Top 5 Anime (2018)

(This will be a little different than the others, as it’s going to be the top 5 anime I’ve watched this year instead of what was released this year)

My Hero Academia

This anime continues to deliver in style. It’s very difficult for me to rate anything more than Naruto (despite its flaws), but My Hero Academia has absolutely overtaken it as my favourite anime of all time. The animation is well done, the stories are well thought out and season 3 delivered us Mirio Togata (where my handle Leemillion comes from), who I am all kinds of excited to see in action. Balancing everything out in this anime is also well done, it does have a sense of humour in all the right places, but the battles and their impact are also on a large scale. The anime doesn’t ignore the problem of heroes and the damage caused like certain superhero films did (Avengers/Man of Steel) and I’m very glad, despite all the interest around quirks, that it doesn’t ignore the gravitas of the damage being done to the city or the lives being lost.

Seven Deadly Sins

I started Seven Deadly Sins in 2018 and finished it in 2018. At first, I didn’t really know what to make of it, but by the end of season 1 I was clamouring for more. Season 2 (or 3 depending on if you count the 4 ep season) was amazing and largely it was because of the hype it created for the last sin we were missing. When Escanor showed up – it got real! Everything was a lot more intense in the second season too. Everybody was getting power bumps as the new big bad served up some serious power levels. Meliodas’ story continues to develop and we were teased with some information about Gowther which I can’t wait to see more of. Seven Deadly Sins was a pleasant and fun anime for me to start this year, and I’m very glad I did! Oh and all the openings are awesome!

Death Parade

I’ll start off by saying I had no idea what to expect with this and I only watched it to appease my girlfriend…but damn I enjoyed the hell out of this. The premise did sound interesting and she did explain how it worked, but I was still a bit unsure – I just didn’t see how it would have much of a plot. It was only one season long, but it was still a really unique anime. I enjoyed the games and the whole story, despite being short, was pretty good. Despite being a good anime, it felt a little short, a little thin on some of the plot and I would have liked for it to be longer. I suppose that alone is testament to how much I did enjoy what we got, I think when you want more of something – it speaks of how positive you found what you had. Also, the opening is AMAZING.

Black Clover

This anime isn’t anything particularly special. It isn’t the first thing I watch every week and I do have gripes with it, but it’s still a good anime. I am a big fan of the fight scenes, the art style is nice and the animation is really good too. I don’t think this is going to go down in anyone’s top 5 anime ever, but it at least appeases that part of me that just wants to see a lot of fighting. I have a lot I still want to see from Black Clover, which again is at least a testament that the story is enough for me to be excited about seeing certain things from it. I think when those odd moments do swing around, I definitely will be watching those episodes as soon as I possibly can.

B: The Beginning

This was one of the strangest anime I’ve watched – ever. I sometimes had no idea what was going on, but I was interested all the same. It seemed very convoluted at times and I could see why some people may not have liked it or not had much interest. For me, though, I just try to stay engaged as possible as to give it time to explain key plot points. This anime took a lot of risks, it combined elements of other animes (and at first I was honestly sure I was watching something Death Note-y), it does stumble, it isn’t perfect, but it gave me something that I was vested in. I’m excited to see where it goes, if there is a season 2 and I believe with a second season, they may be able to iron out some of the small flaws from season 1 and give us something really special and unique.

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