So it has just occurred to me that in my 5 years of running this blog, I have yet to ever post a rankings for my favorite anime of every year! And I have to ask myself: why have I been evading this topic? I literally do a list on my personal Facebook account for my friends to see every year, only for them to either ignore or slam all of my choices– oooohhh…
So here’s the deal. As 2017 comes to a close, I will publish my list of my 14 favorite anime that have aired some time this year. Why 14? Because 14’s my favorite number. No other reason. Bear in mind, these are my choices, and I respect that your top favorites are going to be different from mine. You’ll probably notice that I haven’t reviewed a lot of these yet, and that’s fine. They’re on my to do list. Think of this following list as a series of mini-reviews to tide you over before I take a much larger glance at some of these gems. You can find all of these and more on Crunchyroll!
Without further ado, these are my picks for my favorite anime of 2017!
Now I’m not exactly an art history buff, but chojyu giga is a Japanese art that was printed on scrolls depicting humans as animal caricatures. The art began around the 12th and 13th centuries, but you may find an artisan today who still makes them. Chojyu giga may not be manga as we know it today, but its style has influenced manga in a lot of ways. The very attachment to anthropomorphism of regular human beings (albeit political figures for the purposes of this series) is one of the more obvious examples to me.
Chojyu giga are considered masterpieces of Japanese culture today, so they must be revered in high regard. But if this anime is any indication of how these works of art are to be treated, they are far from being an art style for the elite noble classes. On the contrary, the ones shown here are satirical political cartoons.