6 Anime To Watch In 2019

by Tito W. James

Kakegurui was the surprise hit of last year. It’s an anime about compulsive gamblers trying to up their social class. The characters in Kakegurui have clearly never heard of having a poker face; each character plays their cards with the same smug expression as Light Yagami eating a potato chip.

Dorohedoro (not to be confused with Dororo) is about a dismal city known as “the hole” ruled by Sorcerers who experiment on people. One of these experiments is a lizard-headed man who rebels against the dark magicians. The gritty art alone has me intrigued and I’ll look forward to a story full of action, horror, SciFi, and fantasy.

Not much is known about Black Fox except that it is animated by the same production company that produced Flip Flappers. From the trailer we can anticipate a solid action show with intricate fight choreography.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba grabbed my attention because of its unique angular art direction. When his family is slaughtered and his sister is turned into a demon, young Tanjiro becomes a demon-slayer who seeks to transform his sister back into a human. The series will be produced by UFOTable, known for delivering animated epics like Fate Zero.

Vinland Saga is a Viking epic based on real historical figures animated by the same studio that produces Attack on Titan. Thorfinn is a warrior raised by the Vikings who murdered his family and seeks to avenge his father by killing the band’s leader, Askeladd. Thorfinn wants to retrace the epic path of Leif Ericson (yes, that Leif Ericson) and journey to a western land without slavery or war called Vinland.

Fire Force is based on a manga by Soul Eater creator, Atsushi Ohkubo. Much like Ohkubo’s previous series, a big draw to Fire Force are the killer character designs. The story follows Shinra, a boy who can run as fast as a rocket, and a team of firefighters trying to quench an epidemic of spontaneous human combustion. Animated by the same studio as Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Fire Force is sure to be a new favorite for Shonen fans.

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