OG’s Top 15 Favorite Anime of 2017

Another year full of ups and downs, another year of great anime, especially for yours truly. So many shows I enjoyed that it was hard to pick only ten so I ramped it up to twelve. Besides my favs I will also include my biggest disappointment and two shows I wanted to finish but could not do so before the end of the year. Keep in mind this is MY list so if a show you loved is not included that is because I did not watch it or did not enjoy it as much as the fifteen on the list.

Let’s begin with the biggest disappointment.

Two Car

Two Car

Of the four “Bike Girls Club” anime I have seen this is the worst by far. Not only is it a disappointment to the Yuri Nation but also there is little to entertain non-yuri fans (unless they NEED to check it out. If so, feel free) but it was apparently Silver Link Studio’s 10th Anniversary show. That or ImoCho, which also doesn’t sound particularly appealing. The leading ladies’ bantering gets old quick, the reason for their consistent bickering is stupid and the way it all ends is not even worth discussing. The only good things about the show were the side-characters though they are a mixed bag.

Three shows I wanted to check out but couldn’t finish by year’s end.

I’ll do my best to review SQ and write a Yuri Quickie for Creators ASAP. Inuyashiki I’ll check out at my leisure.

One last thing before we get to the list: Numbers 12-6 are arbitrary despite their positioning as all of them have something worth giving a try if curious. It’s the top 5 shows that really got my heart pumping all year.

Now for my top 15 starting with…

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#15: Kakegurui

This show is sexy, insane, violent and psychologically disturbing and I loved every minute of it, and leading lady Yumeko Jabami, aka the Monster Among the Women, (as I like to call her) personifies everything I just mentioned as she faces off against morally corrupt rich students in risky gambling matches with high stakes from a ton of cash to an opponent’s fingernails or an eye to name a few of the crazy wagers. Each one of her opponents has a source to their madness and it is interesting seeing them being unraveled. Also the facial expressions on the show are the stuff of legend and naughty people like me will become enamored with stockings/thighs after watching this show. The one drawback besides the violence being a bit too strong for some to stomach are that great detail goes into explaining the rules and every move that is made/hand is played. Basically people who are not into shows that are heavy on explanation during gameplay may have a hard time getting into this one.

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#14: Tales of Zestiria. The X

I initially planned on including Hinako Note in this spot but I had some time and finished the Zestiria anime. The reason it made the list is because in my opinion it surprisingly told the story better than the game did, even though the game’s version of the story is still good. I felt the main flowed better and had less “Why is this (boss battle) happening?” moments than the game. Of course there are some things did better but overall the anime felt more satisfying by the end. Also it presented a certain couple better too. Sorey X Mikleo is pretty good in both but the other couple was done justice in the anime along with a certain other character who got the short end of the stick in the game and caused massive controversy. The first half was a bit bumpy with a somewhat slow start (just like the game) and it having a two-parter that served as a “commercial” for Tales of Berseria (My favorite Tales game BTW). After the “commercial” it was smooth sailing, especially the second half of the show. That I have little issue with.

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#13: Yuki Yuna is a Hero 2. Both Arcs

The only reason it did not make it in the top 5 was because the finale had not yet aired and anything could happen. Maybe my opinion could end up changing for the better or worse but I highly doubt it’ll be negatively affected. As it stands up to the semi-final episode the continuation of the story focused more on the drama than the combat and comedy the show is known for…and it does it well. Heck it gave us an answer for how exactly what happened in the epilogue happened. Whether critics of the first season will like the answer. Regardless Yuki Yuna is a Hero is still an awesome Moepocalypse show and one of my favorites. The Washio Sumi prequel arc was great as it felt more like the first season, both in light and dark moments.

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#12: Princess Principal

A show about badass cute and sexy spies set in a Steampunk version of 19th Century England with action, intrigue, politics, drama and of course a super mega OTP along with a strong second couple. The hope is that a second season will be a reality rather than wishful thinking. So much story left to tell and gaps to fill.

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#11: Hina Logi: from Luck & Logic

Most of the first half came off as an enjoyable Girls Club show with some magic battles here and there and cameos from the main series. Stuff one would expect from a female-centered spinoff. Then something that was built up during the premiere became stronger and stronger throughout the second half…and the 4th quarter happened…Top 10 for that very reason.

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#10: Little Witch Academia TV

After seeing both OVAs I was ready to see how they would expand the story in a 20+ episode show. Turns out they would take the basic ideas of both OVAs and expand them across a Harry Potter style plot with Studio Trigger comedy. The latter will determine whether this is to your liking or not. Craziness awaited in a majority of the show’s first half whereas the second half toned it down a little bit but didn’t stop being enjoyable. Akko and her five comrades all had their delightful quirks, despite not all of them getting much focus, especially Jasminka. As far as Diana goes, she’s an interesting lass that isn’t exactly haughty but can be condescending when annoyed. Her stooges are “eh” though. Long story short the plot and cast are pretty cool for the most part. Andrew though is not a pain but quite the nuisance. Lastly pay close attention to Akko and Diana’s interactions over the course of the show plus another neat surprise later on.

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#9: Love Live Sunshine!! 2

Aqours were back for a second round and this time they had a more difficult road to become legends than before. The members who had not got proper character driven episodes got them here and they were pretty good as far as I’m concerned. It surpassed the first season and proved once and for all that Aqours aren’t Muse clones. The only reason it didn’t make it to the top 5 was because of how strong the Fall competition was.

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#8: New Game!! (Double Plus)

Think the first season but with greatly enhanced comedy, sexiness, drama and yuri so strong that it went from super mega OTPs to “lesbians too nervous to confess their true feelings to their love interests”. The newcomers did not get as much screen time but were still welcome additions to the cast though their appeal may vary from person to person.

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#7: Girls’ Last Tour

A show I would describe using two words: Gloomy Serenity. The show is as sad as it is beautiful. It is as demotivating as it is encouraging. It is adorable as it is melancholic. Joining Chito and Yuri on their journey across post-apocalyptic city ruins discovering interesting sights from long ago, having grand adventures after finding items modern humans take for granted and also have many profound discussions. Also the two are Super Mega OTP.

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#6: Urara Meirochou

Another Girls Club show but with a unique twist. This time about fortunetelling trainees being adorable, learning interesting stuff about the world of fortunetelling and experiencing supernatural occurrences. Also the yuri power is moderately strong.

 

Now then. It’s time for the TOP 5!

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#5: Houseki no Kuni

2017 was a big year for TV anime CG. Three shows in particular that I saw this year were at the forefront. One of them being Frame Arms Girl and the other is coming up in a bit. Can any of them change the minds of viewers who detest TV anime CG? I doubt it but one thing is for certain. Houseki no Kuni/Land of the Lustrous showed just how good JP TV CG can be when used creatively, for the lack of a better word. I can honestly not picture this show working any other way than how it was presented. It is GORGEOUS to look at, especially during action scenes. As for the show itself it stars androgynous, meaning they are partly male and female in appearance, Gems (similar to a certain popular Western cartoon though that is their only similarity.) who fight off moon people wanting to hunt them for their “preciousness”, leading to many brutal battles. When not fighting for their lives the Gems, specifically Phos, learn more about the world around them and the secrets it holds. Oh and they along with the other Gems also deal with a sense of loneliness/emptiness they combat in an effort to find a sense of belonging/purpose. It is complicated and interesting. Unfortunately the ending was far from satisfying and the only way to rectify this is with a second season, which it desperately needs. So many questions left unanswered that I want answered in anime form.

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#4: Kemono Friends

The show I like to call “the little anime that could”. With its small budget, staff working on it it was a low quality TV CG anime that made arguably the largest impact in the anime world in 2017 with its unexpected charm and much more. What started off seeming like a cute educational show that could gather a niche audience slowly began revealing its true colors showing great depth and complexity. Not in topics of conversation but the world Kaban found herself in, how she ended up thre and what exactly are the Friends she meets on her quest with Serval to find answers. The delightful cast of “kemonomimi” captured the hearts of millions in Japan and thousands of animeniacs across the world becoming a surprise sensation that must be seen to be believed. Having said that…after hearing what was going on behind the scenes after the second season was announced…I am very concerned about the series’ future. Still, what we got in the first season was truly magical. Oh and of course all the wonderful couples besides Kaban X Serval.

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#3: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

The story of a dragon girl falling in love with an office lady and moving in with her to serve as her maid. Neat concept that becomes a heartwarming tale of understanding society and finding a place in the world all your own with the one you love on one side and learning that maybe there is more to life than simply going through the motions on the other. Also there is one of the cutest little girls of 2017 in this show along with her equally adorable future fiancee. While I had minor annoyances with one particular duo of a majestic creature and her roommate whose name is similar to describing what they are everything was wonderful…provided the viewer is not one of those “Ewww! Ecchi! Let’s look down on the people who like it and think it is a positive representation of LGBT families!” people. Also I would recommend to be careful of the English dub due to the large controversy surrounding it. One of which botches an important part of the show by altering ONE LINE!

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#2: Konohana Kitan

The story of cute fox girls working at an inn, attending a large variety of guests from the grounded to the divine while also finding love with each other. Put simply Konohana Kitan is my perfect Iyashikei show. It has everything I could ever want from one of these kinds of shows:

  • Adorable leads
  • Gorgeous scenery
  • Some top quality sexiness but not too much to distract from the chill vibes.
  • An interesting world filled with rich lore. In this show’s case it’s one chock full of Japanese lore and mythology
  • Memorable cast to accompany the lovable main cast.
  • Every single episode had great meaning behind it.
  • Lots of yuri lovin’.

All I know is I need more of this and the sooner, the better!

And my #1 show of 2017 iiiiiiiiissssssss…

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#1: Symphogear AXZ, aka Symphogear 4.

I’ve loved this series ever since the first season and with each new season it keeps getting bigger and better, constantly finding ways to outdo itself, finding various ways to go all-out with its grand-scale action scenes that so over the top yet are totally believable for the world it is set in. It simply does not give a crap nor hold back and I love it so very much! Not one episode of this show did not have me on the edge of my seat or looking elsewhere. Season 4 I truly believe to be the best yet. There is debate when it comes to seasons 2 and 3 but season 4, oh no. None can convince me it is not the best yet. The songs are still awesome, Team Symphogear keep on shining brightly both in and out of the battlefield. The drama still works…despite the writers continuing to find ways to emotionally torture poor Chris (Truly that girl’s torture is eternal). Maria’s Squad got some more development this time around and the antagonists consisted of an interesting lot of both the sympathetic and the loathsome. Best of both worlds when it comes to the villains. Lastly the buildup to what many of us here in the Yuri Nation are anxiously anticipating and hoping will happen on screen grows stronger than ever this season along with some other delightful progression. Heck, even the members of S.O.N.G got more to do compared to last season. Symphogear 4 solidified this series as being my all-time favorite from past, present and future. Will the fifth season follow suit? Let’s hope so but even if it ends up not being as good as 4 I doubt it’ll damage my love for the series.

So there you have it. My top 15 of 2017. Share your own favorites of the year down below.

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Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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41 Responses to OG’s Top 15 Favorite Anime of 2017

  1. OtakuGamerGirlT says:

    This is a great list! This was such a great year for yuri and I’m optimistic 2018 will be an even better year and that’s saying a lot considering all the amazing shows we were blessed with in 2017. Looking forward to another year of your awesome reviews as well. That being said, have a very Happy New Year OG.😊

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    • OG-Man says:

      It’s shaping up to be a more plentiful year for the Nation that’s for sure.

      Thank you very much. I too look forward to your writing and having more fun conversations with you dearest doctor.

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  2. Nick says:

    I was scrolling through wondering where Symphogear was of course I should’ve realized it was at the bottom as the number 1 pick. You really summed it up well, it’s a series that’s gone way above and beyond and honestly it deserves all the love and attention. S5 has the potential to be something even more so and I really hope they deliver.

    Excellent list, lots of great shows this year. Here’s to another year of great anime.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Oh yes. You know it was going to make the list. Question was at what spot. I enjoyed it so much it HAD to be #1. Season 5 hype is at an all-time high (as of the day of this reply).

      Looking forward to whatever summary you and our other Anime Corps homies have planned for 2017.

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  3. Jack Cactus says:

    Oh boii, who would have thought that Konohana Kitan gets the 2nd place but very deserving nonetheless. I haven’t dedicated my time yet to watch Symphogear since its 4 seasons long but seeing AXZ seizing the top spot, I’m sure to give it a go.

    Let’s hope that 2018 will be flooded with more yuri than ever….

    Happy New Year to OG Man and Happy Birthday to our Queen of Perfection, Dia Kurosawa.

    Also, I just heard that the creator of Yuru Yuri is having a new project, wonder what would it be?? Season 4 perhaps.

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    • cirno9fan says:

      “new project” wouldn’t be season 4. one can only hope it ends up being an anime original yuri show done by her. Maybe even a fantasy one. She did a decent amount of art around that idea.

      Oomuro ke would be pretty neat as well

      Heck, there’s also Yuri Yuri that could be animated. Loads of potential

      Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be fantastic.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Go for it when able dood.

      It looks quite promising so far as of the day of this writing.

      Happy Perfect Day to you too dood! Let us celebrate this most joyous of days with all our might!

      Yes I have. I’m waiting for the unveiling of the project before writing a post on it.

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  4. exqalph03 says:

    Nice top 15!! Really agree… well,I still haven’t watched some but only some a little, lol.

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  5. philipbaxton says:

    Man 2017 was a good year for yuri anime. OG will you be watching the new Yuki Yuna season? It’s really good.

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  6. Bayuro says:

    My fave Love Live! Sunshine!! is quite very low on OG’s list despite the fact that one of his favorite character is Dia Kurosawa. Oh well… I’ll bet Citrus will be number one when it’s time for OG to make his top 15 favorite anime of 2018. Fingers crossed…

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  7. Bayuro says:

    Oh! I forgot. Regarding again to Love Live Sunshine!! I understand why OG give it a 9th place. If this show has more stable pairings/ships, OG will definitely give it a higher rank, maybe one of top 5. Am I right?

    New Game!! ++ also looks respectable on the list tho… It’s also one of my favorites slice of life anime.

    Let’s talk about OG’s top 5, the one I really enjoyed watching is Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. I prefer slice of life anime genre but this one is a hybrid of slice of life and fantasy. Tohru’s love to Miss Kobayashi and Riko to Kanna are top tier.

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    • OG-Man says:

      No. It’s mainly because there were many other shows in 2017 that I enjoyed more is all.

      Yup. It was really good and it too deserved a spot on the list.

      Dragon Maid was one of the best of the year for sure.

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  8. B-M says:

    Wow that list didn’t go the way I expected! Not that that’s a problem – 2017 was just a GREAT year for us all, wasn’t it?

    I feel great in that I saw all of your top 15 except Tales of Zestiria and Kemeno Friends (I’ve been meaning to get around to this one for a long while).

    Reading your take on Symphogear was weird – the first season was my favourite :/ Not that I don’t think they’re all amazing. Just recently I got into it and they’re all fantastic, but AXZ’s focus on crack pairings and not-as-great-as-I-expected ending put it behind Season 1 and G, but above GX. I need to get the AXZ soundtrack, though…

    For me, the highlights were Houseki no Kuni, Konohana Kitan, Yuuki Yuuna (all from one season!) but also Princess Principal, Little Witch Academia and Sakura Quest. These shows just ticked all of my boxes in the right way. The first 5 of those, where I am desperate for MORE!!! They all fit having more content so much, I just wanna get into those wonderful worlds some more and hang out with those great casts, or in HnK’s case, see more pretty visuals and (SPOILER)suffer(SPOILER).

    I think my biggest surprise of your list was Kakegurui being so high and Urara Meirochou being barely in the top 15. I did mention it was a great year, but I seemed to remember Kakegurui being one you liked quite a bit but the way you phrased the G-View suggested you liked other things more, and Urara was one you loved in the league of Konohana. Did something change throughout the year, or did I just misremember it?

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    • OG-Man says:

      Because I don’t put as much thought in the placement of shows other than my top 5 most of the time when making these lists. Urara could have been at #6 and Kakegurui at #15 and it still wouldn’t have made much difference in how much I enjoyed both shows really. In any case I switched their positions so people would feel less confused by my positioning and not go “Wait. this isn’t like OG at all…”

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  9. Mauron says:

    Some good shows on the list. I’ll have to check out the ones I haven’t seen sooner or later.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Up to you.

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      • Mauron says:

        Kemono Friends, Yuki Yuna, and Little Witch Academia have been on my list of I’ll check them out eventually for a while. Princess Principal has been noted, but kept getting forgotten about. Kakegurui I’ve never been 100% sure if it was up my alley. Urara Meirochou I had not heard of before this list, but the brief description caught my eye. Symphogear has been noted and forgotten because I wanted to try something shorter at the time. Tales of Zestria the X suffers from the “it’s based on a game and I’d rather play the game first, even though I have a huge backlog and don’t own it yet” effect.

        The rest I’ve seen, liked, and a few I recommended to others.

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  10. This list is one I can definitely agree with. It has been a great (an amazing!) year for Yuri, and I am glad for it.

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  11. Alexis says:

    Hola happy New year.
    Algunas de estas series no las he visto, pero sin duda Love Live es mi consentida. Kakegurui es muy buena PERO ese final “original” es un fraude, en el manga el Yumeko x Mari es fuerte. La que me gustaría que la hicieran anime es Kakegurui Twin y ver qué pasa con Mari y Tsuzura.
    El año inicia y espero seguir comentando en vuestro blog.
    Cyao
    Shinning

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  12. WOW Symphogear in first!? Now I’m really watch it, the last months I really didn’t want to watch anything, but now I’m catching all up, well, at least the ones I found most interesting.

    Started and finished Love Live Sunshine S2, what amazing story.

    And now, I’m loving at maximun Little Witch, Diakko S2

    I think next will be New Game!+, or Symphogear, still thinking.

    Great List, OG! This year I’ll be here more often! See Ya!

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  13. Kex777 says:

    This list was great! I’ll definitely be checking out any that I haven’t seen on this list!

    With Symphogear getting number 1 I can really have an excuse as to why I haven’t seen it yet XD I’ll have to jump right on that!

    By the way… what line did the Kobyashi dub mess up.. can you remember what episode it was in off the top of your head? I’m really curious as to what line it botched and if it really made that big of a difference! XD

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  14. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    I really thought Konohana will be your #1 but Symphogear is completely understandable too 😀 It’s a great list and 2017 really gave us a lot of yuri goodness. Now, it’s 2018’s turn, I can’t wait 😀

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  15. Right now I can’t even remotely make an assessment of Yuki Yuna two without the ending. In this particular sub genre the ending is of vital importance.

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  16. jiraiyan says:

    Little Witch Academia was one of my favorite anime of 2017, as was Inuyashiki. I haven’t started Princess Principal.

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  17. LuzeriP says:

    Great list. Couldn’t agree more. I had a feeling Symphogear would be one of your top 3. And I’m right!

    My top 1-5 are Houseki, Kobayashi, Konohana, Pripri and Hina Logi. 2017 is the best so far.

    Also, Sakura Quest was great. I’ll be waiting for your review on that.

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  18. The Otaku Judge says:

    I am bookmarking this page so I can look at it next time I ponder what anime to watch next. A lot of people rave about Symphogear so I really should make the effort to start that show one of these days.

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  19. yurimylove says:

    Cool list! Would definitively be a good reference for anyone who wants to see what good yuri anime from 2017 to watch.

    My AOTY is Hina Logi: from Luck & Logic. The rest of my top 5, in no particular order: New Game, Princess Principal, Sympogear, and Kemono Friends.

    I’m currently marathoning Kakegurui for my “customary between-season activity”.

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  20. chikorita157 says:

    It’s nice two see two shows having the same position on our lists. But yes, 2017 is a good year of Anime, although I couldn’t watch some due to being on Anime Strike, it’s not a problem.

    Time to catch up, eventually.

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    • OG-Man says:

      It was a great year for shows we have similar interests in, specifically ones with many female leads and yuri goodness.

      Yes. now that AS is no more you can eventually binge watch the shows that caught your interest.

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