Spring Anime 2018 TV Guide, Part Four

by Sage Ashford

We’ve finally done it! After five weeks and four installments, we’ve finally reached the end of our journey. That’s right, fifty anime series later, we’ve finally gotten through the entire Spring 2018 season! Well, at least we will have, once we get through this last group. Not to worry, there’s only nineteen more series left.  If you missed it, here are Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Akkun & His Girlfriend: A romantic comedy starring an tsundere male main character named Atsuhiro Kagari (Akkun) and his girlfriend Non Katagiri (Nontan). Akkun’s normally verbally abusive and neglectful towards Non-tan when she’s paying attention, but he’s secretly crazy about her and constantly acts like a stalker when she’s not around. He tails her and eavesdrops on her conversations while Non-tan remains unaware, and actually believes everything he does is cute.

Thoughts: Nope nope nope. Tsundere-type characters are creepy and weird, and what’s most insulting is a series will always try to paint them as actually cute. If you like someone, you should just be open and honest about it, not blow them off then act obsessed when no one’s looking. I’ve always thought shows like these encourage people to continue their crappy behavior, so this series can take its weird stalker main character elsewhere, please and thank you.

Premiering: April 6th.

Hype: 0/10.

Gurazeni: Natsunousuke Bonda is a pro baseball relief pitcher that works for the “Spiders”, and has been there for the past eight years. Obsessed with money, Bonda constantly keeps watch on what other players around him make, as he sees baseball as a simple job rather than a passion.

Thoughts: I like that this seems like a far more realistic sports series than those we normally get. Most of them tend to look like slightly less absurd versions of Dragon Ball or Bleach, with characters boasting special techniques and winning entire team sports with single characters. This has a down to Earth protagonist, so presumably this will stay focused on the characters rather than the feats they can accomplish. Still, sports and I will likely always be on different wavelengths, so I’m going to pass.

Premiering: April 6th.

Hype: 2/10.

Future Card Buddyfight X: All-Star Fight: The fifth season of Future Card Buddyfight. In a future society, the world has connected to a parallel universe through cards that act as portals. The portals bring monsters to Earth and allow them to become buddies with humans, where they get into competitions called Buddyfights.

Thoughts: I still can’t get over this name–or how Japan manages to put so many series about card games on the air while America can barely get Magic: The Gathering to escape D&D knock-off manuals. But somehow this series hasn’t just gotten on the air, but has remained popular for no less than five years running. At this point, the series has more continuity than an average season of Yu-Gi-Oh. I want to watch this because kids’ anime series always contain a shocking amount of insanity and creativity, but realistically I’d watch the first episode, maybe two and then have to bow out.

Premiering: April 6th.

Hype: 4/10

Experimental Family -Creatures Family Days-: Experimental Family follows five siblings whose parents are mad scientists. Aside from their youngest child Tanis, they’re all experimented on humans who are different from normal people. After their parents are arrested, the five of them have to figure out how to live as a normal family in human society.

Thoughts: Hey, remember when that scene happened in Fullmetal Alchemist and it was the most heartbreaking thing you’d ever seen in an anime before? Well we’ve made a comedy series out of that scene now!  …I’m gonna pass. If I wanted to watch a weird family comedy, I’d finish up Castle Town Dandelion. Which…I’ll probably do anyway.

Premiering: April 9th.

Hype: 0/10.

Golden Kamui: An adaptation of a manga by Satoru Noda. Viz Media, currently responsible for that manga’s English translation, describes Golden Kamui as follows: “In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.”

Thoughts: Should the animation for this series hold up, this is bound to be the season’s either sleeper hit or smash hit. Either way, expect your elitist anime friends to spend a lot of time telling everyone how much better this is than the latest shonen anime stealing people’s hearts. That said, the actual story does sound awesome. The number of anime set specifically in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War probably can be counted on your hands, so they’ve got a unique period setting and what looks like some pretty hardcore realistic action where both guns and swords make sense in their own way.

Premiering: April 9th.

Hype: 7/10.

Railroad Crossing Time: A slice of life series of shorts about the conversations young women have as they wait at railroad crossings.

Thoughts: I don’t normally talk about short series, but…I dunno. This is just such a smart idea. It’s not asking for a ton from the viewer as they all only last a maximum of five minutes, but that’s plenty of time for some impactful conversations. This is also a chance for people working on it to stretch their writing muscles a bit with a unique framing device and a limit on how things can play out and how long they can do conversation. Very cool.

Premiering: April 9th.

Hype: 7/10.  I’ll give the first couple episodes a shot.

LadySpo: A science-fiction comedy universe where professional bounty hunters fight each other in sporting events. The story centers on a team of three women: Arigetti, Korupi, and Sabina, who work together in a team for these sports.

Thoughts: This is another short series. It’s creative enough, and I love that sci-fi is coming back in more significant waves, but I also don’t think this is going to have much to offer at only five minutes an episode.

Premiering: April 9th.

Hype: 4/10.

High School DxD Hero: Protagonist Issei Hyoudou is a pervert who spent his days peeping on women and wishing he could have his own harem, until he was killed by a beautiful woman who was a fallen angel. Revived by a demon girl named Rias, Issei is recruited into the school’s Occult Research Club where he’s forced to train and battle to continue to survive in a world of angels and demons. The fourth season of High School DxD, DxD Hero is meant to adapt the ninth and tenth volumes of the series’ light novel.

Thoughts: A story about how a guy is actively questing to become the King of Harems.  That’s so bold I’m almost interested. Almost. Anyway, High School DxD has gone on for five years and four seasons now, which makes it easily the most popular harem series of the 2000s era, as usually shows like this flame out by the second or third (at best) season. If you were wondering why that is, here’s a video about that. If you’re too busy (or lazy) to click that, it comes down to great animation, female characters that are likable and get a lot of development, and an actual storyline that’s so action-based in nature it becomes an addictive watch.

Despite all that, I’m already seasons behind and too lazy to catch up in time.

Premiering: April 10th.

Hype: 4/10.

Rokudouhou Yotsuiro Biyori: Four men work together to run Japanese tea shop called Rokuhoudo. Each of them is a specialist in different elements to running the cafe: Sui makes the tea and runs the cafe, Gure does latte art, Tsubaki makes the sweets, and Tokitaka does the cooking. While working for their customers they also help them solve problems in their lives.

Thoughts: My honest first thought? How come it’s never enough to just do your job in a Japanese series? These guys are presumably excellent at what they do, but apparently they’ve got to help Ms. Yamamoto with her divorce and Tachibana-san or whoever with her homework too? I hope their customers leave decent tips.

Seriously though, I don’t begrudge anime from making in-roads into the Cute Boys Doing Cute Things market. We could use a bit more stuff aimed towards women like this. But unfortunately, I am a philistine that needs stuff blowing up, or comedy, and couldn’t even get through this one minute trailer without yawning and wanting to stop the episode. Hard pass.

Premiering: April 10th.

Hype: 2/10 for the adorable cat.

Last Period: Story of Endless Spiral: Last Period is based on a popular smart phone game, and seeks to tell an original story in that universe. In this universe, “Period” is what the heroic adventurers are called, and they defeat monsters called “Spirals” that appear out of nowhere. The central character is Haru, an apprentice Period who belongs to the eighth chapter of Ark End, a group dedicated to defeating the Spirals. Haru is eager to bring the Spiral menace to an end, but due to a mysterious theft, the eighth chapter is bankrupt and has been abandoned by Ark End HQ, so only Haru and three other Periods are left of that chapter. Needing to bring the eighth chapter back into business, Haru and his friends throw themselves into more lucrative, but more shady business endeavors instead of battle.

Thoughts: I love being whisked away to fantasy worlds, so this was an automatic add.  However, seeing the cutesy artstyle leaves me somewhat hesitant. On the bright side, nearly all of the female characters are dressed sensibly and don’t make me want to drop the series before I even properly start watching it. But if this is going to be more of a fantasy parody than it is a fantasy series then I might just bow out. The first two episodes will tell me everything.

Premiering: April 11th.

Hype: A hesitant 8/10.

Steins;Gate 0: The popular Steins;Gate series gets a new anime, following the alternate timeline from the visual novel Steins;Gate 0.  This story follows the mad scientist Rintaro Okabe, who’s fallen into depression after he fails to save Kurisu Makise. After trying to get things back to normal, he is pulled back to the past when meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who tells him that they have begun testing Amadeus, an AI that stores the memory of a human and creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies.

Thoughts: I’ve never been able to get into the Steins;Gate series, and this sounds like the dark universe plot for that so I’m going to go ahead and pass. However, if you’re a fan it sounds like this is going to be pretty cool, and it’s animated by one of the best studios in the game in White Fox.  If you’re a fan of the Science Adventure universe, be sure to watch this.

Premiering: April 11th.

Hype: 4/10.

Butlers: A Millenium Century Story: This series follows Koma Jinguji, a high school student council president, and Tsubasa Hayakawa, a cafe shop assistant who draws latte art. Called “Butlers”, the two men travel through time fighting supernatural battles, while also enjoying a life of strange slapstick comedy at school together.

Thoughts: I can’t get a read on this anime. It’s certainly pretty boys doing cool stuff, but beyond that I don’t quite “get it”. I planned to blow it off from the name and promotional images, but looking into what the story is supposed to be about and watching that gorgeous Silver Link animation? It’s worth at least an episode or two before I decide if I want to keep it.

Premiering: April 11th.

Hype: 6/10.

Hisone & Maso-tan: Amakasu Hisone is a rookie self-defense official. Struggling with the fact that she sometimes hurts people by her honest, but innocent words, she decides to join the Air Self-Defense Force, to keep her distance from people. This decision leads her to eventually meet the dragon hidden in the base where she lives, which chooses Hisone as his pilot. When it soars into the sky with Hisone, her fate as a dragon pilot is decided. It is said that dragons have a key to the future of the world…

Thoughts: This looks really good, but I legitimately do not have room for more series. ; _ ;  This looks like the kind of show that’s a Cute Girls Doing Cute Things series on the surface, but then once you look a little deeper it turns out to have so much more depth to it. Plus the animation is adorable. But…there’s no way I can add this to a list that’s probably close to two dozen new series already.

Premiering: April 12th.

Hype: 7/10.

Otaku Love is Difficult: After discovering that they work at the same company a gaming crazed otaku and a fujoshi meet each other for the first time since middle school. After a few after work drinking meetings they start dating, but will it be a perfect relationship for the two?

Thoughts: As a total geek, I couldn’t be more invested in seeing whether two geeks can get together and make a relationship work. I am more invested in this than just about any other show airing this Spring that doesn’t have Gundams, superheroes, or isn’t directed by Shoji Kawamori. I am so in.

Premiering: April 12th.

Hype: 9/10.

Youkai Watch: Shadow Side: The popular Level 5 game series gets another anime. This one looks to age up the monsters and appeal to a wider audience, just as L5 seems to be gearing up to create a game release that can appeal to everyone for its debut on the PS4.

Thoughts: While a potential PS4 YW game appeals to me, this actually doesn’t.  Especially not in a season that’s this busy.  So I’m gonna have to pass.

Premiering: April 13th.

Hype: 5/10.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory: The fourth season of the now classic mecha comedy series, Full Metal Panic returns, adapting more of Shoji Gatoh’s light novel. This is confirmed as a continuation that won’t be explaining much of anything, instead leaping right back into being a proper adaptation.

Thoughts: I love old series being revived, but Full Metal Panic’s first season didn’t click with me. It just felt like endless comedic action without ever getting to the mecha. I dropped that before it could pick up, and so I’m at least three seasons behind on a series that promises not to have any explanation or exposition episodes. I’m excited, but…wow. That’s going to be impossible.

Premiering: April 13th.

Hype: 7/10.

Slave The Animation: What if you could enslave anyone you ever wanted? Well, this comes close. The SCM lets you enslave anyone who is also wearing an SCM, at a price. One must win over the other, at anything, in order for the other to become their slave.

Thoughts: So this could have been a fun series about the intricacies of kink and complexities of BDSM relationships. Instead, I’m going to bet nearly anything that this is actually 50 Shades of Grey: The Anime, and any kinkster who watches this is going to want to pull their hair out from how much it gets wrong and how dangerous the ideology is. This series is somehow in a race with Sweet Punishment to decide which is more terrible.

Premiering: April 13th.

Hype: 0/10. What’s lower than 0?

Cardfight!! Vanguard: It’s been several years since Sendou Aichi first faced off against his friend Toshiki Kai in the card game Cardfight!! Vanguard. Since then, the two friends have battled against and with one another time and again. Now, the characters take the stage again for a story that looks familiar…but is still quite a bit different than the one we know.

Thoughts:  This trailer was pretty weird, just recapping the beginning of the original Cardfight!! Vanguard series from seven years ago. Turns out, this is a reboot of the franchise, undoing some of the power creep of the franchise by telling the version of the story from the manga. It’s a bit of a bummer this is another card game series rather than being set in the world of Cray where all the characters come from, but after years away from the main characters this makes as much sense as anything. I always try to watch these only to end up dropping them, but I’m going to make an honest attempt to stick with the series this time.

Premiering: May 5th.

Hype: 7/10, watching.

To Be Heroing: A handsome older man that’s divorced and living with his teen daughter, “To Be Heroing” focuses on a man working as a toilet seat designer. One day while on the toilet, he’s sucked into the toilet seat and is given the task of saving the planet. He gets super powers, but is forced to transform from a good-looking guy into an ugly dude…with super powers. To protect the Earth and his daughter Min, his fight is about to begin!

Thoughts: This feels like one of those affectionate parody-type deals. But honestly I’ve got my fill of this with One Punch Man, so I feel comfortable ignoring this mid-season series. With only seven episodes, it’s unlikely I’ll be missing out on anything.

Premiering: May 19th.

Hype: 5/10.


That’s all!  We’ve just made it through almost seventy anime series. Which one are you watching? If you were keeping count for me, I’m currently at…just under dozen:

Unit Pandora, You Don’t Know Gunma Yet, Space Battleship Tiramisu, Gundam Build Divers, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Love to Lie Angle, Lupin the III Part 5, 3D Kanojo, Megalo Box, Dances with the Dragons, Future Card Buddyfight X, My Hero Academia, Sword Art Online Alternative, Persona 5 The Animation, Layton Mystery Detective Agency, Kiratto Pri-Chan, Cutey Honey Universe, The Scales of Nil, Golden Kamuy, Last Period, Butlers, Otaku Love is Difficult, and Cardfight Vanguard.

That number isn’t anything approaching practical for anyone with more than anime as a hobby, so just know before the month is out I’ll have cut that number in half…at least. In the meantime, happy watching everyone!

Sage Ashford

A writer with way too many hobbies, Sage can often be found catching up on the latest anime, or reading a stack of comics between Wednesdays and Thursdays.