Top Anime of 2017: Big Hits of the Year

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A look back at the Anime of 2017

With the year coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to review some of the top anime of 2017. Let’s just say that 2018 has its work cut out for it.

Gintama Season 5 (2017)

Gintama - Gintoki Sakata
Gintama – Gintoki Sakata

Not one, but two entries of the Gintama franchise where released this year, with the second still currently running. Since its not complete yet I chose to put the first entry on this list.

The two instalments were short, but contained one of the most epic and brutal battles in modern anime. The epic showdown between series protagonist Sakata Gintoki and Kamui will leave you itching for more.

Gintoki vs kamui
Gintoki vs Kamui fight

Gintoki rising above his limits and surpassing his opponent was truly epic; I know I say that a lot, but come on. Even non-anime fan have to admit it was pretty badass.

Konosuba Season 2 (2017)

Konosuba Main Characters
Konosuba Main Characters

I remember looking at this anime for the first time and thinking to myself, “Oh great, another one about a kid transported to a fantasy world where he’s meant to be the hero.”

I was pretty much right, except the series took that concept and flipped it on its back.

The season continues the adventures of the lovable asshole protagonist Satou Kazuma, the self-centered goddess Aqua, the strangely masochistic Darkness and the useless queen of explosions Megumin. Stepping away from the stereotype of the genre, this awesome series keeps you laugh throughout.

Satou Kazuma and Megumin.
Satou Kazuma and Megumin.

Despite their countless flaws, this weird foursome of adventurers keeps us entranced. Probably being some of the worse travellers in anime, they make it somehow. And you can bet we’re gonna be right there with them.

Attack on Titan Season 2 (2017)

Survey Corps
Survey Corps

The sequel to this dark fantasy series was exactly what fans of the franchise were screaming for. While stepping up its game as it takes a turn into a pseudo-detective storyline.

But you know AOT doesn’t skip out on the action scenes, and with the arrival of the beast titan, the survey corps find themselves being attacked and devoured at every corner. Leading up to one the year’s best brawls, as series protagonist Erin, takes on the near unstoppable armored titan.

ErenVsArmoredTitan
Eren Vs Armored Titan

The level of emotion you feel watching this clash of actual monstrous beings will having hanging on to the edge of your seat, guaranteed.

My Hero Academia Season 2 (2017)

Midorya Izuku
Midorya Izuku

Young main protagonist Midorya, continues to try and prove that he is worthy of his inherited powers and become the hero. He finds himself thrown into the ugly side of the world ruled by caped crusaders.

With non-stop sequences of fight scenes, brilliant character development, all-out epicness and a new threat arising, fans have found themselves praying for a season 3 of the franchise to be release.

I, for one, can say that I will be marking the day of its release with anticipation.

Classroom of the Elite (2017)

Classroom of the Elite
Ayanokōji and Horikita

This is one of the most well written anime series I’ve watched in recent years. One that has me clicking the ‘play next’ button faster than you could say: “Hey should I maybe take a break for a while.”

The story follows the perspective of Kiyotaka Ayanokōji, a quiet and unassuming boy who is not good and uninterested at making friends and would rather keep his distance.

He is a student at an Elite academy, but despite his intelligence, he chooses to hide it and ends up in the D-class.

Kiyotaka Ayanokōji
Kiyotaka Ayanokōji

Ayanokoji has his eyes set on reaching the A-class and does not care what happens to the rest of his classmates when reaching his goal. With his mysterious past catching up to him, fans have to wait for the next entry in this magnificent series.

Shokugeki no Soma: The Third Plate (2017)

Shokugeki no Soma Characters
Shokugeki no Soma Characters

Saving the best for last, this series was definitely my favourite of this year.

Who thought an anime series about cooking would be so awesome? With more action, energy and drama than a Gordan Ramsey show, protagonist Yukihira Soma and the colourful cast of students at Totsuki Academy make an epic return this year.

Things aren’t all happy days at the academy as a new antagonist threatens to destroy its culinary delicious balance.

Yukihira Soma vs Eishi Tsukasa
Yukihira Soma vs Eishi Tsukasa

This leads to a war between chefs, with our main badass himself, Soma taking on the legendary might of the Elite Ten and the evil Central.

The third season of the anime ends on an epic note as Soma is challenged by the First Seat of the Elite Ten. If he loses, he has to join Central, who seeks to abolish every restaurant in Japan and replace them with first class gourmet food.

Yukihira Soma
Yukihira Soma

Soma, coming from a diner in the shopping district, will not stand by and let them destroy local restaurants. Especially not his family’s diner.

And there you have my picks for the top anime of the year 2017.

Remember, if you have an opinion of what anime series you think should have made the list or that I should watch, hit me up @raees_kariem.

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