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Posted 1/5/17
I think Flip Flappers deserved more attention than it got, especially with that animation
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Rakugo definitely deserves way more wide scale recognition than it seems to have received. It's a modern day classic that gets a lot of critical love but deserves to be watched by everyone. Not just the sort of stuffy boring "critics love it, but the 'real people' hate it" material that usually ends up this way.

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash feels like it got crapped on from various sides but the way it took the "normal people in a virtual world" concept and completely turned it on it's head by playing up the normal characters slow burn and turning down the "blargh it's an MMO!!1!" made it a stand out to me. Go into it with an open mind instead of just fearing/expecting another SAO and it will surprise you.

Planetarian is really good. By the end it feels a little too much like a prologue for something bigger than a satisfying piece on it's own, but it's a great watch regardless.

Ange Vierge is not necessarily great, but it's a lot better than it's first couple of episodes lead you to believe. This feels like one that a lot of people probably dropped early and didn't get to see the best of.

Aokana is a sports anime for people who don't necessarily like sports anime. Given it's light and fluffy nature and it's inauspicious source material it probably didn't even get a shot with a lot of people, but it has a cast of actually likable characters and a real commitment to telling it's simple yet enjoyable story. In a way, it's almost like Keijo where the care of the show runners and a commitment to pulling it off succeed massively in the face of blatant silliness and fan service.

ReLife is just plain great. Because of it's instant full season release it's a series that sort of burnt very hot but for a very limited time, so it never really had much time for extended discussion or growing of a large fan base. Feels like it's sort of been forgotten by now but it has some of my favourite characters of the year (perhaps of all time) and the material itself excels in both comedy and drama. Plus, unlike most shows, it's got some actual real meat for discussion when you really get down to it. It's the rare series that sticks in your head.
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Posted 1/5/17
IBO so underrated
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Posted 1/5/17
Not an anime, but Thunderbolt Fantasy. Seriously - every episode made me go EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! The Screaming Phoenix Killer may have made my heart flutter...
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Posted 1/5/17
Saiki Kusuo. Seriously, HOW did it slip under the radar like this?
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auroraloose wrote:

Not an anime, but Thunderbolt Fantasy. Seriously - every episode made me go EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! The Screaming Phoenix Killer may have made my heart flutter...


Gonna second Thunderbolt Fantasy.
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Posted 1/5/17
I dropped every single one i watched lool
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Posted 1/5/17
There were a lot ]of good anime last year but EVEN MORE that were underrated. For example:


**Prince of stride: a sports anime (shocker i know) about parkour. The animation is standar at most of the show, BUT it turns out really well in the running parts, its funny , and unique. It was probably pushed to the sides just like all sports anime do,

**Grimgar: of fantasy and ash: Protagonists that were transferred to a fantasy world (nothing new i know, but stay with me ) it shows us the story of a party that isn´t that great, like any human being they start off weak, and face a lot ( and belive me when i say a lot) of hardshifts, we get to see them grow and the fact that its not a "instant strong" "the messiah that came to defeat the demon lord" trope makes it really refreshing. The characters are just so human like (emotionally ) it makes me cry.

**Kiznaiver: I really didnt heard a lot of people talk about this show tbh. Its the story os 6 high schoolers that are suddenly "connected" and can feel eachothers pain and feelings. a MUST WATCH.
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Posted 1/5/17
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is more under-watched than underrated. A truly majestic series with beautiful and organic characters.

As for other shows, there are some SoL shows that should have gotten more love: Amanchu!, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless and Oshiete! Galko-chan. All of which are available in Crunchyroll!
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Posted 1/5/17
Winter: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. Might be the most beautiful anime I've ever watched. The music in this is great.

Spring: Tanaka-kun. Very relaxing show that always makes me smile.

Summer: Alderamin of the Sky. Great, sophisticated show that is beautiful to look at and very engaging with its character and story.

Fall: 3-gatsu no Lion. Very soothing but also very realistic in its portrayal of depression and sadness.

Also, I'm not sure how many people watched them, but GATE and ReZero are both excellent "fantasy world" shows that tell very different, but both engaging stories with realistic, interesting characters. They are both also 24 episodes (multi-season) shows that are consistently great, which means the story they tell is much more fully realized than most anime this year.
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Posted 1/6/17

LokiLB wrote:


auroraloose wrote:

Not an anime, but Thunderbolt Fantasy. Seriously - every episode made me go EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! The Screaming Phoenix Killer may have made my heart flutter...


Gonna second Thunderbolt Fantasy.


Thirding. Had a blast watching it.

I gotta also contribute The Great Passage/Fune wo Amu from Fall. Though I could understand why no one saw it (Curse you Amazon Prime!). And the idea of following a bunch of old people making dictionaries doesn't sound that appealing either. Still, give it the 3 episode test. If you like it, it's worth watching the whole thing.
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Posted 1/6/17 , edited 1/6/17

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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash feels like it got crapped on from various sides but the way it took the "normal people in a virtual world" concept and completely turned it on it's head by playing up the normal characters slow burn and turning down the "blargh it's an MMO!!1!" made it a stand out to me. Go into it with an open mind instead of just fearing/expecting another SAO and it will surprise you.


I have to second you on that one. I completely forgot about that show. I loved it when I watched them.
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Posted 1/6/17
The sheer variety of the answers in this topic is interesting. Testament to how full each season has become for us.

My pick is also Alderamin On the Sky, but Thunderbolt Fantasy should get a special mention just on general principle (because, seriously, I haven't seen any anime-style puppetry since X-Bomber, and that was back in the early '80s!).
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Posted 1/6/17
Vivid Strike.... largely because no one on this side of the pond touches Nanohaverse stuff with a ten foot pole anymore, this sequel series to MGLN: ViVid, set a year after that focuses on the younger cast, and introduces a new heroine. That being said it could also be titled "Loli Deathmatch" (despite no one dying) due to its at times brutal fight scenes (ep 4's "Standing up to Bullies, Taking it too far edition" I am looking mainly at you) it regardless did most of the classic Fighting tournament anime tropes, and did them well
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