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Posted 5/21/17 , edited 6/17/17


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A hidden gem, when concerning anime, is an opinionated belief of a person's choice of anime they think is good, but not popular or talked about enough. These types of threads are not meant to be the "end all be all" when talking about shows. Just discussion is the purpose here!


The spring season is near its end, so the time has come!

I gotta know:

Which spring 2017 anime is YOUR hidden gem?!

For me, it's a tie between Grimoire of Zero and Atom the Beginning. Even if both are streaming on Anime Strike, I don't really see a lot of conversations about them. Atom has Bahi JD working on the production, so witnessing that has been interesting. While as, Grimoire of Zero keeps getting overshadowed by WorldEnd, so there's that!


Edit: I just realized, Kado the Right Answer is so good, yet no one is talking about it that much. I'm changing my answer, lol. Kado IS the right answer!
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Grimoire of Zero for sure. It's probably my fav of the season. Rich world building. Adorable main female. Good animation and effects. Likeable fluffy MC. And the best ED of the season.




I'm also really liking Armed Girl's Machiavellism. It may be a generic battle harem, but it's simplicity is appealing to me. All the girls are adorable and appeal to many types. The MC is likeable too. Hes funny, witty, and strong, but he doesn't feel unbeatable like those of other shows. Silver Link is my fav studio, so I am a bit biased here, but overall I have enjoyed this show the most so far. Plus Rin is bae.


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Posted 5/21/17 , edited 5/22/17
Zero Mahou isn't really a "hidden show" in my books.

The King's Avatar would definitely fit that category, though. Not common to find discussion about this show because its not Japanese, but the show is super entertaining nonetheless. Totally worth a try if you haven't seen it already. Can legally watch it on YouTube as well.
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Posted 5/21/17 , edited 5/28/17

bobland wrote:

Zero Mahou isn't really a "hidden show" in my books.


It's definitely one of the less talked about shows within the anime social circles I partake in. Both online and in person.

So... there's that.
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Ani ni Tsukeru Kusuri wa Nai (there's no cure for my brother being around me) is a quite funny little short about a younger sister and her not so bright older brother, who generally deserves the abuse she heaps on him. You can find it on a certain "personal pipe" site, but I'm not so sure about whether the legality of it being there is authorized or not, so I won't link to it. It deserves to be picked up, though.
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Sakura Quest for sure. It's going for that Shirobako-style of SoL realism. What I like about both shows is that they show the struggles and accomplishments of regular, plain work. The only difference here is that Sakura Quest is depicting work that isn't as appealing for obvious reasons, I mean it's about marketing and tourism after all.

But I like the different types of characters and how they're all bringing in their strengths to try to revive interest in the dying town. The characters and plot feel real for the most part which is a nice touch, you definitely see the influence from Shirobako. I've grown in and around small towns for a big chunk of my life, and what the characters are doing reminds me of what towns I lived around would try to do to grab attention of tourists. The castle in the middle of nowhere reminds me of so many other odd traits that I've seen around the small towns in Colorado, so this show definitely speaks to me on a personal level.

What really gets me is that it's 25 episodes. PA Works really put a lot of faith in this, which I find interesting, it seems like they really think they can reclaim some of that Shirobako appeal and popularity but I'm not so sure this show will achieve that.

I've seen this show and Shirobako being described as, "Cute Adults Doing Responsible Things", which I'd say is pretty accurate description haha. I think I'm starting to like this particular genre, I want more like it!
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This season pretty much has its jewels hanging out in the breeze, unlike last season with Kemono Friends which put people off with the CGI stuff and slow pace.

Actually stopped watching most of the shows this season, so... I guess Akashic Records of Bastard, simply because the first episode is so off-putting.
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Haven't started any from this season yet except Hinako Note, I'm currently watching Code Geass for the first time.
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Posted 5/22/17 , edited 5/22/17
I would have to say The King's Avatar and Grimoire of Zero . Both are good shows that are not getting the attention they deserve. To be honest though, the shows I have been enjoying the most this season have been second seasons (Rage of Bahamut, My Hero Academia).
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Quan Zhi Gao Shou (The King’s Avatar)
The action sequencing, pacing, character development, story and music are all outstanding.
Except for one week when Rage of Bahamut topped it, this show has been #1 on my personal ranking chart since the beginning of the season.


ID-0
The story is really good, as are the VAs. The OP has a JJBA-feels to it.
ID-0's VA also does Serpico (Berserk) and Jonathan Joestar.
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A bunch of people already mentioned the King’s Avatar, but I'll toss in another mention for that series. Also just hearing Chinese audio feels refreshing to the usual anime.

Though its a continuation, rather than something new, I consider Tiger Mask W as a hidden gem. A gem with a lot of cheese on it, but a gem nonetheless. It has been consistently entertaining, characters are developing, and the matches have been intense. Recently there's been increased tension with the protagonist taking the role of heel/villain. A little bit bizarre, but this show also features some slice of life segments.
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Posted 5/22/17
All these people making me want to watch King's Avatar now.
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Kado. It's one of those rare adult-oriented thought-provoking sci-fi shows. The cg hasn't been too bad either.
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Posted 5/22/17
Granblue Fantasy. It has a cool setting, nice characters, and meets the fantasy genre.
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Posted 5/22/17

gabuhaha wrote:

Kado. It's one of those rare adult-oriented thought-provoking sci-fi shows. The cg hasn't been too bad either.


^ This.
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