Your Winter 2019 Anime Guide

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It’s winter. Nobody wants to go outside anymore. Everyone wants to stay inside and watch anime. But which shows will you watch?

Let’s have a look at what shows are airing this season. Let us know in the comments which ones interest you.

Aggretsuko Season 2

Studio: Fanworks

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: Out now!

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: Red panda Retsuko is back, ready to rage some more.

Are You Lost?

Studio: Ezo’la

Genre: Adventure, Comedy

Premiere Date: July 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Schoolgirls wash up on a deserted island, where they inevitably make out and eat bugs to survive.

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest

Studio: ASREAD×WHITE FOX

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: High school students are transported to a fantasy world with new abilities.

Astra Lost in Space

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: High school students, who really need to be more careful, get stranded in space after a futuristic field trip goes wrong.

BEM

Studio: Landq Studio

Genre: Action, Horror, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: Humanoid monsters fight evil monsters and dream of becoming real humans.

The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note

Studio: Troyca

Genre: Magic, Mystery, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: Mysteries and magic are afoot as the inheritance of an old castle is at stake.

A Certain Scientific Accelerator

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Action, Fantasy, School, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 13

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: A powerful psychic must and a young girl battle a sinister organisation.

Cop Craft

Studio: Millepensee

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Not currently announced

What It’s About in One Sentence: A hardboiled cop who’s allergic to cats naturally teams up with a sword-swinging girl from another world to fight crime.

Do You Love Your Mum and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 13

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young man finds himself transported to a fantasy in-game world with his hot mum.

Dr. Stone

Studio: Toho Animation

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: In a world in which everyone has been turned into stone, young people try to use the power of science to bring back civilisation and humanity.

Ensemble Stars

Studio: David Production

Genre: Idol, Music

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: Dreamy dudes strive to make their boy band dreams real.

Fire Force

Studio: David Production

Genre: Action, Psychological, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: Humans are suddenly bursting into flames and it’s up to these supernatural firefighters to put them out.

Given

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Music, Yaoi

Premiere Date: July 12

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: A guitarist and singer fall in love and try to pursue their rock’n’roll dreams.

Granbelm

Studio: Nexus

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Magical Girl, Schoolgirls

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: Magic seems to have vanished from this world until a schoolgirl meets a mysterious young lady and rediscovers the power of magic.

Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan

Studio: G-angle

Genre: Comedy, Food

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: A fairy with a talking sack of fish eggs on her head eats delicious food.

Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie?

Studio: Geek Toys with Seven

Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, School

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: One day, a schoolboy gets a love letter with a pair of neatly folded panties from a pervy admirer.

How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift?

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Sports

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: Do you even lift, bro?

If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord

Studio: Maho Film

Genre: Drama, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young man finds a devil child in the forest but decides she’s cute enough to raise her as his own.

Isekai Cheat Magician

Studio: Encourage Films

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 10

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: High school students are transported to a magical fantasy world where they do magical things and meet magical people.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 20

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime about a love-hungry young adventurer who befriends a goddess and joins her adventure-seeking crew.

Kengan Ashura

Studio: Larx Entertainment

Genre: Action, Fighting

Premiere Date: August 1

Where to Watch: Netflix 

What It’s About in One Sentence: Underground fighter Ashura is really good at serving up knuckle sandwiches.

Kochouki Wakaki Nobunaga

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Action, Drama,

Premiere Date: July 9

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: This anime follows the adventures of a dreamy-looking teenage Oda Nobunaga.

Machikado Mazoku

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Comedy, Magical Girl

Premiere Date: July 12

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: A devil-girl has a hard time mustering the will to defeat a magical girl.

Maou-sama, Retry!

Studio: Ekachi Eplika

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 4

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: A regular guy ends transported into a game where he’s known as a Demon Lord.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season

Studio: Lay-duce

Genre: Drama, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: Schoolgirls in a high school lit club come of age and start awkwardly getting interested in sex.

The Ones Within

Studio: Silver Link.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: Popular livestreamers find themselves sucked inside a game where they must work together to reach 100 million views.

Re:Stage! Dream Days

Studio: Yumeta Company, Graphinica

Genre: Comedy, Idols, Music, School

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: Schoolgirls try to make their idol dreams come true.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

Studio: Toei Animation

Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy

Premiere Date: July 20

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: Saint Seiya has been remade for 2019.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear XV

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Action, Idols, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: The latest season in the Symphogear franchise, which centres around musical battle girls.

7SEEDS

Studio: Gonzo

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: Out now!

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: After a meteors hit the Earth, cryonically preserved youth try to re-establish human life by running away from giant lizards and not getting stuck in huge venus fly traps.

Starmyu (High School Star Musical) 3rd Season

Studio: C-Station

Genre: Music, School, Slice-of-Life

Premiere Date: Out now!

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll 

What It’s About in One Sentence: This anime centres around a group of high school boys in a prestigious music school.

Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san)

Studio: Shin-Ei Animation

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of a schoolgirl who teases a classmate whom she actually really likes.

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

Studio: Mappa

Genre: Action, Drama, Military

Premiere Date: Out now!

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young woman who avenges the death of her father who was turned into a monstrous beast to help win a civil war.

Try Nights

Screenshot: Official Site

Studio: Gonzo

Genre: Drama, School, Sports

Premiere Date: Winter 2019

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: Two schoolboys share their passion for rugby.

Vinland Saga

Studio: Wit Studio

Genre: Action, Drama, Historical

Premiere Date: July 7

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What It’s About in One Sentence: Vikings slice people to bits on their way to a warm and fertile land known as Vinland.

Wasteful Days Of High School Girls

Studio: Passione

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: This anime follows the adventures of schoolgirls who think they having the best years of their young lives.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Season 7

Screenshot: Official Site

Studio: ILCA

Genre: Horror, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: More ghost stories and urban legends come to life in Yamishibai’s seventh season.

Yubisaki kara no Honki no Netsujou: Osananajimi wa Shouboushi

Studio: Studio Hokiboshi

Genre: Drama, Romance

Premiere Date: July 8

Where to Watch: Currently not available in Australia

What It’s About in One Sentence: When an apartment catches on fire, a hunky fireman rekindles an old flame.


Comments

    Gotta say, I was skeptical about last season's Rise of Shield Hero and its 'yet another story about being transported to a gamified fantasy world' setting, but it did some really novel and interesting things with it in a much more mature way than I've yet seen. I ended up completely hooked and very grateful for its 25 ep run.

    If we can get more shit like that, I'll be a fucking ecstatic outdoor accommodation enthusiast.
    (No. 'Hot Mom' is not going to fucking cut it.)

    Bit pissed off that Danmachi 2 is only Hidive. Between that and the Funimation subscription service, fragmentation across streaming services (I've got Netflix, Prime, Crunchyroll, Funimation and Animelab so far) and just straight-up not in Australia, shit's going to drive me back to piracy again.

    Anyone know if Vinland Saga is related to the (surprisingly good) Viking relationship/resource/time-management game Dead in Vinland?

      I'll chime in since I've fallen into a real isekai hole lately, finding them rather relaxing even if most really just aren't great.

      Arifureta is pretty highly rated, though personally it's first novel (And therefore the start of this season) was a pretty high watermark that it hasn't really captured again. The tone shift that we're likely to get in the middle of the season may be enough to turn you off but it has it's moments.

      I'd do anything for my daughter always seems pretty highly rated but I hadn't read the book. Similarly I'd heard decent things about Maou-Sama Retry but it's first episode was maybe the most generic of the generic isekai I've seen in a while, I'd hold off and see if buzz gets any better.

      I've also heard good things about Mum's Multi Attack, though this is the first time I've seen it pitched as a "hot" mum so I may have missed something. The pitch I'd always heard was that the MC had all this knowledge of other worlds and is the usual fan insert knowledge base but that his mother got the cheat powers and was the actual overpowered one. That dynamic was one I was hoping would be interesting in the anime.

      Cheat Magicians seems pretty highly rated too, but I didn't think there was much translated of it so I never really looked into it.

      Now that I've had a chance to rant about my guilty isekai fetish I'll also add that the first episode of Astra Lost in Space seemed really interesting, looking to see more of it. Seems somewhat like a cross between Battlestar Galactica and Lord of the Flies.

      Theres been a fair glut of isekai resurgence lately... the only 3 decent ones in my books are slime, overlord and shield hero...

      For something utterly different theres the up coming ascendance of bookworm which is more slice of life

      @gorzilla talked me into watching shield hero and Slime and I loved the way it approached it.

      Shield hero
      To come from nothing helped make him realise these are real people, unlike the other heroes who seem to treat it like a giant game still. To Naofumi, it is no game. Hopefully Trash and Bitch learned their lesson (probably not but we can dream.) From what I have heard, the anime Naofumi is a better character than the manga or light novel one.
      I also want to add, Naofumi may be the strongest hero, but he's also had to work the hardest. It was not given to him and he is great at leading his team. The other heroes had things handed to them and they are weak as anything as a result.

      Slime
      The way that Rimuru uses diplomacy rather than trying to be the strongest is a great way to approach things. And even when he isn't the strongest, he tricks people into working for him. He's just a all round good slime =D

      I have no interest in anything this time round. Kinda sick of all the iSekai and become the strongest bullcrap.

      Arifureta may appeal to you as it's not your standard isekai power fantasy. I don't want to say too much to avoid spoilers, but let's just say he winds up with a LOT of enemies, including (more or less) BOTH sides in a holy war. Not sure that they will get that far in season one, however, but he also goes through a fair bit of punishment to get there.

      The "hot mum" one misses the point (other than in the title) that the protagonist's mother winds up with a wildly overpowered attack compared to him, leaving the "hero" feeling pretty deflated. I found the manga fairly uninspiring though, as beyond that one "joke" it's not particularly interesting.

        The trailer for Arifureta didn't do it for me, but I'll look at anything with an endorsement.

        Shame it doesn't seem to be available in Australia. It's been a long time since I've had to 'source' anime outside of my stream subscriptions. Used to rely on baka subs and nyaa eu, but hell if I know where to get them now.

      Anyone know if Vinland Saga is related to the (surprisingly good) Viking relationship/resource/time-management game Dead in Vinland?

      Not related, as far as I can tell. They share a name because "Vinland" is the name Vikings gave to the pseudo-mythical lands across the big ocean to the West of Scandinavia (aka North America). Vinland Saga is highly recommended, btw, the manga is breathtaking and the anime seems to be as faithful an animated adaptation as it could be hoped.

    When I first came across the 7Seeds manga I assumed it was a romance saga wearing a science fiction mask but I was actually impressed at how brutal and unique the world and story was.
    It's still got elements of the romance genre but it didn't skimp on the survival, horror and action elements and I used to wonder why nobody had picked it up as an anime or live action series, it seemed like a slam dunk.

    I was a little excited to see the anime on Netflix but so far it's felt a little rushed and raw.
    I'm only 3 episodes in so I hope it finds its legs soon and stays true to the manga.

    (Also it almost impossible to mobile browse Kotaku at the moment, it crashes every few minutes, bloody infuriating)

      Mobile browsing is going fine for me. Chrome Beta on Android Pie. My phone has 8GB ram though so maybe that's why it's no worries.

    Uchi no Musume has anime this season? Cannot wait for that one!

    "One day, a schoolboy gets a love letter with a pair of neatly folded panties from a pervy admirer."

    I can't think of a sentence that would make me less interested in an anime.

    Vinland Saga looks interesting. Any of you folks who're more up with the anime thing have any thoughts on whether that's likely to be worth a look?

      I was very surprised to see Vinland Saga here; I thought that it would have appeared in my radar long ago. I've been following the manga for a while and I cannot recommend it enough. Beautifully illustrated, painstakingly researched for historical accuracy and with a really good story, it's definitely one of my top 5 manga. The trailer seemed like a competent and faithful recreation even if it could not possibly hope to match the level of detail and raw beauty of the drawn pages.

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