Seasonal Anime List: Summer 2018

Apologies for the recent lack of posts. I got a new toy to play with (review pending), which ate up even more of my free time, and on top of that I had to put in more hours at work. I’m still watching anime at my usual pace, but this resulted in me having quite a few reviews backlogged. I can’t deny that I wasn’t motivated to write reviews for shows I panned either, but hey, I never expected it to be easy.

Anyways, as spring wraps up, summer unfolds. Now that MAL is back up (yay, we survived the worst Great MALpocalypse yet), I took a look at the Summer 2018 shows and compiled a list.

<- Spring 2018

(All shows listed in alphabetical order)

Asobi Asobase

It’s moe slice of life, of course I’ll watch this. Expecting more cute-girls-doing-cute-shit kind of antics.

Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen 2

It’s always a good season when Gintama is on, but given how I’m still 2-3 seasons behind, I won’t get to this season any time soon. Still, when Gintama ends it’ll leave a hole in my heart.

Grand Blue

The manga is insanely highly rated on MAL (#7 and one spot ahead of Made in Abyss as of this writing), so my interest is definitely piqued. And it’s a comedy to boot!

Hanebado!

I’m not much of a shonen sports anime viewer, but I’m always mostly up for female sports anime. I just hope it’s less focused on the (。 ㅅ 。) and more on the competition.

Happy Sugar Life

Boy oh boy. This is my most-hyped Summer 2018 show. Yuri + horror + moe + HanaKana hits so many checkboxes.

Harukana Receive

Like Hanebado! above, this is yet another female sports anime. Though given the beach setting fan service is not just expected but a given.

Hataraku Saibou (TV)

The other HanaKana show I’m hyping for the season, Hataraku Saibou reminds me of  Moyashimon in the sense that both are about microscopic organisms. It’s a novel theme, and I can’t wait to see the comedy coming out of this one.

Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria

One of the several isekai light novel adaptations of the season, the designs remind me of Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni., a show that I surprisingly enjoyed.

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu

Another isekai light novel adaptation. Everything about this show smacks of ecchi and fan service, so chances of a good story is probably less than 5%. But at least the girls are cute…

Island

Of all the shows this season, I’ve been waiting for this one the longest. I came across the visual novel’s OST on Spotify last year and liked it, and ever since I’ve been waiting for the visual novel to be released here. Sadly, Frontwing pushed back the release to this year to capitalize on the timing of the anime even though it had been fully translated since last summer. For once this is actually NOT an R-18 visual novel, so expect less fan service than the usual visual novel adaption.

Jashin-chan Dropkick

Possibly the funniest show of the season (based on the PV I seen). A lot of physical comedy.

Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes

On paper this sounds like a shoujo version of Beautiful Bones, which was a nice change from the usual fantasy light novels but ultimately fell flat. I hope this show turns out better.

Ongaku Shoujo (TV)

I don’t necessarily dislike idol genre as a whole, but for one reason or another idol shows have largely earned my ire. Not that this show demonstrates much to turn that frown upside down, but at least the character designs look better than Love Live!‘s.

Overlord III

One of the few mainstream shows I’ll watch from this season. Overlord season one was enjoyable enough that I’m about to rewatch it before watching season two (and three).

Phantom in the Twilight

It’s probably a reverse harem, but at least HanaKana is fronting it. Honestly doesn’t seem too bad of a show from the PV.

Satsuriku no Tenshi

Interesting premise, and it’s apparently originally an RPG Maker game. Seems to be the horror show of the season.

Shichisei no Subaru

I just can’t shake the SAO feeling I get from this show. I know it’s not fair to say it’s going to be as bad as SAO, so I’ll try to watch it with an open mind.

Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight

If you ever got tired of the idol industry being the center of attention in performance anime, how about musicals instead?

Yama no Susume: Third Season

I very much enjoyed season two, so the latest season is a no-brainer must-watch for me. Maybe, finally, someone will license the series for home release here.

Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san

Summer is the best time for hot spring anime. Joking aside, this show reminds me of the shonen manga harem shows of the bygone era (Sora no Otoshimono or To LOVE-Ru, anyone?) See, back in those days, the main character actually had harems in the real world instead of some fantasy land/game/light-novel-y setting.

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