Who better to recommend anime than real anime otaku?
We are well into the Winter 2017 anime season! Our episodic anime reviews have already been decided, and we were all super excited to check some of the first anime episodes of the new season. We went to our new Anime Info Page and started talking about all the new shows, but we felt that someone was missing from the discussion… YOU!
Winter 2017 Anime: Official Twitter Hashtags & Pages
So many great anime brought in the year 2017. The season had a promising start, but we really wanted to know what you, the otaku readers of MANGA.TOKYO, thought.
We asked you guys what anime you were planning to watch this season and what you would recommend to a friend and why!
We got hundreds and hundreds of responses, thank you so much! We published some of our favorite comments below. ♪(´ε｀ )
Everybody who took the poll was eligible to win goods we got from Winter Comiket 91, which you can see on our Anime Goods Giveaway for 2017 page. We will be emailing the winners very soon so don’t forget to check!
The survey ran from January 13 until January 31, 2017 at 12 p.m. (JST)
One of your friends tells you they can only watch ONE Winter 2017 anime! What do you recommend they watch?
The top 10 are as follows!
1. Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Impure King Arc- (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujou-ou hen)
3. Masamune-kun’s Revenge
4. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! 2
5. Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish)
6. Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)
8. Little Witch Academia
9. Tales of Zestiria the X
10. Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION
It’s unsurprising to see a lot of sequels on the list, such as Blue Exorcist, Gintama and KonoSuba!
It looks like the most popular new anime this time is Masamune-kun’s Revenge, followed by Youjo Senki.
The top 10 here are all anime that we here at MANGA.TOKYO would personally recommend, so if you haven’t already checked out any of the anime on the list, then be sure to give them a go! Check out our episodic anime reviews for our thoughts on some of the titles.
Please note that some responses have been slightly edited for grammatical reasons.
Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Impure King Arc- (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujou-ou hen)
Especially the graphics are so beautiful and the fighting skills are so interesting. This anime is also about strong bonds of friendship and how they solve their problems against their enemies. I would ask my friends to watch the first season and then continue to this series. This anime is a MUST-watch during winter 2017~!!!!
Like, why don’t you want to watch Blue Exorcist? It’s one of the best anime… we’re talking about the son of Satan here (Okay, that doesn’t like an invitation at all) I mean, even though the main characters are sons of evil, you can learn a lot from this anime. I’m not kidding! This is a really amazing anime! You’d better watch or you’ll miss half of your life.
‘Cool’, ‘unique’, ‘interesting’ are some of qualities of this anime. You can see the coolness of this anime, just watching the trailer. It is so great that anyone would enjoy it. The characters are funny enough for you to continue watching. And with the strength of the characters they show that anyone can overcome any hurdles in getting over his or her fears. <3 uwu. The story of the anime will remain in our heart and mind.
The first season left people at the edge of their seats. Blue Exorcist questions and reinforces the nature and nurture sentiment, which I believe is important as well. It would be foolish to let this gem go.
Blue Exorcist has amazing characters, lots of action, and a powerful story!
This anime has so much plot, and I love the content. I got really attached to the characters! Rin is just fantastic along with his brother. I wanna be an exorcist now.
“Rin is so cooooooool”
A half demon that is a demon exorcist? What more can you ask for?
Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)
There’s more to this anime than just a killing-inclined loli. Tanya’s decisions are mostly based on logic and you don’t see a military anime combined with a magically loli everyday.
Sadistic Loli in a War? Nuff Said, let the blood flow
A scary little girl fighting on the front lines of a war. Kills enemies with no regrets and with a smile on her face.
It’s got one of the most female badass characters!!! and the plot… the dialogues… and jingo jungle by Myth&Roid!!!
Great action scenes wrapped in an isekai story with a great twist.
It’s a really intense physiological thriller. One where you never see what might be coming next.
Saga of Tanya the Evil is loosely based off on WW2, but with a twist! It features magic and a cute loli, but not just your average loli! Part of the military front fighters, she could literally take on multitude of soldiers on her own! Despite her small height and cute looks, she has the brutality second to none and prowess with war mechanics and plans. Not only that, the other characters also have eye-catching characteristics that make them so badass! This anime is revolutionary in its own way, with epic fight scenes, awesome animation, twisted depictions on life by the characters, and cold war reality! ❤
It’s a new anime, so no previous seasons to catch on. The story is interesting, the central character is great, and, although it’s mostly a serious anime, it has moments of humor that never feel unnatural or forced. The animation is good, and the sound effects and music are incredibly well done.
Little Witch Academia
© 2017 TRIGGER / Yoh Yoshinari / ”Little Witch Academia” Committee
Trigger is amazing at making hit shows and Little Witch just blows me away
It seems like a cute, fun show to watch. Also, it’s made by Studio Trigger, so it shouldn’t disappoint!
Because the anime is beautiful and amazing and I just want to see more of it
I chose Little Witch Academia because it has amazing characters and lots of magical things happening in each event
It’s got a fantasy setting, nice art and cute characters
It shows that evil doesn’t always mean evil. There is always a reason behind anything.
You’ll always have a smile on your face after watching an episode, so it’s a really good show to watch when you want a bit of pick-me-up!
Because it’s hands down, the best anime of the season. Animation wise it’s eyegasm and the plot is enticing especially if you’re into magic and slice of life anime. It will teach you good things like real magic is courage and believing in oneself.
Because I was him back in the old days
I’ve always been a fan of romantic comedies. Romantic comedies are what attracted…no, more like dragged me into the anime world, and I believe if you watch these shows, you really will enjoy the world of anime!
A roller coaster of emotions is about to hit him throughout winter.
The manga was really good! Kinda reminds me of Accel World because of the protagonist but the plot is totally different, unique and new! A story of a boy who tones and hones his body in order to seek revenge on his childhood friend that rejected him for being fat! Definitely one of my fave picks for this season!
THE PLOT IS AMAZING!!!
Cause is story was great, and I like the chara too 💞💞💞
This anime looks like it is going to be an interesting comedy. I really want to see how the relationship between Masamune and the girl he wants to get revenge on develops.
It has a really nice plot goal, was so funny in the first episode and could become a more romantic story, but the comedy and plot goals about “the best revenge is showing yourself off when you succeed” are really interesting and motivating to watch.
It has a universally liked protagonist who isn’t naturally like that, but achieved it through great effort. Also, fitspiration; revenge; and pleasant plot twists.
The story is really good and cute! Despite Masamune’s revenge, he starts to show signs that he’s in love! No matter what we do, we also can’t help falling in love with those two.
Comedy and great visuals aside, I would recommend this anime for lesson that I’m hoping it will impart with its audience. The chaos is something to marvel at especially because the protagonist and antagonist both have strong personalities and hate losing.
Masamune-kun no Revenge! 💓💖 Totally! The art graphics are pleasant to the eye and you never get to finish an episode without laughing so hard or FANGIRLING to the nth level! The romantic and funny plot twists are just dang old hilarious! 😂😂💓💓 Seriously, this anime deserves praise! 💙✊✊
I found it completely different from the stereotypical anime of its genre, I thought it was going to be one of those lovey-dovey types, but to my delight it’s a barrel of laughs, real fun and an absolute joy & pleasure to watch. Definitely worth seeing.”
The story is 10/10! The characters are great! and I like the revenge thing. You can relate if you’re a hopeless romantic that got rejected at first. 😉
because this anime tells the love story of school children clad in comedy, and most importantly has great visuals that the audience will be pampered with. Actually, I love the visual of Masamune-kun and the character telling us about how handsome people think.
KONOSUBA – God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 2
This anime is one of the funniest fantasy anime I’ve watched in recent years, and I strongly recommend it to everyone as it’s so entertaining!
It has a great storyline, hilarious and tons of fun! Megumin is just the [best] character in the series for her cuteness and the fact she doesn’t think things through. The new season will be a great laugh.
Because KonoSuba is very cool and creative!!! I liked the first season. That’s why I really like and wait for each episode. It’s a fantasy seasoned with comedy. I like it!!! Daisuki!
Because KonoSuba is a great anime because it has a very good graphics, good story, good characters like Satou Kazuma and Aqua-sama. And it is the best fantasy and adventure anime compared to others. So I’ll recommend KonoSuba 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Because it’s the funniest anime this side of Andromeda.
KONOSUBA is a very funny anime. With many unique characters and one normal person, that made me really recommend this anime.
“It’s an isekai [other world] anime but unlike other isekai anime the plot is unexpectedly comical.”
It’s Kono f*cking Suba. Need I say more? It has got everything! A Loli who loves explosions and comes from a clan of weird names (best girl), a useless self-righteous lame Goddess, a hentai who somehow would miss a wall in front of her, and a badass MC who’s basically done with everything around him (also a shut-in pedo NEET). An anime (that totally laughs on the typical anime tropes) following the adventures of a dysfunctional group, directed by Michael Bay as they destroy hoards of cabbages!
The Goddess has no underwear!
Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai)
It’s interesting, the story and the characters. Quite heavy even since the first episode. But I like the complicated story haha
Because I find the story very intriguing even if it’s only been one episode so far, and I’d like to share it with someone else, especially a friend :3
It’s new and sad. Well, not that typical shoujo romance (whatever), because it tackles deeply about unrequited love and how people deal with it. It can really be a relatable anime because we always have that episode of being in love with someone who cannot love you back, or you cannot be with.
Judging from the thoughts and actions of the characters, Scum’s Wish debunks the stereotypes about romance anime. It has a heavy, yet refreshing and realistic take on relationships. Thus, I would recommend Scum’s Wish since one can easily relate to the characters’ circumstances wherein the harsh reality is depicted.
The characters are very interesting and well thought out. The art is wonderful and it is something very new and unexpected from a shoujo anime.
Because this is not just a typical shoujo romance type with common cliches. There’s more to it, and it really touches your heart, especially if you found yourself relating to the story or the character.
Because the story is very interesting though it is not recommended for all ages but I still love it and also the art is so cool
The characters are very interesting and well thought out. The art is wonderful and it is something very new and unexpected from a shoujo anime.
It’s more mature than other shoujos. It’s different and the animation is beautiful
Kuzu no Honkai may be a story of two couples who seem like they’re the perfect couple, but actually the anime doesn’t really revolve around that. Kuzu no Honkai is a story of two teenagers who both fell in love with their teachers to whom they have a close connection, but unfortunately the people they’re in love with are dating. Because of this, Hanabi and Mugi–the protagonists–started “going out” and treat the other as a replacement for the person they’re in love with. They actually don’t love each other, they just imagine the other as the person they love. Although their relationship is more on the sexual side, Kuzu no Honkai is actually a good show. The animation and the way they portray the episode is different, they base it on Hanabi’s state of emotion. Kuzu no Honkai is an anime that people who have unrequited love can relate to, minus the “scenes” though. Kuzu no Honkai is more than just your ordinary romance anime. It’s more than just kissing and those scenes that give you butterflies, it’s actually a sad story about selfish people who just want the love they desire for. Everyone in Kuzu no Honkai has a story, and I think it will be very interesting to watch later on 🙂
Because the story is really intriguing yet exciting!
I’m not really into romance anime with an ecchi genre, but when I saw this and learned what the story was about, I tried watching it. And I can say that Scum’s Wish is a unique one. Well, I’m a little bit annoyed about the characters but this is what making me like it more. And the story is not also complicated. I kinda like it that’s why I’ve also started reading the manga. This romance anime is totally different from the others. It’s like it is telling the reality about teenage feelings and unrequited love. It’s crazy! Scum’s Wish is a really must-watch anime.
Is not for all ages but It’s really beautiful. I’ve read the manga and gets better and better!
It’s not your typical shoujo story. Deep and dark, like you could be drowning and struggling to breathe properly. The music BGM is also good.
Since this anime involves a complicated love story, it’s very interesting to watch. Especially now that Japan is starting to get open-minded with the LGBT community and even uses it on animations! But besides that, I think Scum’s Wish will be pretty interesting because it got me into thinking what will happen next since it’s pretty unpredictable.
from Official Twitter
Well I am a fan of Kouji Seo and I love his way of storytelling in a progressive manner. His writings are really different from your usual anime and I want my friends to take on a new way of seeing anime.
If you wanna go on a feels train that’s gonna take you through town then watch this anime. Great art style; all in all beautiful.
Probably will be the most painful anime this season
It has a really good story in the manga and I have great expectations for this one. For sure they will love the love triangle between the characters and the music is what I’m really looking forward to.
Fuuka because the story is so great and there’s romance and school and also music. There’s always a cliffhanger at the end of every episode so you’re gonna be thrilled about what will happen in next episode
The story, the characters, the music and the voice… the moments and the feels is all there. Dream and finding oneself, love and friendship… it is definitely a must watch…you will be inspired and be in love!
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
The art is very detailed. The story is one of a kind. You can also learn about rakugo
Because it’s such an unique and amazing story that needs more love <3
The story, plot, and character development so far has been fantastic. Each character is unique in his/her own ways, and they never fail to amuse me. This anime introduced me to the world of rakugo, which I had no idea of what it was before I watched the anime. It really allowed me to understand Japanese culture and appreciate the art of rakugo. This would definitely interest even those who are not into traditional Japanese culture. The passion of the storytellers has been brought out wonderfully in this anime.
With the absolutely the fabulous ending in season 1 i should say that the second season will meet expectations
Interviews with Monster Girls (Demi-chan wa Kataritai)
It’s a hilarious anime that has great characters and is guaranteed to make you laugh!
It isn’t stressful to keep up with and it has cute girls!
It really is a enjoyable anime. From the point of the main character who likes demi humans, you can enjoy the different personalities of different demis.The anime is quite enjoyable for those who want a relaxing anime and if you want to know demi-human stuff 🙂
A story about how half-humans live. It’s a mix of folktales like a vampire, succubus, dulalahan and a snow woman.
It’s a heartwarming and peaceful anime, but somehow it fills your heart with excitement, learning about the monster girls’ traits while considering about the good composition of logic, romance, mystery, humor, and cute girls
“Everyone should watch this show because a clever, witty anime about monster girls is becoming more and more important for a world torn apart by destructive politics and hate. If everyone watches it our hearts will be renewed and we will be able to carry on.”
Gintama New Series Key Visual。(c)空知英秋／集英社・テレビ東京・電通・BNP・アニプレックス
Gintama is my favourite anime. It is funny and touching all the time. The best shounen type of anime. Gintama can let you laugh for whole day, so if you are in a bad mood, try Gintama!
You like comedy? You like samurais? F*cking watch Gintama. I’ve seen every single episode at least twice now from the previous three seasons and I can honestly say it’s THE funniest, most cleverly crafted, most action-packed anime I’ve ever seen so far. I highly recommend this anime for so many reasons, but I want you to watch this mainly for one solid reason. Characters. The cast of this master piece is so excellently created I have found some of my top favourite anime characters within this anime and they still are up on my top 3 list. The show starts off funny and light, but as it continues on and it slowly introduces the characters, they will begin an arc. A battle-heavy arc. This anime has pretty badass fight scenes and alien creatures, but the main thing in these arcs is that there is hardly any humour which then you realise, as your newly found waifu/husbundo is bleeding and has a limb across the room, that you are SO in love with this character. Like, if they asked you to die for them it wouldn’t even be a second thought to you. I know I felt that way. I still do. Please please give this anime a go, it. is. so. worth. your. time. I promise you this. If I’m wrong, I’ll let you break my figurines.
You will laugh and cry at the same time
Gintama, the anime I really love the most. That stupid trio making me laugh at the middle of the night because of the weird but interesting storyline. I really love it when they copy others and create a perfect meme that everyone, even non-anime fans, can relate to. Every episode is so interesting that till now I can’t stop adoring its mangaka. That’s why I keep in touch just to see an update about it.
It’s unbelievably funny. That is all.
It will make you feel alive 😀
Winter will seem warmer when it’s filled with laughter and Gintama will definitely have you bent over in tears, laughing!
Gintama is my favourite anime. It is funny and touching all the time. The best shounen type of anime. Gintama can let you laugh for whole day, so if you are in a bad mood, try gintama!
I chose the above anime because it has the same creator as Katekyo Hitman Reborn and has some KHR references as well. KHR was a great anime and I’m glad that Akira Amano has created a new series.
It’s one of my most favorite anime (Katekyo Hitman Reborn)’s creator Amano-sensei’s work, I’d love to see more on this anime about aliens & I love the characters. It gives me the KHR vibe XD
Because moe makes you feel good
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I just liked how she just changed from moe to kuudere real quick. She also makes other otakus relate because of her past like I mean all otakus were probably real focused on school but when anime came to us, we became so into it.
It fascinates me because that cute little angel was on top of her class and then suddenly she turned into a worthless slob which is quite funny. I can really relate to that girl because I’m a little bit like her.
Unpredictably funny and cute at the same time!
Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION
‘Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION’ poster featuring the new key visual. (c)渡辺航（週刊少年チャンピオン）／弱虫ペダル03製作委員会
If you choose to watch just one anime this season, I’d really love to recommend Yowamushi Pedal. I’m not really an athletic person, and I love sitting more than moving my body, but the first 5 episodes of watching the season 1 of this series, I was really hooked. I didn’t regret it and I’m sure you won’t regret it. Any sports anime has that extreme heart-pounding events. Yowamushi Pedal made me experience those in each and every race they had. The comedy in this one is brilliant, made me laugh everytime. The characters personalities will captivate you. The soundtracks will make your heart and mind smile. All and all, it’s a really great series, and I’m expecting greater developments this season!
It’s really good I think it had a good story I can’t wait to see more episodes
Because it’s really fantastic and it’s very funny. But I’d tell [my friend] not to love Naruko, because Naruko is only mine.
Yowamushi Pedal would be nice. Sports are one of the best anime genres especially when it’s packed with bishounens♥♥♥ I really love watching sports anime. I can even learn how to play a certain sport after watching it xD
It’s kind of a unique sport themed anime
It motivates me to do well at sports.
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Because it has a refreshing plot and has beautiful art
Rewrite 2nd Season
Watch the first season, be confused and intrigued by it, then continue to the 2nd for full satisfaction.
Because this anime is very fun to watch!!
Because I like how the story goes and the message of the story which is that you need to think carefully about what decision you will make in life.
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
(c)Natsume Ono/SQUARE ENIX, ACCA Committee
I think this anime is very interesting and different
Politics, intrigue, spy, dystopia, mystery, that’s my favorite genre.
It has Shingo Natsume as a director, Tomohiro Suzuki as the storyboarder but within the element of a twist political coup d’etat AND THE OPENING SONG IS SO GOOD.
Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas
I chose this anime because it has the idea of many mythological creatures and humans together in one continent and how the Hero will conquer the black army with the help of his comrades.
Really good plot and story line, good animation and good characters.
Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season
Tales of Zestiria the X © BNEI/TOZ-X
The animation is beautiful, better than any other anime I’ve seen. The story and characters are great too.