My End of Year Lists and Challenge: Most Beautiful TV Shows and Anime

A reminder on what my lists and challenge is about:

As it’s December, I have decided to make “best of the year” lists for things I like and am interested in. I will cover books, TV shows, anime, movies, and Webtoons.

The challenge part is 100% optional and may not even happen. But the idea is that, if you would like to, fellow bloggers could also participate with the lists, adding in their own personal likes.

If you would like to participate in the challenge, here’s all the lists I’ll try to do. Keep in mind, there isn’t much time left in the year, so even I may not get around to doing all of them. Therefore, you can pick and choose which list(s) to do! Plus, unless he specified, you can choose to have the list be featured around books, TV, movies, anime, or webcomics. Mix it up!

The only rules are that you have to choose fiction or media you discovered in 2017. It doesn’t have to be from 2017, it can be from any year, but you have to have discovered it in 2017. The second rule is that if you do participate in the challenge, please ping-back to one of my posts, so I can see your post! Also, there is no limit to how many things you can put on the list; feel free to put as much or as little as you want.

Lists:

  • Best Stories
  • Best Main Characters
  • Best supporting characters
  • Best relationships (platonic and romantic)
  • Best antagonists
  • Best plot twists
  • Most beautiful (this goes for anything BUT books)
  • Best written (goes for books and/or Webtoons)
  • Best performances (movies, TV shows, and even voice acting)
  • Best authors and/or artists

My List:

9. RWBY Volume 5:

Remember when the backgrounds in RWBY were all blank hills? Say what you want about Volume 5 thus far, you can’t deny that the animation has improved by leaps and bounds. It’s more fluid, less stiff, and even the art style has improved quite a bit.

8. Durarara!!:

Even though I had a problem with the characters looking alike in this series, I must say that the backgrounds, coloring, and overall fluidity of the animation made me like it quite a bit. Not only is it pretty to look at, because of the bizarre story in the show, it looks very different.

7. Tokyo Ghoul:

At first glance, Tokyo Ghoul’s animation may not look particularly unique or special. But, it does have some awesome animation, especially with fight scenes. Those are choreographed well, and I love the use of colors and symbolism; I only wish the show used that more often.

6. Broadchurch Season 3:

Broadchurch looks rather gloomy and sad at first glance, especially with its lighting and the colors it uses. But that’s the point. Broadchurch is amazing at communicating its atmosphere and mood, particularly by using setting, lighting, and brilliant camera work to great effect.

5. Noragami:

Noragami is another show that doesn’t look particularly great in the animation department either. But especially in Aragoto, you can see that it actually is pretty cool looking. Those fight scenes have some awesome choreography, and oh my goodness the colors are so beautiful.

4. Attack on Titan Season 2:

Attack on Titan didn’t seem to have huge amounts of improvement in animation between seasons, but take a look at the background and details. While the action looks the same, the backgrounds and character details are absolutely amazing. The colors and lighting are stunning.

3. Psycho Pass:

Psycho Pass has a distinct cyber-punk feel, with its use of bright colors and dark colors, the technology design, and the innovative looks to the city. It looks incredibly unique,and the backgrounds are gorgeous. The character design is also good. The color effects are awesome, and it just looks sharp and clear.

2. Stranger Things Season 2:

Even though in some ways I like some of the effects from season 1 more, I can see distinct differences and improvements. The creature designs are just as cool, as are the “gates” between worlds. But like last season, the stand out design has to be the Upside Down; it’s so subtle and eerie, and so unique looking.

1. Fate/Zero:

Fate/Zero may have come out in 2011, but I swear it is still some of the best animation I have ever seen. It looks so distinct, and it is just jaw dropping. The details, the backgrounds, the designs…wow. The effects of magic are stunning and just a bit creepy. The fight scenes are fluid, and everything crosses the lines between creepiness and beauty.

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