Winter is so much easier to get through when the weather remains pleasant, like it has around where I live, and the passing of an anime season hurts more when it contains interesting series, like this season does. We’ve reached the middle point of the Winter 2017 season and that means it’s a good time to reflect on the initial promises that this season’s series made, how well they’ve been able to carry out those promises, and what are the chances of a successful ending of these anime. For ease of organization, I’ve covered this season’s anime in a countdown format from weakest to strongest.
The slight tardiness of this week’s answer post comes in part because I’m finally starting on my 2014 Year’s Best Anime posts. I had to delay because I was very late in getting to the Haikyuu anime series and realized early on that I couldn’t cover 2014 properly without it.
So, with out further ado, here’s the answers.
Last year was the first time I participated in the Secret Santa Project run by Reverse Thieves and the experience was one of my favorite memories as an anime fan for 2011. For those unfamiliar with the SSP, this link can provide more information. My secret Santa – who I now know was draggle from Draggle’s Anime Blog – had to chose three series, OVAs, movies that I might like but haven’t seen and might never watch otherwise. Draggle picked Noein, Figure 17, and Simoun. I was only required to watch and write up a review to one of these series and I chose Noein based on the staff involved. My review is here but the tl;dr version is that Noein was Awesome!. I decided to watch the other two series but only had the chance to get to Figure 17 (pretty awesome itself, review) before Christmas came; so, I promised myself that I’d get to the third series, Simoun, before next Christmas.
Months passed and I was in no hurry to get back to Simoun because there was no longer a deadline and I always work best with a deadline.
That is, until, I decided that I needed a break from trying to wrangle a couple stubborn blog posts into shape to post and looked at my backlog to see Simoun sitting there, waiting. Turns out that was the right decision to make but for the wrong reasons.
No matter how strong or weak a season of anime appears to be at the onset, one can always count on at least a couple of gems each season. As a result, I’m not at all surprised that, once again, the makers of anime continue to defy their prophesied doom by creating several series that are well on their way to excellence. What does astound me is the width and depth of quality displayed by this season’s roster of anime series. I could trim out the four best series (so far) and this season would still be a very strong one. In fact, it would take trimming out 7, maybe 8, of the best series before this season would look merely decent with the resulting group of series. I can’t remember another season this strong in the last 6+ years that I’ve been following new anime by the season.