Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Anime Spotlight : The Best Anime of 2017

I know I know, we are a few weeks into 2018 already. Things got a bit hectic at work a lot sooner than I expected. But I finally got time to finish this list of the Top 5 anime from 2017.

2017 for me had some really fantastic anime, and quite a few average to poor ones. But I guess that can be said about any anime year so far...unless people are using nostalgia goggles ;)

Join me as I take I list the 5 anime I thought was the best 2017 had to offer.

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.

Made in Abyss

Synopsis : The enormous cave system, known as the Abyss, is the last unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how deep down goes this titanic pit, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics which purpose in unknown to modern man. Generations of bold adventurers have been drawn by the cryptic depths of the Abyss. In course of time those brave enough to explore the dangerous pit came to be known as Cave Raiders.

In Oosu, the town at the edge of the Abyss, there lives a little orphan named Rico, who dreams of becoming as great a cave raider as her mother was and solving the great mystery of the pit. One day exploring the murky depths she stumbles upon a little boy, who turns out to be a robot...
Thoughts : First off, if you didn't watch Made in Abyss, go drop everything you are doing and watch it and you'll see why it's one of the very few great anime this season. If you need more convincing well. Made in the Abyss has an amazing soundtrack, art style is a bit weird for sure, but the writing of the characters and the story is so good you'll forget about it after a very short while. And soon you will feel a connection with the characters. I'm not going to spoil anything but be sure to have some tissues ready when watching this Anime.

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 : Little Witch Academia was everything I hoped for and more. Studio Trigger has once again outdone themselves in expanding the story of what was initially a one of short animation, It features just the right mix of fun, adventure, comedy and suspense. Let the colourful cast of Little Witch Academia entertain you.


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!

I'm pretty sure some of you reading this right now aren't agreeing with my list. Which is awesome as we all have different tastes. Feel free to share your top 5 anime of 2017 with me.