Saturday, 22 April 2017

Best of Winter 2017 Anime Season and the Rest. Full Season Wrap-up Write up!

It's a bit later than usual, but I've finally finished watching all the Anime I followed from the Winter 2017 anime season! As Always I will list the anime I think deserves to be the Top 5 of the Season, this only includes shows that ENDED in the Winter 2017 season, so leftovers from 2016 may be included. Will also do a writeup of the rest of the shows I've watched so you can decide if it's worth your time to watch or not.

Strap yourselves in because it's going to be quite the ride. Winter 2017 had some REALLY good anime, and some surprising gems. I'll come out and say it now I personally didn't enjoy Kemono Friends so it won't be on here at all.

Sangatsu no Lion

Synopsis : This is a gentle tale about people trying to regain something. And it is a tale of battle.

Kiriyama Rei had lost his family in an accident when he was young. Now he is a 17-year-old pro shogi player who is burdened with deep loneliness. Rei lives alone in an old town in Tokyo, but after becoming acquainted with three sisters, Akari, Hinata and Momo, he begins to change little by little...
Thoughts : March comes in like a lion is easily one of the best anime I have seen in a very long time. The amount of emotions this anime evokes from the watcher is beyond belief. March comes in like  a lion also has the perfect depection of what living with depression is like. But don't fret, this anime isn't all gloom and doom, in fact it also some of the most healing scenes you will see, outside Aria the Animation that is. I highly recommend this anime to ANY and ALL anime fans out there.

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 Tooru, 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 : I'm sure this comes as no surprise to you, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon was a firm favorite this season. Featuring the funniest dragons this side of Slayers. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon was one of the very few "dragon" anime that was actually really good. As it's usually not the case, Yes I'm looking at you Dragonaut, If you need to laughs or just want to have your heart melt at how sweet Kanna is. This is for you.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! 2

Synopsis : Following a tragic accident, the game-loving shut-in Satou Kazuma was reborn in a parallel world. Though his dream of enjoying a new life as an adventurer in an RPG-inspired world and striving to be a hero didn't come true, he managed to get by in his new world. He was joined by Aqua, the goddess who accompanied him to the parallel world; Megumin, an arch wizard who can only use her magic once a day; and Darkness, a crusader whose attacks always miss. And so, along with his party of girls who have extremely advanced powers but unfortunately can't take full advantage of them, he managed to complete some quests here and there.

Then, one day, after Kazuma's party saved the town of Axel from the mobile fortress Destroyer, a messenger from the capital came to tell Kazuma that he was suspected of the crime of subversion to the state! Where will the ordinary adventurer Kazuma's life in a parallel world lead him tomorrow?!
Thoughts : Another anime that needs no introduction, unless you've been living in a cave, Konosuba 2 kept all the fun and laughs the original had, but this time Aqua wasn't completely useless. Darkness and Megumin were still fan faves this season but I was glad they introduced some new characters. But if for some reason you have yet to watch the first season. DO IT NOW!

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 Otus 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 : Revolutions, assasinations, conspiracies, cute girls that like bread. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.has it all and it also features a very well written story filled with intriguing characters. This anime has most probably slipped below the radar for the majority of Anime fans. But no fear. Reef is here to share this secret with you.

Youjo Senki

Synopsis : The anime centers on a young girl who fights on the frontlines in war. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and nearly transparent white skin, and she flies through the air and mercilessly strikes down her opponents. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff, and she speaks with a young girl's lisp and commands the army. Tanya used to be one of Japan's elite office workers, but because of a wrathful god, was reborn as a little girl. Tanya prioritizes optimization and career advancement above all, and she will become the most dangerous entity among the Imperial Army's sorcerers.
Thoughts : An Atheist Salaryman forced to be reborn as a girl in a fantasy world at war? Sign me up! Tanya the Evil really used visuals and audio to bring forward the grim realities of war. Make no mistake this anime isn't about "cute girl doing things" far from it! Season 2 when?!

That's my shortlist of the "best" anime from Winter 2017 now onto the "rest" and by rest I don't mean bad, Although some were quite terrible....

Kuzu no Honkai : Is a really good Romance/Drama anime with a very realistic approach to relationships in Japan, it can be a bit much for some people and the theme is VERY mature so don't be surprised by the sex scenes. It is well worth the watch though.

ReWrite Season 2 : Wraps up the ReWrite anime adaptation of the Key Visual Arts VN. That being said it's probably the worst Key Visual Arts I have EVER watched and I recommend you don't waste your time with this or the First season.

Chaos;Child : Did a really good job of taking the world created in Chaos;Head and building upon it. I'll admit I was taken by surprise quite a few times from the plot twists and turns.

Schoolgirl Strikers - Animation Channel : I initially thought SGS would just be your run of the mill high school girls fighting monsters anime. and for the most part it is. But the characters were interesting enough to keep it "fresh". 

Idol Jihen : Let's face it, it's not the best of shows but the girls are cute and it is fun to watch. Sadly it doesn't really go anywhere. But you still get to see Idols doing politics.

Nyanko Days : Short, Adorable, Cute, CATS!!!

Masamune-kun no Revenge : A promising rom-com that was only let down by it's end. Though I do understand that the manga isn't completed yet so I guess it was to be expected that things would end mid air.

Urara Meirochou : A super cute anime filled with a bit of the occult. It does feature slight fanservice but noting on the level of say "to Love ru". Well worth the watch you need a smile.

Seiren : Much like Amagami, feature different short "arcs" for each girl. I quite enjoyed watching Seiren to be honest, though I'll admit it's average at best.

eLDLive : This was a bit of a surprise, I half expected I'd drop it after the first episode, but it turns out it was a lot more interesting and fun to watch than initially thought. I'm kind of surprised it wasn't more popular.

Akiba's Trip The Animation : Was EXACTLY as I exptected it to be. As someone who enjoyed the game it's based on this was a treat to watch.

Gabriel DropOut : A VERY cute and hilarious anime about two angels and two demons getting along, to an extent, in a normal human highschool. Also Gabs depection as an mmo addict was pretty spot on!

Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu : I'll be honest, as a fan of cycling anime. I did expect a bit more from this one. If all female cycling anime is what you want I suggest rather watching Long Riders.

Demi-chan wa Kataritai : LOVED this anime. All the girls were adorable but Sakki is the far! Also goes to show you don't always need a lot of fanservice to make something like this work!

Ao no Exorcist - Kyoto Fujouou-hen : Finally we got more Blue Exorcist, and I'm honestly glad to see how they went around resolving the issue between Rin and the other trainees.

But these are just my thoughts, How did you feel about the anime from the Winter 2017 Season? Which anime did you wait for EVERY week?