The Spring 2018 season was arguably the best season of anime ever. Of course, it is up for debate whether it really is or not, but nevertheless there was no shortage of great shows that aired this season. As such, it is time for me to do my seasons Winners and Losers blog, and while there were a lot of winners, there are also lots of losers as well. Normally, I do this during the final week of the season, but being sidetracked by more important things in life that I didn't get around to doing this until now. So with that, here are the Spring 2018 season's winners and losers.

WINNER: Crunchyroll
Once again, Crunchyroll dominates as not only did they do it with quantity, but this season they did it with quality as well as they are on the production committees for more shows. They streamed most of the season's top shows in Steins;Gate 0, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, Megalo Box, Hinamatsuri, Golden Kamuy, and Darling in the FranXX, among others, and their momentum just keeps on going. And on top of that, their own store has become more relevant as their marketing strategy of offering their titles half-off upon solicitation has garnered far more traffic to their store than before.

WINNER: Sentai
Winter season was tough for Sentai, but they made some changes this season that puts them among the winners as they are now doing simuldubbing just like with Funimation, called a Dubcast. And then there's their catalog as while their haul is still not as impressive as what they got during their partnership with Anime Strike, it's much better than last season's haul. They got Devils' Line and Doreiku, which are the two dubcasts for this season, Tada Never Falls in Love and Real Girl, which are going to be the summer season dubcast titles that can be dubbed on a normal schedule, as well as Cutie Honey Universe, Alice or Alice, and the continuation of Hozuki's Coolheadedness that has a number of followers. In all, it was a good season for Sentai as they have finally gotten into the broadcast dub business.

LOSER: Amazon
This is Amazon's weakest lineup in quite a long time as they only had the minimum three shows through their deals with Noitamina and Animeism. Wotakoi was the only worthwhile series, all while their two Animeism shows were complete busts. Beatless was just a good idea gone bad and a production mess as the show had a whopping four recap episodes during its two-cour run, and that pushed the final four episodes to sometime well after the show ended, and then there's Magical Girl Site that was just irritating and disturbing to watch. At least it didn't get Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis as that's exclusive to them in Japan, but nowhere else. In all, it was a dismal season for Amazon as they didn't get anything beyond those three guaranteed shows.

The good news: Pony Canyon licensed four titles this season in Cutie Honey Universe, Caligula, Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis, and Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss. The bad news: All of them are terrible shows. The fact that they are back in the business is bad enough, but at the very least they are taking nothing but crappy shows into licensing oblivion with them except for Cutie Honey Universe that's going to be released by Sentai. Nevertheless, they came back to life just when it looked like they were left for dead, and it was a bust.

WINNER: TMS Entertainment
This was a great season for the longtime animation company as they put out three great shows in Megalo Box, Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line, and Lupin III Part V, as well as the third season of the short Ninja Girl and Samurai Master. Megalo Box is one of the season's best shows as they did an excellent job in translating the original Ashita no Joe story into something that has lots of parallels to this classic. And of course while not as great as some of the previous seasons, YowaPeda continues to hold its own, while Lupin continues to be great, and Ninja Girl and Samurai Master continues to be one of the better short series.

Bones shows why they are one of the best in the business once again with two excellent shows in My Hero Academia and Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan. My Hero Academia's third season builds up nicely from the second season, which is arguably stronger than the first, and it does so in style. And then there's Dragon Pilot as while Mari Okada had been losing her touch, she regained it for this show. In all, Bones had another great season as every season is great when they put out a show (though A.I.C.O. Incarnation was not exactly one of their best works).

LOSER: Seven Arcs
Seven Arcs is one of the worst studios out there, and this season shows just how much of a mess this studio is. They had two shows this season that are among the worst of the season in Dances with the Dragons and the second half of Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls. It starts with the Basilisk sequel that does absolutely nothing to retain the charm of the original series as the storytelling was dull, the action was all over the place, and there was no character development to be found. Then there is Dances with the Dragons and while they did a great job with the action, that's about the only thing they did well as the story just made no sense whatsoever. And to add insult to injury, they were working on a show that was supposed to come out this fall called New Life+, but because the light novel author said some pretty insulting and insensitive comments that the project got canned as the seiyuus quit their roles, leading to everything falling apart. This is a studio that is capable of great work as they did with Trinity Seven and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, but they haven't been doing anything good lately.

LOSER: Satelight
While Satelight is not a top-tier studio, they have done some great work. Sadly, this season was not exactly their finest hour as they produced two duds in Caligula and Unit Pandora. Caligula had a pretty good beginning and a story concept that carried a lot of potential, but unfortunately it didn't exactly accomplish what it wanted to do and it ended up being a major rush job in the second half. But the big reason why it's a big loser this season was Unit Pandora (and for now most people are spared from misery of watching this show) as it was just a storytelling mess as it takes awhile for viewers to understand what is going on. So in all, Satelight had a poor showing this season.

WINNER: Science Fiction anime
This season had no shortage of great sci-fi shows, a big change from the winter when it was pretty much only Darling in the FranXX carrying the torch. This season, Darling in the FranXX continues, while Gundam Build Divers, Steins;Gate 0, Hinamatsuri (albeit a stretch to call it sci-fi), Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These, Space Battleship Tiramisu, Full Metal Panic, and Persona 5, among others, join the lineup to make for a stacked lineup in that genre.

LOSER: Fantasy anime
On the flipside, this season's fantasy lineup left a lot to be desired. There's Grancrest War, which is all sorts of disappointing, Seven Deadly Sins that most of us couldn't watch, Isekai Izakaya that is designed to advertise food, Kakuriyo that's not really appealing to everybody, and a lot of fantasy-ish shows that aren't true fantasy shows. It's a genre that usually has a ton of shows, but this season, not so much.

Tokyo Broadcasting System has been getting pretty bad shows more often than not lately as this station used to be quite a force to be reckoned with. But recently, they have fallen on hard times, and especially in 2017 when they got Urara Meirochou, Seiren, Clockwork Planet, Kabukibu, Action Heroine Cheer Fruits, Convenience Store Boyfriends, and Dynamic Chord, all of them being mediocre to flat-out terrible shows. This season changed all that when they got Megalo Box, and while it's a show that would be a better fit for one of the other blocks, TBS got it, and boy was it great. The last time they got a show this great, you have to go back to Spring 2015 when they got My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU season 2, and the last season they got a very good show was Kiss Him, Not Me for the Fall 2016 season. Things are changing as now they are giving the block a name: Animerico. Forget for a moment that Dances with the Dragons is one of the worst shows as that was supposed to air in Fall 2017, and was pushed back to this season because of production delays.

MBS has been doing fewer and fewer premieres as they used to have the Friday Animeism block, two or three premieres on Saturdays, and one on Sunday. Now, it's pretty much just the Animeism block as all of their other shows are premiering on other stations. Of course, as I mentioned before, Beatless and Magical Girl Site were big busts, and that's all they got. The rest of the shows on the station aired in other places before it came to MBS, thus landing them in the losers circle.

WINNER: Saturdays
Saturdays were strong once again as it was just loaded. But above all, it had My Hero Academia season 3, Darling in the FranXX, and Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc, all while FLCL Progressive was on Toonami. That alone sends the day into the winner's circle seeing that all the great shows this season were spread out through the week. Of course, having Amanchu!, Devils' Line, Persona 5, and other stuff only adds to this day.

LOSER: Mondays
The good new: Mondays have more shows than ever. The bad news: It is still filled with so many duds. Mondays saw a great increase in the number of shows, but a number of them not worthwhile. So to run down the day's lineup: Golden Kamuy and YowaPeda Glory Line are the only worthwhile shows to watch, then there is Creatures Family Days and LadySpo didn't get streamed anywhere, Fist of the Blue Sky: Regenesis is an ugly piece of garbage, Kakuriyo is a show that has limited appeal, especially with it being done by a has-been studio, Magical Girl Ore is just stupid beyond comprehension, Crossing Time and Tiramisu are shorts that are as good as expected out of shorts, Basilisk was just an abomination, and Captain Tsubasa was caught in streaming rights oblivion. At least this season's Monday lineup is better than in seasons past, but it continues to be the weakest day.