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2016 didn’t really end when it became 2017 and this hellscape of a world continues to get increasingly stupid and hostile, but hey! At least the anime was good.

These are my favourites from this year! I’m only including series that completed this year (i.e. if it’s a multi-cours series, it gets counted if the final cours aired this year. So March Comes in Like a Lion counts but March Comes in Like a Lion 2 does not) and films if I actually got the chance to watch them this year. Why top 14? Too many good shows, and I couldn’t cut any of them. It’s been a good year for me!

Without any further ado, let’s begin.

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God DAMN I’ve been loving Kirakira☆Precure À La Mode. It’s been so much fun, with endless energy, fantastic characters, compelling villains and a lot of tremendously heartfelt episodes. Each one has been a delight and has given me too many great moments to list. It was a hard choice, but I’m going to use this opportunity to highlight one of the absolute greatest Precure transformation sequences that I’ve seen: Cure Gelato’s.

How can you not love that? Aoi’s attitude just pours out of every moment. Her rockstar delivery of “cure à la mode decoration!”, her mischievous grin with a hint of rebellion, the absolutely badass jacket tug (god that jacket tug is divinely stylish characterisation), an assertive sock pull for awesome asymmetry, head movements to simulate a lion’s roar, and of course throwing the horns before pulling off a punk-rock guitar shredding, everything she does tells you so much about who she is and what she’s like, and it’s all incorporated so elegantly into the transformation.

And then you have the amazing animation! Dynamic camera work makes for an exciting, ambitious watch, the weighty body movement gives it subtle impact that demonstrates the tremendous care put into it, and it’s all tied together through a smoothness befitting the finest ice creams. I wish I knew more about animation to gush over this with technical accuracy, but at the very least I know that this is some fantastic work. I have rewatched it so many times and I simply cannot get bored of it and it perfectly exemplifies just what I love about the magical girl genre.

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