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WINTER 2019 FAVORITES or not

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Posted 1/27/19 , edited 1/27/19
so far...

continuing shows Run with the Wind, Hinomaru Sumo, JoJo's, Slime, Tsurune, GeGeGE no Kitaro...

new shows Wataten, Kemono Friends, Saint Seiya Saintia Sho, Mob Psycho 100 new season, Virtual-san Looking,Dororo, Endro, Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai, Miss Ueno, 3D Kanajo new season, Bang Dream, Morose Mononokean new season, Kaguya-sama Love is War

also watching Shield Hero, Meiji Tokyo Renka, Promised Neverland, Rinshi!!! Ekodachan, Pastel Memories
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Posted 1/28/19 , edited 1/28/19
I'm moving Mob Psycho 2 into my top category. It's gotten really good. I also moved Magical Girl Spec-Ops into my Enjoying it so far category.

Top of My List
Slime
Shield Hero
Mob Psycho 2

A Little Below That


Enjoying them so Far
Black Clover
Boruto
Endro
Radiant
My Roommate is a Cat
Domestic Girlfriend
Dororo
Kaguya-Sama
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Meh
Promised Neverland

Will Have to Force Myself to Keep Watching
W'z
The Price of Smiles
SAO Alicization
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Posted 1/30/19 , edited 2/16/19
The Best
JoJo's Part V
Kaguya-sama
Manaria Friends
Dororo
Domestic na Kanojo
5-Toubun no Hanayome
Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!
Fairy Tail

Good
SAO
Shield Hero
Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai
Gegege no Kitaro
Magical Index
Endro

Average
Radiant
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Boogiepop
My Roommate is a Cat
Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka
3D Kanojo

Boring / Terrible
Mob Psycho
Promise Neverland
Kemono Friends 2
W's
Rinshi Ekoda-chan
Meiji Tokyo Renka
Prince of Smile
Girly Air Force
Grimms Notes
Kemurikusa
Date A Live
Ameiro Cocoa sideG
Black Clover

IDK
Virtual-san wa Miteiru
Nep-ko 
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Posted 2/12/19 , edited 2/12/19
Being the only serve I'm currently subscribed to, my list only really includes Crunchyroll simulcast titles available to Scandinavian regions.
Favourite titles:
WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me - An easy to watch and enjoy feel-good anime. Honestly, I'm a bit surprised by how well it manages to make me have a silly, happy grin on my face.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - My biggest obsession in quite a long time really, I love this series. Shion is the best waifu and my favourite character. Rimuru is one of my favourite protagonists in quite a long time (more thanks to the light novel though).

ENDRO! - A surprisingly funny DQ parody title, that also never fails to bring a smile to my face, like Wataten, although for different reasons. Seira (the elf) is the best girl.

Enjoying a lot:
VIRTUALSAN - LOOKING - Only really enjoying this because I'm fond of virtual youtubers though. I wish Shizuka Rin and Kaguya Luna were part of the main cast.

Hinomaru Sumo - It is a pretty interesting shounen sports anime. It isn't going to make me a sumon fan and I did prefer the more seinen Gura Zeni from last season as a sports anime (which actually made me more interested in baseball), but the creators definitely did manage to make the sumo in Hinomaru Sumo intense and interesting to watch.

The Quintessential Quintuples - Only actually watched two episodes so far though. So far it isn't quite up to many of my favourite harem series, such as Monster Musume (main weakness is the characters really, though that can be easily forgiven, having only gone through two episodes). My favourite girl so far is Yotsuba for sure.

My Roommate is a Cat - Honestly, the art style is a big turn off for me and the title originally turned me away. Subaru's similarity to me kind of drew me in however, and I ended up seriously enjoying the anime, ended up shedding even some tears so far (I cry easily for fiction though). Perhaps the biggest surprise for me this season.

Enjoying somewhat:
The Price of Smiles - I'm not a big fan of the uncommon style of storytelling honestly, but I do enjoy this show. The old LoGH series did have the advantage of having over 100 episodes, but I feel this show could have taken some reference from LoGH to be better.

The Rising of the Shield Hero - Isekai is my favourite "genre" these days, but honestly, I'm not too fond of heavy underdog and extremely negative settings such as the one in Shield Hero. It's not really a satisfying experience to me in a sense (though episodes 2 and 3 I found really enjoyable).

A Certain Magical Index - Each episode has comments, such as "I can't understand what is going on" written in them, and I can understand why. I really need to rewatch the old seasons first, yet I still somehow end up watching the weekly new episodes of the new season. Lessar is awesome.

Fairy Tail - Not really enjoying Fairy Tail as much as I used to. It might be just that I'm not used to watching the series as a weekly show.

Girly Air Force

Mob Psycho 100

Barely watching it:
Black Clover - I can't handle watching, or rather, listening to Asta's voice too often...

Grimms Notes the Animation - The problem is really in the mismatch of the source media and the adaption. Not that I have played the original game, but it isn't often that a good game makes a good anime.

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka - It is too brutal for my tastes really. I mean, I really enjoyed Madoka, but I'd rather watch something dealing with emotional trauma than physical torture.

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Planning to watch:
BanG Dream!
BoogiePop and Others
GeGeGe no Kitaro
How clumsy are you, Ms. Ueno?
Kemono Friends
Mysteria Friends
Pastel Memories

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Posted 2/12/19 , edited 2/12/19

My Winter 2019 favorites:

The Rising of the Shield Hero.
Star Blazers 2202.
Sword Art Online: Alicization.
The Promised Neverland.
Girly Air Force.
The Magnificent KOTOBUKI.
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Posted 2/16/19 , edited 2/17/19
I watch about 15 or so animes from each season but will not include all in this list. I love all genres so I will not be biased to only one specific anime and such.

Top 5 in order:
1. Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Every episode is off the charts and makes me laugh so much).
2. Domestic Girlfriend
3. The Quintessential Quintuplets
4. The Rising of the Shield Hero
5. The Promised Neverland

Others worth mentioning I find really enjoyable:
1. My Roommate is a Cat
2. The Price of Smiles
3. Mysteria Friends
4. Endro
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Posted 2/16/19 , edited 2/17/19
Current top ten. No carryovers from last season or ongoing shows included.

1. The Rising of the Shield Hero
2. The Quintessential Quintuplets
3. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
4. Domestic Girlfriend
5. The Promised Neverland
6. My Roommate is a Cat
7. Girly Air Force
8. Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka
9. The Price of Smiles
10. Mysteria Friends

Honorable Mentions: Boogiepop and Others, Meiji Tokyo Renka
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Posted 2/17/19 , edited 2/18/19
It's too early to for me to have a rating for them but I'm enjoying these ones a lot:
- Dororo
- The Promised Neverland
- Mob Psycho II
- My Roommate is a Cat
- Jojo part 5
- Run with the Wind
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Posted 2/19/19 , edited 2/19/19
My Mid-Season Ratings:

>Sword Art Online: Alicization ☆☆☆☆☆
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>The Quintessential Quintuplets ☆☆☆☆☆
Miku Bonus

>Kaguya-sama: Love is War ☆☆☆☆☆
Chika Bonus

>Mob Psycho 100 II ☆☆☆☆☆
Shigeo Bonus

>Real Girl Season 2 ☆☆☆☆☆
Classic Shoujo

>Domestic Girlfriend ☆☆☆☆1/2
Top-Notch Drama

>The Rising Shield Hero ☆☆☆☆1/2
Ohhhh ohh ohh (The Next Kernkraft 400 Right Here)

>That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ☆☆☆☆1/2
Rimuru's Harem... I Mean Community Keeps Expanding!

>The Promised Neverland ☆☆☆☆☆1/2
Man, The Sense Of Impending Doom Is REAL

>Hinomaru Sumo ☆☆☆☆
Underrated Gem --- Too Bad They Changed The OP/ED

>My Roommate is a Cat ☆☆☆☆
As A Pet Owner Myself, I Can Relate To This Show

>Dororo ☆☆☆☆
Light It Up Baby

>Mysteria Friends ☆☆☆1/2
Anne x Grea

>Meiji Tokyo Renka ☆☆☆1/2
I Can't Believe I Actually Like This Show

>Endro~! ☆☆☆1/2
My Favorite Girly Girls Doing Girly Things Show

>Grimms Notes the Animation ☆☆☆1/2
Reminds Me So Much Of Once Upon A Time

>Boogiepop and Others ☆☆☆1/2
Thinking Show For The Thinking Fan

>The Price of Smiles ☆☆☆
Pretty Good Storytelling On Both Sides

>WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me ☆☆☆
Koko-chan Might Make Things More Interesting

>Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka ☆☆☆
Exceptional Shock Value Everytime

>Girly Air Force ☆☆☆
I Wish It Stuck To More Dogfights

>Circlet Princess ☆☆1/2
Eh, It's Not The Worst Show I've Watched

>How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno ☆☆
The Potty Humor Is Getting Repetitive

>Pastel Memories ☆☆
Not As Chamring As I Anticipated

>Mini Toki --- Dropped
>Rainy Cocoa --- Dropped
>W’Z --- Dropped

My natural preference is skewed towards the romance genre so those get weighted a little more than other titles and those shows have lived up to my expectations so far. I usually don't favor Isekai too high on my lists, but Shield and Slime have delivered on quality so far. They're the same genre but their approaches are so different yet equally interesting to watch. I guess the two surprises for me this season have been My Roommate is a Cat and Meiji Tokyo Reinka. The former I didn't have too high of an expectation but every episode now is a feels trip. The latter is not as bad I thought. The characters aren't as annoying as I would expect a reverse-harem to be. The middle of the pack shows have all had their moments and have had good episodes every week but none of them have left a huge impact on me so far. By the season's end, I expect Dororo to probably rise on my list, and maybe Boogiepop after the Imaginator arc is over (wasn't really feeling it).
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Posted 2/19/19 , edited 2/19/19
current watchlist for this season, ranked
1. Run with the Wind
2. Dororo
3. Promised Neverland
4. Reincarnated as a Slime

dropped:
rising of shield hero
quintessential quintuplet
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Posted 3/13/19 , edited 3/20/19
Great
1. Kaguya
2. Cat Roommate
3. 5toubun
4. Mob Psycho 100

Very Good
5. Dororo
6. Kemurikusa

Good
7. Slime
8. Boogiepop
9. WataTen
10. Shield Hero
11. Ueno-san

Okay
12. Kakegurui
13. Neverland

Bad
14. Endro
15. Kemono Friends 2

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Excellent
Promised Neverland - Other than the story itself, the "camera angle" is really excellent.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - While I don't like OP protagonist, the story is fun to watch.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War: I laugh to death every episode, and Chika is a huge bonus.
My roommate is a cat: This is actually unexpected, but it's a really heartwarming show.

Very Good
The Quintessential Quintuplets - Miku, what else I need to say.
Endro! - Girly slice of life, RPG element is a bonus.
The Rising of the Shield Hero - I wish I can say it is excellent, but the recent episodes is losing its charm.
Kemurikusa - if you can look pass the CGI, the story is quite interesting. Rina is cute, btw.

Good
Magical Gril Spec-Ops Asuka - First couple of episodes is meh, but getting better.
Boogiepop and Others - I wish it can focus on one character per arc instead of jumping around, even if I understand why they do it.
The Price of Smile - it has its charm, but seeing one side keeps winning is kinna throwing me off.

Watch it just to see how the story goes
Kemono Friends 2 - It is not that tanoshii, I just want to know what happens between S1 and S2
Girly Air Force - It can be worse

Dropped
Pastel Memories - The way they do parody is too obvious makes it quite bored to watch.
Mysteria Friends - Just not my cup of tea.
Rainy Cocoa - This 2 minutes show is hard to get into.
Sword Art Online: Alicization - No longer have the motivation to continue
Domestic Girlfriend - Losing interest after 2 episodes

I dropped more than I expected this season.
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My ratings with only a few episodes to go

9/10 so far

My Roommate is a Cat
It nails pet behavior. It's also a very poignant tale about a guy feeling regret over how he interacted with his late parents and figuring out how to improve himself using that regret, and how to form a new family.

The Price of Smiles
It certainly shows war is hell and highlights a couple of girls dealing with the war in completely different ways. One tries to avoid fighting as much as possible, thinking only of trying to bring smiles to everyone, but suffers quite a bit. The other just goes with the flow thinking the fake smile she dons can shield her from the harsh realities of war. While it seems clear that one side is in the wrong, it shows that not everyone fighting for the wrong side is fighting for the wrong reasons. The fact that it is a completely anime original story makes anticipation and theorizing quite enjoyable. A bad ending could ruin it though.


8/10 so far

Boogiepop and Others
It's not an anime original story, but I know little enough about it that theorizing can be fun. The first arc was rushed and nearly forgetable, but the next 2 arcs were excellent. It's very interesting how a multitude of seemingly unrelated plots and characters can be tied together at the end of an arc. The last arc could push this into 9/10 or 10/10 range.

Endro
It's actually risen above the Cute Girls do Cute Things mold. It has a few touching moments and hints at characters tied to a cruel and lonely fate. It does a nice job of parodying other fantasy anime and games too.

Kaguya-sama Love is War
Very funny. Almost all of the characters are very endearing too. I really can't point to a bad character. It will probably be a 9/10 in the end

That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime
I called it a comfort food Isekai before. It's got the fantasy elements, it's got conflict. However, the conflicts always end predictably with the good guys prevailing, none of the good guys hurt in a meaningful way and even very few of the "bad guys" dying. The MC is OP, forgiving and magnetic. Even his enemies end up loving him. There's nothing bad about it, but it's a more comfortable story than compelling. I feel some of the side characters have more interesting stories to tell than the MC.

7/10 so far

Quintessential Quintuplets
It's not especially original or funny, but a few of the characters and their interactions make it enjoyable.

Grimms Notes The Animation
It's a very episodic plot, so some of the episodes are better than others. I feel the message is fairly mixed too. Sometimes it's okay for the MC crew to change a story zone, even though they are fighting specifically to keep other story zones on their fated path. The motivations of the antagonists are still vague 9 episodes in. Of the anime based on mobile games I have watched over the past 2 seasons though, this is the best.

Mysteria/Manaria Friends
It has no plot, but darn is the art and animation beautiful. It's very relaxing and the females are all very cute appearance and personality wise.

Sword Art Online Alicization
Honestly the plot seems drawn out and the current arc is a little stale. The antagonists are your typical over the top SAO villains. It's intriguing enough for a 7, but the drag of the plot is dropping it.

6/10 so far

Domestic Girlfriend
I've read a lot of the manga. There's a lot of stupid actions by the characters that create needless drama. The animation takes some weird dips too. This is trashy romance, but good enough for a 6

Magnificent Kotobuki
It keeps trying to hint that there is an overall plot, but it's like a groundhog that sees its shadow and keeps running off to hide. Just likes Grimms Notes it seems more episodic and refuses to tie all the unrelated plot thread together. The switch between CGI characters and hand drawn seems to have little rhyme or reason.

How Clumsy Are You Miss Ueno
It has some funny moments and it has some totally confusing moments too. The two main characters seem to be equally oblivious. It might rate higher if it had an overall plot with some progression.

Wataten! An Angel Flew Down to Me
This season's Uzamaid, but while it might have more cute characters, it lacks the heart that Uzamaid had. It also seems to lack a plot or character progression, unless you count the little girl learning to accept a teenager's overly dramatic attention as character progression.

5/10 so far

Girly Air Force
The girls are cute and at least one of them has an endearing personality, but the others are annoying tropes. The plot is a completely generic action-harem sci-fi plot with the typical reaches in logic. At least it doesn't have an annoying high pitch mascot character though.

Meji Tokyo Renka
Well, I'm not the target audience, and while I like the main girl, her love interests are annoying tropes. A few tsundere guys with very little of the dere and the overly affectionate guy who would probably be staring at multiple sexual harassment lawsuits in real life.

Mini Toji
Admittedly I never watched the main series, so maybe I am missing references that make this show appealing.

Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan
Episodic by design, episodes are hit or miss. The latest episode drops into 2/10 category. The episode before this was rather funny, but none of the episodes really stand out. I find the 23 minute interviews for 3 minutes of animation to be pedantic and self-serving. This could easily drop to the 4 territory.

4/10 so far

Rainy Cocoa Side G
25% of each episode is wasted on the opening that doesn't seem to ever change, nor does it seem necessary.
90 seconds is not long enough to invest me in the plot that barely seems to exist. No background is given for the way characters interact with each other.

Pastel Memories
A show that had to supplement its own sparse plot by literally borrowing the plot from a multitude of other anime and manga. There are WAY too many characters to even remember who is who. They all have the same body type, just different hair styles and colors. It also borrows some of the more annoying tropes from other anime and has the aforementioned annoying high pitched mascot character. The art and animation are bland, but not My Sister, My Writer bad.
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Posted 3/16/19 , edited 3/16/19
Finally caught up with everything else I'm watching from this season then binge watched 5toubun. It's definitely a personal favorite of the season along with Kaguya, Cat Roommate and Mob.
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Posted 3/21/19 , edited 3/21/19
Colorful Pastorale is a nice surprise! People were complaining about the animation and “it’s only for little girls,” but I love it! Very cute and wholesome, with some nice fantasy elements and character and world design.
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