20 of the Biggest Upcoming Anime Titles of 2018

A cloudburst of excitement and intense anime nostalgia is imminently come crushing in 2018. Yes, it will be a year of nostalgic experience as some of the biggest anime from recent years up to decade years ago is returning. They all came from different genre, thus, we’ll have plenty of exciting anime in 2018 and perfectly fits on everyone’s palate. Specifically, we have plenty of mainstream and definitely top-tier anime having their sequels in 2018 with a promise of fulfilling their fandom’s craving and expectation. Meanwhile, there are also some new titles that definitely worth checking out, such as those adapted from popular manga, award-winning novels, and highly commercialized franchises.
Now, we giving the list of top 20 biggest anime titles of 2018. These are anime series from different genres – drama, fantasy-adventure, post-apocalyptic, sports, shounen, thriller, or a mixtures of many put altogether to produce a beautifully animated masterpiece.

20. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. 2

Saiki Kusuo no Ψ Nan 2nd Season

This is the sequel for Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan TV anime that first aired in July 4, 2016. The flash anime series is based from Shūichi Asō gag manga series with the same title. A live-action for The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.was released on October 21, 2017.

19. Record of Grancrest War

Record of Grancrest War

Grancrest Senki

Based on popular light novel series by author Ryo Mizuno and illustrated by Miyū with the same name, Record of Grancrest War may be one of your typical action-adventure story but with A-1 Pictures animating it, we could expect for a decent product and it is seriously flashy.

18. High School DxD Hero

High School DxD Hero

The fourth season of High School DxD anime series. This is gonna be exciting comeback of the action-fantasy-harem anime on which third season concluded in 2015. Everyone should be ready for none other than Rias Gremory.

17. Free! Season 3

Free! Season 3

The third season of the slice-of-life / swimming / drama anime series Free! is scheduled for July 2018 release. Now, Haruse and Tachibana is back together with the rest of Iwatobi High School Swimming Club to bring a dosage of sporty drama and adventure.

16. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Desu Māchi Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyōsōkyoku

Set to premiere in January 2018, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody offered the same plot as those ‘trapped inside the RPG’ scenario such as Sword Art Online, Log Horizon, KonoSuba, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, etc. Nonetheless, the story of Death March anime could do very good and unique as long as it is executed properly. Although, it seems that we’ll have a new SAO and Re:Zero in the making this year.

15. Soul Hunter (2018)

Hakyou Houshin Engi

Hakyou Houshin Engi

The remake of the 90’s classic Hoshin Engi is slated to premiere in January 2018, bringing to life the original story of the series from the manga series of the same name by Ryu Fujisaki. It seems that this will be a good adventure anime to follow and discover for new audiences of the anime and definitely to those who had seen the 1999 version.

14. A Certain Magical Index 3

A Certain Magical Index 3

Toaru Majutsu no Index

This is the third season of the action, comedy-adventure anime A Certain Magical Index. Now, we’ll have a chance to see Index and Tōma Kamijō on their adventure once again as they got mixed up in the battle of magic and science in this unique supernatural anime franchise.

13. Fate/Extra: Last Encore

Fate/Extra: Last Encore

An anime adaptation of the Fate/Extra video game. Set to premiere in January 2018, we will have a new route from the phenomenal battle royale Fate/Extra franchise of Fate anime series.

12. Full Metal Panic! IV

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory – the fourth season of the mecha, military science fiction anime Full Metal Panic! that first aired in 2002. The show is back after 12 years since the last episode of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (3rd season) aired on October 19, 2005. Full Metal Panic! IV is scheduled to premiere in April 2018 as part of the spring anime lineup.

11. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden

One of the most visually stunning anime of 2018, Violet Evergarden is the winner of 5th Kyoto Animation Award’s novel category in 2014. This beautiful anime is scheduled to premiere in January 2018 as part of the winter anime lineup.

10. Overlord Season 2

Overlord Season 2

Ainz Ooal Gown is back and will continue his adventure as he embark on a journey to solve the mystery behind the shutdown of DMMORPG called Yggdrasil, where he, himself got trapped. This is a story of his triumph and endeavor to solve the underlying mysteries in the series. This is the 2nd season of Overlord and is slated to premiere in January 2018.

9. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

The charming collector of Clow cards is coming back with a brand new story to tell. Sakura will be join by the usual gang, bringing back all the main cast from the previous anime. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is scheduled for January 2018 premiere.

8. The Seven Deadly Sins 2

The Seven Deadly Sins 2

Nanatsu no Taizai 2

Meliodas and his band of insanely powerful knights who enjoy to play around is coming back to set ablaze the Great Holy War. The second season of the anime, or officially known as The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments will introduce the last member of the Seven Deadly Sins and that is Escanor. We will also meet the group’s very own nemesis, the elite squad of demons known as The Ten Commandments. The Seven Deadly Sins 2 will premiere in January.

7. My Hero Academia Season 3

My Hero Academia Season 3

Boku no Hero Academia 3

Although it wasn’t confirm yet that My Hero Academia is returning in 2018, we are all sure that a 3rd season is in the making. Thus, we can pretty expect that we’ll have a glimpse of it as soon as possible just like the 2nd season of the anime eventually aired one year after the 1st season ended.

6. Sword Art Online: Alicization

Sword Art Online: Alicization

The third season of the highly successful and popular Sword Art Online that gave way to the popularity and acceptance of light novel based anime series had been confirmed. Although, there’s no estimated dates yet for its return in 2018. It sure feel nice to have Kirito, Asuna and the gang returning after the 2nd season ended 3 years ago.

5. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection

Code Geass Anime Trinity

The critically acclaim Code Geass franchise is back for a 3rd season after the 2nd season perfectly and marvelously concluded 10 years ago. One of the few anime that is able to produced a cult-following in the 21st century, Code Geass 3rd season will surely bring that nostalgic vibes from the previous season and will further increase the fandom of Emperor Lelouch.

4. Attack on Titan Season 3

Attack on Titan Season 3

Shingeki no Kyojin 3

The moment that every fans had been waiting for, an answers will be finally presented in the upcoming Attack on Titan Season 3 which is scheduled to premiere in July 2018. This season will cover the Survey Corps journey to the Shiganshina to retrieve what is actually hidden in the basement of Eren Jaeger’s house. Although that won’t be easy and the success of the mission still depends on the sacrifices of other soldiers. Nonetheless, this is going to be exciting and amazing despite of the hype wearing down.

3. One Punch Man 2

One Punch Man 2

The ultimate parody anime is coming back in 2018. Yes, Saitama is back and will give us another heavy dosage of hardcore sarcasm and comedy blended with hilarious fight scenes that will definitely made us roll over the floor.

2. Fairy Tail (2018)


This is the final season of Fairy Tail. This also follows the highly anticipated invasion of Alvarez Empire on the continent of Ishgar where the Fairy Tail guild reside. For manga readers, we all know that this is going to be epic, as the popular shounen manga finally concluded July 26, 2017. With the Fairy Tail finally reached its denouement, One Piece is the lone member of the Top 3 mainstream anime on air as the other anime namely Naruto series and Fairy Tail closed its book.

1. Tokyo Ghoul:re

Tokyo Ghoul re Quinx Squad

The third season for Tokyo Ghoul series is scheduled to premiere in 2018. The dark-fantasy, horror, thriller anime is one of the 4 New Mainstream Anime of the Decade together with Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online, and One Punch Man. Tokyo Ghoul simply sits atop of our list as craving of the fans is in its peak since the 2nd season concluded on March 27, 2015. Furthermore, so many questions needs to be answered and hopefully, this new season can answer those underlying questions from the previous seasons.

Update [November 15, 2019] The year had ended spectacularly with so many anime gave us an amazing ride for the year of 2018. Based on this post, some of the titles here had been included in our year-end list for best anime of 2018 with My Hero Academia topping our chart. While Tokyo Ghoul:re had been quite a disappointment due to terrible pacing of Studio Pierrot with its story, and Violet Evergarden turning out to be a masterpiece in making people feel sad and provoking that dramatic tears.

Code name: Yu Alexius is an ambiguous entity who loves to talk about anime and Chinese animation in general. An insatiable soul from the Pearl of the Orient, a frustrated writer and a Houtarou Oreki wanna-be. He is a piece of a lunatic and everything crazy.

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