The community has spoken on the most impressive Fall 2017 anime so far, but it’s only natural that some titles would go overlooked!
We all value anime differently, but here the titles that are worth watching with the other popular anime.
1Land of the Lustrous (Houseki no Kuni)
Artistically daring and delightfully quirky – Land of the Lustrous follows the immortal and genderless Gems and the fight for survival against the Moon Dwellers.
The anime focuses on world building, so much of the large cast hasn’t had a chance to develop yet. Sadly, this focus has led to a lack of standout moments for impatient viewers to chomp into. And while the animation looks nice, strong anti-3D sentiments have sadly caused the series to go overlooked.
Konohana Kitan is pure, unadulterated fuzziness. The series follows a group of fox girls running a hot spring hotel with a yuri twist.
Konohana Kitan takes a slice-of-life-lice approach to the storytelling since the girls’ relationships are the stars of the show. It’s a cute take Japanese mythology, but there is room for mature storytelling – episode 3’s take on sexual harassment is perhaps the most thoughtful in recent years.
Urahara is pure style over substance and anyone looking for eye-candy should check it out.
The story isn’t amazing by any means. It deals with three girls protecting the unique culture of the stylish Harajuku. Its story is offensively bland, but it has the most beautiful visuals of the year. Urahara is tough to recommend on a story level, but anyone who likes stylish anime like Guilty Crown or K should check it out.
4Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~
Anime series based on otome games tend to be an afterthought, but people shouldn’t sleep on Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~. Set in Victorian England and featuring a cast of classic Gothic inspired characters, the anime is a bit more fun than the typical reverse-harem.
The heroine Cardia has poisonous blood, which causes her to be shunned by society. It’s an abnormally dark premise for the genre, but it’s used to showcase the importance of human interactions and gives each guy the spotlight.
5The iDOLM@STER SideM
I had my doubts, but The iDOLM@STER SideM is totally working! It might even be the top idol series this season, which is sadly an underappreciated genre outside of Japan.
The iDOLM@STER SideM focuses on the friendships between the idols as they try to grow their careers. There is no awkward romance with a self-insert manager and focuses on pure idol fun and great songs.
6Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 2nd Season (Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2nd Season)
I shouldn’t be surprised about the lack of love Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 2nd Season is getting since the first season failed outside of Japan.
The sit-com styled humor focuses on Hozuki as he tries to keep Momotarou (Japanese hell) operating smoothly. Of course, things go haywire and Hozuki tries to keep things from imploding. Hoozuki’s Coolheadedness is the perfect dark comedy for fans looking to take a break from the moe and parodies.
You would think an anime about anime fans would be a hit, but it’s been flying under the radar.
Anime-Gataris might be a little too positive for the current climate since international fans tend to flock towards deprived depictions of otaku life like WataMote or Eromanga-sensei. Still, the cute happenings of an anime club enjoying their favorite hobby makes for a peaceful experience.
UQ Holder! feels like opening a time capsule. It’s a fan-service laden magic-battle series about an ordinary guy learning magic.
UQ Holder! is the type of anime that was popular 15 years ago and could have competed with The Familiar of Zero and Dog Days. It’s a really solid entry into the genre, but sadly, it doesn’t seem like viewers are nostalgic for magic-battle anime yet.
What Fall 2017 anime do you think are overlooked?