Catching Up: Spring Anime 2018

It has been a little over a month since my last episode review or blog post, I apologize for that! Life catches up to you fast and takes over. But despite all of that I have still been able to keep up with my weekly anime and manga. So let’s jump right in to the things that I have been enjoying this season.

Darling in the FranXX – (Saturdays) + Manga

It’s no surprise that this title has been one of my favorites from the start of year. My last review left off on episode five and so much has happened since then. The series has picked up dramatically and has become more rounded. Giving more life to the characters we knew nothing about in the beginning and also adding a new layer of depth and importance to the relationship between 02 & Hiro. Studio Trigger & A-1 have done a beautiful job at making viewers become emotionally invested with each episode.

I found myself crying the past couple of episodes simply because the story and development being handed to us was that sincere and well crafted. We have barely seen any FranXX or ‘Mech’ action for a little while, but I am still left feeling completely satisfied and hungry for the next episode week after week. I’m so glad this series was slotted for 24 episodes, allowing it to slide into the Spring 2018 season. For anyone who is still on the fence about this anime, I would highly recommend to read my previous reviews and to start now, as we a getting into the juicy, heart shattering material that everyone has been waiting for.

If you’re wanting a little more DITF content, then I highly recommend giving the manga adaptation a read. Fair warning, it can be a bit more lewd than its anime counterpart but the art by Kentaro Yabuki pairs beautifully with bits of original story only seen in the manga. So if you want a different twist on the main story of the anime, then definitely give this a read.

Persona 5: The Animation – (Saturdays)

This anime was something that highly looking forward to since its announcement late last year. Persona 5 was my game of the year for 2017 and probably my second favorite game of all time. This JRPG stole close to 200 hours of my life and I enjoyed every second of being held captive by this masterpiece developed by ATLUS. So when I found out that P5 would be having its events retold in classic anime fashion I was over the moon.

The first two episodes met all of my expectations. From the iconic art style from Shigenori Soejima, right down to the smooth sounds and music. Everything in this anime is perfectly crafted and animated. They even added the eye cuts from the game into the anime, making me feel like I was playing the game for the fourth time.

If you’re a fan of the legendary Persona series and happened to enjoy P5 as much as I did, then you will definitely want to give this anime a watch. CLOVERWORKS did their thing with this project, it will steal your heart.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – (Satudays) + Manga

Now I know what most people arte going to say, but this addition to the SAO universe is a welcomed addition in my opinion. Set entirely apart from the mainline SAO story, Gun Gale Online follows college student Karen Kohiruimaki. A freakishly tall and cute girl who is very insecure about her height. She seeks an escape from her anxieties through video games and stumbles upon GGO. Praying that her character is nothing like her IRL self, she enters the game and to her joy and surprise she’s remade into LLEN, a cute, deadly quick and extremely small girl.

GGO has always been one of my favorite arcs in the SAO series so I was very excited to see this stand a lone series take place in one of my favorite environments. Being two episodes in, GGO has done well by introducing a good foundation for a story, giving us characters that are interesting enough to keep us watching so early in the series and making the anime feel like it’s separate from the Kirito painted SAO that we’re all used to seeing.

Having read a few chapters of the manga counterpart, some things have been changed and rearranged but it has added a new level of freshness that I didn’t experience while reading. Even if you aren’t a fan of Sword Art Online, I would still recommend that you give this series a watch. If you don’t take anything away from it, at least you’ll leave having a crush on LLEN or her mysterious, gun nut partner Pitohui.

Honorable Mentions

Aside from the previous three titles I’ve talked about so far, here are some other anime that I feel deserve a shout out this season:

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations – (Wednesdays) + Manga

Love Is Hard For Otaku: Anime – (Fridays) + Manga

Tokyo Ghoul:re – (Tuesdays) + Manga

All of these titles are available to stream on Crunchyroll & Funimation for free (with ads) or through a paid subscription ($5.99-6.99). Please support the industry and watch your favorite anime legally!

For more recommendations feel free to take a look at my anime/manga list to see what I have watched/read and also what I’m immersed in currently. Let me know if you have any recommendations for me, or your thoughts on the current season of anime. Happy reading and watching my fellow otaku! じゃあまたね !

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