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Princess Principal

Genre Tags: Action, Mystery

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: The stage is set during the 19th century London, in its capital where a wall divides the east and west of the Kingdom of Albion. Five high school girls, who enrolled in the prestigious Queens May Fair School, are involved in spy activities that involve disguise, infiltration, car chase, and more. These girls take advantage of their special abilities and fly around the shadow world.

Plot Rating: 9/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 11/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like the idea of Steampunk Spy Girls being Bad@ss, yes!

General Comments: Honestly, PriPri is probably the most underrated anime this season. It probably got overshadowed by the other great things this season and while I can admit that it’s technically not above certain other shows this season, it was the most unique, original and enjoyable. However, this is an opinion that can be nothing less than subjective as it is for me and my absolute adoration for it comes down to three basic things. It’s got a Military/Spy theme, it’s got badass moe girls and it’s got yuri. Those who know me know shows with these three things are like catnip to me and adding in the steampunk ascetic and an interesting story, I’m in love. This is my number one of the season on a personal level, but I’m sure that there are other shows that are technically the best of the season (Made in Abyss). PriPri isn’t perfect technically speaking, but personally I can’t get enough and I’ll be singing it’s praises for quite a while. I pray it’ll have a second season soon. If you liked Izetta, you will love this too, as it’s similar. So I highly recommend it, but if you’re of the type who dislikes a female-centric plot with no male MC, stay away.

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Made in Abyss

Genre Tags: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 13

Synopsis: The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

Plot Rating: 9/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating:  9/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 9/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Absolutely! No questions asked.

General Comments: Every season, there’s that one anime that not many people pay attention to at first, but then it has an amazing premier and keeps getting better as it goes, to end with a stunning finale and becomes the dark-horse of the season. Yes, Made in Abyss is it. It blew any expectations I had far out the water and might be one of the best anime I’ve seen of it’s kind. It’s literally a masterpiece and I can’t find fault in anything it’s done, except perhaps the over sexualization of children in parts, but even that can be forgiven when the remaining content and the plot is that amazing. The feels were strong in this one and there may be moments not for the feint hearted, but it’s not so much so that it can’t be enjoyed. Although the season wrapped things up in a nice bow, I really hope we’ll see it continue on in a second season, as I’m not ready to ascend from the depths of the abyss just yet. Please watch this show, you won’t regret it.

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Kakegurui

Genre Tags: Game, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, School, Shounen, Drama

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Unlike many schools, attending Hyakkaou Private Academy prepares students for their time in the real world. Since many of the students are the children of the richest people in the world, the academy has its quirks that separate it from all the others. By day, it is a normal school, educating its pupils in history, languages, and the like. But at night, it turns into a gambling den, educating them in the art of dealing with money and manipulating people. Money is power; those who come out on top in the games stand at the top of the school. Yumeko Jabami, a seemingly naive and beautiful transfer student, is ready to try her hand at Hyakkaou’s special curriculum. Unlike the rest, she doesn’t play to win, but for the thrill of the gamble, and her borderline insane way of gambling might just bring too many new cards to the table.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like psychological game anime with crazy characters, for sure!

General Comments: This was probably the craziest anime of the season, figuratively and literally. I think the main guy might be the only sane character who isn’t a total gambling psycho. However, the craziest thing of all, is that it’s the insane gambling ladies, namely the lead lady herself, Yumeko, who makes the show that amazing. They could have had a standard anime about the art of gambling, but the sheer insanity of the activity and how much of an obsession it can actually be makes it much more interesting. You can truly feel the obsession of the compulsive gamblers and you can’t look away because every game pulls you in. The real star of the show is truly Yumeko however and she is reason alone to watch. She’s a gambling mastermind and watching her epic take-downs are the most exhilarating and savage things you’ll see this season.

As good as the anime is, I highly suggest reading the manga, as it’s that much better.

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Isekai Shokudou

Genre Tags: Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: At the bottom floor of the building with a dog signboard, in the shopping district near the office street, there lies a cafeteria called “Youshoku no Nekoya,” that has an illustration of a cat on the door. It’s been open for fifty years and has satisfied various salarymen from nearby offices. Despite it being called a Western cuisine cafeteria, it also provides other varieties of menus. For the people of this certain world, it’s their one-and-only special cafeteria.

There is, however, one secret to “Nekoya.” The cafeteria is closed to the public every Saturday in order to make way for special guests. When a bell rings, customers from different places of birth and races appear who ask for mysterious and delicious dishes. They are actually the same dishes served to the salarymen, but these special guests find them to be more exotic than to what they are used to. As the cafeteria aims to serve masterpieces, it is usually referred as “Isekai Shokudou.”

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating:  8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you want a peaceful, easy going anime focusing on the love of food, yes.

General Comments: This was a surprisingly enjoyable show this season. It’s really simple, yet it never bored me. I loved meeting new and interesting characters each week and discovering the new dishes they’d come to love. It was a bit like the easy going counterpart of food wars, without the foodgasms and fierce competition. The characters were all great and the flow was well executed. The best advice I can give is, don’t watch when you’re hungry.

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Alice to Zouroku

Genre Tags: Adventure, Mystery, Seinen

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: The story centers on a little girl called Sana, who is one of the children that holds the power of “Alice’s Dream,” an ability that enables her to materialize anything she imagines. After escaping a lab where she was a test subject, Sana ends up in a normal world where she encounters an old man named Zouroku, but will he help her?

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.2/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Absolutely! Easy recommendation for everyone.

General Comments: Alice to Zoroku was definitely the unexpected gem of the season. From the very first episode, the story gave a dark and suspenseful aura, the action picking up from the very first scene. It’s here that we were introduced to a strange girl with powers to create anything she wished as she tried to escape captivity. We meet a few other characters as well, with similar powers, leading to an unexpected meeting. When Alice met Zoroku, both their lives would never be the same. This series is presented in segments or arcs and the first was by far the darkest and grittiest. The villains were crude and shameless and age didn’t matter in the game of survival they found themselves in. However, the second half/arc shifted it’s tone tremendously, almost to the point of changing genres. What started as a dark, fantasy anime, became primarily  slice of life with familial bonds and friendships as the girl named Sana looks to find her identity. I thought the way the show shifted in response to Sana’s experiences and values very well executed and genius for being able to retain a cohesive story-line despite the shift in tone. It kept me engaged.

Also of note, were the characters themselves. Zoroku is the coolest old man I’ve seen in anime and is the perfect balance of strict and loving. Sanae is the sweetest big sister figure anyone could ask for and Sana of course is a feisty ball of sweetness who makes mistakes, but is genuinely kind and caring. Her fellow “Super Friends” are equally charming, but my absolute favorite is Ichijou. She’s extremely cool with her powers and is the only adult of the lot, where the others are all children. Her most devoted protegee is fun and I love the bond they share. I also really loved the deep friendship between two friends we meet in the last few episodes and of all the relationships in the show, it’s the only one I feel is able to be officially classified as romantic, though it is of course subjective to the viewer. All in all, this was the dark horse of the season and my #3 pick for top anime of Spring 2017. Although the ending can be seen as conclusive, I really would love at least an OVA to show us some final developments, but either way, it was great.

 

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