This year has been a tough year so far for everyone, including the entertainment industry. Delay after delay, from the most popular shows such as One Piece, Sword Art Online, Fate Stay Night, and more.
With that said, the most important thing is to stay safe, and that includes the workers that give us great entertainment. Anyway, today, I will be talking about five anime series you should catch up on before this pandemic is over.
Vinland Saga (Vinrando Saga)
Thorfinn is son to one of the Viking’s greatest warriors, but when his father is killed in battle by the mercenary leader Askeladd, he swears his intent to have revenge. Thorfinn joins Askeladd’s group in order to challenge him to a duel, and ends up caught in the middle of a war for the crown of England.
Right now, Vinland Saga is already one season in, and we already have one of the most magnificent antagonists in anime history, at least I think so, with Askeladd. To me, Vinland Saga is the best anime of 2019, not in terms of animation but terms of storytelling. I have not read the manga yet, so forgive me, but I heard that Thorfinn does have a great character within the manga and the way the anime is going that looks to be the case.
Mob Psycho 100 II (Mobu Saiko Hyaku)
Kageyama Shigeo, a.k.a. “Mob,” is a boy who has trouble expressing himself, but who happens to be a powerful esper. Mob is determined to live a normal life and keeps his ESP suppressed, but when his emotions surge to a level of 100%, something terrible happens to him! As he’s surrounded by false espers, evil spirits, and mysterious organizations, what will Mob think? What choices will he make?
Mob Psycho animation and the overall art style is one of the most unique I have seen in any animation. And to be fair, Studio Bones is known for having great animation. From series like Soul Eater, Space Dandy, Full Metal Alchemist, and so much more.
In terms of story and Character arc, I thought that the writing was a little weak in Mob Psycho 100. Shigeo Kageyama, Mob, was a weak character in terms of development, but in the second season, Hiroshi Seko did a fantastic job making Mob a compelling character.
In Japan’s Warring States period, Lord Daigo Kagemitsu makes a pact with 12 demons, exchanging his unborn son for the prosperity of his lands. The child is born malformed and is set adrift in a river, while Kagemitsu’s lands thrive as promised. Years later, young thief Dororo encounters the mysterious “Hyakkimaru”, a boy whose arms are blades and whose visionless eyes seem able to see monsters.
Dororo, in my ranking, is up there with Vinland Saga as my favorite of 2019 and with a weird premise, and the thing is, it works! The story itself is nothing but spectacular. The characters are all compelling, even the side characters. If you decide to watch, this let me warn you that you will hate a character with a passion and that is a good thing.
Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)
It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself. Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human, and kill the demon that massacred his family.
There is already so much buzz about Demon Slayer I almost just left it out the list. But, the thing is that it is so god damn awesome! Yes, so many people are hyping this anime up like no other, but it deserves all of that hype from the animation to the specifics art design to the characters and music. Everything is masterful with this series, and we are getting a second season.
The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Nebārando)
The one adored as the mother is not the real parent. The people living here together are not actual siblings. The Gracefield House is where orphaned children live. An irreplaceable home where 38 siblings and Mom live happy lives, even with no blood relations. However, their everyday life suddenly came to an abrupt end one day.
When someone says, “Anime is for kids.” Show them The Promised Neverland. The Promised Neverland is something I would not even show adults, who are not a fan of horror films. If I were to describe The Promised Neverland to someone, it would be District 9 meets Aliens, it is horrific and gory, and it is incredible!
If you are a horror fan, this is something you should not miss out on, and we are getting a second season is January 2021.
What are your top five anime of 2019? Let me know down in the comments!