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My Favourite Anime from 2017

The Winter 2018 anime season has kicked off but I'll be spending a week or two more catching up on titles I've missed throughout 2017. The previous year was enjoyable in more ways than one and brought with it a slew of titles that kept me glued to the screen for hours on end. Here's several anime that I relished and even re-watched, at the cost of spending my time more wisely. This list is in no order whatsoever, maybe other than the surprise addition of Kemono Friends. I'm hoping 2018 builds on an impressive 2017 and considering how this Winter season looks, I'm confident that this will be easy to achieve.

1. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
If only you could see the look on my face when I actually read the title and premise of this anime. "Incredulous" would be an understatement but it turned out to one of my favourites that season. The cast of characters were lovable, the gags didn't get old, for me at least and there were even a couple of incredible well-animated fight scenes, who would've thought. There were a multitude of heartwarming moments as well, with these otherworldly creatures warming up to the humans and adapting to life in a different dimension.

2. Boku no Hero Academia Season 2
Bones managed to improve on their first adaptation of the Boku no Hero Academia manga and that is a huge compliment in itself. I'm a sucker for a faithful adaptation, regardless of whether the source material is a manga, light novel or 4-koma comic. I keep up with the manga regularly so watching the second season was like a recap and seeing the fight scenes come to life was enough to keep me coming back week after week.

3. Mahoutsukai no Yome
I swear Wit Studio has mages in the team producing Mahoutsukai no Yome. I can't quite put my finger on why I enjoy this anime so much, as much of a silly excuse as it is. The visuals and soundtrack are a sublime combination and just enough is revealed every episode to keep me wondering what will happen in the next one or the next arc. The world of Mahoutsukai no Yome is fascinating and I'm captivated by the lore, even though little has been showcased so far. I might just read the manga once the second cour stops airing in a couple of months.

4. Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower
This was the most obvious addition to the list and I actually watched it twice in the cinema, even though I've read the visual novel already. Ufotable completely one-upped themselves, managing to trim the fat from the first third of the Heaven's Feel route while providing a visual spectacle in each fight. Even the scenes at Homurahara Academy and Shirou's home looked much better than the Unlimited Blade Works anime, which is saying something. I can still remember how the audience groaned after the post-credits scene revealed that the next installment will only air later this year.

5. Kemono Friends
Like everyone else, it was the sleeper hit of the year for me. I was actually rolling my eyes at how bad the CG animation was in the first few minutes, but I ended up binge-watching the entire season in a couple of sittings. It definitely deserved the widespread praise from both viewers and industry professionals. Kaban and Serval provided the bulk of the entertainment but the supporting cast was no slouch either, with extra credit given to the penguin idol group, PPP. It had a surprising amount of depth as well, with observant viewers noting from the first episode that it wasn't as simple and silly as it appeared to be.

Written by ET

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