The Best and Worst of Summer 2018, Aug 26-Sep 1

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.

Episode Rankings for the week of August 26-September 1

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
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
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anime series
6 #1. Attack on Titan season 3
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
2 #2. Asobi Asobase
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
8 #3. Gintama
354
355
356
357
358
359
360
361
4 #4. Overlord III
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1 #5. Lupin the Third: Part 5
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
4 #6. Revue Starlight
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
20 #7. My Hero Academia season 3
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
7 #8. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
6 #9. GeGeGe no Kitarō
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
7 #10. Planet With
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
2 #11. Black Clover
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
4 #12. Banana Fish
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
13 #13. Holmes of Kyoto
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
no ep.
this week
Steins;Gate 0
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
9 #15. Angels of Death
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
4 #16. One Piece
843
844
845
846
847
848
849
850
851
4 #17. Cells at Work!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
2 #18. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
2 #19. Grand Blue Dreaming
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
10 #20. Hanebado!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
16 #21. Happy Sugar Life
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
4 #22. PERSONA 5 the Animation
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
#23. Free! Dive to the Future
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1 #24. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
3 #25. Harukana Receive
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
12 #26. Chio's School Road
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 #27. Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Series Cumulative Ranking as of September 1

Each week's ranking takes into account the scores given to previous weeks' episodes. As we reach closer to the end of the season, each series' rank will start to solidify and we'll get a look at the real winners and losers. Click on the numbers to highlight a particular series.
ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
prev
week
change
this
week
rank
anime series
#1. Attack on Titan season 3
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
#2. Lupin the Third: Part 5
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
#3. Asobi Asobase
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
#4. Gintama
354
355
356
357
358
359
360
361
#5. Overlord III
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
#6. Revue Starlight
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
#7. Banana Fish
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1 #8. Planet With
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1 #9. Cells at Work!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
#10. Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1 #11. Chio's School Road
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1 #12. Steins;Gate 0
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
3 #13. My Hero Academia season 3
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
#14. Hanebado!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
#15. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
5 #16. PERSONA 5 the Animation
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
1 #17. GeGeGe no Kitarō
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
1 #18. Happy Sugar Life
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
2 #19. One Piece
843
844
845
846
847
848
849
850
851
#20. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
2 #21. Harukana Receive
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1 #22. Black Clover
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
3 #23. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
#24. Free! Dive to the Future
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
#25. Grand Blue Dreaming
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
4 #26. Holmes of Kyoto
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
#27. Angels of Death
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

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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