Top 5 Anime I’m Curious About in The Fall 2019 Season

I’m going to be honest and say that I found looking through the titles on MAL for release in the next season a little uninspiring. There’s a lot of sequels and quite a lot of those are for shows I either didn’t watch or for shows that I’m not really in the market for a part two (such as Fairy Gone). With such slim pickings I may very well end up watching the second half of Alicization, and I’ll probably find it every bit as frustrating as part one was and even season 2 of Granblue Fantasy isn’t sounding like such a terrible idea in light of some of the descriptions.

Then again, until shows start you never know what they’ll be like. Regularly what looks good as a synopsis ends up being terrible or something that sounds bland is actually quite interesting, so I guess I’ll wait and see. Still, here’s my preliminary list of shows I’m curious about, and in the grand tradition of my looking forward to something I bet they’ll either not be released on services I use or will be pretty bad on delivery. Here’s hoping they actually are fun.

Number 5: Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average in My Next Life

Having completed the first four novels of this series fairly recently, while this one wasn’t a story I really felt needed an anime or felt would be particularly good as an anime, with so few other titles grabbing my attention this one has not got my interest. If it captures the tone of the narration it could be really fun but if it just goes through the motions of the plot it is going to be pretty flat so I guess we’ll see how they adapt it. Fingers crossed it isn’t as butchered as Arifureta was.

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Number 4: Assassins Pride

I’ve legitimately no idea about this one. Apparently based on a light novel but it isn’t one I’ve seen talked about and I haven’t really heard anything about the anime coming out either. The description on MAL doesn’t really help because it is a little confusing to read. That said, it still made me feel a little bit curious about this one and how it will play out and what the tone of the actual show will be. Then again, looking at the studio’s (EMT Squared) other works, I’m not really going to get my hopes all that high for this one.

Number 3: Pet

Okay, it is listed as mystery, supernatural and psychological so I guess I’m giving this one a go (assuming of course I actually have access to it). Still, the difficulty in tracking down any information on this one doesn’t exactly scream that it is going to be amazing. Not to mention the description makes it seem like the kind of story that can tie itself in knots pretty fast if not handled well, and given the studio was also responsible for Kokkoku which had a cool idea but wasn’t executed particularly well, there’s certainly cause for concern. Still, the idea of people controlling memories could be fascinating so I guess we’ll see where this one goes.

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Number 2: Babylon

From a studio with almost no titles to its name, this thriller caught my attention with what seems like a fairly serious plot line. Of course I have to wonder how this will be executed and whether it ends up being a dry viewing experience or perhaps disjointed and frustrating, but I will admit I’m very curious about where it intends to go with this investigation.

Number 1: My Hero Academia 4

Yeah, it is the one sequel coming out that I actually am very excited for. As much as I felt season three was a less thrilling viewing experience than season 1 or 2, I still really like these characters and the world and season 3 certainly brought us some big character moments. Jumping back on board with season 4 is a no-brainer and I am definitely pumped for more of this series.

Over to you. What are you looking forward to in the new season?


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23 thoughts on “Top 5 Anime I’m Curious About in The Fall 2019 Season

  1. Somehow, your “top 5 fantasy anime that are not isekai” comments got merged with your “top 5 anime I’m curious about in fall 2019” list and the link is for the fantasy anime as well…it’s confusing.

    I’ve heard Babylon and Pet are Amazon-exclusives, or else I would’ve had them on my list for sure (one of Babylon’s key staff is Mado Nozaki, who’s also a key staff member on Kado, so my feelings for that are already complex by association…). Same with Beastars + Blade of the Immortal and Netflix.

    Outside Dr Stone and maybe Fire Force, my tentative top 5 are BnHA 4, No Guns Life, Shin Chuuka Ichiban (I’m probably the only person who’s ever watched the original in this comment section because it has a Cantonese dub), Ascendance of a Bookworm and Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! (need a shorter title for that one…). Most of the rest of my list consists of shows with predominantly male casts, most of them being the eye candy male cast (e.g. Actors, Stand My Heroes).

    Assassin’s Pride made the final spot on my list because it keeps reminding me of Assassin’s Creed (which I have zero familiarity with outside the name, but I’ve developed a kneejerk “nope” response to it nonetheless)…I couldn’t say no to the guy on the cover art.

    Speaking of guys I can’t say no to, Ume-chan’s back in fall 2019 in Ahiru no Sora and, most notably, he’s the protag Seiya in The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious.

    1. Yep, I stuffed up and instead of copying the formatting somehow overwrote the previous post. I’ll have to put the previous post back at some point and I am just happy I have it saved so I don’t have to rewrite it.

  2. Well, the end of the season has caught me by surprise. Real life’s a bit topsy turvy and my sense of time is totally shot to pieces. So I’ve only just now looked over the next season, and here’s my picks (excluding sequals, where my top picks would be Highscore Girl and Chihayafuru, and – no – I’m not likely to watch My Hero Academia – I found last season a chore to get through):

    Ascendence of a Bookworm: Cute Isekai about the topic of missing books? Count me in.

    Haatage! Kemono Michi: Isekai where a pro-wrestler opens a monster pet shop? Oh dear, oh no, oh yes!

    Mairimashita Iruma-kun: Looks colourful and fun. Not sure what attracts me, it doesn’t seem like anything special: human child gets sold to a demon and goes to school as his grandson?

    Beastars: If this wasn’t a full CGI anime, it’d probably my top pick. A highschool comedy with anthropomorphic animals? And the previews look gorgeous as far as full CGI anime can.

    Try as I might, I can’t find a fifth show. There’s a lot that looks mildly interesting, but nothing that stands out.

  3. Maybe “Post-Apocalyptic” needs to be a recognised sub-genre in order classify a show like “Girls’ Last Tour” ? Interestingly, looking at the tags of my review for this show, I had “fantasy” and “sci-fi” too… <_<

    1. It is definitely post-apocalyptic but not dystopian or the similar kinds of stories we see in this kind of space. Definitely an interesting one to try and classify and ultimately it is more about the journey and the characters and the way they cope with their setting and find quiet beauty in a world that is clearly on the way out.

    1. I really should get around to Orphen. It has been on my to watch list (both the one I threw out when it got too full and my more recent trimmed down list) for a long time.

  4. If we’re talking about more or less classic fantasy then my favorite worlds would probably be the ones shown in Scrapped Princess (fantasy with a twist) and in Slayers. Haibane Renmei is a great show with a quite interesting world. Completely agreed about FMA 🙂 I’d also add Mushishi to the list, not sure, though, whether it passes the fantasy requirement 🙂

    1. Mushishi is a great choice. I haven’t finished it as I found the ambling pace a little off putting but in terms of rich setting and lore it is brilliant. I fully understand why so many people recommend it even if it didn’t end up being really for me.

  5. Funny how everyone’s definition of fantasy is a little different. I wouldn’t have classified GLT as a fantasy, though I did enjoy it. FMA, on the other hand, sure, and that’s a good choice. And dammit, I still need to carve out a weekend to watch Made in Abyss.

    As for my picks, if we say that it shouldn’t take place on present-day Earth (since you said you’re looking for other worlds to explore), then my off-the-top-of-my-head picks for fantasy are Princess Tutu, Spice and Wolf, Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Danmachi, and Claymore, in no particular order. And just about any of Miyazaki’s fantasy films (Princess Mononoke, Kiki, Castle in the Sky, etc.), but that kinda feels like it goes without saying.

    OTOH, if we’re talking about fantasy that does include magic in a present-day setting then my list would look very different, because that immediately brings some of my all-time favorites like Kanon 2006 and the Fate franchise into play.

    1. I didn’t end up including DanMachi because while I love DanMachi and it isn’t isekai but I feel the world is very similar to a lot of isekai in the way that characters level up through experience and the monsters spawn in the dungeon. Still an awesome anime but didn’t quite fit this list.

  6. I haven’t seen any of these series (yeah, shock right?). My picks for fantasy anime that aren’t Isekai would be Haibane Renmei, Angel’s Egg, A Tree of Palme, Shamanic Princess, and Princess Kaguya.

  7. I’m always on the lookout for fantasy serials and I’m not the biggest fan of isekai so this list is extremely appreciated!! Going to bookmark this. I kind of want to add Wolf’s Rain, but that’s a bit more post-apocalyptic, sci-fi with fantasy elements.

    1. That’s true that Wolf’s Rain is a little more post-apocalyptic. Still a very interesting viewing experience and one I think most fantasy fans would appreciate provided the slower pace and more subdued tone of the story didn’t bother them.

  8. Girls’ Last Tour being defined as a Fantasy is not something I’d thought of, but it does make a lot of sense. I thought “isn’t it more sci-fi?” but I guess the setting is different enough that it can be considered a fantasy.

    In any case, I just love that it’s high on people’s lists! My favorite anime of that year.

    1. It was great. And I still haven’t decided what it actually was but honestly, I wouldn’t put it in sci-fi because it isn’t about science or technology in any appreciable way. Fantasy makes more sense, particularly the episode with the floating mushroom things, though I’m sure some will disagree.

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