Kyle Hawk - Anime Enthusiast, Front-End Developer, Recreational Gamer

Winter 2019 Anime Watch List

Anime

Another season of anime is upon us, friends!

Like last season, I’ve found a few anime that I feel like I’ll enjoy. Though there is a bit of a theme this time around…three out of the four are slice of life or school based.

Let’s get to it!

The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero

Believe it or not, I actually read the synopsis for the light novel for this probably about a year ago. It popped up on Amazon as one of those “oh you might also like this” things. I remember liking the concept, but my light novel load was full at the time (and still is), so I haven’t been able to squeeze it in. Of course, now that it’s an anime, I can fit that into my schedule.

Shield Hero is my Isekai genre for this season! Yeah, it’s another one of those “transported to another world” dealeos. However, this first episode, which was 45 minutes by the way, captivated me. The show seemed typical until it went full on Re:Zero…okay, maybe not full on, but it had that same sort of twist.

I saw the betrayal coming a mile away, which I’m sure everyone did, but the way the main character reacted is what got me, and why I’m going to continue. His hardened resolve to just do it himself has piqued my interest. I can imagine the journey is going to be rough, but I’m really pulling for this guy!

Domestic Girlfriend

Domestic Girlfriend

This one definitely gave off some “Scum’s Wish” vibes in the beginning, but turned out to be a little more light hearted than I expected. I find it very funny the situation the main character has ended up in. Not to mention the fact that his friend’s reactions to him explaining are downright hilarious, since it’s basically the reaction of any normal human being.

The gist of this show is a high school boy has a crush on a teacher, due to some odd circumstances he also agrees to hook up with a friend of a friend. Welp, his dad just dropped the “getting re-married” bomb and guess who now has two familiar, soon-to-be step-sisters? You guessed it, our good ol’ main character.

I’m curious to see where this one is going to go, since it did give off the light hearted vibe. I’ve heard it’s quite the good romance show, so we’ll see how it plays out.

The Quintessential Quintuplets

The Quintessential Quintuplets

Here we go with the absolutely no shame harem show I’m going to be watching this season. I watched the first episode of this on a whim but I was actually entertained, which is why I’ll be sticking around for the next episodes. The main character seems like your typical, antisocial nerd, but just in the first episode you find out he’s actually a pretty caring guy. Though he, his father, and sister look nothing alike…

The basis for this one is this nerdy guy, our main character, gets hired by a super rich family to tutor their daughter, or what turns out to be their five daughters. Through unfortunate circumstances, he is already off on the wrong foot with nearly all of them. The icing on the cake had to be him getting drugged though.

This one should be entertaining. Let’s hope so.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Preppy rich kids with way too much pride trying to convince the other to confess their love? Sounds like a good time.

I found it odd that the series is kind of set up like a short series. The first episode was basically comprised of three, separate short episodes. No matter, I enjoyed the heck out of it. It’s pretty entertaining seeing two genius, yet prideful, students overanalyze literally every single thing the other says in order to try and get the edge.

This show focuses on the president and vice president of a super rich, preppy school. So naturally, both characters are preppiest. The anime follows them in various situations trying to force the other to admit their feelings and/or preventing them from doing something that might lead to a romantic relationship with some other person. They have a light hearted secretary that breaks up the fierce over analyzing and provides sweet comic relief when she performs an action with ease that the other two are agonizing over.

I wonder if, at some point, they’ll actually go out on a date or something? Or is this going to be an entire season of them attacking each other? Well, maybe the clue is in the title…

Leftovers

A wallpaper of Eugeo, Alice, and Kirito

Of course there are a couple of leftovers from Fall of last year: Sword Art Online Alicization and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

Sword Art Online Alicization

SAO is just now starting to get into the heavy action portion of the arc, which is going to be a nice change from all the world/character building. Although, I will say, I’ve been a little underwhelmed with the battle scenes. I thought with the new art style they may improve upon the fights, but it appears they are sticking with the traditional SAO fight scenes of them being way too short and having way too much talking.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Slime has been good, but I’m sort of losing interest in it. The problem with picking up an Isekai anime is that if it doesn’t do anything to distinguish itself, then I lose interest after a while. Slime, while it is funny, still hasn’t done anything that has captured me. Main character is still OP, and now he has some OP companions. But, I’m not dropping it yet, so we’ll see how it goes.

That’s a Wrap

Well, there you have it.

That’s all of the anime shows I’m going to be spending way too much of my life on watching this season.

Yonde kurete arigato! Google translate tells me that’s “Thanks for reading”.

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