Our Top (Non-Sequel) Anime Picks For Fall 2018!

After a hot and humid summer, with the occasional typhoons, we have arrived in Autumn where we will all get to watch the final anime series of the year before we set off on a whole new adventure again next year. Fall 2018 is going to be a blast for a lot of people and for more than one reason. This season is going to be huge as Sword Art Online: Alicization will make its debut, and with a whooping 4-cour episode count, it is bound to attract a lot of people who will love and hate the show.

Alicization will be fighting with JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze for the best anime series of Autumn but there are other shows such as Toaru Majutsu no Index III and Tokyo Ghoul:re 2 that are the best of the bunch of sequels that are happening this season. We however would like to highlight several non-sequel anime series that would also be airing in the Fall season. So without further ado, this is THE MAGIC RAIN’s top 5 non-sequel anime picks for Fall 2018!

Goblin Slayer

A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue – a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumours of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next… (Source: Yen Press)

Based on the same name as the light novel, Goblin Slayer introduces another dark fantasy anime series that many have wanted for this season. With many high praise for this series even before the adaptation was announced, we will definitely get to see the Goblin Slayer and Onna Shinkan in some gritty and crazed up battles with goblins!


Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

“Rimuru Tempest” is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satou Mikami after he is killed by by a passing robber. Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a slime monster with unique abilities begins. (Source: MAL News)

Another isekai show makes an appearance before us, but this time we get to see the main character as a slime monster. This is a slightly different take on the isekai formula as the protagonist is not a human being, and does not carry a smartphone. It would be interesting to see how the progress of the series will take it as there is a considerable amount of hype that is generated from a mere slime monster.


Irozuku Sekai no Ashita

Set in the city of Nagasaki, the story takes place in a world where a miniscule amount of magic remains in everyday life. Hitomi Tsukishiro is a 17-year-old descendant of a witch family who grew up with stale emotions, as she lost her sense of color at a very young age. Feeling sorry for her granddaughter’s future, Kohaku, a great witch, sends Hitomi to past, the year 2018. Through exchanges with her 17-year-old grandmother and her club members, the story follows Hitomi’s growth as a person. (Source: MAL News)

This original anime series directed by Toshiya Shinohara looks set to be an amazing and beautiful anime series that depicts witches and magic within the modern day society. P.A. Works with their incredible and beautifully done animation will definitely make this anime series stand apart from the rest as this series does have some vibes from Nagi no Asukara and Hanasaku no Iroha. So let’s do hope we will get to watch something magical!



Yuta Hibiki awakens with amnesia and the ability see things that others cannot. He first encounters a Gridman in the reflection of his friend Rikka Takarada’s computer and it tells him to “Remember his calling,” but Yuta doesn’t understand what this means. Later, in the distance, he sees an extremely large monster but it doesn’t move. It’s only when Yuta gets to school that the two sightings make sense: a monster attacks and the hero Yuta saw in the computer screen pulls him within the computer and transforms Yuta into a giant hero named Gridman. (Source: ANN)

Studio Trigger for the most part have done some excellent stuff over the years such as Little Witch Academia, Kill la Kill and Darling in the Franxx, and SSSS. Gridman is not going to be the exception. Based off the the tokusatsu series Gridman the Hyper Agent and in collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions, we will get to see Studio Trigger’s vision on how a tokusatsu series will happen. There has not been a hyped tokusatsu animated series in a long time and this anime series will hopefully be the true animated tokusatsu series that everyone wants. 


Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc to Renkin no Kishi

The story is set in the 15th century, during the Hundred Years’ War between France and England over the succession to the French throne. Montmorency, the son of a noble, immerses himself in the studies of magic and alchemy at a royal knight training school. However, following France’s crushing defeat at Agincourt, the school is dissolved. Having lost everything and now a wanted man, Montmorency, who had just become an alchemist, encounters a mysterious village girl named Jehanne. (Source: MAL News)

This season has a ton of magical anime series and this series peaked our interest and not because Jeanne d’Arc is a part of the title! The series involves some amount of historical references which in turn made this one of the standouts among the magic fantasy genres this season. At the same time, the animation quality looks pretty good coming from a small studio named AXsiZ, so let’s hope that this anime series will do well.


Special Mention: Tsurune: Kazemai Kyokou Kyuudou-bu

The story follows Minato Narumiya. Minato played Japanese archery in middle school, but after a certain incident, he ran away from the sport. In high school, Minato meets new friends, and together as part of their school’s archery club they aim to win the prefectural tournament. (Source: ANN)

As a honorable mention, Production I.G. brings their sports genre addiction to newer heights in the form of archery. From the previews, we see that the animation quality and style of the show really matches well and it does promise to be one of those great comeback shows we all loved to watch as kids. Tsurune does have a lot of things going against them as this is a stacked season but there is no denying that this series look great.

So there it is, here is our anime picks for Fall 2018 season! We hope that you’ll enjoy our recommendations as well as the other anime that’s set to be release this autumn.

What are you personally looking forward to? Do let us know in the comments below so that we can check out your favourites as well!

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