These days how successful an anime is has a lot to do with how much nostalgic and familiar feels it provides the viewer (Case in point: the rise and fall of Boruto). It's no surprise that anime sequels and remakes are becoming the most talked-about releases this 2018. That said, while it's true that a lot of anime franchises are milking their cash cow titles until their fandom tolerates them, it doesn't take away from the fact that there are a few shows that are actually really good and hella hype. It's a mixed set this year so we're breaking down a few anime that we're looking forward to, and a few that we think should've ended seasons ago.
Also, anime spoilers ahead (duh).
HYPED - Shingeki no Kyojin: Season 3
If you're like us and you can't take not knowing what the hell is going on in this show, you've probably already spoiled yourself by reading the manga, but even then, the anime still manages to hype up every cliffhanger. The show is actually starting to hint at certain clues that'll help viewers figure out that there are more to these titans than meets the eye.
WASTE OF TIME - Sword Art Online: Alicization
Yup, another Sword Art Online adaptation, as if trap Kirito wasn't mentally scarring enough. And, if they had to make another adaptation, then why not make one on Sword Art Online Alternative? At least the main character has a bit of personality. You know there has to be something wrong with your protagonist if a loli who plays VR PUBG has more depth.
SUPER HYPED - FLCL Progressive
There are a lot of weird things that make anime hard to understand for some people but few anime take it to the lets-grow-a-robot-from-the-phallic-shaped-bump-caused-by-an-intergalactic-police-lady-hitting-an-innocent-adolescent-with-a-guitar type of weird. FLCL was perfect the way it was and us fans are a bit wary of having a new main protagonist for this, but anything that uses Pillow songs as its soundtrack is bound to be legendary.
WASTE OF TIME - Fairy Tail (2018)
There's a limit to how much you can rely on the power of friendship to get your characters out of sticky situations before people start realizing it's lazy writing, Hiro Mashima. We know the manga goes on after the last episode of the present season, but is there really a point to continuing this story if all you're going to do if bring the guild back together, have a conflict of some sort, and then have the characters overcome said conflict through the freaking power of friendship and internal monologues. Dude, you could have done that in the first arc and save an entire fandom hours of their lives.
WASTE OF TIME (unless you're a manga reader) - Tokyo Ghoul:re Season 2
We know we were not the only ones going into Tokyo Ghoul:re all excited to see what has become of our white-haired, traumatized protagonist only to be greeted by who-the-fuck-are-these-people? What happened to every arc before this? Did they just travel through time? If you haven't read the manga, you will really have a hard time following the anime because nothing really sets you up for this sudden setting change. This unwelcome change is probably a lot more upsetting than the torture scene in the show.
HYPED - Baki
You know Baki's been our boi ever since Baki the Grappler came out. All the testosterone-filled otakus around the world fell to their knees when they found out the anime had been discontinued. And it stopped DURING THE TOURNAMENT ARC? What kind of monster does that kind of blue-balling? Good thing Netflix is bringing back Baki, in this fresh adaptation.
SUPER HYPED - Boku no Hero Academia: Season 3
Now, if you read the manga, you know there are so many things to look forward to this season. Like, you know "You Say Run" was playing through your head when you read those manga panels. My Hero Academia is actually an anime deserving of the hype it gets for the community, and we can't wait to see how Studio Bones animates the shit out of those epic fights.