Each new season brings a boatload more anime series to keep track of and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start finding something new to watch. To make the process a little easier, we’ve picked 6 spring 2019 anime that look like they’re worth giving a look come their beginnings in April.
1. Fruits Basket
After the tragic death of her mother, high school student Tohru Honda takes her life into her own hands and moves into a tent. Unfortunately, she does so on the private property of the mysterious Sohma family. When the Sohma family offer to take her in, she learns of the family’s big secret: they turn into the animals of the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by members of the opposite sex!
It’s been 18 years since the first Fruits Basket anime came out. 18! Now it’s time to take it from the top again, with a brand new anime series that’ll be able to follow through the manga’s plot in full this time around! Fruits Basket’s a really sweet and heartwarming series, and it looks lovely in the new art style.
For extra nostalgia value for those who watched the first anime dubbed, many of the main cast are reprising their roles, which is going to be a nice touch. This is a super exciting opportunity for returning fans and newcomers alike to enjoy Fruits Basket! Fruits Basket airs on April 6th.
2. Fairy Gone
In a world where fairies inhabit animals, giving them mysterious powers, some humans were transplanted with fairy organs, letting them summon fairies to use as a weapon. These Fairy Soldiers went on to be used as a tool of war. When the war ended, these soldiers lost their purpose and had to seek their own way to live, with some even turning to terrorism.
9 years after the war has ended, protagonist Mariya joins Dorothea, an organisation dedicated to investigating and suppressing fairy-related crimes. In an unstable, post-war world, conflicts emerge and the Fairy Soldiers must find a way to live.
This one’s an anime original and it sounds very cool! A good blend of fantasy and military elements is a marvellous thing, and Fairy Gone looks like it’s going to deliver on that front! With a gritty, post-war setting, and gorgeous character designs, this is definitely one to keep an eye on if you want a mature action anime next season! Fairy Gone airs on April 8th.
3. Shoumetsu Toshi
One day, a city suddenly disappears. Lone wolf courier guy Takuya meets Yuki, the only survivor from the lost city, and the two of them rely on a message from Yuki’s missing father which takes them towards the disappeared city. On the way, they encounter unexpected obstacles, such as a mysterious group manipulating things from the shadows and a hidden conspiracy. The two strangers grow closer as they journey onward and try to unravel the mystery of the lost city.
This looks like a good mystery anime for the season, and things certainly seem to get crazy from the trailer! There seem to be some superpowers and stuff going on, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out! Shoumetsu Toshi beings airing on April 7th.
4. Kono Oto Tomare!
When the senior members graduate, Takezou ends up the only member of the koto club. With the new school year beginning, he has to find more members or the club will be disbanded. Luckily for him, two people show up asking join, however, they’re a genius girl and a delinquent boy! How will Takezou keep the club alive and handle his new members?
There’s always at least one club-based anime, and it’s a koto club this time, rather than a sport, even if we didn’t get to see any music in the brief trailer. It’s not clear if there’ll be a competitive element for the koto club, though I kind of hope there is, but there are still bound to be various highs and lows along with some good old-fashioned school drama. If it sounds as pretty as it looks, this’ll be a good one! Kono Oto Tomare! airs on April 7th.
5. Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin
Miyako Arata has just been assigned to the Shinjuku Ward Office’s Nighttime Regional Relations Department, a department each of Tokyo’s 23 wards has to deal with paranormal and occult events. Arata is able to understand non-human speech, and a youkai he encounters at Shinjuku Gyoen park refers to Arata as the legendary Heian era exorcist, Abe no Seimei.
Super special departments are usually an interesting set-up, and adding the occult in there too suggests this is going to be pretty exciting. Can’t go wrong with some winged people and a giant cat! It’s good to get a rundown of the main cast in this trailer, and they have some nice designs. The voice actors for two of the main characters appear to be doing the opening and ending themes too, so that’s a neat extra! Mayonaka no Occult Koumuin is due to air some time this April.
6. Carole & Tuesday
Fifty years have passed since mankind started migrating to Mars and now most culture is produced by AI. Carole and Tuesday are two girls from very different backgrounds who are both aspiring to become musicians and have a void in their life. All that changes when a chance meeting brings them together. They may only create a tiny wave at the moment, but together they feel like they just might have a chance for it to grow into something larger.
Another anime original and another musical anime, this time with some sci-fi flavour. Not only does Carole & Tuesday‘s trailer suggest the soundtrack will be incredible, but it looks gorgeous. It looks like this one could be very sweet and uplifting – a perfect counter-balance to some of the darker shows this season! Carole & Tuesday airs on April 11th.
Bonus: Dororo (continued)
A samurai lord barters away his son’s organs to demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield, but the baby survives. Fitted with lethal prosthetics, the boy hunts down the demons to regain his lost body one piece at a time. On the way, he meets a young orphan claiming to be the greatest thief in Japan, and the two of them begin to journey across the country together.
Dororo‘s had a strong start this season, so here’s hoping it can keep up the momentum into spring as it continues through to 24 episodes. If you haven’t checked out this excellent take on Tezuka’s manga yet, then go get caught up! Dororo somehow manages to be horrible and wholesome in quick succession and pull it off. It’s beautifully animated, and provides both amazing action sequences and moving character drama.
So that’s 6 spring 2019 anime we think are worth keeping an eye on! Will you be watching any of these titles? Which series are you most looking forward to in the upcoming season? Let us know in the comments!
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