The Best and Worst of Summer 2018

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season.

Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of the current season, not on the overall quality or popularity of the series. Only the titles legally streaming in North America and popular enough to be reviewed are being ranked, so the bottom of the list might represent 'watchable' rather than 'bad'. See the notes for further details.

For the last week we're doing a little something different

With the week of September 23-30, the Summer 2018 season is now over. But many of the series already ended the previous week, so we're adding an extra "final" week where all the last episodes are ranked against each other. With this we can see which series ended on a strong note and which ones ended more weakly. That means the "final ep." column is a repeat of the last episode from Sep 16-22 or Sep 23-30. And the "prev week change" is the difference in position between the "final ep." column and the penultimate episode.

Episode Rankings for the final episodes

Along the actual ranking for this week's episodes, this graph chronicles the change in position from week to week. While some series are stable, others swing wildly in the rankings depending on the strength of each episode. When a series has no episode for a given week, the previous week's episode is used instead as a placeholder. The first episode of each series is considered as part of the first week, even if it really aired during the second week. Click on the numbers to highlight a particular series.
ranking change from week to week
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anime series
#1. Lupin the Third: Part 5
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24
2 #2. Planet With
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1 #3. Revue Starlight
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1 #4. Asobi Asobase
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2 #5. Gintama
354
355
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365
3 #6. My Hero Academia season 3
52
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63
6 #7. Cells at Work!
1
2
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1 #8. Attack on Titan season 3
38
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4 #9. Overlord III
1
2
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6 #10. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
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6 #11. Chio's School Road
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6 #12. Harukana Receive
1
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2 #13. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
1
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2 #14. Banana Fish
1
2
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1 #15. Hanebado!
1
2
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4 #16. Grand Blue Dreaming
1
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6 #17. Happy Sugar Life
1
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1 #18. PERSONA 5 the Animation
14
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3 #19. Angels of Death
1
2
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2 #20. Steins;Gate 0
13
14
15
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3 #21. One Piece
843
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4 #22. Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion
1
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12
3 #23. GeGeGe no Kitarō
14
15
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8 #24. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
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75
2 #25. Free! Dive to the Future
1
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#26. Holmes of Kyoto
1
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13 #27. Black Clover
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51

Series Cumulative Ranking for Summer 2018

Each week's ranking takes into account the scores given to previous weeks' episodes. Click on the numbers to highlight a particular series. With the last episode duplicated in the "final ep." column, it means that the votes for the last episode of each series are counted twice, which intentionally gives a boost to series that ended strongly. This somewhat compensates for the fact that the first episode of each series has more votes, which favors series that started strongly.

So this is it, the final ranking, the winners and losers of the Summer 2018 season.

ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
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anime series
1 #1. Lupin the Third: Part 5
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
1 #2. Attack on Titan season 3
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
47
#3. Asobi Asobase
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#4. Revue Starlight
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#5. Gintama
354
355
356
357
358
359
360
361
362
363
364
365
365
2 #6. Planet With
1
2
3
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6
7
8
9
10
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12
12
#7. Banana Fish
1
2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #8. My Hero Academia season 3
52
53
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57
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1 #9. Overlord III
1
2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
#10. Cells at Work!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
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13
5 #11. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#12. Chio's School Road
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #13. Steins;Gate 0
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
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23
2 #14. PERSONA 5 the Animation
14
15
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20
21
22
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26
4 #15. Happy Sugar Life
1
2
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4
5
6
7
8
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12
2 #16. GeGeGe no Kitarō
14
15
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17
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19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
3 #17. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
3 #18. Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #19. Hanebado!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
2 #20. One Piece
843
844
845
846
847
848
849
850
851
852
853
854
854
1 #21. Harukana Receive
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
3 #22. Grand Blue Dreaming
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #23. Black Clover
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
51
1 #24. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
75
1 #25. Free! Dive to the Future
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#26. Holmes of Kyoto
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#27. Angels of Death
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12

Notes

Disclaimer: the rankings are just an average of opinions, published for entertainment and information purposes. ANN makes no claims regarding statistical significance.

The rankings are computed using the Schulze method, with the variation that unrated titles are considered as abstentions instead of lower than the rated titles. This roughly means that if, out of all people who rated both A and B, 60% preferred A, it will be ranked higher than B.

The rankings indicate relative quality (A is preferred to B), not absolute quality (B is good/bad). While the titles are ranked from 'best' to 'worst', sometimes the difference between #1 and #10 can be very thin. So if your favorite is near the bottom of the list, don't take it personally. It doesn't mean it's a bad show, it just means that ANN readers, on average, have preferred the ones above.

If a series has no episode for a given week, we use the rating data for the previous week's episode in order to compute the weekly ranking. This is not officially counted as a position in the ranking (it has no impact on the cumulative ranking), but it makes it easier to compare weeks if they each have the same number of series ranked.

It should be noted that long-running series (and sequels) have an advantage in the sense that only people who like the series are still watching it, and they are likely to give each episode a high rating. But if such a series is going through a low-quality filler arc, the season will get low rankings that are not indicative of the true overall quality of the series.


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