Even in the best seasons, not every anime of the season will turn out positively and this season was definitely not one of the best. Before I turn my attention to the fall season, I want to highlight some of the anime that made this season slightly difficult to get through.
The Winter 2018 anime season was amazing. Violet Evergarden, Yuru Camp△, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni, Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, and 3-gatsu no Lion 2 all presented convincing arguments why they were not only the season’s best shows but deserved to rank at the top of the year’s best shows. And that was not the extent of the good shows from this season. Others worth mentioning included Kokkoku. It was a weird Seinen series, but, I liked watching the family interactions and was glad to see the show end on a happy note. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens turned out to be a decent clone of Durarara!!. And Darling in the FranXX has been slowly creeping upwards as the show teases the mysteries behind it’s strange world; I’m expecting this show to explode in it’s second half and compete for the title of best spring anime.
In lieu of spending time being depressed about the passing of the Winter 2018 season, I decided to get a jump on trying to figure out what new series will be the worth watching in the upcoming Spring 2018 season.
The eleven series I list below are the series from the upcoming season that I believe will be worth watching.
New year, new season of anime, and a new group of finished series that people will either quickly forget having existed (Juuni Taisen) or will be relieved are finally done (Children of the Whales) so they can finish wasting their time waiting for these series to “get good” or were part of the select few that were good enough people will spend the upcoming months/years hoping for a sequel to be made (Houseki no Kuni). I hope to get to a proper look back at the best anime of 2017 soon; for today, we are focusing on the new anime that began airing for the Winter 2018 season.
Traditionally, the winter and summer seasons are considered the weaker seasons of the year with winter being the weakest overall. Outside of a couple obvious must-watch series it looked like the Winter 2018 season was going to follow the narrative and I would be able to do some catching up on my anime backlog. Then, as it has often occurred in the past, when I started watching the series I thought I would be able to write off, I discovered many of these series could not be so easily dismissed.
I don’t think I’ll find the time this season to tackle my anime backlog and I have the feeling that I still am missing a series from this season I should be watching. So, instead of asking the people reading this to recommend an old show, I’ll be asking which series I should be watching this season. Read on to see which three series the potential pick-ups.
In working towards completing a huge project for this site I have first been working on a separate, related, project – an updating and expansion of my grading system. This new system, in my mind, would be a useful tool in completing the huge project and is something I should be able to complete. After all, I have watched nearly 700 anime TV series and have been thinking about how to grade anime shows for over 8 years now.
While letting my mind free range on the topic of what parameters to use in grading an anime I noticed that during my recent renewed interest in anime AMVs that certain anime shows seem to be fertile ground for AMV editors to turn into great AMVs and other shows seem to lack the ability to be turned into great AMVs.
I am not one of those people that hate everything that Kyoto Animation has produced in the last X number of years, nor, am I one of those people that unconditionally love everything that KyoAni makes. I do, however, fall closer to the latter extreme than the former, but, that is to be expected since they’ve been delighting me for over 10 years now with very few missteps in that time period.
This good will allowed me to bend my appraisal of Myriad Colors Phantom World in that I watched the whole series (though I dragged my feet to finish it) when a similar effort done by almost any other animation studio would have been dropped by the third or fourth episode. It did not, nor would I allow it to, go so far as to color my final verdict of the series which is very low.
I feel that I’m somewhat late getting here but I have beaten the APR Top Anime of 2015 list so I can’t say that I’m late. 🙂 I’ll repeat what I said last year because it still holds: 2015 was a good year for anime. It’ll take several years to see how things settle out before one is able to compare it to earlier years but I think it’ll rank just fine in comparison.
I didn’t feel like splitting the countdown into two or three parts like I normally do, so, this post runs a bit long but it’s all here in one post.