It is 2018! Do you know what it means? New shows, new series, a whole new year to watch anime (not animé)! There are a lot to watch out for in Winter and Spring season alone, and of course the rest of the year. Here are some of the titles that I caught my attention and you should watch when its released.
This was originally going to be one post only but it turned out to be a lengthy one. I ended up splitting the post into multiple parts and this is Part 1 of Anime to Watch in 2018.
Here’s a shortcut link sorted in alphabetical order.
- A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
- Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
- Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel Movies 2 & 3
- Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
- Furi Kuri (Fooly Cooly) 2 & 3
- Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seya
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes
- Part 2 of Snoworld‘s Anime to Watch in 2018
A.I.C.O. -Incarnation- is an action, scifi anime series and a Netflix Original animation. Set in 2035 Japan, an accident known as the “Burst” spawned an out-of-control artificial life form called “Matter”. This artificial life form spread throughtout the research city of Kurobe Gorge. Two years later, a 15-year old girl named Aiko Tachibana, who lost her family in the Burst, learned from Yuya Kanzaki that she holds the answer to the mystery of the Burst in her body. Aiko, Yuya, and a special team of divers decided to infiltrate the old research city for answers and perhaps save the world.
BONES studio will produce 12 episodes, each 24 minutes long, and Netflix will air it exclusively. It also have a manga adaptation that debuted on the 25th of October 2017. Netflix has yet to announce the premier schedule of A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-.
Official website in Japanese.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Hands down, the most anticipated anime series of 2018 is the return of CLAMP‘s Cardcaptor Sakura. Since Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Kādokyaputā Sakura Kuria Kādo-hen) was announced fans has been rewatching the original series up to the second film.
In this sequel, Sakura Kinomoto is now in junior high school together with her boyfriend Syaoran and her bestfriend Tomoyo Daidouji. It begins where the second film ended, when she transformed the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards. However, when all seems well, all of her new Sakura Cards were cleared, erased.
This sets her and her friends on a quest to find out what happened with her cards and capture all her Clear Cards now out in the wild. It wasn’t enough that her Sakura Cards were erased, she also has to use a stronger mystical key and learn a higher level of incantation to capture the new Clear Cards.
An OVA (not OAV) was the first release for the Clear Cards arc, which serves as the prologue to the new TV series. The OVA was released on the 13th of September 2017 as Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears or Kādokyaputā Sakura Kuria Cādo-hen Purorōgu Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma (カードキャプターさくら クリアカード編 プロローグ さくらとふたつのくま).
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card will feature all the original voice actors from the original series and will be drawn by CLAMP. It will premier this 7th of January all through the 30th of July 2018, exclusively at NHK BS Premium.
Get ready for more fashion tips from Tomoyo!
Official website in Japanese.
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Based on the light novel series of the same name by Hiro Ainana, with a manga adaptation by Ayamegumu, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody will have its anime adaptation by Silver Link and Connect. It will premier this 11th of January 2018 broadcasted by AT-X, Tokyo MX, and BS11, while Crunchyroll will stream the series and Funimation the simuldub.
The story begins with 30-year old Ichirou Suzuki who was programming a new RPG. He was on a “death march” as he continue to do his work without sleeping to meet the demands of his employer. However, after taking a power nap, he woke up in a different world, a fantasy world. To add to the mystery, he looks like his 15-year old self again.
What makes this interesting for me is that we are talking about a 30-year old guy working religiously to earn his keep. This is not your regular teenager boy dreaming about becoming a hero in another world or meeting as many [elven] girls he can before he reach adulthood.
If you’ve watched the anime series GATE and you liked it, then from the information I’ve read about this anime and the manga and novels, you and I will love Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody.
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody will premier on the 11th and 13th of January 2018, in regular and digital TV respectively, in the following stations:
- AT-X at 23:30 (11:30pm, the night of January 11)
- Tokyo MX at 24:00 (12:00mn, between the evening of January 11 and morning of January 12)
- BS11 at 24:30 (12:30am, morning of January 12)
- Digital TV on the 13th at 25:00 (01:00am, morning of January 14)
Official website in Japanese.
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel
Fate/stay night, does this franchise need any introduction? For those who have not heard of this title, it was based on a visual novel of the same name. Visual novels, in Japan, are sort of a Choose Your Own Adventure interactive storytelling game, as such there are different routes (as it is called) or ending one can take based on their choices.
Fate/stay night has three main (“victory”) routes namely,  Fate;  Unlimited Blade Works; and  Heaven’s Feel. The first and second routes were made into a TV series, while the more complete and much more serious third route, Heaven’s Feel, was made into a movie series.
The first in three films entitled Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower, was released on the 14th of October 2017 while the second film is scheduled sometime this 2018 with a final title of Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly. There is no information yet as to the final film in this trilogy movie adaptation of the Heaven’s Feel route.
Here are two trailers from the first film, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower. Currently, there is no trailer for Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly that I can find.
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
Here in the Philippines, there are very few fans of the Full Metal Panic! (Furumetaru Panikku!) franchise. It is a scifi, mecha/robot anime that first aired back in January 2002. Based on the light novel series of the same name by Shoji Gatoh, it tells the story of a private military organisation named Mithril. Their objective, to rid the world of terrorism.
To help them achieve this and to keep their advantage over the terrorist organisations and those with selfish goals, they look for individuals with an ability called “Whispered”. These individuals possess special abilities to create powerful devices, machinery, and also have a sort of special knowledge about particular things.
In the fourth anime of the franchise, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory picks up where Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid left off. The series creator confirmed during Anime Expo 2017 that FMP!IV will not contain any “explanation or expository episodes”, personally, I understood it as go watch at least FMP!TSR.
For those who wants to catch up with the franchise, start with Full Metal Panic! followed by Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. There is an optional series that takes place between FMP! and FMP!TSR entitled Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, this one is optional as it has nothing to do with the main plot of the franchise and more about character development and the romantic comedy aspects of the characters. Another optional release is the FMP!TSR one-episode OVA.
FMP!IV was originally scheduled to premier last year, 2017. It was postponed and is currently scheduled to air this coming April of 2018.
Official website in Japanese.
Furi Kuri (FLCL) 2 & Furi Kuri (FLCL) 3
If the return of Cardcaptor Sakura is not enough, get ready for two sequels for the classic and popular anime franchise Furi Kuri (Fooly Cooly). Yes, there will be two sequels!
The original OVA series were produced by the FLCL Production Committee which composed of veteran studios Gainax, Production I.G., and King Records. It tells the adventures and the coming-of-age story of Naota Nandaba with his accidental friend, Haruko Haruhara, an undercover agent for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood.
But in the two sequels, many years have passed since our two protagonists had their adventure together. This time aronud, we are going to follow the adventure of a teenager girl named Hidomi who first met Haruko as the new teacher at her school. Where is Naota? What happened to him? And why is Haruko back on Planet Earth?
The two sequels, like the original, will have 6 episodes each. It will be produced by Production I.G. and Adult Swim. Character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto from Neon Genesis Evangelion and original series director Kazuya Tsurumaki will bring the franchise back to life.
The sequels will premier on Toonami this year, while in Japan it will be divided into two theatrical showings with the first slated for 2018.
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
We are not done with seeing classic anime titles making a comeback. Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac will return this year as Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya. I do not know if they were being funny with the title format switch but this new anime remake will be in CG (computer graphics) composed of 12 half-hour episodes. Toei Animation will produced the anime and it will premier exclusively on Netflix, like A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-.
The story will be very similar, if not the exactly the same, from the original run. We have the orphaned Seiya who became a Saint of the Greek goddess Athena, in a life-long quest to defend earth from the crazy gods and godesses who wants to have the planet for themselves. All the while, protecting the reincarnated goddess Athena and hunting down the reincarnated gods and goddesses.
Although Netflix has yet to formally announce when the remake will stream, the current expection is it will be this year, 2018. Possibly in the summer or autumn.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
In a far future, the democratic Free Planets Alliance and the monarchy of the Galactic Empire, are locked in a war with no foreseen end. Two great characters from the warring nations rose in ranks as they proved themselves in battle after battle. Yang Wen Li from the Free Planets Alliance, and Reinhard von Musel from the Galactic Empire, has become fierce rivals.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes or Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu is a light novel space-opera series by Yoshiki Tanaka. In April 2018, a 12-episode anime TV adaptation will premiere entitled Legend of the Galactic Heroes The New Thesis: Star-Crossed. This is only the beginning for the anime adaptation, for in 2019 the TV series will be followed up by three OVA with 4 episodes each, a total of 12 episodes. These OVA series has been given the title of Legend of the Galactic Heroes The New Thesis: Stellar War.
Although this was not the first time an anime adaptation was made for Yoshiki Tanaka’s light novel, this new anime series, which will be produced by veteran studio Production I.G., will have its own unique story. Fans of the original need not worry if it will be a remake.
Official website in Japanese.
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