As I watched a decent amount of anime in 2017, I decided to put together a list of my favorite anime series I watched in 2017. I opted for a Top 5, shared in the alphabetical order.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen)
Blue Exorcist was really one of the series that got me back into anime back in 2014. I’ve been actively reading the manga since and loving it! This sequel series picks up and continues the manga storyline where our main cast goes to Kyoto to deal with a massive demon, the Impure King. The storyline was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing one of my favorite arcs on the screen. While it doesn’t entirely cover all of the ground from the manga, it does a great job of portraying the characters and growing this universe setting for the viewers. I really enjoyed it and hope to see the next manga story arc tackled soon too! This series can be streamed legally at Amazon, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Yahoo View.
Himouto! Umaru-chan R
This is a silly series about Umaru-chan and her big brother. He’s a hard worker in the workforce, she’s…perfect in every way during the day, but when she gets home she’s a huge lazy bum! The first season was fantastic fun and I was really looking forward to Season 2 when it was announced. It has not disappointed. It’s quick humor and silly characters are great. What Season 2 gets, though, is a lot of character growth and development which you did not see in Season 1. I really liked it and would definitely recommend it. Himouto! Umaru-chan R can be streamed legally at Amazon and HIDIVE.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon)
Let me start off by saying that I did not expect to like this show. A show with some ecchi overtones about dragons becoming people and living among us with the main characters being a female computer programmer and a female dragon-girl who falls in love with her and wants to be her maid? That doesn’t sound up my alley or along the lines of what I normally watch. Yet, here I am putting it in my top list of 2017. It was a funny, heart-felt series with great characters that continued to grow as the series progressed. Each of the core characters learning more about themselves and how to relate in both worlds with each subsequent episode. Yet, it never lost what made it fun and unique along the way. Yes, there were unnecessary shots of comically oversized breasts, but in the end – this was a fun show and I am glad I watched it. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid can be streamed legally at Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Ninja Girl & Samurai Master 2 (Nobunaga no Shinobi: Ise Kanegasaki-hen)
This is the only short-form series on my list and I loved it so very, very much being one of the shows I looked forward to the most when it aired. A retelling of the historic story of Oda Nobunaga as he tried to unite all of Japan during their feudal era is told in a silly, fun way…by inserting an energetic and powerful female shinobi named Chidori into the narrative. It’s smart, quick witted, and a silly look at an interesting point in Japanese history that I know very little about. Each episode being all of 3 minutes made it quick to watch and easy to binge. I’d highly recommend it to anyone interested in a fun take on Japanese history. This series can be streamed legally at Crunchyroll.
I loved Sakura Quest. A tale of young women in their early 20s dealing with post-college aged life in the real world while trying to help boost tourism in the town of Manoyama. It’s a well done series with characters you grow to love. It also breaks a lot of silly expectations of anime by not making any romantic arcs with the main characters as well as having them…change their clothes regularly. I know these seem like little things, but it allows the plot to be enriched by focusing on their goals of boosting the town as well as their personal, individual character growth without trying to shoehorn in an unnecessary romantic arc. It was such a well crafted series that I highly recommend it. Sakura Quest can be streamed legally at Crunchyroll or Funimation.
What about you? What anime did you love in 2017? Let me know in the comments below or feel free to link to an article you wrote with your favorites!