As a new year fast approaches and the current anime season starts coming to a close my wandering eye looks to the future. Unlike this time last year or the year before 2018 already shows immense promise and holds the potential to be one of the best years for anime in a decade. This may sound like hyperbole but 2018 has already managed to collect a surprising large amount of long awaited sequels and reboots and may yet end with the return of one of the largest anime of the 2000's in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection.
As always this is just my personal list of anime I am hyped for. If you have a different one let us know in the comments!
To be honest it is quite difficult to explain how hyped I am for this series. The Full Metal Panic franchise is one of my favorites of all time. Coupled with the fact Kyoani’s The Second Raid ended on a rather large cliffhanger the series has been begging for further adaptation. Sadly it took over a decade for that to happen. Finally announced and then a year of delays later Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is finally going to be a thing.
Full Metal Panic as a series though due to being an older property man be unknown to younger readers. However as one of the first major light novel adaptations and a series that expertly blended action, comedy, and mechs together I expect even those who are not aware of the series will enjoy going back to it. That being said the plot is deep and Invisible Victory promises to delve into the history and importance of the Whispered. If that last line makes no sense, well catch up.
The last Cardcaptor Sakura anime ended in 2000 the better part of two decades prior after an impressive 70 episode run. It also helped cement CLAMP as one of the premier female Mangaka teams and became a classic of the magical girl genre rivaling Sailor Moon for influence and was undeniably an influence on the genre deconstruction in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica.
As such a sequel manga and now anime to the much beloved series is welcome news to any fan of the original. What also excites me is the manga of Clear Card has not lost any of the charm of the original and with the anime having nearly the same team behind it as the original the new production could be something magical. The only issue I can foresee is that Clear Card has not a lot of chapters produced yet being a monthly manga, so the danger of filler is always present. However Cardcaptor Sakura itself was full of filler and people didn’t seem to notice then.
Moving on from a magical girl to a prequel to one of the best manga/anime of the 1980's Fist of the Blue Sky is a prequel to classic Fist of the North Star. Likely existing due to the success of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure continued success despite being an adaptation of a 2000's manga Fist of the Blue Sky keeps its predicesors distinct 80's look at feel.
Modern shonen this is not. This is promising to be a hyper violent story where the heroes are muscle bound rather then bishi and fighting to exist rather then any noble reason. If you are a fan of shonen from yesteryear this should be right up your ally.
Remakes and reboots of old classics can be a crapsshoot not knowing what the end result will be. Unlike Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card The Legend of Galactic Heroes information is scarce. While the series does look good a series as deep as The Legend of Galactic Heroes requires more then a visual upgrade. Even the 1980's classic episodes dated visuals do not hold back the series, as masterpieces tend to do. I am excited as I love space opera but apprehensive.
This is a strange one while Japan will be getting The Seven Deadly Sins in only a few weeks, it will take North America quite a bit longer. Likely a two cour series North America won’t see the series until July at the earliest as Netflix will almost certainly have licensed the series. If you are somebody like me who actually enjoys the dubs a six month wait is not an egregious ask, however if your not this could be a hard weight.
On its merits though The Seven Deadly Sins is one of the best shonen anime to come out in sometime. While nothing special its execution was near flawless in its first series. I am hopeful the second will do the same.
The latest adaptation to mine the extensive Fate backlog and continue riding the franchises booming popularity Fate/Extra introduces a completely new take on the Fate universe compared to what had come previously. Based on Playstation Portable RPG and continued in Playstation 4 action game in Fate/Extalla Fate/Extra is a completely separate timeline from previous adaptations.
Explaining the plot or even the setting of Fate/Extra is a chore being the most convoluted of all the Fate stories in my personal opinion. However my hype for the series exist purely on the pedigree of the show and the fact I rather enjoyed the games as flawed as they are. There is also the fact one of the most popular fate characters in the “Red” Saber Nero will be making her first true anime apperance.
Plus ULTRA! After the runaway success of Season 2 cementing My Hero Academia as the darling of shonen anime and “Next Big Anime” a third season was never in doubt and almost like a clock six months after the ending of the second season it shall return. While unlike many of the series on this list it isn’t unexpected it still deserves to be mentioned. My Hero Academia like The Seven Deadly Sins may be a standard issue shonen but it just does it so well.
Early Spring 2018
To be honest I was not expecting much out of Devilman: Crybaby but the trailer for the series changed things. To be frank it is beautiful and looks to be a lot of fun. Representing Netflix’s big push into not only licensing but anime production a lot is riding on Devilman: Crybaby. For more information just watch that trailer.
Much like Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory Index III is a long time coming. Nearly seven years following season II the biggest arc in the series (World War III) is FINALLY going to be adapted. In terms of hype likely only Full Metal Panic and one series deeper on this list is higher for me. There is just something that keeps drawing me back to the series and franchise as a whole, which includes Light Novels, multiple manga, and the anime spin-off To Aru Kagako no Railgun.
The only question I have regarding this series is WHEN, seriously tell me now. It is a testament to the power of franchise that even with no information fans across the internet are so excited. I am just hoping it lives up to its predecessors and is worthy of the source material.
I love Tokyo Ghoul (the manga) and I enjoy Tokyo Ghoul (the anime) but I loath Tokyo Ghoul √A as it destroyed any chance of getting a proper conclusion to Tokyo Ghoul. However, now in the infinite wisdom of Studio Pierrot they have decided to adapt :Re the sequel to Tokyo Ghoul the anime they never finished...
To say I am worried about this anime would be an understatement. However at the same time I can not help but be excited as I do enjoy Tokyo Ghoul as a property. Does Re lives up to its potential or go the Tokyo Ghoul √A way is an open question? However I will be around to find out.
My thoughts on the Attack on Titan manga are not a secret, the story goes downhill quickly and we are now right in the middle of the descent. However if Attack on Titan has shown us anything the anime has the uncanny ability to make even mediocre manga material into entertaining TV. We shall see if Season 3 continues this streak but Attack on Titan is one of my more guilty pleasures I am not too ashamed to admit.
The darling of western anime fans and a moderate hit (but not as big as some expected) from a couple years back. While the shift in production companies is cause for concern this interesting take on the shonen genre should continue to impress its fans. While I am not expecting as much from OPM2 as others on this list waiting for Season 2's official release dating is trying.
You know what? I am totally no ashamed to admit it I adore Fairy Tail. It may not be the best series in the world or really even in the top 20% of them but its a fun time. For seasons at a time, I struggled to find a series that would be that blend of shonen action and silliness as the One Piece ship has sailed too far for me. Fairy Tail has long been the series to fill that gap.
With its manga ending the final season of Fairy Tail should be a treat for the fans. If adapted properly (read: NO FILLER) it should be a great send off for all our favorite characters. As the final arc is not lacking for excitement.
After Attack on Titan Season 3, My Hero Academia Season 3, and Fairy Tail Final showing up on this list are you really surprised this is here? The king of Isekai anime is returning to our screens in 2018 and despite the blow back the franchise has gotten due to its overwhelming popularity its actually pretty fun. Also from what I have heard from people more knowledgeable on the subject the Alicilization Arc is actually pretty fun.
Then there is the added bonus of a SAO spinoff where its major feature is that it does not feature resident Gary Stu Kirito. Which is honestly a huge selling point as Gun Gale Online was a very interesting world brought down by a less then interesting plot for its arc, here is to hoping Alternative corrects that.
Code Geass is not the best anime ever but it currently sits as my favorite anime. I love this series to death and with September 28th, 2018 being the 10 Year Anniversary of its ending it would be the perfect time for the long awaited sequel to return. This is especially the case as the franchise is currently retelling the story in a series of theatrical films which are scheduled to conclude right around September, go figure.
What is known about Lelouch of the Resurrection is pretty much limited to a short trailer and the title. So in short, not much. However being a sequel to one of the most beloved anime of the previous decade it is hard to explain the hype attached to this for anime fans of certain age. If you have not had the pleasure of watching this series weekly you are in for a painful treat. As no series prior or since has mastered the episode ending cliffhanger. It will also allow us to finish this one god damn fight that has be plaguing the fandom since the final episode...
Well that is everyone we currently know about that I am looking forward too in the new year. I hope you enjoyed reading my personal list and let me know in the comments if you are hyped for any of these series or some series that are not on my radar. Regardless of personal tastes I expect 2018 to be a great year. Thanks for reading!