A new year, a new season of anime. Once again the winter anime season is upon us and with it comes a batch of new shows to start off 2019. While the lineup this time around isn’t as anticipated as last year’s winter anime season, with Devilman Crybaby celebrating its first anniversary at the beginning of January, there are still some excellent shows to sink your time into while you avoid going out into the bitter cold.
From one of manga’s most prolific creators, Osamu Tezuka, comes a new adaption of the 1967 manga Dororo. Tezuka is most notably known for his profound effect on the manga industry in Japan, having created titles like Astro Boy and Black Jack, IPs that have demonstrated a sustained form of both influence and relevancy. Now another one of his works is getting a modern adaptation in the form of Dororo, which previously had an anime in 1969, as well as a live action film in 2007. The story follows two characters, a young thief named Dororo, and a ronin named Hyakkimaru. At birth Hyakkimaru was the recipient of a curse brought upon by his father, daimyo Daigo Kagemitsu, who sacrificed the thing he held most dear to demons, to become the man who would one day conquer Japan. This led Hyakkimaru to be born with, no skin, eyes, limbs, or internal organs, and would be abandoned by his parents to die. He did not die, however, and was saved by a medicine man using healing magic and prosthesis. Now Hyakkimaru, a shell of humanity, must defeat the demons and recover each piece of his body to become whole again.
The Promised Neverland
One of the most talked about shows in the lead up to this new season, The Promised Neverland is something to look out for. Straight from the pages of Shonen Jump, the show focuses on a group of young orphans living in what seems to be one of the most loving and caring orphanages around. Emma, Ray, and Norman live an idyllic life, taken care of by their loving “Mom” Isabella, with the ominous caveat that they must not leave the grounds of their home. One night things go awry when another orphan is adopted and leaves behind her favourite toy. Emma and Norman then sneak out, trying to return the toy before the orphan is removed from their lives forever, only to find she has been killed. All was not as it seemed at Grace Field House, children were being raised to feed demons, and the loving Isabella was in on it the whole time. Now Emma, Ray, and Norman must find a way to escape this nightmare home.
Mob Psycho 100 II
If you missed out on the first season of Mob Psycho 100 in 2016, you messed up. One of that year’s stand-out shows is a comedic, action packed tale of a boy psychic who really doesn’t stand out. From the mangaka One, the man behind One Punch Man, comes the tale of Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama an average high school boy who’s so average his nickname refers to him being a background character. One of the most powerful psychics on Earth, he is somewhat unaware of his true potential thanks to his “psychic” teacher slash employer Arataka Reigen, a charlatan who runs a local spirit counseling business. Reigen, who has no powers whatsoever, has Mob doing all of his work for him in the guise of teaching his student how to be a better psychic. On their wild adventures they meet a cast of zany characters, and have mind-bending fights with evil spirits that anyone familiar with One’s work will find instantly recognizable.
If this isn’t enough to sate your appetite for anime why not check out my breakdown of the top 5 anime of 2018. Or check out the rest of our Shows to Watch articles about some of the best animated shows we have seen.
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