Is it already time to look over what new anime will be gracing us in the Fall (Autumn) 2018 Season? Apparently so! Usually I do very little research before deciding on what anime to watch going as far as to look at a poster and reading a synopsis but this season I went that *extra* step and even watched some trailers and even read the manga source material on a couple of shows too (some unintentionally though). What follows is my list of the anime I’ll be watching, accompanied with the ‘official synopsis’ as well as some of my thoughts on each. Bare in mind that while I will be watching most, if not all of these shows all the way through what gets reviewed week-to-week is subject to change.
Akanesasu Shoujo (October 1st)
What they say: “October, 2018. Girls who live in a provincial city perform a certain ritual. The girls are in the “Crystal Radio Club.” It is an interest circle that Asuka Tsuchimiya, a girl known for her cheerfulness, started with friends in her high school. That ritual was considered just an urban legend. However, with several conditions coincidentally falling into place, it stops being fun and games….”
What I say: I’m not really sure what to think of this show, what I do know is the art is gorgeous and it’s filled with cute girls so of course I’ll give it a shot!
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken [That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime] (October 2nd)
What they say: “Lonely thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a fresh start in a fantasy realm…as a slime monster! As he acclimates to his goopy new existence, his exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that will change his new world forever!”
What I say: I keep seeing this light novel/manga series everywhere when searching Book Depository of what to read next, to be honest the premise is pretty average but some of the girls look absolutely amazing! Can you sense a pattern forming with my picks yet?
Space Battleship Tiramisu II (October 2nd)
What they say: “Second season of Space Battleship Tiramisu”.
What I say: Can’t say I expected this series to get another season! But whatever I enjoyed the first season for what it was plus it’s a shorter series so I’m not really too worried about committing myself to another bout of silliness.
Zombieland Saga (October 4th)
What they say: “TBA”.
What I say: I had pretty much zero interest in this show–mostly because of its name–until of course the poster showed up delivering a bevy of cute anime girls to be lauded over… I’m a simple man of simple pleasures…
Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san [Ms. Vampire Who Lives In My Neighbourhood] (October 5th)
What they say: “The modern-day vampire comedy centers on high school girl Amano, who was saved from a strange incident by a vampire girl named Sophie Twilight, and has been interested in her ever since. Akari arrives at her house uninvited and the two start to live together. Although a vampire, Sophie never attacks humans, but purchases blood and anime goods via mail and lives a modern life.”
What I say: It looks like it’s Gabriel DropOut except vampires! In other words CGDDCT but they’re also monsters which equals a big tick in my book! Sign me up!
Yagate Kimi ni Naru [Bloom Into You] (October 5th)
What they say: “Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and hearts, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her… she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That’s when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity that she’s inspired to ask her for help. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is Nanami herself, has her shoujo romance finally begun?”
What I say: It’s the Fall season’s answer to Citrus! Let’s just hope it doesn’t invoke as much hand-wringing and obnoxious thought pieces as the aforementioned did! I’ve read the manga and it’s pretty darn cute and smart too! Hopefully the adaption does it justice!
Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! (October 5th)
What they say: “Having lost her mother at a young age, Misha Takanashi, a second grader with Russian blood, now lives with her Japanese father. Tsubame Kamoi, formerly a Self‐Defense Force officer, comes to the Takanashi household as a housekeeper. This is a home comedy where Kamoi, a hardcore lolicon, attempts to get near Misha as she tries to fight against her.”
What I say: It’s not often the phrase “hardcore lolicon” appears in a synopsis… this could be amazingly subversive and perverted and weird or it could just be ~uncomfortable~ or a third thing… maybe this is the hypothetical ‘gender swapped’ version of Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou I’ve been talking about for weeks now!
Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (October 6th)
What they say: “Takato Saijyo has reigned as the idol industry’s “Most Huggable” for five years, that is, until freshman actor Junta Azumaya. Takato was always considered brusque while Azumaya’s smile is winning over admirers by comparison. The whole fiasco drives Takuto to over indulge in alcohol and his actions catch the attention of the last person he wants to see. To his surprise, Azumaya uses this new info to blackmail Takuto for physical affection.”
What I say: Gotta balance all those cute girls out with some BL? Amirite!… Okay, this pick is totally just for the irlwaifu but who knows, maybe it’ll be good? Or better yet, so bad it’s good!
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet [Juliet Of Boarding School] (October 6th)
What they say: “To Love, or not to Love”
Juliet Percia and Inuzuka Romio are archenemies. They lead two high-school dormitories the “Black Dogs” and the “White Cats” from two rivaling countries. Both factions are dead set on defeating the other to gain control over the island they have to share. Beneath the feuding exterior, however, Percia and Inuzuka long for love and peace for their budding relationship…”
What I say: Y’all should know romance anime ain’t my bag, but something about this art style immediately (and fondly) reminded me of Shomin Sample, so apparently that’s enough to make me watch a show now!
Goblin Slayer (October 7th)
What they say: “A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue—a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next…”
What I say: The light novel and manga this is based on has been on my radar for a little while but I never committed to reading either because the tone seemed darker than the usual fare. Wondering whether the anime will be darker or lighter, personally I’m hoping for it to be like ‘How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord‘ but either way will be interesting.
Release The Spyce (October 7th)
What they say: “The series is about a girl named Momo who attends high school at the city of Sorasaki. However, she is secretly a member of Tsukikage, an intelligence agency that protects people. As a new member of the agency, she works alongside her colleagues including her senior Yuki and friends. Together, they work to establish peace in the city.”
What I say: There’s not nearly enough spy-genre anime out there (at least that I know about) so I’m very much looking forward to this series, plus it it’s an ‘Original’ and not based on a manga or novel or game so hopefully it’s full of interesting things we haven’t seen before!
Fairy Tail (October 7th)
What they say: “Final season of Fairy Tail.”
What I say: I mean, that synopsis says it all doesn’t it? By which I mean it says nothing to anyone unless you’re a Fairy Tail fan–which I am! The two biggest unanswered questions on my mind are “how many episodes this will be?” and “how much fan-service are they going to squeeze out of this last-hurrah?”
Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc to Renkin no Kishi (October 7th)
What they say: “During France’s Hundred Years’ War with England, Montmorency, the son of a noble, immerses himself in the study of magic and alchemy at a school for knights. However, after France’s defeat at Agincourt, the school is disbanded and Montmorency is forced to flee. While on the run he meets a miraculous village girl named Jeanne.”
What I say: I don’t usually go in for historical stuff, but this looks to have enough subversions what with talk of magic and alchemy, the poster has a pretty dark and coll aesthetic, also boobs.
Anima Yell! (October 7th)
What they say: “The manga centers on Kohane Hatoya, a young woman who loves to be helpful to others. After she moves from middle school to high school, she becomes fascinated with cheerleading, and she starts a cheerleading club at her high school. Joining Kohane in her cheerleading activities is the experienced Hizume and Kohane’s childhood friend Uki.”
What I say: A cheerleading anime that doesn’t feature a bunch of busty anime girls looking to jiggle? Well that’s certainly an interesting take… In all seriousness the poster has a very familiar and comforting CGDCT aesthetic and I’ve been looking forward to it since I first saw the character art!
Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (October 8th)
What they say: “The comedy manga’s story centers on a skeleton named Honda who works in a bookstore. Hilarity ensues daily in his work at the shop’s manga counter.”
What I say: The options for comedy anime (at least ones I’m interested) seem more limited this season than the Summer season (which was abundant) so I’ll take what I can get. I’m not really into the idea of this, or the frankly ugly art-style but I’ll give it a go–maybe it’ll end up surprising me!
Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season (October 9th)
What they say: “Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organization Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence.”
What I say: While the first season of Tokyo Ghoul:re had its fare share of problems, as someone who wasn’t familiar with the (apparently vastly superior) manga I still enjoyed the show for what it was. I can’t say I’m hyped about a 2nd season this quickly after the first but I’ll still be watching it.
Conception (October 10th)
What they say: “The story of the game revolves around Itsuki Yuuge, a high school student who finds out on the day of his graduation ceremony that his cousin and childhood friend Mahiru is pregnant. Immediately afterward, Itsuki and Mahiru are taken to a magical world called Granvania, which is currently being invaded by monsters. The only people who can fight and exorcise the monsters are the “star children,” and the star children can only be produced by the 12 “shrine maidens of the constellations.” In order to defeat the monsters and return to his own world, Itsuki must father the star children with the maidens.”
What I say: A harem anime about impregnating girls for the sake of saving the world? I mean, I know Japan has a declining birth rate and all but I don’t think this is the answer! To be honest I just love how ludicrous this whole idea is and I look forward to seeing how they pull it off.
Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai (October 10th)
What they say: “Suzuka Nagami is a beautiful third-year middle school student who has excellent grades and is the student council president. She wrote a novel about a little sister who dotes on her older brother, and the the novel wins a light novel award. After they discuss the matter, Yuu is the one who debuts as a proxy light novel author instead of Suzuka, under the pen name Chikai Towano.”
What I say: Usually I ignore strictly romance anime but immediately this synopsis here reminded me of ‘A Sister’s All You Need‘–one of my favourite anime of recent years and from that point forward I was committed to watching this show!
Beelzebub-jou no Okinimesu mama. [As Miss Beelzebub Likes] (October 10th)
What they say: “Beelzebub is a great demon lord who rules over several millions of demons. Murin, who decides to serve the demon lord, learns that not only does Beelzebub lack the poise of a great demon, but is also a laid-back girl who likes fluffy things. Thus begins the daily-life comedy revolving around the many villains in the demon world.”
What I say: Another comedy I’m not entirely sold on, but I’ve actually heard of this one so maybe it’s going to be good?
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master – Tokyo Youma-hen (October 13th)
What they say: “Second season of “Senran Kagura.”
What I say: The first season was glorious, hilarious fan-service trash with a nice helping of character development on the side. Plus I loved the character designs and costumes of all the girls. More of that? Yes please!
Han-Gyaku-sei Million Arthur (October 25th)
What they say: “Based on Square Enix’s massively multi-player online role-playing game.”
What I say: There’s two reasons I’m watching this show even though I know zero about the game it’s based on. 1) The character designs on the girls look cute, and 2) it’s already been given a second season so I at least know there’s potential for the storytelling of this show–either that or they’re just super confident this is going to be popular somewhere…
And that’s my watch list for Fall (Autumn 2018)! 21 shows in total which is about on par with the Summer season’s initial watch list, also I haven’t decided which of these shows I’ll be reviewing week-to-week, ideally it’ll be around 14 (2 episode reviews per day) but only time will tell! Which shows are you the most interested in next season? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime