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Can you believe it’s already this time again? It’s time for our fourth round of Anime Awards!
Just like last year, all four of the blog authors will nominate their picks of the year for different categories – both good and bad.
Before we start, here’s the usual set of disclaimers:
Disclaimer 1: None of us watched everything that aired this year, so bear in mind that our individual picks are more drawing from the pool of ‘what 2017 anime I watched this year’ rather than ‘what 2017 anime aired this year’. It’s entirely possible that there are a number of fantastic  (and terrible) shows we never got the chance to see that deserved awards in one or more category.
Disclaimer 2: These are the opinions of the reviewers and some of these opinions may only be based on the first episode of each show.
Disclaimer 3: This feature is purely for fun and if you disagree with any of the views of any of the reviewers that’s perfectly fine, and you’re even welcome to voice your disagreement for the sake of discussion in the comments…just don’t be a moron about it.
Disclaimer 4: There’s spoilers, it’s kind of hard to avoid it.

And so, let us begin the Moeronpan Anime Awards, 2017 edition!

Best Anime Overall

This should need no explanation – what did we decide was the best new shows of 2017? Here are the shows that reminded us just how great anime can be!

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Made in Abyss is a show that is going to stay with me for a very long time. I already reviewed the entire series here but to reiterate what I already gushed about multiple times – its got great characters,  imaginative environments drawn so beautifully its moving, and it’s also genuinely exciting. When things inevitably turn horrifying, it never really felt like it was trying too hard to be shocking or awful – it just has a very frank depiction of the obvious dangers one would run into in a place as terrifyingly strange as the Abyss. Riko and Reg, and eventually Nanachi, are engaging and adorable characters that make you want to follow them wherever they go – for better or for worse. It’s hard not to get invested in their adventure as you anticipate – and dread – what will happen to them next.

Runner up:


To be honest, giving this ‘runner up’ doesn’t quite feel right, and the two shows are actually both as good as each other. In the end I had some minor nitpicks about Houseki no Kuni’s (AKA the somewhat awkward-on-the-tongue ‘Land of the Lustrous‘) anime adaptation, which is the only reason it’s a runner-up. The two are basically tied, though.
Houseki no Kuni is, like Made in Abyss, a show so beautiful that it’s emotionally moving. Like Made in Abyss I also blogged the whole thing. The fun characters and beautiful artistry make the show appealing enough on a surface level, but the deep symbolism and compelling narrative about Phos’s somewhat brutal coming of age story, as well as their gradual loss of self, is where the real meat is. Honestly, this show could be about absolutely nothing at all and I would still rate it this highly, because even if all these beautiful colourful genderless gem-people were doing nothing but prancing around and glittering, they look so good doing it that I wouldn’t care. But because of the aforementioned plot and fascinating take on a characters (literal) transformation, it’s also a show I’d rate highly even if it looked like crap. Luckily, looks and content mesh flawlessly into a final product that is poignant, dreamlike and tragic. Rocks have never been so tear-jerking.

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu season 2. Yes, it’s the same as last year, which feels kind of like cheating. But gosh dangit, the second season of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu was just such a phenomenal series. Moeronpan and I already both gushed about it in our winter anime round-up review posts, so I won’t say much more about it here. I regret not being able to blog this series in its entirety, but I unfortunately didn’t have the time to tackle such a complex show. If you haven’t already, please do yourself a favor and at least check out the series (starting with the first season, of course).

Runner up: N/A

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Little Witch Academia wasn’t revolutionary. It probably will never be held up as something that has fundamentally changed the course of anime. But what it was was a consistent, enjoyable watch that kept me coming back week after week. With a fully developed, intricately designed world and relatable, compelling characters, it provided a complete viewing experience that never left me bored or wanting more. I may be biased because I had been waiting for this full-length adaptation since watching the original short film, but I definitely think this long-awaited series “lived up to the hype” and was worth every minute of anticipation.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, Land of the Lustrous / Houseki no Kuni is deep, thought-provoking, philosophical and…okay, I’ll admit it, I’m not always entirely sure what’s going on in each successive episode. But I’m only halfway through and already so closely attached to almost every one of the characters…not to mention my utter weakness for thoroughly developed and thought out worlds with unique rules and systems of living. Definitely a show that will stick in my memory for years to come!

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Nowdays I don’t watch a lot of anime, not as much as I used to, but I saw The Ancient Magus’s Bride one being recommended to me everywhere. The visuals are stunning, the atmosphere is magical, and it brings back everything I’ve honestly ever loved about anime – including but not limited to an awesome couple of lead characters, and the lack of fan service (for the most part) is a nice change from the barrage of titties and panties. Definitely at the top of my list for animation quality, music and story.

Runner up: N/A

Best Character (Female)

Every year we’re given more new anime girls than we know what to do with, so which ones did we enjoy the company of the most?

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid would not be anywhere near as fun as a show it was if it weren’t for its titular character Tohru Kobayashi. I’m always happy to see more adult women in anime as opposed to teenagers – even if the show’s art style does make Kobayashi look pretty young. She’s the perfect foil to all the crazy dragon girls (and boy) that she finds herself entangled up in, but she’s also a genuinely kind person who is essential in helping them create such a cozy family unit. She’s one of the best examples of a protagonist that is highly relatable without being an obvious blank slate that the viewer projects themselves onto – as well as showing how you can give a character a humorous obsession over something (in her case traditional maid dresses) without it becoming obnoxious.

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I actually didn’t like Ozen in Made in Abyss much at all when she first came into the show – as she seemed needlessly cruel and kind of terrifying. However, we eventually learn that she is actually kind in her own strange way, and is just more than a little messed up due to the trauma of the Abyss.
The more I learned about her, the more I realized she was actually a pretty tragic character and I eventually started to really like and feel sorry for her. From her intimidating appearance to her outlandish strength to her twisted sense of humour, she’s definitely one of the most unique female characters I was introduced to this year.

Special Mention:

I actually love the entire female cast of Centaur no Nayami (aka A Centaur’s Life), but if I had to pick a favourite I would go with Quetzalcoatl Sassassul AKA Suu-san. In the universe of the show she’s known as as an Antarctican, a race of snake-like people who, despite appearances, are actually mammals (given that besides their heads and tails, their bodies aren’t much different to a humans), and is sent to the main characters’ school as a special exchange student. She really doesn’t know much about life outside what she’s used to – nor have the other characters ever met an Antarctican, so they are constantly learning from eachother. The juxtaposition of her sweet, somewhat shy personality with her ocassionally alarming appearance is actually rather adorable, and she manages to be a great character beyond the simple sight-gag of this juxtaposition.

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Kobayashi (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid). Kobayashi is a character that’s surprisingly hard to describe. She’s essentially the “straight man” to all the other characters in the series, but she feels like a much deeper character than that. She has her own moments of foolishness from time to time, and I just love her occasional “give no shits” attitude about things. The last episode of the series featured some truly badass moments from Kobayashi, which cemented her as one of my fave female anime characters of this year.

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Bibury (Kira Kira Precure a la Mode). The Kira Precure series has had a tough time fully fleshing out its main cast, but managed to do a surprisingly good job with the reformed villain, Bibury. Reformed villains in the Precure series are pretty old hat, but I think this may be the first time we’ve had a reformed villain that actually became a regularly recurring character after their reformation. What I love most about Bibury is that, despite being “on the good side” now, she’s still grouchy and just a tad selfish—showing that she may be reformed but that doesn’t mean she’s become a complete saint. I really appreciate that such a multi-faceted character exists in a kid’s anime.

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A lot of people were quick to write off Jeanne D’Arc of Fate/Apocrypha as just another repetitive copy of franchise “mascot” Saber. However Jeanne is actually quite an interesting character with a lot to set her apart. In particular, she is required to serve as the voice of reason in a situation where rules have been entirely broken and must do so with a primarily defensive, protection-based fighting style when almost every one of her opponents have strong, overwhelming offensive powers. I mean, how many other warriors fight with a white flag? That’s pretty cool. She also gets a lot of cute scenes with a few of her more rational opponents, and a nice friendship-maybe- more with arguable protagonist Sieg. By the end of the series, she definitely came across to me as more than just a copy.

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Kaoru Asagi from Kabukibu! is one of the most realistic interpretations of the “female prince” / “school idol” type character that I have ever seen in anime. More than just a pretty, androgynous face, she faces conflicts such as the stress of dealing with her legions of adoring fans and the constant need to put on a persona as well as questioning whether she can find a role in the traditionally all-male world of kabuki. She was the character who stuck out to me the most from the beginning and remained that way throughout the series.

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Best Character (Male)

Every year we’re getting more male characters to choose from, so who was best boy this year?

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I can’t tell you how glad I am that Caster of Red, AKA William Goddamn Shakespeare, in Fate/Apocrypha turned out to be a bigger character than I expected. He had always been my favourite of the servants in Apocrypha ever since they were just a bunch of design concepts for a scrapped game, so it was nice to see that his role is more than the low-level cannon fodder I feared he’d get in a show with such a giant cast of characters. His role in the story is interesting and somewhat unique for a Fate servant character: although he’ll do what he’s told and help out occasionally, he is far more interested in watching the Grail War as a spectator, as he’s convinced it’s one of – if not the– greatest stories to be ever told. He is obsessed with the idea of stories and the roles characters play in them, and how events affect each character – and so, much like most writers with a knack for tragedy, he is eager to see terrible things befall the characters he takes a shine too. Not exactly a villain but also not particularly ‘good’, I think one reason why I like him so much is due to how much he reminded me of the storyteller and narrator Drosselmeyer in Princess Tutu, which will always be a favourite series of mine. Every time he came on screen I was all ‘hell yeah it’s Shakes time’. Shakes time was always a good time.
Also he’s a compete and utter drama-queen, which is exactly how Shakespeare would be.

Runner up

Mahou Tsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’s Bride) has a lot of fascinating characters and I nearly gave this award to Ainswerth, but in the end Ruth wins because he is such a good boy. Ruth was originally an extremely loyal dog who spent all his time protecting the grave of his late owner, where he eventually turned into a fae (a Black Grimm to be precise)  and gained the ability to assume a human form. He eventually becomes a familiar of the lead character Chise, who he will protect with his life – but, being technically a dog, he still acts like one. Despite his tragic past, Ruth is an adorable and fun character, and I want to pat his head and tell him what a good boy he is. (Either while in his dog form or human form, I’m not picky)

Special mention:

Kikuhiko from Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju took the award for best male character in the 2016 awards post, and guess what, the old man’s still got it.  I decided not to give him the award twice to let the newcomer youngun’s have a chance, and also because I’d probably just repeat what I said last year. But he’s just as complex and fascinating a character in his even older age – although he’s a lot sadder now.

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Pikario (Kira Kira Precure a la Mode). Yet another reformed villain in Kira Precure, Pikario is (in my opinion) the most well-written character in the entire series. He is the one who got the most character development in the show; essentially going from a good guy to a villain, to becoming a good guy again. His motivations are extremely believable and I feel that he struggled the most (out of the cast) to get to where he is now in Kira Precure. Sadly Toei denied him the chance to become the first male Cure, but alas; maybe the world just wasn’t ready for that yet. Whatever the case, Pikario is definitely a character I will remember for a long time and I am glad he got a happy ending.

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Heine (The Royal Tutor). What can I say, I just really like dudes with glasses. I wish that Heine had instead been a really short man rather than looking literally like a child, but I digress. Heine’s teachings are somewhat unorthodox, but they work. His relationship with each of the four princes that he has to tutor is really quite sweet, and his stoic-ness is kind of endearing. Although his backstory was sorta revealed in the anime, it was supposedly an anime-original storyline; which makes me wonder what the hell Heine actually is. Alright, I’m really just rambling at this point because I’m trying to justify why I like this dude so much, but it all essentially boils down to “he wears glasses and is adorable okay don’t judge me”.

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Sword from Garo: Vanishing Line is a jovial, motorcycle-loving guy who never gives up even in the face of a constant barrage of weirdly designed monsters and most of his allies either possessing or developing a permanent case of the gloomies. I liked Sword enough as a character that I continued regularly watching a show based on a tokusatsu series which seemed to consist of at least 50% fight scenes, which speaks a great deal as to how compelling of a protagonist he is.

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While Juuni Taisen was a bit overcrowded with characters and seemed to alternate between showing too much backstory to the audience and not at all, I did come out of the series really liking Eiji, the warrior of the Ox. A badass fighter who also keeps a cool head and possesses surprising analytical skills, he consistently delivered some of the better fight scenes in a series with such variant quality. I also really liked his interactions with other fighters, especially the Tiger warrior, and his sense of honor when contrasted with the….questionable…methods of some of his opponents.

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Kaki/Kiawe from Pokemon SunMoon. I absolutely love this boy. He is so vibrant and hilarious that it just adds to his character in the game as I play, as well as a nice comparison to Ash’s personality in the show.
Furthermore, it’s always nice to see POC characters in the show that are portrayed well. Kaki’s whole family is awesome, too!

Best Character (other)

Here’s a new category for the awards for the characters that are neither male nor female – because we actually had a surprising amount of them this year.

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Phospophyllite from Houseki no Kuni was, of course, the entire reason I made this category as they’re actually my favourite character overall this year. Like the other gems, Phos is neither male nor female (although coded a little closer to male) and is literally a living rock who can easily shatter into a million pieces. Phos’s gradual transformation from loveable idiot to traumatized warrior, and the literal pieces of themself they lose along the way, is as fascinating as it is tragic. It’s not uncommon for your typical shonen lead character to undergo a drastic transformation throughout the story, but Phos is unique in that they undergo several transformations through the course of the story – in this hopefully first season alone, there are actually three distinct incarnations of Phos that are almost like separate characters. After everything they’ve been through, it’s hard not to miss the free-spirited cutesy trouble-maker from episode one.

Runner up

While much of the internet seemed to decide Nanachi was female, the truth is a little more complicated. The mangaka of Made in Abyss explicitly stated that their gender isn’t known, and he isn’t telling either (at least not yet). Nanachi was once a human child who ended up transformed into a bizarre rabbit-like creature after a cruel experiment with the Abyss’s curse, but even their human form was androgynous enough to go either way. Their voice is somewhat feminine, but their speech patterns in Japanese are incredibly masculine. Nanachi is a mystery this way, but their character is far more interesting than their gender. It’s ironic that the cutest, cuddliest looking character is also the one with the most tragic past and the most inner torment – but however old they’re meant to be, they handle themselves with a maturity that’s kind of admirable. They’re smart, they’re savvy, and they save Riko and Reg during one of the most traumatizing scenes of the season- in all, Nanachi’s awesome.

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Mofurun/aka Cure Mofurun (Mahou Tsukai Precure)

“But Ari,” you may say, “Didn’t Mahou Tsukai Precure air last year?” To which I will respond that yes, it did. But it didn’t officially end until January 29th of this year, so it still counts.
“But Ari,” you may add, “Isn’t Mofurun a girl?” To this, I will just show you this screencap regarding Mofurun (an interview with Cure Mofurun’s character designer):

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“But wait,” you say, “Aren’t all Cures female?!?”
And I will whisper “shhhhh” and slowly cover your mouth with my hand. Because I don’t care.
Mofurun has always read as gender neutral to me. And Mofurun was initially designed with no gender in mind. I mean, they’re a freaking teddy bear plush; stuffed animals don’t have inherent genders.
I just really love Mofurun because they try so hard to help out the Cures, even though they themselves don’t have any powers. They’re kind and thoughtful and just a pleasant character in general. Mofurun can also play a pretty great comic relief character. And heck, I have a huge soft spot for “weak” characters who manage to become strong due (mostly) to their own sheer willpower. I’m still salty that Cure Mofurun was a movie-only Cure and not an official one in the series. What a wasted opportunity.

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Astolfo, Paladin of Charlemagne and Servant of the Rider Class for the Black Faction in the Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha, is, I know, officially a male character. However, Astolfo does enjoy experimenting with the boundaries of gender, dressing in a wide variety of styles and fashions and not protesting when referred to as “she” or simply by name by other characters. Gender aside, Astolfo is one of the most moral and truly “heroic” of the Heroic Spirits summoned for Apocrypha’s War, performing acts such as saving an injured homunculus (seen by other characters as no more than a power battery) simply because it’s the right thing to do and being among the first to join up with the faction who eschews traditional combat lines in favor of the “right” path. There was no way Astolfo would not earn my nomination for this category.
Runner up: N/A

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Best Duo/Team

These are the characters who work better together than they do alone. Good teams are a joy to watch, and this year there were plenty.

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I came close to giving Riko and Reg from Made in Abyss awards for best female and male characters respectively, but it’s honestly just that cruel to split them up. These two are an incredible duo and a team that is both fun and heartwarming to watch. Riko is brave and a little too brash, while the robot Reg is more shy and careful – they both bring out each others strengths and make up for each other’s weaknesses. The journey into the Abyss is one that would not have been possible for Riko without Reg’s help, and it only becomes more and more apparent how much the two need each other as the series progresses. They’re adorable and I love how much they love each other.

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They’re no Waver and Rider from Fate/Zero, but Saber of Red (AKA Mordred) and Kairi Sisigou in Fate/Apocrypha shaped up to be one of my favourite Master/Servant duos in the entire Fate franchise. The very best teams in Fate are the ones where the Master and Servant act as equals and become best buddies, and that’s exactly what happens here. Whilst Mordred is prickly at first – endessly bitter about her ‘father’ (the much more famous, bluer Saber), the two eventually form a bond similar to a father and daughter (a cool dad and his incredibly spunky daughter that is) – as it turns out, on a somewhat bittersweet note – that that was exactly what they both needed due to the less than ideal circumstances surrounding their ‘real’ father and daughter figures. And, like any good Master/Servant pair in a Fate anime, they ended up making me cry. Bros for life.

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Kino and Hermes (Kino no Tabi 2017). I had a really hard time thinking of a nomination for this category, but eventually settled on Kino and Hermes. While there are a few problems that I have with Kino as a character, Kino’s and Hermes’ relationship was one of the few that felt the most memorable out of all the anime I watched in 2017. The banter between Kino and Hermes is quite frankly adorable, and it’s obvious they both care about each other a lot despite their mutual teasing. Episode 11 went into the history behind how the two met, and it’s kind of tearjerking. Neither of them would be able to survive without the other, and it’s implied that the two will continue to travel together for many more years to come. There’s just something very endearing about a human character becoming such close friends with a sentient inanimate object.

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Akko, Lotte and Sucy of Little Witch Academia were each under serious consideration for Best Female Character, however I ultimately decided that so much of what’s great about them comes from their dynamic as a trio. Best friends with unique strengths and widely different personalities, they initially bond through a series of chaotic adventures before being assigned as roommates and quickly developing a closeness that lasts throughout the series. Each character gets unique focus and often overcomes their problems with the support and help of the others, which was consistently refreshing and enjoyable to see.

Runner up:

The Scout Regiment / Scouting Legion from Attack on Titan season 2. I debated a long time which group or classification of characters to nominate and ended up deciding that just saying “the Scouts” was a good way to encompass “pretty much any character who did anything awesome over the course of the season”.

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Ash and Co in Pokemon SunMoon! I was a little apprehensive when I first started watching Sun/Moon when I saw all the Trial Captains + Lillie at a school of all things, but the more I watched the show, the more the dynamic and set up grew on me. They honestly all make a great team

Most Fun/Feel-good Anime

This is a separate category to ‘best’, because sometimes shows are just plain fun to watch despite whatever shortcomings may stop them from being an objectively flawless show. Here are the shows that we loved unwinding with or getting cheered up by.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid turned what could have been the premise for a lame harem comedy into a surprisingly heartfelt show that was just as much about making a family as it was comedy. Despite its zaniness, occasionally uncomfortable fanservice and the fact that it does overuse one or too many jokes a little past their useby date (Lucoa and her…Lucoas, for example), at the core of the show is the simple message that everybody wants to be loved, and if you have people who love you, things will be okay.  Even if they’re a bunch of weird dragon-people. Equal parts touching and adorable and with a generous amount of laugh-out-loud moments, I really started looking forward to this each week.

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It seems weird to call a show set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland fun or feelgood, but there’s something about Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryoko (Girl’s Last Tour) that, despite its somewhat desolate and lonely feeling and pervasive sense of unease, it still manages to be cute and relaxing. When I First Impression’d it a few months back I wasn’t really into it, but I ended up giving it another shot later and something about it drew me in. It makes me wish i didn’t end up binging it because it’s really not a show suited to binge-watching, and is more a slow and relaxing way to unwind each week. In every episode the girls find themselves in another abandoned place, and they muse on what the previous, long-gone inhabitants did there. Whatever went wrong in this world is a gradual and somewhat troubling, almost haunting mystery that seems at odds with the cutesy style of the characters and their general carefreeness. It’s a very interesting show with some beautiful visuals. Even the weird appearance of the main characters (particularly Yuuri) grew on me after a while.

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ClassicaLoid (season one, second cour). While I did think that second half of ClassicaLoid (season 1) wasn’t as good as the first half, it was still a pretty fun ride, with the usual amounts of craziness and wackiness. To be blunt… ClassicaLoid can be kind of a stupid series—by this I mean the characters sometimes act like idiots and the plotlines are ridiculous. But hey, at least you’ll probably get a laugh out of it. Even if some episodes frustrated me, it was always the series I most looked forward to watching episodes of.

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Restaurant to Another World. I could wax poetic about the story-telling or the worldbuilding of this series here. But I’ll keep it short: I just really like looking at anime food and find it relaxing okay. I blogged this entire series already so if you wanna know more about it just look at my past reviews.

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Kabukibu! was a generally happy show with engaging characters and an actual, genuine focus on learning more about kabuki rather than just “here is a club that needs more members”. For a fan of the art form like me, it was a consistent treat to watch week after week. Truly a standout among the usually lackluster “school club” genre.

Runner up:

The second season of My Hero Academia was not always “feel-good”, what with its deeper exploration into the dynamics and backstories of certain characters, but the varied fight scenes and short, quickly paced arcs were definitely always fun to watch.

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Pokemon SunMoon. This show is just fun. It keeps the spirit of the first generation of Pokemon and continues onwards with a great dynamic between the characters, a healthy dose of Pokemon themselves, as well as a nice sprinkling of plot to keep the interest up. It’s honestly just great fun and I love watching it every week.

Runner up: N/A

Pleasant Surprise Award

These are the shows that surprised us in a good way. In other words, it’s the positive version of ‘Biggest Disappointment’. It’s easy to build up expectations and make assumptions, but every now and then there’s a show that turned out way better than we could have predicted.

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Kemono Friends is probably the biggest underdog success story of the year, in which an extremely low budget effort to promote a mobile game that was already dead when the show aired became a sleeper hit. I can’t quite pinpoint exacty what makes this vaguely wholesome, jankily animated show about cute animal girls so charming, and I would forgive anyone for calling it quits after the first handful of episodes because it really does feel like an overly sanitised kids show to begin with. I wrote more about it in my season wrap-up, but I really started to enjoy watching these goofy characters work together to achieve whatever the goal of the day might be, and I liked the way it all tied in with the somewhat surprising hidden plot.

Runner up

During the first episode I nearly dismissed this as some bland fujoshi-bait, but Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (The Royal Tutor) turned out to be just silly and fun enough for me to blog to completion. It’s not a perfect show, and the anime-original ending was kind of eyebrow-raising in places, but when it wants to it really shines as a solid comedy with characters that play off each other in amusing ways. It also helps that the four princes the no-nonsense tutor Heine is tasked with are adorable in their own way, even when they’re being completely spoilt (especially the tsundere Leo, who was at first the entire reason I watched past the first episode). It’s a shame that the show was never quite as good as I wished it could be, but considering that I was prepared to hate it, I feel like it deserves a mention here.

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Sakura Quest. I never expected to like this show as much as I did. It’s yet another anime I sadly wasn’t able to fully blog, and also one that I initially panned in my First Impression of it. I’m glad I stuck with it, because it turned out to be so much better than I expected. Sakura Quest is a very “slice-of-life”-type series and thus probably won’t appeal to everyone. But it had so much heart put into it that I can’t not nominate it for something. The characters all feel so real, and it’s just a pleasant show in general to watch. I’ll stop talking here because I talked about it much more in-depth in my Summer 2017 round-up review post.

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Garo: Vanishing Line. It took a tired tokusatsu premise and breathed new life into it with a modern setting, a mostly non-angsty protagonist, and side characters who did more than just stand around and  get rescued. For taking something I was dreading watching and turning it into a pleasurable viewing experience, it decidedly goes home with this coveted award.

Runner up: N/A

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The Ancient Magus Bride. I hadn’t intended to get into this show tbh, but when I watched it, I became very intrigued. It was amazing how I got into the show as fast as I did, and I have no regrets! It’s a great show and a fantastic adaption.

Runner up: N/A

Best Scene/Episode

Anime is full of memorable moments, and these are the ones that will stay with us from this year:

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So I’ve established that Made in Abyss was amazing, but choosing which amazing scene or episode stood above the others is pretty difficult. I tossed up giving the award to the incredibly harrowing episode 10, but the final episode was a lot more memorable in the end. To be honest this may be cheating a little, because it’s a double-length episode – but every single thing that happened in it was incredible. There’s Nanachi and Mitty’s tragic, horrifying backstory, Mitty’s emotional, tear-jerking send-off and the absolutely beautiful final scene of Riko’s message making its journey upwards and out of the Abyss, past everything they’ve faced throughout the entire series to remind us how far they’ve come, as the team prepare for the journey to come in the eventual season 2. You can watch that part here – the music and visuals are stunning and its easily one of my favourite sequences from any show this year.

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Houseki no Kuni episode 8 is the biggest turning point in Phos’s growth (in this series, at least), and it is also an emotional roller coaster. It’s incredibly hard not to fall in love with Antarc and then have your feelings be subsequently wrecked. I already wrote a lot about the incredible visuals and general gut-wrechingness here, but to sum it up, it was brutal, sad and beautiful.

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On a much lighter note, after an honestly luke-warm second half last year, the absurd comedy Osomatsu-san season 2’s first episode came in like a wrecking ball of ridiculous. Not only does it feature the segment pictured above where each sextuplet grows up in unexpected ways which made me laugh more than almost anything in season 1, the beginning of the episode is an entire skit dedicated to dunking on its own inexplicably horny fanbase, and I really gotta hand it to a show that just has that few fucks to give.

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Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu season 2, episode 10. I’m not sure if I can put it into words just WHY I like this particular episode so much. I’ll also try my best to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet. Episode 10 is a very bittersweet episode—a lot of characters are finally finding happiness in their lives, and their lives are finally beginning to turn around. However, there are also some tragedies that occur, because real life is like that. The episode is set in spring, and all the sakura petal falling animation is beautiful. The atmosphere is top-notch in this episode. It’s a happiness tinged with sadness; a new beginning after an end. All very poetic, and fitting for a series about rakugo.

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Alice to Zouroku Episode 5. This is probably the most action-packed episode out of the entire series. There are also some major heartwarming moments here as well. An evil corporation is defeated, and Sana finally gets the happy life she deserves. When I first watched this episode, it felt like the end of the series. In reality, it’s the end of one story arc. However, this episode was good enough that I wouldn’t have minded it being the last episode of Alice to Zouroku (although I’m glad it didn’t leave off there).

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Fate/Apocrypha was a series which starkly varied in quality throughout its run, so I surprised even myself when I sat down to think about best moments of the year and its twelfth episode was what immediately jumped out at me. The Fate franchise is at its best when it focuses on the Heroic Spirits summoned by the Grail and the way they react to and interact with their stories. Episode 12 did this with a number of characters, most prominently Vlad III and his relationship with his legacy as a bloodthirsty vampire. In addition, the reveal at the end of the episode (which I will not spoil) was masterfully executed and turned the entire plot on its head.

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There is little I can say about the fight between Izuku Midoriya and Shouto Todoroki in the second season of My Hero Academia that will not spoil the series in major ways. So instead, I’ll just say this: reportedly, the original author of the manga burst into tears at the emotional impact of seeing this scene animated. (I cried too, though that’s a lot less special)

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Nebby evolving into Solgaleo in Pokemon SunMoon, Episode 52.  It’s one of those scenes where you know what is coming, but you can’t wait to see it happen anyway. You knew that Nebby would evolve, but into what? Solgaleo? Lunala? It was amazing to see it happen in animation after playing the game.

Best Adaptation

Adapting manga/games/novels/etc into animation can be a tricky business with wildly varying results – but some studios and directors have this down to an art. Here are the anime we thought outshone their source material, or at least came close to it:

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Here’s another award for Made in Abyss, and with good reason. Kinema Citrus isn’t particularly renowned for outstanding quality (or even bad quality, it’s not particularly renowned at all), but what they worked on this story that began life as a humble webcomic is nothing short of magic. I’m not saying Tsukushi Akihito’s art is bad, in fact his ability to create fascinating landscapes and worlds is commendable. But there are three major reasons why the anime version of Made in Abyss is to me, not only a fantastic adaptation but a preferable way to enjoy the story. First of all is the sheer amount of love and effort that went into bringing the Abyss to life. The artwork in the manga is relatively sketchy, so having these scenes in beautiful colour adds a lot – and the colour palette used is beautiful. Secondly, the soundtrack – the work of Australian-born Kevin Penkin – is so utterly amazing and adds so much more to every scene that I was tempted to add a ‘best soundtrack’ award solely to gush on and on about it further. And lastly, the anime does tone down some of the more eyebrow-raising parts where the artists lolicon tastes are more obvious. Now being up to date in the manga, I’m really eager to see how events will play out in the anime once season two rolls around.

Runner up:

Yes as a matter of fact these are the exact same winners for ‘best show’, which is a coincidence. As I said in my wrap up of Houseki no Kuni’s final episode, this was an absolutely amazing adaptation of a manga that I thought wouldn’t be possible. With it’s creative use of colours, music and sound (I love the clinky rock sound the gems make), the only reason this is a runner-up is because of my personal gripe with the characters’ appearance and voices being more feminine than they should be – perhaps a choice made to sell the show easier, but a choice that does seem to have worked, because the show as the no.2 most trending anime title on Jtwitter this year. Which really isn’t bad for a show based on such a high-concept manga.

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Houseki no Kuni wins hands down. Houseki no Kuni is an amazing anime series that pretty faithfully follows its source material (apart from the last episode, which does switch some things around). But I’m mainly nominating this series due to its animation. Houseki no Kuni has some the best 2.5D animation I have seen outside of the Precure series. I think the use of this kind of style was a good fit for the series, as it really makes the gems feel more like, well, gems. In Houseki no Kuni’s case, the 2.5D animation isn’t used as a cheap animation shortcut—there’s some pretty stellar action scenes throughout. I’m sure that some of the action scenes wouldn’t have been possible if it were done in the traditional 2D style. The use of 2.5D animation is still far from being perfected in anime, but hopefully Houseki no Kuni paves the way for better quality stuff like this.

Runner up: N/A

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Granblue Fantasy, not for being an amazing series but for being an adaptation of a mobile game, traditionally an extremely weak genre, and have a somewhat coherent plot, at least a few interesting characters and overall decent animation. A step forward in the genre for sure.

Runner up: N/A

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Easily The Ancient Magus Bride. I read the manga after I started watching the anime, and I noticed it’s very close to the manga in terms of adaptions. I really did enjoy that fact, since finding accurate adaptions is somewhat hard.

Runner up:

CardCaptor Sakura’s new OVA. Watching this was like a blast from the past. I didn’t expect to see any kind of CCS stuff being released, but I was happy to see the manga ending finally adapted into animation. I was never satisfied with how the anime originally ended, so I was glad to finally see a better conclusion to the series… even if it was nearly 20 years later. 😛

Best Opening

2017 also saw a whole load of new super catchy anime theme songs. We judged them on both the song and the accompanying visuals…good openings, after all, are the type you don’t mind sitting through every time. (Note: Due to the nature of copyrighted songs, its likely that the vids could be pulled from youtube eventually so enjoy them while you can)

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Ugoku Ugoku, the OP for Shojo Shumatsu Ryoko, is one of those songs that are so catchy I couldn’t bring myself to ever skip it. It also manages to capture the unique cute and desolate feeling that the show itself has, with some artsy representations of the post-apocalyptic world the girls travel through. One reason I like it so much is that it reminds me a good deal of the music style of the late Powapowa-P, one of my favourite Vocaloid artists.

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In contrast to that, the OP for season 2 of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, ‘Imawa no Shinigami’, is downright haunting. As soon as I first saw it, I knew this season was going to be a hell of an emotional ride, because it’s not even trying to hide the fact that season 2 is primarily about Kikuhiko marching slowly towards his death. The clock motif, the constant death symbolism and the eventual reveal that, despite all the support and love he has from others, the guilt he feels about Sukeroku’s death in the previous season still consumes him, all accompanied by Megumi Hayashibara’s melancholic voice, it all comes together into an incredible opening for an incredible show.

Special mention:

I don’t feel it’s possible to have a best OP of 2017 list without ‘Man with a Mission’, the unbelievably catchy, almost humorously dramatic opening to everyone’s favourite show about a superpowered old man, Inuyashiki. The catchy song aside that absolutely hypes you up for the show to come, some of the visuals in the opening get extremely bizarre.
(Also, hey! We can embed from dailymotion! Nice.)

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Okay, so Alice to Zouroku’s OP isn’t anything super amazing. Visually, it’s about on par with other anime OPs. But the song is what makes it. I have to thank this series for introducing me to ORESAMA, who’s a truly amazing artist. I wouldn’t have found out about her if not for this series.

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While I’m pretty lukewarm about the entire Kino no Tabi 2017 series as a whole, I do think that its OP is one of the good things about it. I love how atmospheric the OP is, and how it drops subtle hints at characters/plots that appear in the series.

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Gravity Wall by Hiroyuki Sawano, as seen in Re: CREATORS. Sawano is a musical genius, and this is one of my favorite offerings in recent years. This song managed to make it onto several of my frequently listened to playlists despite me not being a huge fan of the show itself, which is definitely saying
something.

Runner up: N/A

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Best Ending

Endings can be just as good as openings – in some cases even better! Here’s our picks for 2017.

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Kekkai Sensen season 2’s (AKA Blood Blockade Battefront and Beyond) ending theme is Step up LOVE, a collab between DAOKO and Yasuyuki Okamura. Because I absolutely adore DAOKO and I had already proclaimed Step Up LOVE to be Song of the Year before I even knew it was being used as the ED for Kekkai Sensen, as soon as I found that fact out, for the first time I was able to decide the winner for the Moeronpan awards before seeing a single episode of Kekkai Sensen season 2 itself. Luckily, the ED is almost as good as the song -which isn’t a huge surprise, because the first season of Kekkai Sensen also won an award for best ED last year with ‘Sugar Song to Bitter Step’. While I do think the accompanying animation for ‘Sugar Song to Bitter Step’ was better than ‘Step Up LOVE’, the frenetic, colourful energy here really matches the chaos of the show itself. Also, every little thing that pops up is something that happens in one of the episodes, so it’s kind of a treat to rewatch it after each episode and think ‘oh, so THAT’s that part!’ It’s actually kind of impressive that it managed to fit everything in, given the very episodic nature of the show and how much weird stuff happens in it. (Anyway, if you haven’t already, check out the full version and official music video of the song here.)

Runner up:

Ishukan Communication, the ED for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, is absolutely adorable. It follows the different dragon girls daily routines, and it’s adorable. Adorable is all I can really say. My only complaint is that it doesn’t include Fafnir too.

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Kira Kira Precure a la Mode’s second ED is so good. So good. You wouldn’t expect to hear an electro-swing song for a Precure series but… there you go. I love this ED because it’s so distinctly different from all of the past Precure EDs. It is also insanely catchy and I must have listened to this dozens of times. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I basically have the dance steps memorized at this point. My favorite line is definitely “BOOM BOOM I love pretty girls!”

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Sakura Quest’s first ED is very calming, and I love the watercolor visuals. There’s also just something cool about how the characters “sing” along to the lyrics of the song at certain points.

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WTF Award

Self-explanatory, what was the most absurdly ridiculous thing we saw this year?

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Somewhat surprisingly, I didn’t end up watching any anime where the show or premise itself was WTF enough to include on this list, so instead I am going to give the award to the top 3 WTF moments.

No.3 – “Let’s all check out eachothers junk!” – Centaur no Nayami (A Centaur’s Life)

Centaur no Nayami is mostly a laid back slice of life with occasional moments of surprising poignancy, but it also hass an entire segment in episode four about the three main girls deciding to check out eachothers genitalia that is so different in tone to the rest of the show it almost causes whiplash. It starts simply enough, and with a problem thats a little humorous and understandle – Himeno, the centaur in question, is terrified of ever having a boyfriend because she’s scared her ladyparts look like livestock’s… and it’s kind of a hard thing for a centaur to verify on their own. Her friends decide to check it out for her…but also decide its only fair if they all examine eachothers bits so that she’s not the only one, and then it just gets…weird.  Now, I stress, this show has minimal fanservice and it’s incredibly hard to even tell if this part was even intended to be tiltilating in any way, because it’s more awkward and weird than anything else. Nothing is shown of course, only the girl’s reactions and some crafty angles, but the whole thing is so bizarre and out of left field it truly leaves you thinking ‘what the actual fuck’.

No. 2 – Rabbit’s entire goddamn character design – Juuni Taisen (Zodiac War)


The pscychotic necromancer in last seasons battle royale Juuni Taisen has a very, er, interesting design. All the characters do, but none of them are even remotely as over the top as this. You really gotta see the official character design/turnaround to fully appreciate how ‘interesting’ it is.

That giant tail really completes it, huh.
To the show’s credit(?) I would normally expect a character that looks like this to be a campy and insulting gay stereotype, whereas Rabbit is otherwise a pretty by-the-book psychopathic quirky killer type character that pops up in a lot of similar anime (except maybe dialed up a few notches). The thing is, there is absolutely no reason given why he looks like that, and no one else seems to question it at all. Every other character in the show is just all ‘oh shit here comes Rabbit, the terrifying necromancer, I sure hope he doesn’t kill me dead with his knives’, and not one person ever stops and says ‘isn’t it kinda odd that this roided up dude is wearing stilleto heels and what is basically suspenders attached to a jockstrap? In combat?’
Then again, Rabbit is also the most terrifyingly overpowered character in the show, and if I met a psychopathic killing machine who could kill me dead that easily, I’d probably let him wear whatever the fuck he wanted too.

No. 1 – The Haircut Scene – Ousama Game (King’s Game)


King’s Game was just one unbelievably stupid scene after another, but in episode 8 there is a part where one of the minor characters requests to pause the current events so that he can give the main character a haircut, because it is his dream and he won’t ever get the chance to afterward. To reiterate, they are all playing a life or death game and all their friends have been dying one by one, but he just really needs to give that haircut. It is apparently meant to be really deep and touching, but it is so completely, utterly stupid and out of nowhere that I had to pause things myself because I couldn’t stop laughing. I have no idea how anyone involved in animating this scene could take it seriously for a moment.

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Akiba’s Trip: The Animation was probably the anime that made me go “WTF” the most… and not in a good way. It’s based on a game of the same name, and I’m guessing it was meant to be a comedic parody of otaku and otaku culture. Unfortunately it was just handled so poorly and had too many unfortunate things about it. It’s a series about a guy who gains the power to magically rip girls’ clothes off because… the girls are being possessed by beings that are weak to air… so the solution is to rip girls clothes off… What even. Can you see how dumb the logic of this anime is? I don’t like referencing that one meme because it’s tired and clichéd but… this was the series that made me want to go “anime was a mistake.”

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18if, an indication that the WTF Award is not necessarily a completely negative thing. A bizarrely designed dream world, a plot which remains all but incomprehensible until the last few episodes, characters and powers which leave you asking “what on Earth did I just witness”…and yet, overall, not a bad watch, really. Still, I said “WTF” at least once during each episode, which qualifies it for this award in my opinion.

Runner up:

Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni, the sexy monk anime for all your sexy monk needs. “WTF” in the sense of why the F more than what – why the F does this exist, why did it get an anime adaptation, and why did I actually watch several episodes in the hope it would get better?

Honorable mention:

Love Kome! We Love Rice. Not particularly WTF in that turning various items into cute humans is a normal thing for anime, but…rice boys? Who are sometimes idols? And are fighting against the evil of BREAD? And have those character designs? Enough to go WTF, in my opinion.

Runner up: N/A

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Biggest Disappointment

And here we move into the negative awards, starting with 2017’s biggest letdowns.

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To be honest, it was a pretty good year for me in that nothing I actually stuck with disappointed me too much, and even my picks here aren’t as disappointing as previous years. First of all is Juuni Taisen (Zodiac War), which seems strange at first because I expected that show to be really dumb and yet it turned out to be better than I thought. What was disappointing, though, was that there were several moments where the show was actually really good (such as the Ox and Tiger content) before it settles back down into mediocrity. The rare flashes of brilliance were unbelievably frustrating, because its like a tantalizing glimpse of how good the show could be if it committed, but it never really did. There’s also the fact that the death order is telegraphed from the beginning – and part of the fun of these battle royale shows is placing bets on who will go down next. By the end of the show I couldn’t help feeling that the whole thing was a giant basket of missed opportunities. Had the whole show been mediocre it wouldn’t have bothered me as much – its the fact that the show kept making me like it and then letting me down again later that made it so disappointing in the end.
Did I mention that the show gives every Zodiac warrior a backstory except Rabbit, the guy everyone most wants to know what the deal is with? What the hell.

Runner Up

I feel genuinely bad about not liking ACCA because I honestly, seriously wanted to. The show looks nice, the food stuff is interesting and Natsume Ono’s distinctive art style has made the transition to anime relatively well. But…well, I went more in depth about my reasoning here but I found the political plot to be poorly done, the characters failed to leave an impression on me and the ending left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Blend S. Okay, I fully admit I brought this one on myself. I should have seen all the warning signs that were apparent from a mile away, but I blindly trudged on ahead and decided to blog Blend S. I’m really disappointed in this one, because it had the potential to actually be good. It had an interesting premise and some stellar animation. Sadly, Dino stole all of the screentime from characters who were more deserving. This wouldn’t have been so bad if Dino wasn’t such a shitstain of a character. The series also wouldn’t stop constantly shoving it into our faces all the shipping nonsense between this shitty character and a minor. Never before have I been so angry that a “romance” completely hijacked a series.

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Juuni Taisen. I did actually enjoy this show, and it reached the low bar of being a mildly enjoyable kill-em-all type of show. Where it became “biggest disappointment” was in the predictable resolution (following zodiac order) and the lack of backstory for certain characters, especially the mysterious Rabbit. This show actually thought that you could put in a rabbit guy in a jockstrap and heels who is also a crazy necromancer and just….never explain why or how he got that way? Really?

Runner up: N/A

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DIVE!!  I was low key interested in this one, cause Diving is a sport I actually really enjoy both doing and watching. I was disappointed to find that the art was, well, terrible. The effects were worse, and it was just a pale comparison to other great sport shows, such as Yuri on Ice or Free!.
Runner up: N/A

Worst Adaptation

Like I said before, adaptations are a tricky business, and every year we see a bunch of anime that end up being terrible regardless of the quality of their source material.

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Statistically, the Ousama Game (King’s Game) manga and original cell-phone novel has fans, but I have a hard time imagining any of them whatsoever enjoyed the comically awful King’s Game the Animation. There are many reasons why the resulting show is almost unwatchable other than for sheer unintentional comedic value. Firstly, there’s the decision to base the anime on the second series of the manga and have the first series be told via flashbacks – and due to the utterly terrible animation and samey character designs in the show it is often difficult to tell when the flashbacks end and begin, leading to confusion as to whether we are currently in the present or past. Secondly, the animation is laughably awful with a noticeably low budget, and the characters are off-model so often that you’d be forgiven for forgetting how they actually look on-model. Lastly, one of the only reasons anyone likes the King’s Game manga is for the meme-quality, over-the-top reaction faces in it, but in the anime each character has approximately two or three facial expressions each, and all of them are boring. The original work wasn’t a masterpiece by any means, but it almost seems like the team behind King’s Game The Animation intentionally went out of their way to make it worse.

Runner up: N/A

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Piacevole ~My Italian Cooking~ isn’t a masterpiece of a manga series, but it was fun and entertaining enough of a read. It certainly didn’t deserve the awful anime adaptation that it did. I know it’s hard to adapt what is essentially a 4-koma manga, but jeeze. They could have done better than making it a crappy series of rushed four minute shorts with animation shortcuts taken at every possible chance. I’m honestly still annoyed by this.

Runner up: N/A

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King’s Game the Animation, for trying to shove two manga’s worth of story into one anime and sort of…just expecting the viewers to go along with it? The story starts with the beginning of the protagonist’s second King’s Game, and shows the first via a series of flashbacks. This, of course, has the effect of removing all suspense from the first King’s Game, as we are already told in the first episode that the protagonist was the only survivor. It also means that the large cast of characters (two classes worth) get even less development than they would have if we had actually gotten two seasons in a normal order. The result was a confusing, ill-advised mess – I’m still not sure who thought it was a good idea in the first place.

Runner up:

Welcome to the Ballroom, because the original manga did NOT commit that many offenses against the human body. (Necks aren’t that long! Arms don’t bend that way!) I actually have nothing to say about how the story and characters were adapted because I just cannot get over that Dio-awful anatomy.

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Black Clover.

The voice. That is all.

Runner up: N/A

Worst Anime Overall

Finally, our personal absolute stinker awards. Because we know as much as anyone else that anime can be complete garbage when it wants to be, and so here is 2017’s cream of the crap:

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Houseki no Kuni is an example of CGI anime done well….and then there’s Handshakers. I said way back in my first impression review when Handshakers first aired nearly a year ago that the rest of the 2017 anime would have to be pretty awful to even come close to topping it, and I’m pleased(?) to say that it held onto its Crown o’ Turds all year. Handshakers isn’t just the worst anime I have seen in 2017. It’s honestly the worst anime I have ever seen in my life. A team of scientists working tirelessly and combining shitty tropes and awful ideas in a lab with the goal to make the worst anime possible couldn’t ever hope to create a show as bad as this. It’s got everything you don’t want – characters that are either forgettably dull or cringe-inducingly unlikeable, a laughably idiotic plot, a ridiculous attempt at seeming intelligent with its references (more like just name-dropping) to Babel and Nimrod, and animation so incredibly hideous that it has to be seen to be believed. And yet, by the sheer power of its incredible shittiness, it’s actually so bad that it’s awe-inspiring, to the extent that I’m not even mad I watched it. It’s almost like an honour to get to see the worst show ever made, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody, unless you want to see how many ways it’s possible for a show to be bad. I went in more detail about all these ways here.

Runner up:

I actually almost considered putting Ousama Game The Animation (King’s Game) as number one here, but while I actually watched every episode of King’s Game solely because it was so utterly terrible it was hilarious, you would have had to pay me to watch more of Handshakers. Whilst Handshakers is the worst anime I’ve ever seen, King’s Game is one of the worst I’ve ever watched to completion. Numerous times my friends would ask me, “why are you still watching King’s Game?”, and I could only answer that in at least every episode, something so completely bullshit would happen that I would laugh out loud. The further the plot progressed, the stupider it got, and the worse the animation became, so King’s Game is almost so bad it’s good. I’ve already talked about why the adaptation was bad earlier, but the source material itself is shitty enough as it is. The lead character is such a transparent self-insert of the writer that they have the same name. The plot is an almost comically nihilistic exercise in sadism that makes me wonder if the writer just really hates teenagers and wants as many of them to die as horribly as possible. The level of the suspension of disbelief required to take absolutely anything that happens seriously is impossible. The animation is so bad its laughable. The violence, which goes completely overboard in it’s almost fetishistic glee, is so ridiculous-looking that it barely even registers as gorey. The characters are all almost painfully stupid and no one has any common sense at all. The end of the story resolves absolutely nothing and it’d barely be a step further for ‘haha you actually watched this whole thing’ to come up on screen at the end of the episode. It’s absolutely awful. And yet, I couldn’t look away.  If you like laughing at awful anime and want to hear Mamuro Miyano completely overact, it might be fun for a little while with some friends. Thanks for all the laughs, Kings Game.

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Omiai Aite wa Oshiego, Tsuyoki na, Mondaji. I am not exaggerating when I say that I hate this series with every fiber of my being. It basically condones rape, and most definitely condones sexual assault. There are no redeeming qualities to this shitshow at all. None. What’s infuriating is that this series is apparently “okay” enough to get animated and aired, because it’s about an adult female teacher getting pursued by one of her students. If this show had been the other way around, with a male teacher pursuing one of his female students, this totally wouldn’t fly. But since the female character this time is in a position of “authority,” it’s all fine and dandy? Eff that. It’s still immensely creepy and wrong.

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Renai Boukun. I was really hesitant about including this series, because I didn’t want to take away the spotlight on the series above as being THE ABSOLUTE WORST. And honestly, this series isn’t even an iota close to just how godawful the above series is. However, Renai Boukun was still an immensely stupid series, and definitely one of the ones that infuriated me the most. So I guess that’s good enough to deserve a mention.


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Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil. I’ve been told repeatedly that “it gets better,” “the story is actually interesting” but I gave it several episodes and still disagree with both of these statements. Awkward, unflattering character designs. An utterly unsympathetic main character and her band of bland subordinates. Over-reliance on telling, rather than showing. Attempts to make…some kind of point about religion / death / afterlife, which was entirely lost on me? I think? A downright creepy level of glorification of Imperial Germany. Hard pass.

Runner up:

Renai Boukun. Unfunny gimmick, shrill, obnoxious characters, “sexual harassment is love”….one big, steaming pile of ABSOLUTELY NOPE which I can’t even be bothered to write any more words about.

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A Sister’s All You Need. Do I have to explain this one? Really, do I? I don’t think so, cause I’m not. It’s gross and deserves this award.

Runner up: N/A

So what was your year in anime like? What would you have nominated for these categories?
Onwards to 2018!