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Your Winter 2019 Anime Guide

Image: Mappa, Madhouse, Tezuka Productions

The weather is cold outside. But inside, there’s anime. Let’s figure out what shows we want to watch.

Here are the new seasons for the latest winter season. Which ones interest you?


Bang Dream! 2nd Season

Studio: Sanzigen | Passione | Creators in Pack

Genre: Idol, Music

Premiere Date: January 3

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime about girls on a musical journey.


Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale

Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: This anime follows the adventures and daily lives of mermaids.

Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures


Boogiepop and Others

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: An angel of death named “Boogiepop” might be behind recent disappearances of young women.

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B-Project: Zeccho Emotion

Studio: BN Pictures

Genre: Idols, Music, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime about a young woman gets a job as an A&R coordinator in the music business and has to manage a boy band project.

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Circlet Princess

Studio: Silver Link

Genre: Action, School, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Not currently available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Schoolgirls compete in a new VR and AR-based esport.

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Date A Live III

Studio: J.C. Staff

Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: The third season of an anime about a boy who has to make girls fall in love with him and subsequently kiss him before they explode and cause massive destruction.

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Dimension High School

Studio: Asmik Ace | Polygon Magic

Genre: Fantasy, School, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: Handsome boys find themselves teleported into handsome anime boys.

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Domestic Girlfriend

Studio: Diomedéa

Genre: Drama, Ecchi, School, Romance

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Not currently available

What It’s About in One Sentence: A high school teacher’s life gets complicated after his new stepsisters are a one-night fling and a student at school.

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Dororo

Studio: MAPPA | Tezuka Productions

Genre: Action, Magic, Samurai

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video 

What It’s About in One Sentence: A limbless boy gets body parts magically grafted on and becomes a badass samurai.

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Endro~!

Studio: Studio Gokumi

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: School girls learn how to defeat the loathsome Demon King.

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Forest of Piano: Season 2

Studio: Gaina

Genre: Drama, Music

Premiere Date: January 27

Where to Watch: Not currently available

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season about a famed pianist who grew up planning a mysterious piano in the forest.

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Girly Air Force

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Action, Drama, Military

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: Fighting machines that look like anime girls fly fighter planes.

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Grimms Notes: The Animation

Studio: Brain’s Base

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: In a world where everyone’s life is written in advance, bad things suddenly start being written into people’s lives.

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Hero Mask

Studio: Studio Pierrot

Genre: Action, Drama, Police, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: December 3

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: This is a police drama with criminals wearing masks that give them special powers.

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Hulaing Babies

Studio: Fukushima Gaina

Genre: Comedy, Music, Dancing

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: A group of girls wants to become Hulu dancers.


Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler XX

Studio: Mappa

Genre: Drama, School, Psychological

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of anime about an elite private school, where students learn the fine art of gambling.

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Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: The student council president and vice president have their hots for each other and try to get each other to confess their feelings.

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Kemono Friends 2

Studio: Tomason

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season about animal anime girls in a safari park.

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Kemurikusa

Studio: Yaoyorozu

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Girls with red hair live in a foggy world and battle bugs.

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Koya no Kotobuki Hikoutai

Studio: Gemba

Genre: Action, Military

Premiere Date: January 13

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Pilots for hire take to the skies.


Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Studio: Liden Films

Genre: Magical Girls, Military

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: Think magical girls but with a military spin.


Manaria Friends (Mysteria Friends)

Studio: Cygames Pictures

Genre: Magic, School, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 20

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: The latest anime based on the popular Rage of Bahamut social game set in a magic academy.

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Meiji Tokyo Renka

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl tries to return to modern times after being transported back to the Meiji Period.

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Mini Toji (Katana Maidens)

Studio: Project No.9

Genre: Action, Comedy, Short Anime

Premiere Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: A cuted-up, mini and short version of the girls-with-swords anime Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko.

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How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno

Studio: Lesprit

Genre: Comedy, School

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: Raging teen hormones sure make things awkward for Miss Ueno.

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Mob Psycho 100 II

Studio: Bones

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Premiere: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What’s It About in One Sentence: When you’re a normal 8th grader who is also psychic, life is anything but normal.

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The Morose Mononokean II

Studio: Pierrot+

Genre: Comedy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: Two Exorcists send yokai back from the real world to the underworld.

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My Roommate Is A Cat

Studio: Zero-G

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: A writer’s life changes after he gets a new roommate.

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Papa datte, Shitai

Studio: Magic Bus

Genre: Yaoi

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: A college student gets a part-time housekeeper job and finds himself attracted to his boss, a single father.

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Pastel Memories

Studio: Project No.9

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: Set in the future, this anime follows otaku girls in Akihabara helping to preserve Japanese geek culture.

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The Price of Smiles

Studio: Tatsunoko Production

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Military

Premiere Date: January 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: The story of two young women (one a princess, the other a warrior) in a kingdom where everyone seems to smile.

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The Promised Neverland

Studio: Clover Works

Genre: Drama, Horror

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hidive, Hulu, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: Orphans think they are living in paradise, but the reality is far more sinister.

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The Quintessential Quintuplets

Studio: Tezuka Productions

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: A private tutor is faced with teaching quintuplets who are terrible students and one of them will be his future wife.

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Rainy Cocoa sideG

Studio: EMT Squared

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: Unlike the other Rainy Cocoa anime, which star beautiful boys, the latest sideG series feature beautiful girls.

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Real Girl (3D Kanojo) 2nd Season

Studio: Hoods Entertainment

Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime about an otaku who’s never had a real girlfriend falls in love with a 3D girl for the first time.

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Revisions

Studio: Shirogumi

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Students travel to the future and battle giant monsters.

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Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan

Studio: NA

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Short Form

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: A free-spirited young woman and her friends try to make it in the big city.

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The Rising of the Shield Hero

Studio: Kinema Citrus

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: After a young man ends up in a parallel universe, he is falsely accused of robbery and sexual assault and sets out for revenge.

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Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 (Part 2)

Studio: Xebec

Genre: Action, Adventure, Military, Sci-Fi, Space

Premiere Date: February 2

Where to Watch: Funimation

What It’s About in One Sentence: This is the continuation of the sci-fi space yarn anime.

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Star Twinkle PreCure

Studio: Toei Animation

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Girls

Premiere Date: February 3

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: The latest entry in the long-running Pretty Sure magical girl anime series.

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Virtual-san Looking

Studio: Lide

Genre: Comedy, Music

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Currently not available

What It’s About in One Sentence: Virtual YouTubers make the jump to a real anime series.

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Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre: Comedy, Yuri

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, VRV

What It’s About in One Sentence: A college student finds her kid sister’s grade school classmate exceptionally cute.

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W’z

Studio: GoHands

Genre: Action, Music

Premiere Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It’s About in One Sentence: A young DJ’s life changes one day when he’s trying to get more views online and enters a new world of weapon-based combat.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.