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Top 5 Anime of Winter 2018

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Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean This season may have chilled us to the bone, but these series warmed our hearts! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 5 Anime of Winter 2018. For this list, we’ll be looking at the best new anime to air over the winter season and ranking them based on their impact and popularity. This includes new seasons of currently running shows, just so long as they started up as early as 2018. And for the love of god, can someone PLEASE license Saiki K Season 2 already?!
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Top 5 Anime of Winter 2018


This season may have chilled us to the bone, but these series warmed our hearts! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 5 Anime of Winter 2018.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the best new anime to air over the winter season and ranking them based on their impact and popularity. This includes new seasons of currently running shows, just so long as they started up as early as 2018. And for the love of god, can someone PLEASE license Saiki K Season 2 already?!

#5: “Darling in the Franxx” (2018)

Studio Trigger strikes again, this time giving us what has to be the most unconventional mecha anime in a while. Groomed with the sole purpose of becoming pilots, a group of kids find their sheltered lives turned on their heads with the arrival of the devilishly devious Zero Two, who takes something of a special interest in the less-than-stellar character of Hiro. Serving as the most blatant metaphor for sexual confusion and frustration, this series looks to explore painfully real issues in the most ludicrous way possible. Ass handles anyone?


#4: “Overlord II” (2018)


Ainz Ooal Gown’s dominion of this mysterious fantasy world continues to grow, with the series painting him in the light of a conqueror willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his goal. In this case, it just so happens to be taking on the combined forces of lizard men. With a whole host of new characters streaming in, rest assured this sequel series is still packed to the brim with everything you loved from the first. Ainz being a boss, Albedo being best waifu, plenty more one-sided battles and…reptilian coitus?!


#3: “The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments” (2018)

As hilarious as they are badass, this group of unconventional knights exploded onto the scene with their first season. After that battle with Hendrickson, it was clear that when united as a team, no one could stand up to the Sins…at least until the Commandments came along. Given that these battle-hardened demons are somehow even more broken than the sins, its fair to say that this season has ramped up the stakes to new heights. If Garland is anything to go by, we are in for a fantasy brawl like no other!


#2: “Violet Evergarden” (2018)


Following the end of a bloody war, a young soldier named Violet with no knowledge of anything other than military service seeks to find out the meaning to the last words her captain said to her. What follows is an utterly beautiful yet unfiltered look into human nature as Violet finds a new place for herself in the world as an Auto Memory Doll; writing letters for those in dire need of expressing what lurks deep inside. With stunning animation, a protagonist that is as broken as she is innocent, as well as an emphasis on the importance of communication, we dare you not to cry at this one.


Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.


“Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card” (2018)


“A Place Further Than The Universe” (2018)


“Pop Team Epic” (2018)



#1: “Devilman Crybaby” (2018)


Go Nagai’s exploration into the depths of human depravity and rebellion comes alive once again thanks to the exquisite direction of Maasaki Yuasa, providing us with an anime that will haunt you long after it fades to black. After finding himself as a demonic hybrid, our overly-emotional lead Akira tries to protect those he loves from the threat of hell’s minions. Over time though, he discovers that the line between man and monsters is an awfully thin one. This anime is excessive in almost every way imaginable and chances are you will feel like your heart has been torn out by the end of it, but you’ll be thankful for the ride all the same.

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