The Summer 2019 Anime Guide

Note: be sure to click on each show’s poster/visual to watch the PV! Also, clicking on the streaming platform name for each show will take you to its streaming page. I’ll try to keep streaming links updated as quickly as possible as the details trickle in over the start of the season.

Vinland Saga

WIT Studio

Adaptation (Manga)

Amazon Prime Video

Premise: Set during the viking age, Vinland Saga follows the life of Thorfinn, a young Icelanding viking boy employed in a mercenary company led by the man who killed his father. Driven by a cold rage and the desire for revenge, Thorfinn unwittingly embarks on a journey that will span the globe and real human history.

Why you should watch: Vinland Saga is easily my most anticipated series of the summer 2019 season and has massive potential as an adaptation. The original manga was created by Makoto Yukimura, the mangaka behind Planetes, and is a masterful tale blending historical fiction and fact; one that I’ve followed ravenously for some years now. I have my worries about how green some of the staff WIT’s attached to the adaptation are, but Mob Psycho 100’s Hiroshi Seko is adapting the screenplay and with WIT Studio’s consistent animation staff behind it, I have high expectations.



Adaptation (manga)


Premise: Ritsuka played guitar but has lost interest in the instrument. One day, he meets Mafuyu, who is holding a broken guitar. Ritsuka unwillingly starts teaching Mafuyu the guitar, but when he hears Mafuyu's voice, things suddenly begin to change for Ritsuka.

Why you should watch: Given is being adapted from one of the most recommended and critically acclaimed boys love manga of the past few years, so that fact alone should be enough for anyone interested in the genre to check it out (also the fact that very little worthy BL gets adapted nowadays makes this noteworthy). What makes this so high on my list this season is that it tells the story of a rock band, something we really haven’t seen in any meaningful way since Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. The staff isn’t much to write home about, except to say that they’ve been getting out there in interviews talking about how important it’s been to them to get the music part of the show right, which has me both heartened and excited. We are far, far past overdue for another good rock band anime, and if it means we also get a great BL anime out of it too then even better.

Dr. Stone

TMS Entertainment

Adaptation (manga)


Premise: Taiju is about to confess to the girl he loves when a mysterious force hits the Earth and turns every human into stone. Taiju and his friend Senku wake up thousands of years later and begin to rebuild society.

Why you should watch: Another anime adapted from a fantastic manga that I’ve had the pleasure of reading into the 4th volume. TMS Entertainment’s been on a roll with both adaptations (Baki, Lupin III Part V) and originals (Megalobox) over the past year or so and this is the perfect property for them to put out next. Dr. Stone is by far one of the most interesting mainline, original shonen manga to start in the past few years, supplanting the traditional means of solving problems in that subset of manga with something new: SCIENCE. Lots of it, in fact. It’s bombastic, it’s incredibly fun, it has an amazing voice cast, and you should put it on your list.

Fire Force

David Production

Adaptation (manga)


Premise: In the crowded cosmopolis of Tokyo, people are being threatened by devils that cause people to burst into flames at random. The only ones who can stop it are the Pyrofighters, a team of specialized firefighters including Shinra, who is blessed with the ability to ignite his feet and travel at the speed of a rocket. He wants nothing more than to be a hero, but unfortunately he’s not very good at taking orders.

Why you should watch: If any anime is going to become this season’s animation showcase, this will be it. Every PV DavidPro’s put out for this thing has so far looked mindblowingly good, and the manga it’s being adapted from is a critically-acclaimed follow-up work from none other than Soul Eater creator Atsushi Ohkubo. It was also delayed from an initial start date of spring 2019, meaning the animators have had more time to work on the show’s dazzling sequences, thus resulting in a (hopefully) more consistent show all-round.

Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note


Adaptation (light novel)


Premise: When Lord El-Melloi II, Waver Velvet 10 years after the events of Fate/Zero, gets asked to claim his inheritance over Adra Castle, he travels there with his apprentice Gray to do so. But they are not the only ones called there. The will of the previous owner states that the assembled contestants—including Luviagelita Edelfelt—must compete in a game of wits to win the castle.

Why you should watch: This is sort of an indirect sequel to Fate/Zero, taking place about 10 years after the events of that show and following Waver Velvet, who now goes by a different name. The anime’s adapting only one arc of the mystery novel series of the same name, and is being produced by TROYCA so don’t expect much Ufotable-style grandeur in the production department. Crunchyroll released an Episode 0 of the series a few months ago, and it was a bit more lighthearted and silly than most mainline Fate series, which I enjoyed. I have no idea if this’ll be any more comprehensible than Fate usually is (not at all), but if you already like Fate then this is certainly something you’ll want to check out.

How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?

Doga Kobo

Adaptation (manga)


Premise: Hibiki, a high school girl looking to get in shape, joins a training gym where she’s taken under the wing of the beautiful school council president Akemi Soryuin and meets a colorful cast of characters.

Why you should watch: I don’t have much to say about this except for the fact that every time Doga Kobo adapts a manga for a new TV anime, it’s almost always good. I won’t lie to you and say that the show won’t probably have some fanservice and won’t necessarily always be about educating the viewer on the proper ways to work out, but it definitely will be cute and heartwarming to watch from start to finish. Such is the thing I’ve come to expect from DogaKo since they adapted New Game flawlessly.