2018 was an eventful year for anime – especially for sequels of established series such as Gintama, Boku no Hero Academia, Overlord, and more.
This list aims to compile our best anime (excluding sequels) of the year 2018.
10 – Koi wa Ameagari no You ni
9 – Banana Fish
8 – Hataraku Saibou (Cells at Work!)
7 – Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii! (Wotakoi)
6 – Asobi Asobase
5 – ISLAND
4 – Hanebado!
3 – Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
2 – Violet Evergarden
1 – Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl-senpai no Yume wo Minai
This show, for me, was the most unexpected of 2018. To be honest, I wanted to pick it up while it was airing but decided against it, as I was turned off by the sort of suggestive cover art and topic.
Talk about not judging a book by its cover!
That’s why I only got around to watching it after Andy suggested it to me.
The story captivated me and I finished the anime in only two days, which is a rare occurrence for me recently.
The anime is about Azusagawa Sakuta’s life in a world of adolescence, in which he meets girls with Puberty Syndrome, which symbolizes the anxiety on the way of growing up.
Sakurajima Mai impressed me with her cool character, humor, trust in and attitude towards Sakuta.
In spite of her hinting at Sakuta’s harem-like situation being surrounded by many different girls, the anime avoids diving too deep into that cliché, as Sakuta makes it clear that he is only interested in a romantic relationship with Mai.
That is the point in which this anime is a lot better than your run-of-the-mill harem romcom.
It stays close to reality, enabling the viewer to closely relate to the well-written story.
The only downside for me is the absolutely disappointing ending, which I hope is going to be fixed by the movie coming out in June 2019.
Easily one of my favorite romcoms of all time. 9.4/10.Thilo