Well here we are AGAIN ladies and gentlemen. The year in review for 2017. I guess we can consider this year "The year of Sequels" although I found the perfect picture to describe this year:
Yep, from Dragons to Devils, and Memes to Traps, 2017 has certainly delivered. While it did seem like a down year when it came to the quality of anime, there was still a hefty amount of great anime that came out this year.
First thing is first, I would like to start with my most underrated anime of the year.
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Inaba Yuushi's parents died in his first year of middle school, and he moved in with his relatives. Though they did care for him, he could tell he was a burden. After he graduated, he happily prepared to move to a high school with a dormitory. Unfortunately, the dormitory burned to the ground before he could move in! Yuushi doesn't want to live with his grudging relatives, but it's rough finding lodging as an orphaned student with little money. He finally finds a room in a nice old building which seems too good to be true.
The catch is that it is a Monster House, a place where humans and supernatural creatures—ghosts, mononoke, etc.—live together. Another high schooler lives there, a cute girl named Akine, and she's completely unfazed by the monsters. In fact, she can even exorcise evil spirits! Yuushi's high school life just got much stranger than he ever bargained for!
Yokai Apartment really took me by surprise. I found myself coming home after work every Monday and watching the newest episode. While Yokai apartments was not a masterpiece by far, it had a lot of real world similarities that people are faced with. So Yuushi basically takes responsibility for himself and works, goes to school, and pays his rent...AT THE AGE OF 16. Yuushi is one of the main reasons why I really enjoyed this show. He is the main character who is actually not a total idiot and steps up when things are bad. This anime, while serious at points, has a good balance of comedy as well. Hence the birds as the default picture. (Seriously I lost it every time those birds would come on screen).
I definitely recommend checking out Yokai Apartment life if you want a good balance of Feels and Comedy.
I will now rattle off my Anime I have ranked 10-6 and then go into more detail when it comes to my top 5 anime of 2017.
10. Gabriel Dropout- Ah, a copious amount of Devil and Angel waifus. Gabriel Drop out gave me some great moments (mainly from Satania) but it gave me a copious amount of Vigne moments as well, which is never a bad thing.
9. Sakura Quest- A great anime when it comes to the responsibilities of Adults. The comparison to real-world issues makes you appreciate it a lot more.
8. Konosuba Season 2- I'm actually surprised at myself for not putting season 2 in my top five. However, with the lack of Megumin it took a hit in my eyes. But it still stays in the top ten thanks to Darkness basically making me cry with laughter the entire season.
7. Ancient Magus Bride- If they had both cours' this year I can tell you that Magus Bride would probably win anime of the year. From the story to the music, this anime is sheer brilliance. I highly recommend checking it out.
6. March Comes in like a Lion- THIS ANIME IS A STRONG CONTENDER FOR ANIME OF THE YEAR.
I mean it. While it was not in my top five, this anime is basically flawless. The only reason it was not in my top five is because I found myself taking breaks from it a few weeks at a time for how serious it gets at times. I recommend checking out Kerberos' Top anime and read his piece of March comes in like a Lion.
5. Tsurezure Children
Young love—it takes many unique and fascinating forms that flourish as children begin to mature into adults. From being unable to confess to not knowing what real love actually feels like, various obstacles can arise when learning about romantic attraction for the first time. But underneath all that, young love is something truly beautiful to behold, leading to brand new experiences for those young and in love.
Tsurezure Children depicts various scenarios of young love coming to fruition, along with the struggles and joys that it entails.
Studios: Studio Gokumi
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen.
A really cute anime. It's rare for me to like an anime with so many characters, and so many stories but Tsurezure Children really stood out to me. I enjoyed every character and their relationships with each other thoroughly. The only downfall of this anime is that each episode is only 12 minutes each and I found myself wanting MORE AFTER EACH EPISODE!!!! I am really hoping the Bluray sales do well because Tsurezure Children deserves, DESERVES a season two.
4. Blend S
High school girl Maika Sakuranomiya has trouble finding a part-time job because of how scary she looks when smiling. However, she is scouted one day by an Italian man who is also the manager of Stile, a café where its waitresses are given unique traits such as tsundere and younger sister. Maika is given a sadist trait because of her looks and has to adopt a dominant and cruel persona when servicing customers, particularly masochist ones.
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Blend S was a very interesting anime. I'll start off with this; it's been a long time where the first episode of an anime had me laughing from start to finish. Seriously, as soon as I started episode one it was just non-stop laughter, and the episodes that followed each week delivered again and again. The comedy this anime delivered was gold. What made it interesting was the romance aspect of it. Now while it is definitely not a good thing for a 26 year old adult to be flirting with a Seventeen year old high school girl, I felt like the creators had a good enough story where the viewers were not really bothered by the situation at all. If Dino was a real creep and a jerk when it came to Maika then yeah I would be a little hesitant watching this anime.(Kind of like how "A Sister is all you need" had no sibling relationships in it after all) The opening became the meme of the year with people adding different "S" related things to the song. Blend S also gave us one heck of a surprise, but thats something the viewer has to witness for themselves what the surprise actually is. *wink wink*
3. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
As Kobayashi sets off for another day at work, she opens her apartment door only to be met by an unusually frightening sight—the head of a dragon, staring at her from across the balcony. The dragon immediately transforms into a cute, busty, and energetic young girl dressed in a maid outfit, introducing herself as Tooru.
It turns out that the stoic programmer had come across the dragon the previous night on a drunken excursion to the mountains, and since the mythical beast had nowhere else to go, she had offered the creature a place to stay in her home. Thus, Tooru had arrived to cash in on the offer, ready to repay her savior's kindness by working as her personal maidservant. Though deeply regretful of her words and hesitant to follow through on her promise, a mix of guilt and Tooru's incredible dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to take the girl in.
Despite being extremely efficient at her job, the maid's unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up horrifying Kobayashi and at times bring more trouble than help. Furthermore, the circumstances behind the dragon's arrival on Earth seem to be much more complicated than at first glance, as Tooru bears some heavy emotions and painful memories. To top it all off, Tooru's presence ends up attracting several other mythical beings to her new home, bringing in a host of eccentric personalities. Although Kobayashi makes her best effort to handle the crazy situation that she has found herself in, nothing has prepared her for this new life with a dragon maid.
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Fantasy
Again another candidate for anime of the year. For the longest time, this was my anime of the year. This anime is really freaking amazing. This Kyoto Animation show can be compared more to Nichijou than Phantom World or Clannad. The animation was done the right way. Honestly, words cannot describe how amazing the animation was. Add in an A+ amount of characters, story and Kawaii moments and you had one of the best anime of the year.
2. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Moriko Morioka is a 30-year-old single NEET woman. After dropping out from reality, she has taken off in search of a fulfilling life and ended up in a net game or "netoge." In the netoge world, she began her new life as a refreshing and handsome character named Hayashi. While starting out as a beginner, a pretty character named Lily reached out to help her. Meanwhile, in the real world, awaits a shocking encounter with a good-looking elite company employee, a mysterious blue-eyed blonde.
Studios: Signal MD
Source: Web manga
Genres: game, Comedy, Romance
So while the animation wasn't the best, Moriko and Sakurai made up for it because they were seriously two of the best characters of the YEAR. Anytime I can relate to a fictional character makes me like that character a lot more and I feel like a lot of us can see a little bit of Moriko in us. Just someone not caring anymore, playing video games and just worrying about nothing at all. Along with the budding relationships being made throughout the anime and some of the most heart-wrenching scenes this year, Recovery of an MMO junkie is a must watch. Moriko is definitely a top 10 waifu of 2017 as well.
1. Interview with Monster Girls
High school biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi may look like your average everyday instructor, but beneath his gentle appearance lies something less ordinary: his fascination for the "Ajin," more commonly known as "Demi." Although these half-human, half-monster beings have integrated into human society, Takahashi believes that much about them will remain unknown unless he interacts with them firsthand.
Demi-chan wa Kataritai follows Takahashi's daily life in Shibasaki High School together with his three Demi students—Hikari Takanashi, an energetic vampire; Kyouko Machi, a gentle dullahan; and Yuki Kusakabe, the shy snow woman. Along the way, Takahashi also meets fellow teacher Sakie Satou, a succubus with an aversion towards men. To fulfill his goal of learning more about the Demi, Takahashi decides to conduct casual interviews with the girls to learn more about their abilities, psyche, and their interaction with human society. As Takahashi strengthens his bond with his students, he soon discovers that the Demi are not as unusual as he initially believed.
Studios: A-1 Picture
Genres: Comedy, Vampire, Fantasy, School, Seinen.
Interviews with monster girls!!! Wow what an anime; it definitely went in a different direction then I expected it to. First of all, what really stood out to me about this anime is that none of the girls (minus one) actually portrayed any of the derogatory traits that each "Monster" is associated with. So for instance Hikari is a Vampire, but she did not have the weaknesses that Vampires from stories had, such as not being able to be in the sunlight, or eating garlic. The show treated the monster girls as a disability via a DNA mutation. The second thing that stood out to me about this anime was Takahashi sensei and his interest in monster girls. What an awesome freaking character man, I tell you, even during his studies of each girl he put them first before any information he was trying to obtain. He worried about their feelings first (Especially when it came to Yuki and Sakie) when he would interact with them. I was not a big fan of him smoking in one episode but I can let it slide because of how awesome of a character he is. The third thing I found interesting is how each monster girl's "disability" can be compared to situations in the real world. So for instance Sakie can not be around Males because she is a succubus. This results in her being nervous around the Male species. A trait that can be compared to Men and Woman in this day and age.
I highly recommend checking out this anime. The balance of Comedy, Feels, and Romance is really well done. Also each character is freaking awesome, even when you think you wont like a certain character, they redeem themselves. Great characters, story, animation, and music makes Interview with Monster Girls a must watch for any anime fan.