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Monday, July 22, 2019

Summer 2019 Anime Season: My First Impression Review

The summer 2019 season is officially here and we have seen the first two weeks of the season so far and I think it’s about time to discuss it. Thus, I am writing our first impression review for summer 2019 anime lineup and I think I have to start it with saying I am taking back my first remarks about it when the season just started few weeks ago.

Dr. Stone anime
Senku (Dr.Stone)

During a short conversation with some of my friends who are also watching anime, I have stated that the summer 2019 lineup is quite weak at some point compared to spring 2019 anime season. Maybe, it’s because I still have a hangover of the previous season and especially how awesome was the ride I had with it especially with Fruits Basket (2019) reboot, Kono Oto Tomare!, Attack on Titan 3, and the Demon Slayer. However, now that we are delving deeper this season, I could say that I misjudged it at first sight and have to add that there are plenty of good shows this season and some of them truly captivated my heart already. 

In this post, I will share my first thoughts about most of the anime shows that I have in my watchlist this season. To be honest, this is the first time that I have over 30 anime titles in my watchlist in an ongoing season including the leftover shows. At I thought, I could only manage over 20 shows like what I did from the previous season but as what people said, surpass your limit and that is what I am aiming to do this summer despite the exhausting schedule at work.

Yu Alexius Top Anime of Summer 2019 Week 1
Yu Alexius Top Anime of Summer 2019 - Week 1

So, let’s start our list following our Top 10 Anime of Summer 2019 – Week No. 1 chart which we posted on our Facebook page last Sunday. Here we go:

GIVEN

GIVEN ANIME EPISODE 1

Forcing its way to the top of my early favorites despite the popular shounen titles this season is GIVEN – Can’t Say Goodbye. I’m Still Drifting With Your Echoes. Everyone might be surprised and saying that GIVEN is yaoi, boys-love, or whatever shounen-ai jargons people could say but personally, it is not your ordinary boys-love story. It goes beyond that, it’s friendship, it’s music, it’s drama, and yes it is love. So far, from the first strum of those strings of the guitar, I could say we are up to a dramatic ride with a very promising story. 


Dr. STONE

Dr. STONE Anime

Stunning visuals, promising plot, lots of scenes of almost naked hot guys, a 3,000-year-old overdue love story, a youthful dream of a peculiar scientist, and lots of intriguing human philosophy for survival. With this, we all know that Dr. Stone is among the most brilliant stars of the season partnered with amazing animation and breathtaking scenery, this anime is seriously pulling the strings to win the competition for the best anime of the season. 


Fire Force

Fire Force Anime

Literally the only burning anime this season with so much passion for quality animation and a pretty decent story, Fire Force is a powerful contender for anime of the season with so many assets to back it up. I just love how much effort David Production had exerted on this anime project and I felt so happy because they didn’t space anything cheap on this one, thus giving us such a quality animated show which is really lit af. Furthermore, both the opening and ending theme songs were cosmic and truly gave me an eargasm.


Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga Anime

Fierce and powerful, this is how Vinland Saga opens the season with too much action, drama, blood, and excitement. If there’s anything that could take the best action anime title so far, there’s no doubt that would be Vinland Saga. This amazing narrative story of Vikings from a different perspective is quite refreshing and at the same time exciting. If you guys love Berserk, then I am telling you to hold your breath, fasten your belt and add Vinland Saga to your watchlist and never look back. This is the perfect show for you this season, not to mention that its opening theme song is so damn addicting.


Astra: Lost in Space

Astra: Lost in Space

This is our space odyssey story this season and it is really amazing though I have to admit I didn’t expect that much from it during those days that I am only reading its plot. Good thing I watched the first episode and I eventually fell in love with it. As of writing, I have watched the second episode already and I never regret putting this show in the Top 10 of our first weekly chart. If I could explain it in short, Astra: Lost in Space is like a light-hearted story of the movie AVATAR with humor and a little bit of conspiracy.


Skilled Teaser Takagi-san Season 2

Skilled Teaser Takagi-san Season 2

Funny, simple, romantic, and innocent Skilled Teaser Takagi-san could be described in those words. It’s a breathed of fresh air in this season which is filled with isekai story and action anime. So far, I couldn’t see yet the sparks that it has with its first season but I know that we are getting there one of these days. Though, until that day arrives, I couldn’t put Skilled Teaser Takagi-san higher than 6th place in our list. Nonetheless, this is a perfect anime to unwind and relax when I felt suffocated by all the heavy action, and stupid funny anime shows.


Gorgeous Butterfly: Young Nobunaga

Gorgeous Butterfly: Young Nobunaga

Looking in Japan’s history from a different perspective and seeing the life story of one of its most influential and controversial figure is truly amazing. The animation quality for this anime is so good matched with lucid and dreamy visuals, I felt like dreaming while watching this. It sure is a beautiful show with an interesting take on the character of Oda Nobunaga and I love it so far.


If it’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord

If it’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord

Now, we have here our basic RPG inspired anime, the genre which gained so much popularity lately and is synonymous with isekai genre. So far, this is a real gem among its peers and really is an innocent and adorable show to follow this season. I just love how cute Dale is, and especially Latina. I’ll say this is a different take on the genre which shows the simple and innocent daily life of an adventurer is a less serious mode. Though it’s quite too fictional to be so true on its genre, but I am really enjoying it and how fluffy the atmosphere it with this anime show.


Cop Craft

Cop Craft

This could be your ordinary urban fantasy mystery anime and I could sense a lot of Garo: Vanishing Lines vibes from this anime. Animation wise, it’s pretty solid with interesting characters to follow and a cliché that we all know about two anime characters put together to do their job. So far, I could endure it and I am simply enthralled by its plot and wanting to delve deeper into its story.


Isekai Cheat Magician

Isekai Cheat Magician

And here we have a legit isekai anime which is pretty obvious. The beginning is pretty rough and we didn’t get a glimpse of its world that much aside from the fact that the first episode is well-animated and the visuals look fascinating. Nonetheless, I am hoping for more about this anime and wishing it won’t turn out to be disappointing just like the Magi’s Grandson from the previous season which is not bad but I couldn’t say to be very good. 


Danmachi Season 2

Danmachi Season 2

Well, we have the biggest anime of the season here and it fell short of our Top 10 though. A continuation of the 2014 hit anime series, the anime did have a very promising plot though the first episode didn’t live up that much to people’s expectation. One thing is sure though, Hestia is always followed by trouble and with that being said, we all know that Bell and the rest of the gang will be up to a fantastic adventure with conspiracy targeting his goddess and friends.


Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest

First of all, I am quite disappointed with the first episode but I believe that this anime is among the strongest title this season with a huge fandom behind it knowing just how good the original light novel is. I still have high hopes for Arifureta and definitely, have it in my watchlist til the end of the season. What makes it out of the Top 10 in our list is possibly the weak start and with that pretty cheap rip off of Tokyo Ghoul cliché and poor scriptwriting. Seriously, I am devastated with its script but the good animation, pretty visuals, and decent song still manage to save it from falling too far and the story is a promising one. I could feel the same vibes as The Rising of the Shield Hero from Arifureta which makes things even more exciting.


A Certain Scientific Accelerator

A Certain Scientific Accelerator

My favorite esper finally has his own show and the start isn’t really something so special but it is quite pretty decent.  A Certain Scientific Accelerator is amazing on his own right though it still has some weakness which also exists on the other installments of its original franchise. I am not expecting that much from this anime show but I can’t really say that it’s bad and I think any scenes with Accelerator on it will definitely be lit and pretty insane for me.


The Wasteful Days of High School Girl

The Wasteful Days of High School Girl

Damn, if there’s anything that I could say about this anime is that this is so me and my friends. It really feels so stupid and funny at the same time. Pretty naïve but that is how high school days most of the time is and I could somehow relate myself with some of the characters in the show. Bottomline, it’s not the best and there’s no depth in it at all, but The Wasteful Days of High School Girl is definitely an entertaining and pretty funny anime show that everyone who wants to laugh must watch.


Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?

What’s really amazing with isekai genre is taking the story and the cliché to the next level and this time, it couldn’t be more bizarre than having your mom transported together with you to another gaming world. It is cliché but at the same time unique and once that happens, you know you’re up to a funny and hilarious ride filled with motherly advice and shenanigans with the normal gaming RPG-inspired story. It lacks the same, but the fun sure is definitely there.


How Heavy Are the Dumbbell You Lift?

How Heavy Are the Dumbbell You Lift?

A funny and at the same time education approach of high school girls and gym life is the plot of this anime with a peculiar title as if the others show didn’t have any funny titles too. Personally, I am having fun watching this anime, from the main heroine complaining about her weight but couldn’t get the motivation to control her diet. I could definitely feel her and I am also on the same boat. From that almost perfect role model student in school but turn out to be a fitness maniac, and that handsome gym instructor who looks normal at first but his clothes randomly explode when he flex, these were only few of those funny cliché in this anime and they were done pretty well.


The Ones Within (Genome)

The Ones Within (Genome)

This is quite bizarre and creepy at some point. I love how these people with different personality and expertise in their own game were put together in one place to play a crazy game. This could be considered as another isekai anime too but with seriously interesting and peculiar characters. I love the characters of some of the characters, though the story could have so many flaws in some instances.


Maou-Sama: Retry

Maou-Sama: Retry

Another isekai and I felt having the same vibe as That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime but with the different plot though. What’s amazing though is that the main hero is actually the developer of the game and not just some random player or nobody who gets transported into the gaming world. The animation quality and even the visuals were quite subpar but the story is actually fun on my end. 


Lord El Melloi II’s Case Files (Rail Zeppelin) Grace note

Lord El Melloi II’s Case Files (Rail Zeppelin) Grace note

Alright, the first episode had been quite a confusing ride for me but after watching the second episode I realize how enchanting this anime is. The music is so magical and beyond witchcraft could make, the story is filled with some conspiracy and I just want to uncover most of them so I might have joined this anime until it’s officially over. So far, the 2nd episode had improved my thoughts about this anime.


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts

To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts

Now this one is a little bit conflicting. Anime like this reminds us of the tragic measure people could do in order to win a war. It could produce monsters, and at some point, we people could only pray to anyone who has the strength in order to survive but when the danger is over, what happens to such symbol of strength or power? We abandoned it when everything is over, it shows that we humans could be the world’s greatest traitor and we are also the one who drive people to be monsters. This is more than politics, more than military and more than what our hearts could endure. To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts is quite a painful story but shows that no matter how painful it maybe we have to move forward and prioritize the safety of the majority and see the bigger picture for the sake of the greater good. 


So far, these are the anime shows that I truly enjoyed and opened the season with a good start. Though, Magical Sempai and Are You Lost? also, deserve to be mentioned here as it really is a fun anime to watch. On your end, please let us know about your thoughts and which anime shows did you enjoy the most this summer 2019 so far. You may drop your comments below about it and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates from our team.

2 comments:

  1. No love for Mari Okada's "O Maidens in your Savage Season"? While not my absolute most favorite of the season (that one goes to Vinland Saga for sure), it seems like the character writing for this show is the strongest of the season so far which I found really enjoyable! It's nice to have a show that presents adolescence and the awareness of sexuality that comes along with it in all its mortifying, terrifying, and downright weird glory with nary a shoujo sparkle or hint of romanticization to be seen.

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    1. Hi, actually i watch that one and really enjoyed it. I wasn't able to include it here yet dince thishad been on my draft for 1 week and didn't update it when I published it. But definitely adding O Maidens, and BEM here soon. Thanks for reminding me though

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