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Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of the spring anime season, it is the perfect time to look at the five of this season’s 64 new TV anime that you should not miss.

Spring 2017

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent hour upon hour watching anime that caught my eye along with the anime you all recommended and those that Sarah, Toshi, Renato, Ken, and Brittany insisted I watch. With all that watching (and more than a few arguments) out of the way, here are our recommendations for the five you should definitely be watching.

Poll: The Best Anime Series of Spring 2017

Now, keep in mind that these are simply our picks for the five anime we feel you should not miss out on this season. That in no way means that the anime that didn’t make this list are bad; it just means that we feel the shows below are the best of the best that this season has to offer.

[Note: The list below is presented in alphabetical order.]

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Attack on Titan

Season 2

Studio: Wit Studio

Currently at: Episode 6 (of 12)

Genre: Gaspunk, Dark Fantasy, Mecha

Non-spoiler Plot Summary: All that stands between humanity and extinction at the hands of giant, man-eating Titans are three enormous walls and the few that defend them. After the events of the previous season, one wall has fallen and it has been revealed that a select few humans can transform into Titans. Unfortunately, they seem hell-bent on wiping out humanity—all except young soldier Eren whose Titan form may be humanity’s last chance for survival. But even he might not be enough as our heroes learn that a horde of Titans are now inside the second wall massacring everyone they come across.

Why You Should Watch It: Attack on Titan is equal parts mystery, action, and gore filled with tension and true life-or-death stakes. The second season is all this and more as it ramps up the pace by throwing out one major revelation after another with next to no downtime.

Moreover, the front end of the season has largely shifted away from the heroic trio of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin in order to flesh out the backstories and personalities of the (often ignored) supporting cast. And as it turns out, many are far more than the background characters they often appear to be.

Watch It If You Like: Attack on Titan, MuvLuv, Black Bullet

Where You Can Watch It: FUNimation (sub, dub), Crunchyroll (sub), AnimeLab (AU/NZ)

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The Eccentric Family 2

Season 2

Studio: P.A. Works

Currently at: Episode 5 (of 12)

Genre: Modern Japanese Fantasy

Non-spoiler Plot Summary: In modern day Kyoto, tanuki, tengu, and other fantastical creatures from Japanese mythology walk among us—not that any of us would notice. Enter Yasaburo, a tanuki who finds himself embroiled in the politics and complicated family relationships of the mystical side of Kyoto—though he’d much rather just live a carefree, irresponsible life like the trickster he is. Though with the appearance of a demon escaped from hell and a young woman with power far beyond tanuki and tengu alike, Yasaburo looks destined to have a life that is anything but.

Why You Should Watch It: Behind all the mysticism trappings, The Eccentric Family is a family drama about a respectable family in decline. With the loss of the family’s patriarch years before, each of four brothers are struggling to find their own places in the world. The eldest has decided to be a politician while the next eldest has largely sworn off the material world. The youngest, still a child, has never even known a world in which his father lived. It is only Yasaburo who who has managed to find any kind of moderation in his life. While even he might not realize it, it isn’t the people in charge who hold society together, it’s the ones like him who are willing to go out and help just because they see a problem that needs fixing—and to enjoy themselves while they do.

Add in one of the most complicated—and outright chaotic—antagonists in the form of a young woman who has found that not even godlike magical powers can keep her from getting bored, and you have a series that mixes the beautiful whimsy of the best Ghibli films with heartfelt human drama.

Watch It If You Like: The Eccentric Family, The Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short, Walk on Girl

Where You Can Watch It: Crunchyroll

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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul

Season 2

Studio: MAPPA

Currently at: Episode 6 (of 24)

Genre: Fantasy

Non-spoiler Plot Summary: The world used to revolve around the machinations of Heaven and Hell with Earth stuck in the middle. But now, ten years after the resurrection and subsequent defeat of the mighty dragon Bahamut, it is humanity that reigns supreme above both gods and devils. However, this newfound order is put at risk by the arrival of one young girl capable of transforming into a dragon so powerful that humans and devils alike fear her as the second coming of Bahamut—even as they lust after her power.

Why You Should Watch It: Virgin Soul is a story about the problematic fact that there are rarely easy answers to complex societal problems. With humanity having spent generations as pawns in the war between heaven and hell, they now find themselves in the superior position. Demons have become a slave race even as the humans in power push for full on genocide. But such oppression can’t go on forever and a bloody rebellion seems to be looming just over the horizon. In this world where demons and angels exist, it’s increasingly difficult to decide who the truly evil ones are.

Then, in the middle of this social turmoil, is Nina. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, she is an open and honest individual—fast friends with all those she meets and a hard worker to boot. But she does have a secret: When she comes into contact with any man with a pretty face, she loses control and transforms into a dragon. And as it happens, the human king and the leader of the demon rebellion both fit this criteria. Thus, both hope to woo her to their respective sides—and neither is above using romance as a tool to control her and the dragon inside.

Watch It If You Like: Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Chaika: The Coffin Princess, Slayers

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon Anime Strike

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Studio: TROYCA

Currently at: Episode 5 (of 22)

Genre: Modern Fantasy, Psychological

Non-spoiler Plot Summary: Sōta is just your normal high school otaku—until the day that he finds his favorite anime character, Selesia, standing in his room with a sword to his throat. But before either can really get a handle on the situation, the pair are attacked by a mysterious military uniform-clad girl who, while floating within a spinning ring of swords, welcomes Selesia to the “World of the Gods.”

But Selesia is far from the only fictional character to enter our world. Soon a magical girl, a mystical knight, and a giant robot piloting teen (among others) appear in Tokyo—and each must decide what it is they want to do in a world where the gods of their respective realities literally exist.

Why You Should Watch It: Re:Creators plays it completely straight when it comes to its premise of “What would happen if fictional characters suddenly appeared in the real world.” Each one of them is confronted with the fact that their lives and worlds were created for nothing beyond the entertainment of selfish gods and has to deal with that in their own unique ways. Most are driven to find their creators—either to get them to explain why their worlds were created or to simply force them to rewrite their worlds into paradises.

Of course, this also leads to clashes between the various characters as factions form between Selesia and the girl in the military uniform. This leaves us not only watching how the characters of such different worlds interact with each other, but also watching how each character’s existence meshes with a reality unlike their own. Heart-shaped magical blasts may do little in a world of magical girls, but in ours they are more than enough to kill.

Watch It If You Like: Fate/Zero, Black Lagoon, Aldnoah.Zero

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon Anime Strike

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Sagrada Reset

Studio: David Production

Currently at: Episode 6 (of 24)

Genre: Superpowers, Time Travel

Non-spoiler Plot Summary: In the town of Sakurada, most people have a super power—be that talking to cats in your dreams or sending telepathic messages directly into other people’s minds. In practice, most of these are relatively useless. However, when a boy who has perfect memory meets a girl with the power to reset the world to how it was three days ago, they discover they have the ability to prevent disasters both large and small.

Why You Should Watch It: On the surface level, Sagrada Reset is a formulaic superhero mystery series. Something bad happens, our heroes Kei and Misora are called in to investigate it, and then they roll back reality and try to prevent what happened. Through this, we are exposed to the various superpowers of the world—and learn about their strengths and weaknesses as the mystery unfolds. In the end, it is not who has the strongest power who wins, but the one who can out-think the other.

On a deeper level, it is a story about one girl so broken that the only way she can make herself continue living is by adhering to a strict set of rules. This is made even worse as she becomes ever more co-dependent on her one true friend—allowing him to make all the decisions in her life, both minor and major. And soon it is clear that the only way for her to live a normal life will be to break her main rule—shattering her very way of making sense of the world in the process.

Watch It If You Like: Steins;Gate, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Re:Zero, Charlotte

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon Anime Strike, AnimeLab (AU/NZ)

Comments (7)
  1. Good overall list. Just never got the chance to watch Eccentric Family, so can’t say anything about that show. And I’m not too sure about Sagrada Reset. The first three episodes turned me off, with horrible pacing and very low production values… it was just too damn boring. Lol. I want them to give us Jojo part 5 already. That said, I would’ve put Boku no Hero Academia instead of Sagrada Reset. It’s far more entertaining and is doing virtually no wrong right now. Then again, it’s all subjective so whatever.

    • I also really am enjoying My Hero Academia. It’s great to have a hero that is more about brains than powers in a world where everyone is over-reliant on said powers. It makes him easy to root for.

      • Agreed.

    • Sagrada’s weakness is definitely in its pacing. The series is 2 cour, so they took their time and used the entire first two episodes as and info-dump/back-story setup. Also, because its based on a light novel series, it gets very “wordy.”
      However, I’m currently watching it with someone who felt it was “boring as shit” until they watched episode 4 and they completely turned around on it. I would suggest giving the show a chance at least that far.

      • So I was one episode away from changing my mind? Lol. Well, I’ll continue with it maybe after this cour is done. Hopefully it fixes its issues in the second cour.

  2. Your link under Attack on Titan leads to the Sagrada Reset page on Amazon.

    • Gah! Thanks for pointing that out. It has been fixed.

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