Hello everyone and welcome to the results for the best anime series of 2019 as voted for by you. Below you will see the top 10 series in ascending order from 1, followed by the 10 closest runner ups. Each series will have a small blurb of commentary for it done by select members of staff.
Once again thank you very much for voting and hopefully your favourite series managed to crack the top 10.
1st Attack on Titan Season 3
"Looks like things escalated in this season of Attack on Titan from the few scenes I sampled for putting together my thoughts of the Best Animation category. Seems the Attack on Titan franchise was one of the decade’s more popular anime franchises in attracting casual fans, as I’ve had a few friends with only casual knowledge of anime knowing about it and its premise. Because of its seemingly dark medieval fantasy-based setting, this likely allowed it to attract a wider audience than most other popular anime since it had story elements that Westerners could identify with and having nothing based within Japanese cultural elements. The series still isn’t my cup of tea, but I can at least see why the series could have attracted an audience beyond typical anime crowds and being one of a handful of manga titles to have sold over 100 million copies."
"Thankfully, one of the series that did not fall towards my sin, and this ended up being more entertaining as it came along. Hopefully, the grand finale will make it all worthwhile, but as of this season at hand, it turned out to be fun as always, some heartbreak aside."
2nd - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
"It’s actually been a while since I last seen anything involving Jojo, mainly when I attempted to sample Diamond is Unbreakable in spite of hearing about the rather divided opinions that part of the franchise is. Could certainly see why that reception was as such with the rather different art style and the series not having as much of the manic, over-the-top action offered from the first series and Stardust Crusaders. I guess Golden Wind made enough of a strong impression to make up for Diamond is Unbreakable’s mixed reception. Only thing that may keep me from watching it for anyone that wants to clue me in, could I just skip Diamond is Unbreakable to see Golden Wind without being too lost on following what goes on, as I have at least fully watched Jojo up to Stardust Crusaders?"
"The other half of my worst sin for falling behind due to my studies back when Part 1 released, but the love is very strong with you guys for this show, and for that, it jumps to the top 3 once again."
3rd - Vinland Saga
"I did hear fanfare about the manga source material for Vinland Saga starting from a couple years ago, which led me to checking out this anime adaptation when I caught wind of it. I found myself enjoying this series quite a bit throughout its two-cour run as it offered an impressively faithful depiction of the Viking lifestyle and its pitfalls, as seen from the perspectives of Thorfinn and Askeladd throughout the show’s run. Anyone looking for a unique take on Viking raids and their way of life in anime form should give this series a watch."
"I believe this is tied to my worst victim of my sin alongside another entry, due to this becoming my most interested of the bunch of series from 2019 and the massive feedback from most of everyone I saw. Hopefully, this show serves me well when my event finally shows up."
4th - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
"Mainly know of Demon Slayer’s fanfare thanks to series female lead Nezuko being the show’s unofficial moe mascot of sorts for it. I did attempt to get into the series twice last year considering the fanfare it had and while I did get through a good deal of the first episode, I couldn’t find myself watching past the point where Tanjiro attempting to prevent Nezuko’s death, mainly as I couldn’t stand Tanjiro’s all-loving hero character type and him being another lead character of the series didn’t help matters. I’ll concede part of me does want to go further into this considering the storytelling for it felt a bit different outside of the typical shonen storytelling mold in spite of my gripes with Tanjiro’s character. But whether or not I’ll revisit the series down the line will likely come down to what else has my interest for anime viewing."
"The second-worst victim of my sin, massive feedback aside form in and outside of the site, but this ended up being quite the entry to make it almost to the top. However, you guys had more in mind."
5th - BEASTARS
"Another of my favorites from last year, Beastars stuck out for me thanks to its unique premise on exploring the uneasiness of attempted peaceful coexistence between carnivores and herbivores in human form. The main exploration of this unique dynamic comes from wolf Legosi seemingly developing feelings for a bunny named Haru and trying to fathom if his feelings for her are either genuine love or desiring her as prey due to his predatory instincts. With a second season of the series in development, I look forward to seeing how Legosi and Haru’s unique relationship works out in this series."
"I’m definitely putting this show in one of my future events, because this ended up being one of the worst victims of my sin alongside literally most of the top 5. A high amount of good buzz from you guys got enough to make it here and it definitely shows."
6th - My Hero Academia Season 4
"I largely don’t have much to say about My Hero Academia since I haven’t followed much of its developments following my ho-hum reception to its first season. I’m aware it is one of the popular ongoing anime franchises at the moment with its superhero premise involving Midoriya and others within Class 1-A of U.A. High School. But beyond that, I haven’t given much thought to looking into current developments with the series, unless I need to research anything for Battle Forum matches."
"While this show also fell to my pile of sin over time, it managed to maintain the fun for everyone, but before that, it understandably had some pitfalls, which was why the drop from the top happened this time around. Still didn’t stop you guys this time around."
7th - Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
"This seems like another of those anime that you will love or hate with its comedic gimmick, and the gimmick being on the summoned hero being overpowered, yet ridiculously cautious seems pretty one-note. This largely kept me from wanting to check out the series when I heard about its premise."
"Normally, something this dumb sounding would pique my curiosity, but because this is a battle harem, this worked against it for me and that’s why I also slept on this on purpose. That didn’t stop the lot of you guys, though and instead had enough fun to be on the Top 10."
8th - Black Clover
"I don’t have much to say on Black Clover at this point. I know it’s one of the more popular shounen action anime right now and still continues to be popular. But that is probably as much as I would want to get into with the series."
"I’m one of the many that jumped ship after that almost deliberate 3-episode test fail from back when the show just dropped, but none of that stopped the lot of you guys this year, either. Your dedication knew no bounds here."
9th - Dr. Stone
"Alongside Fire Force, I recall this series being one of the popular shounen titles that premiered during the summer season last year and actually tuned out of seeing past its first episode. It looks like this is supposed to be some sort of adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic future after most of humanity’s turned into stone. But the tone of the series didn’t seem any different from other shounen titles I’ve seen in terms of execution, thus I tuned out of seeing it."
"I’m in the very same boat as Dream once again with this show as well, so not much to go from there other than morbid curiosity, considering that this did even better."
10th - Mob Psycho 100 Season 2
"Unlike One Punch Man, I have yet to dabble into this second season of Mob Psycho 100 since I actually found myself not being as receptive to enjoying its first season since I couldn’t get into Mob’s character. Reigen was a hoot with his efforts to maintain the guise of being psychic despite being a con artist. But as the main focus of the series was Mob’s bland character, I didn’t find myself invested enough in Mob Psycho to want to see its second season and I don’t think my thoughts will change for that."
"This ended up being another of the fallen, so I have yet to know if the series has improved or not or was any more fun than the last one, but you guys seem to think so now that it has managed to get to this position. Yeah, expect a lot more sin confessions from this point forward."
11th - Kakegurui××
"I did attempt to watch this series last year while I had my Netflix subscription as I heard about its premise being similar to Classroom of the Elite with offering a jaded view of high school life where students determine their worth through some overly elaborate social system that snuffs out the weak, in this case gambling being the social system milked in this series. However while I could get into Classroom of the Elite since it did dabble into strategy and scheming from its students, the execution of Kakegurui’s story felt too much like a shounen series for me with characters being overly confident with their deeds before getting overly shocked that they have lost in gambling bets, and a few key characters being overly built up as the elite to deal with within the series. I don’t think I’ll be hopping back into this one again anytime soon, if ever."
"So, a good bunch of you guys had fun with this beauty as well, but visuals aside (and I’m kinda sure that’s why it almost made it to Top 10), I do agree with Dream for basically delving into shounen territory with some of the stakes being not as high. Still didn’t stop the lot of you guys, however."
12th - Fire Force
"Alongside Dr. Stone, I recall this series being one of the popular shounen titles that premiered during the summer season last year and actually tuned out of seeing past its first episode. Its premise reminded me of Blue Exorcist in some facets with an organization featuring those with paranormal powers protecting the populace from paranormal threats. That said, its startup in its first episode with the train attack meant to introduce its premise felt a bit too familiar to me in how it was structured and I tuned out after that.."
"Another entry that I’m shocked didn’t crack the top 10 due to the positive feedback (and some hilarious salt) I heard of the show, but it has definitely served some of you guys well, from what I’ve seen, even with other battle shounen series to consider. Unfortunately, this is one of the many shows that I ended up losing or falling off to my job at the time, if you couldn’t already tell, but that’s another tale for another day."
13th - The Rising of the Shield Hero Dream
"So appears this series is the latest popular entry in the ever-growing isekai genre milked in recent years. I did attempt to see it last year, but found myself not getting into the series beyond its first episode. Judging from fan reception I gather, the series seems to be a “love it or hate it” deal due to the handling of its plot at points throughout its run. With how oversaturated the isekai genre’s become in recent years, not so sure I would make this a priority to see since its premise doesn’t seem to do much to stick out of the pack."
"Considering the positive buzz I’ve seen, even among myself, I’m pretty shocked that this didn’t crack the top 10, but that didn’t stop anyone from having fun with this dark tale of redemption at all. Hopefully, the continuation will keep the fun going, my rage for a few characters lower than goblins aside."
14th - Dororo
"Must admit I’m kind of surprised this series got some votes, as it is a remake of one of “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka’s manga titles and had last received an anime adaptation over 50 years ago. I did get into the premise exploring Hyakkimaru’s search to reclaim his body parts from demons and learning more of the circumstances that led to his predicament, as the anime offered interesting exploration on the moral consequences Hyakkimaru and his family face for their actions. The only rough spot I found with the series was our titular character’s focus, as it seemed Dororo was meant to serve as Hyakkimaru’s moral compass throughout his journey yet his character is shafted in focus during later episodes. Still, this series should be worth checking out if you’re a fan of anime set in feudal era Japan or curious about any of Osamu Tezuka’s work."
"Honestly checked this out because I haven’t seen any blood take the skies in a while at the time, but this ended up becoming a fun series to me that I would recommend, even without knowing that this was a remake until a point. A good bunch of you also had fun with this show as well, but only enough to make the top 15."
15th - Sword Art Online: Alicization
"Guess in spite of my indifference toward the SAO franchise, it seems to still be popular among folks. Following the first series, I largely tuned out of following it until I heard about the controversy that stemmed from one of Alicization’s episodes depicting two female characters nearly getting sexually assaulted. This then had me recalling a similar event taking place during the final battle in SAO’s Fairy Dance arc and from what I further dug up, seems a similar event also took place during one of the second series’ story arcs as well. This just has me now repulsed at the franchise in general since the franchise’s creator seems to rely on rape as a plot device a wee bit much and personally, I think the use of rape for any creative medium needs to be handled delicately by anyone wishing to implement it as part of their story. Implement it in the wrong way and the creator risks alienating their fanbase if they get repulsed from how rape is depicted within a title they enjoy. This is no different for Sword Art Online with how rape is milked during the climactic parts of some of its story arcs."
"Aside of the multiple fiascos that happened, especially westward in case of the Simuldub Television Broadcast, this show managed to tickle some fancies due to the plot progression it entails. Hopefully the second half serves you guys well, much to the dismay of certain pandemics."
16th - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
"As I covered in my review of this from last year, this series gave me vibes of Sword Art Online and not in a good way. Rimuru reminded me too much of Kirito from SAO in that both were quite overpowered as lead characters, nearly every character seemingly exists to admire how brave and strong they are, and that tense situations happen to swing in their favors a bit too conveniently. Sure, this series is a bit more lighter in mood compared to SAO and is a little more self-aware of its situation through Rimuru’s eyes. But the lack of serious conflict or character development made me largely indifferent to the series."
"I heard a bunch of hot-and-cold reactions due to the slime at hand’s powers becoming pretty nasty, but that aside, it turned out fun for a good amount of us now, did it?"
17th - One Piece
"The surviving member of the Holy Shonen Trinity still holds on to fan popularity and doesn’t surprise me at this stage. Have little else to say on the matter."
"This entry’s going to be here as long as the show keeps running, isn’t it? I’m honestly happy for this show, long length aside, and I hope this keeps it up at this point."
18th - One-Punch Man Season 2
"Must admit this season was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The addition of Garou’s character to One Punch Man was an interesting addition with his regard for heroes and what led him to be a villain. However, I wasn’t so much a fan of the Monster Association’s presence in the series since they took away focus on Garou’s presence in the series and their motives weren’t as interesting to see develop as what Garou was doing. Plus unlike the first series, it seemed Saitama was largely directionless for this season as he had little to do with the series largely focused on the ongoing events with Garou and the Monster Association. The series also concluded at an inopportune time during a major plot point within its current conflict. Now I’m not so sure if I’ll have interest in later anime adaptations of One Punch Man due to this, assuming any future animated projects come along."
"While some parts are a bit underwhelming until later, this season at hand turned out to be another fun ride for the bunch of us, much to Saitama’s boredom in this show. Thankfully, that never stopped us now, did it?"
19th - The Promised Neverland
"I’ll admit while this series wasn’t my cup of tea when I seen it last year, the cat-and-mouse that Emma and the orphans had against their caretakers added a good amount of intrigue throughout Promised Neverland with having you wonder whether or not Emma and the boys will survive their ordeal after learning the truth about their lives in the orphanage. There’s obviously a larger plot in play with the world of the series that unfolds beyond this season of the series, as I’ve heard there’s another season of the series in the works. Whether or not later developments with the series play out as engaging as what the first season of Promised Neverland offered up will likely come down to what direction the series goes with exploring developments with Emma and the orphans."
"Something really dark was going on behind the scenes of this show and that was enough for me to get pulled into this, but those that also get pulled in like this may end up finding this interesting. More is rumored to be in the works, and some of you are definitely holding out here."
20th - Fruits Basket (2019)
"Perhaps my personal favorite and most highly anticipated series for last year, this remake of Fruits Basket did very well at improving upon and being a more faithful adaptation of Natsuki Takaya’s modern shoujo classic. The first season had adapted material from the first nine volumes of the manga series and with a second series airing for the spring season later this year, I look forward to seeing how more of the manga will look in animated form."
"Another of the many that has been out of my radar, but this series ended up piquing some interest to end up on this list. It seems like a fun one to get to after a glimpse of this, but it has served quite a few of you guys well."
Best Anime Component - Characters
"Like many, I had voted for characters being the most important element for enjoying an anime. You can have the best presentation, soundtrack, and plot for a series. But in many cases, not having engaging characters that an audience can relate to or be entertained by can turn them away from wanting to give a hoot for a series and this is one of the major components that I use to determine if an anime is worth watching or not."
"This department can either make or break a series by itself, and if done very well, they can end up either being really great and even relatable gems or complete monsters to throw in a dungeon somewhere (not speaking from experience, or anything). I agree that Characters are one of the most important elements not just of anime, but of any medium."
Best Animation: Attack on Titan Season 3
"After getting a chance to see some scenes from this season of Attack on Titan, can certainly see where it could be regarded as one of the more visually impressive titles of the year. The conflict between humans and the Titans came through nicely in the show’s battle sequences as the animation is nicely done in showing how the immense strength of the Titans damage anything within their vicinity with each attack they deliver."
"I noticed almost NO difference from even the first season after going back to the series. It’s really telling on how well done the animation was for this season. I’m just that impressed."
Best Non Anime: Seis Mano
"Looks like Netflix and the same animation team behind the Castlevania series are responsible for this series from what I gather. So we have a revenge story involving Mexican martial artists up against a crime syndicate that seemingly dabbles into occult magics where those they kill get turned into mindless monsters? Sounds like something fans of supernatural/ martial-arts action shows or movies could enjoy. "
"WELL, I ended up getting a pretty good first impression of this for the revenge plot and with the occult involved, including people getting sacrificed. Definitely interesting if you want to have some messed up fun."
And that's the top 20 anime as voted for by you the community. Hopefully you enjoyed the little banners Menos made for the top 10 and reading the small commentaries on each series by Old Man Dream and Caffeinated Master Menos .
Below you will see the raw votes and total score for each of the above series compiled by Taka .
And finally once again thank you very much for voting.
Old Man Dream: For the Pixar films from the poll I did up to yesterday, I'll be watching A Bug's Life first.
Jan 10, 2021 3:35:28 GMT
Taka: I'll be back later tonight. Hopefully, my internet will get better and stay stable. It's randomly disconnecting.
Jan 11, 2021 0:32:01 GMT
Old Man Dream: Something I hate doing when I had initially promised, but having second thoughts on the Pixar movie viewing I promised. Four months going through the retrospective has me itching to want to dabble back into older anime titles again.
Jan 12, 2021 1:28:38 GMT
Old Man Dream: Yeah, sorry guys. But I'm reneging on this. Been immersed enough in Disney the past four months and want to get back deep into things with anime. Maybe down the line, I'll do a Pixar retrospective if I have enough a case of anime burnout. But back to anime
Jan 12, 2021 1:43:22 GMT
Taka: Ok, my involvement with the Index Collab has finally concluded. Thank you and hopefully, we get more new members joining the site.
Jan 13, 2021 2:44:44 GMT
Taka: I was going to work on the simulcast guide. Getting internet problems again.
Jan 14, 2021 3:28:10 GMT
Taka: I'm not sure when to do the seasonal derby for Winter 2021 since Netflix or other companies might pop up a new anime.
Jan 16, 2021 1:47:06 GMT
Old Man Dream: Guess even with Weathering with You, Shinkai's still dabbling into his typical storytelling involving long-distance relationships, at least when it comes to Hina and Hodaka's circumstances. Only about an hour into the film thus far.
Jan 16, 2021 15:40:36 GMT
Old Man Dream: Hmmmmm.... And can't believe I'm saying this with my indifference for both: Your Name > Weathering With You.
Jan 16, 2021 18:32:40 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with the film. Think there's enough with this where I can put a review together. Expect something up sometime later today.
Jan 16, 2021 19:19:02 GMT
Taka: Planning to watch Weathering with You. I don't remember if I watched all of the older Shinkai films. There is a shift from the sad romance to happier romance if I'm not mistaken.
Jan 16, 2021 23:09:22 GMT
Taka: Watching the Maleficent live action movie.
Jan 20, 2021 5:05:31 GMT