Best Fantasy Anime of 2019

From the magical worlds of Studio Ghibli to the now ever-present Isekai genre, fantasy anime has enchanted us with its dreamlike settings and stories. Some are beautiful, some are dark, and yet others are full of cute girls and ecchi. 2019 was filled with fantasy anime that had us at the edge of our seat, laughing our butts off, and even thinking about the current state of the world and society.

There were way more than 5 amazing fantasy anime in 2019 but these are the shows that made the very top of our list!

5. Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tsueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru (Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2019 - December 2019

In Studio White Fox’s take on the isekai genre, Seiya is summoned by the goddess Ristarte to help save the fantasy world of Gaeabrande, and in typical isekai fashion, our hero is overpowered, but… there’s something else about him… Seiya is cautious to a fault, overpreparing is just regular preparing to him but that’s how he is able to defeat every obstacle in his way to achieve his goals.

Don’t be fooled by the lighthearted premise in this isekai, there are also some unexpected plot twists and serious things happen here and there, but Cautious Hero’s strength surely lies on its wonderful writing, comedic timing, and memorable characters. If you’re into isekai, you have to check it out.

4. Fruits Basket (2019)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: April 2019 - September 2019

The remake of the 2001 supernatural fantasy slice of life that won over the hearts of generations came to us finally in 2019. The story of orphan Tooru Honda, her friends and classmates, and the Sohma curse is retold with gorgeous animation and faithfully following the manga.

Tooru is poor and all alone because life has just been awful to her. When living out of a tent in a forest, Tooru is discovered by the “prince” of her school, Yuki Sohma, who offers that she stay at his family’s house. But it’s not just any house, Tooru’s new roommates are cursed and each turns into a different animal from the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by someone of the opposite sex. Needless to say, it can’t be easy to live that way, and Tooru does her best to lift up this family that is slowly becoming her own.

3. Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2019 – March 2019

Grace Field House is an orphanage in a forest where children are looked after by “Mama” Isabella. They eat, study, play, take tests, and care deeply for one another. Their life is pretty free except for one rule: Don’t go too far into the forest. This rule is broken when one of the kids gets adopted and forgets her favorite toy and one of her friends decides to catch her to give it back. The dark truth about where the “adopted” children go cannot be unseen and it changes everything.

An absolutely spectacular anime from CloverWorks, The Promised Neverland is a Fantasy Thriller like none we’ve seen. There are plot twists all over the place, the writing is wonderful, the main character is a girl—surprising in a shounen property—, and it will have you trying to figure out the mystery at every corner.

2. Beastars

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2019 - December 2019

Imagine that when the dinosaurs went extinct, instead of humans evolving from primates, all other animals evolved into intelligent beings. That is Beastars. Set in a peaceful society of anthropomorphic animals, carnivores and herbivores have found a way to coexist, but there is still discrimination, abuse of power, crime, a black market, and then… a murder. A member of the drama club at Cherryton Academy is a victim of predation by a carnivore and relations get tense, not only at school but in society as a whole.

Legoshi is a shy, quiet, reserved grey wolf who is afraid of making waves of bothering others and just keeps to himself. One evening while on lookout duty at the drama club, he has an unexpected encounter with Haru, a dwarf rabbit with a complicated social life, and experiences a mix of feelings and thoughts that excite him but scare him more. Beastars deals with more than just the usual anime high school drama. The social topics are extremely relevant in the world we live in currently and the writing and character development are so good, we dare you not to truly feel for the characters and their situations.

1. Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2019 - September 2019

Tanjirou Kamado has been taking care of his mom and siblings since his father’s passing. On his return from doing business in the nearby village, he finds his family slaughtered by demons, except for his sister Nezuko. However, Nezuko isn’t entirely safe; she has been bitten by a demon and is in mid-transformation.

We follow Tanjirou and Nezuko as they search for a way to turn Nezuko back into a human and as they face enemies, rivals, and terrible supernatural creatures along the way. Demon Slayer is probably one on=f the most beautiful anime from 2019. The character design is shounen-esque, but the attention to detail, gorgeous scenery, and beautiful fight sequences, really make Kimetsu no Yaiba stand out among the rest. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a must-see from 2019.

Final Thoughts

Ah… Fantasy is great. Even dark fantasies like Yakusoku no Neverland and Beastars have beauty in them or elements so intriguing that you just can’t help but want to find out more of those worlds and their inhabitants.

Which were your favorite fantasy anime in 2019? Did we get any of them? We got a bit of a Studio TRIGGER vibe from the art in Cautious Hero, what do you think?

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Author: Lizzy Nyanko

An otaku as far as I can remember. I grew up playing video games, watching anime in Spanish in Mexico where I grew up, and then was a member of both anime clubs at UTEP for my entire university life when I moved to Texas. I love going to cons, I used to cosplay (always hoping to get back into it), and I got to live in Japan for 2 years and be an otaku there! It was literally a dream come true! Now back in the US, I love being a writer and editor for Honey’s. It’s a great chance to keep up with all the latest anime each season and up to date with all otaku news. And without our readers, that wouldn’t be possible so, thank you for being a part of our hive!!

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