Now we get to the second part of this 2018 Anime Summary. This can be seen as individual awards, where I will pick the Best, and the Worst, as well as Runner-Ups. It will divide as Individual awards, Production Awards and Character Awards. Get on board for a tour around the town now, shall we?
Like a cold you can’t get rid of, the new season has begun. As tradition, I tailed down all these first new, non-sequel episodes and gave them some quick impressions the moments I finished. This Winter season proves to be a season with no real surprise. It’s certainly the fewest shows in term of quantity for quite a while, and shows that supposed to be stand out are doing a pretty good job. Mob Psycho 100 2 delivers one of the best episode in a while (but to make this post consistent with non-sequel rule I won’t include it in here), Boogiepop tanks but the rest is predictable. This season also marks many shows cut-corner by animating entirely in CG, and the results are pretty clunky (if the bottom two shows are any indication). In total, I watched and reviewed 26 premieres, 2 of them are shorts. Let’s scroll down to see the offerings of this 2019 Winter, from worst to best:
I must confess before getting into this part that I don’t have an ear for anime tunes and only recently, very recently that I’m actively checking out for anime songs and soundtracks. Now that I’m more familiar with anime songs and know some of the prominent artists in this medium, I want explore more, dig deeper and making this list to celebrate all the goodies of this past year. In regards to OPs and EDs, 2018 is another underwhelming year for me. Normally I can easily come up with more than 5 picks, but this year that number is a high bar. This year, however, produces one of my favorite soundtracks in years so I’m not looking back on it with bitter eyes. Whether it has distinctive visual, or great songs, or how these two are in perfect sync to each other, below are my favorite OPs of the year, in no particular order
Happy new year, folks. I’m not beating around the bush here, these past few months I haven’t found much passion to write at all. I much prefer watching to writing and boy, did I watch a lot this past month. Although I can’t say that I love writing, I do want keep this blog as a logbook/ diary on what I had watched and what my opinions on shows/ films I watched at that given moment. It means that I’ll find new ways to keep you readers informed of what I watch during a month or so. On that end I’ll make a Movie/Show log every fortnight or so with a brief impression about them, and doing more seasonal reviews, bunk reviews instead of full reviews.
Towards that goal, this week will be about the comprehensive summary of 2018 in anime. In general, I consider 2018 an underwhelming year. It has many solid shows, but none breaks out as a modern classic for me. I suspect 2018 will be remembered as the year where Netflix original anime storms the mainstream. While I do have some reservations towards its models (never a fan of releasing the whole batch in one go, and I feel Netflix originals are a tad bit too retro, not in a good way), they do take risque and any platforms that brings more exposure to anime is always a welcome. 2018 is also a really strong year for comedy. Comedy that is plain silly (Grand Blue), comedy that makes you cry (Anzumatsuri), comedy that is too dry (Pop Team Epic)… this year has it all. Less idol shows this year compared to the last few years, but at the same time more hopeless isekai shows, imouto incest shows, shows adapted from mobile games and soft-core porn shows, 2018 sure leaves its mark boldly.
For the next few days, I will split the summary into 5 parts:
Part 1: My favorite 5 OPs, 5 EDs and 2 full songs of the year Part 2: Several technical/characters/miscellaneous awards Part 3: Genres shortlists and Awards Part 4: Honorable Mentions and Top 10 shows of the year Part 5: List and rank Anime Movies of 2018 (Note: at this moment I list 15 films – 5 watched, 5 more available, 5 non-available. I will post this part once I finish these 15 films in the shortlist.
Stay tune for the next day for Part 1 – my favorite tunes of the year