Celebrating The Best Anime 2021

Best Anime 2021

Here we are ready to celebrate the best anime 2021 gave us.

2021 was definitely not the year most people were hoping for after 2020, yet for me it marked a return to my blog that I love. While I didn’t watch as many anime as I hoped and I haven’t caught up on some of the bigger hitting shows (particularly when they have previous seasons I hadn’t finished), I did enjoy consistently watching and reviewing anime each season once again and so I am going to reflect now on the best anime 2021 had to offer (from the selection of anime I watched).

Keep in mind that the choices below are entirely my own opinion and I am aware that there are other anime I’ve yet to watch. As always I encourage my readers to leave their choices in the comments below and join me in celebrating another year of anime.

Why celebrate the best anime 2021?

It is sometimes very easy as a reviewer or even just someone who watches a lot of anime to become jaded or judgemental and it is always good to remember why you fell in love with anime in the first place. It wasn’t because that first anime you saw was perfect but rather because it spoke to you, excited you, made you feel something.

Hopefully you still smile when watching anime – even ones that aren’t so great.

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Fruits Basket – The Best Continuing Anime 2021

Fruits Basket The Final Season
- Best continuing anime 2021

No surprise that Fruits Basket will join the list of best anime from 2021 that I am celebrating. Honestly, whether it was a new title or a continuing one, Fruits Basket Final Season was everything I could have wanted and even with the super-long epilogue of an ending I still feel so glad that after so many years from the original anime we finally got to see this whole story animated.

And it was worth the wait.

This story made me cry and smile and really connected with the characters and it was absolutely the cathartic emotional viewing experience I needed in 2021.

Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song – Best Original Anime 2021

Vivy Fluorite Eye's Song - Best anime 2021

Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song wasn’t perfect but for an original anime it came with a sci-fi story that worked and a solid lead character whose growth really made the journey feel worthwhile. All of this with some truly beautiful visuals and moments scattered throughout its 13 episode run that really just made you feel the love that must have been poured into its creation.

It ended up being one of my favourite anime from the year and given the hit and miss nature of original anime definitely proved to be one of the better ones. It really felt like someone had thought it through from start to finish and if you are curious about the creation of this anime reading about the process they went through is actually kind of interesting.

Anyway, Vivy is definitely one of the best anime 2021 had to offer in terms of being an anime that consistently made me smile just to watch it and it left an impression. I know that some viewers were less charmed by it but for me it hit all the right marks and where it fell short it didn’t seem to matter all that much while watching.

Horimiya – Best Romance Anime 2021

Horimiya - best romance anime of 2021

Okay, if I was truly honest I’d give best romance to Fruits Basket but I decided I wasn’t going to duplicate titles on this list. So that leaves me with Horimiya (because I certainly wasn’t going to give it to Koikimo and I just didn’t watch that many romances in 2021).

And Horimiya has some very solid moments that mean it isn’t exactly out of place on a best anime 2021 list. It’s just a case where despite having interesting characters and potentially interesting plot points the story very quickly skewed toward standard with the two main characters losing a lot of what made them interesting along the way.

That said, Miyamura was one of those characters I really just enjoyed spending time with throughout the season. I really could have cried when he got his hair-cut.

Saihate no Paladin – Best Isekai Anime 2021

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Best isekai anime 2021?

I know, I’m opening up a whole pile of controversy by going with Saihate no Paladin for best isekai anime of 2021. I know it isn’t the most popular and I know that the slower nature of the story hasn’t got the mass appeal of others in this genre. But I also know that this is the story that will stick with me and that Will is a character I care about a lot more than a lot of isekai protagonist so for me making Saihate no Paladin the best isekai anime 2021 had to offer was a pretty simple choice.

But to be fair, I will throw a mention to Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation which has also managed to do a pretty excellent job in developing flawed characters. I don’t like it as much but I can definitely see why some people are holding it up as the best isekai and I’m certainly curious enough that I’m going to keep watching even though protagonist Rudeus really annoys me sometimes.

I’d equally like to give a shout out to Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy which for a comedy isekai actually still managed a fair amount of world-building and was surprisingly entertaining.

Still, for the start of what seems to be a truly epic tale, Saihate no Paladin is the place to be and honestly I think the slow pace won’t feel quite so slow if you were binge watching rather than seasonal weekly watching.



Mars Red – Best First Episode of an Anime 2021

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Best first episode of an anime 2021

You know how every year there’s an anime where the first episode just takes your breath away and then the rest of the series utterly fails to ever make you feel that way again? Yep, Mars Red was 2021’s offer for an anime that opened with a dramatic and interesting premise all delivered in a slow and almost theatrical manner.

By the mid-season it was clear the story was dragging its feet and direction was being lost. At no point had the characters managed to move us the way they had in the opening scenario and there was just so much that felt unnecessary. And then the ending kind of happened and I think most of us forgot Mars Red was even a thing.

And yet, that first episode deserves to be celebrated. If only the rest of the series had managed to be equally as moving.

Mieruko-Chan – Best Friends In An Anime 2021

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Best friends in an anime 2021

Okay, I really just wanted to put Mieruko-Chan on the list for best anime 2021 and I knew that I couldn’t really say it was the best horror because while it does have some awesomely creepy ghost designs and some genuinely tense scenes, it really isn’t all that horrific. It certainly doesn’t make the list for best comedy.

But what it does do, and does better than so many other anime, is create a genuine friendship between protagonist Miko and best-friend Hana. Too many anime declare two characters friends and have them go through the motions of being friends but it never really feels real. Miko and Hana on the other hand are a true joy to watch together with great friendship chemistry.

I would love to see more friendships like this one and honestly I’d happily watch another season of Mieruko-Chan just to see more Hana/Miko moments.

Heion Sedia no Idaten Tachi – Best Antagonist in an Anime 2021

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Best antagoinsts in an anime 2021

I kind of ended up disappointed with Heion Sedai no Idaten Tachi despite it opening on a real high note with its psychedelic colour-scheme and fairly interesting concept. The lack of ending hurt it more than anything else and maybe if the story continues I’ll get back on board. However, I do have to celebrate an anime giving us antagonists who are dynamic and interesting characters in their own right and who have hopes and dreams and react to the changing situation in a sensible manner.

No Sailor Moon villains here who essentially rinse and repeat the same plot over and over again losing every one of their lackeys before confronting and being defeated by Sailor Moon. Nope, the demons of Heion Sedai no Idaten Tachi think things through and when the ship starts sinking some of those lackeys know when to cut and run. Those who stay try to turn the situation to their advantage or to at the least ensure that their species survives.

It’s kind of interesting having villains who you actually want to know more about rather than simply waiting for them to get snuffed by the ‘good guys’. Then again, calling the Idaten the good guys might be a stretch as well because they are more a force of nature rather than in any way overly concerned with saving anyone.

Anyway, the end result is that Heion Sedai no Idaten Tachi definitely gave us the best antagonist in an anime during 2021.

The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent – Best Relaxing Anime 2021

Best relaxing anime 2021

Finally, my favourite anime to just relax and switch my brain off while watching in 2021 goes to The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent. While the story is kind of slow and everything is very easy for Sei (the main character) there’s a genuine sense of calm that comes from watching this story and it is pretty enough with some great character designs for the male cast and honestly I just had fun watching it.

I suspect that this will become an anime I binge later on when I just need to shut out the noise for awhile and there’s something to be said for the perfect anime to relax to.

That said, everything about the anime is pretty ordinary and maybe that’s exactly what I needed in 2021.

What are your picks for best anime in 2021?

So those were my choices for best anime 2021 for various reasons but I’d love to know what my readers watched and enjoyed this year. Be sue to leave a comment sharing you best anime 2021 and why.


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Top 5 Survival Anime – Murder Games, Zombies and More

Top 5 Survival Anime

There’s been a seeming resurgence of the survival anime throughout 2021 as we had High Rise Invasion, the recently completed Battle Game in 5 Seconds, and the Fall Season is bringing us Platinum End. There’s been plenty of others as well and for live action you can always jump on the Squid Game bandwagon.

As such, it seemed kind of appropriate timing for me to look at my favourite survival anime and count down my top 5. I will admit, I didn’t stick to just death match games but looked at anime where there was a focus on the character surviving a situation. That said I did consider and leave a few prominent titles off of my list.

What are your top 5 survival anime? Leave a comment below.

For instance Btoom and Deadman Wonderland both didn’t make my top 5 in the end largely because without any kind of resolution in the anime (or even really feeling like we’d gotten to something resembling a reasonable stopping point) they have limited rewatch value unless you really do just like watching anime characters die in painful ways. However, both are actually probably better quality and potentially better stories than some of the titles I did include on my list and fans of the survival genre should probably check them out anyway.

No. 5 Bokurano

Bokurano is a survival anime though your chances of surviving are pretty random.

Bokurano is an anime I have talked about before and it definitely falls into the category of survival anime given the kids who are tricked into piloting the robot know they will die if they are the selected pilot.

However it isn’t just the kids who find themselves needing to find a way to survive as Bokurano puts entire realities on the line and the lives of everyone and everything is at stake in what is seemingly a fairly pointless excuse for a giant robot battle and the worst game of musical chairs ever.

Here murdering your companions won’t do you much good so at the very least we are spared a massacre of 12 year olds (actually I can’t remember how old the kids are but either way that would be tragic).

No. 4 King’s Game

King's Game - Survival Anime

Well, those who have followed my blog for any length of time had to know I was going to include King’s Game on a list of survival anime. It is so bad it is almost hilarious as a group of teens get roped into a game where they receive instructions on their phone that they must complete or suffer horrible punishment (usually horrific death).

I can’t even remember if the worst moment was when they tried to suggest a real world virus somehow became a computer virus infecting mobile phones or whether it was the character who was on fire calmly delivering exposition to the characters who were going to survive after her. There were a number of other equally ridiculous moments along the way.

What I do appreciate about King’s Game is that despite the standard horror trope of knowing that the game will start up again (because there always has to be an opening for a sequel), King’s Game as a series does conclude well enough. This group of characters are mostly dead and there’s been a final confrontation between the two main rivals in the plot. It ends up being pretty satisfying if you can handle how decided b grade (okay maybe c or d grade) the overall anime is.



No. 3 Eden of The East

Eden of the East - Survival Anime

The last thing you expect when you meet a naked man holding a gun while on vacation is that said naked man is actually an amnesiac who is part of the weirdest game ever. Eden of the East has our main character carrying a phone which allows him to access a lot of money and seemingly unlimited ability to spend it to make things happen. Only thing is he is tasked with saving Japan and failure does mean death.

Not to mention there’s a whole bunch of other phone wielding characters, some of which seem very unbalanced, and ultimately surviving is going to depend on out-thinking them in how you creatively use that money and power at your disposal.

Again, this one isn’t just a blood bath or battle royale, but more a situation where really only one character can save Japan. There’s always the question of who is pulling the strings to make his requests happen and how do you place value on something like making a politician say uncle while in parliament?

Anyway, Eden of the East is an intriguing watch and what could have turned into a simple fight for the phones actually ends up being a much more complex and interesting story.

No. 2 Future Diary

Future Diary - Survival Anime

I just realised that 3 of my top 5 survival anime revolve around the use of phones. Anyway, Future Diary or Mirai Nikki is pretty much exactly what you would expect from a survival anime. Here are twelve characters given special powers through their phone diaries (are phone diaries even a real thing?) and now they are going to kill each other in order to become God.

I still wonder about this system because being ruled over by someone ruthless enough to slaughter 11 others on their way to victory doesn’t sound like a positive outcome.

That said, Future Diary is unapologetically violent and boasts some of the most ridiculously over-the-top moments in anime ever. Expect bomb blasts in a school, blood splatter of all descriptions, and one yandere character who still kind of tops the list in Yuno Gasai.

Do not expect anything resembling nuance or subtlety and don’t expect the characters to really get much in the way of growth or development. While they are interesting, the vast majority of the cast are one-note and it works for this survival anime as it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than an excuse for a slaughter.

No. 1 School Live

School Live - Survival Anime

If you haven’t watched School Live I’m about to spoil a reveal that comes at the end of episode 1 and explain why this is my very favourite survival anime.

Still with me?

Okay, School Live is a survival anime in the very strictest sense of the word. Our cute female students are actually the only known survivors of the zombie outbreak and they are sheltering in their school.

The cute contrast between the character designs and the bright fluffy moments where we see their everyday friendship versus the real risk of being attacked by zombies as well as the way this story deals with the mental impact of the horrific situation really does make it something special to watch. While it doesn’t bring the mindless death and carnage of so many other horror or survival anime, it gives us a very human story set in a horrific environment.

Top 5 Survival Anime
These were my favourite survival anime but I’d love to know yours so be sure to leave a comment below.

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Best Anime of 2019 – Best Cast of Characters

Best Anime 2019

It is amazing when a great group of characters get together. Here is my choice for best cast of characters in 2019.

I’m finding more and more that I’m less interested in stand out protagonists and more interested in the cast dynamic as a whole as I get a bit older. Probably that’s because with protagonists you’ve kind of seen most variations, but it is in the cast combinations and interactions where stories can make even pretty generic characters feel fresh and new. That’s why it feels right that I should end my look at 2019 by looking at some of the great casts of characters that we came across throughout the year.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Cast of Characters in 2019

This category was insanely hard to narrow down however I finally got my nominations down to 5. Even then, I wanted to give the victory to most of the titles in the nomination list.

And the winner is…

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Dr Stone

Dr Stone was a curious anime that for about five or six episodes was perfectly fine to watch, interesting enough, but hadn’t really grabbed my attention. Then Senku left on his own and ended up at Ishigami Village where we met a delightful cast of characters who surrounded and bounced off of Senku for the remainder of the series. It brought the anime to life and turned it from a curiosity to a must watch. I cannot overstate how necessary the cast was in bringing this story to life and really grabbing my attention.

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Individually these characters aren’t particularly unique or special. It is the combination of these characters, the way they group them within episodes, the small ways they contribute to the overall narrative, whether they are getting along or rubbing each other the wrong way, collectively the people of Ishigami Village are just great fun to spend time with. Despite some amazing characters in other anime, and ones I really do want to celebrate, I had to give the title of best cast to Dr Stone. The cast sold this story.

So many great choices but I’d love to know which anime had your favourite cast of characters in 2019 so be sure to share. Also, if you missed any of my best anime of 2019 posts be sure to check them out using the links below.


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Best Anime of 2019 – Sci-Fi Anime

Best Anime 2019

I love a good fantasy or sci-fi anime story but find the need for writers to show off their world building, scientific knowledge, or vocabulary can really drag on a story. Good sci-fi and fantasy organically integrate their fantastic or futuristic settings without drowning the viewer or reader in exposition. However what really makes the genre shine for me is the exploration of characters and possibilities. 2019 certainly gave us plenty of that.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Sci-Fi Anime of 2019

Narrowing down the options for this category was harder than I thought. In the end as long as there was some kind of futurisitc or technological lean to the premise and setting I decided to count it under the sci-fi banner rather than worrying too much about whether any of the science was sound. On that note, my nominations:

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And the winner is…

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Astra Lost In Space

Of course it was Astra. While this one minimises the science jargon and focuses more on the adventure of being in space, far from home, it manages to tell a complete story within its run time and builds up some very fun characters over the duration. Of course there’s the requisite space ships and the food analyser one of the kids fixes up so they don’t poison themselves as well as the threat of encountering a wormhole that will launch them back across the galaxy, but this is one case where the story took precedence over cramming in as much science-ish terminology as the writer could fit and it definitely paid off.

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Honestly, Astra Lost in Space, or Kanata no Astra, is just plain fun to watch. Largely due to the interactions in the cast and the fact that they are planet hopping which means regular scene changes and quite distinct transitions throughout the series moving the story along. While the ending is a little bit too wrapped up nicely in a bow, given the number of non-anime endings out there, I’m not going to complain when a story gives me a solid resolution. Astra Lost In Space gets a solid recommendation from me and was my favourite sci-fi for the year.

There’s a lot to choose from and I know I didn’t watch all the sci-fi last year so I’m looking forward to hearing which sci-fi anime was your favourite?


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Best Anime of 2019 – Drama Anime

Best Anime 2019

Drama, drama, drama… anime is definitely chock full of dramatic works with characters going through some incredibly life-altering situations. Sometimes they are a little more understated but they can leave such a profound impact on the viewer. 2019 was a mixed bag for drama anime and me as I ended up picking quite few that jumped headlong into being full-on melodrama, but I still found a nice crop of dramatic anime for the year.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Drama Anime of 2019

This category had me struggling to pick a winner largely because anime does drama in so many different ways. While these are my nominations, I’d love to know what anime drama caught your eye in 2019.

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Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

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No Guns Life

And the winner is…

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Run With The Wind

Run With The Wind did start in 2018, but the dramatic conclusion occurred in Winter 2019 so I’m counting it. This was definitely a solid anime to start the year off with and one that managed to give each of the ten characters their own story arc and mostly give them enough time to develop and ultimately resolve in the final stretch of the story. Throw in the underdog sports team story and you have all the drama you could want, beautifully told and with beautiful visuals.

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I think I also really appreciate that Run With The Wind told its whole story in the space of its two cours. Sure you could do a sequel, a spin-off, or even a next generation thing but there’s no need. It was a lovely, self-contained story that really brought me into the lives of its characters and I loved it.

Okay, what was your favourite anime drama from 2019?


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Best Anime of 2019 – Fighting Anime

Best Anime 2019

When I first started out with anime it seemed all anime were fighting anime (of course, all the ones that seemed to ever be accessible were). Now I realise how many anime have nothing to do with fighting so it makes finding a fighting anime that really grabs my attention feel even more special. That said, 2019 was a little bit hit and miss with some anime really bringing the action and others being just a little bit more lack lustre than expected.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Fighting Anime of 2019

I’m just going to say before I get to the nominees, there was always a clear winner in my mind. While the other anime I’ve nominated here had the potential to be quite good, they never quite got there (for me at least).

And the winner is…

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Demon Slayer

This one ended up being a pretty easy decision. Going into the year, I would have thought DanMachi Season 2 was going to claim this because season 1 gave me several of my favourite anime fights of all time. I love watching Bell in action. While season 2 gave us action it just wasn’t anywhere near the same scale or as interesting as season 1. One Punch Man season 2 likewise lacked impact and Alicization gave us some great fights but a story that drove me nuts and so much down time. As for Bungo Stray Dogs season 3, it was very nearly a surprise winner for this category as it actually did have some very cool moments, but it really couldn’t stand up to Demon Slayer if we are talking about cool action sequences.

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Even though I didn’t universally love Demon Slayer, one thing for sure was that once the confrontation with whatever new demon began, the anime really brought its A game to the table. The choreography, colour and fluid animation in these sequences is fantastic to watch and each fight is exciting and feels quite novel. Whether it is the early fights where Tanjiro is still kind of finding his way and is assisted at times by Nezuko or the later fights where we are joined by the usually annoying side characters who for whatever reason manage to look actually pretty cool while fighting, Demon Slayer definitely deserves to win this category.

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What fighting anime would you have nominated from 2019? What do you think should have won?


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Best Anime of 2019 – Slice of Life Anime

Best Anime 2019

Slice of Life anime aren’t exactly one of my preferred genres and yet as I find myself getting a little bit older (I won’t suggest wiser) I am finding that calm and relaxing anime are definitely welcome in amongst some of the more plot driven fare I usually consume. 2019 gave me quite a few titles that I watched largely for that calm and stillness after a crazy day at work and so choosing my favourite from the year was definitely harder than I initially thought.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Slice of Life Anime of 2019

The nominees for Best Slice of Life Anime are:


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And the winner is…

Senry Shoujo - Best slice of life anime from 2019

Senryu Shoujo

This was a hard decision between Senryu Shoujo and My Roommate is a Cat. Then again, My Roommate is a Cat already won for my favourite relaxing anime so maybe that influenced my view a bit. Anyway, Senryu Shoujo was perfectly adorable with the main character only communicating through writing poetry. There’s a bit of romance driving through the series but otherwise it really is just the daily lives of the two main characters as they go to school and get involved in school club activities.

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There’s all the standards such as a beach episode, a test of courage, a trip to the amusement park and so on. Nothing overly earth shattering but with this cute cast it is very digestible. It was definitely my pick from the slice of life anime I attempted last year.

Okay, I know I’m not a slice of life guru, it isn’t a genre I actively seek out. So let’s get some recommendations from others. What was the best slice of life from 2019?


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Best Anime of 2019 – Continuing or Rebooted Anime

Best Anime 2019

2019 saw a lot of series returning or continuing and for quite a number of these, having not finished prior seasons, or even started them, it meant I wasn’t able to watch the follow ups. That said, there were more than enough anime that I had watched getting follow up series or getting rebooted for me to look at which returning series was my favourite for 2019.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Continuing or Rebooted Anime of 2019

This was a genuinely hard choice as you don’t get 3 and 4 series into an anime that you aren’t genuinely attached to. That said, decisions needed to be made. Here are my nominees for best continuing or rebooted anime in 2019.



And the winner is…

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Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

This was an incredibly tight race between Attack on Titan and The Morose Mononokean. I’d love to say DanMachi was up there but season 2 just didn’t have the thrill factor of season 1. The Morose Mononokean on the other-hand did everything better in season 2 bringing us some fantastic episodes and great plot and character development. It still wasn’t enough to rival the powerhouse that was Attack on Titan as it returned with a hard focus on progressing its plot in season 3 part 2.

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This season of Titan gave us beautiful action, heart breaking decisions, characters who have finally grown up through their ordeals, and reveals…Oh so many reveals. It was kind of what viewers had been waiting for since season one ended really and it did it beautifully. This was the season that reignited my enthusiasm for Attack on Titan and now I’m definitely thinking I’ll be rewatching the whole series from start to finish once it is of course concluded.

Which continuing or rebooted series was your favourite from 2019? Be sure to share in the comments below.


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Best Anime of 2019 – Isekai Anime of 2019

Best Anime 2019

I really quite enjoy stories where protagonists are whisked off to far off worlds to go on adventures. There were so many things that could be said about the isekai anime of 2019. However that doesn’t stop there from being some fun and entertaining entries into the isekai sub-genre and 2019 gave us a bumper crop of possibilities. Not all of them were good mind you, but there were more than enough anime to choose from.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Isekai Anime of 2019

Part of me would like to do the reverse in this category. Rather than looking at the best, look at those titles that just missed the point and despite fitting well within the genre were just terrible to watch. For me, Demon Lord Retry fits squarely in that list though it wouldn’t be alone for mis-fires in isekai during 2019. Fortunately, there were plenty of fun titles for those who like a bit of otherworldly fun. Therefore I narrowed down my nominees for the best isekai of 2019 to the following:



And the winner is…

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Cautious Hero

This was a very tight race in the end between Cautious Hero and Kenja no Mago, both of which I really just enjoyed. Neither was perfect of course, filled with the usual tropes and silliness of associated with the genre at this point, but they both gave decent characters and narrative. I’ll get on to why Cautious Hero won in a moment but let’s look at the others on the short list first.

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The Rising of the Shield Hero was an anime I’d actually read the source for prior to watching. Reading the source you can read quickly through the slower parts of the story but watching it in anime form you are kind of stuck with a lot of down time where it feels like they aren’t getting anywhere fast. I found the anime watchable but not overly noteworthy as a result.

Ascendance of a Bookworm took a long time to grow on me and the story isn’t finished yet though I will admit that I can see now why it was being defended early on by those who read the source. It does get better as it goes. Finally, Kemono Michi was a bit of silly fun each week but the jokes get repetitive and the characters can’t quite overcome that. Which brings us back to why Cautious Hero wins for me.

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I loved the protagonist, Seiya, from the start with his deadpan delivery of lines and his outright refusal to rush out and die. Instead he was all about careful and thorough preparation prior to battle. That gimmick carried the first half and while the middle episodes were a little less engaging, the ending of Cautious Hero more than made up for it.

I was very satisfied with the end of the season and that is a rarity in the isekai genre as so many of them rely on ongoing stories that usually never get fully made into anime leaving us with a ‘read the source’ conclusion.

Alright, from the dozens and dozens of possibilities, which isekai anime tickled your fancy in 2019 and why? I’d love to know and I’m sure anyone looking for a new isekai to watch would be interested as well.


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Best Anime of 2019 – Relaxing Anime

Best Anime 2019

There are some anime that are better than a hot cup of chocolate for calming your nerves and just helping all that tension leave your shoulders. These are the best relaxing anime from 2019.

Please note, the nominees and winning choice are entirely my own opinion and are not based on any rigid criteria. Feel free to nominate your own winners for the categories in the comments. Help other readers find some awesome anime from 2019 to watch.

Best Relaxing Anime of 2019

While some of my nominees are pretty obvious, one or two don’t seem like the kind of show that should relax the viewer. However, what one person finds relaxing another might find akin to nails down a chalk-board so to each their own and I’d love you to share your favourite relaxing anime from 2019 in the comments. Meanwhile, my nominees for this category were:



And the winner is…

My Roommate is a Cat Episode 8 Subaru and Haru

My Roommate is a Cat

This is the perfect bliss out anime for anyone who has ever owned a cat. Meanwhile as I draft this my cat is busily taking over the footrest of my computer table because it has a direct line of cool air from the air-conditioner. Dare I put my toes there they will surely be swatted and you know, I could move her but she just looks too comfortable and cute.

Anyway, I loved watching My Roommate is a Cat last year. It may not have been the most exciting anime ever but it had heart, the characters were great and you really got to know them well by the end of the series, and Haru, the adorable Haru, totally stole the season.

My roommate is a cat - best relaxing anime from 2019

I think what all my nominations had in common was they were at their best when they just let the characters be rather than forcing drama into the story. There was a joy just from seeing the people interact. While I’m normally bored by shows that don’t get to a point, these were all good just because they were relaxing to watch.

What’s your relaxing anime of choice from 2019? Be sure to share.


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Karandi James