Winter 2017 Anime
December 23, 2016 3:02 PM - Subscribe

Which series will you be following for Winter 2017?

Anichart Winter 2017

Personally I am looking forward to the second season of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. Studio Trigger has Little Witch Academia. And there's a new season of Gintama?!?

3-gatsu no Lion continues from Fall 2016.
posted by needled (8 comments total)
Definitely Rakugo. Little Witch Academia, Ao no Exorcist, and maybe ACCA?
posted by pwnguin at 12:00 AM on December 24, 2016

I just watched a compilation of trailers for the 34 anime series of Winter 2017 and found it a bit depressing. I think the seemingly endless parade of scenes aimed upwards at schoolgirl uniform skirts waving in the breeze might have played some part.

ACCA looks interesting, especially as it's an adaptation of a manga series by Natsume Ono.
posted by needled at 8:54 AM on December 25, 2016

3-gatsu no Lion is, IMO, very, very good. And of course I have high hopes for Little Witch Academia.

Chaos;Child is based on a visual novel from the Science Adventure series, and so is connected--if only tenuously--to Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, and Robotics;Notes. Whether it'll be any good at all is anybody's guess, but I only recently learned that all these shows are connected by something more than the inappropriate use of semicolons, and I thought it was kinda interesting.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 10:22 AM on December 31, 2016

Blue Exorcist, Little Witch Academia, and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. I may pick up more shows like ACCA - 13-ku Kansatsuka if I get a better sense of their stories.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 5:55 AM on January 1, 2017

Chaos;Child is a direct sequel to Chaos;Head, which has the rep of being the worst of the semi-coloned increasingly misnamed science trilogy (also including the just concluded Occultic;Notes).

Shows not yet mentioned I'm probably going to follow at least the first few episodes of:

Akiba's Trip, first episode now available on Crunchyroll: demons/aliens/whatever are taking over people in Akihabara and a band of nerds/otaku have to defeat them by stripping them. It's like last season's Keijo!!!!!!!!, an incredibly dumb idea executed with just enough seriousness and humour to be entertaining. At least judging from that first episode.

BanG Dream!: idol/girl band series that could be good depending on how much it has to do with actual music making.

Demi-chan wa Kataritai: I love the manga, about adorable monster girls and their equally adorable if rather muscular teacher who is very interested -- but not in a prurient manner -- in demis.

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon: KyoAni adapts a Cool-kyou Shinja manga series, who has also done Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! and Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken. This one is about that time a drunk sysadmin stumbled over a dragon, pulled the magical sword from her back, then had the shock of her life when the dragon turned up on her doorstep the next morning, to serve her as a maid. PV. Again a series I liked the manga off and the studio is one of my favourites, so instant winner.

Seiren: a romance series that takes the same format as Amagami (and shares its character designer), with three arcs of four episodes focusing on one of three heroines. I liked Amagami so I'm giving this a shot.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2: the trapped in fantasyland escapist NEET fantasy for people who hate trapped in fantasyland escapist NEET fantasies, full of trashy characters you can't help but like.

Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-Bu: school girls go bicycling

Youjo Senki: hard bitten remorseless atheis salaryman is forcibly reincarnated by god as a blonde nine year old loli wizard-soldier fighting for not quite the Deutsche Kaiserreich. Trying to get a cushy and safe rear area job only lands her/him in more trouble as his talents for war blossom.

Fuuka, Kuzu no Honkai, Masamune-kun no Revenge: trashy romance series.
posted by MartinWisse at 4:15 PM on January 4, 2017

Yeah, I thought Akiba's Trip was better than expected. It's a trashy idea and I'll be surprised if it rises above the level of Light Fare, but for all that it was entertaining.

I got one: Ai-Mai-Mi, Surgical Friends. It's the third season of Ai Mai Mi, a short-format series offering weapons-grade absurdity from the director of Magical Somera-Chan, which was also short, nonsensical, and surprisingly funny. I have no idea why this season is subtitled 'Surgical Friends' and it's entirely possible the creators don't know either; one gets the feeling they make this stuff up as they go along.

If you're gonna watch it, this is the sort of foolishness up with which you will be required to put. I'm calling it now--at three-and-a-half minutes per episode, this show is gonna have one of the better amusement-to-time-invested ratios of the season.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 8:29 PM on January 4, 2017

I've been pleasantly surprised by the Maid Dragon series. Like, if you describe the premise it sounds like complete garbage but it does do enough to rise above being extruded anime product.

The Cycling Club I was disappointed with. I realize now I have a soft spot for weirdly educational series, like how Dagashi Kashi was weirdly educational about candy. So all they would have had to do to hook me is info-dump important facts about cycling, but no such luck.

Similar problem with BanG Dream. If the first episode actually got around to the part where characters are trying to start a band, play music, whatever, it might have held my attention.
posted by RobotHero at 10:00 AM on January 29, 2017

Maid Dragon is surprisingly good. The first episode goes overboard with the jiggling-boobies gags but the second and third eps dialed way back on the cringe humor, so it's worth looking forward to.

Interviews with Monster Girls is harder to get a handle on. It's mostly cute and mostly doesn't do anything wrong but the the setup still boils down to: twentysomething protagonist is the object of mutual fascination among a bunch of early-teens orbiting around him. Apparently the manga plays it straight without tipping over into the harem storyline it's set up to deliver, but man oh man are they skirting that line. So despite all the low-key charm it remains a kind of uncomfortable watch.
posted by ardgedee at 2:31 AM on February 1, 2017

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