2019 was another awesome year for the anime fandom. Sure, it saw its fair share of controversies – while everybody else was getting all worked up over Fire Force, I was getting upset over Funimation’s A Decade of Anime series (Your Lie in April? The best romance series of the decade? Pft!) – but, controversies aside, 2019 was still an amazing year! Seeing everybody band together to pray for, pay tribute to, and help support the victims of the KyoAni bombing helped restore my faith in humanity. As did seeing Demon Slayer and Stone Ocean become the no.1 most talked about topics on Twitter (albeit briefly)! I loved seeing so many people unite over their shared love of anime. Not to mention that the quality of anime this year has been fantastic! I’ve been spoiled for choice, not just in terms of some highly-anticipated sequels, but new, original (and incredible) series too…
Below I’ve attempted to summarise my experience with this year’s anime, the highs as well as the lows. As with last year’s Year in Review, you’ll find a list of every show that I watched at the bottom of the page. Chances are, if I’ve not mentioned an anime (at least in passing) I didn’t see it! You should assume that there are spoilers ahead for any of the shows listed. Proceed with caution! With that said, please enjoy Ty’s Year in Review (2019 edition).
Chihayafuru is an amazing anime with (soon-to-be) three two-cour-long seasons under its belt. It ought to come as no surprise, then, that it has a huge and varied cast of characters. You’ve got your three main characters, Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata, whose passion for karuta is nigh on contagious, their teammates, whose encouragement propels them forward at the most crucial of times, their friends in their respective karuta societies, their parents, some of whom are for, some of whom are against their dreams, and their many, many rivals, including the quirky queen, Shinobu, and the mysterious master, Suo. Why, then, have I decided to dedicate this month’s Character Spotlight to Haruka Inokuma, a relatively new character with only a few episodes of screentime under her belt? Well…
It’s been a long time coming (I’ve been working on this for almost an entire year now), but, as of today, my new and improved Top 30 Anime list is live! Check it out if you need a new show to watch, you want to see if any of your favourites made the cut, or if you just want to pass judgement on my taste in anime (good luck, nobody has better taste than I!).
It doesn’t happen nearly as much as I’d like (probably because of my fondness for kooky, off-the-wall anime), but every so often it seems the anime gods hear my prayers and bless me with more of one of my favourite shows. Hearing that Chihayafuru was getting its third season after six long, agonising years was one of those rare times. If you didn’t already know, Chihayafuru is an awesome series. This anime takes a sport that very few have heard of (and even fewer have played), karuta, and, through its characters’ passion for it, gets you invested in it too. Who knew that a card game with no magic, monsters, or ancient Egyptian gods could be so exciting? Not to mention that its characters are all perfect little cinnamon rolls! Thankfully, Chihayafuru’s third season is proving to be more than worth the wait and is helping to ensure that 2019 ends with a bang!
Here are some of the things that I’ve liked the most about Chihayafuru 3 so far…
I’ve changed a lot over the years. I recently wrote about how maternal I was becoming. I suppose that growing more sentimental goes hand in hand with that! I used to hate cutesy, romantic fluff. As far as I was concerned, it just got in the way of the good stuff (if you know what I mean)… In fact, one of my very first posts on WWB (waaay back in 2012 – dear God, don’t try to find it) was on that very subject. But, over time, as sex dwindled in importance to love, friendship, and commitment, I’ve slowly come to love fluff! This is reflected in the anime I loved most this year.