Okay, I admit that my Winter 2018 Anime Must Watch List is rather short. And not only that, most of the anime that I’m watching this season are mostly continuation from the previous season.
Despite the lack of interesting anime to watch, there are quite a few new anime that I find worth watching.
Heck, I even think about featuring one of the anime from this season in my weekly newsletter, Weekend Edition.
But for now, I’m going to refrain that and get the anime featured after the anime has already ended.
If you’re clueless or don’t have the time to go through on the anime that are currently airing for this season, then take a look at my own version of Winter 2018 Anime Must Watch List.
Winter 2018 Anime Must Watch List
Before I begin, here’s the thing I need to remind you about the list I compile here. I didn’t list down the anime according to my favorite.
Instead, I’m listing them down according to the alphabetical order.
Want to know the anime I’m so looking forward to every week? Well, I’ll mention that too in this post.
So, here are the anime I’m currently watching this season.
The anime starts off with a heartwarming story about Ryuichi and his younger brother, Kotarou who got adopted by the chairwoman of an elite academy after their parents died in a plane crash.
Despite quite a few heartwarming scenes, there are also a ton of funny scenes as well involving the kids in the school’s daycare.
Just like any other anime, there are tons of life lessons to learn from in this anime too.
If you want to watch something light with some comedies here and there, then take a look at Gakuen Babysitters.
It’s the anime that I’m so looking forward to every week.
Gin no Guardian S2
To be honest, I never expect that we’ll get the second season of the anime that is adapted from a Chinese manga.
The second season starts off from where the first season ended. So, you need to watch the first season from the beginning since the anime didn’t have any recap in the first episode of the second season.
Unlike the first season, we get the standard anime episode length for the second season. So, the duration of each episode is around 24 minutes.
I don’t know why. But maybe Tencent wants the second season to end in one season. I guess that could be the reason why we get two episodes combined.
If you’re used to the Japanese-style storytelling, you may find that Gin no Guardian lacks in many things.
But if you’re looking for something different, then Gin no Guardian is your best bet.
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
First of all, don’t be fooled by the name. This anime isn’t about making the best tonkotsu ramen in Hakata. In fact, it has nothing to do with tonkotsu ramen at all.
This anime is more about the assassins living in Hakata.
Yes, you read that right.
This anime is about assassins. It also dives deeper into the underworld connection with the political world and also the underworld’s human trafficking activities. But I didn’t see this part that much other than the first few episodes of the anime.
So, why the name Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens?
Well, one of the characters, Banba, eats tonkotsu ramen pretty much every morning other than demanding an ample supply of spicy pollock roe from Ling Xianming.
Since we’re dealing with assassins here, their forefront connection is a tonkotsu ramen stall.
That’s the only thing I see so far, though.
This anime reminds me a lot of Durarara!! where one character is also connected with other characters, making it a chain of connection that takes place in Hakata.
Unlike Durarara!!, you only see assassins as the primary focus of the anime. So, you don’t have to worry about seeing characters with a different intention connected to each other like the one you’ve seen in Durarara!!
This anime is also another anime that I’m so looking forward to every week.
I also recommend my niece to give this anime a try too. So, I’m doing the same to you too.
For some reason, this anime reminds me of Ajin. But the difference is the anime takes place in a world where time stops for everyone but the users.
And the main character, Juri Yukawa has the power to remove the abilities that allow people to move around in Statis world.
The anime has a lot of terms that can be a bit difficult to understand. But if you love Ajin, then you may enjoy watching this anime.
For some reason, the second season of Overlord starts off with the Undead declaring war with Lizardmen.
I admit that I only vaguely remembered the ending of the first season. So, I don’t get why the second season starts off with the undead having a war with the Lizardmen.
I thought that they’re on a quest to find someone who was controlling Shalltear?
I don’t follow Overlord light novel, so I don’t know the reason why the starting episode of the second season starts off with them having a war with the Lizardmen.
All I can think is they want people who have never watched Overlord before to jump into the anime without having them to watch the first season.
That seems to be the case for all anime that has a previous season.
And they’re doing the same for Overlord too.
Should you jump ahead to Overlord II without watching the first season? Well, it looks alright to me considering that Overlord II doesn’t focus much on what happened in the first season other than looking for the culprit who controlled Shalltear.
Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan 2
There’s no doubt that I’ll be watching this anime since it’s the continuation of the previous season. But since it’s a comedy anime, you can watch the second season without having to watch the first season.
If you’re looking for a comedy anime to watch, then give this anime a try.
It’s also another anime that I’m looking forward to watching every week. I even featured this anime in my weekly newsletter, Weekend Edition.
That’s how much I enjoy watching Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan.
Yowamushi Pedal – Glory Line
Okay, how can I not watch the fourth season of Yowamushi Pedal this season?
In case you’re wondering, Yowamushi Pedal is one of my favorite anime. It’s also the reason why I’ve decided to become an indie author.
I don’t have anything much to say other than give this anime a try if you enjoy watching sports anime like me. If you don’t feel like catching up from the first season, then the least you can do is to watch the third season.
As expected, this anime is also another anime that I’m so looking forward to every week.
Zoku Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru
I admit that I’m pretty much new to Touken Ranbu fandom. And my first exposure to Touken Ranbu was Katsugeki Touken Ranbu.
So, I was worried that I might not enjoy Zoku Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru since I never watched Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru before.
But thankfully, I can still enjoy watching Zoku Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru even if I never watched Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru before.
In fact, Zoku Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru is a lot more entertaining to watch than Katsugeki Touken Ranbu.
Okay, don’t get me wrong. It’s not that Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is as boring as hell. It’s just that Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is more on the serious side while Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru is more on the laidback side.
Just like in Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, you still get to see some of the swords being sent to stop Time Retrogade Army from time-to-time. But you’ll see them being off-duty most of the time.
Unlike in Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, you’ll get to see the mechanism on how they’re able to travel through time and how these swords gain a human form.
I find this part fascinating since there’s no explanation for it in Katsugeki Touken Ranbu.
And you’ll also get to see other swords that don’t appear in Katsugeki Touken Ranbu too.
I guess that Zoku Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru proves that you don’t have to watch the previous season just to enjoy the anime.
It’s only about your willingness to give the anime a try.
To my surprise, Zoku Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru is another anime that I always look forward to every week.
My overall thought about Winter 2018 anime
I find it surprising that I have a lot more anime that I’m so looking forward to every week compared to the last season.
I can’t say for sure if it has something to do with me watching less anime this season.
But I think it has a lot to do with me scooping the anime that I know I would enjoy watching.
Regardless of how many anime I watch for this season, it boils down to one thing. And that is there will always be tons of interesting anime to watch in every season.
If you hear people saying that there are no interesting anime to watch, then it’s because they don’t dig deep enough.
The kind of anime that I watch is pretty diverse. If you need a guide on what to watch this season, then use my list as a guide.
Like I said, there are tons of interesting anime to watch in every season as long as you’re willing to dig deeper enough.
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Judging by the content of this blog, you may think that I’m just a blogger who loves to write about anime, manga, and video games. But blogging isn’t my primary focus, though. I’m actually an indie author who writes original light novels where most of my books are thriller and suspense original light novels.
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