Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Being a sucker for action anime, I try to hunt them as much as I can. Seeing that most of the action-filled shows in 2019 are sequels, I thought that 2019 wasn't going to be a good year. It's a good thing that I was proved wrong!
In this list, you will find two new anime and three much-anticipated sequels of older shows. I suggest that you jump immediately on the two new anime because they're really fresh and hot. Then, you can proceed with the sequels of the three older shows for the kicks. You don't have to worry about anything because I guarantee that all of these five recommendations are sizzling with action and definitely worth your time.
The 5 Best Action Anime of 2019
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- One Punch Man 2
- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) Season 3 Part 2
- Sword Art Online: Alicization
- Vinland Saga
1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
I'd probably be worse than an evil man-eating demon if I didn't add Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba on this list. After all, this show isn't just one of the best anime in the action genre; it’s also one of the overall best anime of 2019.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba chronicles the life of young Tanjiro as he sets out to find a cure for his little sister's demonification after the haphazard massacre of the rest of his family by a wicked demon. Little did he know, he was about to get caught in a woeful web of misery, conundrum, and struggle that has involved the demons and the demon slayers for hundreds of years.
As soon as I started to indulge myself with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, I knew it was "anime of the year" material. The very first episode bit me like it was trying to forcibly demonify me. I wanted to devour every last bit of it. The fluid animation, the crisp visuals, the heart-pounding action and drama—no other anime kept me teetering on the edge of insanity like this show did.
2. One Punch Man 2
The much-anticipated continuation of the big hit anime series, One Punch Man, took 2019 by storm! As expected, the caped baldy (hero for fun) Saitama didn't disappoint. And in 2019, the not-as-epic-as-Saitama yet reasonably awesome heroes and side-characters finally got a share of the spotlight.
While I must admit that I like the first season of One Punch Man better, the second season has its own charm. It has better narration, plenty of gags, and a fine-tuned inquest of its world and characters. My only complaint is that this second season sorely lacks animation detail and hype-worthy action.
Nevertheless, the excitement and thrill that One Punch Man continues to serve still marvels me. Just the same, my expectations for this anime are sky-high.
3. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) Season 3 Part 2
This is the second part of the third season of the phenomenal anime that shook the world to its core back in 2013. Even in 2019, there was no stopping this show from demonstrating its sheer epicness. Shingeki no Kyojin just keeps getting bigger and better!
It's always euphoric to witness the cutting-edge action and twisty plot progression of Shingeki no Kyojin. That is why it's not surprising that many pairs of overzealous eyes are fixated on it. It's very easy to notice that this show is actually carving a mark in anime history. That's Shingeki no Kyojin for you!
With a burning passion, I urge you to keep pace with Shingeki no Kyojin up to the end of its third season (if you still haven't). It's one of the major climax point of the series. From here on, this show will not only be shaking the world to its core, but eventually shatter it with a ginormous rumbling. The epic finale is nigh!
4. Sword Art Online: Alicization
I find it fascinating that the "Alicization" arc of Sword Art Online, which started in 2018, persisted until it woed everyone in the first quarter of 2019. What's even more fascinating is that its second cour, the "War of Underworld," aired and unexpectedly brought upon a glorious impression in the last quarter of 2019. I'm confident to say that is whole "Alicization" arc is definitely one of the best arcs of the series. Well played, Sword Art Online!
What Sword Art Online: Alicization did great in 2019 is that it actually really emphasized the words "Sword" and "Art" from its title pretty well. This particular arc is jam-packed with high-end action and stunning visuals. It also has a beautiful soundtrack that really matches the splendor of its entirety. Sadly, this show still quite fails in some aspects of its dramatization and character development. However, I am thoroughly satisfied with how this arc turned out. This arc will eventually continue to its finale, so there's still so much to be gained and experienced.
5. Vinland Saga
It never occurred to me that a narrative about the vikings in anime-form could be as well fleshed out as Vinland Saga. This show thoroughly astonished me!
Vinland Saga brings to life the tale of a tragic young boy who's out to seek vengeance in the most honorable way a viking warrior can. What he didn't expect is that he was about to live his life in a muddled scuffle of war, blood, honor, and redemption.
After witnessing the 24-episode sublimity of Vinland Saga, I was convinced that I stumbled upon rare loot. Don't even get me started about its topnotch rendition of action, which is unequivocally grand, but let me tell you about its other clear-cut features. This anime has astounding characters. For some reason, I subconsciously cultivated a love-hate relationship with most of them; all of them are sensibly human and great nonetheless. Their struggles, intentions, histories, personalities, and tantrums—all of these touched me to my very core.
I can go on and on with the praises, but Vinland Saga is something that must be experienced first-hand. Go beyond your prefatory discrimination and you'll understand how glorious and enlightening this show truly is.
LJ Milan from Novi Sad, Serbia on February 28, 2020:
Thank you, I watched One Punch, Slime and Overlord are my favorite. I haven't heard of Yousha and Bofuri, I'll give them a try. Thank you.
Cheeky Kid (author) from Milky Way on February 28, 2020:
@LJ Milan try Shinchou Yuusha, No Game No Life, Overlord, One Punch Man, Slime Datta Ken, and Bofuri.
LJ Milan from Novi Sad, Serbia on February 28, 2020:
I love action anime, thank you. If you can suggest some good overpowered mc anime, that would be much appreciated. I watched a lot of those like almost all isekai genre. But I need a new fix. Please.