2018 is destined to be a pretty big year for anime, especially with Netflix announcing 30 original anime series to be included in this year’s lineup of shows to stream and a lot of existing well-loved shows getting season renewals. Here are just some of the new titles coming this 2018 that are worth watching out for.
Already out on Netflix, Devilman Crybaby is about a human who gets possessed by a demon in his valiant effort to defeat an ancient demonic race trying to invade Earth. However, he must also struggle to keep his human identity while he benefits from his new supernatural powers.
Darling in the Franxx
Darling in the Franxx is a sci-fi anime set in the far future where teens pilot robots they call Franxx to protect the fortress city of Plantation and its inhabitants from giant lifeforms. This series is co-produced by Studio Trigger (Kill la Kill) and A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail), directed by Atsushi Nishigori (Gurren Lagann), and character designed by Masayoshi Tanaka (Your Name) so you’d expect nothing less than a beautifully made anime.
B: The Beginning
Those who are much into crime dramas will enjoy B: The Beginning. It’s got sci-fi elements which make the series reminiscent of Ghost in the Shell and Psycho Pass — the same works that Production I.G., the studio handling B: The Beginning, produced. Its story revolves around a new human species created to bring universal peace but are kidnapped by an evil organization. There’s not much else we know about the series, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it’ll be good!
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
The millennials are weeping. The resurrection of a well-loved character is one of the best things that have happened so far in 2018 (and it’s only January!) with an all-new story following where the original series from 20 years ago had ended. Those who aren’t too familiar with the story of Cardcaptor Sakura needn’t worry; this new series will pretty much provide all you need to know right off the bat for you to understand the plot, the characters, and the significant events from the original story.
In Violet Evergarden, the titular character is an Auto Memories Doll, androids that were originally created to generate voice to text to aid the visually impaired but were turned into military weapons. After the war, Violet attempts to create a new life for herself in search for meaning.
When an experiment goes horribly wrong, an out-of-control artificial life form called Matter starts to spread and ruins the city that was once regarded as the hope for humanity. Two years since the incident, a girl realizes that she may hold the power to stop the Matter that had killed her family, but stopping it entails going to ground zero.
Lost Song is your classic fantasy story with beautiful graphics. It follows a young villager and a songstress from a Royal Palace who each have a special ability that can heal wounds through the power of song. With war looming over, the two must work together to use their magical voices to save the lives of those around them.
Kakegurui is set to premiere outside of Japan this year via Netflix and by the looks of the trailer, we’re pretty stoked. The plot itself is kind of strange yet interesting: about wealthy, privileged kids gambling their entire fortunes on different games to rise to the top. But when a new student arrives with a crazed obsession with gambling, it throws the entire school and the administration into chaos.
Which ones are you anticipating the most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!