Fall 2018 Final Rankings

So just a head’s up: the Final Rankings will be updated sometime in January. Unfortunately for me, life got in the way a ton during December and while I did manage to finish the vast majority of my Fall 2018 watch list, there are still a couple of stragglers. Another reason for why I’ll be updating: Tsurune hasn’t finished broadcasting and I do still plan on finishing it. I could just save that for a post related to Winter but the majority of it aired in Fall so it makes more sense to me to include it here. So when that finishes, I’ll include that as well any other Fall show I finish in an update to this post. I realize it’s a bit weird but please bear with me.

Anyway, here is my Final(ish) Rankings for Fall 2018.

Currently Watching

Apart from the stragglers, nothing.

Completed

 

Bloom Into You
Score:
9/10 | Episodes: 13
Thoughts: I thought really long and hard about putting Bloom Into You on the #1 spot, let alone bumping the score from an 8 to a 9. Much like the Midseason Rankings, it was a tough time deciding on a top pick. I may change this when I update this post but right now, my gut is feeling pretty confident. I was skeptical of some aspects such as the student council play and Touko’s identity crisis but Bloom Into You succeeded in proving me wrong and justified them with such purpose. And of course, Yuu and Touko’s relationship remained incredibly endearing. The show does sadly end with a “Read the Manga” vibe but the finale was still fantastic which is an impressive feat for an anime to make.

Iroduku: The World in Colors
Score:
8/10 | Episodes: 13
Thoughts: I almost put Iroduku on top again but I’ll admit the finale, terrific though it may be, does leave me hanging on in some respects. I still would call it one of my favorite anime of the season, however. I really enjoyed the whole cast (Kohaku is still the best) and the show did a great job settling into a relaxed, slice of life tone before slamming into the feels train for the finale. And of course, the show still remained very gorgeous; easily one of the prettiest visuals 2018’s anime had to offer.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Score:
 8/10 | Episodes: 13
Thoughts: Had Futaba and Nodoka’s arcs been longer and Kaede’s focused on her character more in the finale, I probably would’ve given Bunny Girl Senpai a 9 out of 10 and maybe make it my top pick. This series is still one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of 2018 though. The dialogue isn’t the most subtle or eloquent but I’m willing to let slide after meeting a compelling and endearing cast of characters and a lot of creative commentary on adolescence. Now, to just wait for the movie…

 

Goblin Slayer
Score: 8/10 | Episodes: 12
Thoughts: This is normally not the kind of anime I’d enjoy but I suppose there’s an exception to everything. Believe me, the premiere is rough and the overall narrative and world can get clunky from time to time. Still I’d argue the pros outweigh the cons. I still got to really like the characters and the action and the self-awareness the show has over its own premise does get pretty darn funny. I get why people dropped this but I personally enjoyed watching it and I am interested to see its continuation in whatever form it may take.

SSSS.Gridman
Score: 7/10 | Episodes: 12
Thoughts: A lot of Gridman‘s final stretch depended on whether or not you think its primary antagonist deserves her redemption arc and to be honest, I really don’t think the story did much to make it feel earned. It’s a huge shame but the journey is still worthwhile. The characters are pretty likable and the direction is simply superb. I’ll give Trigger an A for effort…and at least this wasn’t Darling in the FranXX.

Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood
Score: 7/10 | Episodes: 12
Thoughts: I realize I am settling with “pretty good” again with CGDCT anime but until Laid-Back Camp Season 2 premieres, that’s probably the best we’ll be getting. I still had fun with Ms. Vampire though. I still 100% approve of portraying a vampire as an introverted otaku and the vampire-themed jokes still manage to get me chuckling by the time series ended.

 

As Miss Beelzebub Likes it.
Score: 7/10 | Episodes: 12
Thoughts: Again, I just think Beelzebub and her relationship with Mullin is incredibly cute. I’ll also add that Gocchin emerged as a favorite of mine, maybe even more so than Beelzebub. Twelve episodes did prove to be a bit overlong (definitely don’t binge watch this anime) but I still had fun.

Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Score: 7/10 | Episodes: 13
Thoughts: Kind of lost me with all its twists and turns at the end and I’ll admit that some episodes dragged a bit the more I look back. The comedy is still pretty inconsistent too. As compensation however, the setting and the dynamic between Doug and Kirill developed quite nicely. There’s apparently going to be three additional episodes and I plan on checking those out when they release.

Zombie Land Saga
Score: 6/10 | Episodes: 12
Thoughts: I realize I’m alone in this but I personally thought Zombie Land Saga peaked super early. Not the show was always comedic but every episode since Episode 2 wildly vary in quality. The soundtrack is especially disappointing. I was hoping to hear some variety but it ultimately devolve into pure J-Pop fare. Oddly enough, I did still like all the characters, hence why I stuck with the show.

The Girl in Twilight
Score: 6/10 | Episodes: 12
Thoughts: I might write a separate elaborating on how I feel about the last couple of episodes as truth be told, The Girl in Twilight does pick up around that point. There’s a lot of interesting stuff that happens to Asuka and Yu. The magical girl CGI fighting I could still do without though and I think this series would’ve benefited from a tighter narrative early on.

Dropped

  • Anima Yell! (Ep. 2)
  • Bakumatsu (Ep. 1)
  • Between the Sky and Sea (Ep. 1)
  • Boarding School Juliet (Ep. 3)
  • Conception (Ep. 1)
  • Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu (Ep. 1)
  • HIMOTE HOUSE: A share house of super psychic girls (Ep. 2)
  • Hinomaru Sumo (Ep. 5)
  • Jingai-san no Yome (Ep. 3)
  • Karakuri Circus (Ep. 3)
  • Merc StoriA: The Apathetic Boy and the Girl in a Bottle (Ep. 1)
  • My Sister, My Writer (Ep. 1)
  • Radiant (Ep. 1)
  • Release the Spyce (Ep. 6)
  • RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida (Ep. 4)
  • Run with the Wind (Ep. 3)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Ep. 6)
  • Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight (Ep. 2)
  • UzaMaid! (Ep. 1)
  • Voice of Fox (Ep. 2)
  • Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary (Ep. 1)

Possible Second Chances:

  • Most Likely: Hinomaru SumoThat Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • If I Really Hate Myself: Run with the Wind

How did the Fall 2018 anime season fare for you? Any favorites? Any surprises? …Any disappointments? Let me know in the comments below!


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5 thoughts on “Fall 2018 Final Rankings

    • It’s quite the coincidence now that you mentioned it though I’d argue Bloom Into You’s landing was still pretty darn clean. Maybe tripped a little but the finale is still a really good episode in its own right. I will join the riot if there’s no second season however.

      As for the other two…Iroduku does leave you hanging with the fate of the characters but it still satisfied the main plot insanely well. Bunny Girl Senpai I wish stayed attentive to Kaede but I can’t deny it leaves Sakuta and Mai’s romance on a good note. It’s weird. They both could’ve ended stronger but it’d feel too hyperbolic calling their finales failures.

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