Spring 2018 Anime Must-Watch

Judging from the blog graphic here, it seems that my Spring 2018 Anime Must-Watch List seems to be a lot longer than the previous season.

It’s too bad that most of the anime I’m watching in this season is the anime sequels, though. Despite the sequels dominating the list, there are still quite a few anime that I enjoy watching. In fact, some of them also become the anime that I’m so looking forward to watching it just like the sequels.

Wondering what that is?

Let’s take a look at what I’m watching this spring.

My Spring 2018 Anime Must-Watch List

The anime that I list down here is arranged based on the alphabetical order. But I will mention which anime becomes my personal favorite this spring on this list as well.

Now, let’s dive in.

Boku no Hero Academia

Boku no Hero Academia

There’s no doubt that Boku no Hero Academia will be in my Spring 2018 Anime Must-Watch List. I admit that I’m not a big fan of superhero anime. But I do enjoy watching Boku no Hero Academia because it emphasizes a lot about working hard to achieve your goal.

In their case is to become a hero.

If you enjoy watching any superhero-theme movies or series but with the shonen-type message, then you’ll enjoy watching Boku no Hero Academia.

Chi’s Sweet Adventure S2

Chi's Sweet Adventure S2

There’s no surprise here that Chi’s Sweet Adventure will be included in the list as well since it’s also the anime that I’ve watched in the past.

If you love cats, then Chi’s Sweet Adventure will be perfect for you. You don’t have to watch the anime from the first season. But it can help you with understanding the story even better if you watch the anime from the beginning.

Devils Line

Devils Line

I admit that I’ve decided to give Devils Line a try because of the hype. But the hype isn’t coming from the anime fans that I come across on Twitter, Facebook or anything equivalent.

Instead, the hype came from Devils Line’s manga promotion on CDJapan and Comixology. It was the manga promotion that got me interested in giving this anime a try.

I didn’t have much expectation when I began watching the first episode of this anime. To my surprise, I was hooked on it.

As you can guess, Devils Line is one of the anime that I’m always looking forward to watching every week.

I can’t say for sure why I was hooked on it, though. Is it because Anzai is a police officer? Maybe it does since I have a penchant for watching anime that features a character in the law enforcement.

Or is it because of the romantic relationship between Anzai and Taira? Well, it could be.

All I can say is Devils Line does liven up to its hype. So, if you’re skeptical like me, then give this anime a try and see it for yourself why most people are so looking forward to watching Devils Line.

Dorei-ku The Animation

Dorei-ku The Animation

I kind of like the premise of Dorei-ku The Animation since it revolves around a device called SCM which can turn someone into a slave after they lost to the other person who wears the same device in a game.

Since the story takes place mostly in Kabukicho and the concept feels like you’re watching the mild version of SM relationship, it can be a bit disturbing to some people.

I’ll be talking about Dorei-ku The Animation in detail in my future blog post. So, please look forward to it.

Will I recommend people to watch Dorei-ku The Animation? If you’re into seinen anime with a disturbing theme, then this anime is for you.

Otherwise, steer clear from this anime if you can’t handle a dark and disturbing theme anime.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

I’ve heard a lot about the new Full Metal Panic! anime for quite a long time. And we finally have it this spring.

To be honest, I don’t remember what the anime was all about since I watched the first season of Full Metal Panic! more or less ten years ago.

Yes, the first season of the anime was a long time ago. I can’t even remember the anime that I watched two years ago, let alone ten years ago.

Thankfully, there’s an article on ANN that gives me a brief summary of Full Metal Panic!. You can jump ahead and watch Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory if you want to. But it’s better for you to watch from the beginning if you want to have a better understanding of the story.

Golden Kamuy

Golden Kamuy

I love Golden Kamuy not only because it’s a military-theme anime, but it also talks a lot about the Ainu culture. I didn’t know much about Ainu, so I’m glad that this anime gives me a brief exposure to the Ainu culture.

This anime can be a bit violent to some people. But if you don’t mind the violent bits and are curious about the Ainu culture, then give this anime a try.

Golden Kamuy is also the anime that I’m looking forward to watching every week.

Hoozuki no Reitetsu

Hozuki no Reitetsu S2

I enjoy watching Hozuki no Reitetsu. So, I was happy to know that the anime will continue in spring. If you love a comedy anime that blends with the explanation about the old and the modern Japanese culture, then this anime will be perfect for you.

You don’t have to watch the past season if you want to watch Hozuki no Reitetsu. But just like other anime, it’s better for you to watch the past season if you want a better understanding of the story.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

For some reason, Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi feels like Natsume Yuujinchou meets Isekai Shokudou to me. It’s because we have the aspect of the main character who can see youkai and another aspect where she can cook something delicious that is appealing to the youkai’s tastebud.

If you plan to watch this anime, just be sure not to watch it on an empty stomach. There’s a high chance that you’ll crave the food shown in this anime.

It’s a different story if you don’t like Japanese food, though.

Persona 5 The Animation

Persona 5 The Animation

I’m more than willing to give any game adaptation anime a try. So, it makes sense why I’m including Persona 5 in my Spring 2018 Anime Must-Watch List even though I’ve never played the game before.

I can’t say for sure whether the anime adaptation follows the exact storyline as the game or not. But I have to say that the anime itself is tolerable enough to watch, especially when the game itself seems to have a messy storyline, to begin with.

If you’re curious about the game, then the anime adaptation will help you by giving a glimpse of the game’s mechanic and the storyline.

After watching the first few episodes of the anime, I can’t say for sure if I ever want to buy the game. But you’ll never know that I may change my mind about Persona 5 after watching the anime until the end.

Shokugeki no Soma

Shokugeki no Soma

It’s obvious that I will add Shokugeki no Soma to the list as well. I don’t have anything much to say other than to watch the anime from the first season if you want to give this anime a try.

Steins Gate 0

Steins Gate 0

In case you’re wondering, Steins Gate 0 is the side story to the main Steins Gate anime where the side story will lead to the ending of the main Steins Gate anime.

Wow, that’s a mouthful explanation, don’t you think?

I was a bit confused at first when I began watching Steins Gate 0 since the story begins with Okabe being horrified by Kurisu’s death after going back in time countless time trying to save Mayushii.

I only realize that Steins Gate 0 is a side story to the Steins Gate anime after reading Steins Gate 0 synopsis, though.

If you already watched Steins Gate before, you already know what happened in the end. But if you haven’t watched it yet, you don’t have to worry about it since I won’t reveal how the anime ends.

It’s fine to watch the side story without watching the main anime since the side story itself has a theme of its own. But I will still recommend you to watch Steins Gate from the beginning if you want a better understanding of the story.

Steins Gate 0 is another anime that I’m so looking forward to watching every week. I guess that it must have a lot to do with it being a hard science fiction anime.

Sword Art Online Alternative – Gun Gale Online

Sword Art Online Alternative - Gun Gale Online

As expected, there are tons of mixed review about this anime. Some people love it as much as the main SAO while some people just trash this anime by saying it’s a horrible SAO side story.

And we also have some people who will trash anything related to SAO that is coming their way.

I don’t know if I ever mentioned my stance about SAO on my blog before. So, it’s better for me to clarify my stance first before I continue.

In case you’re wondering, I neither love nor hate SAO. I enjoy watching SAO but I don’t consider myself a fan of the series.

So, does SAO Alternative is much better than the main SAO?

To be fair, SAO Alternative isn’t any better than the main SAO. But I like the fact how realistic the story portrays Karen Kohiruimaki.

Okay, I admit that she’s new to the VR game. And there’s a high chance that she never plays any games that are appealing to the hardcore gamers.

But at least we can see how much she struggles to get herself used to the game mechanic. It’s much better than how the main SAO portrays Kirito as someone who can just wing it even though it was his first time playing the game.

You can argue here that Kirito is just plain good with video games. But I still find it unrealistic to wing it right off the bat even for someone who is good with video games.

Going back to SAO Alternative, I find that the anime is still enjoyable to watch despite being based on a shaky premise like SAO. If you prefer to watch a character that you can relate, then SAO Alternative will be a much better choice for you than the main SAO.

Tokyo Ghoul re

Tokyo Ghoul re

It’s obvious that the reason why I’m watching Tokyo Ghoul re is because I’m curious about the sequel. I admit that the previous season seems to have a vague ending. And that explains why we need a sequel.

But then again, the first episode of Tokyo Ghoul re doesn’t seem to have much explanation on what happened to Kaneki after the final scene in Tokyo Ghoul Root A.

Instead of explaining what actually happened to him, the first episode begins with Haisei Sasaki. And he can be Kaneki with a different name.

I can only hope that we can get the answer as the story progresses. If you’re interested in watching Tokyo Ghoul re, I don’t recommend you to jump right off into this anime without watching Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul Root A first.

You’ll only confuse yourself if you do that.

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

How can I say no to the anime that talks about otaku? Unlike the typical otaku-theme anime, we have an office lady and a salaryman who are also an otaku.

Apart from exploring the life as an otaku, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii also talks about being in a romantic relationship as an otaku.

Somehow, this anime sparks a debate whether you should date another otaku if you’re an otaku yourself. Maybe I can talk about it in my next blog post?

I enjoy watching this anime since it tackles the otaku’s relationship dilemma. Now I’m curious how this anime will end.

If you’re looking for a different twist of the romantic comedy anime, then this anime should be on your watch list as well.

My overall thought about Spring 2018 anime

To be honest, I was worried that I could never find a new anime to watch since most of them don’t seem to interest me that much.

And it doesn’t help that some anime sounds interesting only to find out that it doesn’t meet my expectation at all.

After spending a few hours weeding out the anime I should continue and what anime I don’t want to watch, I’m glad that I already finalize the anime that I’m going to watch every week.

It’s still long compared to the previous season. But it’s still manageable enough for me to keep up even with my busy schedule.