Winter 2018 Anime Season Preview [TV Shorts / OVA & ONAs]

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With there being so many anime shorts each season we felt it necessary and deserving of its own preview, so here you can find all of the anime shorts following the same format as the main anime preview again, with links to any simulcasts that are available for said series. We’ve also decided to add a new section for OVA and ONA’s that Crunchyroll, or other services, are streaming along with this season.


Shorts

25-sai no Joshikousei
MAL | AniList

The romance story centers around Hana Natori, an earnest, good-natured 25-year-old woman whose cousin refuses to go to high school. Hana takes her cousin’s place and attends the high school. On her first day, though, Hana’s ruse is discovered by her former high school classmate Okito Kanie — who happens to be the high school’s world history teacher. (Source: ANN)

Jan 8, 2018 | Lilix | Web Manga | Ecchi, Romance, School
Streaming:

Dagashi Kashi 2
MAL | AniList

Out in the countryside stands a sweet shop run by the Shikada family for nine generations: Shikada Dagashi, a small business selling traditional Japanese candy. However, despite his father’s pleas, Kokonotsu Shikada, an aspiring manga artist, adamantly refuses to inherit the family business.

However, this may start to change with the arrival of the eccentric Hotaru Shidare. Hotaru is in search of Kokonotsu’s father, with the goal of bringing him back to work for her family’s company, Shidare Corporation, a world famous sweets manufacturer. Although the senior Shikada initially refuses, he states that he will change his mind on one condition: if Hotaru can convince Kokonotsu to take over the family shop. And so begins Hotaru’s mission to enlighten the boy on the true joy of delicious and nostalgic dagashi! (Source: MAL Rewrite)

 Jan 12, 2018  | Tezuka Productions | Manga | Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen
Streaming: Crunchyroll, Funimation Now

gdgd men’s Party
MAL | AniList

In the series, Light and Yomi are spending their daily lives happily playing video games. One night when everyone else is asleep, Light receives an invitation from Alpha, a messenger for someone named King. Light and Yomi are then sucked into another world, where they must undertake a quest to rescue Princess Melody from the demon lord. Light thinks this must be his destiny, while Yomi thinks it’s kind of annoying. They form a party with Alpha to start their quest. Alpha as it turns out is an AI robot, and he has a program that allows them to raise their levels while slowly continuing their adventure. (Source: ANN)

Jan 9, 2018 | Strawberry Meets Pictures | ? | Comedy, Fantasy
Streaming: Crunchyroll

Kaijuu Girls: Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku 2nd Season
MAL | AniList

Humanity’s battle of many years with the kaiju, giant monsters, has finally come to an end. Now that Earth has entered an age of peace, girls with the souls of kaiju have begun to appear, giving them the ability to transform into kaiju. They are known as the Kaiju Girls, and this is the powerful, transient, beautiful, and at times easygoing story of the strange fate these girls bear. (Source: Crunchyroll)

Jan 9, 2018 | Studio PuYUKAI | Original | Comedy, Fantasy, Parody
Streaming: Crunchyroll

Mameneko
MAL | AniList

The daily life of a household that has two cats: Azuki and Daizu. Azuki and Daizu belong to an office worker in her 30s who loves cats. The owner lives with her father, mother, grandfather, and older brother, the latter of whom the cats call “Megane” (Glasses). Megane adopted a Shiba Inu dog named Mamenosuke after Mamenosuke’s owner died. Mamenosuke grew up around cats so he actually thinks of himself as a cat. (Source: ANN)

Jan 9, 2018 | Charaction | Manga | Slice of Life
Streaming:

Mitchiri Neko
MAL | AniList

The cute and mysterious cat-like creatures called Mitchiri Neko that seem to gather around each other if you leave them alone now get their own anime with a glorious voice cast! The free and happy-go- lucky Mitchiri Neko’s daily life is filled fluff and surreal laughs! Say it with me, “Mitchiri! Mitchiri!” (Source: Crunchyroll)

Jan 4, 2018 | helo.inc | Web Manga | Comedy, Kids
Streaming: Crunchyroll

The Seven Heavenly Virtues
MAL | AniList

The “Seven Mortal Sins,” demons from hell, have pressed forward and have started to spread their plague. Heaven is in chaos, and the angels of the “Seven Heavenly Virtues” are sent to Earth to search for a candidate to become the “true messiah.” (Source: ANN)

Jan 27, 2018 | Bridge | Other | Ecchi, Fantasy
Streaming: HIDIVE

Takunomi.
MAL | AniList

20-year-old Michiru Amatsuki moved to Tokyo due to a change of career. She decided to live in the woman-only share house “Stella House Haruno” with people of different ages and occupations. It’s always fun when there are meals and delicious alcohol!! (Source: MAL News)

Jan 12, 2018 | Production IMS | Manga | Slice of Life, Comedy
Streaming: HIDIVE

Working Buddies!
MAL | AniList

The story centers around the cheerful calico Tapio Chatorazawa and the pessimistic Russian blue Kuehiko Roshihara. The two study in the same college, and also work together on various odd jobs. (Source: ANN)

Jan 5, 2018 | Tomovies | Original | Comedy, Slice of Life
Streaming: Crunchyroll


OVA & ONAs

A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-
MAL | AniList

Set in the near future in Japan, year 2035. A major incident was known as “Burst” which was caused by researching artificial life. A certain AI called “Matter” has eroded the Kurobe Gorge. Entering the research city, which has been called as humanity’s last hope, has been prohibited by the government. Two years later, Aiko Tachibana, a 15-year-old girl who lost her family from the incident, was told by a transfer student named Yuuya Kanzaki the truth that Aiko didn’t know regarding a secret hidden within her body. The key to solve the mystery is said to be in the Primary Point, the center of Burst. When a boy and a girl, who bears the future of humanity, meet, what will be the new truth? (Source: MAL News)

Mar 9, 2018 | Bones | Original | Action, Sci-Fi
Streaming: Netflix

B: The Beginning
MAL | AniList

In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Koku, the protagonist. Keith, the legendary investigator of the royal police force RIS. A mysterious criminal organization. A wide variety of characters race through the fortified city as it is beset by the serial killer, Killer B, and a chain of crimes in this suspense drama by director Kazuto Nakazawa and Production I.G (Source: Netflix via ANN)

Mar 2, 2018 | Production I.G | Original | Sci-Fi
Streaming: Netflix

Devilman: Crybaby
MAL | AniList

Akira Fudo is informed by his best friend Ryou Asuka that the demons will revive and reclaim the world from the humans. As the humans do not stand a chance against the supernatural power of the demons, Ryou suggests fusing with a demon. Akira becomes Devilman, with the power of a demon and the heart of a human. (Source: MAL News)

Jan 5, 2018 | Science SARU | Manga | Action, Demons, Horror, Supernatural
Streaming: Netflix

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