This has been the first year (since 2012, and, boy, does that feel like an age ago now) that I’ve made a conscious effort to watch a good percentage of seasonal anime. I do feel that, as an aniblogger, it’s important to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the anime world and that keeping up with seasonal shows is a good way to do that. But, blogging aside, it’s also so much fun to be part of the conversation and to share memes, news, and theories with other anime fans. That’s difficult to do if you’re only watching the most ancient and/or obscure shows out there!
Anyway… I managed to watch 30 of this year’s anime. I know that that’s a pretty paltry figure to some, but I’m not in the habit of dropping shows, so I prefer to only pick a handful per season that I know beforehand that I’m likely to enjoy. In the following post I attempt to collate what I loved (or loathed) about the 30 shows that I watched this year.
Author’s note: if you feel that an anime has been unduly underrepresented, chances are, I didn’t see it. See the bottom of this post for a list of the shows that I did see this year. If you’re looking for something a bit more comprehensive, check out The First Ever WordPress Anime Awards. This features an impressive collection of categories and nominations put together by a team of brilliant bloggers (including yours truly)!
2018 was a year chock-full of pleasant surprises! Miraculously (given how busy I’ve been), I managed to find the time to watch approximately 80 anime. Of this number, the shows that I enjoyed the most were often the ones that surprised me the most.
There’s a reason why, after nearly 10 years, I still love anime. In fact, there are many reasons why it’s as much a part of my daily routine as eating my breakfast (a single Pop Tart every morning – yum! nutritious!) and taking a shower. But for the purpose of this post I wanna expand on just one of those reasons.
I thought it might be neat to turn this into a community-wide project of sorts, partly because I’m still trying to introduce myself to all of the new faces that have popped up during my five year absence and partly because I want to know what other people have to say about this topic! There are many bad things about anime, for example: its treatment of things like mental illness and minority groups, the industry’s tendency to play it safe and churn out the same uninspired, monotonous schlock every season, and toxic fandoms. BUT, in spite of these things, many of us continue to watch anime and have committed a sizable chunk of our lives (and finances) to this hobby. So why is that? Let’s explore this question together!
In a season chock-full of sequels to popular, already established series, Hinamatsuri, a standalone series, does a fantastic job of holding its own. Hinamatsuri is an entertaining and unexpectedly moving show about a yakuza grunt who ends up taking in a bizarre young girl named Hina, who possesses telekinetic powers. Anzu, another strange girl with telekinetic powers, is sent to track down and defeat Hina before returning to their world, however, she soon finds herself stranded in our world with just the clothes on her back. Fortunately though, she is soon taken in by a community of homeless men who took pity on her and teach her how to survive.