The new anime year started unexpectedly well. Despite all the anime prophets forecasting, once more, the decline of our favorite medium, the first season of 2018 brought us some really good anime, from the awe-inspiring Sora Yorimo Tooi Basho(A Place Further Than the Universe) to the mesmerizing Violet Evergarden. We are sure you have your own favorites, so don’t forget to vote for them in our Winter 2018 Otapinion survey:
MANGA.TOKYO will be reviewing 13 anime for our trademark weekly reviews, the most interesting on the anime web, where instead of over-analyzing each frame and discussing the animation techniques, we focus on what matters: the fun of watching our favorite titles! We watch anime because we love them, and MANGA.TOKYO is here to leave out all the unnecessary jargon and talk about the scenes that made us laugh and cry, the characters that pleased and annoyed us, the stories that inspired us to do and be more.
This article has a list of our episodic anime review titles for Spring 2018, a few words about our writers, and an introduction to our articles to get a taste of what MANGA.TOKYO is all about! Couple that with our Anime Hashtags list, our Anime Info page, and our constant coverage of all the latest anime and otaku news, and you have everything you need for an amazing spring season!
You can also click on the banner below for our customary seasonal list for all our Social Media savvy readers, full of all the online info you need for all the anime of Spring 2018.
Don’t forget to check our first impressions for all the new titles of the season:
Black Clover is going strong into its third consecutive cour and MT will be there to review all 51 episodes of the series.
The anime is an adaptation of the fantasy shounen manga series written and illustrated by Tabata Yuuki In a world where the use of magic is the norm, Asta dreams of becoming the Wizard King, the greatest mage of the land. There is one problem, however: He can’t use magic. Asta and his best friend, Yuno, have already come a long way and they have a lot of adventures ahead of them if they want to become the Wizard King.
If you haven’t watched the series yet, maybe our review of Episode 1 might convince you to get up-to-date before the next season:
Second cour for the co-production between Trigger and A-1 Pictures. The parasites will go against more Klaxosaurs and possibly learn what the adults are hiding. The real questions is, however… Will they learn how babies are made
This original anime about children and mecha is an action mystery written by Hayashi Naotaka, the original scenario writer for anime like Steins;Gate and CHAOS;HEAD. If you haven’t seen the first cour and you want to learn what the hype is all about, you can read our review of the first episode:
Summary: The story takes place in a world where humans and vampires co-exist and tells the dark fantasy tale of a university student called Tsukasa and a policeman for vampires called Anzai.
Vampires are always in fashion. Devil’s Line adds yet another twist to one of our favorite creatures and calls them ‘devils’, and they are a subset of humans. They live among them and they are more live slaves than blood-thirsty predators. Actually, they don’t drink blood at all. Well, blood does have something to do with the story, since it may not serve as substance, but it does drive them crazy.
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is the fourth TV series in the franchise. It hasn’t revealed any synopsis of the story yet.
The first season was one of the most popular series back in the early 2000s. It was created by Shoji Gatoh (story) and Shiki Douji (art) and follows Sousuke Sagar, a member of Mithril, an anti-terrorist organization, who is tasked with the protection of a schoolgirl named Kaname Chidori.
If you haven’t seen the series and want a reason to go back and binge-watch before the new season starts, here is one: ROBOTS.
Summary: In Hokkaido, the far northern lands of Japan, Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Nicknamed ‘Invincible Sugimoto’ during the war, he now seeks the riches promised by the gold rush in hopes of saving the widowed wife of his now deceased comrade from the war. During his hunt for gold, he finds hints of a hidden stash of gold by corrupt criminals. Partnering with an Ainu girl that saves his life from the harsh climates of the north, they venture into a survival adventure in a race against the criminals that seek the hidden stash.
It’s been 4 years since Golden Kamuy started serialization in Shueisha’s Young Jump in 2014. The story has not been extremely popular but it garnered a small cult fan audience who swear by its name. The anime wants to highlight the strong points of the manga and justify the reasons why it has clenched to its fans’ hearts for all these years.
Summary: A thousand years from now, humanity has advanced into outer space and is divided into two states: the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance. The war between those two has lasted over 150 years and spread through the whole galaxy without boundaries. It is a long war. The Galactic Empire is corrupted by its own aristocracy while the Free Planets Alliance is ruled by politics of evil. Both countries are shaken by the appearance of two geniuses. The ‘Invincible Genius’ Reinhard von Lohengramm and the ‘Invincible Magician’ Yang Wen Li.
Spaceships! Galactic Wars! Lasers! Ok, I might be fangirling a bit too much here, but I love sci-fi anime and I was personally waiting for this adaptation. I must admit that I haven’t seen the previous anime adaptation (1988 to 1997) of Yoshiki Tanaka’s science fiction novels, but I have read the books and they are among my favorite space stories.
Summary: The anime will be produced as a part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of Ashita no Joe. The story is about a man called ‘Junk Dog’ (J.D.), who is fighting fixed matches in a dark underground ring. J.D. is putting himself on the line to challenge his ‘destiny’.
Ashita no Joe is a cult favorite in Japan and one of the most popular anime stories. In 2006, it was voted ‘Japanese Favorite TV Anime’ in a TV Asahi poll. Megalo Box will be based on the manga but will feature an original story. I can’t wait for J.D. to enter the ring and for our reviews to start.
Summary: My Hero Academia is set in a world in which many of its people possess superpowers called ‘Quirks’. The Heroes of this world fight against the Villains. Many wannabe heroes attend U.A. High School in the hopes of becoming the next generation of Superheroes. One of those students is the main character Izuku ‘Deku’ Midoriya.
The second season of the series was one of our most popular reviews last year, and it’s only natural that we would be back for the third season. It is going to adapt the School Trip arc of the manga, which follows the students of Class 1-A head to a forest in order to bring the control of their Quirks to a new level. Suddenly, the League of Villains attacks in order to kidnap one of the students and Midoriya and the others must think quickly on their feet in order to survive.
Summary: Piano no Moritells the story of two boys from very different walks of life as they grow as pianists and aim to take part in a piano competition.
Many of my friends with whom we share a passion for anime and music are looking forward to this anime. Music brings people together, and Piano no Mori is a story about people who come together through melodies and notes. Ask any musician and they will tell you that most of their most precious friendships have been formed on the path of music.
Tada-Kun wa Koi wo Shinai (Tada Never Falls in Love)
Summary: While photographing the cherry blossoms in full bloom, Mitsuyoshi Tada comes across a girl named Theresa, who has just arrived in Japan from a foreign country. She is an exchange student from the European country of Larsenburg. However, as soon as she arrived in Japan, she got separated from her companion and found herself lost. Mitsuyoshi helps out Theresa and takes her to his grandfather’s ‘Tada Coffee Shop’. However….
The official website describes the story as a ‘slapstick romantic comedy that will make you laugh and cry.’ We all need more laughs, and as much as I hope that Tada-kun does eventually fall in love, I am looking forward to all the obstacles he will encounter in the way.
Summary: Based on a manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows the story of Ken Kaneki, a regular student who becomes a flesh-eating ghoul (albeit half) after a tragic encounter with a date who happened to be one. Ghouls are beings who eat humans and have been living among them in secret. Kaneki now has to live with the fact that he can’t go back to this normal life, but he also needs to find his own path in life.
This is the third anime season of the series and is set two years after the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. It will follow Haise Sasaki, a member of a special anti-ghoul CCG group whose member have fused with their Quinque and have become half-ghoul.
If you want to refresh your memory on Tokyo Ghoul, read our review for the first season:
Summary: Narumi Momose is an office lady and secret fujoshi, and Hirotaka Nifuji has the looks but is a severe game otaku. A romance anime with otaku geeks for otaku geeks.
Contrary to popular mainstream belief, geeks do fall in love, but sometimes, their individual fandoms do get in their way of properly expressing their feelings. The anime is based on a webmanga by Fujita. He started as a rookie author on Pixiv and then moved his title to Pixiv’s digital manga magazine Comic Pool.
You can also visit our Creator Spotlight section, where MANGA.TOKYO supports amateur creators of anime, manga, cosplay costumes, and so much more. This section wants to highlight that unique side of otaku culture. It includes the World Cosplayers series, where we introduce to you the most beautiful photos of fabulous cosplayers living overseas, and the Creator Intro series, where we feature amateur mangakas! You can read the articles here.
Last but not least, we have our new regular column, Anime Merchandise Monday! Every week, there are hundreds of new goodies and merchandise coming out. MANGA.TOKYO wants to let fans know about all the amazing anime-related stuff, but it’s hard to keep up. So we have decided to do a weekly post with all the great items that reach our office. You can click on the merchandise to take a closer look and maybe even order something!
Last but not least, we have our Otapinions surveys! Every week, we post one anime, manga, or gaming questions that has been a topic of conversation for us and well and we want to know what you think. Don’t forget that you can share more of your thoughts in the comment section of each survey and chat with us in our Facebook group! Also, most of our surveys are ongoing, so don’t forget to share your answers!
Thanasis:He is very sad that one of his favorite anime, 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in like a Lion) is ending, but he is equally excited that one of his favorite Japanese sci-fi stories is getting a second anime adaptation. He is going to be in charge of the reviews for The Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
Asie:No more magic and fairies for Asie this season, since one of our favorite series, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, is ending this cour. Yet, she will have the chance to follow her favorite hero class once more in the third season of My Hero Academia and she will continue writing about Yuno’s and Asta’s journey to become the Wizard King in the third consecutive cour of Black Clover.
Naja:Naja loves to experiment. Each season she sets out for adventure by choosing titles that she knows little of but sound interesting. Her Winter 2018 experiment had a 50% success: She has a few (not so nice) things to say about Kokkoku (Moment by Moment), but she loved the assassins of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. This season she will follow the musical pieces of Piano no Moriand grab a seat outside the boxing ring of Megalo Box.
Lita:From girls’ love to giant robots? We all need a change of pace now and then, and Lita decided to replace her seasonal review with something totally different and go from yuri anime Citrus to mecha action Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory.
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