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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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Last Day to Vote – Best of Winter 2019 Poll Closes Tomorrow

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Can I just say thank-you to everyone who has already voted?

300 votes in the Best of Winter 2019 poll. That’s amazing. Compare that to Best of Autumn 2018 which only received 157 votes. I’m really looking forward to revealing the results of the poll on the 1st of April.

So, last chance to vote and have your say.

Remember this is about which anime you enjoyed the most this Winter season and you can pick up to three for those who can’t decide.

The top 3 choices will go into the reader’s poll for best of the year at the end of the year.

Please vote, please share, and check in on the 1st of April for the results.

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5 Days Left To Vote – Pick Your Favourite Anime of Winter 2019

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We are down to the final five days to get your vote in. And there’s now a clear distinction between the front of the pack and the rest. Still, the top 3 anime chosen in this poll will go into the anime of the year poll at the end of the year so even if your favourite doesn’t take the top spot, it could be in with a chance later in the year when more people have had the chance to see it.

As the Winter shows draw to a close it is time to ask yourself what your favourites have been. This isn’t about technical proficiency but about pure enjoyment as a viewer and what you have wanted to talk with your friends about. Which anime did you eagerly anticipate each week and which are you sad to see ending?

Choose up to three and have your say. The poll will close March 30 with results out (hopefully) on the 1st of April.

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The Vote For The Best of Winter 2019 Is Really Heating Up

Previously, the biggest voter turn out for one of these best of the season polls was 178 votes. Winter 2019 has already passed that with 8 days still to vote. 231 votes in already and while first place seems decided, the second and third place positions (both of which will go into the running for Anime of the Year at the end of the year) are tightly contested with three titles continually switching positions as votes come in and a number of outliers are coming up and might just manage to snag a placement.

What that means is, you should definitely vote.

Remember, this is not a vote for technical best anime or anything like that. I just want to know what my readers liked the most this season. You can pick up to three titles to vote for and while that is making it hard for some readers, I think it takes the pressure off those of us trying to weigh up the different genres we watch where different anime are doing different things well and appealing for different reasons.

If you’d like to share your picks, let us know in the comments below. I’d also love to know what you think the worst anime of the season is.

Thanks again to everyone who voted and be sure to share.

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Reminder to Vote in The Best of Winter Poll

You still have time to get your vote in for the best of Winter 2019.

Remember you can pick up to three titles from the season.

Get your vote in before the 30th and be sure to tell your friends. The more votes the more representative the result will be of the community.

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What Is The Best Anime of Winter 2019?

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Take the Poll – Have Your Say

There’s plenty of good shows this season, lots of okay ones, and a few that have just missed the mark, but it is time to choose your favourite from the season.

Remember, the top 3 from this poll will go into the best of the year poll at the end of the year so if you think we’ve got an AOTY contender, make sure you vote for it right now.

You can pick up to three titles, and this isn’t about technical perfection. This is the anime you enjoyed the most this season. I want to know what my readers have loved from the season. However, if you want to tell me what you haven’t liked so much or which anime is the worst that you’ve kept watching, be sure to leave me a comment or message on twitter.

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The poll will close March 30 so be sure to have your say and share. The more the merrier.

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Vote For The Best Anime of The Winter 2019 Season

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Here we are closing in on the end of a season. Okay, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime already ended the actual story. That caught me off guard.

That means it is time for you to have your say on your favourite shows of the season.

It is a nice simple process. Just pick your three favourite shows from the season and vote below. Don’t see your favourite, write it in. And then, share the post so more people can have their say.

Given it went well last year, I’ll be taking the top three shows from this season and at the end of the year they will go head to head with the winners of each season’s poll to decide the anime of the year.

Now those of you wondering what happened to the worst of the season poll, I’ve decided not to run those in 2019. Most people tend to just drop shows they don’t like anyway. But, I’d still love it if you would share your pick for worst of the season and your reason in the comments or @ me on Twitter and if I get enough of these I can put together a round up of thoughts on the worst anime of the Winter 2019 season.

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