These were the best anime shows and movies of 2018. What were your favorites?
This year has seen Netflix purchasing and releasing original anime to their streaming service, continuations of fantastic anime series we’ve seen before, and some exciting and brand new properties. Whether you’re joining alongside Midoriya as he trains to become the greatest hero of all time, witnessing the tedium of office work life which will make you want to scream, or have front row seats to a world of boxing, where people now wear mechanical gears to punch even harder; 2018 has been an incredible year in anime.
Shows like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia have come back in style, with major reveals and character moments and both arguably being the best seasons of their respective shows to date. Even Sword Art Online has come back stronger than ever, ditching Kirito for a new protagonist and opening itself up for a new audience. If you’re not a fan of sports, there’s a certain charm to the way a sport is handled in anime, and Hanebado! could lead to you respecting badminton like never before, while Megalo Box will get you rooting for Gearless Joe and feeling every single punch. Of course, there are still plenty of new anime that were adapted from manga, like A Place Further Than The Universe, and that will make you wonder how many untouched gems are out there.
With so much amazing anime in 2018, it was difficult to limit our list. Check below for our choices for The Best Anime of 2018. When you’ve finished, let us know what we missed, and what anime you think should have made the cut, and let us know why! Then, check out some of our other end-of-year lists, such as the biggest anime to look forward to in 2019 or the biggest comics to read in 2019.