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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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I had the good fortune getting to watch A Silent Voice in the cinema this year. It was quite the little event – it was one of the first showings outside of Japan, as part of a Japanese film tour, in a small arthouse cinema in London. I went with my good friend processr, meeting up with Thaliarchus before the film and buildknuckle afterwards – my first time meeting anitwitterers!

That would make the occasion memorable enough by itself, but the film truly was the star of the day. Moving and sublime, it was everything I hoped it would be and more. The audience watched with rapt attention in respectful silence (I imagine this was in part due to the film demanding it and in part an effect of the environment), allowing the sensitivity of the story to come through without distraction. It was a tremendously intimate experience; the small, serious theatre brought me closer to the film and helped frame its artistry, and the immersion was enhanced by the superb sound. Recalling a moment of submersion, and how enveloping that scene felt, still sends shivers down my spine.

There’s so much I could talk about here – it was a wonderful day and the film is so precisely tailored to my tastes that I’m certainly not lacking in material – but there’s one thing right near the end that I feel I have to discuss. It’s only a single shot, but it acts a microcosm of the film’s quality and everything it stands for. And despite only being a couple of seconds long, I noticed it and drew all these conclusions in real-time – something I’m rather proud of, so this post is also me allowing myself some self-indulgence.

Mild spoilers ahead

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