The best of anime: 2018

Best anime of 2018

  1. [Winter 2017/18] A Place Further than the Universe
  2. [Fall 2018] Bunny Girl Senpai

Honorable mentions:

  • [Winter 2017/18] Yuru Camp
  • [Spring 2018] Hisone & Masotan
  • [Spring 2018] Hinamatsuri
  • [Fall 2018] Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5 (still airing)

This list was incredibly easy to make. Throughout the year I tried to give everything a chance, ending up covering forty series, including all of the ones people seemed to like on reddit. In the end, this year had many good shows I could recommend, but only two stood out as truly great: A Place Further than the Universe and Bunny Girl Senpai.

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Index III Episode 10

Nothing about this episode makes any sense. This is total shit.

  • Touma sees blood and gets pinned down by… a FLIGHT ATTENDANT?
  • Then he gets shoved into the bloody, gory room??
  • Captain says “I need to protect the passengers” and then goes back to doing not a goddamn thing while a terrorist is strangling a girl RIGHT NEXT TO WHERE HE STABBED A CREW MEMBER???
  • Terrorist manages to get away and HIDE ON A FUCKING PLANE??? How the fuck do you hide on a plane?
  • Terrorist threatens to kill EVERY PASSENGER, ONE BY ONE!!! And all he has is a bone knife?
  • Normal high school student defeats terrorist with one punch…

I don’t usually get angry after watching anime, but this was atrocious. At least it wasn’t as bad as episode 6, though…

Also, they forgot to draw the rest of Stiyl Magnus’s cigarette.

This series is sitting at 3/10 right now. I have to finish it, though, or I’ll be betraying Mikotoism forever.

Spirit of Wonder – Scientific Boys Club

I got around to watching all the anime adaptations of Spirit of Wonder (by Kenji Tsuruta of Emanon fame) this week, and I have to say… MAL reviews and scores for these are really low. At first, I thought this was just a matter of taste. The stories can be super slow (think Aria), and it’s not really your typical sci-fi fare.

But after reading reviews for the Scientific Boys Club OVA, I think people are just missing the point. I wrote my own review about it (giving it an 8/10), but I want to write down a few more notes on it here.

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