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Every Winter 2019 Anime Series Premiering On Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll Winter 2019 Anime Releases

Ring in the new year with the new crop of Winter 2019 anime series premiering on the anime streaming service Crunchyroll. So far, Crunchyroll has announced a total of fourteen new series coming to their platform this season.

Each year studios release four distinct seasons of anime: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Sometimes a series will only run for one of those seasons and conclude, while others run over multiple seasons while still being considered a single season of the series. Each seasonal chunk of the latter are called cours that typically consist of 10-14 episodes. So, a show that only runs for 10-14 episodes might be referred to as having one season, whereas a show that runs throughout the year might be considered to have one season consisting of four cours.

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While the upcoming season includes the expected sequels and spin-offs, there remain a number of mysteries Crunchyroll has yet to reveal in their official lineup that don't fit neatly into the seasonal format. For example, the spin-off of Fate/Zero, Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note recently made a stealthy appearance on the service to enchant viewers with a combination of debonair drama and magical Harry Potter-esque shenanigans. We scraped together all of the initial air dates and times currently available for the shows that fit neatly into the Winter 2019 season as well as provided a brief synopsis of each series.

Boogiepop and Others

One of the most anticipated series of the Winter 2019 anime season, Boogiepop and Others could also be one of the strangest of Crunchyroll’s offerings. The show has been animated by Madhouse, one of the best in the business, known for their work on Trigun, Black Lagoon, and the first season of One-Punch Man.

Despite the silly-seeming name, Boogiepop is actually a shinigami, a supernatural entity of death. There are numerous entries in the Boogiepop series, each with their own cast of characters and stories. All of these mix with each other in interesting ways that allow viewers to piece together an overarching narrative.

Boogiepop and Others stars Takeda Keiji, a high school kid whose girlfriend, Miyashita Touka, disappears one day. After searching for her, Takeda prepares to give up only to notice a strange, crying vagrant. Approaching the stranger is an enigmatic figure dressed in a cap and a bizarre hat that looks exactly like Miyashita Touka. From there the narrative takes off, and who knows where it may lead?

Boogiepop and Others begins airing on January 4 at 6 a.m. PT.

Girly Air Force

Satelight has a thing for aerial combat in their anime series of choice. While the studio does take on numerous other projects like The Guin Saga and Fairy Tail, they routinely return to the legendary Macross series that made a name for itself based off the strength of its space-jet dogfighting. That experience has been brought to Girly Air Force, a series about futuristic airplanes that fight aliens.

Set in the near future, Girly Air Force depicts humanity on the brink of destruction after the majority of its air power is wiped out by flying creatures called Zai. In a last ditch effort to save the planet, scientists create mechanized aerial soldiers out of existing airplane frames. The catch? Each of those soldiers can only be piloted by mechanisms called Anima that also happen to look like human girls. Destiny crosses the paths of Narutani Kei, a boy who dreams of flying, and an Anima named Gripen, who some hail as the savior of humanity.

If you can get over the very anime premise of machine girls who fly sci-fi planes (that are referred to in the show as “daughters”) then Girly Air Force might just be something to check out when it begins airing on January 10 at 8:30 a.m. PT.

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Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

Crafted by the studio A-1 Pictures, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War tells the story of a high school romance that presents the will-they-won’t-they dynamic as a matter of life and death duel of wits.

Kaguya Shinomiya was born into an absurdly wealthy family and worked her way up to become the vice president of the student council at Shuchiin Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in all of Japan. Her polar opposite presents itself in the form of Miyuki Shirogane, the president of the student council who works a part-time job to make ends meet while also becoming well-known in the school and beyond for his excellent academic work. The two develop feelings for one another but, lacking relationship experience, they concoct elaborate schemes to force one another to confess their attraction.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War begins streaming on January 12.

Katana Maidens ~ Mini Toji

During the Winter 2018 anime season, Crunchyroll co-produced an anime series with Genco called Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko to a great deal of success. Katana Maidens ~ Mini Toji represents a spin-off of sorts, telling a story with chibi versions of the characters introduced in the previous series as well as the mobile game that released later in 2018 titled Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi.

The story being parodied in Katana Maidens ~ Mini Toji builds on the world of Katana Maidens where certain shrine maidens, dubbed Toji, are trained to be a part of the “special religious service police squad” and given the authority to exterminate supernatural monsters known as aratama. There are five schools around the country that Toji attend and they hold a yearly tournament to determine the most skilled fighter among the students. As one might expect, this cute, chibi version of Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko won't be as heavy on the combat as the source material.

Katana Maidens ~ Mini Toji will begin airing on January 5 at 11 a.m.

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