The Listless List: Top 5 Anime of Winter 2017

With the Winter Season of this years Anime having just come to a close, today on the Listless List, we’re going to look back on my personal Top 5 favourite shows from the season.

Note: These are simply my own personal picks. I’d love to hear your own, so feel free to share them in the comments!

5. ACCA

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It’s undeniable that ACCA was a standout this season. This can easily be attributed to the shows unique presentation and narrative focus, which were both very different from most of the other series that came out this season.

It’s fairly slow paced with a lot of dialogue and exposition, so it’s certainly not for everyone, but if ACCA “clicks” with you, it’s a real treat. The series has some truly fantastic world building and does a wonderful job of bringing its setting to life. Everything in its world feels lived in, and while there is a lot of setup, by the end of the series, it all feels justified and worth it, with everything being tied up nicely.

It’s an atmospheric piece that stands out from the norm, and it’s easily missed as a result. But despite it’s issues, ACCA is most certainly worth your time.

4. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Season 2

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The first season of Shouwa Genroku was one of the best shows to come out in 2016, and this recent season continues that trend by being just as emotionally cathartic and engaging.

While the presentation and aesthetics aren’t anything spectacular, the storytelling and characters are fantastic. Considering that the series revolves around an incredibly old Japanese artform that, on paper, is presented as incredibly dry and stuffy, Rakugo Shinjuu has done an outstanding job at making its narrative focus interesting and engaging.

From its dramatic stakes, to its emotional twists and turns along with its memorable cast of characters, the series has an air of maturity and awareness that is uncommon in the medium. It’s incredible and most definitely worth the watch.

3. Konosuba Season 2

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Of course Konosuba was going to make the list at some point. I’m not that contrarian.

The first season of Konosuba was one of the biggest surprises of last year. It was a brilliantly executed parody of the recently oversaturated isekai genre of Anime, and to top it off, it was genuinely hilarious, something that can hardly be said of most “comedy” Anime series.

This season is merely more of the same, and continues to place its characters in unfortunate and hilarious situations with even more hilarious consequences and outcomes, and it’s funnier than ever.

But what really makes this second season shine, is the chemistry between the main characters. They interact more like a group of real friends as opposed to simply being personified jokes, and the show is much stronger for it as a result.

Konosuba Season 2 is great, and I sincerely hope that we get a third season one day. It’s a show that deserves it.

2. ēlDLIVE

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Yes. I’m that contrarian.

As a humongous fan of the original Manga, and Akira Amano’s work in general, I was a little disappointed with ēlDLIVE in the end. The series ended with two filler episodes and failed to adapt the best parts of the source material that came later on, which is a real tragedy.

However, I still believe ēlDLIVE is one of the best shows of the season, despite these issues. The world and its concepts were both unique and interesting and the characters were all incredibly likable, with the protagonist, Chuta, undergoing some beautifully written character development.

And despite exploding in a fanboy fury over the final two filler episodes, I can’t deny that they were still very entertaining and captured the feeling of the series brilliantly. Vega was a fun antagonist, and the final battle was really great, with some creative fight choreography and beautiful animation. Oh, and those scene transitions were incredible. I could do an entire post on those things (and I might).

ēlDLIVE is far from the perfect adaptation I was hoping for, but it brought one of the greatest Manga series to life, and I can’t deny that I had a good time with it as a result.

To those who were critical of the series, I strongly suggest you check out the Manga. The current arc is amazing.

Maybe a Season 2 will happen. Some day. That’d be great. Yoyosa!

1. Scum’s Wish

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Oh come on. Did you expect anything else?

Unlike ēlDLIVE, Scum’s Wish not only managed to live up to my expectations, but downright exceeded them in every single way possible.

It was a dark and emotionally charged romance story with a cast of incredibly twisted and selfish characters who give in to their primal instincts. It’s a masterpiece of storytelling. It’s an incredible character study that strongly relates to me, and despite its sensitive subject matter, it handles its narrative in the most mature way possible and has earned my respect as a result.

On top of that, the directing is spot on. Scenes always fit the mood. It’s beautiful, and outstanding.

Scum’s Wish is the only show I’ve seen from 2017, so far, that is worthy of a perfect score on my personal ratings scale. The series is so good, that it’s even managed to earn well deserved spot in my Top 9 Anime 3×3.

Unfortunately the show is only available on Amazon’s Anime Strike (which is going to crash and burn miserably but that’s another topic for another day), so it’s likely you may have missed it.

I strongly encourage you to check the series out no matter what method you use to do so, legal or otherwise. It’s absolutely worth the watch and is likely going to be the best show of the year. It’s unlikely that this will be topped by anything else this year.

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Share your favourites:

What were your favourite shows from the Winter 2017 Anime Season? Feel free to share yours in the comments!

What’s Next?

On the next edition of the Listless List, we’ll be taking a look at my personal least favourite shows from the Winter 2017 Anime Season. Stay tuned!

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7 thoughts on “The Listless List: Top 5 Anime of Winter 2017

  1. I still have to see Scum’s Wish. It’s on my list of shows to look out for and hopefully it gets a wider distribution sooner rather than later. I’m still trying to decide whether my favourite was March Comes in Like a Lion or ACCA and I need to decide by tomorrow because I’m meant to write a post on what I thought the best of Winter 2017 was. So far I’ve written multiple lists of good and bad things about both shows and keep coming up pretty even.

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      1. Probably only because March Comes in is still ongoing. ACCA won due to resolving its story. I definitely have to rewatch both sometime this year to really think about which is better overall.

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      1. LOL sounds like me! The only way I watch anime is by binging, I don’t know what it is about waiting for episodes that drives me nuts.

        But I will def check them out and let you know what I think!!

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