Another season of anime has come to an end, which means it is time for me to look back on what I have been watching over the past few months and celebrate the things that really stood to me.
During the course of the summer, I saw someone mention that it was a quiet season. Whilst it may have been relatively light in the middle of the week, I definitely object about the summer being quiet. There was a lot going on to enjoy, at least for me.
Enough about that, here’s the list of shows I watched during the summer.
- Aikatsu Friends!
- Asobi Asobase – workshop of fun-
- Attack on Titan Season 3
- BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
- Cells at Work!
- Chio’s School Road
- Dropkick on My Devil!
- Encouragement of Climb Season 3
- Happy Sugar Life
- Harukana Receive
- Hugtto! PreCure
- Music Girls
- My Hero Academia Season 3
- One Piece
- Revue Starlight
As is ever the case, be wary of potential spoilers for any of the shows listed above. Now, let’s just jump right in.Best Opening Theme
“Mission! Ken・Kou・Dai・Ichi” by Red Blood Cell, White Blood Cell, Killer T Cell & Macrophage
The opening at Cells at Work! is a great upbeat song that has each of the cells singing it briefly explain what they do in the body. It also helps that the song is really catchy – and Macrophage’s voice is particularly excellent.
Runners-up: “Anoko ni Drop Kick” by Jashin★Girls (Dropkick on My Devil!); “Danger in my Tsuugakuro” by Chio Miyama, Manana Nonomura & Yuki Hosokawa (Chio’s School Road)
Stage Girl AuditionsIn Revue Starlight, aspiring actresses are preparing to perform a play called Starlight. Turns out there is more to it, as Karen discovers when she becomes involved in auditions watched over by a giraffe. These auditions take place to determine top Stage Girl. However, there is more going on than simple performances…
Runners-up: Satou protecting her happy sugar life (Happy Sugar Life); Cells at work (Cells at Work!)
One of the main characters in Harukana Receive, she discovers the world of beach volleyball. Through her enjoyment of that, she is able to get Kanata back into the sport, all whilst offering her the support she needs. Haruka is also a bright and bubbly character.
Runners-up: Chio Miyama (Chio’s School Road); Hanako Yamadaki (Music Girls)
In Cells at Work!, the introduction of Cancer Cell has the show take on a darker tone than what came before and probably presents the strongest writing that the show has. Cancer Cell is easily one of the most sympathetic villains of this season.
Runners-up: Momoshiki Otsutsuki (BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS); Charlotte Katakuri (One Piece)
Best Female Character
Yeah, I could give this award to one of the female characters from the seasonal anime, but I absolutely adore Hugtto! PreCure‘s Ruru, and she has just been getting better and better lately. Actually, choosing a winner and two runners-up for this particularly category is hard…
Runners-up: Akari Ooshiro (Harukana Receive); Macrophage (Cells at Work!)
Best Male Character
White Blood Cell
Also known as Neutrophil or U-1146, White Blood Cell’s job is to eliminate antigens that have invaded the body. He does so with ruthless efficiency, though he has a kind side that he generally shows to Red Blood Cell and the Platelets.
Runners-up: Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan); Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia Season 3)
Best Cast of Characters
The cast of Cells at Work! features a lot of excellent character designs for cells and antigens alike. They all have their own personalities as well, and there are a lot of fun interactions to be seen.
Runners-up: Stage Girls (Revue Starlight); Beach Volleyball Players (Harukana Receive)
Easily the most adorable of cells, Platelet ensures that your wounds are healed up properly. There’s a very good reason Red Blood Cell always takes a moment to stop and just appreciate the Platelets’ cuteness.
Runners-up: Shio Koube (Happy Sugar Life); Hiyo Yukino (Music Girls)
Most Badass Character
As tempted as I was to give this one to White Blood Cell, I thought it’s more deserved by a different type of white blood cell. Macrophage dutifully carries out her duties of eliminating antigens with a smile on her face and an elegant dress. She also happens to be a teacher when not hunting antigens, and sometimes she is Monocyte. Actually, a couple of the other cells in Cells at Work! certainly deserve some recognition, so they’re getting this award to themselves.
Runners-up: NK Cell (Cells at Work!); White Blood Cell (Cells at Work!)
Emiru Aisaki and Ruru Amour
Whilst there are certainly other couples from the seasonal anime that are worth highlighting, none of them melt my heart as much as Emiru and Ruru from Hugtto! PreCure do. Every time they are on screen together, they have incredible chemistry. Also, one is an android and they both play guitar. These two are quite simply amazing.
Runners-up: Haruka Oozora & Kanata Higa (Harukana Receive); Karen Aijo & Hikari Kagura (Revue Starlight)
Naruto, Sasuke & Boruto vs. Momoshiki Otsutsuki
Yes, this is a small screen adaptation of a movie fight, but damn it was an impressive watch – particularly as I have yet to see the Boruto film. This fight is easily amongst the best that the Naruto franchise has to offer, though it might have taken a bit too long to get there… Still, this was a great fight that resulted in Boruto growing a bit as well.
Runners-up: Izuku Midoriya vs. Katsuki Bakugo (My Hero Academia Season 3); Levi vs. Kenny’s Squad (Attack on Titan Season 3)
Revue Starlight has excellent opening and ending themes, and there are also the Revue Songs which are all great in their own right. There is a lot to appreciate in terms of music when it comes to Revue Starlight.
Runners-up: Music Girls; Harukana Receive
Starlight had always been a tragedy, but Karen isn’t satisfied with the way things end – especially since she and Hikari made a promise to each other that she intends to fulfil. As a result, Karen actively rewrites Starlight and changes the stage of fate.
Runners-up: Major blood loss (Cells at Work!); Beach Party (Harukana Receive)
Best Ending Theme
“Inkya Impulse” by Hanako Honda, Olivia & Kasumi Nomura feat. Ikepy & KSKN
If you judge Asobi Asobase by its opening theme, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a slice of series with maybe a hint of yuri in there. The ending theme is a far more accurate representation of what Asobi Asobase is, whilst being a pretty good song as well.
Runners-up: “Home Sweet Home!” by Yutarou Miura x Hyadain (Dropkick on My Devil!); “CheerS” by ClariS (Cells at Work!)
Cells at Work!, Harukana Receive and Revue Starlight
I am absolutely torn between which one is my favourite, so I just decided to have three winners and no runners-up for this particular entry. That’s going to make deciding my top 10 anime of 2018 a little more difficult, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
All three shows were brilliant experiences that I absolutely enjoyed watching.
Before I conclude things, here’s a couple of bonus videos I though I would include just because they are great songs.
Now I can conclude this post. The summer season of anime was not a quiet one at all – at least for me. We got some great viewing with a handful of shows that I will remember fondly for a long time.
Next season is autumn, and the last one of this year. Of course, I’ll be back at the end of that season with more anime awards – there are some highly anticipated shows I’m looking forward to so I am hoping they’ll live up to the hype.
See you next season!