You May Have Missed It: Good Shows from 2017

Hey again everyone – been gone a while but the end of the year gave me some motivation for another article. Partially inspired by finishing up some shows and partially inspired by my panels of an almost identical name, I decided to have a good to look at some of the more obscure shows from 2017. Now my twitter and reddit friends might be familiar with some or all of these – that’s fine, this is mostly for the casual viewer who didn’t have the time to sort through the countless number of anime that came out this year. So hopefully this thread will give you all some good suggestions. As an additional note, I will try to only list shows I’ve seen to give a more fair assessment, but will also include some I may have missed out on myself, given the buzz I saw for them. Of course, I won’t be including the big names like My Hero Academia or Konosuba – that would kind of defeat the point. This list will go from Winter 2017 to Fall 2017, according to anichart.net. (Additionally, all pictures for the shows are taken from MyAnimeList).

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Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish)

Kuzu no Honkai

Genre: Drama, Romance, School

Director: Masaomi Andou

Notable Works: White Album 2

Masaomi Andou is a relatively new director – he has been the director of only 4 shows, one of which was Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse and another of which was an easily forgettable ecchi harem fantasy show. So why do I recommend this show? For anyone who knows me, they should know that White Album 2 is probably my favorite show from 2013. Being such, it makes sense that I would also love Kuzu no Honkai which has similarities characters being shitty towards one another. The English title of the show is Scum’s Wish and that isn’t just a fancy title – the people in this show are scum and they use each other in a variety of questionable ways. The slow and dramatic pacing that made White Album 2 work so well excels here too. Andou certainly seems to have found his niche and I hope he continues to make more shows like this.

This show is available for streaming on Anime Strike, on Amazon.

Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls)

Genre: Comedy, School, Fantasy

Director: Ryou Andou

Notable Works: GATE

Another director with not too many credits to their name, another show that is definitely worth watching. This show follows a human teacher and a group of a few girls who are “demi-humans” – vampires, dullahans, snow women, and succubi. Rather than focusing strictly on comedy antics or any kind of weird romance, the show takes a fairly easy-going look at some issues that these kinds of creatures might experience in human life. But it never devolves into something more serious than a light-hearted comedy. The teacher is able to help the girls and he learns about them out of his own curiosity and out of his dedication as a teacher. The show handles it much better than some other monster-girl series (yes there are multiple) and it has some very good characters and an extremely lovable protagonist.

This show is available on Crunchyroll for streaming.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

Genre: Drama, Josei

Director: Shinichi Omata

Notable Works: Sankarea, Rozen Maiden 2013

I’m cheating a bit with this one – truth be told, this is season 2 of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. But I’d be doing everyone here a disservice if I didn’t sneak this one in here, as it’s my personal favorite anime of the year. If you want a drama about rakugo, which is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling and comedy, this is the show for you. It’s the only anime I feel safe calling anime of the year for 2016 AND 2017 – it does what it does so well that it’s nearly unbelievable that the show exists. Incredible cinematography woven in with some intensely complex characters creates some beautiful moments on screen, in a show that I’ll never be able to stop telling people to watch. So if any of this ranting sounds good to you, please go check out season 1.

You can watch both seasons on Crunchyroll.

Gamers!

Gamers!

Genre: Comedy, School, Romance

Director: Manabu Okamoto

Notable Works: N/A

Now this director didn’t have ZERO experience with directing, however they didn’t have any sole directing credits on any shows besides this. But don’t let that deter you – Gamers! is still very much worth the watch. At first it seems like nothing special, but you eventually realize that this show is poking fun at the RomCom genre in a way that you can only do when you crank up the ridiculousness to 11. The only hint I’ll give is that you could easily call this show “Misunderstandings” and it would still be a perfect fit. The only blow this show gets is not having a definitive ending, but the extremely wacky nature of the show should give you plenty to enjoy.

This is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

 

Isekai Shoukudou (Restaurant to Another World)

Genre: Fantasy, Food

Director: Masato Jinbo

Notable Works: Chaos;Child, Prisma Illya

This show is truly a chill out and relax show. The fantasy takes a back seat to a mysterious restaurant that manages to appear all over in different fantasy worlds and attract a variety of clients. The show never strays beyond this which was extremely nice in my opinion. Just watching these characters with brief backstories enjoy food and relax for a while was a nice break every week when I was able to watch this. Nothing crazy happens with the food, besides the characters thinking it’s good. It’s almost like watching a nature documentary at points, one that focuses on different people and some creatures.

This show is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

 

Princess Principal

Princess Principal

Genre: Action, Mystery

Director: Masaki Tachibana

Notable Works: .hack//Quantum, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

You’re pretty much getting what’s printed on the tin here – an action mystery show with girls in gothic-like outfits in a steampunk setting. If that sounds like your thing, then Princess Principal will totally be right up your alley. I almost don’t want to say anything else. It’s kind of hard to add onto that, since this is pretty much you get what you expected show. The show has plenty of serious moments to counter out the obvious cute factor and a rather interesting story that tries to do a bunch of big things in only 12 episodes. It was right up my alley though and it’d be silly to not check it out if it checked all your boxes.

This show is available on Anime Strike, on Amazon.

Mahoujin GuruGuru (Magical Circle Guru Guru)

Mahoujin Guruguru (2017)

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Director: Hiroshi Ikehata

Notable Works: Robot Girls Z

This is probably the show that finally pushed me over the edge to write this article – this show was incredibly strong in so many different areas but it was criminally overlooked. Even I wouldn’t have seen it at all had a friend not been tweeting out screenshots of the first episode, and I like to think I’m pretty on top of those things.  A funny and sweet show with some really great lessons about believing in yourself and love, it’s a 24 episode series that parodies a fantasy RPG. Tons of fast paced gags and one extremely cute protagonist, it’s definitely a show you won’t get bored with easily. You’d be surprised at how attached you may end up getting to these characters.

This show is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

 

Tsurezure Children

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Hiraku Kaneko

Notable Works: …

I put the dots for notable works because… if you took a look at this director’s other works you’d realize he did a lot of ecchi and hentai before this. Which makes Tsurezure Children such a pleasant surprise. It is an entirely sweet and pure show about different couples done in a skit format. They have their interactions, they get together, they even hold hands! You’ll surely find someone to relate to. It’s a short show too so it will only take half your time – 9 minute to 10 minute episodes with 3-4 skits each. A fantastic show from an unlikely director that will absolutely melt your heart.

This show is streaming on Crunchyroll.

 

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou (Girls’ Last Tour)

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou

Genre: Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic, Slice of Life

Director: Takaharu Ozaki

Notable Works: Persona 5 the Animation

There have been several shows with similar premises and some that develop into a much darker place – Girls’ Last Tour is neither of those. It’s an extremely unique show that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. These girls aren’t searching for the answer as to why the world ended, nor are they concerned with looking for a group of survivors. They’re just exploring and surviving, day after day, doing what they have to. The show also takes a look at some familiar concepts to all of us, such as music and religion, and puts it in the perspective of two young girls who aren’t familiar with any of it. I’m extremely glad the show never went into a dark place or strayed from what it was – it ended up being my favorite show of the season it aired and I’m glad I was able to watch it.

This show is available on Anime Strike, on Amazon.

 

Anime-Gataris

Animegataris

Genre: Comedy, School, Meta

Director: Kenshirou Morii

Notable Works: Full Metal Alchemist specials

Coming from studio WAO WORLD whose only other notable work is Eyes of Mars – an infamously terrible show – you wouldn’t be reprimanded for passing on this. However I think you’d be mistaken to do so. Anime-Gataris is nearly a love letter to being an anime fan. It follows a girl who gets into anime and learns all about it from the other anime club members. Plus, the show has absolutely fantastic show title parodies such as “Yuri on Nice” and “Fresh Prince of Tennis”. I’d watch it just to see how many you could pick up. It’s really nice to see a show that celebrates being an anime fan, especially when so many fans are self-deprecating.

This show is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.


And that’s that – I feel like I covered all those I wanted to get to, but here’s some more notable works in case you all aren’t satisfied with this. I felt that these all didn’t necessarily match the correct criteria but may still be shows you haven’t seen:

  • Kemono Friends
  • Gabriel Dropout
  • SaeKano S2
  • Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul
  • Tsuki ga Kirei
  • Alice to Zouroku
  • Kakegurui
  • Land of the Lustrous
  • Just Because!
  • Blend-S
  • Garo – Vanishing Line –

To sum up, I think 2017 was a really strong year for anime. We got a ton of sequels and a ton of powerful heavy hitting shows but we also got a lot of overlooked shows as well that I think should be given another look.

Thanks for reading, I hope you pick up something good due to this list.

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