Sunday Sevens: Favourite Series watched in 2018

It’s well documented that I watched a lot of anime in 2018. Well, these are my seven favourite series that I watched for the first time in 2018.

What is this about? To be completely frank, I like lists. If you’re here reading this, it’s probably safe to say you like lists too. Everyone seems to do lists that are five or ten items long. After talking about Samurai 7 on Friday, I realised that seven is the perfect number for my new weekly list.

As this is going to be my first list and 2018 isn’t too far behind us, I decided I would list my seven favourite series that I watched in 2018 that I had not seen before. Some aired in 2018, most did not. Anyhow, that’s enough of that, you came here for a list, so a list you shall have. They’re ordered alphabetically because I think they are all great. Enjoy!

Akame ga Kill

With Akame ga Kill, I first picked up a copy of the manga from my library because I loved the cover art. All of the books have a single character in an action pose. They are clean and cool looking. Before I knew it, I had read all fourteen books available at that time. Then I discovered that book fifteen was set to be the final book and wouldn’t be released for a month…

Argh! Unable to keep myself sane, I searched for the anime and could only find it on iTunes. Easiest decision ever. I bought it and then binged the whole series in two days.

One of the things I love about Akame ga Kill is that it’s brutal. People die. A lot of people. The best thing, however, is that they make you care about every death. Even the villains, who are almost a mirror for the heroes, make an impact on you as believable characters. It’s incredibly effective.

Also, I loved the Edeath-Tastumi-Mine love triangle. It was comical, thoughtful, and one of my favourite things about the series. They even made you care for Esdeath, who was a self-confessed sadist. I actually preferred the ending in the anime to the manga, although the manga on the whole was better.

Read my full review here.

Claymore

This was another series I just stumble upon, however, this time I started with the anime, watching the entire series in six days. Again, this was another brutal series. The heroes themselves are almost monsters, and if they push themselves too far, they transform into these insane Gigeresque creatures.

Yes, yes. It’s more strong girls with swords. What can I say? I like what I like. So, once I finished the anime, I jumped straight into the manga and devoured them like a Yoma feasting on intestines.

There are twenty-seven volumes of the manga, taking the story way beyond what is covered in the anime. This time the manga far surpassed the anime, although I do still love the anime. Its style is dark and gritty. The action is also incredible, I just wish we had got another season following the rest of the manga.

Read my full review here.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is one of those shows that I’ve been aware of for a long time, but just never found the time to watch it. As of right now, I am kicking myself for not making the time. Everything about this series is incredible. I love the characters, the brilliantly crafted and varied stories that make up the individual episodes, and the way it incorporated some stunning music selections.

On top of the mash of genres that make up the episodes, there is a story… scratch that, there are several stories weaving through the series that bring each of the characters to life. Even the slower episodes are captivating.

Honestly, this is easily one of my all-time favourite series and something that I really need to watch again to try to steal some of the skill and inspiration that makes this such a success. If you haven’t seen it, make it the next thing you see.

Read my full review here.

How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

I only really started watching seasonal anime in the summer after I couldn’t wait for the latest season of High School DxD to air. After that, I go the bug and this was the first season I said I was definitely going to follow. I am so glad that I did.

Having watched Overlord and One Punch Man I am familiar with the overpowered protagonist. I love both of those series, however, I really enjoyed the harem twist with How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. Not only is Diablo a great central character, having to deal with his shut-in gamer personality and trying to maintain his outward appearance as an all-powerful demon lord was hilarious.

Accompanying Diablo is Shera and Rem, who summoned him and tried to put a slave spell on him only for it backfiring and bind them to him instead. Both of the female protagonists are great characters with their own stories and issues. They also couldn’t be more different from one another, helping to add to the tension. Something that Diablo is unprepared for.

Read my full review here.

My Hero Academia

Just when I thought I had reached critical mass for superhero stories, I discovered My Hero Academia and realised just how wrong I was. Again, I was late to the party with this one, but made up for it by watching season one and two back to back, then the first half of season three before continue to watch them as they aired. I even made a rare visit to the cinema to watch the movie, which was one of the most enjoyable cinema visits ever.

This series is incredible. The protagonist, Deku is just your average student, but in his world average is the bottom of the pile. Almost everyone else has some sort of special ability, but that doesn’t stop him from one day dreaming of becoming a hero. The story of him transforming from nothing to potentially becoming the greatest hero ever is stunning. The feels hit you just as hard watching the recap episode of season one as it does the first time around.

I am really glad I jumped on this ship and I’m prepared to stay with it to the end, however long that takes. The entire world that My Hero Academia takes place in is fascinating and has more than enough potential to carry it for years to come.

Read my full reviews here – Season One, Season Two, Season Three, Two Heroes.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

For many this was the surprise show of the fall schedule. Based on the name alone it was unfairly dismissed, but as more and more people took a chance, its popularity grew. I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t the sort of show I would normally watch, but given how much I enjoyed the summer schedule, including a number of shows I would normally skip, I was willing to try anything.

This has to have some of the strongest character dynamics and conversations I’ve seen in an anime, much less any other show. All of the characters comes to life and deal with very real issues in some fairly extraordinary manners.

The lead, Sakuta is a great character. He’s been through a lot and seen first hand the perils of being a teenager. Something that ultimately prepared him to help others going through the same thing. It works much like a detective series where he works out the issues and helps the victims come to terms with what’s plaguing them. He doesn’t fix them, rather showing them that there is another way to live life.

I’m so glad I managed to find time to watch this series, especially as it was only available in subtitles, which are harder for me to watch with small children who require constant attention.

Read my full review here.

Violet Evergarden

This series appeared out of the blue on Netflix. I had not seen nor heard anything about it. I did, however, love the artwork attached to it, and needing something a little bit quieter while trying to get a new baby to sleep, I gave it a go.

Holy cow! This series is utterly beautiful. The story is incredible, Violet is a deep and interesting character, and the animation is stunning. Everything about this series was perfect. If this had been a regular TV series it would be winning awards left, right, and centre.

Again, this isn’t something I would have normally watched, but now I know better. There’s a saying that if you want to write science fiction, you’ve probably read/seen enough science fiction. To truly expand your understanding of story and the elements that make it great, you should expand your horizon to including everything else. I think this is a great idea and something I intend to do from here on.

Read my full review here.

Anything to add? No. That was my first Sunday Sevens post. If there are any topics you like to see me wrangle into a list let me know in the comments. I have some ideas already but can always use more. Thanks for reading. What were your favourite series in 2018?

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4 Comments

  1. David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Some great choices, here. But I gotta say, Violet Evergarden really blew me out of the water this year! I listed her as my Most Interesting Character of 2018.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Yeah, Violet is a great character and everything about that show was excellent!

  2. These are all terrific shows! The ones I’ve seen anyway. I haven’t seen “How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.”

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Yeah, I had a good year. It was helped by catching up with some amazing series. Demon Lord is very funny and a well put together story too.

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