There's arguably never been a better time than currently to be a lover of anime. As a multi-billion dollar industry, the once-niche cultural export has morphed into a worldwide movement. With its impact and reach seen and felt in nearly each aspect of up to date animation. With as many choices as are afforded to viewers nowadays -- not mention the decades-worth of content accessible through streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and Crunchyroll -- it's also never been trickier to keep up with all the new releases within one year.
There’s such a lot that 2019 has got to offer in the way of anime, from remakes of venerated contemporary and cult classics like Boogiepop and others and Dororo, to hotly anticipated follow-up seasons to shows like Mob psycho 100 and One Punch Man, to even more exciting forthcoming releases within the way of a Bladerunner anime series directed by none other than Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the irreproducible classic Cowboy Bebop. Rather than wasting some time on lousy new series, browse this list of the best new anime of 2019.
In the thick of a terrible plague at the peak of Japan’s war-ridden States period, Lord Daigo Kagemitsu of the Ishikawa province makes a written agreement with twelve demons to save his region and secure a future of wealth and power. In exchange, each of the demons collect on Kagemitsu's debt by taking body parts from his newly born son -- his limbs, his eyes, his tongue, his skin -- till the baby is rendered into a atrocious testament to his father's sins.
Years later having survived, his father's tries to get rid of him, but he grows up to become an excellent swordsman named Hyakkimaru with a prosthetic body, incased swords for arms, and also the telepathic ability to "see" demons. This anime tells the story of Hyakkimaru’s quest to remove demons, regain his humanity, and learn to trust people in an age of vast cruelty with the assistance of his companion, an orphaned criminal by the name of Dororo. Dororo is an anime as viscerally violent as it is heartbreaking, and a series that will stay with you forever.
Watch on: Amazon Prime
4. Dr. Stone
At the same time, running alongside Riichiro Inagaki's fashionable sci-fi adventure manga, the Dr. Stone anime follows the story of Senku Ishigami, a genius, leek-haired highschool student with a passion for physics and space exploration, and his loutish, endearing childhood friend Taiju Ōki as they decide to reconstruct civilization within the wake of a mysterious event that transforms each individual on the planet into stone. Senku and Taiju start up a pursuit to revive every person on earth and crack what caused their unexpected condition using nothing more than ingenuity, imagination, brawn and some luck. If you are looking for an anime that'll make you feel a tiny bit smarter just by watching it, Dr. Stone is for you.
Watch on: Crunchyroll, FunimationNow
3. The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland follows 11-year-old Emma and her best friends, Norman and Ray, three of 37 orphaned children who live on a mysterious walled estate called the Grace Field House. All appears idyllic until they accidentally discover a dark secret that underlies the House's very existence. The series progresses with the children plotting to escape as events take sinister and threatening turns.
Watch on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Describing exactly what on earth Saranzanmai is to anyone who hasn't seen any anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Pengiundrum, Yurikuma Arashi) is a nightmare. But, basically, the show follows three middle-schoolers -- Kazuki Yasaka, Kuji Toi, and Enta Jinnai -- as they are transformed into kappa, (amphibious beak-faced demons), after releasing Keppi, the guardian spirit of Asakusa, from the statue containing him and accidentally insulting him. To return to their natural state, the three are tasked with exorcising "kappa-zombies," malicious poltergeists, by performing complicated dances in a liminal dimension to steal the zombies’ shirikodama. That is the simplest description of what Sarazanmai is about, but it only gets weirder from here on out. If nothing else, know this: you won’t see anything else quite like it.
Watch on Crunchyroll.
1. Mob Psycho 100 II
Aside from its fearless animation, razor sharp comic timing, and spectacular action sequences, Mob psycho 100 II is a touching coming-of-age story, depicting the connection between a mentor and his pupil, and the way they facilitate each other to grow into more mature, earnest, and better-adjusted people. Watch for the pyrotechnics, stay for the feels.
Available on Crunchyroll and Hulu Live.