The season of summer has come and gone, we’ve had a little bit of a reprieve to rest and now it is time for a brand new season of anime for us to indulge in! However with a whopping 44 series currently airing and more still come later in the month, trying to decide which ones you want to actually devote your time to can be nothing short of a daunting task.
Time is a limited, precious commodity and sadly we cannot spend all of it consuming every single anime series in existence, so we must be sure to make wise, well-informed decisions! That’s what this article is here for! I’ll be highlighting 5 series that I think everyone should give a shot.
So without further ado, let’s see what the Autumn 2019 season of anime has to offer!
With 21 English manga volumes released, 3 TV anime series, a mobile game in Smash Tap, a fighting game in One’s Justice, a feature length film in Two Heroes and another film being greenlit in Heroes: Rising – it would be an understatement to call My Hero Academia a wildly successful franchise. And guess what? It’s coming back for a 4th season!
Deku’s arduous but utterly inspiring journey to become the number 1 hero continues in the latest season of the TV adaptation. Judging from the above visual as well as the latest PV, this season looks like it will be going all in on the “heroes versus villains” theme, similar to late season two and the majority of season three.
On the side of the heroes, we have plenty of recurring characters that we’ve all gotten to know and love over the past three seasons; the mainstays from class 1-A in Deku, Kirishima, Tsuyu and Uraraka as well as the Big Three who were introduced last season in Mirio, Tamaki and Nejire. However, there are also a few new additions as it looks like some fully-fledged pro heroes will also be joining the fray – Fatgum, Ryukyu and Sir Nighteye. I have to say, the designs for all of the characters shown never cease to get me excited but Nighteye’s well…eye…gets me really excited.
C’mon, I grew up watching Naruto, is it really that surprising that “special eyes” get me hyped for a character?
Moving on, the Villain Team or the Shie Hassaikai (Eight Precepts of Death) are the new antagonists for this season, led by Overhaul who made a very brief appearance at the end of season 3. I have slightly mixed feelings about this, as I really grew to like the League of Villains and whilst I’m sure Shigaraki, Double, Toga and the rest will all still make an appearance, I’m hesitant about what an entirely new group of bad guys will do to the overall cast of the show.
We’ll just have to wait and see but regardless, I’m still super excited for this show!
The isekai (different world) genre has been heavily memed in the past few years because of the sheer amount of ridiculous sounding titles and premises it plays host too! Being reborn as a vending machine? Killing slimes for 500 years to max out your level? Having your defining trait being that fact that you have your smartphone with you? I could go on but I think you get the idea.
Recently, you could make the argument that the genre has started to become self-aware to an extent; the pre-requisite which needs to be fulfilled in order to give rise to the next evolution of isekai: parodies.
The most popular of these is most arguably Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo (God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World), or as it’s more commonly known as, KonoSuba! With 2 successful TV seasons, 9 English-language light novel volumes and a movie coming out – it is the top dog in the isekai parody field! With it’s incredibly…colourful (for lack of a better word) cast and a very unique brand of humour, it’s captivated the hearts of many a fan globally!
However, now it seems like another contender is vying for the title! Enter: Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga ore TUEEE Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru (The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious)! Similar to KonoSuba, this is another title that pulls no punches when it comes to poking fun at the established tropes of the isekai genre. As you can see from some of the facial expressions and infer from the tone of voice in the above PV, it seems similar in the way that you have a “useless” goddess that gets bullied (or at the very least, not taken very seriously) and a protagonist who is incredibly cynical to the point of it being detrimental!
If you enjoy a fresh take on the isekai genre, then I definitely think that Shinchou Yuusha is worth checking out!
It seems like this season is just parody after parody! Or at the very least, this recommendation list.
Either way, the next show I want to recommend is a parody of the rather contentious harem genre – Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo, known as Are You The Only One Who Loves Me. At the time of writing this article, the first three episodes have already aired and it seems like this one is a favourite of many in the anime community. I can’t even begin to tell you how many screenshots of the black-haired girl in the glasses I’ve seen comparing her to a…certain other similar looking black haired girl with twintails. I’ll let the…more aware amongst you figure out that connection.
Regardless, the show itself does look like a reversal of the traditional harem clichés that fans of the genre have gotten used to. According to the above PV, the main change seems to be that instead of the male lead encountering a horde of girls over the course of the story who inexplicably fall in love with him, from the get-go, the main character has all of the girls confess their love for him in very, very concerning ways.
It seems like we have all of the usual suspects in the main cast too: the senpai adored by the entire school, the childhood friend, the…stalker? This show definitely seems like it wants to turn a few heads by turning more than a few things upside down, and I for one can’t wait to see how it does!
Anime is known for having a lot of wacky concepts and premises, but how about a show where the main character has a gun for ahead?
Now, the actual plotline for the show isn’t nearly as wacky. It’s set place in a post-war world where there are many people like the protagonist who had their bodies modified into dangerous weapons. They are known as “Extends”. The resident gun-head, Inui Juuzou, doesn’t remember anything about his life pre-gunning? Pre-gunforming? Pre-gunification? Pre-modification. Yeah, probably that one.
The funny thing about that though, is that his gun can only fire when someone behind him pulls the trigger. What does that say about how he was in the past? Was he incredibly selfish? Did he not value the lives of others? Was he lonesome? I do hope all of these questions are answered during the course of the series!
I’m excited to see how this dark-cyberpunk style setting is explored and what kinds of characters live within it. What other kinds of Extends are there in this world? What are their stories? What kinds of modifications did they have to go through? These are the best things about a story set in a world after a catastrophic event has taken place. I love the unravelling.
The show is slated for 24 episodes, but I think this is one where I’m going to have to buy the manga as well.
Last but most certainly not least, the fifth anime that I want to recommend from this season: Azur Lane!
This one is more for the people who actively play the mobile game, but I think this is also an important title that everyone else should be aware of! Anime adaptations of mobile games are nothing new, but their success tends to vary wildly since they usually only appeal to the existing fanbase that surrounds the source material. If you’ve never played Kantai Collection, you probably aren’t interested in the anime adaptation. If you’ve never played Granblue Fantasy, you probably aren’t interested in the anime adaptation. If you’ve never played Fate/Grand Order, you’re probably not interested in the anime adaptation. Mobile games seem unique in the way that most people feel like they can’t enjoy the show if they haven’t played the game, which doesn’t seem to be the case for most anime which are adapted from manga or light novels. I wonder why that is.
In any case, Azur Lane feels like it should be different because even in the mobile game space, it stands out because of its character designs, it’s unique gameplay and the brand’s ability to understand it’s fanbase. I’d link one of their promotional videos here but I think it’s a little too risqué. I’m sure the more resourceful of you will be able to find what I’m talking about.
For those of you not into the game, the story takes place in an alternate World War II setting. The two main warring factions are the Crimson Axis which is composed of the Iron Blood (Germany) and Sakura Empire (Japan) and titular Azur Lane, which is comprised of the Eagle Union (USA) and the Royal Navy (Britain). There are other fictional factions loosely based on their historic counterparts available in the game, but as far as the anime is concerned, these are the major players. The war is waged by the use of incredibly technologically advanced ships…that also happen to look like cute girls. The enemies also look like cute girls by the way. Just thought I’d mention that.
That’s the general gist of it.
Alternate World War II settings are nothing new in anime, but the varied character designs and personalities are the main pull. I’d go so far as to argue that most people who play the game aren’t even fully aware of the details of the main story. I know I’m guilty of this. So to that end, the anime will definitely be useful in filling in the gaps that I might not have even knew existed. You could make the argument that this adaptation is just a glorified advert to get more people to play the game…and I wouldn’t disagree with you.
Should you still give it a watch? Yes. I need more people to talk to about it.
That’s going to do it for this recommendation article! I’m sure there are loads of other great titles airing that I didn’t mention, so if there’s anything that you’d like to recommend, be sure to leave a comment or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook!