Sora yori mo Tooi Basho is so far the best Anime of 2018.
Citrus is as bitter as it was reading the manga, though the manga's got it beat by default because of how it is ending up right now.
Yuru Camp is the feel good anime of the season, exceptionally relaxing.
Death March is pretty damn nondescript, generic and plain. I don't know why I'm watching it outside of there being nothing inherently offensive about it beyond how simplistic it is. None of the characters actually stands out, and the harem of slaves grows so quickly, I usually forget about one or two characters until they appear again. It is extremely contrived and nothing much is happening, and even the current Undead King arc is being approached as overly mundane to the point where it lacks any sort of excitement. The most positive thing I can say about it is that it doesn't offend by mere existence.
Kokkoku meanwhile is amazing and caught my attention from episode one. It moves at a steady pace, has surprisingly relatable characters despite being about timey whimey bullshit. And that opening really hits it out of the park. Even what, 9 episodes in, you still notice subtle foreshadowing in the OP, whereas most other shows outright spoil twists in theirs. Great, suspenseful show. A surprise hit.
Darling in the Franxx is surprisingly good so far too. The premise is ridiculous, the technology is too, the Kaiju are somewhat disappointing in their presentation, but the characters are nice (though Ichigo deserves a slap or three) and the pacing's good. The art is straddling the line between familiar and surprisingly crisp and fresh, and Zero Two is refreshingly unconventional.
Beatless? Eh, I'm watching it, but the pacing feels off. While I enjoy the world building, a bunch of it feels out of focus, with the more intricate bits being addressed in passing so they're easy to miss, while on the front it spends almost an entire episode setting up a modeling career. But I do like Kouka due to her fire and general attitude. Lacia feels too fake for me to judge yet, expecting big twists down the line. At least now there appears to be some more promise with Methode on the scene and some corporate-corruption-level plot going on...
Violet Evergarden is my trainwreck of the season. Not because it is bad, but because it consistently maintains its bittersweet tone. Nothing every ends up happy, there's always the looming grim reality of things. Yes, something may end up nicely for a character in one area, but another will be pretty fucked anyway. But damn me is it beautiful to watch.
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is what caught me off guard the most. I'd been curious about it two seasons ago already when the first teasers appeared and I was updating my archive in advance, but after episode one (which I enjoyed), I wasn't sure if the concept would last the whole season. I figured it'd been a mistake to not have this fill a short slot instead of a full 24 minute episode slot. Now 8 episodes have passed and I wish they were longer. The chemistry between Nishikata and Takagi is palpable, and Nishikata is the only one who doesn't seem to realize what's going on. Takagi is consistently amazing in all the best ways. She never gets abusive with her teasing, which stays true to the middle school setting. It's all in good spirits, and often self-inflicted. Takagi also never actually strings him along too far, her teasing never crosses a line. Frankly, she's also adorable in her own way and Nishikata's lucky for eventually getting to marry her (according to a spin-off manga). Through everything she does to the boy, you never feel like she isn't being considerate or outright malicious.
Dagashi Kashi 2 is my main disappointment this season. From being turned into a half-episode show over studio/art changes to Hotaru being absent for 3 episodes already, a stand-in rival appearing and STILL NOT GETTING ENOUGH SAYA ANYWAY?!, the show's been lackluster. Nevermind that it's been barely about dagashi. Heck, episode 6 was literally just about a convenience store opening and the manager trying to recruit Coconuts.
Also, Hugtto! Precure is back to the franchise's top form. Finally a great season again which has already been more thoughtful the past 4 episodes than Happiness Charge and KiraKira combined...