With the Fall 2017 anime season now in full swing, I finally decided to put together a list of anime I’m excited about! Please note that while I recommend these now, I cannot foresee how they will turn out by the end of the season.
Shows to Watch
The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Mahoutsukai no Yome)
With gorgeous animation from Wit Studio and an interesting premise originally written by Kore Yamazaki, The Ancient Magus’ Bride is shaping up to be one of the best anime this season.
Hatori Chise is only 16, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chise, offering a chance she couldn’t turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows? (Source: Sense-Scans & MEGU-Scans)
Inuyashiki: Last Hero (Inuyashiki)
Inuyashiki is a little bit hard to gauge from the two episodes that are released at the moment, but it has arguably the best OP/ED of the season. That being said, the show so far is both interesting and fucked up. I have no idea where it’s going to go from here, but I’m on board.
Inuyashiki Ichirou is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, he has been written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left. But just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, a blinding light in the night sky strikes the earth where Ichirou stands. He later wakes up to find himself unscathed, but he soon starts to notice that there’s something… different about himself. These strange, new changes are just what Ichirou needs to take a new lease on life and now it seems like there’s nothing to stop him from being a hero worthy of the respect that he never had before… unless, that is, there was someone else out there with these same changes… (Source: Kodansha Comics)
Food Wars! The Third Plate (Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara)
What more do you need than food and comedy? The third season of Food Wars! definitely, doesn’t disappoint. If you aren’t already watching this series, then get on it!
Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has been working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef. When his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant, he sends Souma to Totsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only ten percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns. As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test. (Source: MAL Rewrite)
Shows to Keep an Eye On
So far, Just Because! has been an interesting slice of life romance. Pine Jam Studio does a good job of showcasing human interaction through well-animated facial expressions and body language. But with severe production issues behind the scenes and an ambitious depiction of daily life, anything could happen.
Eita Izumi has found himself in an unusual position for a high school student. After moving away from his hometown four years ago, he ended up transferring back for just the last semester of his final year of high school. As his classmates begin to pursue their futures through either new jobs or college applications, Eita finds himself striving to reconnect with childhood friends, clinging to the last dying embers of a high school life that’s ending just as it starts. (Source: AnimeNewsNetwork)
King’s Game (Ousama Game The Animation)
King’s Game is another show that could go either way. I’m still hopeful that it will turn into a compelling and dramatic thriller, but I have the feeling that it will likely end up not very memorable like most of the similar shows have in the past. At the very least, it jumps right into the story without any dawdling.
Nobuaki Kanazawa, who transferred to a high school far away, is afraid of getting intimate with his new classmates because of the previous events. This led him to shut his heart. However, he starts to open up during the sports festival’s class relay. Then, he and all his classmates received an email from “King.” At first, his classmates didn’t take what they were told seriously, thinking it’s just a joke, but Nobuaki, the only one who knows the real meaning of it, fights against the “death” game that will soon begin… (Source: MAL Rewrite)
Welcome to the Ballroom (Ballroom e Youkoso)
Continuing from the previous season, we have Welcome to the Ballroom. Sports shows can often be difficult to handle, let alone make appealing to a wider audience. This series does a superb job of combining ballroom dancing with character drama and occasional comedy. The beautiful animation, along with fantastic music and choreography, makes this series a must watch.
A professional dancer named Sengoku rescues Tatara, an introverted third-year middle school student who is being harassed by delinquents. Tatara ends up at Sengoku’s dance studio where he meets Shizuku Hanaoka, a schoolmate he comes to secretly idolize. From this defining moment when Tatara enters the world of dance. Sengoku is a free-spirited, dynamic international dancer who recognizes Tatara’s potential and begins to coach him. Through dance, Tatara meets another schoolmate, a dance prodigy named Kiyoharu. Through these new friendships, Tatara develops a passionate desire to improve as a dancer and be accepted by his peers and rivals, which nurtures his own native talent. Through interaction with Tatara, other dance members are encouraged to take steps to overcome their own challenges and issues.
I hope you enjoyed this list of anime I’m excited about for the Fall 2017 season! Is there anything you are watching that we missed? let us know in the comments or on social media.