A Year in Review: Anime Edition 2017

This past year was filled with positive experiences.  I have kept up to date with the newly released anime and viewed a couple from past years.  Overall, I would say last year was definitely the most anime filled.  I ended the year with a grand total of 87 days spent watching anime, according to MAL.  I’m slowly coming closer to my goal of 100 days, which I will be bound to hit in 2018.  Also, I intend to continue my growing obsession and possibly attend Anime Expo as a reward to myself after graduating high school.  Looking back on the year, I’ve compiled this list of some favorites, which consists of some older ones that I tried and of course ones from the newer seasons.

Barakamon (2014)

Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: Seishuu Handa is an up-and-coming calligrapher: young, handsome, talented, and unfortunately, a narcissist to boot. When a veteran labels his award-winning piece as “unoriginal,” Seishuu quickly loses his cool with severe repercussions.

Barakamon

Black Clover (still airing)

Rating: N/A

Synopsis: Asta and Yuno were abandoned at the same church on the same day. Raised together as children, they came to know of the “Wizard King”—a title given to the strongest mage in the kingdom—and promised that they would compete against each other for the position of the next Wizard King. However, as they grew up, the stark difference between them became evident. While Yuno is able to wield magic with amazing power and control, Asta cannot use magic at all and desperately tries to awaken his powers by training physically.

Black Clover (TV)

Blue Exorcist (2011)

Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: Blue Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is in fact the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together. Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio

Ao no Exorcist

Boruto: Naurto Next Generations (2017)

Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: Boruto Uzumaki is often the center of attention as the son of the Seventh Hokage. Despite having inherited Naruto’s boisterous and stubborn demeanor, Boruto is considered a prodigy and is able to unleash his potential with the help of supportive friends and family. Unfortunately, this has only worsened his arrogance and his desire to surpass Naruto which, along with his father’s busy lifestyle, has strained their relationship. However, a sinister force brewing within the village may threaten Boruto’s carefree life.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Classroom of the Elite (2017)*

Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment. Ayanokouji Kiyotaka is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Horikita Suzune and Kushida Kikyou, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (TV)

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys (2017)

Rating: 7.5/10

Synopsis: Kenka Banchou Otome – Girl Beats Boys, Hinako Nakayama has spent all of her life being raised in state-run orphanages, without ever knowing her family. As she’s about to enter high school, Hinako is approached by Hikaru, a boy who claims to be her twin brother. According to Hikaru, Hikaru and Hinako are the children of the head of the powerful Onigashima yakuza family, and Hikaru wants Hinako to switches places with him at Shishiku Academy, an all-boys school overrun with the nation’s toughest delinquents. Can Hinako save her brother, find romance, and become the new boss of the school?

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys

 

 

 

 

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun (2017)

Rating: 9/10

Synopsis: The handsome young soccer genius named Aoyama is a Japan representative. His play style is “cleanliness.” He doesn’t tackle and doesn’t head the ball. If he’s doing a throw-in, he’ll only do it if he’s wearing gloves.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun

Mahoutsukai no Yome (still airing)

Rating: N/A

Synopsis: Hatori Chise is only 15, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chise, offering a chance she couldn’t turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows?

Mahoutsukai no Yome

Nana Maru San Batsu (2017)

Rating: 9/10

Synopsis: As soon as he entered high school, the first year student Koshiyama Shiki was invited to the mysterious Quiz Study Group led by his senpai. What will Shiki run into when being dragged along by his class mate Mari into the dazzling world of competitive quizzes?!

Nana Maru San Batsu

Net-juu no Susume (2017)*

Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: Moriko Morioka is a 30-year-old single NEET woman. After dropping out from reality, she has taken off in search for a fulfilling life and ended up in a net game or “netoge.” In the netoge world, she began her new life as a refreshing and handsome character named Hayashi. While starting out as a beginner, a pretty character named Lily reached out to help her. Meanwhile, in the real world, awaits a shocking encounter with a good-looking elite company employee, a mysterious blue-eyed blonde.

Net-juu no Susume

New Game!!

Rating: 9/10

Synopsis: It has been a year since Aoba Suzukaze started working at the Eagle Jump game company. In that time, she and her eccentric coworkers in the character design department have worked hard to release the company’s newest game: Fairies Story 3. With their latest title now complete, a new project must begin—starting with a contest to decide the character designs for the upcoming game. Through hard work, dedication, and some guidance from the previous character designer, Kou Yagami, Aoba wins the contest and begins her new role as lead character designer.

New Game!!

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara (2017)

Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: The third season of Shokugeki no Souma.

Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara

Super Lovers 2 (2017)

Rating: 9/10

Synopsis: This is the second season of Super Lovers.

Super Lovers 2

 

Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation (2017)

Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: With the team’s combined strength, the Sohoku High bicycle racing club beat reigning champions Hakone Academy at the Interhigh national race and achieved an impressive overall victory. Now that their hot summer has ended and third-years Kinjou, Makishima, and Tadokoro have retired from the team, first-year participants in the Interhigh Onoda Sakamichi, Imaizumi Shunsuke, and Naruko Shoukichi, along with their new captain second-year Teshima Junta and vice-captain Aoyagi Hajime begin preparing as a “new team” for their second consecutive championship at the next Interhigh. In order to retake their throne, their rivals Hakone Academy have also incorporated new members and begun training as a new team. Kyoto Fushimi High is lead by the monstrous racer Midousuji Akira. The nation’s top schools are all honing their skills to reach the top of the Interhigh.

Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

After looking back on the anime I have watched this past year, I would have to say I have two definite favorites that should rank far beyond the rest: Classroom of the Elite and Net-juu no Susume.  I highly recommend the two.  This year definitely did not disappoint.

 

 

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