end.
The reboot follows the dramatic shojo manga more closely, introduces new characters, and provides further insight into the existing characters’ backstories.
Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Resurrection
If you’re a Code Geass fan who is excited to learn about what happens after the end of the series, you need to watch Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection.
After passing in an accident, Shin Walford is reborn in a new world. In it, he learns magic from his grandfather named Merlin, but what he doesn’t pick up is how to make good decisions.
What kind of strange shenanigans will he get into? You’ll have to watch to find out.
The Quintessential Quintuplets
Fuutarou Uesugi is a socially awkward young man who winds up tutoring a wealthy transfer student named Itsuki Nakano. The two don’t get along at first, but Fuutarou is eventually drawn into Itsuki’s world – and into that of her four sisters.
This anime has attracted some well-known voice actors, including Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who played Kirito from Sword Art Online.
Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.
If you’re looking for something that’s straight-up adorable, look no further than Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. This anime deals with the slowly unfolding relationship between a lonely novelist and his pet cat.
The feline is a former stray still healing from their time on the street.
When Mafuyu Satou first starts asking Ritsuka Uenoyama to teach him how to play guitar, Ritsuka isn’t exactly enthusiastic. But when he realizes that Mafuyu is actually a talented singer, he changes his mind. Helping Mafuyu will be more complicated than he anticipated, however. He has a complicated past that he isn’t sharing, and besides, the two of them seem to be developing feelings for one another.
If you’re a fan of the isekai genre, you have to watch Isekai Quartet. This hotly anticipated series has characters from popular isekai anime leaving their own worlds to visit other series. Characters from Re:Zero, Saga of Tanya the Evil, Konosuba, and Overlord will be traveling to each others’ worlds and interacting with one another.
The possibilities are limitless! Is that awesome or is that awesome?
Natsuo Fujii is in love with Hina – the problem, though: she’s his teacher. To try and get his mind off of her, he hooks up with a classmate named Rui. Through a series of complicated events, he winds up living with both of them.
With beautiful art and a thoughtful manga behind it, Domestic Girlfriend might be a nuanced portrait of the human heart – or a Jerry Springer-level disaster of a story that will be entertaining for completely different reasons. Either way, it should be a good time.
Chihayafuru is an underrated anime that takes the sports anime formula and applies it to karuta, a competitive card game based around a collection of Japanese poems. Because there’s been no word of another season, many fans assumed that there was none forthcoming.
When Daisuke Toujima was young, he and his four close friends were transported 300 years in the future. In addition, they were told that they had to save Shibuya from enormous, robotic monsters. Back in their own time, the treachery that will transform the future is beginning to unfold.
Will Daisuke and his friends be able to stop it in time?
Carole And Tuesday
After moving to Mars, humanity no longer produces its own culture – instead, music, art and literature are all created by artificial intelligence. Two girls, Carole and Tuesday, are from vastly different social classes, but they both share the same dream.
They aim to create music that expresses the content of their souls.
Boogiepop Never Laughs
Boogiepop Phantom hasn’t been discussed much since its debut in 2000, but now that it’s getting a reboot that closely follows its source light novels, it might start getting the attention it deserves. A rash of disappearances by a group of young girls appear to have a common cause.
Some believe that Boogiepop, an otherworldly being, is responsible – but could it be something even more horrifying?
This MAPPA production promises to be one of the weirdest anime of 2019. Three students are transformed into mythical creatures called kappa after the King of Kappa, Keppi, steals their shirikodamas – magical organs that are taken out via people’s bottoms.
To regain their human forms, they must acquire shirikodama belonging to zombies.