Summer has indeed had its ups and downs and to be honest, it is probably the weakest of the seasons 2018 has offered us so far. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a whole lot of fun to follow, review, and discuss. However, I did find if a lot harder than normal to narrow down my choices for best of the season given there was a lot that was kind of okay but nothing that really demanded I pay attention to it. (Banana Fish and Attack on Titan Season 3 are missing from my own awards as they are both going to continue on to the next season).
As always, thanks to people who voted in the poll for best of the season. After I get through my picks, I’ll announce the winners of the reader’s poll.
To my awards…
Best Story from Summer 2018 – Steins;Gate 0
While there’s some questionable execution and pacing issues with this story, in terms of the story I was most interested in following, Steins;Gate 0 wins hands down. Angolmois is too straight forward, How Not To Summon a Demon Lord was entertaining but not exactly a riveting narrative. There just hasn’t been much that I’ve watched this season with an overly interesting plot so Steins;Gate 0 remained my favourite story of the season even if I did criticise it, a lot.
Best Visuals from Summer 2018 – My Hero Academia Season 3
Bones continues to deliver some quality visuals and animation in My Hero Academia this season. While I felt the characters and the plot were a fair bit weaker than season 2, the visuals did not drop the ball and whatever scene we were watching was delivered with impressive or interesting visuals.
The fight between Midoriya and Bakugou is probably the stand out from the second half, but realistically the action in My Hero Academia is always exciting to watch. It would be nice to see the kids get into a wider variety of settings from time to time, but this is still my visual pick for the season.
Best Opening from Summer 2018 – Cells at Work
Am I coming up with excuses to include platelets? Definitely. But because I took Attack on Titan out of the running, I had to choose the opening to Cells at Work as my favourite. It is good fun with a lot of energy and I loved that for one episode we even had different characters singing the opening. It was a surprise and a bit of fun. This one really suits the show and just gets you excited for the adorableness to follow.
Best Character from Summer 2018 – Diablo (How Not To Summon a Demon Lord)
Right, so it is kind of rare for an isekai protagonist to make it into my favourite character list, but I really like Diablo. He’s great fun to spend time with and a lot of the draw for the show is his character. I would love to see more of him in a follow up season and just see if he learns to balance out his inner insecurities with his external demon lord persona. One thing I know for sure is that it will be fun.
And of course, cutest character from Summer 2018 goes to the the Platelets
Best Anime of the Summer 2018 Season – Cells at Work
Having taken out Attack on Titan and Banana Fish from the running, I was pretty much left with Cells at Work, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord or Phantom in the Twilight as shows I genuinely enjoyed this season. Phantom in the Twilight fell short with its ending. How Not To Summon a Demon Lord is fun and all, but it isn’t without its issues. So the anime that was most consistently entertaining this season was Cells at Work.
I’m actually fairly surprised that this is my best of the season, but it kind of speaks of how hit and miss the season has been. That said, this one is a fairly solid piece of entertainment. It isn’t going to change the world, but it is a great way to spend a Sunday morning and it certainly kept me entertained this season. I even learned a couple of things from it.
Finally, Reader’s Choice – Best Anime From Summer 2018
Voting was incredibly close and also pretty scattered this season. By the final days the top two were deadlocked and remained that way until the final hours of the vote. With 178 votes this is the most participated in vote to date so hopefully we can continue to grow this number and make the data more reflective of the community as a whole. Still, here are the results.
And the winner is… Banana Fish.
Totally not surprised, though I am amazed at how close the vote was between Cells at Work and Banana Fish with Attack on Titan dropping off early on. Still, all three of these will go on to the best of the year poll joining the best from the last two seasons and whatever wins the Autumn poll. I’m also throwing My Hero Academia into the best of the year poll because amazingly I totally left it out of this vote (whoops).
Anyway, Banana Fish has kind of taken over my twitter timeline most weeks after the episode airs so I’ve really enjoyed it and there are some really excellent blog posts being written about the series so I can tell there are some really big fans out there. Hopefully the second half is as entertaining as the first was.
Thanks everyone who participated in the vote. We say farewell to another season of anime but enter a new one with all new possibilities laid out before us. Check back later for my worst of the season poll.
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19 thoughts on “Drum Roll For The Best of Summer 2018 Anime Announcement”
I need to get myself together and watch Cells At Work because it looks like a fun watch.
Happy to see Banana Fish win! It’s been a strong show all season.
Regarding Steins;Gate 0, I totally get where you’re coming from. Under all the blunders and mess, there is a great story and I actually liked the story it had to tell. Just wished it was told better.
I think when drafting my full series review of Steins;Gate 0 I’ve definitely come to the conclusion that a single cour story would have been better. They could have put in all the things they needed to without so much filler and fluff and the pacing would have felt much better.
Agreed. Looking back, it felt quite dragged out and unnecessary scenes were given too much attention. This season would have worked better had it been sharper and faster rather than simply muddling its way through at a sluggish pace.
I did nail two out of three… But I’d have never guessed Banana Fish. For a show that I didn’t see much buzz for, it’s sure sweeping a lot of people’s end of season rankings.
Banana Fish is odd because the day it airs and the day after, Twitter explodes with art work and comments. Then nothing until the next week. Still, I really enjoy being on Twitter for those two days because the fans of the show are passionate and some are quite talented in what they create.
Aww man I was hoping cells at work was at the top. Haha but all were so good
Cells at Work was at the top for a lot of the voting period so it was very well liked. I was surprised but I probably shouldn’t have been. A lot of people have enjoyed it.
I think I have to respectfully disagree that this was the weakest season of 2018 as for me, I’ve enjoyed more shows from this season than any other this year. Perhaps it depends on which shows one chooses to pick up but I am happy with the titles I stuck with and feel rewarded by them all.
Ironically I’ve also dropped more shows this season but the good outweighs the bad for me, so in that respect I personally can’t say it was weak at all. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the season.
BTW – have you seen this video of the doctor who reviewed Cells At Work based on its medical accuracy? https://t.co/tFQvsCqzUv
I hadn’t. Will watch in the morning. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, 178 votes huh! That really is an amazingly high number! Great to see that so many have participated in this.
I haven’t seen Banana Fish (it’s not available for me) but I have really heard some great things about it. Lol, and true…you can never have enough platelets! 😊😊
I kind of wanted to make up another category (or two) just to have more excuses for platelets, but I figured I would just throw in the slideshow instead. Need to make sure my Cells at Work series review doesn’t become an ode to the adorableness of platelets.
Haha lol 😂😂Well, if it ends up being that, I’m sure that you won’t get many complaints from people about that 😊😊 Look forward to seeing that post! 😀
Happy to see Steins;Gate 0 receive the award that it deserves most—what a thrilling tale!
The story was definitely the strength of the show. There are definitely issues with it, but the narrative itself was solid and that definitely deserved a mention.
Yay Cells at Work!
I felt it really did manage consistent entertainment and as that is my main criteria for anime of the season, I felt it deserved it. Still, I’m not liking its chances for anime of the year.
I just started up Steins;Gate 0 this week and I’m really enjoying it at only 6 episodes in. As to the rest, you can never have enough Platelets! 😀