There’s nothing more exciting than a new slate of original anime! The lack of previous source material makes every plot development a surprise, and it’s a great way for studios to flex their creative muscles.
Here’s the lineup of original anime for the fall 2018 season:
1. Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara
Studio: P.A. Works
Genre: Drama / Magic
Premiere: Oct. 6
Quick Pitch: The city of Nagasaki is a hub where small amounts of magic is used for everyday life. Hitomi is the descendant of a witch family, but her inability to see color has led to repressed emotions. Feeling sad for her granddaughter, Kohaku sends Hitomi back to 2018. By interacting with a 17-year-old version of Kohaku and her school club members, Hitomi gradually grows as a person.
2. Zombieland Saga
Genre: Action / Horror / Supernatural
Premiere: Oct. 4
Quick Pitch: The lives of seven girls has been derailed due to a sudden zombie plague. These girls want nothing more but to return to their old lives, and the constant fight for survival has them working towards a miracle to end this deadly plague.
3. RErideD: Tokigoe no Derrida
Studio: Geek Toys
Genre: Action / Drama / Sci-Fi
Premiere: Oct. 4
Quick Pitch: Derrida Yvain is a young engineer who gained fame for contributing to the development of the Autonomous Machine DZ. Derrida and his colleague Nathan discover a flaw in the machine, but their boss ignores their warning and they decide to put off preventive measures. The duo is attacked by strange forces after Nathan’s daughter’s birthday, which causes Derrida to fall into a deep sleep machine. He wakes up 10 years into the future and finds the world in the middle of a devastating war. On the brink of giving up, Derrida remembers Nathan’s last words…”Take care of Mage.”
4. Release the Spyce
Genre: Action / Comedy
Premiere: Oct. 7
Quick Pitch: Momo is a typical high school girl living in Sorasaki — at least until nightfall. She and her friends are members of Tsukikagi, an intelligence agency that works to keep the city safe.
5. Akanesasu Shoujo (The Girl in Twilight)
Studio: DandeLion Animation / Jumoni
Genre: Action / Sci-fi
Premiere: Oct. 1
Quick Pitch: Asuka is always looking for new adventures, which is why she started the Crystal Radio Club with her school friends. One day, they decide to perform a ritual from an urban myth and they accidentally open a door to a new world. Once there, they discover different versions of themselves — and new regrets.
6. Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Genre: Action / Comedy / Mystery / Super Power
Premiere: Sept. 30
Quick Pitch: The city-state of Lisvalletta is under siege by “Anthem,” a highly addictive drug. In response, Lisvalletta puts together a special unit to combat the drug peddlers – with notable partners Doug Billingham and the mysterious Kirill Vrubel.
7. Sono Toki, Kanojo wa.
Studio: Master Lights
Genre: Romance / Slice of Life
Premiere: Oct. 7
Quick Pitch: Four women in Fukuoka experience love in various stages of their lives. The short segment series explores their high school, college, and work days.
8. Himote House
Genre: Comedy / Slice of Life
Premiere: Oct. 8
Quick Pitch: Five girls and one special cat live in the Himote House, which is filled with exploits as the group tries to find ways towards popularity. The fun twist? They all possess a secret power.
9. Hashiri Tsuzukete Yokattatte.
Genre: Drama / Slice of Life
Premiere: Oct. 9
Quick Pitch: Minato goes to an anime event with a friend, and he immediately becomes interested in voice acting. While there, he meets Chikako – a student at the Suidoubashi Animation Academy. Together, they explore the trials and tribulations of the industry.
Which originals will you watch?