Hello everyone and welcome to the results for the best anime series of 2018 as voted for by you. Below you will see the top 10 series in ascending order from 1, followed by the 10 closest runner ups. Each series will have a small blurb of commentary for it done by select members of staff.
Once again thank you very much for voting and hopefully your favourite series managed to crack the top 10.
1st My Hero Academia Season 2
"Another series that seems to still have popularity with fans on here. Still with my ho-hum response to its first season, this is another series I don’t have much interest in tracking down anytime soon."
"MHA continued onward to bring the fun, despite some pretty iffy characters and (to me) one of the worst show themes that I have ever heard and it was still fun enough to take the top spot for the second time in a row due to how everything was handled and this especially goes for the action scenes here alongside many character-related moments and development. This show continues to go beyond even further and for that, it earns the well-deserved top spot. Plus Ultra, Achieved!"
2nd - Goblin Slayer
"Guessing Goblin Slayer was a heavily anticipated title for the Fall season. While the premise of the series did have my interest at first in showing Goblin Slayer and his party’s various quests against goblins that offered solid world-building, the series didn’t really get me too deeply attached to its characters who mostly felt like they didn’t have much dimension or depth, especially in the case of Goblin Slayer’s single-minded quest to slay all goblins. Some have made comparisons of Goblin Slayer to Berserk with the dark and violent medieval worlds both offer, but I’m more a fan of Berserk due to the stronger character development it offered its cast while still being a dark and violent medieval-fantasy series. Goblin Slayer’s okay, but my interest in the series waned as I took more notice of its issues as episodes progressed."
"After checking this show out thanks to some feedback alongside some uproars from a bunch of NPC units roaming around, this show honestly was very fun despite the very dark parts contained within and being able to stomach them thanks to seeing far worse every Valentine's Day. This is a series centering around someone that went through some severe trauma and it ended up being entertaining from start-to-finish thanks to the cast and the brutal action scenes at hand. For that, I don;t blame you guys for this claiming one of the top spots for this list."
3rd - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
"Not too surprised with Jojo placing this high on here. Still have yet to watch through Diamond is Unbreakable to get to this point in the franchise. But as long as Diamond is Unbreakable is as fun and over-the-top as the prior Jojo anime I’ve seen, likely to get to Golden Wind at some point."
"I was worried at first since I heard of this being the most iffy part of all of JoJo's, but you guys managed to still enjoy it enough to be in the top three of this list and for that, most of my worries are eased! From the looks of things, it is still a riot just like the previous parts."
4th - Devilman: Crybaby
"Heard about this modern telling on Go Nagai’s classic devil character getting enough hype on Netflix. Not sure when I’ll get around to seeing it. But it’s certainly of interest for me to want to watch down the line."
"One of the darkest shows of the year and it turns out to also be one of the greatest according to many others, including you guys. It tells a very interesting tale that never holds back on much of anything. Can't wait to try it out!"
5th - Bloom Into You
"This series was a surprise hit for me with the Fall 2018 anime season. While I had some concerns with how the characters were fleshed out in early episodes, Bloom Into You defied my expectations as it offered some excellent fleshing out and development of Yuu and Touko in regards to how each view their relationship and the personal issues both face. The only major shortcoming I had with it was the rather abrupt ending as the show ended during a major point in its storyline, though not so surprising as its manga source material is still ongoing. Still if you’re a fan of yuri romance titles, Bloom Into You’s definite recommendation I’d suggest checking out."
"After a storm of very dark and bitter yuri shows (in between some of the ecchi shows that happened to include some yuri shenanigans), we get a sweet yuri shot that at last turns out to be very good and good enough to land on the top 5 of this list thanks to you guys. Gives me even more motivation to check this out even further."
6th - Dragon Ball Super
"Not really much to say about DB Super at this point. The only major fanfare I heard about the series this year, following Super’s conclusion, was the latest movie that came out for it that made Broly into a canon character for the franchise. Not sure if I’ll see the movie down the line, though wouldn’t surprise me if it eventually gets a stateside video release with the franchise still being one of Funimation’s big cash cows."
"The end came for Dragon Ball Super and it ended up being fun enough for you guys to rank this battle shounen to where it is now in this list. Hopefully it was fun to those who stuck it out from start to finish, or from the new material's start to the finish in the case of those that saw the movies before this in the cases of many other people that got this on the list."
7th - Cells at Work
"Fairly surprised to see this series on here. I’ve heard of it being a sort of edutainment comedy title focused on the everyday work of anthropomorphic personifications of cells fighting against infections within the human body. Might be interested in checking this one out at some point as well."
"Much like “Ninja Girl and Samurai Master”, this show is a very fun and very bloody anime and it involves the events of a human body and has a ton of information displayed for those that are into biology. This is definitely amongst my top choices and it reflects to some of you guys as well!"
8th - Zombieland Saga
"So the gimmick for this one is a group of zombie girls brought back from the dead to become a pop idol group? Granted, I get the absurdity of the premise comes from zombies being summoned just to become pop idols. But I am mostly indifferent to anime focused on idols since there’s enough titles of its ilk that have been made over the years to glorify that industry and, with some exceptions, I’m tiring of anime focused on that part of Japanese culture. Not sure if I have interest in wanting to check this out or not."
"One of my most fun shows of this year and is definitely very fun in terms of characters and story alongside the body horror as a great (expected) bonus. Definitely will check this out again for a review and you guys thought this was a barrell of fun as well! However, there are many others towering over this beauty in the case of the site."
9th - Black Clover
"Hmmm, surprised this is still popular as it is. The mixed reception to the series is still something I recall from 2017 and its uncanny resemblance to Naruto in certain plot and character elements is still fresh to me as well. Still not a series I would be wanting to see anytime soon with how typical it seems for a shounen series."
"Those of you that saw something in this show after enduring the deliberately rough start managed to be able to get this to 9th place and genuinely found the show to be fun later onwards. More power to you guys in that case.
10th - SSSS.Gridman
"It seemed like Gridman was a homage of sorts to live-action tokusatsu shows that have long been popular in Japan considering the show’s source material. While having some mysteries as a hook for viewers of the series, sticking too firmly in the typical tokusatsu formula may have also worked against Gridman since the characters largely don’t have much to show for depth and plotting mostly sticks to the “monster of the day” formula in spite of some decent plot twists over what is revealed about the world of Gridman. While having some entertaining moments, I was mostly ho-hum on Gridman as episodes progressed."
"And here comes the pain. I honestly couldn't stomach this due to how much of a slog this ended up being for the first episode alone and that's quite a huge pitfall. Many of you guys that lasted longer of finished this seemed to really like this show after all, especially amongst the aftermath of Darling in the FrankXX. That or you guys didn't check this out at all and only got enticed by the pictures of pair of thighs or the pair of breasts around the internet and voted for those reasons by themselves. In that case... I don't blame you."
11th - Boruto
"Looks like the Naruto franchise continues to be strong in popularity with Boruto’s presence on here. Again, in no rush to jump into the series anytime soon since I’ve yet to go through Naruto Shippuden and doubt I will with my underwhelming reaction to the final chapters of the Naruto manga series."
"Another shounen juggernaught that managed to keep it going throughout it's run to many users and it managed to do this strong. However, this show barely won against other juggernauts and a pair of thighs..."
12th - Megalo Box
"Made in mind as a homage of sorts to classic boxing anime Ashita no Joe, Megalo Box was an entertaining series focused on Joe and Nanbu’s efforts to legitimately rise in the ranks of the world of Megalo Box away from the world of fixed, illegal matches. The series did enough within its 13-episode run to explore the motivations and chemistry between the main pair to compete in a legitimate sport, not afraid to take risks at points against their former profession in order to do so. The story’s simple enough, but still quite engaging to see unfold. A definite watch if you’ve yet to see it."
"Personally, this is in my own top-10 to me due to the overall quality of the show being quite exceptional and many of you thought so as well, but the others ended up toppling this underdog after all. Definitely worth a watch!"
13th - Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments Dream
"Revival of the Commandments was a solid continuation of Seven Deadly Sins as it provided more fleshing out on the origins of Meliodas and his connection to the group of powerful demons known as the Ten Commandments that serve as the major enemy threat of this season. I never voted for it among my listed titles, as a major setback with this second series was that it rushed through events in its final several episodes at a rather breakneck pace and ends inconclusively as the Ten Commandments are still at large in Seven Deadly Sins. Still if you enjoyed the first series, Ten Commandments is still worth checking out in spite of its sloppy pacing for its final quarter."
"After some waiting, the well-deserved continuous gets it's unveiling at last and it continues to be super-fun, aside of some pretty rushed points. You guys seem to think so too, so that gives me a reminder to check this out. Many thanks!"
14th - Overlord
"Seems the 2015 adaptation of the series was popular enough for two seasons to be made in 2018. I was rather ho-hum on Overlord when I seen its first season a year ago as in spite of its premise on an overpowered MMORPG user being trapped in the game he plays in, it didn’t seem to offer anything interesting that would have it stick out from other isekai anime I’ve seen within the past several years. Suppose I’m not on the bandwagon for this particular series franchise."
"The continuous finally arrived in 2018 and aside of some parts, it managed to maintain the good qualities that it has overall. You guys seem to think so too, but not as much as many others."
15th - Golden Kamuy
"One of my personal favorite anime from 2018, Golden Kamuy stuck out strongly for its fun mix of adventure, comedy, and drama focusing on Sugimoto, Asirpa, and several other factions trying to outsmart one another in the search for Ainu gold. Sugimoto and Asirpa’s chemistry was one of the more fun character dynamics I got a chance to see that year, and the series is also a unique one in its believable exploration on the Ainu culture that many historical anime often overlook. If you have yet to check out Golden Kamuy, would strongly implore you to check it out at some point."
"One of the brutal, yet fun shows that I managed to witness through my first impressions forward and it only managed to be even better since then, but that's just my take. You guys seem to be on the same page as well."
16th - Violet Evergarden
"Violet Evergarden was a solid work in 2018 with its focus on the titular character learning to better understand human emotions working as a ghostwriter called an Auto Memory Doll to reintegrate her into society following her time serving in the military. This leads her to connect with several people and the emotions that come with preparing letters for them. Outside of this, the series also devoted time to exploring Violet’s time in the military, that was a rather cruel and tragic time for her. It also doesn’t hurt that the series sported gorgeous animation with KyoAni’s involvement on the show. Overall, Violet Evergarden was easily one of the best titles I seen for the Winter 2018 season."
"A solid show all around and not just from the visuals and Violet herself. It turned out to be quite fun for many others, including you guys, but not enough to touch the top 10."
17th - One Piece
"Don’t have much to say about One Piece at this point. I was anticipating its placement on here considering its popularity with fans. But as always, in no hurry to watch it anytime soon thanks to its ridiculous length."
"I keep overhearing that the show may be losing some steam, but it doesn't look like that to me at this point, despite not touching the series for a great while. Some of you didn't think so as well."
18th - The Ancient Magus' Bride
"The second half of Ancient Magus Bride was mostly as great to watch as its first half from 2017, continuing to focus on Chise and Elias taking on different magical cases and the final several episodes offer some solid suspense and exploration for Chise when she suffers some serious developments that test her bond with Elias. Like other manga-based anime of its ilk, Ancient Magus Bride sadly suffers from an unresolved ending due to its source material still being ongoing. Still, would implore folks to check this series out if you have yet to do so."
"This show turned out to have a very nice story on the most part from start-to-finish and some characters, including the main ones ended up being very fun to witness. Looks like some of you thought so too, but many others have toppled this entry, being a carry-over from 2017 by a cour aside."
19th - Baki
"Was not aware that this was on Netflix until I read up on it recently. The last time I looked into anything related to Baki was the 2001 TV anime that Funimation had rights to in the 2000s. Far as I what seen of it, it seemed like a typical martial arts anime with Baki your typical good-natured fighter getting stronger through training and battle tournaments, while dealing with the strained relationship he has with abusive father and world’s strongest martial artist, Yujiro Hanma. Might check it out down the line if I ever get back on Netflix. But I am in no rush to track it down."
"The second half of 2018 really wasn't kind to me and that's how I never heard of this show until here, but the really brutal battling makes this sound very fun to me. You guys found this pretty fun too, but not as much as some other shows, dark or otherwise."
20th - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
"Suppose I need to give this series a look at some point since I’ve heard of its rather unique premise for an isekai anime. Outside of Re: Zero from a few years back, I’ve been a bit ho-hum on watching titles of the isekai genre due to its oversaturation milked by anime studios in recent years and not many titles doing enough to stick out from the pack. If this series changes things up with typical story and character formulas of the genre a bit, I might get hooked on it whenever I get around to seeing That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime."
"It's much like many other Isekai shows before (thus likely why it barely scratched this list), but it ended up being a lot of fun as it went on thanks to Rimuru Tempest's character and the world around him and also has some pretty good humor in a number of parts."
Best Anime Studio - Madhouse
"Madhouse has been one of my favorite animation studios for years because of the many quality titles they’ve animated over the years like Card Captor Sakura, Trigun, Gunslinger Girl, and Monster. Recent years are no different in this regard as I’ve been entertained with some of their recent works like One Punch Man, Alderamin on the Sky, A Place Further than the Universe, and their current Winter title, Boogiepop and Others. I continue to look forward to more of what they have to offer up as the years progress."
"Responsible for many good shows and can also handle visuals very well in the case of many others. This was even responsible for a few of my favorites, and for that alongside all of their contributions, I thank them. Here's to hopefully more years of success to come!"
Note: Due to misunderstanding and how many votes it got, we made a special section for it. It's not an official anime series to be included in our final results.
Special Mention: Castlevania
"I’ve heard of this series getting plenty of praise on Netflix due to its faithfulness to Konami’s classic video game franchise, and being a unique case of a Western-animated work that’s aimed for older viewers and having serious plot developments in a culture where animation’s largely not taken as a serious creative medium. In spite of its anime-inspired animation, this is technically not an anime in spite of its source material coming from a Japanese video game company, as the majority of its animation was done by American studios. Still, I do appreciate the fact that there are those in America that see the potential for animation being an expressive medium beyond kid-friendly fare or an adult raunchy comedy."
"Due to the rulings, this gets a special spotlight due to this not counting as a Japanese anime, but this show managed to be very interesting from the premise and it turned out to be very fun in terms of action scenes and was handled very well in terms of story and for that, I don't blame you guys for trying to get this show in on the list. Definitely something to consider watching, even if you do happen to be a purist on the most part."
And that's the top 20 anime as voted for by you the community. Hopefully you enjoyed the little banners Menos made for the top 10 and reading the small commentaries on each series by Old Man Dream and Master Monster Menos .
Below you will see the raw votes and total score for each of the above series compiled by Taka .
And finally once again thank you very much for voting.
Hmmmmm, I feel like I'm an old man yelling at a cloud with some of my comments on this. Still, a good chunk of the titles on here are either sequels to popular series franchises or are rehashing ongoing popular trends with anime plots. Suppose age is getting to me at this point.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
Not really surprised by the list. I mean Baki is a stupid, stupid, stupid show, but considering the AV is made up of people who like manly muscular men beating the crap out of each other, I can see why is there. Same reason for Jo Jo (although to be fair it is supposed to be stupid) :-p.
I heard Black Clover got better, and its a shonen battle.
Globin Slayer despite being a mediocre show, its entertaining enough, was the more popular anime of fall so it is fresh in people mind. Also screw Menos for using the word NPC. I hate that word, its a stupid god damn word trend that has to die.
A bit surprised Darling in the Franxx is not on this list despite being one of the few actual popular anime show this year next to DevilMan Crybaby. I mean you can say because is not that good, but some of the show on the list are not much better to be honest XD. Although I guess Darling in the Franxx compare to some other questionable shows was a roller coaster with lots of up and downs that goes to a place that nobody is happy with. While the other shows are steady roller coaster that let you know where it is going, so you know ahead if you will enjoy it or not.
Glad to see Bloom into You getting some love, and not surprised its on top considering the staggering low voter turn out.
Little bit sad that Aggretsuko did not made it to the list, but again its AV. I mean A place further than the Universe is not on this list, while Black CLover is on the list, because again due to the small community and what it is made up.
I mean if you take MAL list for example, Globin Slayer would not be anywhere near that list along with some other anime. But I guess that what is cool about seeing about a list like this even if it has less than a couple of people voting. It is a list that has a decent amount of show I like, and some I thought was below average to Overlord which was terrible.
Yes Anime Vice is a predominantly battle forum so certain genre will be favored. In regards to Bloom in You, I say it's a significant result and change because we don't usually get 'official yuri' shows as unofficial yuri or yuri baiting shows tend to be better than "official yuri shows" Given we don't have a lot of good official yuri, this one was pretty significant.
Given our demographics in this community is mostly male and prefer muscles and has a small yet very vocal Hentai/Ecchi group (you know the regulars) - you will see ecchi titles occasionally in our past results.
Bloom into You is I believe not an ecchi show. Yuri tends to get fan serviced just like Yaoi.
Genres that probably won't make into our anime results for a long time: Sports, Yaoi, Music (Zombieland Saga made it in)
Slice of Life had some trouble but it had a few representations
I think 2018 was a rough year for anime. I think the fall had a lot of influence because it was near the year end and had older series in addition. Those series made it especially long running shonen because they have a larger established fan base.
Unlike 2017, the new anime series made more considerable impressions despite 2018's Violet Evergarden, the controversial Goblin Slayer, the edgy Devilman Crybaby, and other notable new anime series.
Yeah, it's interesting to see other communities like MyAnimeList, Anime Vice, and others compare. It shows the diversity of anime and manga.
Last Edit: Feb 3, 2019 22:12:26 GMT by Taka: forgot raw votes
Darling in the Franxx was one of those shows where I made it to the last episode but never bothered to watch it because I just didn't care how it ended. The show bored the crap out of me. How do you make a show about giant mechs fighting monsters with pilots being in a suggestive position boring? That's amazing.
Goblin Slayer was meh. Lets be honest, we only watched it for the rape.
Zombieland Saga was actually hilarious. It's one of the few anime that genuinely made me laugh.
Sounds like a potential bonus category, so bad it is hilariously bad. We once did a worse category but we had some confusion with the verbatim and whether we place it in the thread as the worst overlap with best. Plus whether you saw it as a good or bad thing, people came out to troll or have fun with the worse category
Darling in the Franxx was pretty divisive, one of the most discussed series in Anime Vice and it carried Trigger's hype of something like Kill la Kill. It was more like Kiznaiver.