Top 2017 Anime

2017 was a breathtaking year in anime. We saw the release of new series from powerhouses like Studio Pierrot and Aniplex, as well as a strong selection of long-awaited sequel seasons. But with so many new hot titles, you’re probably wondering which are worth adding to your queue. Never fear! The Darling Otaku is here with Dashing Nerds’ 2017 anime recommendations.

If you don’t have it in you to watch all of the series on this list, be sure to check out the film of the year, as well as our top Editor’s Picks listed below:

Film of the Year: Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)

Your Name took both Japanese and US theatres by storm in 2017. Beating Miyazaki’s Spirited Away to become the #1 grossing anime film of all time, Your Name is an experience you won’t want to miss! Anyone familiar with the works of director Makoto Shinkai’s works (ex. Garden of Words) won’t be surprised by the jaw-dropping visuals and sounds of the film. From the opening credits to the closing song, the plot is equally engaging as the content is moving. Your Name gives us a story of adolescent star-crossed lovers overcoming the barriers of distance and time that is accessible to a wide range of audiences, not just fans of anime. The film flawlessly executes an intimate picture of unspoken longing and deep human connection that will leave you in tears. Watch. This. Film.
Genre(s): Romance, Supernatural
Similiar Titles: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Garden of Words, Voice of a Distant Star
Available to watch on: Blu-Ray & DVD release

Ancient Magus’ Bride (Mahoutsukai no Yome) *Editor’s Pick*

Set in the nostalgic English countryside, join a world brimming with undiscovered magic. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is a coming of age story of 15-year-old Chise Hatori, an apprentice to mage Elias Ainsworth. This stunningly animated series will stir your imagination and tug at your heartstrings. Season 1 is currently airing on, and will total 24 episodes plus 3 OVA (watch after episode 13). At its core, the story contains the fundamental points of the beloved tale of Beauty and the Beast. When you combine this with the reflective characters, depth of relationships, and the world of magic, you’ll find this fairytale series as binge-worthy.

Genre(s): Shoujo, Fantasy, Romance
Similiar Titles: Snow White with the Red Hair, Norigami, Akatsuki no Yona
Available to watch on:

Made in Abyss *Editor’s Pick*

This series from Sentai Filmworks has made top anime list after list. Like The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Made in Abyss is set in a world layered with mystery. The town of Orth rests on the precipice of the Abyss, a massive crater at the center their remote island. The Abyss is so much more than a hole in the earth—it contains ecosystem after ecosystem and priceless relics capable of amazing magic. Even the most adventuring spirits and experienced excavators only go so deep into the Abyss; man-eating creatures and the unparalleled danger of a curse befall anyone brave and stupid enough to journey into the deepest levels. And who does Orth send into the Abyss to retrieve relics? Orphans. Despite the lightness and simplicity of the character design, Made in Abyss straddles the lines of horror, drama, and fantasy in its seamless storytelling. If you’re searching for a captivating world, check this series out! But be warned—this series well deserves in Mature content rating.

Genre(s): Fantasy
Similiar Titles: Gurren Lagann, Wolf’s Rain, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Available to watch on: Anime Strike

My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia) Season 2 *Editor’s Pick*

If you’ve already seen Season 1 of My Hero Academia, you’ll want to put those other series on hold so you can breeze through its second season. Why? As YouTuber Gigguk put it, TOOOOOOOUUUUURNAMENT ARC! Season 2 packs a punch that puts the Marvel movies to shame. Whereas the first season focused on Deku’s storyline, this season flushed out a cast with so much potential that it created an explosion of fanart.  It also develops the League of Villains, introducing characters that challenge our protagonists’ moralistic view of what it means to be a hero. Season 2 executes  I haven’t been excited about a team of characters since the 90s with Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragon Ball Z.

Genre(s): Fantasy
Similiar Titles: Assasination Classroom, YuYu Hakusho, Dragon Ball Z, Blue Exorcist
Available to watch on:, Funimation


Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Season 2

Genre(s): Shounen, Fantasy
Similiar Titles: Claymore, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Made in Abyss
Available to watch on:

Juni Taisen: Zodiac Wars

Genre(s): Action, Light Novel
Similiar Titles: Battle Royale, Fate/Zero
Available to watch on:


Genre(s): Science Fiction
Similiar Titles: Ghost in the Shell
Available to watch on: Anime Strike

Sakura Quest

Genre(s): Slice of Life
Similiar Titles: Shirobako
Available to watch on: CrunchyRoll

Miss Kobashi’s Dragon Maid

Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy
Similiar Titles: Fruits Basket, Go! Princess Precure
Available to watch on: CrunchyRoll

March Comes In Like a Lion (Season 2)

Genre(s): Drama
Similiar Titles: Chihayafuru, Your Lie in April, Shirobako
Available to watch on: CrunchyRoll

Boruto (Season 2)

Genre(s): Shounen
Similiar Titles: Naruto, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter
Available to watch on: CrunchyRoll, Hulu

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Written by: Darling Otaku

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