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Every anime season has so many titles, and you probably don’t have enough time to watch all of them. Of course, you can watch our recommended Winter 2017 anime titles, but did you know that there are titles that are less than 5 minutes an episode? They are called ‘short’ anime series and Winter 2017 has a few that you can put into your busy schedule.
Let’s check them out!
It’s been over 50 years since the death of Japanese detective novelist Ranpo Edogawa, and his works now fall in the public domain. Thanks to this, we are seeing an increase in anime series featuring Ranpo or his famous Boy Detectives Club. This series is one of them. It illustrates the comical interactions between Kogorou Akechi VII, Kobayashi Boy VII, and The Fiend with Twenty Faces.
I’m not completely sure how much homage they are paying to the original Boy Detectives Club series by Ranpo, but I think it would be very interesting to compare it to other Ranpo-related anime series such as Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace or the currently-airing Trickster: From Edogawa Ranpo’s The Boy Detectives Club.
High school girl Morina Nanase works part time at Trattoria Festa, an Italian restaurant that employs a team of unique staff members. It’s a slice-of-life show, but we wouldn’t called it a moe anime- more like a shoujo anime or even a Sunday morning anime that you can watch with the family.
Everyone can enjoy this series, since it introduces actual Italian cuisine!
This series is about 3 different girls seen from the first-person perspective of a male character. It almost feels like you’re watching a visual novel like LovePlus in anime form.
It has a quite strong fetish elements with moe (though it doesn’t have out-and-out scenes like ‘that’) and the story advances like a dating sim. It has high quality direction that proves the creators’ skills. This is real Japanese moe!
High school girl Tomoko Konagai has 3 cats: Mah, Roh, and Shii. This is a heartwarming slice-of-life anime about her interaction with the cats and her classmates at school. The cats are illustrated as chibi humans.
It’s a slow paced slice-of-life that adores pets and makes your chest feel all fuzzy. You can easily enjoy the 3-minute episode streams whenever you’re bored.
The opening theme is performed by every♥ing!, a voice actress singing unit that recently became quite popular.
This is the third season of the very popular series. It is about three high school girls who together form a Manga Club. The series is a bit different from other slice-of-life anime. The girls use daring and self-deprecating jokes and go literally freaking crazy, so you may want to handle the anime with extreme care. It was probably expected from a work published by Takeshobou (the original publisher), but don’t say we didn’t warn you!
The anime has a great cast, and their events are always super popular. Its fans are really hardcore, since most of them are in love with the characters and their voice actors.
Have you ever heard of the ‘Scrolls of Frolicking Animals’ or ‘Choujuu-giga (Animal Caricatures)’? It is a famous set of old Japanese picture scrolls of personified animals published in 12th to 13th century, often credited to be the root of manga. It personified not just actual animals, but also fantastic creatures such as oni and skeletons.
Sengoku Choujuu-giga uses the personified animals as warriors from the sengoku (warring states) period. Japanese people can easily imagine Hideyoshi Toyotomi as a monkey and Ieyasu Tokugawa as a tanuki (racoon dog), but there are some interesting ones like Nobunaga Oda as Hototogisu (Japanese lesser cuckoo, taken from a famous haiku) that may please history fans. It may be a bit tough to follow the story if you aren’t very familiar with Japanese history, though.
Another historical comedy with chibi characters of famous people from the Bakumatsu period (final years of the Tokugawa shogunate). The actual history of the Shinsengumi (a group of elite swordmen) ended miserably, but this show currently looks quite different and is not really serious. We wonder how it will turn out with its comedic touch.
If you are familiar with Gintama or other anime based on the Shinsengumi, you may be able to understand who the characters are. It’s easier that way for non-Japanese viewers to enjoy the series.
— 【公式】ちるらん にぶんの壱 (@chiruran_anime) January 11, 2017
This series is a collection of short horror stories for adults based on myths and urban legends. The stories are widely spread in modern Japan, and this series use a traditional kami-shibai (paper drama) style to make it even creepier. You could say it is rather similar to Kagewani, another short anime.
It is aired after midnight on TV in Japan, probably because of the story content.
Each of the above short anime series takes less than 5 minutes per episode, so don’t hesitate, just try them out! Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!