Friday, August 10, 2018

Four Spring 2018 Anime You Need to Watch

The end of the Spring 2018 anime season has come and gone and it blessed us with a ton of great anime! So I am here to tell you about the shows I thought were the gems of this last season. I started out watching fifteen shows and by the end I was still watching nine of them. That is unheard of for me! This last season has been one of the best anime seasons I've seen in many years. And while I can go on and on about all the shows you should be watching like the third season of My Hero Academia (OMG! MY FEELS!), I want to discuss these four new first season anime and why you should go binge them all right now.


Kakuriyo- Bed and Breakfast for Spirits
 Kakuriyo is the only two cour anime that made this list so the second half of the season is still airing throughout the summer. THIS SHOW IS AMAZING! To quote my friend, Nikki: "it's like a mix between Natsume's Book of Friends, Kamisama Kiss, and a comfy cafe anime". And I haven't heard a better description yet! I've been captivated each week watching Aoi work hard to find her place at Tenjin-ya while paying off her Grandfather's debt without marrying the Master Innkeeper, Odanna. What really sets this anime apart is the large cast of characters that run the inn and their interactions with each other. We learn about a new character each week as we slowly see Aoi come into her own and it is glorious! The plot isn't too shabby either and has kept me on the edge of my seat this whole season. I love what this show is doing with the "arranged marriage to pay off x family member's debt" trope! And I'll be honest, I totally ship Aoi and Odanna! Kakuriyo will definitely be one of my favorite animes of 2018.

Watch on Crunchyroll.


Yotsuiro Biyori
Yotsuiro Biyori was this last season's surprise gem and it was a goddamn delight! I had my heart stolen by it and it earned a permanent spot on my Animes I'll Perpetually Rewatch for Comfort list. Who would have thought my favorite anime of the Spring would be about four guys running a tea shop? It's the most chill anime ever! The premise sounds too simple to be an engaging anime but it's SO good! It's a very character driven show about people who get a lot of joy and satisfaction from pleasing their customers. And I found it super relaxing to watch! Although, it made me super hungry with all the anime food porn. I seriously don't think there was an episode I watched that I didn't come out of it hungry for Japanese food. It's also a show that will leave you all happy and smiley after watching an episode.

Watch on Crunchyroll.

 OMG! Guys! Hinamatsuri surprised the hell out of me with how good it was! I never knew I needed an anime about a Yakuza becoming the caregiver of a girl with telekinetic powers and the shenanigans they get into with other psychic girls. It sounds weird but it's SO good! And funny! And oddly heart-warming! It's very much a character-driven anime and I loved the characters so much! Each psychic girl has their own personalities and part of why the show is so funny and endearing is because of how they interact and play off of each other. Hina is great and Anzu has my heart! I can't recommend this one enough!

Watch on Crunchyroll.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku was one of my most anticipated animes of the spring season and it did not disappoint! It gave me serious Recovery of an MMO Junkie vibes but with different kinds of otaku and not just gamer otaku. I loved it! It was also great to see a romance anime set outside of high school and I found so much about it super relatable. And I laughed so much while watching it! The characters are great and loved their interactions with each other and how they tried to hide their otaku side from people outside of their little group! And I totally ship all of the established couples in this plus the one pairing that hasn't been confirmed yet. Plus, the opening credits were glorious! I NEED A SEASON TWO!!! I want to see more otaku shenanigans and learn more about the characters espcially Kou and Nao!

Watch on Amazon Prime

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