Many new anime titles started this April, welcoming a brand new Japanese era! Of course with so many titles it can be hard to decide on what to watch.
Our friends over at Anime!Anime! asked their Japanese readers what Spring 2019 series they are the most excited for after the first few episodes. Which anime is causing the most buzz amongst fans?
255 people answered the survey between 22 and 26 April about which anime they had the highest expectations for. 70% of the respondents were female and 30% were male. 30% of the respondents were 19 or under, and 40% were in their 20s.
KinPri comes out on top with both genders.
Skating in at first place is King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars! This series received a whopping 30% of the vote. The fans left comments such as, ‘The quality of the Prism Shows is just so high that I can’t think of anything else’, ‘The music and CG are just so gorgeous that I have to hold myself back from crying and laughing at the same time’ and ‘There are many anime in this world, but KinPri is the only one that makes this world feel so brilliant.’
The anime is also airing a special version which plays the cheers from the real-life fans recorded at the cinema screenings of the series. This truly is a series built for the fans.
「King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars（Ｃ）ＴーＡＲＴＳ / syn Sophia / エイベックス・ピクチャーズ / タツノコプロ / キングオブプリズムSSS製作委員会
In second place is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba with 15% of the votes. Passionate comments supporting the series included ‘The animation is beautiful, the cast is amazing, it steals all my attention when I’m watching it’ and ‘For one, the animation quality is simply amazing!!’ We also received comments praising the opening and ending themes.
In third place is Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 with 8% of the votes. Some of the comments received included ‘The story about how Dazai and Chuya met is really interesting’ and ‘The book I received at the cinema became an anime!! It’s a dream come true!’. There is a lot of buzz around the fact that the anime is adapting the book which was handed out at screenings of Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple.
Bungo Stray Dogs（Ｃ）朝霧カフカ・春河35/ＫＡＤＯＫＡＷＡ/2019文豪ストレイドッグス製作委員会
By gender, the results are:
1) King of Prism
2) Demon Slayer
3) Bungo Stray Dogs
1) King of Prism
2) Demon Slayer
3) Carole & Tuesday
Carole & Tuesday has received a lot of praise, especially from male voters. Comments received include ‘The mentality of the characters is well depicted, and the music scenes are fantastic’ and ‘The depiction of the meeting between the two protagonists was done really well and I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses from here. The visuals are also really nice.’
Carole & Tuesday（Ｃ）ボンズ・渡辺信一郎／キャロル＆チューズデイ製作委員会
For RobiHachi, there were comments such as ‘I love the nostalgic fun absurdity of the show. You can just let out snorts bits of laughter.’ and ‘There is just so much parody! We are about to enter the Reiwa period but this show has such as Showa-feel to it.’
For Isekai Quartet the combination of different isekai shows is a hit with the fans. Comments included ‘It’s amazing to see characters who would normally never meet having conversations!‘.
Sarazanmai received comments such as ‘I haven’t got a clue what’s going on but it’s somehow sucking me in’ as well as ‘Director Ikuhara’s world being really interesting, I get the feeling that it’s rebelling against us.’ The unique world view is definitely drawing in the fans.
Which spring 2019 anime do you currently have the highest expectations for?
1st: King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars-
2nd: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
3rd: Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3
5th: Fruits Basket
6th: Carole & Tuesday
7th: Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu
8th: Attack on Titan Season 3 Part.2
9th: Isekai Quartet
=10th: Senryu Girl
=10th: Ace of Diamond Act II
=13th: Wise Man’s Grandchild
=13th: Kono Oto Tomare!
=13th: The Helpful Fox Senko-san
=13th: One Punch Man Season 2
=17th: Kiratto Pri-Chan
=17th: Fairy Gone
=17th: We Never Learn
=17th: Yokai Watch 2019
Responses were collected on Anime!Anime! between 22 and 26 April 2019