-At least for now.
While 2016 has been a pretty good year for anime with One Punch Man, Boku No Hero Academia, Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (Erased), Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Bungou Stray dogs season 2, Shokugeki No Souma season 2 and obviously YURI ON ICE!!!
2017 may seem bland in comparison especially with half of the year already gone.
So for now with my obsession of the year being everything Japanese, I will list down the anime of 2017 that I like so far, bear in mind that this is just my opinion and if you don’t agree with this list, feel free to say your own opinion in the comments below. Keep in mind that the main ones are first seasons because its obvious that those with second seasons are good enough to have a second season. Ooh tongue twister. I’ll put it in honorable mentions though.
BEWARE: MINOR SPOILERS
In no particular order, I present to you my favorites of 2017!
KOBAYASHI-SAN CHI NO MAID DRAGON (COMPLETED)
I just love this show. Even though the slice of life genre is strong with this anime, I still enjoyed it regardless of the lengthy episodes of shopping, mundane conversations and a chunk of lesbian moments which has the fandom flooding in their own nosebleed.
The story is of Kobayashi and how she saves a dragon called Tooru who tries to pay back the favor back by being a maid. Its an incredibly heartwarming tale of a salary woman who becomes friends with abnormalities that are seen as beasts or monsters. Its definitely very bittersweet and plays with the theme of family and friendship. As well as other more morbid themes which I will not spoil but it carries out the themes pretty well.
The ending did cause my heart to ache and was incredibly depressing the more I thought about it but it does make you think about the topic of future and what would happen after ya’ know that.
I love the art style and the bright colors which does help to convey the happy and cheerful atmosphere of the anime so if you like magical girl, slice of life style anime, this is one I will definitely recommend for you to watch.
Rating: 8/10 Only because I did find the episodes a bit lengthy and the ending a tad bit rushed but other than that, its a solid anime.
ACCA: 13-KU KANSATSU-KA (COMPLETED)
Mere words can’t describe how good this anime is, the title of this anime basically describes the whole plot of the anime if you can figure it out. Either way, its definitely worth at least a try.
The plot goes as follows, our MC, Jean is a member of ACCA, a inspection agency where the members scouts out different social problems or issues with the different districts sort of like peacekeepers in the Hunger Games. The plot is rather complicated with many plot twists and turns in the story which will either make your head do a complete 360 or stare intensely at the screen, rewinding the anime back 30 times trying to figure out what they’re saying.
The anime is quite slow paced and I had to pick it up again and again in order to finish it and sometimes, you feel a little overwhelmed by the multitude of plot twists in every episode but its worth watching till the end where everything is revealed.
One thing I have to complain about is that at times, I have to take a breather to collect my thoughts because the anime is very unevenly paced with normality and then BAM, you have a riot. The characters are quite lovable with the exception to their unhealthy smoking habits, I swear to god, Jean has like an endless stash of cigarettes or something. Quite ironically, cigarettes play quite an important role in the anime, eventually.
I do love the art design and the soft colors that are used in the anime. Especially how simple and relaxed the color palette is with the storytelling. Its a beautiful anime that focuses more on the story aspect rather than sellouts like harems or romance. But to the average anime viewer, the art style may not resemble the typical modern anime one and may be a turn off but keep in mind that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
Rating: 7.5/10 I would not recommend this if you despise slow, military based anime.
YOUJO SENKI (COMPLETED)
One of my all time favorites. This is an awesome anime that would put any shounen anime to shame. I mean, take a look at the gif and tell me if that is not freaking cool?!
Now for all you history nerds out there, this anime is for you. The story starts in modern Japan with our MC being a salary man that is considered ‘evil’ with his dismissal of his coworkers in terms of feelings and firing them with a flick of his fingers. Just before he is about to die, God or ‘being X’ as the MC refers to, sends him to an alternate universe in order to force him to regain his faith in him. But there’s a catch, if she dies in the new world, she will never be reborn again.
In this universe, she gets reborn as Tanya von Degurechaff, a tiny blonde girl who volunteers herself into the military as a ‘mage’ which is basically a flying solider in that world.
Don’t be fooled by her adorable appearance, Tanya is actually pure evil with her intentions being to destroy any enemy in her way in order to get a comfortable position as top solider in the ranks. Unfortunately, Being X has his eye on her does whatever he can to ensure that she will die.
If this isn’t an interesting plot, I don’t know what is. In fact, I can summarize the entire plot in 5 words. Girl Hitler dominates the world.
The creator of Youjo Senki or Saga of Tanya the Evil, is very careful in ensuring that the entire story reflects world war II and how the tiny details play a big part in the story. Tanya despite being pure evil as the title suggests, is actually likable which is quite a feat considering this tiny girl is the reincarnation of Hitler.
Now, the art direction is an interesting one. The appearance of Tanya and Viktoriya is both incredibly adorable but there’s something off-putting about twisted the facial expressions can become. I will say that the art isn’t my favorite but it is certainly unique. In comparison to the manga and light novel, the anime’s art style is far from perfect but it carries out the tone of the anime quite well.
Rating: 10/10 I seldom give 10/10s due to me being a harsh critic so when I say something is good, oh you know its gonna be good and besides, I swear to Hitler’s mustache that there better be a season 2!
OUSHITSU KYOUSHI HAINE (ONGOING)
This goes out to all my fujoshis and fudanshis out there! MY PEOPLE! REPRESENT!
Reasons to why you should watch this anime. Other than the obvious bishounens and yaoi pairings, it has a pretty interesting story to support its click-bait material.
Enter our lovable hobbit Bilbo Baggins-I mean…Haine Sensei who’s just arrived at the palace on demand of the king to tutor the four princes on how to properly rule the kingdom. Its pretty much a battle royale situation among the princes on who gets to rule the kingdom as successor to the king. Haine has his work cut out for him with him metaphorically being the nanny McPhee to each prince, helping to sort out their flaws. There’s also this whole subplot with Haine having some kind of tragic backstory leading up to his arrival to the palace.
The anime has really vibrant colors used in its shading and character design with each character being an ikemen and being obvious eye candy. Especially the king whose name might I add is Viktor and although he’s suppose to be super old, he looks nothing more than 20. I swear, everyone named Victor or Viktor has some sort of special genetics that allows them to never age and look frackin attractive.
Rating: 8/10 This is the current rating for the latest episode so it might change depending how they toy with Haine Sensei’s backstory.
QUAN ZHI GAO SHOU
This a tricky anime to tackle because there’s one thing that separates this anime from the others. This is a Chinese dubbed anime which was made, both in animation and story by a Chinese company, G.CMay Animation & Film. There is controversy over this anime as many otakus are highly attached to the original Japanese dubbed because other than the sound, there is no difference in art style. I personally don’t hate the dub just because for once, I can finally understand what they’re saying!
But I understand their stance on the situation as it does sound a bit off with the dub being in Chinese just solely because I don’t like Chinese and that I suck at Chinese but I’m assuming others just like hearing the Japanese because it flows smoother and anime after all, is Japanese.
Now onto the review of the story! Xiu Ye is known as the ‘god’ of the online multiplayer video game ‘Glory’ and is beloved by all of the players however, his team decides to spontaneously force him into retiring through making another popular player take his place and announce his retirement to the whole world. Xiu Ye being an avid gamer, refuses to fade away and instead makes a new character from scratch and get back his top position in the gaming world.
For any gamer or geek like myself, this rings clear of the E-sports world where many gamers would compete to be the top player in competitions such as World of Warcraft or League of Legends or recently, Overwatch. This also shies from all of the RPG video game-styled anime like AHEM…Sword Art Online or Log Horizon which is still on my to watch list. Mind you, I will finish the list one day.
For now, its pretty good. Not gonna lie, I live for Ye Qiu’s badass moments where he fights with a damn umbrella. AN. UMBRELLA. A GODDAMN UMBRELLA.
Now, those who aren’t gamers or enjoy playing video games now and then as a hobby probably can’t understand the appeal of having the concept of an E-sports styled anime but everyone can probably enjoy the fight sequences.
The art is pretty similar to the modern anime art style and if you removed the voices, I bet none would be the wiser however, one thing stands out quite clearly in the anime. How weirdly pieced together the story was, I mean maybe it was just me but you would think that at least one person would notice that Ye Qiu was obviously the gaming god.
Seriously the female character picks up an ID of this guy who’s name was one letter off the gaming god’s name and has OP gaming skills. DING DING DING, oh I know he’s maybe the gaming god-nah. No way in hell pfftttt. Also the characters are very spread out with most of them being extremely focused on APM (Actions per minute) or experience grinding to even properly take a look at the MC’s backstory. I mean, 5 minutes after he was kicked out from his gaming team, he instantly goes to an internet cafe.
STORY OF MY DAMN LIFE.
In fact, he is just too chill to the point where I’m not sure if he has any personality aside from being badass. I mean, he is extremely talented at the game but, other than the game, he doesn’t seem to have anything else to define him which makes sense I suppose but sometimes, he’s just. so. boring. Like, he is so emotionless to the point where his not-a- girlfriend-girl friend has to be emotional in his place.
Side note: Ye Qiu and the not-a-girlfriend-girl friend Mu Cheng both look like Kirito and Asuna I mean, just look.
I get that he’s old and probably less surprised but he could deal with a little more personality like I do like his teasing but sometimes, the voice and lines don’t really match like for example, Oikawa from Haikyuu, he’s extremely talented at volleyball but is also chill and immature at the same time. Or he’s the emotionless genius, he could be more like L from Death Note who has his moments or Ram from Re:Zero.
Point is, something is just off to me about his personality because for some reason, everyone else outshines him on the topic of personality because since this anime focuses solely on gaming, the character development must be strong.
Although his personality is probably shown in about every shoujo anime ever with the cool love interest but personally, I just don’t like emotionless, too mature characters, they just seem 2D and bland.
Rating: 6/10 Only because its interesting only to the immersed gamer and not to the average everyday viewer.
BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA SEASON 2
SUPER LOVERS 2
SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN SEASON 2
STARMYU SEASON 2
Well, right now I’m laying off anime for a while until I find a series worth binge watching and before you say Hunter X Hunter, I’m working on it okay? 200 episodes kinda take a while to watch through.
If I don’t make a post by tomorrow, please send help.