Hello everyone, Brendanlok here! From kids with more than 200 IQ and trying to escape a wall like the Maze Runners to fighting over whether a raccoon girl or bird girl is the best girl of the season, Winter 2019 has certainly been an amazing season for otakus like you and me. (You’re missing out, non-otakus) So no matter what genre you might be into, there’ll certainly be your cup of tea. And as usual, I’ll be choosing my personal top 5 animes of this winter 2019 season to share it and briefly go through them with you guys. Friendly reminder. It’s all just my personal opinions and recommendations so don’t be too serious about it if your favourite animes aren’t in the list. With that said, let’s just jump into it! *insert Philly D meme* NUMBER 5! On the fifth spot, we have This is a samurai story about demons, swords, wars and deaths. *Press F to pay respect.* In the very beginning, we get to know how the poor Hyakkimaru got born into this world without any of the five human senses but with a very special ability of being able to sense the aura of living beings around him Along the way he met Dororo, a child whose parents were killed and decided to tag along with him on his journey to reclaim his body and retrieve his humanity. Being the second adaptation from its original manga series, many people without a doubt had high expectation from this legendary anime series and SUBARASHII it doesn’t disappoint at all. From its ON FIRE! opening to its realistic yet cruel reflection of the samurai era, it certainly lives up to its hype. The production team also did a very great job in giving it a relative dull and monotonous artstyle, paying homage to the very first adaptation of this anime. Given its R-17 rating, the production team had a bigger freedom to push the series to its limit by adding in more gory and explicit scenes and this allowed the anime series to stand out from other typical samurai era animes. I personally very much enjoyed each character’s background stories which helped in explaining their attitudes and characters. One big interesting point of the series is certainly Hyakkimaru and his journey on recovering his senses, regaining his humanity. I can’t say for sure yet, but judging by the current pace of the anime, we can very much look forward to the second half of the series and hope to see more Hyakkimaru’s character development in the future. NUMBER 4! Being in the intense best girl competition between a raccoon and a bird, we have Just like any other isekai animes, our protagonist Naofumi Iwatani, aka The Shield Hero, who apparently is also a tsundere, has been summoned into Melromarc alongside 3 other heros, the sword, spear and bow, to save the world from waves of calamity. Being betrayed by this B*TCH A*S princess Malty, Naofumi is branded a criminal and made outcast of society. So, he decided to set out alone, filled with hatred, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him. And along the way, he had the raccoon girl, Raphtalia and the bird girl, Filo as his sidekicks. Being an isekai anime meaning harem is almost inevitable. However, we certainly also got something refreshing here, which is the forever unwelcomed Naofumi. Unlike the typical isekai animes, not many characters are actually quite fond of Naofumi and that’s kinda rare. But other than that, Naofumi will still continue to kick everyone’s ass along the way and that should come as no surprise. After all, it’s not even close to be the best isekai anime, but it’s not that bad either. With that said, I’ll still recommend this show of you isekai lovers and give it a PASS because RAPHTALIA IS THE BEST GIRL OF WINTER 2019! NUMBER 3! Have you been seeing tons of videos of a 2D pink haired girl dancing throughout this whole season? If yes, you can already skip this part, if no, let me introduce to you, The story’s simple, basically you have 2 geniuses, Shirogane Miyuki and Shinomiya Kaguya, who have feelings for each other, but neither are willing to admit. Whoever confesses first loses. Then you might ask, what’s so interesting? Did you like Hinamatsuri? Grand Blue? Then this is certainly the anime series to go for. Because they’re more or less the same. But with cherry on top, we have Fujiwara Chika, our star of the show. She has been so popular this season that people already started having dance covers, beat saber gameplays, tons of her compilations all around Youtube and almost started a religion in her name. How could you miss out? Do you have no Internet or something? NUMBER 2! Having the new animes stealing all the focal points, is, in my opinion, the lowkey hot anime of this season. If you have never heard of this anime, at least you’ve heard of One Punch Man right? They’re essentially from the same Author ONE. What is it about? So basically, it’s this boy, Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed Mob, who’s a powerful esper with immense psychic power decided to work as an assistant to Reigen Arataka, a self-proclaimed psychic to help control his abilities. The anime’s first unique point is Mob himself, who takes his psychic powers as part of his daily life and would never use it to take advantage over others. We don’t normally see such character in your everyday shounen animes and this is where it stands out. Artistically speaking, it’s very different and I would say one-of-a-kind, which is not what most animes would risk trying, but given its great story and interesting character development of Mob, the risk seems to have paid off and the audience isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Before judging its artstyle, why not give it a shot? NUMBER 1! Coming into number 1. Not only me, but many other viewers might agree with me, that is probably the best anime of this Winter 2019. Because LIKE COME ON! WHO DOESN’T LIKE THRILLERS? The story goes like this. Kids are being sent into an area surrounded by walls and everything was in peace in the beginning, and every few months, one of them will be adopted and sent to live with a new family, but never to be heard from again. And some of them accidentally found out the truth about the walls and decided to escape from the area. Sounds familiar right? NO, IT’S NOT MAZE RUNNER! These kids actually reminded me of the endless cat and mice chase between Yagami Light and L trying to outsmart their Mama using their 200 IQ and playing mind games all the time. Not to forget, is its fantastic graphics and immense amount of suspense in every episode (EVEN THOUGH I STILL THINK RE:ZERO AND ERASED DID A BETTER JOB) If you really enjoy both Death Note and Maze Runner (NOT THE MOVIES, PLEASE) and hope to see how they would look like when combined, then THE PROMISED NEVERLAND should certainly be on your watchlist right now. Before we jump into conclusion, honourable mentions go to the ultimate furry cuteness of (WHO EVEN CAME UP WITH THAT NAME) the mental gambling highschool of and the ultimate guilt-feel inducing, spicy as ever (WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK PLEASE) So overall, I very much enjoyed this Winter 2019 and it has certainly been filled with ton of awesome animes. And coming in this Spring, there are some of the big bois like One Punch Man S2 (PLEASE BE GOOD!) Attack on Titan S3 P2 (AND YOU TOO!) and I’m definitely looking forward to it. And how about you? Which are your personal Winter 2019 favourites and which Spring 2019 animes are you looking forward to? Let me know down in the comment section below. And that’s all for this video. Like if you liked it, subscribe if you haven’t yet, and I’ll have more videos coming your way soon.