Every year has its fair share of anime offering that wow fans, and the first anime season of 2019 has been no different. Of what’s been released, these are the top 10 best Anime of Winter 2019 (so far).
Note that this list only includes anime that received a legal release in the U.S. in 2019 theatrically, via streaming services, etc. Series that premiered this year but did not have a viable legal viewing method have not been included as of this time.
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. Lost Butterfly
While the 2015 anime may have wowed Fate fans, many were left wishing the series’ other arcs could receive a quality adaptation.
Enter Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. Lost Butterfly, the second in a series of films aiming to adapt the source material’s Sakura path.
Picking up where the first film left off, Lost Butterfly focuses on the aftermath of the legendary hero Saber’s supposed death. As a result, a larger emphasis is put on the series’ supporting cast, with characters like Sakura and Rider able to shine all the more.
It leads to a compelling web of character interactions and sub-plots, most all of which feel more self-contained and thoughtful, set the stage for an even grander film set to premiere next year.
Past that though, Lost Butterfly is an exceptional film in its own right. Boasting stellar animation, over the top fight scenes and some truly gut-wrenching interactions between its characters, there’s enough here for even a Fate newcomer to be captivated.
It’s a great example of what makes the series as beloved as it is, and a fine jumping in point for those looking to get in on the craze.