Time to take a look back at the spring season of anime, and celebrate all the things I enjoyed about it.
Here’s a list of everything I watched during this season:
- Aikatsu Friends! Shining Jewel
- Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2
- BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
- Carole & Tuesday
- Cinderella Nine
- Fairy Tail Final Season
- Fight League: Gear Gadget Generators
- Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
- Joshi Kausei
- Kiratto Pri☆Chan 2nd Season
- Million Arthur Season 2
- One Piece
- One Punch Man Season 2
- Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure
- Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING, Take Off!
Keeping in mind that there may be potential spoilers for any of the shows listed above, lets jump right into my Spring 2019 Anime Awards.
Best Opening Theme
“Kiss Me” by Carole & Tuesday
There is a lot of great music in Carole & Tuesday, and the opening theme is no exception.
Runners-up: “Exceed” by Miyuu (Fairy Tail Final Season); “Seijaku no Apostle” by JAM Project (One Punch Man Season 2)
The Solvette Arc
From week to week, the show that had me most interested with its story was Aikatsu Friends! Shining Jewel, as Hibiki worked to reunite with her Alicia. Alicia had closed her heart of to Aikatsu, so Hibiki enlists the help of Pure Palette.
Runners-up: Working towards a debut (Carole & Tuesday); What it means to be a hero (One Punch Man Season 2)
Carole & Tuesday
All right, I’m technically cheating for this one. Carole & Tuesday are both the protagonists of Carole & Tuesday (funny that), and they are both great characters in their own right. You can’t split them up, so I guess they both get this award.
Runners-up: Dancho (Million Arthur Season 2); Bocchi Hitori (Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu)
From One Punch Man Season 2, Garo earns the moniker of hero hunter. When he was younger, all his friends would celebrate heroes defeating monsters. Garo, however, sympathised with the monsters. Now he actively hunts heroes, and calls himself a monster. He is strong enough to go toe to toe with certain rank S heroes, so he presents a major threat to the Hero Association.
Runners-up: Diavolo (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind); Irene Belserion (Fairy Tail Final Season)
Best Female Character
Since I watch shows that tend to have a lot female characters, I’ve always got plenty of choice for this award. However, introduce a cat girl, and all bets are almost always off. Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure introduced Blue Cat (just one of many aliases), who is on a mission to save her home planet of rainbow. An encounter with PreCure eventually leads to her becoming one herself, providing more power for her to achieve her objective.
Runners-up: Sotoka Rakita (Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu); Hibiki Tenshou (Aikatsu Friends! Shining Jewel)
Best Male Character
Yeah, yeah, Saitama can defeat any foe in one punch. However, if you think that is all there is to him, you’re wrong. He wants to find a challenge, whilst working out what exactly being the ‘ultimate hero’ means; not the ‘strongest’. Heroes should do more than simply defeating monsters, after all.
Runners-up: Giorno Giovanna (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind); Armin Arlert (Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2)
Best Cast of Characters
Bocchi and friends
In Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu, Bocchi aims to befriend everyone in her entire class. It’s a slow process, but the first few friends she does make all bring really fun quirky personalities into the mix, and have great interactions together.
Runners-up: Carole, Tuesday and other musicians (Carole & Tuesday); Strike Witches (Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING, Take Off!)
A shy lass, Bocchi tries her best. I just want to cheer for her as she does what she can to befriend everyone in her class.
Runners-up: Renkin (Million Arthur Season 2); Akane Ukita (Cinderella Nine)
Most Badass Character
A lot of the characters in Attack on Titan certainly qualify for this award, but Levi’s showing against the Beast Titan is what puts him at the forefront.
Runners-up: Genos (One Punch Man Season 2); Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail Final Season)
Hibiki Tenshou & Alicia Charlotte
The first part of Aikatsu Friends! Shining Jewel has pretty much all been about Hibiki getting back together Alicia, and it has been fantastic. Those two are made for each other, though Alicia did need a little help to realise that once more.
Runners-up: Carole & Tuesday (Carole & Tuesday); Dancho & Nuckelavee (Million Arthur Season 2)
King Crimson vs. Metallica
There are many great Stand battles in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, and one that particularly stands out is King Crimson vs. Metallica. Doppio goes up against Risotto, an assassin who is able manipulate iron with magnetism. This includes the iron in blood.
Runners-up: Garo vs. Class A Heroes (One Punch Man Season 2); Erza Scarlet & Wendy Marvell vs. Irene Belserion (Fairy Tail Final Season)
Carole & Tuesday
Of course the show that is all about music has a fantastic soundtrack to back it up. Whilst Carole & Tuesday have some great songs, it is also very much worth mentioning the other artists that perform as well – there are some very unexpected tunes in there.
Runners-up: Aikatsu Friends! Shining Jewel; Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure
The Other Side of the WallAttTechnically, Attack on Titan isn’t quite over yet, but its third season has concluded. Said season provided plenty of answers to burning questions that arose from prior seasons, and ends with Eren and Armin getting to fulfil a dream of theirs.
Runners-up: A meal with friends (Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu); Everyone Fairy Combines (Million Arthur Season 2)
Best Ending Theme
“Hold Me Now” by Carole & Tuesday
Both the opening and ending themes for Carole & Tuesday are great songs, so it makes sense it would win both awards. Out of the two songs, I personally prefer the ending theme a bit more.
Runners-up: “Be Star” by Hibiki Tenshou (Aikatsu Friends! Shining Jewel); “Ride or Die” by Sky Peace (BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS)
Aikatsu Friends! Shining Jewel
This was a tough choice between Aikatsu Friends! and Carole & Tuesday. We’re only one cour into the second season of Aikatsu Friends!, and it has been incredible so far. The introduction of Hibiki Tenshou has made an incredible impact, and her story has just been so compelling.
Runners-up: Carole & Tuesday; Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu
That wraps up the spring season for me (well, aside from some loose ends). It was a fairly enjoyable season.
See you all again at the end of summer for the Symphogear – ahem, I mean Summer Anime Awards.