5 Must-See Anime to Watch This January

Zuleika Boekhoudt
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It’s the first month of 2018 and there are a ton of resolutions we need to keep. And for anime fans, one such resolution is to start watching a boatload of fresh new anime series and movies. That’s why we have compiled a list of anime series that you need to check out this January.


  • Premiere date: January 7, 2018
  • Studio: Passione
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo Ai

Saburo Uta’s yuri romance manga, Citrus will premiere this January. The TV anime follows Yuzuko Aihara who unknowingly transfers to a strict all-girls school after her mom remarries. However, things get a bit worse for Aihara as instead of fantasizing about a school romance, she butts heads with the stern student council president, Mei. And worst of all, Mei happens to be Aihara new step-sister. Could these two girls get along and form a meaningful relationship?


  • Premiere date: January 13, 2018
  • Studio: Diomedea
  • Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance

In the distant future, society has grown dependant on robots, also known as hIE. One of these AI advancement is Lacia, a hIE equipped with a black coffin-shaped device. And like any other romance anime series, a 17-year-old boy named Arato Endo encounters Lacia, but their affair raises many topical and important philosophical questions, such as what is the real purpose of these AI.

The sci-fi anime series, Beatless, will premiere January 13 and will stream internationally on Amazon.

DARLING in the FranXX

  • Premiere date: January 13, 2018
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures and Trigger
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Mecha

From the studios that brought us Aldnoah.Zero and Kill la Kill comes the original sci-fi mecha anime series, DARLING in the FranXX. The TV anime follows a group of children who have not known anything of the outside world. However, they know that their duty is to fight the mysterious creatures known as Kyoryu. They can fight these unseen monsters by operating giant robots known as FRANXX.

Among the children, there’s a boy named Hiro who was once considered one of the best FRANXX pilots. Now his peers regard him as a disappointment. However, Hiro’s life changes when he meets a mysterious girl with horns.

Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)

  • Premiere date: January 12, 2018
  • Studio: Wit Studio
  • Genre: Romance, Seinen

After an injury, high school student Akira Tachibana has to leave her track and field dreams behind. To fill the void, she starts working part-time at a family restaurant, where she falls in love with her manager who is significantly older than her. The manager even has a young son.

Despite this, Akira is captivated by the manager’s kindness and compassion towards others. And soon she musters the courage to tell him how she really feels. But, will he reciprocate her feelings?

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

  • Premiere date: January 13, 2018
  • Studio: Satelight
  • Genre: Action, Mystery

Based on the crime light novels written by Chiaki Kisaki, comes Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. The mystery anime series takes place in the city of Fukuoka. However, this peaceful town has a seedy underworld that consists of thieves, killers, and other deplorable characters. There’s also a rumor going around that a vigilante or sort of “killer of killers” is setting shop in Fukuoka.

On the case is private detective Zenji Banba, who uncovers a dark scheme that could shake Fukuoka to its core.

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Zuleika Boekhoudt
Zuleika is a fan contributor at Fandom and focuses on Anime. Her anime specialties are horror, gore, and mystery anime. Loves series, movies, and games that have to do with bloodthirsty but equally intelligent psychos.
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