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MANGA.TOKYO Readers’ Top Most Recommended Winter 2017 Anime (one answer per respondent)
MANGA.TOKYO Readers’ Top 10 Most Watched Winter 2017 Anime (multiple answers possible)
1. Masamune-kun’s Revenge (Masamune-Kun no Revenge) 2. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujou-ou hen) 3. Konosuba: God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World! 2 (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2) 4. Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish) 5. Fuuka 6. Gintama. 7. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san chi no Maidragon) 8. Gabriel Dropout 9. Little Witch Academia 10. Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls)
MANGA.TOKYO Readers’ Top 10 Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Anime (multiple answers possible)
Response Period: 9 – 31 March 2017
Survey Participants: 2,812 Readers of English-Language Otaku Media Site ‘MANGA.TOKYO’
We asked readers which Winter 2017 anime they would recommend to a friend and why. Here are some of their responses for the most recommended shows.
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)
I’ve watched the first season of Blue Exorcist and I’m truly in awe of it. It’s honestly one of the anime that I love and that’s why I was so thrilled and hyped up when I found out that Blue Exorcist would have a second season.
Because my favourite voice actor is in it~! JUN FUKUYAMA♡ I love the plot for this story, background design, and also Rin and his teammates! I was impressed by their artwork and the colour painting. I love it so much!
I have been waiting for so long for the second season of Ao no Exorcist. What makes me think it’s great is the determination, passion, and brotherly love between Rin and Yukio. How did Rin gain trust from his friends. It gives me hope to try accept someones flaws and give them a chance to show me he/she is worth my trust.
Although this anime may seem a bit off because it suddenly goes back on the manga route despite ending in the first season, it is still a great anime with good quality, animation, soundtrack, and plot. I sincerely hope others would enjoy Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujou-ou hen as I do. Thank you.
I was expecting it ever since the Season 1 finale and I just couldn’t accept that I’m now older than the Okumura brothers. Nah just kidding i just love the plot and the story and if you love something you can’t explain the reason why!
Because I’ve waited for it so loooooooooong!
Konosuba: God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World! 2 (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2)
It’s fun and a stress reliever
I’ve never laughed so hard watching any comedy anime, and it also was one of the anime that got me excited to watch the next episode every single time. Delivers what you expect it to deliver every time.
Hilarious! Not your typical MC too hahaha
Explosions. I mean, Megumin.
Konosuba is an anime which deals with a main character who is just fed up with all these adventures. This band of useless adventurers is worth watching. Each character has their own personality. From Steal to EXPLOOSIONN!! everything about it so refreshing. I’m still waiting for the next episode. I just love the characters, the plot and the anime of course.
Kuzu no Honkai (Scum’s Wish)
Kuzu no Honkai is timely and touches on a subject that society would consider taboo. I love the storyline, how the characters are confused, how they want to redeem themselves and save each other from their worldly desires. The visuals are superb and the cliffhangers after every episode just tickles my curiosity.
I thought this was quite different from all the anime I’ve watched so far. And the art, illustrations are simply beautiful. This anime focuses on what we humans go through everyday in our life. Hatred, sadness, jealousy, love, lust, regret, we have no control over our feelings. And sometimes the way we feel makes us take irrational decisions. I know for a fact how hard it is to control my feelings. This anime was a full package of feelings, feelings and some more feelings for me.
Unique storyline, very interesting and captivating!! I just love it.
It is just great to see a different kind of romance anime
Masamune-kun’s Revenge (Masamune-Kun no Revenge)
It had a unique storyline compared to generic love stories, as this storyline contained a character who became hot in order to seek his vendetta instead of finding true love. At the same time rejecting other people purely for this purpose.
It is so cute and romantic and full of comedy. Also full of twists that i didn’t expect. I really enjoy Masamune-kun’s Revenge
Probably the best anime for Winter 2017 is GINTAMA! Almost all genres of anime can be found in the show. Action, drama, horror, and best of all is the comedy behind this anime. Plus, Gintama is so cooool~
It makes you laugh SO HARD and touches your heart SO SOFTLY
Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)
I thought the concept of lolis in past wartime was getting a little overused but after watching this has completely changed my mind. This show has its own unique story that differentiates itself from others and I couldn’t stop once I started watching it. And who doesn’t love to see a badass loli destroy things.
Youjo Senki has an interesting war setting, magic and women at war. The environment of the anime makes everything good. I recommend this anime!
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san chi no Maidragon)
It was too cute to handle, the animation is great, the story fine, Dragon loli check, Big booby dragon check, otaku dragon check it has it all ;D
The art style and the characters are amazing!! and soo cute!! >-<!
Tales of Zestiria the X
The animation is SO, SO, SOOOO awesome 🙂
As a JRPG fan, I have been hooked to the Tales series for a long time, so when Tales of Zestiria came out, I was ecstatic! I haven’t played the game yet, but I am so excited.
What I love about Fuuka is it’s cinematics. I love how they give bright colors to the animation and also the story is golden! Fallen Moon’s journey excites me and I like how a regular guy like Yuu-kun changes his life after being a guy who’s socially awkward and how he gained confidence through meeting his friends.
Breathtaking animation, very nice music. The complicated romance is pretty mind boggling and the suspense is good.
I love Gabriel so much. She’s so lazy and really addicted to online games just like me. I love the other characters too. They are so adorable and cute. I like the opening and ending songs too. The anime art is so beautiful and simple. I like it. Honestly, I really love the whole anime.
I chose Gabriel Dropout because it has an interesting story. It’s really funny to see an ANGEL become lazy. I also like the funny scenes in this anime.
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
ACCA is the black horse of this season. Every episode leaves you with mysteries to think about and discuss. The MC might bore people with his lack of personality, but it’s his charm. The more you watch, the more you realize that he’s not as apathetic as you might think. The main trio (Jean, Lotta and Nino) have a beautiful bond. OP song and animation is also great.
AKIBA’S TRIP -THE ANIMATION-
All around hilarious show. Gave me good laughs.
Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari
I played the game before and was so sad when they decided to close the server, but when I saw the anime it reminded me of all the fun I had with the game.
Demi-chan wa Kataritai
I love watching this kind of anime because it makes me feel relaxed.
Mechanical engineering mixed with a fantasy world attracted me as I myself am an engineer.
I love how the Idols overcome each challenge and I personally adore the songs that they sing.
I loved the storyline and idea of Japari Park as well as the adventures she (Kaban-chan) goes through along her journey to find her lost identity.
Little Witch Academia
A little offbeat anime adding the feeling of revenge to a love story with cool twists and turns throughout.
LWA is a unique and adorable adventure. No needless fan service or other overused cheap tricks, just pure and gorgeous adventure.
It has a great and interesting storyline and characters.
Piace: Watashi no Italian
I love how beautiful the colors are and the cute characters~!
Rewrite Season 2: Moon-arc / Terra-arc
Rewrite is great because it gave me a nostalgic feeling about when I was in high school and how things didn’t sometimes play out nicely for me but then you learn to embrace your individuality and fight for what’s right and for your friends.
Shoichi Kamita is my favorite character. I sometimes see myself in him. Just like him, I’m also worried about my university and always develop crushes on random girls. Lol. This anime is so funny and I love everything about it. It’s my all time favorite and always lifts my heart whenever I’m feeling down.
Both seasons of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu are a masterpiece in storytelling and in animation. The characters are mature, complex, flawed, and ever-evolving. Their relationships are realistic and well-developed. This anime made me discover rakugo, which is a wonderful and fascinating art form. SGRS asks important questions about the relevance of traditional arts and what a classic really is. Also, it was able to evoke a full range of emotions in my heart through its flawless storytelling techniques and beautiful OST.
I think because it appeals to younger girls and how the protagonist is a strong independent girl reaching for her goals and finding the truth about her mother and about herself.
Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION
The concept of this anime was totally different than anything I’d seen before. It did not have a main protagonist. The anime unfolded in front of our eyes from a protagonist’s perspective. It almost felt as if I was living the life of the protagonist. It made me feel as if I had become a part of the anime itself. Thus, I fell in love with this work.
Living and fulfilling your dreams! Passion for music. 💕
I personally prefer anime that makes you sit on the edge of your seat and one that keeps the thrill alive.
Because it’s another masterpiece from the best mangaka.
Schoolgirl Strikers Animation Channel
The theme, the story, the plot twist– everything about Fuuka and School girls Strikers is great. I love everything about it.