As the summer season of 2017 comes to a close it’s time to look back on all the poor life decisions we made by locking down the best anime that have consumed our lives these past three months. While originally a more standard ‘top xx’ post, we decided to things a little differently by instead giving our thoughts on our favorite anime this season within specific genres. The five genres we’ll be covering in this piece are Action, Adventure, Romance, Comedy and Drama. While we understand that there are a ton of manga readers out there hoping some of their favorites make its way up here, we’re only counting the ones which have been adapted on screen. So without further ado, let’s hop on to the first stop in our journey with:
The Best Anime to Suit One’s Violent Tendencies
My Hero Academia Season 2
Absolutely no controversy in this department. My Hero Academia stole the spotlight from its peers once again by bringing to us a mind-blowing series of well paced shounen story arcs, each one hitting harder than the last. It brought a new definition to “anime original content”, by adding small amounts of filler without subtracting, but rather adding to the overall feel of the story. Not to mention the stunning work of the animators at Studio Bones. Give yourselves a pat on the back, guys!
The Best Anime to Make One Feel Lonely
In this category we have relinquished the spot to the most sugary sweet anime of the this season (and possibly the year), Tsuredure Children. The anime follows the romantic lives of a number of high school couple all of which have wildly different circumstances surrounding their relationships. At its heart Tsuredure Children distills the romance formula to its very core by starting us off with each couple at what would be the climax of many a RomCom anime/manga. But it isn’t simply the pure lovey-doviness being directly injected into our veins that gives this anime its title but also the efficiency at which it’s able to so acquaint viewers with its large cast of characters. Even at only twelve minutes an episode, the anime manages to provide a variable gauntlet of emotions by showcasing the various facets that govern these couples. Its charming, adorable, funny and even a bit melancholic at time, giving us a wonderful glimpse at that awkward yet heartwarming adolescent romance.
The One with the Best Medicine for Your Stress
While this one also falls into the RomCom genre,it is one that leans heavily to a single side of the spectrum and wonderfully so may we add. Gamers! affords us a look at the daily life of five, ummmm… well gamers (actually four gamers and one normie) who experience the very understandable and arduous challenges of high school romance and that ever growing spider’s web of turbulent misunderstandings.
The cast and their antics are the highlight of the series but close to that out its views on video games. For a show titled Gamers! you’d expect a lot of video game game references and your expectations would be sorely met as these aren’t just Easter Eggs hidden in the background but also well integrated in the dialogue of its cast. It also has pretty relatable stances on video games for all the fans out there. Of-course, this is a RomCom after all so romance is still a part of the equation and while it gets the shorter end of the stick, Gamers! does provide us some sweet and tender moments between its main cast and sets sail a multitude of ships in the process. So if you want less sugar and more pain in your gut (ironically enough) the ‘Gamers!’ is the anime for you.
The Adventurous One That Gives You Mad FOMO
Made in Abyss
Made in Abyss is our pick for the top adventure anime of this season, hands down. Breathtaking art, quirky characters, a grandiose soundtrack and a story that got too dark too fast all converge at the hearty, yet heart-breaking adventure that is Made in Abyss. The lore and sense of excitement that originate from the Abyss (the driving device of the story) is absolutely unbelievable, to the point where several enthusiast have already proclaimed this the anime of the season. And they probably aren’t wrong, either.