Your Summer 2018 Anime Guide

When it gets hot outside, there's only one thing to do: Stay indoors and watch anime. So let's do exactly that! Here are the summer 2018 anime shows to watch during these sweltering months.

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Below are the shows that are currently airing, along with where they're being simulcast to the outside world. Have a look and let us know which ones you are watching and which ones you are skipping.

B: The Beginning

Studio: Production I.G

Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Psychological

Premiere Date: March 2

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It's About in One Sentence: "New humans" were created to make world peace, but are now being kidnapped for entirely different reasons.


Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls

Studio: Seven Arcs Pictures

Genre: Action, Historical, Romance

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A Romeo and Juliet-style love story set among ninja clan rivalries.


Beatless

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: It's the age-old tale of boy meets artificial intelligence being.


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Girl, Romance, School, Shoujo

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Junior high schooler Sakura must find out why her magical cards have mysteriously gone blank.


Citrus

Studio: Passione

Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl's life changes thanks to a step-sister she can't decide if she likes or hates.


Dagashi Kashi 2

Studio: Tezuka Productions

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime about a young man who dreams of becoming a manga artist, but instead is goaded into taking over the family sweets shop.


Damepri: Anime Caravan

Studio: Studio Flad

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It's About in One Sentence: During a peace treaty ceremony, a princess must deal with a handful of stubborn princes.


Darling in the Franxx

Studio: Trigger

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 13

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Kids pilot giant mecha called Franxx.


Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody

Studio: Silver Link. | Connect

Genre: Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A 29 year-old programmer finds himself in an RPG, where he's a 15 year-old hero.


Devilman Crybaby

Studio: Science Saru

Genre: Action, Drama, Horror

Premiere Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Netflix

What It's About in One Sentence: A young man combines with a demon, gaining devilish powers but keeping the heart of a human.


The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Season 2)

Studio: Egg Firm x J.C. Staff

Genre: Gag, Parody, School, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 16

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: The continuing adventures of a high school boy who has special powers such as psychokinesis, but who just wants to have a normal school experience.


Fate/Extra Last Encore

Studio: Shaft

Genre: Action, Drama

Premiere Date: January 27

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A man wakes up in a virtual world, where he he has no choice but to fight to get the ultimate prize: The granting of a single wish.


School Babysitters

Studio: Brain's Base

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A school boy works at the the on-campus daycare.


Gintama Soul Silver Arc

Studio: Sunrise/Bandai Namco Pictures

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Shounen

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Hinjinx and action galore in the final arc of the Gintama anime.


gdMen

Studio: Strawberry Meets Pictures | Fan Company

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Gaming friends find themselves pulled into a game, where they must save a princess.


Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Studio: Satelight

Genre: Action, Drama, Crime

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: In the Fukuoka underworld, there is a killer of professional killers.


Hakyu Hoshin Engi

Studio: C-Station

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A kingdom is in shambles, and it's up to a wizard and his colourful friends to save the day.


Hakumei and Mikochi

Studio: Lerche

Genre: Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 13

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It's About in One Sentence: This anime follows tiny 9cm-tall girls who live in the forest.


Idolish 7

Studio: Troyca

Genre: Idols, Music

Premiere Date: January 1

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A young woman works to bring out the best of boy band members in their quest for idol stardom.


Junji Ito Collection

Studio: Studio Deen

Genre: Horror, Psychological

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: The creepy horror of Junji Ito comes to life in this new anime series.


Kaiju Girls (Season 2)

Studio: Studio Puyukai

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: These anime girls are able to summon the souls of famous kaiju.


Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko

Studio: Studio Gokumi

Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, School

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: High school girls are allowed to carry katana for purposes of protecting Japan from evil.


Killing Bites

Studio: Lidenfilms

Genre: Action, Ecchi, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: January 12

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Human-animal hybrids have been genetically engineered for the gambling pleasure of the rich and the powerful.


Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

Studio: Wit Studio

Genre: Romance, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A high school student falls in love with her part-time job's boss, a kind 45-year-old divorced man.


Kokkoku: Moment by Moment

Studio: Geno Studio

Genre: Sci-Fi, Seinen

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A young woman learns that her grandfather figured out how to stop time.


Laid-Back Camp

Studio: C-Station

Genre: Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 5

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Friends get out to the country for some laid-back camping.


Mame Neko

Studio: Charaction

Genre: Short anime, Slice of life

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: This anime follows the life of cats and their owners.


Märchen Mädchen

Studio: Hoods Entertainment

Genre: Fantasy, School

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A bookworm schoolgirl discovers a magic school while browsing the library's stacks and begins a new life.


Mitchiri Neko

Studio: helo.inc

Genre: Comedy, Short anime

Premiere Date: January 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Fun and friendly feline characters star in this short anime.


Mitsuboshi Colors

Studio: Silver Link

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 8

Where to Watch: Hidive

What It's About in One Sentence: Three girls do their best to keep the peace in their town.


Ms Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

Studio: Studio Gokumi | AXsiZ

Genre: Comedy, Food, Seinen

Premiere Date: January 4

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Schoolgirl Koizumi-san really, really loves ramen.


Overlord II

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: The second season of an anime set in an MMO that continues long after it's been shut down.


Pikachin-Kit

Studio: OLM | Shin-Ei Animation

Genre: Comedy, Short, Shounen

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A grade schooler gets amazing inventions delivered to him via Amazon.


A Place Further Than The Universe

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 3

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Schoolgirls take a trip to Antarctica.


Pop Team Epic

Studio: Kamikaze Douga

Genre: Comedy, Parody

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Hidive, AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: Two schoolgirls go on various adventures, use bad words, and flick people off.


Record of Grancrest War

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, AnimeLab

What It's About in One Sentence: In the wake of a demon onslaught, nobles with superpowers turn on each other.


The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

Studio: Project No.9

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A Japanese chess master has to deal with a nine-year-old girl who wants to be his pupil.


Sanrio Boys

Studio: Studio Pierrot, Studio Pierrot Plus

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: High school boys learn to come to terms with their love of Sanrio characters.


The Silver Guardian (Season 2)

Studio: Haoliners Animation League

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 13

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A high school boy becomes trapped in an online game after his lady friend is kidnapped.


The Seven Heavenly Virtues

Studio: Bridge

Genre: Ecchi, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 26

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Virtues such as patience and kindness have been turned into anime fan service.


Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion

Studio: OLM | Ajia-do Animation Works

Genre: Shounen, Vehicle

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Kids are conductors for bullet trains that transform into robots.


Slow Start

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: After entering high school a year late, Hana has a lot of ground to make up.


Takunomi

Studio: Production IMS

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 11

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A young woman moves to Tokyo, living in a "share house" with interesting roommates and delicious booze.


Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san)

Studio: Shin-Ei Animation

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: A junior high school boy is constantly teased by his classmate Takagi-san.


Violet Evergarden

Studio: Kyoto Animation

Genre: Drama, Military

Premiere Date: January 10

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: Special dolls originally created to help others and turn thoughts into words are repurposed for military use.


Working Buddies!

Studio: Tomovies

Genre: Comedy

Premiere Date: January 6

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: Two cats get part-time jobs.


Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Genre: Drama, School, Slice of Life, Sports

Premiere Date: January 9

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It's About in One Sentence: The latest season of Yowamushi Pedal, an anime about the members of a school's cycling club.


Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

Studio: Doga Kobo

Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Fantasy

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: The continuing adventures of famous Japanese swords that have taken the form of handsome dudes.


25-sai no Joshikousei

Studio: Lyrics

Genre: Romance, School, Slice of Life

Premiere Date: January 7

Where to Watch: Not currently available in Australia

What It's About in One Sentence: A 25-year-old woman goes back to school, only to find her teacher is a former classmate!

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Comments

    I'm unashamed to admit that I'm so happy we're getting new Cardcaptor Sakura. My first experience of being at an anime club was watching badly translated fansubs (back when fansubs meant 'third-generation copies on VHS tapes') of the show. It's still great, too.

    Also, A Place Further Than The Universe is great so far.

      Whats there to be ashamed of? CCS was one the best series out back when it originally aired and i had a quick look at the new seasons manga and its great to see the cast grown up so to speak!

      ... and lol those were the days of "fansubs". I still remember when the "best" online quality you could get online were those horribly pixelated REAL media files =P Most folks these days are so spoiled for choice =P

        real files lol, nothing like getting 12 episodes of Ranma 1/2 on one cd-rom ;) My computer was too slow at the time to run them either :p

          Man, you guys had it easy with your realvideo files and your internets. In my day, we got fansubs by giving $10 to a guy, and then waiting a month for him to get back to us with third-generation VHS dubs of shows recorded off Japanese broadcast TV, sent to some guy in the US who subtitled them with his mate's Amiga and then sent them here.

          And they often still had the original TV ads in them!

          (Something something Four Yorkshiremen...)

            I caught the end of vhs sharing, but mostly lan parties or downloading 20-30mb eps of dragonball, gundam...shit even sg1 eps off irc bots or in 1 cases someone with a t1 setup an ftp server. I still have the artifact sg1 files just to remind myself of the difference between what I considered acceptable to watch.

              Haha I do remember those days when the "t1" setups were spoken of in revered ways, the people who could share anime at high speeds in platforms like IRC, FTP and DC++. I also caught the tail end of the VHS subbing. In a dusty box somewhere in my mother's house there are tapes of Perfect Blue, The End of Evangelion and Slayers Next along with TV recordings of Super Milk-chan and Oh My Mini-Goddess.

    This is gonna be a great season. Im a huge sucker for isekai with overlord 2 and deathmarch out now and Shield Hero in the pipeline along with one pan 2 looks like im going to be getting back anime again this year!

    Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody
    A 29 year-old programmer finds himself in an RPG, where he's a 15 year-old hero.
    Oh God. Not only is that title bizarre, but it's another "guy gets sucked into fantasy world" anime? Yeah sure, they can be great (Overlord, Log Horizon, No Game No Life, KonoSuba, Re:Zero), but I don't have high hopes when at 1:19 the protagonist goes full Kirito.

      It's kind of weird how the old 'girl/guy sucked into magical fantasy land' genre has morphed into the 'girl/guy gets trapped in an MMO somehow' genre.

      I blame .hack//SIGN.

        It's pretty much the evolution of times. The old "sucked into magical fantasy world" series like Escaflowne and El Hazard heavily referenced fantasy books or tabletop RPGs. Kids today get their fantasy from videogames, mostly, so anime is now reflecting that.

    Ive been keeping up with the webnovel and he becomes insanely op..... but he never really shows it off unless were hitting high lvl enemy stuff even then he puts on a costume and mask so he doesnt get detected. Most of the fun is him basically trying to avoid standing out whilst unintentionally geting popular (his cover story at the start is hes just a travelling merchant) and literrally levelling up his harem to broken op levels =P

    Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody is actually available on Crunchyroll

    I'm really stoked about the remake of Houshin Engi. I liked the original series more than most (even as I recognised that it was seriously flawed) so seeing it with this superb animation while keeping the old character design is making me super happy. I hope this time around they do the later arcs of the manga.

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