The Five Best Magic Anime of 2017

Updated on February 10, 2018
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Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.

Did the magic genre in anime hold up well in 2017?

It did, but not without hitches!

The magic genre in anime has only one mission: To be as magical as possible! As fate had it, 2017 had all sorts of titles that were as magical as they were noteworthy. But as the rules of this list allows, only five were chosen to represent 2017.

Hold on tight to your brooms, wands, staves, or whatever as you get to know the five best magic anime of 2017! If for some reason you are not satisfied by the titles on this list, please share the anime shows you think everyone deserves to know in the comments.

The 5 Best Magic Anime of 2017
1. Little Witch Academia
2. Mahoujin Guruguru (Magical Circle)
3. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
4. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
5. Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero)
Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia | Source

1. Little Witch Academia

Where there are witches, magic is sure to be present! And when there’s a little witch academia standing over the horizon, the obvious course of action is to explore it and discover the essence of the unknown. Enter Atsuko Kagari, the young wannabe witch who is the main character of the show!

Atsuko’s dream is to become a great witch just like her idol, Shiny Chariot. Sadly, not even a tiny hint of witch blood runs through her veins. All that she has is her unwavering determination and unusual luck. She has no choice but to start from zero. If she gives up now, her dream will remain unfulfilled forever.

Little Witch Academia imparts a tale that is born out of curiosity. Just like magic, it is full of wonder and excitement. It is neither showy nor extravagant, yet it rules with an enchanted aura. Since the heroine knows nothing of magic, we can directly relate to her as we are in the same position. Hence, we are prompted to learn and grow with her throughout the course of her magical adventure.

Mahoujin Guruguru (Magical Circle)
Mahoujin Guruguru (Magical Circle) | Source

2. Mahoujin Guruguru (Magical Circle)

Mahoujin Guruguru is the magical outcome you get when you brilliantly transform a classic RPG (Role-Playing Game) from the 90’s into an anime. As far as classic RPGs go, it is always the story of a young hero setting out on a quest to defeat the evil demon king. And that’s exactly the story of Mahoujin Guruguru. It is not, in any way, serious though. We all already know what’s going to happen. The young hero trains, struggles a bit, goes into battle, and finally prevails over the villainous boss. Nevertheless, those are inconsequential for this anime! What matters most for Mahoujin Guruguru is the journey—for it is the greatest treasure of all!

This might be the first time you have heard of Mahoujin Guruguru, and that’s totally understandable. After all, it is overwhelmingly underrated as its promotional materials are very underwhelming. This show is similar to a treasure chest hidden deep within a low-tier dungeon. It is at a level that can be considered rare or even legendary, but only a few knows of its existence!

Mahoujin Guruguru delivers pure fantasy and comedy. While the sense of magic and adventure still remains at-large, the main goal is not to be like the others, but instead to be unique and be able to pay homage to the legacy of classic RPGs.

Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) | Source

3. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)

I was floored the very moment I saw the first episode of Mahoutsukai no Yome. It was very unsettling to see a young woman selling herself off in an auction. She had her reasons. Life was very cruel to her. But luckily, the man who bids for her changes her life forever, for better or for worst. Suddenly, life isn’t so bad for Chise anymore. And that’s when the magic occurred! From previously being floored, my reaction turned into that of a marvelous awe.

Mahoutsukai no Yome isn’t the easiest anime to watch, but it conveys a message that is easy to understand. The world is wonderful, and surprises are bound to happen as long as you live. Watching the story and the whole world it was built upon, felt like a dream. There was an infinite amount of mysticism about its Universe. Somehow, I didn’t realize that it slowly turned into a show that I made me hold it close to my heart.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records | Source

4. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records

Directly translating as Akashic Records of Bastard Instructor, it is clear that Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records is up to something related to archaic knowledge. But who is this bastard instructor? Turns out, it’s Glenn Radars—an unorthodox substitute professor who is lazy to the bone and the very definition of a bastard instructor!

If magic did exist in our world, I would definitely want Glenn Radars to teach me the ways! His attitude may be unbecoming of a respectable teacher, but his acumen as a brilliant mage is unparalleled. In fact, this anime was truly worth it because his coolness and grooviness filled the entire show. As a magic anime, Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records managed to introduce unique concepts, new theories, and creative uses for magic. This anime is not groundbreaking, but I did enjoy it—and that’s what matter most!

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero)
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero) | Source

5. Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero)

Frankly speaking, there is nothing about Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho that is worth writing home about. Yet, I just can’t help but cheer on it as if I was completely entranced by it. What is wrong with me? Am I under the influence of some powerful attraction spell? Well, there is one thing about this anime that I really liked, and that is—it’s overwhelming potential!

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho presents a very typical witches versus humans kind of scenario. The existence of the beastfallen is an element that was added to give spice to the show. Guided by the whimsical hands of fate, a powerful witch, an apprentice mage, and a beastfallen have banded together in order to pursue a certain book that has power to change the world—the Grimoire of Zero!

The world encompassing this anime is truly interesting. Its elements are curious and very intriguing. Unfortunately, these elements weren’t developed and explained enough. This show actually felt rushed and illogical. Still, it was an unusually exciting ride. I really thought it would be good. But even though my expectations were betrayed, I still feel that it really had the chance to become really great if only it was executed properly. Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho is a show that’s mediocre at best, but ultimately, it is a show that managed to keep me occupied for hours!

Which of the titles listed is your favorite 2017 magic anime?

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