Results Are In – Your Choice For Best Anime of Winter 2019

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 11 Subaru

Yay! Winter 2019 has been a fantastic season and while I shared my overall thoughts on the anime I watched this season earlier today, this post is about you, the reader and what you voted on.

So we’ll start at the bottom and work our way to the anime of the season as voted by you. All anime that received a vote will be mentioned. This time around there were 313 votes which is the most ever for one of these polls. Thanks so much for participating.

1 Vote – 3D Kanojo Season 2
I tried this. I didn’t hate season one. But episode one of season 2 did everything I didn’t like about season one in the one episode and so I decided to wait until the season was done before I picked it up. I guess that means I probably need to do that at some point.

1 Vote – The Magnificent Kotobuki
I haven’t really given this one a go and honestly none of the reviews I’ve read have really made me want to. Still, someone out there clearly likes it so maybe check out a review or give it a go.

1 Vote – The Price of Smiles
As much as I’ve defended the Price of Smiles during its run, anime of the season it really isn’t. Still, I was happy to see someone gave it a vote because it wasn’t actually that bad and some parts were actually reasonably good.

The Price of Smiles Episode 11

1 Vote – Pastel Memories
I tried an episode of this and it didn’t work for me. Very few people have covered it this season so I’m still undecided if I should go and try and binge it. Still, one person thinks it is worth the time.

1 Vote – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind
I oopsed and left this one off the polling list but one determined voter wrote it in. I’m guess this would have received more votes if it had been listed. Sorry.

2 Votes – Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka
Not for everyone, this is a dark magical girl story with a bit of a military colouring. There’s torture and fairly bleak situations for our fairly young heroes to face and the ending is pretty much a non-event. But in terms of dark magical girl stories, this one brings some interesting ideas and you could certainly do worse.

2 Votes – Meiji Tokyo Renka
Fair enough. This one isn’t anime of the season quality in any way, but it is a nice, average, and fun anime and one well worth checking out if you in any like reverse harems or time travel stories with a bit of a supernatural edge. It’s cute and harmless and I’ve had fun, but I fully understand why two votes is all this one collected.

3 Votes -Bang Dream Season 2
I didn’t watch season one and I’m not even really what this one is about. But three people think it is great so maybe check out a review of it.

3 Votes – Kemurikusa
Another one I accidentally left off the list to vote for and yet 3 people wrote it in – one in all caps so I assume they were frustrated that they couldn’t vote for it. I have no idea about this one at all but clearly some readers believe this one needs your attention.

4 Votes – Domestic Girlfriend
Kind of curious about this one getting four votes. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of fun with this trashy romance this season, but I still find it interesting that some have decided it is the top of the season.

Natsuo and Hina fireworks - Domestic Girlfriend - Episode 11

4 Votes – Date a Live 3
Haven’t watched season 2, don’t really intend to. Also haven’t really seen many reviews of this one so I was surprised to see it picking up votes.

4 Votes – Wataten! An Angel Flew Down To Me
Watched part of one episode of this. Not for me. Definitely worth checking out someone else’s review though to see if this is something you’d like.

6 Votes – Kakeguri xx
I didn’t get very far into season one of this one and have no idea what has happened in season two. Six people think it’s awesome though so maybe this one is worth trying if you watched the first season.

6 Votes – Endro
Honestly this one surprised me by how charming it actually has been and six votes here does not surprise me. There’s a definite appeal to this anime even if it doesn’t grab everyone.

Endro - Episode 11 - Yuusha

8 Votes – The Morose Mononokean Season 2
It got votes! Given how few people have been covering this anime I’m just happy that this one collected any votes. Season 2 has improved on season one in every way and has been highly entertaining. If you were waiting for it to finish before picking it up, now’s the time to binge.

9 Votes – Boogiepop wa Warawanai
Still haven’t actually finished watching this one. I’m finding it increasingly hard to do so. That said, for all that a lot of people find this one confusing and a little dull (and I’d be in that list), there are plenty of people who’ve found it to be quite a compelling story. 9 votes here reflects those who have really connected with this one.

12 Votes – The Quintessential Quintuplets
I’m honestly glad I didn’t cover this one this season. I watched a few more episodes beyond the first one after some positive reviews from other bloggers but it just isn’t my kind of story. That said, this one is probably one to read the reviews for because if you like the set up and style then you may very well have a good time with this one.

13 Votes – My Roommate is a Cat
This may very well be one of the underrated gems of the season. Not perfect by any means, but a really nice watch if you are looking for something low key with just enough feels to give you some warm-fuzzies at the end.

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 8 Subaru and Haru

14 Votes – Sword Art Online Alicization
Colour me shocked that this even got 14 votes. I genuinely went into Sword Art Online Alicization wanting to enjoy it and have a good time given I’ve been a fan of the franchise since Aincrad, and to be honest I’ve been left mostly wondering where the fun has gone from the series. Still, some people are clearly still enjoying it and hopefully they will get what they are wanting from it when it continues.

19 Votes – That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
I honestly expected this to be higher, at least higher than Shield Hero. However, on reflection, even the die hard fans of the show have gotten quieter during the second cour so maybe that slump kind of put them off a bit. Still, with a season two coming and a fairly strong core audience, I don’t think this is the last we’ve heard of slime.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Episode 19 Rimuru

25 VotesThe Rising of the Shield Hero
I’m a little surprised this one made it so high. Certainly there are readers who have been enjoying it but there are plenty who have made it known that they don’t like this anime and find it quite problematic. And yet, here it is.

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Top 5

26 Votes – Run With The Wind
So happy this made a top 5 appearance. I know this one has been very low key compared to some of the big names this season, but it was my pick for best of the season and really the sheer consistency of quality in this one as well as the wonderful way the drama of the story unfolded just made it pure joy to watch (when it wasn’t causing me to burst into tears of sadness, happiness, and frustration on the character’s behalves in the final few episodes).

Run With The Wind Episode 21

32 Votes – Kaguya-Sama Love is War
I knew this one would reach fairly high in the reader’s poll. While it is doing very little for me, it is an incredibly well made anime so if the characters and the comedy work at all for you I can fully see why this would be an enjoyable watch.

Anime Going into the Best of the Year Poll

33 Votes – Mob Psycho 100 Season 2
I haven’t finished season 1 and I wasn’t a fan so I certainly haven’t tried this. Still, I knew going into the vote, this one was going to be well favoured by my readers. The number of you covering it on your blogs and giving it glowing reviews speaks volumes. While not for me, this one has certainly been a crowd pleaser.

34 Votes – Dororo
Yeah, I can’t watch this one (no access). So we once again get the anime that’s been heaped with praise of the season that I couldn’t watch even if I wanted to. Eventually I will see it and alas by then the hype will have made it impossible to live up to, but hopefully it is sooner rather than later because I am very curious about this one.

BEST OF THE SEASON

49 Votes – The Promised Neverland
Okay, no surprise here. The Promised Neverland has just been good. Even if you aren’t a fan of the genre, each episode has been well put together and it has told a remarkably coherent story. This one was charming and excellent fun and I really hope we get more anime as well made as this one has been.

Now, let me know what you think. Did the anime you voted for make it into the top 3? Do you think any of these might be the anime of the year?

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35 thoughts on “Results Are In – Your Choice For Best Anime of Winter 2019

  1. Nice to see three of the four shows I kept up with end up in the top four (since we were limited to three, I voted for Quints, Kaguya, and Neverland with a silent apology to Dororo). Usually it seems like I’m the guy watching the shows most people aren’t paying much attention to, but even Quints pulled a pretty good-sized audience, though I knew it was never going to finish high in this poll.

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    1. It is interesting to see the final placings. I am really thrilled Run With The Wind got even as far as it didn’t. It hasn’t been on a lot of people’s radars but it is quite a competent and entertaining anime.

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      1. Run With the Wind got placed on hold for me. Was not working for a weekly watch but I loved The Great Passage (written by the same person) so I am confident I’ll like it now that I can watch at my own pace.

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        1. I can kind of understand. The pacing of Run With The Wind was quite deliberate and while it worked well enough, particularly in the first half there were times when it felt a little slow. Paid off in the second half but I kind of understand not wanting to continue it weekly.

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  2. I wouldn’t say I’m too surprised with the number 1 spot, but even still I figured that Mob Psycho or Shield Hero would have gotten it over Neverland, given I’ve seen a lot more of a “mixed” reception to Neverland.

    That being said, I’m not complaining. Neverland is my personal favourite of the season and I’m glad a lot of people are on board with the show as well. So happy there’s a second season coming!

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    1. Most of the reception I’ve seen to Neverland has been pretty positive.
      For my only personal list, Mob Psycho was never getting a look in given I still haven’t bothered to finish season one. I really just did not get into it.

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  3. I know that you haven’t seen Dororo yet. But it is without a doubt THE greatest remake to a series that I have ever watched. I am happy that it got this many votes.

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  4. Kemurikusa was quite good SF. It’s from the director of the first season of Kemono Friends, and it feels very similar, but the concept seems a little more coherent. If people are still mad that the director got ditched from Kemono Friends 2, then supporting this show during the season KF2 also aired make sense in that respect, as a write in, but it’s definitely good enough to deserve the votes.

    I’ve got four favourite shows, Neverland isn’t one of them, but they all made the top 5. This is, for me, highly unusual. I don’t remember which of the shows I didn’t vote for. In a weaker season, I could have easily voted for Endro or Cat, maybe even Quintuplets. In a bad season, I might have voted for Neverland, Kemurikusa, or Mononokean; they’re all worth voting for.

    I’m not that surprised that Domestic Girlfriend got 4 votes; it’s definitely its own thing. I was impressed how they manged to up the ante on awkwardness until the end. This sort of awkwardness is not my preferred mood, so it’s near the bottom of my personal list, but I’d argue it deserves any votes it can get.

    As for 3D-Kanojo: well, it had excellent scenes, and it had stupid scenes, but it’s got a definite conclusion, which is rare in romance anime. I sort of agree and disagree with ManInBlack: season 2 reaches high heights than season 1, but it also reaches lower lows, and all-in-all I prefer the first season for its consistency. I think, though, that this has more to do with me being an aromantic and not really connecting with the shows portrayal of relationships. In any case, it’s also near the bottom of my personal list.

    Personally, I’d vote for Grimm’s Notes over Pastel Memories. It’s – what – five or six episodes vs. 1/2 episode. In any case, Colorful Pastrale beats them both. It’s the best bad show this season. I’m unreasonably fond of this messy show. The finale re-introduced a plot-element we saw at the very beginning, but they forgot to put any sort of development to that end into the show, and so we got flashbacks to scenes we should have seen sprinkled throughout the season’s run but didn’t. Ah, that’s soooo this show.

    That was a failry enjoyable season for me. No complaints.

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    1. True, but the problem with it being this early in the year is it won’t be as fresh in people’s memories when it comes to deciding anime of the year. I’ve definitely noticed that anime that air later in the year tend to do better in awards.

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  5. Okay….erm….you want to know what the first anime is that I have been watching since my return here last friday? It was a recommendation from Ayano: and you are probably thinking that I must have lost it especially since I am genuinely enjoying it. It is….ready? The Quintessential QuintupletsπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yep….lolπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    That said…I’m glad for this post, as it seems I have a lot of things that I still need to watch, and next up on the list is The Promised Neverland (and sorry to say so…but I haven’t even heard of that one, before seeing it appear in this list πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…).

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      1. I have a feeling Grimms Notes would have been more enjoyable.

        To be fair to Pastel Memories, I probably would have liked it more way back when anime was still new to me and I had super low standards. Now I feel like that anime elitist, because I know how good a truly good anime can be, and know what I like / dislike in anime.

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  6. Quelle surprise at no 1…. πŸ˜‰

    I have to say Season 2 of 3D Real Girlfriend is superior to season one which I enjoyed. I really felt it more this time round and it had a nice ending too.

    I personally haven’t been so impressed with Mob Psycho 100 s2 after loving the first season but maybe it will work better on a second binge watch.

    Quintessential Quintuplets is a by-the-numbers harem comedy but actually ends up being quite a cute show in its own way.

    Disappointed Haru and Subaru didn’t rank higher though… πŸ˜›

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    1. I feel like you are trying to get me to want to go back and give 3D Kanojo another go for season 2… and it is kind of working because it was one that I decided against this season but I didn’t hate season one and I wouldn’t mind finding out what happens to the characters even if there are some frustrating points about the show.

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