As 2017 rapidly draws to a close, it’s time to start wrapping up all the excellent anime series we hungrily devoured this past year, and look to the glorious winter 2018 season for inspiration. There’s a whole bevy of awesome in store for anyone looking to start on some new, fresh series, as well as properties that are hitting the world of animation for the very first time. If you’re an anime fan, you’ll undoubtedly want to clear your schedule for some fantastic shows that should make your living room feel like an inferno right in the middle of all that icy snow outside — they’re hot, and incoming.
Whether you’re into horror, action, or science fiction (and why wouldn’t you be, since you’re here?) there’s a show coming for you. And, keep in mind, these are just some of the highlights, with a whole new slate of shows scheduled for the early months of 2018. Take some notes, you’re going to need to keep track of these.
Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card Arc
The classic anime and manga series Card Captor Sakura returns for a new saga called the "Clear Card Arc," in which famous magical girl Sakura Kinomoto is back to pursue powerful cards that need to be captured and put back in their place. It’s a sequel to the original series and will span 26 episodes, premiering Jan. 7, 2018. If you enjoyed the first series when it made its original run, and want to see more of Sakura as she enters junior high and faces a whole new set of challenges, you won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime sequel. First, Sailor Moon got a new series in the form of Sailor Moon Crystal, and now Card Captor Sakura’s back. It’s a great time for magical girl fans.
Junji Ito Collection
Famed horror manga artist and writer Junji Ito is just about the best Japan has ever seen, and while his brethren come close, he’s the master of writing chilling and disturbing tales. He’s getting his own anime series in the form of the Junji Ito Collection series, which will feature some of Ito’s greatest works, such as the character Tomie from the manga and film series of the same name. The anime series will collect the first 11 volumes of the Junji Ito Masterpiece Collection, and while his manga Gyo was previously turned into an OVA, this is the first time we’ll have seen a TV series based on Ito’s works. It's about time.
This series began life as a serial novel, and will premiere exclusively on Amazon Video worldwide. It’s a work of hard science fiction, where society is full of robots that are assigned important roles to fulfill in an attempt to make up for the sharp decline in the human population. When five particularly enlightened cyborgs escape from their birthplace lab, all hell breaks loose as they struggle with their own existence, and how it correlates to the world around them. It premieres on Jan. 12, 2018.
Fate/Extra: Last Encore
The latest in the long-running Fate/Stay series is Fate/Extra: Last Encore, which brings the narratives from Type-Moon’s Fate/Extra video game series together to one anime adaptation. When protagonist Hakuno wakes up one morning forced to take place in a war he doesn’t even quite comprehend, he’s saddled with a “Servant” to help do his bidding and rally against others for possession of the “Holy Grail.” On top of that, he doesn’t even remember who he is. Featuring some familiar characters from the Fate/Stay series such as mainstay Saber, it should appeal to that inner fantasy nerd in everyone, especially fans who have stuck around for masterpieces like Fate/Zero. It debuts on Jan. 27, 2018.
Kokkoku: Moment by Moment
Another wintry horror series coming in January, Kokkoku: Moment by Moment follows a woman named Juri Yukawa, who happens upon the fact that her grandfather can stop time in its tracks with a strange stone. Not only can he stop time, but he can do whatever he likes while time has been frozen. After her brother and nephew are kidnapped, she teams up with her grandfather and others to infiltrate the hideout of a cult named the True Love Society. There’s only one problem — the dimension they enter to meet up with the cult is rife with bizarre monsters. The series premieres on Jan. 7, 2018.
Record of Grancrest War
This high fantasy adventure follows a young mage named Siluca Meletes and Theo Corner as they work to help bring the lengthy wars between their people, nobility, and other classes to an end. Created by Ryo Mizuno, the legendary author of Record of Lodoss War, this upcoming series looks to take the same kind of magic that show was infused with and give us a brand new fantasy epic to look forward to every week. Gorgeous animation and lush environments make for an admirable combination when it comes to projects like this one, and we can’t wait to see it all come together. It’s scheduled to air Jan. 5, 2018.