I was quite disorganized, so it took awhile before I finally collected myself to start the annual evaluation series. The change in the forums meant that I could only have one draft at a time, which made things really inconvenient as previously, I could have up to 15. But now, there's just the one that comes from the autosave to make it so that I couldn't write these in parallel. There are a total of seven entries once again where I look back at 2017 and pick out the best out of each category. I plan on having one entry per week, though with the late start that it's possible that I could have more to have this done before the next season begins.

Here are what the seven blog entries are going to have for their titles.

Top 10 Visuals
Top 10 Music
Top 10 Characters
Not Top 10 of 2017
Top 10 Japanese Voice Acting
Top 10 English Voice Actiong
Top 10 Anime Shows, Period

Previously, I did two simulcast ranking blog posts that took all 86 shows that I watched, and now I open things up to include everything watched from last year for the first time. So with that, here is the list of all anime I watched in 2017:

Anime Watched in 2017

I'm going to start off with all the visual stuff here as I'm still debating about what I want to do for the other categories, but I most definitely want something down. The visuals will be pretty quick to write compared to the other categories, so I decided to start with that.

Here is the eligibility criteria for the categories:
Opening Animation: Simlucasts only (all entries with an asterisk), one theme song per series.
Ending Animation: Simlucasts only (all entries with an asterisk), one theme song per series.
Character Designs: Simulcasts only (all entries with an asterisk)
Animation: Simulcasts only (all entries with an asterisk)

And like last year, I have a spot for an honorable mention given to shows that I had dropped or put on hold. I might have finished some of them since then, but the rules stipulate that I must finish it sometime in 2017 (or for shows continuing into 2018, all episodes watched in 2017). However, Fate/Apocrypha will be eligible for everything since I at least watched the first cour of this series.

Top 10 Opening Animation
1. Gamers!!
2. Princess Principal
3. Attack on Titan season 2
4. Saga of Tanya the Evil
5. Kakegurui
6. Blend S
7. Gabriel DropOut
8. My Hero Academia season 2 (first opening)
9. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Descending Stories
10. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Honorable Mention: Garo: Vanishing Line (first opening)

The best opening animation, it was a tough call and in the end Gamers!! gets that honor. I just love the way video game parodies were used to illustrate the cahracters going to show that this is a show about playing games. Princess Principal stands out because of the amount of action and intensity in it, all nicely animated. Ditto for AOT as well. Tanya the Evil combines catchy music with stuff that lets you know that the MC is the evil one in this. Kakegurui, that style of artwork is simply perfect. Blend S makes great usage of the opening theme song to create some eye candy out of it. Gabriel DropOut's animation is full of funny stuff going to show that this is an all-out comedy. The first opening of the second season of MHA has the heroes stretching, and it perfectly fits the nature of the episodes covered by it with the sports festival arc. Then there's Rakugo where death is a prevailing theme in this season, and it is carried out very nicely. Lastly, there's MMO Junkie where it does a great job in showcasing the characters both in the game and IRL as unlike other games about MMOs, this one spends a lot of time in the real world. As for the honorable mention, Garo: Vanishing Line takes it as I love the style of artwork used in the show's openings, which is consistent with everything else in this series.

Top 10 Ending Animation
1. Himouto! Umaru-chan R
2. Blood Blockade Battlefront and Beyond
3. Classroom of the Elite
4. Made in Abyss
5. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (second ending)
6. Re:Creators (second ending)
7. Kakegurui
8. Sakura Quest (first ending)
9. Princess Principal
10. Koro-sensei Quest!
Honorable Mention: Hinako Note

Without a doubt, the Umaru-chan ending takes home the top prize for ending animation. It's cute, and full of energy and great dancing animation to go along with a catchy song. BBB&B jas well-animated action with a bloody undertone, which fits right in with the song and the series. With Classroom of the Elite, what I really like about that ending is that it lists the point balances and standings for the students at the school, which makes it stand out a lot. Made in Abyss does a nice job in summarizing what goes on in this show with the ending as it's all about going to the bottom, and the style of artwork used to portray it is simply amazing. It was hard to choose which of Rage of Bahamut's endings to use, but I like the second one better with the Cinderella ball as that was something that got me excited for the second half of the series as it foreshadowed something big that was to come. The second Re:Creators ending has the characters on display as drawn characters on a bunch of real-life drawing tools that really emphasizes the nature of what this show is all about. Kakegurui just has Yumeko walking, but it definitely has a glorious mood to it. The first Sakura Quest ending has the girls resting, and that perfectly encompasses the nature of the show being in a small-town environment. Princess Principal's ending has the girls drawn in an abstract style, which does a nice job matching up the song. Lastly, Koro-sensei Quest! does an 8-bit representation of the first opening, and it does a great job doing a parody of it. As for the honorable mention, that goes to Hinako Note as the girls were dancing on-stage seeing that this show is about theater, and they put on a great show. Too bad it wasn't this good during the actual episodes themselves.

Top 10 Character Designs
1. Princess Principal
2. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
3. The Ancient Magus' Bride
4. Sakura Quest
5. My Hero Academia 2nd Season
6. New Game!!
7. Re:Creators
8. Kakegurui
9. UQ Holder!
10. Konohana Kitan
Honorable Mention: Land of the Lustrous

I really loved just about all of the character designs in this season's anime, but none of them impressed me more than Princess Principal. They did an excellent job in making the girls cute and badass at the same time. KyoAni is known for making amazing character designs, and they came up aces with Dragon Maid. Ancient Magus' Bride has all sorts of different creatures and spirits, and Wit did a great job with them once again. P.A. Works does a great job with character designs again with ones fitting for the environment. The character designs really shine once again in My Hero Academia, and in particular the villain Stain was really well-designed. New Game!! once again has cute girls, and the new characters are also well-animated. Re:Creators has amazing character designs when the production team consists of all-stars. Kakegurui's characters have all sorts of different looks to showcase the many sides of them, and Mappa does an excellent job in nailing it. Character designs are one of the things that Ken Akamatsu does best, and it shows up again with UQ Holder as J.C. Staff did a great job in making them look great. The same couldn't be said about the show itself, but I give then the benefit of the doubt because his works are notoriously difficult to adapt into anime, and even more so with just 12 episodes to work with. Lastly, there's Konohana Kitan as those girls are cute and well-drawn to make this show go. As for the honorable mention, Land of the Lustrous as those girls (yeah, I know they are genderless, but they are still girls in my book) really sparkle in a big way going to show that they are made of minerals.

Top 10 Animation
1. The Ancient Magus' Bride
2. Tales of Zestiria the X
3. Re:Creators
4. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
5. My Hero Academia 2nd Season
6. Attack on Titan 2nd Season
7. Sakura Quest
8. Owarimonogatari 2nd Season
9. Princess Principal
10. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
Honorable Mention: Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

Another tough category to pick. In the end, I went with Ancient Magus' Bride as the animation really brings this show to life like nothing else possibly could. It takes high quality animation to produce something like this, and Wit delivers in a big way. They also did an excellent job as the sole production studio for Attack on Titan after having a bit of trouble with the first season as this studio was newly formed from Production I.G employees back at the time. The MMA fight was especially well-done. And Ufotable continues to show why they are one of the best in the business with Tales of Zestiria as the show is stunning eye-candy from start to finish. Re:Creators is visually impressive, especially the action scenes that really carried this show, though it was let down by a mediocre story. KyoAni adds another great visual masterpiece with Dragon Maid as they do what they do best. Bones continues to knock it out of the park as the second MHA season is an improvement over the first in the visual department, and that's saying quite a lot. Sakura Quest is another great piece of art by P.A. Works. Shaft totally knocks it out of the park with the conclusion to the Monogatari series. Then there's Princess Principal that does everything right from the characters to the action, the settings, and more. Rounding off this list is Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul as it was another visual feast for the eyes, and even more so this season with more action involved. The honorable mention goes to the Ufotable version of Touken Ranbu as it was pleasant for the eyes, even if nearly everything else was trashy.