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11 Female Driven Anime Series To Look For In 2017

Written by  Published December 30, 2016 05:45
As a new year comes, we can always count a new year of entertainment awesomeness to look forward to, whether it be in comics, film, television, novels, video games, etc. Japanese animation, for one, is never without any awesomeness to offer in any season of any year (though viewers' tastes do vary), and unlike American animation, it is never seems to be short in brining out content with attractive female characters we can actually admire in each year of new premiers and releases as there is always an animated series or film from Japan to feature to offer such, not that we will watch everything out there (that's impossible).

We at ENR have fictional female characters we love so much, and if you love anime gals and are looking for more anime with lead female characters to enjoy, you have come to the right place as I reveal 11 potentially awesome female-led/female-co-led anime of the Winter 2017 animation season (actually January 2017 to March 2017 for Japan) you can look forward to.

 

1) Urara Meirochou (a.k.a. "Urara Maze Town Book")

Premiers: 1/05/2017

1 Urara Meirochou

One of the wonders of Japanese animation is its capability to offer audiences a glimpse of Japanese culture itself, although this practice is not maintained by every anime ever made.

While some of us are into fictional tales of the supernatural, this series should be a cup of tea for those who like to see cute girls deal with the supernatural presence while curious about what divinerhood in Japanese culture is like.

 

2) Kizumonogatari Part III: Reiketsu

Arrives: 1/06/2017

2 Kizumonogatari Part III

So far, the first two installments of the Bakeonogatari anime T.V. series 's prequel film trilogy Kizumonogatari, the story of the adorable vampiress Shinobu Oshino's first encounter with human-turned-monster male hero Koyomi Araragi,  got released.

While international release dates have yet to be determined for the final installment of the trilogy itself, it is good to know that 2017 will be another year for fans of female vampires in comics and cartoons to have something to crave for.

 

3) Schoolgirls Strikers: Animation Channel

Premiers: 1/06/2017

3 Schoolgirls Strikers Animation Channel

Japan has a long history of producing television series (both live-action and animated) that follow the theme of a task force where each member maintains his/her own distinctive battle outfit trademark colo scheme regardless of how similar the teammates' outfits appear to be to each other.

If you are fan of any examples of this kind of trend like say Science Ninja Team Gatchaman and Super Sentai (the basis for Power Rangers) or are just someone looking for another all-girl superhero group-focused animated series to watch (or both), this animated series about an all-hight school girl 5-member superforce maybe what you should look forward to seeing.

 

4) Little Witch Academia (T.V. series spinoff)

Premiers: 1/08/2017

4 Little Witch Academia TV

In the beginning, there was a short film about an all-girls witch boarding school called "Little Witch Academia". Now, a the tale for the small screen narrating the further adventures of witch-in-training Akko Kagari is about to become a reality.

If you love stories about magic schools like the Harry Potter films, you may want to get a taste of how Japan tackles this narrative trope.

 

5) Kemono Friends

Premiers: 1/10/2017

5 Kemono Friends

Anime is no stranger to the trend of featuring beautiful human/humanoid girls as cute as a puppy.

With Kemono Friends, an upcoming app game-based animated series, cuteness is about to go to a whole new level as it will feature a group of protagonal females who are not just puppy-cute, but also happen to be animals turned into half-human half-animal beings.

 

6) KonoSuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 2 (or simply "KonoSuba 2")

Premiers: 1/11/2017

6 KonoSuba Season 2

Not really a new series, but rather a new season of Konosuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!!, an already established anime television series that premiered in 2016.

Yep, a new season of adventures in an RPG-like world set apart from the earthly realm is on its way. Fans of swords-and-sorcery tales like Red Sonja and Game of Thrones may want to give this a try, and hopefully, the season 2 premier episode (episode 11) includes a season 1 recap in case some viewers are just tuning in to follow the adventures of Kazuma Sato and his three warrior maiden friends (Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness) for the first time.

 

7) Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Premiers: 1/11/2017

7 Miss Kobayashis Dragon Maid

Some of you may remember magical servant-themed fantasy sitcoms like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. Another sitcom, though a Japanese animated show, is joining the legacy, except this time, it is a dragon who can turn into a beautiful female human serving a woman (not a man). But the protagonal maid (that's Tohru) won't be alone as others of her kind will add to the fun.

If you are a fan of any of America's magical servant-themed sitcoms like Bewitched and want more female magical servants to meet on the small screen, you should add this to your must-watch list.

 

8) BanG Dream!

Premiers: 1/21/2017

8 BanG Dream

K-On! maybe long over, but if you are a fan of the all-girls music band narrative trope, get ready as another anime to center around an all-teenage girls music band is coming. Plus, you can't go wrong with an anime about aspiring to follow one's dreams in spite of odds, one of the various themes that has made many fall in love with Japanese animation in the first place.

 

9) Kirakira PreCure a la Mode

Premiers: 2/05/2017

9 KiraKira Precure a La Mode

What is an anime television/film season without combat females with magic powers? Fortunately, fans of the magical female warrior trope won't be without a show to look forward to seeing for long after the series finale of the novel-based dark fantasy drama T.V. series Magical Girl Raising Project. This time, it's an installment of the Pretty Cure franchise centering around a 5-member superheroine task force with the themes of animals and desserts demonstrated by the costumes and powers. Some of you by now may have already become Pretty Cure fans thanks to Glitter Force (known in Japan as "Smile Pretty Cure!" or "Smile PreCure!") and are craving for more Pretty Cure. Whether you love Pretty Cure or are just wanting to jump onto the Pretty Cure experience for the first time, look forward to this one and not worry about continuity order of series as it will be a continuity stand-alone like the majority of Pretty Cure series so far.

 

10) Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

Arrives: 2/18/2017

10 Sword Art Online The Movie OS

A major moment in the history of Japanese animation is nearing, and what I mean by that is that this movie will be the first anime film to get a simultaneous worldwide subtitled theatrical release in multiple countries, although days after its Japanese theatrical release. If you love Sword Art Online or are just looking for a 2D theatrical cartoon movie that co-star really beautiful female characters instead of the crappy looking ones we keep often getting from American animated films for theaters nowadays (curse you, American 3D theatrical animation), make sure to find out if it will play at your local cinema as it is intended to enter worldwide theatrical distribution (excluding in Japan) in early March. Plus it is a for-mature audiences sci-fi drama where you can expect multiple heroic females as part of the action, and who can resist 2D animated beauties who are independent, powerful, and mentally strong like Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online's female protagonist) and Suguha Kirigaya/Leafa (cousin of SAO's male protagonist Kazuto Kirigaya/Kirito)? And let's not forget that Kirito's other lovable female allies (beast tamer Keiko Ayano/Silica, swordmaking blacksmith Rika Shinozaki/Lisbeth, snipergirl Shinon Asada/Sinon, and pixie Yui) will be there too. Therefore, think of the film as a chance at an occassional escape from the 3D animated G-rated/PG-rated comedy films, the kind of animated movie that is nowadays the standard type of American animated theatrical film.

 

11) Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Soldiers of Love (a.k.a. "Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love")

Premiers: 2/25/2017

11 space Battleship Yamato 2202

Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (known outside of Japan as "Star Blazers 2199"), a remake of 1974's Space Battleship Yamato (known in the west as "Star Blazers - The Quest for Iscandar"), worked its wonders in adding more main female characters for both opposing ends of a conflict to the story while maintaining the original story's premise, and the currently running Space Battleship Yamato saga is about to begin a new major installment in a 7-film theatrical series called "Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Soldiers of Love" (to be distributed outside of Japan under the title "Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love"), which at one point will have its film chapters split up into episodes for both Japanese television broadcast and legal video streaming.

While there are no full details on if all the surviving main female crewembers of the Yamato in Yamato 2199 will appear in the new adventure or if new ones will be introduced in this upcoming new film series, what is clear is that crewmembers Yuki Mori and Akira "Rei" Yamamomoto as well as space goddess Teresa will be around as Yamato 2202 will retell the story of the Yamato crew's perilous mission to rescue planet Telezart from the White Comet Empire, which was previously told in 1978's Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love and its 1978 television series re-do Space Battleship Yamato 2 (known in the west as "Star Blazers: The Comet Empire"). And since we'll get to see multiple Earth spaceships take part in main action, here is hoping for the introduction of female crewmembers from non-Yamato Earth ships, including the Andromeda, another iconic ship from the Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) franchise and a fan favorite for many fans of the franchise itself.

 

I hope this list is of help for those of you anime gal lovers who are pondering on what to watch in the winter anime season, but note that anime films don't usually appear on free-and-legal-to-acccess streaming websites right away after Japanese release like anime T.V. episodes do. I don't know yet what I'll see first or what viewing order of Winter 2017 anime I'll maintain or even if I'll get the chance to see any, but whatever you choose, here is hoping you will be able to enjoy them as much as you desire to. Thanks for reading, see you next time, and enjoy 2017's winter season of anime releases/premiers as well as of course the new year itelf.

Christopher Arnold

Meet Montreal Island-born fanboy Christopher Arnold. He is a fan of a number of things: comic book action/adventure heroes (the superhero kind included), science-fiction, horror, Japanese Animation, action figure collecting, cosplay photography, and fan art. While his main column focus at ENR is action/adventure storytelling (regardless of if it includes sci-fi, horror, fantasy), when it comes to reviewing/analyzing material, whether it be comics/graphic novels, film, or even television, he is the kind of person to avoid judging a work of fiction by time of release and by nation of origin (and that's part of his moral code). Also, he's not afraid to admit if he finds comparison between two unrelated media properties. While he enjoys serving you, the readers, he's not the kind to show his true face on social media (so PLEASE, RESPECT HIS PRIVACY).

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