2018 Seasonal Anime Rundown and Review

A look back at every new seasonal show I watched in 2018 and a small review + score out of 100 for each!


So with 2018 well and truly in the history books I thought I’d make a post detailing each season, the score I gave to each seasonal show I watched a little one-sentence review for each and then the average score for the season as a whole. All my individual show scores are out of 100. So let’s get started!

Winter 2018 (14 Shows Watched)

Winter 2018 was technically my first season of watching shows seasonally, also February marked the start of my blog (though I didn’t start proper seasonal episode by episode reviews ’til Spring). Even now, I think I look back at Winter 2018’s anime with the most fondness and I’m not even sure why… maybe reviewing week-to-week has its drawbacks on nostalgia too…

A Place Further Than The Universe

This gorgeous and emotional series deserves it place within the pantheon of anime classics, truly a low-key masterpiece in every way.

Slow Start

Is it the best slice of life show ever made? No, but it’ll forever be a personal favourite that I keep coming back to–it’s also one that handles surprisingly steamy subject matter but in an understated and subtle way.

Laid Back Camp

The ultimate relaxing anime, everything about this show is a chill-out from the meditative mood, the serene visuals and the blissful soundtrack. This show heals my soul.

Mitsuboshi Colors

High energy all the time! That’s what being a kid is all about, rarely has an anime captured the true spirit of being a kid and not having a care in the world and the show’s all the more endearing for it!


A slow-burn and mysterious show that was consistently great from beginning to end.

Dagashi Kashi 2

Even though its episodic run-time was reduced this second season proved itself the superior sequel and the best short anime of the entire year thanks to a focus on relationships and character development instead of candy.

Killing Bites

Perhaps the most under-represented anime all year? This action, ecchi extravaganza was non-stop thrills and entertainment while delivering a satisfying story. But that cliffhanger ending is among anime’s most frustrating. We need a second season!


This controversial yuri almost seems tame compared to the controversies that came later in the year but it seemed like a lot of people missed the point of this trashy but ultimately layered story of two girls in an unenviable situation.

Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

Anime and food go to together like, well ramen and Ms Koizumi! I don’t know why this show has such a low score on ‘the site that shall not be named’ but this was just a lot of fun plus food porn galore!

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi San

Absolutely the cutest couple of Winter 2018 and an endearing, if somewhat repetitive coming-of-age story. 

Pop Team Epic

Make no mistake about that score this was the funniest show of the year, but its the kind of funny that not only doesn’t stand up to repeated viewings but also committed the crime of being a 24 minute anime that told the same jokes twice in the one episode just with different voice actors and occasionally different punchlines.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Despite my issues with the egregiously inconsistent tone of this show it was more or less an enjoyable, action filled romp with some likeable characters. Nothing more, nothing less.

The Ryou’s Work Is Never Done!

This was a genuinely good, funny and compelling show until the protagonist went and upset this show’s best girl by being one of the worst harem leads I’ve ever seen. I’m still bitter about this nearly a year later…

The Seven Heavenly Virtues

Absolute ecchi trash, its short form means its easy to watch but make no mistake, this is meant for the mastubatorium and not to be taken seriously in any way, shape or form. Still it elicited a few laughs.

Seasonal Average 81/100

Setting the pace with an 81/100 for the season, that’s a score not to be taken lightly (probably)!

Spring 2018 (19 Shows Watched)

To me this particular spring anime season felt ~rushed~ I don’t know why but for some reason I recall the anime here to be both created and consumed in a hurried manner…

Steins;Gate 0

The champion of Spring and a more than worthy successor to one of the all time anime greats.

Comic Girls

Few CGDCT/Slice of life shows have managed the kind of introspective depth and richness that Comic Girls provided, if only more of this genre could be so insightful.

Darling In The FranXX

The show that started off as an almost drop but ended up one of my favourites of the year. Yes it’s messy and flawed and dumb and problematic but it’s also touching and funny and endearing and cool. It’s ‘adolescence: the anime’ and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Food Wars: The Third Plate – Totsuki Train Arc

When ‘Food Wars’ is firing on all cylinders its unstoppable and save for a couple of lackluster episodes this was this show at its best.


Perhaps the most surprisingly touching anime of the season, or rather an anime where its side-characters outshine its mains every single episode. Anzu and Hitomi best girls forever!

Umamusume: Pretty Derby

Who would have thought horse-girls would hit the big time in 2018. This marked my first collab with Irina and it was a heck of a lot of fun!

High School DxD Hero

With this new season came a change in studio and thus visuals and the result was? Well it’s fine and the show’s still great, so not much to talk about otherwise.

My Hero Academia Season 3

Perhaps the weakest season yet but still lightyears ahead of most shonen anime.

Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair

This off-the-wall meta comedy parody based on a mobile game managed to charm and delight against all odds. Also, ‘Wiseman’ (and their ED song) are among this years greatest gifts, all hail Wiseman!

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

I swore I’d never watch a SAO series but nobody said anything about spin-offs, or rather “alternatives”. This female focused action series was an absolute pleasure from beginning to end.


Here’s a show that deserves way more praise and attention than it got, or maybe that’s just me, yeah probably just me…

PERSONA5 The Animation

‘Blah, blah, blah, the game is better~!’ Blah, blah, blah, but the show is great too!

Tokyo Ghoul:re

The wasted potential here is enormous but there’s still plenty to be enjoyed about this sequel series–even if it made almost no sense!

Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World

Not the best anime set in an Isekai Izakaya but still pleasantly enjoyable, Shinobu is a top-tier waifu though and I won’t here a word against her!

Space Battleship Tiramisu

At its best it was hilarious, at its worst it was mundane–thankfully I’m easily amused.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast For Spirits

A good show that while not catering to most of my anime related tastes remained interesting enough until the end.


The wasted potential is saddening but there’s still a decent show beneath the messy adaptation.

Magical Girl Ore

What began strong quickly devolved into an exercise in mediocrity and scraping the barrel for shtick. There’s a far better show living in this premise but we only saw glimpses of it throughout.

Butlers x Battlers

While by no means a disaster, this anime traded in its intrigue for stupidity early on and never fully recovered but its the abysmal season finale that made the show sink into obscurity.

Seasonal Average 81.1/100

Only 0.1 of a point difference between this season and Winter. Looks like it’s going to be a tight competition!

Summer 2018 (17 Shows Watched)

The worst thing about Summer 2018 was the amount of people calling it the worst anime season in ages–despite myself thinking the contrary. No season in 2018 provided as many best shows as Summer 2018 and for that i’ll ever hold it in high regard!

Happy Sugar Life

This is the show of the year. I’m not even going to try and hide it, this was the best anime of 2018. It was sugary, bittersweet, twisted poetic artistic perfection the likes of which has seldom been seen before. I adore it all.

How Not To Summon A Demon Lord

Controversy surrounded this anime early on but I held close to it, knowing it was better than the negativity that clung to it, and low and behold as it won people over. Also had Shera ‘Best Girl of 2018’ Greenwood, in it so how could it not be awesome?


Time travel, loli’s, shenanigans, shocking reveals, what more could you want?!

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs

I mean, I already have stern words for anyone who thinks a harem is a dirty word but no harem out there is more inclusive and wholesome and lead by an immaculately endearing character as there has been Kogarashi and ‘Yuuna and The Haunted Hot Springs’!

Asobi Asobase

‘Pop Team Epic’ may have had the win on laugh-out-loud moments but ‘Asobi Asobase’ was more consistent as an ~actual~ show and not just a series of sketches. Also Hanako’s voice actress deserves all the awards in the world for her performance.

Chio’s School Road

While not as consistent a comedy as ‘Asobi Asobase’ I enjoyed this series’ sense of progression and world-building a lot more as it was more satisfying than most comedies.

Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou

The show that made me appreciate the power of “shota”, okay maybe that’s a weird thing to say but this show was adorable and perverted in a way that few shows can pull off!

Harukana Receive

The story wasn’t all that compelling and the sports animation only occasionally delivered but it made up for that with wholly enjoyable characters, a dynamic soundtrack and all the bikini fan-service you could ever hope for!

Grand Blue Dreaming

Any other show might have drowned sticking to a premise that over-emphasised frat-boy antics and alcohol-related shenanigans but when its the Japanese doing it, I don’t know, it comes off a lot more charming than if this were an American series.

Cells At Work!

It’s just good consistent entertainment–except for the episodes that focused on the Killer T-Cells or episode 13, those were less good.


In my ‘Watched But Not Reviewed’ series of posts I kept mentioning there was something that stopped me connecting with this series but never really went into much detail. And I don’t have the time to do so here either! It’s setting and atmosphere set it apart from so much other anime and the series finale was undoubtedly my highlight.

Dropkick on my Devil

The shtick of Jashin-Chan being repeatedly and brutally murdered by Yurine wore thin quick but the rest of the show explored some surprisingly complex social issues such as homelessness, minimum wage employment and the opportunities for women in Japan. Talk about your tonal dissonance!

Music Girls

The ironic anime of the season. Was this parody? Was this sincere? Or was it just poorly handled from beginning to end? At the very least there were some genuinely good episodes and a surprising amount of bath-time fan service!

The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

Here’s a series that had too much scope for the sake of its budget and took too little risks to be noteworthy. That said I did still enjoy the harem aspects and genuinely think the final episode was very good.


This was such a shame, in a season that had two female sports shows, why was it the one with miles better animation and commitment to its sport-anime fundamentals that saw the need to create the years biggest (and needless) villain in the form of Ayano and her evil eyes. You could make an edit of this show that’s easily an 80+ just by getting rid of Ayano altogether…

Phantom In The Twilight

Good show/100.

Seven Senses Of The Re’Union

This series probably had the biggest drop in quality from where it started to where it ended, a disappointing non-ending to a show that absolutely needed one to be satisfying.

Seasonal Average 82.4/100

As expected, the best season (so far) of 2018 for me was Summer.

Fall 2018 (20 Shows Watched, 2 Dropped)

And the last season of the year had my watch-list at its highest but also (as far as I can remember) the only shows I dropped all year. An interesting season to say the least!

Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai

A show that based solely on its title had no business being as good as it was, and yet here we are.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Just ridiculously solid in almost every respect, plus a whole cavalcade of best girls abound.
(*The asterix is because the anime still has another cour to go so that score is only representative of the first 13 episodes)

Bloom Into You

Achingly beautiful in every sense of the phrase.

Boarding School Juliet

I didn’t expect I’d like this show as much as I did nor it would be so consistently excellent week-after-week. If for whatever reason you gave this a miss, I heartily recommend it.


This would have been a 90/100 if not for the overbearing presence of Midori in the middle few episodes. That said, I don’t think any anime made me cry as much as this one did and that’s about the most surprising thing about this series.

HIMOTE HOUSE: A share house of super psychic girls

I’m pretty sure this is my first full 3D anime that I’ve watched and while its occasionally cheap looking the series itself is charming and hilarious. The underappreciated hit of the season!

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master

If I was a more unbiased reviewer that score would be 74/100, but I mean, come on… it’s me we’re talking about. 10 bonus points, emphasis on the ~points~.

Anima Yell!

Cute cheerleaders doing cute things and it’s kinda gay too, love it!

Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood.

Cute vampires doing cute things and it’s kinda gay too, love it!

Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur

A very fun series occasionally let down by having a couple of episodes focus on characters I’m not very interested in. The after credit mini anime are an absolute riot, though!

Otona no Bouguya-san

I’m going to endeavour to watch more short anime in 2019 as the one’s I did watch in 2018 were all quite unique perhaps none more so than this one, it’s about an armour shop that exclusively sells sexy armour but despite the premise is absurdly adorable!


The melding of spy action and cute girl show didn’t quite pay off as well as it could have but this was still a fun little adventure!

Space Battleship Tiramisu ZWEI

More focused but simultaneously (and paradoxically) more random than the first season meant I enjoyed this second season a touch more.

Skull Face Bookseller Honda-san

When this show focused on the character interactions and referenced well known manga this show was strong, when it was dealing with the industry side of things it was weaker. Still, Honda-san makes for such an endearing protagonist its hard to gripe too much.

DAKAICHI! -I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-

My first yaoi anime, not nearly as scary as I thought it’d be but still occasionally problematic–still it ended up in a cute place and was enjoyable entertainment.

As Miss Beezlebub Likes It

The first episode was so lackluster that I wanted to drop it, but the side characters in the opening credits spurred me on and I’m glad I stuck with it as every supporting character in the show is an absolute treat.


At first I didn’t know what this show was–and neither did the show, but half-way through the show itself and I both discovered that it’s a comedy after all! If you don’t take it seriously this show is a lot of dumb fun.

Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight

No show jumped the shark harder than Ulysses, what with the sudden appearance of space tentacle monsters, spaceships and an alien god bent on world destruction–in a historical fantasy anime set in 1700’s France! Still, I’m glad I watched it.

Goblin Slayer

My opinion on this show since its ended has softened (especially with the arrival of a much worse show in 2019) but this show was more often uninspired than it was entertaining.

My Sister, My Writer

The only reason this has scored as low it has is because of the animation problems the studio had, it can be fixed and if it is fixed for the blu-ray the score will be a 71/100. The show itself isn’t terrible it’s occasionally bland, but like other shows on this list is propped up by an engaging supporting cast.

The Girl In Twilight (Dropped At Episode 4)

Zombieland Saga (Dropped At Episode 2)

The final score for Fall doesn’t take into account the two dropped shows as that wouldn’t be fair but even without them

Seasonal Average 79.3/100

And by a few points Fall was my least favourite season of 2018 anime at least as far as the numbers go.

And that’s 2018’s year of anime that I watched all wrapped up! Watching so much anime seasonally was certainly a different experience for me but for the most part I really enjoyed it, as satisfying as binge-watching can be there’s something about sitting with a show for 12 (or sometimes a lot more) weeks that let’s it grow on you in a way binge watching can’t. Let me know what you thought of my opinions and what your favourite shows for each season were in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

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Author: Cactus Matt

I love anime and more recently manga too. What else do I need to write here?

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