What was your favourite Anime of the year?
22 Dec 2017 - 9:44 AM  UPDATED 22 Dec 2017 - 9:46 AM

2017 was filled with some great action-packed and beautifully drawn series. Here are some of our favourites from the year.

1. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a lighthearted slice of life Anime about salary woman Kobayashi and her human-transformed dragon maid, Tohru. After removing a holy sword from Tohru’s back during a drunken trip to the mountains, Kobayashi is welcomed by Tohru at her doorstep, demanding to take care of her. What follows is a lovely comedy-adventure about the two and other dragonoid creatures with light LGBTQI+ romance themes.

2. Made in Abyss

Intensely gratifying, Made in Abyss follows the adventures of two young children exploring the unknowns of a dark abyss. After befriending a robot boy she finds on an expedition of the abyss’ first layer, orphan girl and daughter of a legendary adventurer, Riko, decides to descend to the bottom of the abyss to discover the secrets of her mother’s disappearance. Made in Abyss is a dark tale: its world is often grotesque and cruel, its inhabitants inhumane and dealing with loss, and its adventures never ending. In the future, Made in Abyss is going to be a series people refer to friends as a must watch.

3. My Hero Academia

The return of one of last year’s greatest new shonen anime saw Deku and Class 1-A compete in a school sport carnival, and take down a villain and their teachers in a final semester exam. With incredibly crisp animation and use of colour, Studio Bones reminds us that they are the leading powerhouse for TV anime.

4. Land of the Lustrous

Land of the Lustrous is the first series in a while that has used 3D animation artistically. The world of Land of the Lustrous is populated by humanoid gem creatures and angelic beings from the Moon who appear at random to kidnap and harvest the gems’ resources. The series follows the adventures of Phos, based on the mineral Phosphophyllite, the youngest of the gems who is tasked with creating an encyclopedia. Based on Haruko Ichikawa’s manga of the same name, the series boasts beautiful character design, questions about identity, philosophy and more.

5. Blade Runner Black Out 2022

Although only 15 minutes long, the Anime prequel to Blade Runner 2049 is an incredibly satisfying and visceral take on Ridley Scott’s original world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop’s Shinichiro Watanabe, the short follows a pair of replicants on a suicide mission to destroy a replicant factory, sparking a global blackout that has everlasting effects on the world of Blade Runner.

6. The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Lost without hope or family, 15-year-old Chise is sold as the sorcerer Elias’ apprentice and future wife. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is a magical and colourful adventure filled with personal discovery, spirits, and medieval folk fantasy. Although it’s a slow burn drama, its world building and beautiful environments draw you in and keep you entertained.

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