Spring 2019 Anime Season

Spring is here, and love is in the air. So is all the hype for new releases of beloved anime. Every season, fans have high hopes for the release of their favorite series, whether it is a brand-new manga-to-anime adaptation, or a continuation of a previous series that have already awed its fans with successful adaptations. Today, we will take a look at 5 of the most anticipated anime for the Spring 2019 season out of a long list to choose from.

5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Don’t get this confused with Goblin Slayer. The main character in this one slays supernatural demons, which is supposedly a whole lot harder than slaying club-weilding Goblins. And the story here is a whole lot more heartwarming and heartbreaking than Goblin Slayer at the same time.

Tanjirou Kamado lived in peace with his family, supporting them by selling charcoal ever since his father passed away, generally minding his own business, until some demon decided that wasn’t good enough and killed his whole family, leaving only him and his sister, who is semi-possessed by a demon. Tanjirou goes on a quest to turn his sister back into a human by slaying a bunch of demons, which is especially hard in Ancient Japan, since Ancient Japan is apparently full of demons.

Studio: UFOtable
Release Date: March 29,, 2019
Episodes: Unknown
Genre: Action, Action, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural,
Source Material: Manga

Added Bonus: Tanjirou’s voice actor, Natsuki Hanae, has a long list of other anime voice-acting roles, including several appearances in the “Tokyo Ghoul” series and a role as Takumi Aldini in “Shokugeki no Soma”.

4. Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3

Even with two seasons already under the belt, this is an anime that is relatively under-the-radar compared to internationally popular mainstreams like Shingeki no Kyojin and One Punch Man. Nevertheless, the plot concept is unique and fun, with an array of supernatural characters in opposing organizations called the “Armed Detective Agency” and “Port Mafia”. The characters are all named after famous writers (mostly Japanese, with a few nods to world-renowned writers such as Mark Twain and Dostoyevsky), and their “superpowers” are named after the literary accomplishments of these writers.

This manga/anime is a dream-come-true for folks who have an appreciation for both anime and classical literature, and who can snobbishly declare that they know the name of the character whose power is the “Scarlet Letter” without anybody telling them.

Studio: Bones
Release Date: April 12, 2019
Episodes: Unknown
Genre: Action, Mystery, Super Power, Supernatural, Seinen
Source Material: Manga

Added Bonus: There is now a mobile game called Bungo Stray Dogs Mayoi Inu Kaikitan being released on iOS and Android, for all the book nerds whose ultimate fantasy is to kick ass as their favorite writer.

3. Fruits Basket 2019

The story centers around a young orphan girl named Tohru Honda, who moves in with the Sohma household only to find out that the members of the family can turn into animals of the Chinese zodiac. Her presence in the household helps the Sohmas cope with their curse in this heartwarming story of family and friendship.

The original manga had actually already been adapted into a 26-episode series in 2001, but ended after season 1 due to disagreements between the director Akitaro Daichi and the original manga artist Natsuki Takaya, who felt that Daichi’s anime adaptation deviated too far from his original plot. Now, fans of this widely popular Shojo series will be delighted to get another look at an anime adaptation of their beloved Tohru and the Sohma family.

Studio: Funimation, TMS Entertainment
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Episodes: Unknown
Genre: Shojo, Slice of Life, Romance
Source Material: Manga

Added Bonus: The new anime series promises to adapt the entire manga, as opposed to the 2001 anime adaptation which only covered the first six manga volume, as Takaya had yet to complete the manga series at that time.

2. One Punch Man Season 2

Following a highly successful first season in 2015 that saw Saitama, a hero for fun, his self-proclaimed disciple Genos, and the rest of the fun and exciting heroes and villains being animated into high-flying, action-packed motion sequences. One Punch fans (that’s what I’m calling them), who have waited patiently for a second release 3 years in the making, will finally be rewarded for their patience with another dose that will promise animated debuts of even more colorful characters that have already made their appearances on the black and white. One of those characters, judging from the trailer, seem to be the hero hunter, Garou, the former disciple of the S-ranked hero Silver Fang.

Studio: J.C. Staff
Release Date: April 10, 2019
Episodes: Unknown
Genre: Action, Comedy
Source Material: Web Manga

Added Bonus: Will King finally use the King Engine? Will Watchdog Man finally do something? Only fans who have read the manga know the answer to these questions. Everyone else will need to tune in to find out.

1. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack On Titan): Season 3 Part 2

In season 3 Part 1, there was a slight break from the familiar action-packed sequences of human versus titans, titans eating humans madness, as most of the storyline took place within the walls and focused instead on the corruption of humanity itself in a struggle for power and control. It was all pretty abstract in comparison to the main storyline, and if you were more of a fan of straight-up humans killing titans ass-kicking, then you’re in luck.

Season 3 Part 2 will bring Eren and his friends face to face with Reiner and Bertholdt, two former comrades who turned out to be Titans in disguise, as the Recon Corp led by Erwin Smith and Levi Ackerman launches a counterattack against the Titans and seeks to retake the territory lost by humanity to the titans (titanity?). They will also come face to face with the mysterious Beast Titan, the apparent ringleader of Reiner and Bertholdt’s treason against humanity and the murderer who mercilessly killed Vice-Commander Mike Zacharias (Who? True fans know who I’m talking about). This season promises much action, blood, gore, and heartbreak as hinted by the final frame at the end of the last episode of the previous season. Titan fans are licking their chops for this one.

Studio: Wit Studio
Release Date: April 29, 2019
Episodes: 10
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Source Material: Manga

Added Bonus: The fact that this is coming out so soon after the previous release is a bonus in and of itself.