The 25 Absolute Best Anime of 2019, Ranked

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Vote up the anime that you are most looking forward to watching.

As the year draws to a close, it's time to look ahead to new anime in 2019. While not everything has been announced yet, there are a ton of great titles coming up in the winter and spring seasons, as well as plenty of shows that don't have firm release dates as of yet. 

The best upcoming 2019 anime include reboots of classics like Fruits Basket and Boogiepop Phantom, new seasons of amazing shows like Mob Psycho 100 and Chihayafuru, and all-new adaptations of hot manga like Osamu Tezuka's 60's classic Dororo, as well as the more recent series, The Promised Neverland. There's even going to be a fun crossover with four different popular isekai series. No matter what you're seeking, there's something to get hyped about in the coming year. 

This list will exclude second cours - as much as everyone is looking forward to the next installment of Attack on Titan, it isn't a new season.

Update: Check out the best new 2020 anime for new titles this year!

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
    Photo: ufotable

    The anime studio best-known for its incredible CGI and work on the Fate franchise, Ufotable, is finally coming out with something that has nothing to do with the clash over the Holy Grail. In Blade Of Demon Destruction, Tanjirou's entire family gets assaulted, and the only other survivor is his sister Nezuko - who has turned into a demon.

    Despite the change, there still appears to be some humanity left inside of Nezuko, prompting Tanjirou to embark on a journey to change her back. 


  • The Promised Neverland
    Photo: CloverWorks

    A seemingly idyllic orphanage turns out to be something far more sinister. When two of the children venture away from the orphanage, they discover that they're being raised as livestock in service of hungry demons.

    Will these innocent kids be able to escape in time?

  • 3
    5,205 votes

    After all of humanity is encased in stone for thousands of years, those who awaken must figure out how to rebuild the societies they once took for granted. One of the survivors is Senku, a science genius who plans to restore humanity to its technological glory. He has his work cut out for him - not only does he have to rebuild the whole world from scratch, he also has to contend with people who have very different ideas than he does about what the new world should be like.

  • 4
    5,099 votes
    Vinland Saga
    Photo: Wit Studio

    Wit Studio - the studio best-known for hits like Attack on Titan and The Ancient Magus' Bride - is adapting Vinland Saga, a beloved manga from 2005. It follows Thorfinn, a young Viking warrior who is hellbent on getting revenge against the person who slayed his father. 

    This action-adventure story is filled with compelling characters and plotlines.

  • Izuku Midoriya's journey to become a professional hero continues in Season 4. Viewers can look forward to an explosion of new heroes and new villains alike, as well as a new plot involving a yakuza leader named Chisaki whose nefarious plans put a wide range of people - including a mysterious little girl named Eri - in danger. 

  • 6
    9,010 votes

    The Rising Of The Shield Hero

     The Rising Of The Shield Hero
    Photo: Kinema Citrus

    Iwatani Naofumi is summoned to another world with the expectation that he will be a great warrior, but when he turns out to be too weak to prosper in this new world, he finds himself the target of shunning. 

    Consumed with rage at his circumstances, he sets about getting revenge.