Alright, it's almost the end of 2018, yet I haven't done my final end of 2017 evaluation post. I promise that it won't take that long to get 2018 evaluation posts out, but nevertheless I need to quickly do this before the year ends.

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

Previously, I did a simulcast ranking for all shows that were broadcast in 2017, and now I open things up to include everything watched from last year for the first time regardless of when it aired. So with that, here is the list of all anime I watched in 2017:

Anime Watched in 2017

Here is the eligibility criteria for the categories:
Episodes: All simulcasts watched (all Italicized entries), and the episode must have aired sometime during 2017 (e.g. no episodes for continuing shows in winter 2018 that aired in fall 2017), limit one episode per franchise.
Shows: All shows watched from Complete or Ongoing sections that were watched for the first time (does not have the ^ in the entry), and each franchise can only be listed once (shows with multiple seasons in the year are combined into one). Only TV series that are up to six continuous cours are considered.

So with that, here is the final evaluation entry for 2017. I'll be brief about my explanations for the top 10 shows, and seeing that my opinions might have changed since a number of these continued into 2018, I'll try and put things into perspective based on what aired in 2017.

Top 10 Episodes
1. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Descending Stories ep. 13
2. Made in Abyss ep. 13: The Challengers
3. My Hero Academia ep. 30: Climax
4. March Comes in Like a Lion ep. 34: Black Mist/Light
5. Attack on Titan ep. 32: Close Combat
6. The Ancient Magus' Bride ep. 3: The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead.
7. Owarimonogatari 2nd season ep. 3
8. Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep. 17: Virgin Souls
9. Princess Principal ep. 8: Ripper Dipper
10. Inuyashiki ep. 10: People of Tokyo

The finale of the rakugo show was easily the top episode of 2017 as it puts a positive spin on everything considering the grief and turmoil all the characters went through, as well as the decline of the profession. Not to mention, it spins death as a means of not saying farewell, but see you later. Character development has been tremendous, and it reaps its rewards in a big way here. Made in Abyss is just so amazing that it got an hour-long finale, and boy was it put to great use there as emotions were flying, and it was just beautiful to watch. While any episode of MHA could make the list, the episode with the three UA students making a stand against Stain really stood out as not only was the fight great, but the characters took charge of their own destines despite going against rules. This episode of March Comes in Like a Lion was all about Hinata overcoming her bullying issues that haven't surfaced until that point. The episode of AOT features some intense combat that is seen in MMA, and that is easily the best action-packed episode of the year.

The Ancient Magus' Bride really made its mark with episode 3 as it was just all sorts of beautiful, as well as helping Chise take a huge step forward in the development of her character, more so than any other episode in this series. Owarimonogatari ended as perfectly as it could, so the big finish gets on the list. Rage of Bahamut definitely hit is peak around episode 17 when the two leads that are actually enemies, they set aside their differences to become romantically engaged, as well as the truth about the Charioce's situation coming out as that was nicely done. The episode of Princess Principal is the one where the backstory between Ange and Princess is explained, and it was so full of intrigue and it was nicely played out. And to round off the list is the penulatimate episode of Inuyashiki as it involved an epic fight, and great heroism to go along with an even bigger threat that this show would end with.


Top 10 Shows Watched in 2017

And now the top 10 shows of everything I watched (first time only). First off, here are some honorable mentions that just missed the cut: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Mob Psycho 100, Dragon Ball Super, Ergo Proxy, and Welcome to the NHK.

10. One Piece
I watched up until the time skip in 2017, and this show is simply amazing and the episodes just fly by. Great action and character development are what make this show go, and it helps that the show is so popular that it has been continuing for 20 years and counting.

9. Food Wars! The Third Plate
This show just continues to be amazing with great characters, tasty dishes, and a story that makes rooting for the underdogs all the more great.

8. March Comes in Like a Lion
Character development continues to really come through as this show does an excellent job in the details. Shaft also helps out with its unorthodox animation style to really make this show go for two seasons.

7. My Hero Academia season 2
After the first season took its time to set the table, this season reaps the rewards of such a well-constructed show. The action and story all take a step up, which is saying quite a lot seeing how amazing the first season is.

6. Attack on Titan season 2
After an epic first season, the show continues to be strong with great twists, intense drama, and the action is really a sight to behold.

5. Owarimonogatari 2nd Season
That's a perfect way to wrap up the Monogatari series (at least the main story as there are still more stuff in the series coming out). The first season set the table perfectly for things to hit its stride, and then some in the end.

4. Made in Abyss
This show is all about adventure, emotional trauma, perseverance, and hardships as this show hit all of those notes perfectly. The characters are great, and this show has so many great twists and turns that are well-executed.

3. The Ancient Magus' Bride
This was a hyped up show, and it was well-justified as this show is just beautiful. But above all, character development has been the focal point and utilizing the supernatural aspects well.

2. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
This show has simply been a masterpiece, and I watched up through the end of the Greed Island Arc in 2017. The show starts off strong with the exam arc, but it gets even better with the Yorknew City arc, and that's how it solidifies its spot as one of the best shows ever.

1. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Descending Stories
And the top show of 2017 that I watched, no question it's the top simulcast title of 2017. If you were unsure about this show after a confusing first episode, just give it another chance as this show has been awesome, from the story to the voice acting (which is among the best in all of anime seeing that it's a critical component of this show). It sets things up for this show to really take off in the second season leading to some of the best episodes out there. And to cap it off is a perfect finish that puts a stamp on this series.

So that's a wrap for last year's evaluation posts. This year, only two post-simulcast shows cracked this list, which is less than usual seeing that I'm doing a better job in show selection.