Disclaimer: Due to my life being fairly busy and hectic as usual, I didn’t get the chance to watch absolutely everything this season, including that one show that everyone would expect to be on everyone’s list, meaning that many shows that probably should be on this list may not be. Furthermore, I haven’t finished all of these, meaning this list is based on how I feel about these shows at the current point I am at in them.
It’s Christmas Eve, and what better way to celebrate the festive season by sharing my personal Top 5 Anime of the Autumn Anime season.
As always, these are just my own personal picks. You’re welcome to share yours in the comments below.
5. Juuni Taisen
Given its premise and fairly flat execution, along with its tendency to do anything but deliver on any of the promises it made over the course of its run, I never would have expected Juuni Taisen to make this list.
But this season has been one of the weakest for me in… Forever. So here we are. Juuni Taisen is on this list. Why?
Because despite all the issues I’ve had with it so far (I’m about two thirds of the way through) I’ve enjoyed it a hell of a lot. It’s a pretty brutal and fun little death tournament series, derived from a source material written by Nisio Isin, meaning it’s full of the weirdness and wackiness you’d expect from anything he’s involved with.
It may be the weakest Isin related work I’ve seen, and it may be far from perfect, but it’s fun, and sometimes that’s what matters most.
4. Osake wa Fuufu ni Natte kara
I actually don’t have all that much to say about this one, other than it’s cute, it’s charming, it’s funny and I love it.
The protagonist, a usually drunken wife, is adorable, and her romantic relationship with her husband is even more so. They’re among one of the best couples of the season, and I love it.
The comedy could have been better, and the art and animation, being done by studio Creators in Pack, leaves much to be desired, but it’s just so charming, that I can’t not put it on the list.
…And this season was weak.
3. Just Because!
While this show originally got off to a shaky and uninteresting start, as it went on, it eventually blossomed into something I wound up enjoying a hell of a lot.
It’s not exactly spectacular, and compared to shows of a similar vein from earlier this year, such as Tsuki Ga Kirei (which I also haven’t finished yet), it falls a little flat.
However, if you’re looking for an enjoyable, honest and realistic slice of life series with some romance and coming of age elements sprinkled throughout, you’ll have a blast with this one.
2. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Of course this is on my list. You probably already knew that it would be, given my bias towards MMO and video game centric Anime series, but yeah. MMO Junkie is great.
It’s very charming, very enjoyable and is a fairly unique take on the genre, focusing on a female NEET in here 30’s struggling to function in the real world due to her crippling lack of self-confidence and an addiction to the virtual world, brought on by exhaustion from her previous corporate lifestyle.
It’s a story many of us, and myself, can relate to and sympathise with, and it only gets better with each episode.
I’m not sure how it will pan out in the end, given I’m barely through the series, but so far it’s been great, and I look forward to getting to the end.
1. Black Clover
Ready your fingers on those keys and fire those insults at me, because this is not a troll.
I genuinely think that Black Clover is great, and the best show of the season (that I’ve seen).
I’m probably the only person who thinks that, but whatever, I’ll stand my ground here.
Yes, it’s not the most unique show this season, or even on this list. Yes, it’s not the best written show in the world, often falling back on the typical tropes and story beats you’d expect from a Shounen Jump adaptation. Yes, Asta screams a lot and it can be grating sometimes.
But, dare I say, that’s precisely why I love it so much.
I love Shounen. I’m a sucker for it. I’ll often take a good old fashioned Shounen series over some “deep and intellectual” fluff that has me spending two days afterwards trying to piece together what the freaking point of it all was. This is Anime, not school. Sometimes I don’t want to learn something new. Sometimes I just want to watch cool shit happen in an emotionally gratifying storyline about growth and finding one’s self worth.
Black Clover’s “point” is simple. It’s fun. It’s full of energy. It’s got cool fight scenes and an interesting world, and it’s a simple tale about a young, outclassed boy trying to overcome the hardships of being “different” and inferior to those around him.
And a show doesn’t need to be unique to be good or worth your time. It’s all about the execution, and I’d argue that Black Clover does an excellent job at executing its fairly “generic” story.
Yeah, the pacing could be tightened up, the story could be less predictable, and Asta could be less annoying as a character, but hey, it’s a Shounen. These things are practically embedded into the genre at this point. If you don’t like this stuff, why the hell are you watching Shounen?
And I’ve already explained why Asta is the way he is before. There’s a reason for this. It’s not hard to piece together.
So yeah, Black Clover is great, and my favourite show of the season (I haven’t seen Ancient Magus Bride, sorry). Feel free to make fun of me, and my taste, in the comments.
Share your favourites:
What were your favourite shows from the Autumn 2017 Anime Season? Feel free to share yours in the comments!
On the next edition of the Listless List, we’ll be taking a look at my personal least favourite shows from the Autumn 2017 Anime Season, which I’m sure are guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers… Stay tuned!