So here we are, Anime of the Year. Which one show stands above everything watched in 2017? Here are our picks.
Nick’s Anime of the Year
Honestly, this was a hard choice for me. Some may look at it and think it’s pretty clear which one to pick, but for me it really was tough. Both Made in Abyss and Girls’ Last Tour were amazing shows, outstanding really, but at the end of the day I could only pick one and that one is Girls’ Last Tour. I kinda summed up my feelings about it in the last part (along with a multi-part tweet) so I don’t have much else to say, but after carefully weighing both out and thinking hard about it, this is the decision I’ve come to. Not to say Made in Abyss is a bad show or anything, I absolutely loved it so much, it’s fantastic in nearly every way, but there is just something about Girls’ Last Tour that really struck a chord with me and makes it the more memorable show of 2017.
Tsuyuki’s Anime of the Year
My anime of the year without any doubt was Little Witch Academia. In case I haven’t sung its praises enough, Little Witch Academia was the first show from popular animation studio Trigger that I fell 110% in love with from beginning to end and rewatched the instant I finished it. The light-hearted fun, the lovable and amazing characters, the perfect soundtrack from Michiru Oshima, the inspirational story, everything about it made me love it so much that it has beaten both selector infected WIXOSS and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica as my favourite anime of all time. This show encompasses pure joy and magic in one of the most wholesome and enjoyable experiences I’ve had in a long time.
Deven’s Anime of the Year
With an anime about gambling you don’t really expect much from it. You probably expect some clever plays and some bluffs that reach the point of god-like, all with a smug smile on the MC’s face.
We get that with Kakegurui but so much more…
Yumeko Jabami carries the show…carries isn’t really the right word but she makes the show even more interesting that it already is. Let me explain. The world of Kakegurui all the gamblers are cheating. So, while being skilled is important, figuring out how your opponent is cheating is even more important. In addition, the reaction faces, the use of bright pulsing red or predatory yellow eyes, and you as the viewer trying to figure out how the other player is cheating makes for a very interesting mental and visual treat. The show is just something that seems mild at the start, only to get into a competition with itself. How more over the top can we make the faces and the plot? Can we do it? We can! And it was beautiful. It’s definitely worth the second season that it’s getting. And I can’t be more happy. I definitely would call Kakegurui one of the top anime of the year.
Joe’s Anime of the Year
I sort of already said what I would say my Anime of the Year was, but, that is also the one we all happened to agree on. So, I guess, mine is the runner-up. Honestly, I would love to say The Ancient Magus’ Bride, and that would easily win, but it is still ongoing, and the only way for me to accurately judge it, is if it finished.
Anyway, after that long-winded intro, mostly so I could think of a good runner-up, I have decided on Sakura Quest.
I honestly typed that without thinking. Yet, that hasty and spur of the moment decision seems like the logical choice. So, where to start with this show, probably the fact it is different. Unlike other anime this one is in that stage when you are getting out of college and trying to start a career. Questions in life arise and you often wonder if you are on the right track. But also, how to find where you belong as an adult. Needless to say, I found this rather relatable, between struggling to find a full-time job, but also question exactly what to do with this new phase in my life. Anime rarely address things like this, since most take place in high school. There are even fewer that take place during or after college. This show was more than just that, but also community, and what you can do to help those around you. Between what the series was about and the likeable cast, I could go on for some time about this one show. I will just keep it at that since what it was about certainly was the larger impact that made me think of this of “Anime of the Year” worthy.
We also sat down and thought about a show we could all agree on as a general Anime of the Year. Here’s what we decided on.
I talked about Maid Dragon back in the winter part of this series, so I don’t have too much to say, but one thing that always comes to mind when I think about this show is just how heart warming it is. It’s one of those shows you just can’t help but smile when watching as the character are so lovable and bring so much to each ep. They’re like a family really, just one with dragons, but a family nonetheless. I highly recommend checking this anime out as it’s one I’m sure you’ll come to love too.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid or Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon is a show; the best word I could use to describe it is “warm.” It’s light hearted, heart warming, and funny in all the best ways. What Maidragon feels like is a forming of a family. Each character gets added to this big family and as time goes on you’re happy for this growing family. Even though it’s a family of crazy mythical creatures, and even if the show had a few low notes (most notably for me being it’s ending and the less than great English dub) that wasn’t enough to take away it’s charm and it without a doubt being one of the highlights of 2017.
It might be a little difficult to see why Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid would be up for anime of the year. The reason is in my opinion is that it does so much in a single anime. It’s comedy, slice of life, fantasy, a little bit of action, a healing anime, and a little bit of romance. This things mix together in such a sweet and fluffy way that I had a lot of anime to watch that season but I always made sure to watch Dragon Maid first. Sometimes I even watched on my phone while I was heading to/from work.
The interactions of the cast seemed so nice and cute. They were easy to love and watch. I found myself constantly enjoying every moment of the series to the point where I didn’t want it to end. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that was looking for a good slice of life anime.
My true Anime of the Year. Honestly, this was the only show I could think of that we have all seen. I knew New Game could have been an option and a few others, but either I didn’t finish it or the few cases where I did someone else didn’t finish it. Either way, Dragon Maid was certainly a big contender for all of us.
Being last, I don’t want to say what was already said, so I will keep it short. It was fun, the characters all had their own sense of charm which made each episode a delight when it focused on one over the other, and overall, it somehow did everything just right. From the music, the characters, the animation, and knowing when exactly to switch from the often comedic moments to make the serious moments hit that much harder which only added to how enjoyable this show was. There are few flaws I see in this show, but none of them can damage what the show was able to achieve.
So there you have it, our picks for Anime of the Year. As always be sure to leave a comment below with your Anime of the Year along with any other shows that stood out for you.
2017 was a good year for anime and even though we only talked about a few during our year in review, there are plenty more that are worth checking out. 2018 has already started off with some great new shows, so you can expect to see us coming back to this season in the 2018 year in review to talk about our favorites.
As always thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this quick review of the last year, and we look forward to seeing you around for another great year of anime!