2017 was a great year for anime fans since there was something for everyone! From heart-pounding sequels like My Hero Academia Season 2 to surprise hits like Kemono Friends – 2017 may be viewed as a banner year in retrospection.
However, there were still good series that were overlooked by the community. Maybe it was a slow pace (ACCA), a deceptively cute art style (The Royal Tutor), or being overshadowed by more popular hits (Lu Over the Wall). Either way, you should give these overlooked gems a chance!
ACCA has everything “serious anime” fans crave. It has a gripping story filled with plot twists, a conflicted lead in Jean Otus, a unique art style, and smooth pacing.
The story follows an inspection agency that is deemed unnecessary since the Kingdom of Dowa is experiencing an era of peace. Jean is tasking with performing a final audit of the kingdom’s 13 territories before his agency is dissolved, but news of a political coup has some members of the government worried.
A series about a college grad struggling to find work doesn’t seem like prime entertainment material, but it’s P.A. Works’ niche. Sakura Quest is the latest in the studio’s esteemed “Working Series,” which includes Shirobako and Hanasaku Iroha.
This touching, yet funny series follows Yoshino Koharu. Like many young adults, she dreams of living in the big city but is struggling to find a job. One day, a new offer takes her to the economically struggling town of Manoyama to serve as it’s tourism “Queen.” Sakura Quest hits on the real-life experiences many young adults and rural towns face in the current economic climate.
3The Royal Tutor (Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine)
A lot of potential fans dropped The Royal Tutor after its first episode because it looked like a “cute boys doing cute things” type show. Boy, were they wrong!
The series follows Heine Wittgenstein, a tutor responsible for the four princes of Grannzreich. Past tutors have been broken by the princes, but Heine is determined to show them that a tutor can be trustworthy. The Royal Tutor is a series you’ll watch for the character interactions, comedy, and heartfelt moments.
4Napping Princess (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari)
Napping Princess (or Ancien and the Magic Tablet) was one the year’s strongest original movies but was overshadowed by No Game No Life: Zero and The Irregular at Magic High School: The Girl Who Calls the Stars.
The family movie follows Kokone, a girl who is plagued by strange dreams of a fantasy realm called Heartland. However, she believes the dreams are trying to reveal a family secret, but questions remain unanswered when her father disappears.
5The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome)
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is a quirky rom-com from the writer and director of The Tatami Galaxy. Basically, it’s an artistic trip!
The story follows an unnamed college senior and his junior, who is simply known as “The Girl with Black Hair.” One night, he works up the courage to confess his love to her while she is having a fun night out – which leads to meeting eccentric people and crazy situations.
6Lu Over the Wall (Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta)
Lu Over the Wall is an original movie from the director of The Tatami Galaxy – Masaaki Yuasa sure was busy in 2017! This sweet, artistic film is the perfect medicine for anyone with a sad heart.
The story follows Kai, a lonely boy who reluctantly joins a band after transferring to a new school. He follows his new crew to Merfolk Island and meets Lu, an incredibly happy mermaid. As Kai spends time with Lu, he finds himself opening up his emotions and thoughts more.
Konohana Kitan shows that the slice of life genre can be more than just cute girls doing cute things. While there are cute moments, the anime is filled with great character interactions and life lessons that’ll open your worldview.
The story follows Yuzu, a cheerful fox girl who starts working at a traditional Japanese hot springs inn. She has no experience working at such a high-class location, but she receives the guidance of the other fox girls that work there.
Fans of meta-stories have to check out Anime-Gataris. It’s a upsend and a really happy look at the anime community and the medium. The series is filled with humor, sweet moments, and bonkers scenarios – it’s a trip.
The core story follows Minoa, a high school girl trying to rediscover an anime she watched as a child. Despite being a novice, she draws the attention of an otaku named Arisu, and the pair creates an Anime Research Club.
What did you think were the most overlooked anime of 2017?