Sunday, 29 January 2017

What Anime to watch from the Winter 2017 Season

The Winter 2017 Anime season is in full swing, and I'm glad to report that there are a ton of really good sequels this season! But fans of those shows probably already know it. The thing people are really curious about is which of the new Anime they should watch. Personally I feel that a lot of the new anime are...just okay. Not great, not terrible, just okay. Luckily there are a few good ones, which is the purpose of this post. And a few downright horrid anime as well...here's looking at you Spiripact and Handshakers. Keep in mind this is not a list of the "best shows from winter 2017" just a list of which of the new anime(not sequel or spinoff) are worth watching this season.

Kuzu no Honkai

Synopsis : 17-year-old Awaya Mugi and Yasuraoka Hanabi appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don't know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Minagawa Akane, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, Kanai Narumi, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share a loneliness-driven physical intimacy. Will things stay like this for them forever?
Thoughts : Scum's Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) is most probably going to be the drama of the season, unlike Fuuka. Kuzu no Honkai has an extremely complicated relationship dynamic going on and Tears will be had! 

ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

Synopsis : The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 states, is celebrating its monarch's 99th birthday. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA. Within ACCA, Jean Otis is the second-in-command of the inspection agency. His agency has ten people placed in each of the 13 states, with a central office in the capital city. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state's ACCA office flowing toward the central office. Jean also often has business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.
Thoughts : ACCA 13 is kind of the dark horse this season, It doesn't feature amazing animation and isn't talked about much. But has one of the more interesting settings and plots this season. It is probably not going to appeal to most people though.

Masamune-kun no Revenge

Synopsis : As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation.
Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki's school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought?
Thoughts : Masamune-kun no Revenge is a light hearted romance comedy with a slight spin on things. It is fairly predictable as the main character is dense in a few ways. Except when things get changed up a bit to keep people interested. Also there seems to be a possible romance triangle developing.

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon


Synopsis : Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment, until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Thor, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl, albeit with horns and a long tail, and she will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Kobayashi's normal life is about to go off the deep end.
Thoughts : Miss Kobayashi`s Dragon Maid is luckily one of the few anime feature Dragons that isn't terrible. In fact so far it has been quite fun to watch, though it wouldn't be fair to say that the Dragons are acting in a expected dragon fashion. So far the anime has been quite heartwarming and a lot of laughs.

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Synopsis : Ajin, also known as demi-humans or simply Demi, have lived alongside humans for ages under persecution. However, in recent years, they have become accepted as regular members of society.

Takahashi Tetsuo is a biology teacher who has been always interested in demi-humans but never had a chance to meet them. However, in his fourth year of working at Shibasaki High School he starts teaching Takanashi Hikari, a highly-energetic vampire and lover of tomato juice; Machi Kyouko, a shy dullahan who has trouble socializing; and Kusakabe Yuki, a yukionna who avoids people because she is afraid that she might hurt others with her powers. Moreover, the school employs math teacher Satou Sakie, a succubus who constantly suppresses her seductive ability and has zero experience with men.

As Takahashi interacts with demi-humans, he learns more interesting facts about them and helps them solve their problems.
Thoughts : Demi-chan wa Kataritai is delightfully entertaining anime about a seemingly oblivious teacher and the focus of his interests, the demi-humans, or demi-chan's as they prefer to be called. The anime features a bit of a harem feel to it, but everything thus far has been quite pure and light hearted.

Little Witch Academia

Synopsis : Akko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Akko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot's performance that she dreamed to someday be a "cool" witch like her. This young and impressionable Akko takes Shiny Chariot's words as her own motto: "Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.“ As part of a class, Akko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Akko tries to stop the dragon, but…
Thoughts : Finally! After Studio Trigger released the original Little Witch Academia animation in 2013 we have the tv series everyone was waiting for. Most probably one of the few new shows that can compete with the sequels this year.

Obviously tastes are subjective, but luckily I'm fairly open to hearing what other people think, which of the new anime do you feel is good this season? Personally I feel that this season is going to be carried by the sequels and leftover shows from 2016 as the majority of new anime all seem a bit mediocre.