Hard to believe another year has gone by, but here we are in 2020 already. So with 2019 finally all wrapped up, it’s time to take a moment to reflect on all the anime we watched this past year and pick out our favorites. Much like last year’s edition of the Year in Review, we’ll be going through season by season and talking about our favorite shows. I’ve brought the whole team together for this so let’s get started!
Starting off with this short show because it’s what sticks out the most for me when I think back to the winter season a year ago. What I loved the most about this show, aside from how gosh darn cute Grea is, is how chill and relaxing it was to watch. It’s only about 10 minutes per ep and each ep is just so relaxing and enjoyable to watch. There is some huge plot with branching arcs and layers upon layers of stuff happening, it’s literally just the daily adventures of two princesses at their magic school. While this show is a spin-off from a series I’m not too familiar with, Manaria Friends is super easy to jump into without any prior knowledge of the main series it’s from and it’s really easy to follow too. Sure there might be some finer details that might go unnoticed but pretty much everything else is easy to follow. And I can’t talk about this show without mentioning how much I love the two main characters, Anne and Grea. By far one of my top favorite couples of 2019, these two princesses were so much fun to watch each week as their adventures drew them closer to each other and deepened their love. Grea too deserves a special mention because she’s insanely cute. I love everything about her so much and pretty much anything she was doing on screen had me absolutely giddy. Not many anime girls do that to me but Grea did every time. She’s the most precious thing ever and I wish her and Anne the very best in their relationship going forward. Oh and the English dub is actually pretty decent too. I don’t usually watch the dubs but for this one I gave it a quick listen and liked what I heard. Worth checking out if you like dubs.
Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!
This one might seem like a slightly strange pick over the likes of Kakegurui xx or even Endro, but as I don’t want to take up all of this post talking about all the shows I liked, I decided to pick this one, Wataten. At first glance I know what you’re thinking, “ah this is another one of those loli shows isn’t it?” and while yes that’s kinda right, it’s not the degree that say, Muscle Maid was or anything. Sure Miyako was a little obsessed with Hana, but her obsession, I felt, wasn’t as extreme as Muscle Maid presented theirs. So with that said, Miyako was also a big reason why this show is getting the nod over others. I personally really liked Miyako, she was a treat to watch each week with her awkward social anxiety clashing with her love of Hana. She almost felt relatable at times too, not the obsession with Hana aspect though don’t worry. Also can’t have this write up without mentioning Miyako’s friend Kouko as well. She was a great addition to this show and her interactions with Miyako were great. Actually all of the characters had great dynamics and were a joy to watch. Not something I was expecting out of this show, but how everyone played off each other was great to see and made this already fun show that much more enjoyable. So yes, it’s a bit of a strange pick compared to the other shows that aired that season, but in the end it was one of the most fun shows to watch of that season too.
Honorable mentions for Endro, Magical Girl Spec-Ops, and Kakegurui xx for being other great shows from that season too.
Mob Psycho 100 Season 2
There are two shows that come to mind. The first being a sequel season, Mob Psycho 100 2, and the other being a show with a first season, The Quintessential Quintuplets. Mob Psycho 100 2 is easily one of my favorite sequels. Some show’s second season just don’t live up, but this one blew my expectations away. While I might not have seen a whole lot of new shows last year. Mob Psycho is certainly one of the better highlights, and a rather nice surprise. The manga ended some time ago and this season was announced after the manga ended. Of course, there is still more to adapt, and I do hope another season will happen, but, this season certainly wrapped things up nicely.
Now as for The Quintessential Quintuplets, it has been a long time since I found a funny, unique, and enjoyable harem anime, I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. It had its own unique charm, and honestly, at least the main character had no real romance towards any of the girls. It was nice to see that is at times leaned more towards comedy over romance, but still had that romance background plot. It is made apparent that he does marry one of them, but, it is unknown who it is, seeing that they are all similar. I do like it, as it does add an air of mystery to it, and certainly adds to the enjoyment.
As I write this post, I’m just a few days away from being 26 years old. Wow times flies…I don’t want to be thirty… Anyway as I get older I find myself enjoying harems less and less. No longer can 4 or 5 pretty girls falling for a guy because he’s so nice can captivate me anymore. I’m happy to say that Quintessential Quintuplets or Go-Tōbun no Hanayome in Japanese is something that breaks the mold in an interesting way. Unlike like a usual harem, our MC, Fuutaro is not interested in any of the girls at the start and neither are any of them. Heck 4 of the 5 are outright hostile to him at the beginning. But as the show and later the manga go on, Fuutaro and the girls gain a bond. First it starts off as partners, he gets paid very well for tutoring the girls and they need a tutor so it’s a partnership of mutual benefit and as time goes on, they become friends and some of the quints grow to love him. It’s character development even within a 12 episode show that makes harems interesting to me nowadays. And Quintessential Quintuplets definitely has it. And even better it has a 2nd season coming out soon so make sure to watch it.
That’s it for part 1 of the Anime Corps Year in Review! What were your favorite anime of the winter 2019 season? Let us know in the comments below!
Next Friday is part 2 featuring the spring 2019 season!
See you then!