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My Top Ten Favorite Anime of 2019

After seeing 2019 fly by, I've again decided to make up a list of anime that have impacted me the most.
1 Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga is more proof that Wit Studio has a bright future ahead of it. It has good animation, and has vikings, which is something you don't see alot of in anime. And it has complex characters. During the show, its interesting how Askeladd is like a father figure to Thorfinn. As well as the potential with Thorfinn's character, since he's most likely going to be in season 2.

2 Fruits Basket 1st Season

Fruits Basket 1st Season

I think Tohru is one of the reasons why kindness and compassion can be some of the best qualities a person can have. She makes me want to become a better person. The Soma family is a colorful cast of characters, and having that quirk where if they get hugged by the opposite sex they turn into animals, which is always a riot to watch. The animation was well done for the first season, and I'm also impressed that Funimation brought back the original english voice actors. From what I've heard it is a faithful adaption of the manga so far. Can't wait to see where the story will go for the characters.

3 Dororo (2019)

Dororo (2019)

I like samurai slashers, and with Dororo, it has a goal and a purpose with its characters. It does have similiar elements with Berserk, the protagonist is cursed and is on a quest for revenge. It also raises the question of human nature and will. Plus the bond between Dororo and Hyakkimaru just resonates with me, and it ends on a fantastic note compared to the manga.

4 Beastars

Beastars

Relationships I believe are some of the most important elements to an anime. Its what made Zootopia a success and goes on to doing the same in Beastars. Legosi has these struggles as a protagonist, being a carnivore in animal society, and its seeing him overcoming these struggles and forming a relationship with Haru is what makes this anime awesome. That and Louis being a charismatic leader like Griffith from Berserk really sells the series for me. The best surprise of the fall season for me.

5 Mob Psycho 100 II

Mob Psycho 100 II

Mob Psycho 100 is the shonen series that has existentialism as one of its major themes, particularly with Mob, the protagonist. I think what was the highest points of the season was the development of Reigen as a character, when he goes his separate ways from Mob. It feels like the major fights later on test his character. Overall, the series is driven by the characters and that's one of the best things about it.

6 Thunderbolt Fantasy Movie 2: Bewitching Melody of the West

Thunderbolt Fantasy Movie 2: Bewitching Melody of the West

I like how Lang (Song that dooms Evil) has his origins in this movie. Even though he is pulled along by other people, he still has a choice. And a new character Ming, made her appearance in the movie. It has a happier mood compared to the 1st movie, and the puppets are a fresh take on animation in general.

7 Attack on Titan 3rd Season: Part II

Attack on Titan 3rd Season: Part II

This was the arc where it feels like big payoff for fans of AOT. I also know that Isayama beats himself up for how he paces AOT, but overall, its like Eren sees a bigger picture beyond himself, and how this reveal impacts the characters and the cost for the victory.

8 Kengan Ashura 2

Kengan Ashura 2

I won't lie, the first season felt a bit slow. But then the plot begins to pick up when its focused on Kazuo and Ohma. Ohma does get his share of development. And the other characters get some spotlight too. Overall, the 2nd season makes the story and the charcters feel more personal and I can say that's a good thing. The CGI even makes the fights feel good. I can only hope the next season maintains the hype, if not surpasses it.

9 Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone

Because of how the world has been turned back to the stone age, the story progresses in the same way the characters are unlocking forms of technology. I've always liked how Inagaki writes his characters, much so like he did with Eyeshield 21. Plus Senku is a clear indicator that smarter protagonists are becoming a trend in the shounen genre. The art style is different but I still like the series.

10 The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland

First off, I'd like to say that I am quite familiar with the manga before the anime came out. Looking back now, its true that the plot twist did make me think of the human ranches from Tales of Symphonia, and the Tales games have always tried to be relevant with their themes. And the anime already has elements that feel impactful. The loss of innocence, the struggle to survive and the characters. Did I mention that I like the horror and mystery elements? I think one of the biggest parts of TPN is the question of whether knowledge is a good thing. However, I think I do have some complaints with season one. The first one being the pacing, considering that most of season one has all of these side-quests when it comes to the characters. Secondly, there are no internal thoughts with the characters compared to the manga. This is a psychological series, it makes sense that you should be able to hear the thoughts of the characters. Its only towards the end where you see a lot of stuff happen. Hopefully the final manga arc leaves a good impression on me. Otherwise, a good shonen series that hopefully gets better with each season.

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