2018 is barely just over, but that hasn’t stopped us looking forward to the anime 2019 has in store for us.
After another incredible year, 2018 proved to push anime more and more towards mainstream media. We saw the big streaming platforms of Netflix and Amazon making huge strides in funding and releasing original anime. Brand new series like the memeable Aggretsuko and the boxing underdog story of Megalo Box have proven to stand out. Alongside this, the continuation of already popular series such as 7 Deadly Sins, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and My Hero Academia showcase just how big a year it has been.
Even with the successes of the past year, 2019 is looking like being an even bigger year for anime. Some of the most well-known anime studios are joining forces with the streaming giants to bring us original anime and new seasons of our favourites. In what could well be the best adaptations of these series yet.
So, as we look forward to 2019, here are some of the anime we can’t wait to watch.
Boogiepop and Others
Premiere Date: January 4th 2019
Aside from having a ridiculous title, Boogiepop and Others may well be the breakout hit of the year. The creepy horror anime is based on the 90s manga and was originally adapted in 2000 by Studio Madhouse. Madhouse will once again take the reins of remaking the anime, meaning it will follow the manga more closely – ala Hunter x Hunter. The full Madhouse treatment looks set to be present as the animation and artwork both look outstanding.
In Boogiepop, a series of student disappearances occurs at Shinyo Academy High School. Various students witness a pillar of light, which seem to be the cause of the dark and creepy happenings. Although there is rumour of an urban legend being the cause. One in which that tells of an Angel of Death releasing people from the pain they are suffering causing them to go crazy and suffer.
If you’re on the lookout for something creepy, Boogiepop should be on your radar.
Mob Psycho 100 II
Premiere Date: January 7th 2019
Genre: Action/Comedy/Slice of Life/Supernatural
The action comedy series follows the adventures of Shigeo Kageyama, aka Mob, an overpowered Esper with super strong psychic abilities he utilises to defeat anyone. Mob is an average student in Junior High who, apart from his psychic abilities, fails at pretty much everything else. He seeks the attention of his lifelong crush, and works for a fraud psychic, Arataka Reigen. However, trouble is brewing, and it appears Mob still has a lot more to learn about controlling his psychic powers and himself.
Mob Psycho 100 is one of the funniest anime out there and this show alone makes 2019 an exciting year for anime.
The Promised Neverland
Premiere Date: January 11th 2019
There is a lot of excitement for this non-sequel anime adaptation, especially from manga fans. Having already sold over 8 million copies, it’s not hard to see why.
The Promised Neverland revolves around the mysterious events of the Grace Field House orphanage. There, the orphans live happily under the watchful eye of their “Mama” as no child goes hungry or gets mistreated. However, all is not as it seems as the children cannot leave the orphanage unless they are adopted. But this does not stop Emma and Norman from venturing outside and discovering the horrifying truth beyond the orphanage. The children aren’t simply being adopted but are instead livestock for a terrifying race of demons. They must now try to change their destiny before time runs out.
One Punch Man Season 2
Premiere Date: April 2019
Genre(s): Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi/Parody/Super Power/Supernatural/Shonen
If it wasn’t exciting enough that Mob Psycho 100 will be returning for a second season in 2019, series creator ONE’s other anime, One Punch Man, will also be finally returning.
One Punch Man follows a similar story beat to Mob Psycho 100, in that Saitama, the world’s strongest superhero, defeats all his enemies with, yes you guessed it, one punch. He eventually gets bored with how overpowered he is and longs for more of a challenge.
While the premise sounds ludicrous, the show manages to work brilliantly, with strongly written and hilarious characters. I cannot stress just how funny this anime is, especially when you’re familiar with the “power-level” tropes of other anime.
Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2
Premiere Date: April 2019
Moving onto the more political anime, the latest season of Attack on Titan has ramped things up whilst still focusing on the human battles. We find out major military and government secrets, more about the wider world and how the titans have come about. As well as an abundance of scheming and battling for our viewing pleasure.
While Part 1 mostly focused on the civil war within the walls, it looks like the titan action will be back. And if Part 2 is anything like the first, then more major revelations are sure to be coming our way.
Kimetsu no Yaiba
Premiere Date: April 2019
Kimetsu no Yaiba is one of Shonen Jump’s recent manga hits. The hugely successful manga first began in 2016, is still running today and will finally be receiving an anime adaptation in 2019.
The premise follows Tanjirou Kamado after demons kill and slaughter his family. Tanjirou isn’t the only survivor of this demon attack as his sister, Nezuko, also survives. However, Nezuko has been turned towards the demon dark side and it all falls on Tanjirou’s shoulders to avenge his family and save his sister by becoming a demon slayer.
Premiere Date: July 2019
Studio: TMS Entertainment
The Dr. Stone manga has quickly risen in popularity since 2017, so much so that it is being dubbed as one of the new big three for Shonen Jump.
The science-fiction adventure sees humanity going back to the Stone Age. Mankind has been turned into stone and, thousands of years later, Taiju Ooki finds himself trying to revive humanity after escaping from his own rocky prison. Things soon turn into a post-apocalyptic survival style of situation as more and more people are rescued.
Keep on the lookout for more information as many have really high hopes for this one, including myself.
My Hero Academia 4th Season
Premiere Date: October 2019
Genre(s): Action/Comedy/School/Shonen/Super Power
My Hero Academia has quickly become one of the most popular anime of all time. Not only is it an excellent anime, but also a top superhero story rivalling any of Marvel or DC’s offerings. What more is there to say about My Hero Academia that hasn’t been said already.
Season 3 of My Hero Academia was one of its best yet, with Midoriya finally realising and shouldering the responsibility of what it means to be a hero. On top of this, the epic fight between All Might and All for One was also one manga fans have been waiting to see animated. As a result of the huge global success, My Hero Academia was immediately greenlit for another season.
I have enjoyed this anime so much that I watched it originally with subs and then watched it again with the dub. This is without a doubt my most anticipated pick for 2019 – the hype is most definitely real for this one.
Let us know what we missed, and what anime you’re looking forward to in 2019?
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