Winter 2019 anime review

Winter 2019 anime review

With the Winter 2019 line-up now at a close, I thought I would take a quick look back over the anime I have reviewed this season and do a swift summary and conclusion on them all. Many of my reviews were written only a few episodes in, and some of my opinions may have changed since all those months ago. Besides, one of the things that I think makes a good anime (or book, film or game, for that matter) is how good the ending is. Here I will take a look at those very important endings and rate them, in reverse order. Since these are ending reviews, there will be spoilers!

5. Radiant
I didn’t enjoy this season of Radiant as much as I did the first one. As I mentioned in my blog, I feel that the pace was jumping from one extreme to the next and by the time the Rumble Town arc was getting to the good part, I felt completely disengaged. The next instalment will have Seth travelling alone in his journey away from Melie and Doc, coming to terms with the monstrous power he has inside him. It does pique my interest, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough to follow his adventures any more. I had high hopes for Radiant to fulfil my seasonal shounen fix. Time for something new!

4. The Quintessential Quintuplets
How did this one not end up with a definitive answer to who the bride was?! I was so confused and thought I’d missed something, so I ended up in a tangle of Reddit threads reading fan theories over who the girl must be (general consensus: Miku or Itsuki). I know it’s not meant to be a big thing, but I didn’t even get to see if all five of them managed to pass their tests (though I’m assuming they did). Bit disappointed on the lack of an actual ending here, if I’m honest. Why bring up that he was in a picture with one of them when he was younger if it never actually comes up? I know the manga is still in continuation, and that it still hasn’t yet revealed which girl is the bride, but there’s not even a real tease for a second season to alleviate some of the confusion. Terribly executed ending.

3. Sword Art Online
Not really an ending, but I know that things can’t finish where they did! Kirito appeared to defeat the Administrator, though her threat that they would meet again in the real world was something not to be taken lightly. When Kirito finally makes contact with the Ocean Turtle, it appears they are under attack. The scientists urge him to take Alice to the World’s End Altar just before he begins to lose contact. Something starts happening to Kirito’s body, though we’re not quite sure what. That’s when he sees Asuna, dressed as she was in Sword Art Online, calling his name and reaching out for him. He begins to lose consciousness and reaches out for her, but blacks out. Sword Art Online: Alicization promises to be back, but only after a hiatus that will see the story picking up again some time later this year. The final battle did not disappoint, and I can’t believe I have to wait so long to see how things end here!

2. Ace Attorney
Having played the Nintendo DS games, I always knew how Ace Attorney was ultimately going to end. However, an excellent job was done on the pacing and suspense as well as editing down the complex courtroom conundrums into manageable anime episodes. Ultimately, we saw Godot at the centre of the final puzzle, though his motives are complex and intertwined with the family drama of the Fey family. There were a few emotional moments after the verdict where congratulations were given and Phoenix realises that he couldn’t have been so successful without the support of his friends. And the artwork used in the final ending credits was absolutely gorgeous.

1. The Promised Neverland
Oh my goodness, this one was a roller coaster. It had me gripped from the first episode and took on so many twists and turns that it was beginning to leave me breathless. The last ew episodes didn’t slow down either, and I was not disappointed with the ending. In fact, I was impressed with Emma’s ingenuity and how the children worked together to outsmart who they needed to in order to escape. The way things ended promised a potential second season, with Emma planning to return to help the other kids in the other plants, but for now, we are left with the Plant 3 children looking out across the landscape at their first morning outside of Gracefield. The manga tells their story further and I’m going to jump straight for that, because I can’t wait for the possibility of a second season. I need to keep following this story!

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