ECN is wrapping up the year by counting down the best anime of 2019.
Keep reading to find out who made the number one spot. Don’t forget to hit the comment section below if your favorite anime didn’t make the cut.
And without further ado here are our picks for top 15 anime series of 2019.
15. My Roommate is a Cat
For anyone who is a pet owner, this anime must be watch immediately! The heartwarming tale of a young writer and his feline companion creates the perfect atmosphere for tear jerkers and emotional breakdowns. The story is told through the view of Subaru, and swaps with the viewpoint of his adopted cat, Haru. As we see their relationship flourish over time, we can see how each one is dependent off the other. Subaru is able to deal with emotional issues with the help of his feline friend, while Haru now has a place to call home after dealing with her own losses and emotional turmoil. This wholesome feel good anime begs to answer the question, can an animal change your life, and the answer to that is most definitely yes!
This anime makes the list simply because its bizarre story actually creates an interesting world where the kappa dwell. The story revolves around three young boys who release a guardian spirit, Keppi. After accidentally insulting the spirit, they are transformed into kappa, and must perform exorcisms on kappa-zombies in interesting ways to return back to their human forms. There are many details that are being left out for the purpose of not spoiling the hilarious antics the three young boys must go through. The visuals are stunning and the eccentricity of the show makes it engaging, while adding audacious scenes to surprise the viewer. Simply put, Sarazanmai will make sense to an avid anime watcher, while a newb will be extremely confused, and slightly uncomfortable with the content of the series. Regardless, it’s a perfect anime to include in your rotation to add some flair and excitement to your daily binge watching.
When it comes to tragic stories, none are as unfortunate as Hyakkimaru’s journey. As a baby, Hyakkimaru’s body was offered as a sacrifice, by his father, to demons who were protecting the land of the Ishikawa province. As a young boy, Hyakkimaru must overcome many obstacles, and scrutiny from his own father to persevere and become a swordsman that fights off demons. Through his travels, he makes a companion named Dororo, who ultimately teaches him how to begin to open up to people and regain the humanity that he has lost over the years. The awesome battle scenes and creative fighting techniques mixed with the cruelty of mankind make Dororo a binge worthy anime.
12. Vinland Saga
Mix Vikings, war, drama, and royal politics together and the result is Vinland Saga. With a war on the horizon between Denmark and England, warriors from all around must prepare for the coming battles. The anime takes us through the unfortunate bloody journey of Thorfin as he gets mixed up with all the politics that are connected to his father, Thors. The tragic stories of the characters throughout Vinland Saga lead to moments of grief, and ultimately adds a satisfying element to the narrative. Vinland Saga is a rollercoaster of action and emotion with a hint of dark undertones that make the story really stand out. Thorfin must grow up quickly, and adjust to the cruel worl around him, otherwise he’ll find himself in the same position as his father.
11. O Maiden in Your Savage Season
It would be no surprise if O Maiden in Your Savage Season in not under your anime radar, but it definitely should not be overlooked as a kawaii story. The premise of the anime is uncovering the mysteries of sex and its eternal glory. Kazusa and her friends are just a group of young girls entering adulthood, and seek answers in comical, yet not raunchy, ways that make the story earnest. The set ups are clever, and the execution of topics flow effortlessly without making the viewer realize they just her a young girl make a sex joke. Although the protagonist are primarily female, the topics and personalities are relatable. O Maiden in Your Savage Season is one of those hidden gems that get recognition way past its air date, and should be included in anyone’s watch list.
10. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
When your time comes to be transported to your destined isekai world, there is no better experience than That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Mikami was your average office employee, when one day he gets murdered and finds himself reincarnated as a little blue slime in another world. As unfortunate as it may sound, being an indestructible over-powered slime is one of the best-case scenarios; some may disagree though. Instead of using his newly found powers to rule over the world, Mikami demonstrates his courteous heart throughout the series, while unifying the creatures and humans of the land to live in harmony. With some intricate action scenes, great humor, and political drama, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime provides entertainment for all. The story builds off on the bonds between characters, and continues its uplifting momentum that brings smiles to the viewer. Once you begin binge watching, the desire to be reincarnated as a slime might pop up in your mind once or twice.
9. Run With the Wind
The ingredients for a great sports anime are push aside by the story telling styles of Run With the Wind. Sports anime tend to have the typical prodigy that stands out, but Run With the Wind is more about the unification of a team. The anime takes it time to display its appreciation for the sport of marathon running, while providing an outlet for characters to build and learn. The anime spends a great deal exploring the team members, and how they push one another the perceiver in running and in life. Run With the Wind will make any athlete appreciate their team members more, while also inspiring them to overcome any obstacles that may come in their way!
8. Fire Force
Firefighters with pyrokinetic powers fighting flame demons, what more could you ask for? Fire Force follows the story of Shinra, Fire Force soldier, as he tries to uncover the secretes of his tragic past, while also investigating the phenomenon of human combustion. Throughout his journey, he realizes that the world is more complicated than anticipated; especially when the church is involved. The diversity of characters and personalities makes this anime a force to be reckon with. From intense fighting scenes, to ecchi moments, and straight up comedy gold, Fire Force has an element that satisfies just about anyone. The development of each individual character, and the growing bonds between them keeps the story engaging. There is much more to the Fire Force team than being able to put out a couple fires.
7. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
When it comes to a school romance anime, there are certain elements that are expected, but Kaguya-sama: Love is War breaks that mold in a creative, mind bending way. The anime thrives on the premise that the first person to submit loses! The main characters Kaguya and Miyuki are the leaders of their school’s student council, and have massive crushes on one another. Throughout the series, we get to witness their hilarious, yet creative, attempts to make the other confess their love. There are moments where it feels one is about to fall for the trickery of the other, but their own resilience makes the anime more dramatic and entertaining to watch. With the onslaught of hilarious supporting characters, and narrator, Kaguya-sama: Love is War sets itself apart from any typical kawaii romance. If you are not into romance anime, but enjoy foolish antics, you might find yourself loving the anime more than anticipated, then Kaguya-sama: Love is War is right up your ally.
6. The Promised Neverland
If you are looking for intense drama, suspense, and utter deception, look no further than The Promised Neverland. We follow the daily lives of Emma, Ray and Norman as they discover that their peaceful orphanage is not what it claims to be. The anime is not necessarily filled with intense action scenes, but rather it’s like watching a chess match unfold over each episode. As the story develops, more characters rise up to the challenge, and our connection with each one deepens every time we see them shine; plus, every child has such an intoxicating smile, it’s hard to not love them all. The Promise Neverland will constantly leave one on the edge of your seat, while making them demand to know what happens next. The constant tension between certain characters begins with the first episode, and does not let up momentum the entire season. With a satisfying, yet nail biting, season finally, we can only expect great things to come from future seasons.
5. Fruits Baskets
When it comes to remakes, Fruits Basket sets to be the prime example. The original season debuted in 2001, and the new remake stays true to the events that took place prior while sticking closely to the original manga. The story conveyed is a complex love triangle dynamic that is enveloped in a high school romantic comedy. Underneath all the kawaii exterior of the story, the true dramatic tale of a family’s traumatic past is cleverly displayed as an undertone. With the improved animation, and amazing musical score, Fruits Basket deserves proper admiration for being an amazing shoujo manga adaptation.
4. Attack on Titan Season 3
This season steps back a little from the consistent titan buffet, and dives into the politics and origin of the Titans. The roots of where the Titans originated from is finally exposed, and the truth behind some character’s histories leave the viewer seeing Titans in a whole new perspective. The folklore from Attack on Titan starts to paint a bigger picture, one that expands beyond the walls, and connects the world a little better. The complex politics that take place between the different parties makes it seem like the Titans are not the real threat. As different characters question their own loyalty, they must push their limits, clarify what their priorities are, and protect the bonds that are most important to them. There are still plenty of gruesome encounters, and the animation only exemplifies the marvel that is Attack on Titan.
3. Dr. Stone
All science teachers move aside because Senku is here to revitalize civilization with a new era scientific boom! Dr. Stone is the story of modern-day genius, Senku, getting capsulated in stone in modern times, and waking up thousands of years later in the future. After waking from his stone cocoon, Senku immediately puts his mind to work as he tries to crack the riddle of what caused the world to be petrified. As we watch Senku and his friends bond over medical and technological advancements, one can’t help but imagine a world without science. The beginning starts off slowly, but the engines quickly start revving after the first scientific breakthroughs are made. Senku’s tenacity and curiosity make the viewer feel like they too can become a warrior of science. If science, witty comedy, and intricate action scenes interest you, then this anime is one billion percent right for you.
2. Mob Psycho 100 II
Just when you thought nothing could top the first season of Mob Psycho, BOOM, the second season one ups it predecessor. The timid psychic, Mob, and his amazing fraud of a mentor, Reigen, return for a binge worthy second season. Mob’s journey to understand his emotions and powers continues as he tries to not get overwhelmed by his own capabilities.The second season continues the 8th grade psychic’s daily life of school work, exorcisms, and just trying to fit in with the real world. There are plenty of notable battles between new enemies, while there are some familiar faces from the prior season. The overall growth of Mob, and other characters, makes the story intriguing and heart felt. Based on how the anime is evolving, one can’t help but yearn for future seasons.
1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
At first glance, it may seem like swordsmen hunting down demons, but nothing could be further from the truth. The first season of Demon Slayer takes place during the Taisho period, early 1900s, and follows the story of young Tanjiro. Right off the bat, Tanjiro’s family gets massacred by a mysterious demon, and he seeks revenge while also trying to find a way to revert his demon sister, Nezuko, back into a human. Tanjiro trains to become a demon slayer, makes hilarious companions along the way, and seeks the demon responsible for his tragedy. As awesome as Tanjiro sounds, he keeps his true nature throughout all the battles, and ultimately displays empathy towards the demons. The story is backed up with incredible animation and music, making this anime a high priority for anyone; regardless if they are an avid watcher or not.