Marking their final addition to the Winter 2019 slate, Crunchyroll has announced yet another two titles available on their streaming service. The shows are Grimms Notes the Animation which drops on January 11, and Manaria Friends which comes January 20. Once again, both titles will be available to stream on VRV as well. Now that everything has been set in stone, it’s probably time to decide which shows are worth your time first and foremost.
Grimms Notes is an adaptation of Square Enix’s popular mobile side-scrolling game by the same name. The story is set in a word where everyone is granted a book upon their birth which locks them into their fate. It follows a protagonist who received a blank book, essentially having to decide his own fate. As you may expect from the name and premise, many of the characters the show up are based on famous fairy tales such as Robin Hood and Cinderella. Overall, I can’t say I’m all that enticed. Perhaps if you played the game, this show might be for you, but otherwise, its presentation is slightly too bland for my liking.
Manaria Friends is an adaptation of two volume manga spinoff of Rage of Bahamut. Having spent some time in production hell, CygamePictures is finally ready to unveil the series. The series follows two girls — Anne who is a princess and an honor student, and Grea who is a princess born from a dragon and a human. The series requires very little prerequisite knowledge of the Rage of Bahamut lore, and can easily be picked up without having engaged in the franchise previously. Not only that, but the runtime totals at 15 minutes per episode, which makes it a smaller investment than usual. If the premise sounds appealing to you, there is no reason for you not to pick this one up.
While these last two batches of Crunchyroll releases have felt a bit weak, it feels a bit unfair to compare it to what Crunchyroll already had to offer. Overall, I think the shows you want to make your priority are Boogiepop and Others, Mob Psycho 100 Season 2, and The Promised Neverland. In case you have more time on your hands, Kaguya-sama Love is War is likely worth picking up, and I still have a bit of a soft spot for My Roommate is a Cat.