The Decent 2016-17 Winter Anime Season (Thoughts)

Hi and welcome to a review of the shows that I watched in the Winter 2016-17 anime season!

I was going to make an actual YouTube video on this but I decided against it at the last minute so here we are now!

Fun fact, this season is the first season that I actually followed and watched every week. In the past, I would just watch anime freely and watch maybe one or two shows in the season, some I never even finished. But, this season was special, I guess.

WARNING: I did not watch every show this season. This is a post of short reviews on all the shows I only watched. Do not expect every anime from this season to be here.

  • I did a quick review on Seiren, a show that aired this season but I reviewed it individually. Click here to see it!

Kono Subarashii Seka ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (spoilers from season 1)

Made by Studio Deen, this show continues from the first season after Kazuma was arrested for treason because of accidentally blowing up a noble’s mansion. After Darkness negotiates and agrees to be some sort of prisoner, sacrificing herself for Kazuma, the gang find all their belonging in their house repossessed to help decrease his debt. While going on quests to get rid of that debt, many shenanigans happen such as Kazuma helping Darkness get out of an arranged marriage and another one of the Devil King’s goons, Vanir taking over Darkness’s body.

The second season of Konosuba basically added more story with comedy and fun from first season, with Aqua, Megumin and Darkness still being idiots.

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I felt that this season was better than the first. While the first season introduced me to wacky ass characters and a pretty funny anime, second season made those two things a little better. It was still good ol’ Konosuba.

Score: 9/10

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

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If you feel like watching an anime with a bizarre concept, try this show out. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, made by Kyoto Animation, is the story about Kobayashi, an average working adult woman living a normal life until a dragon named Tohru who turns into a human maid comes into her life to work for her (yes, you read that correctly).

Throughout the show, we see more of Tohru’s friends/acquaintances come into Kobayashi’s life such as the kawaii Kanna Kamui, the big-chested Quetzalcoatl, the intimidating Fafnir, and the tries-too-hard-to-look-intimidating-but-she’s-actually-cute-as-hell Elma, which are all dragons that also turn into humans.

This anime is just about Kobayashi’s changed life with unusual individuals that have unusual personalities. It’s essentially an average slice-of-life comedy.

You know, when I first saw this show, I thought it was EXTREMELY stupid. I said I wasn’t going to watch this show but after watching a few episodes, it wasn’t half bad. It was actually decently funny. The silliness of all the characters played a big role in this story so it wasn’t really that boring. Yet, it was still very, very odd.

Score: 8/10

Gabriel Dropout

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Gabriel Dropout, made by the same creators as Himouto Umaru-chan, Doga Kobo, is about a smart, kind and overall good-mannered angel from heaven, Gabriel, who graduated from angel school and now is headed to the real world, Earth. Upon arriving to the great world, she discovers the life of being lazy. She then becomes a whole new person, playing video games all the time, eating instant ramen everyday and overall being a blob.

Her good friend, Vignette Tsukinose April, a demon from Hell and ironically is extremely nice, tries to get Gabriel back to her past self but fails all the time. These two individuals meet another demon, Satania Kurumizawa McDowell, Gabriel’s “rival” but utterly fails at every thing she does to defeat Gabriel and another angel, Raphiel Shiraha Ainsworth, Gabriel’s friend from angel school who loves to see Satania suffer.

Basically, this comedy anime follows these four idiots and the horrible job they do to find out what it really means to be an angel or demon.

You know, it’s not that bad. Coming from the people who made Umaru-chan, a show that’s basically Gabriel Dropout, with the main character also being fucking lazy as hell, Doga Kobo made another enjoyable show. There were funny gags here and there so while it’s not the best comedy anime I’ve ever seen, it was decently funny.

Score: 7/10

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

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In a world where demi-humans, characters from folklore, are more accepted by society, Interviews with Monster Girls, made by A-1 Pictures shows a biology teacher named Tetsuo Takahashi being interested on demi-humans really act apart from how they are described in fiction literature. Takahashi forms relationships with four demi-humans: first, Hikari Takanashi, an energetic and cheerful vampire who isn’t really like how movies and literature describes vampires as with the decreased need for blood and the sunlight not burning her.

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Secondly, Kyouko Machi, a shy dullahan (think Headless Horseman) who has the struggle of carrying her head all the time.

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Next, Yuki Kusakabe, a snow woman who has trouble with rumors and making friends.

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Lastly, Sakie Satou, Takahashi’s fellow teacher who is a succubus and always covers up her body so her seduction effect doesn’t affect students and teachers at school.

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This show essentially shows Takahashi finding out how the demi-chans really act while developing great relationships with them… and even some of them developing crushes on him. Ooooooooooo.

Again with Kobayashi, I thought this show looks pretty dumb. But, I was a little surprised cause the story was actually pretty decent. I got to know more about demi humans from folklore while experiencing some comedy. The chemistry with Takahashi and all the demis developed well and they were an interesting group to watch.

Score: 7/10

Nyanko Days

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I’ll keep this short. If you want to watch a show about a cat lover with her three kawaii kitty humans, go right a-fuckin-head. Yuuko Konagai doesn’t have many friends after starting high school and rarely talks to anyone. But, once she gets home to her three cats, she’s living the life.

This two-minute-an-episode show is about some cute cats being kawaii while Yuuko makes an actual human friend in the process. Pretty much it. This show is pretty dumb so I seriously don’t have much to say.

Score: 5/10

Aaaaaaaand that’s pretty much it, folks. I know I didn’t watch any action or fantasy shows and that’s my fault not exploring all the shows, but hopefully next season, I’ll be more diverse. Overall, the winter anime season was okay. There were shows that I was excited about but disappointed me (aka Seiren) and there were shows that I thought were extremely dumb but were decent and surprised me so yeah. Honestly, since I didn’t watch many shows in the season, I can’t really put an opinion on the WHOLE season so hopefully you thought this review was at least okay. 🙂

Onto Spring!

Also, put in the comments the shows I should watch next season!!!

-al

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