Anime I’m watching this season: Winter 2017

List is not final, I may update it later if I pick up more shows.

  • Youjo Senki/Saga of Tanya the Evil – The premise for this show is insanely odd. A cold Japanese businessman is murdered, and is reincarnated in a world reminiscent of our own, but with magic, during the early 20th century as a young, blond-haired German girl with the ability to use magecraft. She then joins the army and becomes a Second Lieutenant at age 9. While this may seem like a very weird show, the fight choreography is tight and flashy, similar to that of the Fate series, and the scenes of Tanya against all her other soldiers is ironically funny, a short nine year commanding a squadron of mage fighters. I would recommend it.

  • Nyanko Days – This adaption of a 4 panel manga series, with the episodes being only two minutes long. It follows a girl whose name I can’t really remember, but she’s not the focus. What is the focus are her three adorable, personified cats. If that’s not enough to get you into the series, I don’t know what will. But like I said, each ep is only two minutes, so it’s no major loss if you dislike it1.

  • Gabriel DropOut – The perfect angel Gabriel falls. And not because of any dark and demonic act, but because she becomes addicted to MMO’s and becomes a shut-in. But what makes this show special is not the main character, but Gabriel’s reactions with her friends. The stalker angel Raphelia, the chuunibyou demon Satania and the very respectable demon Vinnie, who’s more divine than both the angels combined. While not as all around adorable as Nyanko Days, the character interactions between the four divine beings is glorious.

  • Chaos;Child – From the creators who bought you the masterpiece Steins;Gate comes Chaos;Child, the sequel to the terrible anime (But good Visual Novel) Chaos;Head. Unlike Steins;Gate, which was more sci-fi, Chaos;Head is a psychological horror, one of my favourite genres. It follows Takuru, a member of the high school newspaper club as he investigate a number of murder/suicides that have gone around lately, and their relation to the strange “Sumo stickers” that have appeared around town. The show deals with people with mental powers and the effect they can have on the normal everyday people. I’m enjoying this so far, and I’m wonder how much Takuru will suffer relative to Okabe, the protagonist of Steins;Gate. If he’s gonna suffer more, which is what I’ve heard, he’s in for a world of hell.

  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid – In a season of fun shows, this is probably my winner for most fun. It follows the alcoholic office worker Miss Kobayashi and her maid that’s also a dragon (Hence Dragon Maid), Tohru. The show is funny, silly and cute, and continues the trend of popular anime featuring homosexual couples. Tohru openly admits that she’s attracted to Kobayashi, who does nothing to stop her. And if my co-writer at Fighting for Nippon Alex Jackson is to be believed, it’s better than the manga. He’s not wrong. The show is phenomenal.

  1. You heartless bastard. 

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