1. One Punch Man 2

One Punch Man season 2 will air around April 9th.

But as a precursor, season 2 will begin with a special airing on April 2, 2019.

This special screening usually cannot be watched outside of Japan.

But chill, episode 1 is certain to be present around April 9-10.

 

2. Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

Attack on Titan’s third season went on hiatus after the series aired its 49th episode last October, and fans have been especially anxious for the season to return since it’s going to be loaded with some of the most intense moments so far.

Season 3 Part 2 of the anime series is currently on track to premiere April 28 in Japan, and the title for it’s return episode is “The Town Where Everything Began.” This shares a name with a pretty monumental chapter in the original manga where Eren and the rest of the military begin their fierce battle with Reiner and the Titans in order to retake Wall Maria.

3. Mob Psycho 100 II

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Mob Psycho is back, baby! Can Bones recreate the absolute epicness of season 1? After avoiding season 1 for like a year due to the animation that seemed weird and bad to me at the moment (I was living a lie, please forgive me), I decided to give it a try learning that ONE, known as the mastermind who also created One-Punch Man, was the man that created this series and it ultimately ended up in my list of favorite shows of all time. So about 3 years after season 1, we are bless with a new season, following the daily adventures of Mob : young op af psychic, Reigen : best life coach on MAL, and Dimple : floating anti-hero green ghost.

4. The Rising Of The Shield Hero

I’ve never been a fan of the “isekai” genre. It was never alluring for me and neither is it now. The mere fact that a person was “transported” to another world, for me, invalidated everything that happened to the said person in that “another world”. I could never fathom (and I still can’t) why the hero can’t start off as a regular person in the fantasy world instead of being transported there from our world. Originality is lost in this process as the “another world” of most isekai anime are basically the same with similar power system and the same old cliched stereotypes that have become quintessential trademark of the isekai genre.

“The Rising of the Shield Hero” overcomes some of the immutable traits of the generic isekai anime and is, not a refreshing take on the genre, but is a good take nonetheless. The story is similar to what you’ve probably seen a billion times – world is in danger; four heroes will appear and save it. That basically summarises the plot. Four “heroes” are summoned to an alternate world to try and stop the dark forces who are trying to eradicate said world. I have heroes in double quotes because they consist of two college students and two high school students, not the kind of people that comes to mind when hearing the word hero.

5. My Hero Academia 4th Season

My Hero Academia Season 4 anime is one of the most anticipated releases of 2019. Although it has been confirmed that the wait will be a little longer than fans expected, the release schedule finally revealed. Previously, this series was back on air to continue its biggest season.

Officially released in October 2019, the My Hero Academia Season 4 anime also revealed the first visual for this season. Showing Midoriya along with Mirio Togata. When viewed, the first visual for season 4 promises action-packed shows.

6. The Promised Neverland

Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland) was definitely one of the most anticipated series of 2019, a thrilling experience, and a very novel twist on the general shonen template. Its premiere episode hit the anime community by storm and solidified its place at the top of the Winter season alongside Mob Psycho 100’s sequel, and Dororo. Through a mix of evocative direction, ominous sound design, and wonderfully tense pacing, the reveal of the shows big secrets that unfold throughout its run feels genuinely terrifying, for the most part—bringing us closer to the horror of the character’s situation. It’s a killer hook and a strong statement of purpose for this adaptation that’s based on Kaiu Shirai’s manga of the same name. It’s Shutter Island meets Chicken Little with dashes of Death Note and Peter Pan. With its tense cat-and-mouse plot, endearing characters and a uniquely harrowing world, The Promised Neverland has been making some serious waves since.

7. Code Geass: The Resurrection of Lelouch

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 9, 2019
Producers: Showgate
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, Sci-Fi, Super Power
Duration: Unknown
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity

Review

More than anything else, this is a movie for those who want to see the Code Geass cast again. As long as you have limited expectations and are willing to adapt to the changes in format, presentation and characterization, the movie may reward you with a good time

If you’re not a fan, this will do little for you. If you want everything to be the same as before, results will be mixed. And, if you’re a shipper, this movie might either warm your heart a little or send you into a spiral of depression and denial.

Before analyzing the film, let’s take a step back. Was Code Geass a masterpiece or a train wreck? Perhaps both or something in between? Even at this late point, over ten years after the dramatic conclusion of Code Geass R2 that sent waves of emotion and memes across the Internet, the lasting popularity of the show among contemporary anime viewers is an unquestionable fact but history, which remains beyond all of our fleeting emotions, has still not reached a final verdict on its quality.

For the sake of transparency, it must be pointed out that this new movie, Lelouch of the Resurrection, does not pretend to be a direct sequel to the Code Geass R2 television series. On the contrary, it has been publicly described by director Goro Taniguchi, writer Ichiro Okouchi and other Sunrise staff members as a canonically separate product existing within its own alternate universe. What does that mean? The story of Lelouch of the Resurrection is a parallel one. It is an alternate continuation, one which follows the three recent compilation movies that introduced a set of more or less significant changes to the original story.

8. Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 12, 2019
Producers: Aniplex, Notes, Kadokawa
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: ufotable
Source: Visual novel
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural
Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Review

**THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS**

This review will heavily incorporate events that occurred in other works by Type-Moon, so I am going to assume that you are familiar with their other works.

I am pretty sure vast majority of the people who wants to watch this film are familiar with the original visual novel and have some general idea where the story is headed, but just in case you haven’t figured it out, Sakura is going to become full yandere by the end of the film. Not the Gasai Yuno kind of yandere. The good kind of yandere, where the film properly explores the events that gradually transforms Sakura’s fall from grace and makes her character believable. And that is in fact the key triumph of this film; it is raking in all the emotional weight accumulated from Sakura’s love for Shirou from the first film by crashing her world down slowly. The film does make use of some classical yandere tropes like “confine your boyfriend in the house to protect him from danger” and the “smiles of insanity” to make Sakura’s deadly transformation clear, but it was more effectively told through visually like the static interference happening to Sakura’s body, the ominous shadow that keeps following her, and that one scene where Shirou fearfully tried to ignore the dark presence following Sakura.

If you are familiar with the collaborative works between Type-Moon and ufotable, then you cannot help but draw the comparison between this film with Kara no Kyoukai chapter 3. KnK came long before Fate/Stay Night was published, so you can tell that Sakura is inspired from Asagami Fujino. They have very similar hair color, extremely similar build, and both are incredibly timid girls who later on go on a rampage, but that is about where the similarity ends. The difference is that in this film, we had an entire 2-hour film prior to this to make us feel invested in Shiro and Sakura’s love story, and also that Shirou has a large influence on Sakura’s humanity, and the outcome of the story depends entirely on Shirou’s decision. There was a certain scene near the end where Shirou had to make a decision about Sakura’s future brought tears to my eyes, because it was a perfect illustration of how much Shirou and Sakura are dependent on one another. Once you realize what Shiro had been up to, it suddenly hits you just how much Shiro is conflicted by his own emotion and his sense of justice.

That scene also revisited the single key dilemma that characters from Fate series have to explore endlessly. Will Shirou stick with his sense of justice and forsake Sakura, or will he forsake his hero complex and save the one he loves? From the perspective of us audiences, Shirou doesn’t only have his love for Sakura to consider. Abandoning his hero complex means abandoning the legacy that his father (Kiritsugu) left for him, which at this point defines his entire existence. Ten years ago, we saw that Kiritsugu’s sacrifice saved countless lives by preventing the Holy Grail from being fully complete, so Shirou should follow suit, right? It is not an easy decision for sure, but I love it that the film brings new perspective to this theme of justice and sacrifice that Nasu Kinoko has consistently tackled from multiple viewpoints from intertwined characters from different works. I must also applaud this film’s production staff for clearly communicating this theme and dilemma by trimming the fat from the visual novel and treating key thematic scenes with the respectful grace they deserve.

Now, regarding the technical merits, I will say that the film definitely had large amount of budget to work with, almost to the point of making the producers value quantity over quality. I forgot exactly what happened in the original visual novel, but it felt like the only things happening in the fight scene were explosions. Saber and Berserker also spent a lot of the time jumping from place-to-place and performing mid-air kicks like Rock Lee with five gates opened, so there wasn’t much opportunity to explore the mental state of the fighters. Don’t get me wrong, the animation was certainly gorgeous and fluid, and it also featured this insane sakuga where the camera showed the background of a natural scenery changing from following the movement of a character while showing beautiful animated explosions happening in that same background (the staffs of this film were boasting about this particular scene being the pinnacle of Japanese animation). But these fights feel empty unless we can feel the emotional stake of the fight, which it had none. There was also this scene where Sakura was confessing her secrets near the beginning of the film where Sakura was making so much facial and body movements that it seemed incredibly unnatural. I think this is what animators do when they have nothing better to animate but still want to make the scene look impactful. I am not a huge fan of this. However, not everything was overdone. Ironically, I felt that the art shined the most when there was not much to animate, when the characters were living their daily lives, when silence and calm conversations tells a better story. The music suffered the same problem as the animation. There were a lot of explosive choruses during fight scenes (no pun intended), which sort of distracted me from the fights, but it was haunting and beautiful during gruesome and emotional scenes.

So in conclusion, this is a film that is made for Type-Moon x ufotable fans through and through. You will especially get a lot of out of this film if you have already read the visual novels and have seen all the previous main Fate franchise anime. Ironically, the core hook of this film is its story and characters, which I didn’t think was going to be the case because I just simply didn’t think they would go in such depth in exploring the themes and characters in a humanistic way. The film is gorgeous to look at, but I question some of its animation directions. Like mentioned before, this is a story-focused film, so the best parts come from scenes that don’t involve actions. I will briefly mention here, that the highly anticipated sex scene was given the proper treatment. It was not overdone and it properly articulated the love between the participants. I just thought that you might be interested.

9. The Seaven Deadly Sins

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2014 to Mar 29, 2015
Premiered: Fall 2014
Broadcast: Sundays at 17:00 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Dentsu, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Kodansha, Movic
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen, Supernatural
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Review

My experience of this anime can be summed up by the word “meh”. I went into it hoping for a nice twist on the seven deadly sins being the good guys, and some awesome fight scenes, and ended up sorely disappointed. Sure, the characters are known by their sins, but rather than be actual embodiments of said sins, they were simply granted them as derogatory titles, so they fail to stand out as shounen manga characters in that department.

The characters don’t undergo any sort of development across the series, and for the most part are bland and boring. Ban is pretty fun because of his aloof yet silly attitude, and the rest have some decent humor, but this is definitely not a high point of the series.

The combat was especially mediocre. The fights only ever focus on Meliodas and Ban 99% of the time, with the rest of the sins just acting as accessories. This is especially frustrating after so many of them are hyped up as ‘the strongest of the deadly sins’, or ‘the prince of fairies’. I particularly was looking forward to Diane kicking ass, but we only ever really get one awesome moment out of her when she punches through a supposedly unbreakable barrier. The rest of the time she’s either sleeping, 40 miles away, or has a hole punched through her chest and has to act as a damsel in distress. Ugh.

We do get a couple of good battles in, but the majority only last a couple of seconds, due to the characters’ (see: Meliodas and Ban’s) overpoweredness. Only two or three fights really give any true sense of danger, and one of them was ruined for me by how easily Diane went down. But that’s just me.

I kept watching because I expected a more even playing field eventually, with all of the sins being equally capable, but that unfortunately never happens. Meliodas and Ban are, throughout the anime, just complete male power fantasies, while the rest of the crew just gets swept under the rug.

I don’t hate this anime, but I don’t recommend it. It’s not bad, just decent, and really not worth your time. It lacks any aspect that really stands out, and ultimately just falls flat, lost amidst a sea of better, more entertaining shounen anime.

10. Date A Live III

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 29, 2019
Premiered: Winter 2019
Broadcast: Fridays at 21:30 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Light novel
Genres: Sci-Fi, Harem, Comedy, Romance, Mecha, School
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Review

Have you ever thought that life is only for dating?

The story begins with a jerk young man who likes cheating when he already has a girlfriend but still wants to look for another named Shidou Itsuka, but jokes. It’s back at the beginning Shidou has a mission to date some girls … but the date he’s not dating is normal. this danger is to hasten the spirit that disturbs the earth. This series now has three different studios set in series (Date A Live is sometimes cheating) in my opinion the adaptation of the third series is not much different from the previous series, I conclude that in this series already there is no special anymore. But I appreciate that they are determined to take the risk of making this series.

From the sound quality and character I like the voice part most why because they are very suitable in their respective roles. In this series there are many types or types of characters ranging from “tsundere” to “yandere” but the most awaited and desirable if it’s not “Tokisaki Kurumi”, this one character is somehow a favorite of many people rather than playing heroin alone (Tohka).

The art of JC. Staff did not seem to be anything special but they were pretty good and they were half-hearted in the advanced adaptation series. In this season Date A Live III had almost the same graphic design compared to previous series, but it was not a big problem, it was covered up with the harem theme which made all the audience jealous of the main character’s situation. Overall I really enjoyed the advanced series of Date A Live, and I hope JC.Staff provides a work that can be developed in the future.

 

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