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Top 10 Anime of Summer 2018

VO: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly McKean
It’s been a sweltering hot summer, but at least these anime have kept us going. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anime of Summer 2018. For this list, we’ll be looking at the anime that were released over the summer that managed to earn widespread praise of fans the world over. As always, both brand new shows and sequel sequels are viable, just as long as they aren’t carrying over from the spring – looking at you Hero Academia.
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Top 10 Anime of Summer 2018

It’s been a sweltering hot summer, but at least these anime have kept us going.
Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anime of Summer 2018.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the anime that were released over the summer that managed to earn widespread praise of fans the world over. As always, both brand new shows and sequel sequels are viable, just as long as they aren’t carrying over from the spring – looking at you Hero Academia.

#10: “Asobi Asobase” (2018)

Don’t let the trio of delightful high school girls and the fluffy opening fool you, this series is lewd and crude in the best way possible. Focusing on the antics of three friends who watch have some rather…obvious screws loose, we follow their day to day activities as member of the Pastimers club, wherein random mini-games leads the way to the kind of hilarity that would even make the most stone-faced of otaku crack a smile. Will it take the gold for the year’s best comedy? It’s certainly a contender.

#9: “Grand Blue” (2018)

Ha! You thought this was a show about diving. Well…it is, but it’s also about life as a college student and all the drunken mishaps that come with it. After finding himself being roped into a diving club, the cynical Iori finds himself embroiled in all manner of hilariously humiliating scenarios, most of which involve him hungover or dealing with the stoic yet beautiful diver Chisa. While many viewers are sure to get flashbacks from their own days at university, others can still appreciate the anime’s outlandish comedy and its endearing cast of miscreants!

#8: “Cells at Work” (2018)

Ever wondered what Osmosis Jones would like when put through the anime fever-dream machine? The answer turns out to be rather delightful little show that focuses on two blood cells as they go about their daily lives, the majority of which just happens to involve dealing with crazy viruses. Whether you find Red Blood Cell’s scatter-brained antics adorable, White Blood Cell’s monotone murder sprees oddly hilarious or just can’t get enough of the precious Platelets, this show will having you thinking twice about what you’re putting into your system. Who knew we had so many waifus inside us…

#7: “Banana Fish” (2018)

Turns out a spoonful of yaoi only enhances the drama that can be found in this thrilling tale of gangsters, drugs and a whole lot of creepy old men. As a streetwise blond badass, Ash Lynx finds his gritty world turned on its head when he discovers the existence of a deadly McGuffin known as Banana Fish. From there, he finds himself battling rival gangs, mafiosos and his former groomer while also sparking a spicy relationship with a Japanese exchange student named Eji. Only in New York.

#6: “Free: Dive to the Future” (2018)

The boys are back and making all kinds of waves. Now college students, Haruka and the gang find themselves drawn back to the water, only to find that there’s a lot more drama going on since their high school separation. If you’re looking for copious amounts of half-naked non-threatening boys who have reached the pinnacle of shining, athletic fitness, along with plenty of bishounen friendships and not so secret man-crushes, then eat your heart out, because this third season has surpassed even its own standards.

#5: “How Not to Summon a Demon Lord” (2018)

From the outset, you could easily pin this as yet another Isekai power fantasy where the gamer gets all the superpowers, his own personal harem and wrecks everyone’s shit with his OP-ness…Overlord-lite if you will. And you’d be right…for the first couple of episodes that is. While the harem and ecchi elements are still present, the series has really taken on a life of its own through the medium of its endearing protagonist, not to mention some really creative magical battles and awesome animation. It’s a much more light-hearted take compared to many of the other popular isekai series, and this makes it an absolute breath of fresh air. Here’s hoping that Diablo continues to excel!

#4: “Middle Manager Tonegawa” (2018)

With FKMT’s Kaiji being one of the tensest and anxiety inducing series in anime history, the last thing you’d expect a spin-off to his series to be…is a dadcore comedy. But holy hell are we grateful for it. Focusing on Tonegawa’s endless crusade to keep the psychotic chairman from blowing a gasket, the series is filled to the brim with workplace humour, plenty of wacky wordplay, as well as all the crazy expressions we’ve come to expect from the ultimate demotivator. We’re hoping that salary is worth all the mental breakdowns, Tonegawa.

#3: “Overlord III” (2018)

Ains Ooal Gown is on a freakin’ role this year. With two seasons dominating the beginning and end of 2018, the ruler of Nazarick has managed to reassert his reign as the not-so-much-villain we’re all rooting for. As his devious plans continue to expand, the third season has set the stage for a brutal showdown with enemies from the far corners of this fantasy world… When he’s not hosting hot spring parties that is. Either way, it looks like everyone’s favourite elder lich is going to have to once again demonstrate his overwhelming power.

#2: “Gintama Silver Soul Arc 2” (2018)

And so it ends, not with a whimper, but with one hell of a bang. The final arc of Odd Jobs Gin’s crazy adventure is gearing up for one hell of a climax, both on Earth and in the depths of space; the latter of which has given us some truly epic battles. While Kagura and Kamui’s team-up was more comedically awesome, there’s nothing funny about the savagery between Takasugi and the gang clash with the infamous enshou. Needless to say, Gin’s allies are shining this season!

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.
“Hanebado” (2018)

“Angels of Death” (2018)

“Chio’s School Road” (2018)

#1: “Attack on Titan: Season Three” (2018)

After such a spectacular return to form with its second season, there was no way that this third entry in humanity’s ongoing war with the Titans was going to be a disappointment. That being said, none of us prepared for just off the chain the battle between Levi and Kenny was going to be! With the corruption within the Walls now on full display, it falls to the Survey Corps to not only take on the lingering threat of the Beast Titan and Titan Shifters, but also the deadly Interior Squad, who seem pretty dead-set on keeping the mankind’s dirty laundry a secret. Bring on the bloodbath.

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