The Ten Best Anime Series of 2017

Updated on February 19, 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.

The most wonderful thing about anime is that there is always something new to watch. No matter what year, titles surge as if there is no end to them. As it is par for the course, 2017 brought in a great deal of praiseworthy anime shows!

This list is a compilation of the ten best anime series of 2017. I’ve compiled them based on my own sentiments, some reviews, and the opinions of random fans. You may or may not agree, but there’s one thing you can do—share in the comments what you think are the best anime shows for you! Along with the ten great shows listed here, your contributions will definitely go a long way for all those who are looking for excellent anime recommendations.

The 10 Best Anime Series of 2017
1. Aho Girl
2. Attack on Titan (Season 2)
3. Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2)
4. Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)
5. Inuyashiki: Last Hero
6. Juuni Taisen (Zodiac War)
7. Kino no Tabi (Kino’s Adventure)
8. Made in Abyss
9. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
10. Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
Aho Girl
Aho Girl | Source

1. Aho Girl

Placing Aho Girl in this list is definitely not an “Aho” move! In fact, I would say it is an ingenious decision. A laughable choice, yes. But it is, at the end of the day, an extremely lively comedy anime!

Aho Girl may seem like a stupid show at first sight, but trust me—it is actually inventively stupid! I did find its first episode annoying and nettlesome because the main idiot of the story was irritating and often got hit for her jokes, but it wasn’t actually all that bad. Her getting hit was part of the act, and she truly deserved it. Once I got used to that, everything gradually became a carnival of fun!

With decent graphics, animation fluidity, and style, Aho Girl embodies mediocrity at its finest. But with regard to the jokes, laughs, and funny moments it caters, it truly shines! I would go as far as even crown it one of the best comedy anime in recent history!

Attack on Titan (Season 2)
Attack on Titan (Season 2) | Source

2. Attack on Titan (Season 2)

It shouldn’t come as a surprise for the second season of Attack on Titan to be here on this list. That’s because its hype is the real deal! Almost everyone waited for it to show up in its most gargantuan form in 2017!

Attack on Titan season 2 is enormous in all its proportions. Its intriguing plot has the power to force anyone into captive submission. In terms of visuals and animation, it is a stunning work of art! It also has this perception-altering mood that never fails to set the right kind of emotive atmosphere each moment it plays out. Truly, this anime is a riveting masterpiece you should never miss!

Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2)
Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2) | Source

3. Boku no Hero Academia (Season 2)

It’s fine now. Why? Because it is here! Here’s another sequel that many people staggeringly anticipated in 2017—the second season of Boku no Hero Academia!

Boku no Hero Academia is a phenomenal anime that does many things right for a genuinely exceptional title from the ever-popular mainstream shounen genre. It is aesthetically pleasing as it is absolutely exhilarating. Its plot is authentically engrossing as its characters are brimming with vibrancy and life. And most importantly, it is well-meaning and full of valuable lessons. It is undeniable that Boku no Hero Academia is one of the most impactful and persuasive shounen anime to date.

Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)
Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous) | Source

4. Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)

Houseki no Kuni is one of the most precious gems of 2017! Being an ultra-rare gem, it is buried deep underground. Not many people know about it. But since I luckily stumbled upon this legendary treasure and was overwhelmingly enthralled by it, the right thing to do is to share the glorious experience with everyone.

Houseki no Kuni is an anime that is made entirely of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery). But unlike many other anime that uses CGI, there is no aesthetic flaw in this show! From the characters to the surroundings, everything is stunningly beautiful. Even the fluidity of the animation deserves astronomical credit! As for the lore, it is mystifying and absorbing. Honestly, I watched this whole series in one sitting. That’s how prodigiously gripping it is!

Inuyashiki: Last Hero
Inuyashiki: Last Hero | Source

5. Inuyashiki: Last Hero

At this point, I don’t think it is possible for me to mention 2017 without making a remark about Inuyashiki. Believe me, this show carved a mark, not only in my memory, but also in my heart. And I think this mark will last forever!

Inuyashiki isn’t your typical sci-fi/drama/psychological anime! First of all, its main protagonist is unique—it is a decrepit old man! But that doesn’t actually matter. What matters is that this show, somehow, made anime great again! I remember seeing mean-spirited comments about its source manga. But even though the anime followed it to a tee, it still garnered immense success! Inuyashiki roused my mind as it kindled my heart. Surely, I will never forget about it.

Juuni Taisen (Zodiac War)
Juuni Taisen (Zodiac War) | Source

6. Juuni Taisen (Zodiac War)

For pure, unadulterated action, Juuni Taisen takes the limelight in 2017! No one in the right mind would contest this, right? As far as the show is concerned, it is neither plot-driven nor character-driven. Juuni Taisen is all about action!

Since the plot of Juuni Taisen is intelligibly predictable and has most of its characters are fated on the death row, there is only one distinct element to focus on, and that is—action! Truly, it lived up to its promise and showcased fight scenes that were able to put me on the edge of my seat. Everything was so intense! I knew who was going to win, but still, I engagingly spectated. What this anime lacks in all the other departments, it makes up with its insane battle sequences! If you’re an action junkie, then this is the anime for you!

Kino no Tabi (Kino’s Adventure)
Kino no Tabi (Kino’s Adventure) | Source

7. Kino no Tabi (Kino’s Adventure)

Kino no Tabi is a rare adventure anime that completely rendered me speechless! Its rarity stems from its sole focus on adventure. As Kino travels from one place to another, there’s no helping but feel like you’re actually part of the journey.

The world presented by Kino no Tabi is that of a cruel yet beautiful one. In every place, there’s variety. And in every variety, there’s meaning. Curiosity overwhelmed me in every turn. The world sure is vast. With picturesque views, fascinating cultures, and interesting people, this show instilled in me the spirit of adventure.

If you want a taste of adventure, then Kino no Tabi will give you what you desire. The journey within is all too familiar with real life, so enjoy every ephemeral moment of it!

Made in Abyss
Made in Abyss | Source

8. Made in Abyss

On the outside, Made in Abyss looks like an innocent anime made just for kids. But on the inside, it is a dark tale that is full of dangerous turns and twists.

Made in Abyss flew off the radar of many people in 2017 because of its extrinsic glamour. They thought they knew what it was all about at first glance. They were wrong! This is no ordinary adventure anime. It is way more than that! Its tranquil front hides a dreadful shadow. But nevertheless, both light and dark comes into play. Made in Abyss is a both a hopeful and a bleak creation. I guess you have to watch it for you to discover what its true worth is.

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

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

Despite being one of the more complex titles of 2017, Mahoutsukai no Yome shows real promise once you get the hang of it. If I must say so, this show is truly spectacular!

Not only is the world of Mahoutsukai no Yome astoundingly wonderful, the building blocks that constitutes it works perfectly well with one another. However, the story needs to properly sink in before you can truly understand it—and that would take a few episodes at most! If you are an extremely impatient person, then steer clear. Still, I must urge you to extend your patience a bit, else you risk missing out on a magnificent spectacle like no other.

Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie) | Source

10. Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)

Net-juu no Susume is a breath of fresh air for the romance genre. It is not about a teenage couple or a match-made-in-heaven romantic duo. It is about a mature pairing that is true to the reality this modern world.

Net-juu no Susume boasts its outstanding development of its characters. Add an interesting plot to that and you get a perfect combination! This show may seem generic at first glance, but it actually isn’t. It is a show that organically grows, making you fond of it with all your heart. I assure you that once you watch this, you will feel refreshed and invigorated with sweet love on the get-go.

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

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    • Cheeky Kid profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheeky Kid 

      2 years ago from Milky Way

      @Levi I believe it's coming out around July this 2018.

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      2 years ago

      What about attack on titans season 3?? Won't there be any

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      2 years ago

      Yeah, I'm gonna have to agree. Attack on titan season 2 was Awesome. I completely freaked out when Reiner opened up on that random titan hiding in the closet.

      Never heard of Aho girl but, it looks really funny. Thanks for the introduction. I'm gonna watch some tonight.


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