Winter 2018 is a great season for anime. There are quite a few amazing anime adaptations, continuations, and remakes this season. Here are some titles to look forward to.
Genres: Action, Horror, Supernatural
Airing: Jan 5, 2018 (Netflix)
“With demons reawakened and humanity in turmoil, a sensitive demon-boy is led into a brutal, degenerate war against evil by his mysterious friend, Ryo.” Description taken directly from Netflix.
Devilman: Crybaby is an adaption of the 1970s horror/shonen manga by Go Nagai. The old Devilman manga inspired many well known series such as Evangelion and Berserk. Devilman has been adapted before as OVAs, but it was never finished and didn’t have the backing of Netflix or the collective talent of some of the most well known people in the anime industry. Keep in mind though, that this is a very gory anime with tons of nudity and excessive violence so it’s not for everyone. Devilman: Crybaby will air on Netflix January 5th, 2018.
Ito Junji: Collection
Airing: Jan 5, 2018 (Crunchyroll)
I was introduced to Junji Ito through one of his most popular works, The Enigma of Amigara Fault. If you haven’t read the manga, search it up and go read it. It’s a good introduction to Junji Ito’s work and what you can expect from this anime. Unfortunately, this particular story won’t be adapted into anime, but expect great stories nonetheless because almost all of Junji Ito’s shorts are scary. It’s been so long since a proper horror anime so hopefully this adaption will do the manga justice. Stay a bit skeptical though, as one of Junji Ito’s previously work, Gyo, was horribly adapted into anime before.
Poputepipikku (Pop Team Epic)
Poputepipikku is an anime adaption of the gag manga by the same name. The manga is a series of random short comedic stories that follow two high school girls named Popuko and Pipimi. The stories are always ridiculous and at times even insane. It’s also full of meta humor and profanity riddled jokes so it’s not for the light hearted.
Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen (Gintama.: Silver Soul Arc)
Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Airing: Jan 8, 2018
The final arc of Gintama. Get ready for another Gintama in the top 10 anime section of MyAnimeList.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Game, Fantasy, Magic, Isekai
Airing: Dec 17, 2018
The second season of Overlord. If the anime follows the light novel/manga then there will be less of a focus on Ainz and more time will be spent developing side characters/stories.
Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku (Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody)
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Airing: Jan 11, 2018 (Crunchyroll)
A 29 year old programmer named Suzuki Ichirou suddenly gets transported to a new fantasy world that follows video game mechanics. In this world, he is able to cast a limited use magic attack called meteor shower which ends up wiping an entire army of lizard men. He gets so much experience that he levels dramatically and becomes overpowered. Suzuki decides to hide his newfound power and try to live a peaceful life.
If you love isekai then you should check Death March out. On the other hand, if you aren’t really a fan of this genre then this anime might be too generic for you. As a fan of isekai even I think the manga and light novel of Death March is pretty average, but the overall story is still quite enjoyable. If the anime follows the manga/novel then the story will be a laid back, slice of life isekai harem with an overpowered main character.
Darling in the FranXX
Genres: Sci-Fi, Mecha
Airing: Jan 13, 2018 (Crunchyroll)
In the distant future where land is destroyed, humanity builds a mobile fort city named Plantation. Inside Plantation there is a facility called Mistilteinn, also known as “bird cage”, where children are taught only of piloting mechs and fighting. The story follows the main character called Hiro, who was once a prodigy, but now has fallen behind. One day a mysterious girl appears in front of him, two horns growing from her forehead.
Darling in the FranXX is a sci-fi mecha anime made by A1 Pictures and Studio Trigger. A1 Pictures is known for many masterpiece anime like Your Lie in April, and Erased, but they also made a few mediocre anime under the same ‘training children to fight’ concept seen in Darling in the FranXX. Studio Trigger always delivers quality animation so even if the story of Darling in the FranXX is mediocre, at least it will be visually stunning.
Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2 (The Disastrous Life of Saiki-K 2)
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural, School
Airing: Jan 17, 2018
The second season of The Disastrous Life of Saiki-K. This is a comedy about an overpowered main character who tries to hide his physic powers from everyone and live an ordinary life. However, there isn’t anything normal or ordinary about him, his friends, or his life. I’m pleasantly surprised The Disastrous Life of Saiki-K is getting a sequel. The first season didn’t do very well in sales, it’s Blu-ray/DVD sales were particularly bad. However look forward to season 2 and expect more of the usual funny, witty, and sometimes ridiculous comedy.
B: The Beginning
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Airing: Mar 2, 2018 (Netflix)
“In this anime series, scientists hope “new humans” will create universal peace, but they’re kidnapped by an evil group with very different plans.” Description taken directly from Netflix.
Formerly known as Perfect Bones, this Netflix original anime is being created and animated by Production IG. It is set to be 12 episodes and will debut globally on Netflix, March 2nd, 2018. Based on the youtube trailer and its description, B: The Beginning seems to be a suspense drama that takes place in an advanced science fiction world. One of the main characters, Keith Flick, investigates a series of murders surrounding a serial killer known as Killer B.