Winter Anime 2019 – First Impressions (Part 2)

Time for the second, and final part of my Winter 2019 first impressions. In last week’s part 1 post we looked at Dororo, Boogiepop, Mob Psycho 100 and Pastel Memories. A majority of those series I rated very highly, so it seems that Winter 2019 has gotten off to a good start so far. But before making any conclusions, let’s jump into four more series that have grabbed my interest.

Here’s a quick rundown of my voting scale –

0-2: Wow that’s part of my life I’ll never get back

2-3: Reasonable, would need to watch the next one or two episodes to see if it’s worth continuing

4-5: That was absolutely fantastic! Give me the next episode now!

Grimms Notes: The Animation

Grimms Note Episode 1 little red riding hood

Wow oh wow. This episode was one hot mess. A boy saves a young girl from a Pokemon looking monster, the girl is revealed to be Little Red Riding hood. As the episode goes on we piece together that the world is made up of ‘story zones’, where the same story is repeated each generation. Their place in each story is dictated by a Book of Fate which is given to each person when they’re born. That in itself sounds like an interesting premise, but it just wasn’t executed well. Too many characters are introduced and there are some really weird inconsistencies. For example, if all story book characters exist, why then, can the main characters transform into people like Alice and Robin Hood to destroy the bad guys? Wouldn’t that just be like me randomly transforming into Chris Hemsworth? Even without all that, it was just a really boring watch 2/5

Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka episode 1

Three years ago, the world was attacked by monsters from another world. The spirit world made a deal with humanity, allowing some humans to take on their powers. This created a small and elite group of Magical Girls. In the present day, one of those magical girls, Asuka, is struggling to reintegrate into society and suffers from PTSD. I’m always a sucker for any Magical Girls series, especially dark ones. While I wasn’t 100% sold on the art style for this show, I’m already intrigued by the character of Asuka and her journey. I hope this series manages to keep a steady pace, as I’m sure it’ll be the hidden gem this anime season. On a separate note, I was really confused as to why Crunchyroll doesn’t simulcast this show in Australia, it was so hard to find the episode elsewhere. 4/5



I got about eight minutes into this episode and I just had to stop. From what I gathered, a group of sisters work together to survive in a landscape dominated by giant glowing bugs. They each have special powers, which allow them to defeat the bug as necessary. The youngest of the sisters seemed to have clones of herself, or maybe she was a quintuplet, I have no idea. All I know is her voice is one of the most grating things I’ve ever heard. It wouldn’t be entirely fair for me to rate it as I didn’t finish it, but I will anyway 1/5

Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue

doukyonin wa hiza, tokidoki, atama no ue

Famous mystery author Subaru does whatever it takes to avoid human contact. But when a stray cat appears at his parent’s grave, Subaru is, for the first time, struck by inspiration outside of himself. The first episode was an adorable look at the beginnings of the two’s relationship, and how Subaru begins to open himself up. However, midway through, the episode goes through the series of events from the cat’s perspective which I found unnecessarily long and a boring rehash. It may have been a bit more effective if it had been interspersed throughout the episode. While the cat is very adorable, I wasn’t blown away by the human character designs and there was nothing outstanding about the story. A 2.5/5


That’s it for the first impressions for Winter 2019. Make sure to vote on the poll below on which series you want me to cover this season. The poll will close on Wednesday 1am AEST.