15 Must-See Spring 2017 Anime

Zuleika Boekhoudt
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A new TV season has arrived in Japan, and that means new anime series. But 2017’s spring anime is all about long-awaited second seasons, particularly with hits like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. From fantasy to drama-themed anime, this spring season will deliver new episodes of so many hit anime series. Here’s a list of 15 must-see spring 2017 anime. Keep your eye out for these in the coming months.

Attack on Titan Season 2

  • Premiere Date: April 1
  • Studio: Wit Studio
  • Genre: Action, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen

Finally! After almost four long years, Attack on Titan returns for its second season. The series picks ups after last season’s shocker of a titan hiding behind Wall Rose. And while the synopsis of season 2 may be a bit vague, we do know that new titans are coming. Who knows what other surprises are there, or how much more the animation will separate from the comics? Check out our detailed explanation of what to look for in Attack on Titan season 2.

Granblue Fantasy The Animation

  • Premiere Date: April 2
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: Fantasy

Initially slated to air this past winter in January, Granblue Fantasy The Animation got pushed back to spring 2017. Based on a mobile RPG, the game has become a big hit in Japan. Thus it’s no surprise that it got adapted into an anime. Enter a mystical world where islands drift in the sky, with one particular island shrouded in mystery. That’s the home of a boy named Gran with a talking winged lizard named Vyrn, who one day come across a girl named Lyria. Lyria is currently on the run from the ruthless Eleste Empire, whose goal is to rule the heavens. To escape from the Empire, Gran and Lyria set out to the skies holding a mysterious letter that Gran’s father left behind.

Clockwork Planet

  • Premiere Date: April 7
  • Studio: Xebec
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Steampunk is a subgenre that anime viewers don’t get enough of, but this spring Xebec studio is bringing the popular light novel series to life. The series follows Naoto, a high school dropout and brilliant amateur tinkerer, who lives in a world where machines have taken over the surface world. But when a box crashes into his home containing a female automaton, it’s a sign of change, giving Naoto the opportunity to be a hero.

The Eccentric Family Season 2

  • Premiere Date: April 9
  • Studio: P.A. Works
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Like Attack on Titan, the long-awaited new season of The Eccentric Family premieres this April. The equally thought-provoking and funny story of a collective of mismatched mythical creatures in the modern world returns with the same cast and staff as the first season. On top of that, Tomihiko Morimi – the series’ writer – announced that the highlight of the second season would be the introduction of new characters. The second year will adapt the second volume of the novel series.

Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni priest love

  • Premiere Date: April 3
  • Studio: Seven
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Josei

Any anime list will feature a controversial series and this spring that honor goes to Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni priest love. What really irks devoted believers is when a holy man is tempted by a harlot, thus bringing the whole faith into question. And while the series may be a bit contentious and thus meant for adults, it’s, however, a romantic series of reunited forbidden love.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

  • Premiere Date: April 5
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Super Power, Martial Arts, Shounen

With Naruto: Shippuden coming to a close this end of March, fans were left with a bitter-sweet feeling. On the one hand, a great decade-long series has come to an end with a few stumbles along the way. Oppositely, a new generation of anime fans will get to know and experience the highlights of Naruto with a new series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The spin-off and semi-sequel follow the adventures of Naruto’s son Boruto who tries to set himself apart from his legendary father all the while making new friends with the next generation of ninjas.

The Royal Tutor

  • Premiere Date: April 5
  • Studio: Bridge
  • Genre: Comedy

Being an educator is one of the hardest and most challenging professions there is. It’s even harder when a teacher looks like a child. Which happens to be the dilemma that Heine Wittgenstein is in. Not only that, but he’s also tasked to educate each of the kingdom’s four princes, who have a rather distinct personality. Does Heine have what it takes to lay down some learning? Or will he crumble under their antics?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria

  • Premiere Date: April 15
  • Studio: J.C.Staff
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Based on the DanMachi fantasy light novel series, Sword Oratoria follows the strongest female swordsman around as she heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. Once there she meets a young man who changes her life, and thus begin the intertwining adventures of a boy and a female swordsman.

Blame! Movie

  • Premiere Date: May 20
  • Studio: Polygon Pictures
  • Director: Hiroyuki Seshita
  • Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Drama, Mecha, Seinen

First published as a ten-volume manga between 1998 and 2003, the series has made its way to Netflix this spring 2017 anime season. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, technological advances have brought the world into chaos. Robots also known as “Constructers,” builders of meaningless megastructures comprised of dangerous labyrinths. As a result, these buildings have reached out to the outer planets and thus breeding new lifeforms. Follow the journey of the mysterious Killy, whose sole mission is to bring civilization back from the brink of oblivion.

The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars

  • Premiere Date: June 17
  • Studio: 8-Bit
  • Director: Risako Yoshida
  • Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Magic, Romance, School

While many spring 2017 anime shows are based on light novel series, this series’ author – Tsutomu Satou – is writing an original new plot for the movie. After finishing their first year of magic high school, Tatsuya and Miyuki are on their way to a well-deserved spring break. However, their holiday comes to a short and unexpected end when a young woman named Kokoa appears before them. And while her appearance may simply suggest a very young woman, her true nature is much more than that.

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul

  • Premiere Date: April 8
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Demons, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy

The fantasy adventure continues this spring 2017 anime season with Virgin Soul. Taking place ten years after the cataclysmic events of Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, there’s a whole new set of adventurers in a world that has lost its balance.

My Hero Academia Season 2

  • Premiere Date: April 1
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Super Power, School, Shounen

Funimation Entertainment just announced that the second season of My Hero Academia would be aired simultaneously on Hulu and Crunchyroll starting this April, 2017. The second set of episodes in this superheroic parody will feature new characters and will continue the adventures of Izuku Midoriya as he attends U.A. High School.


  • Premiere Date: April 8
  • Studio: TROYCA
  • Genre: Action

Re:CREATORS features an amazing staff, from director Ei Aoki (Aldnoah.Zero, Fate/Zero) to chief animation director Jun Nakai (GATE, the Mardock Scramble film trilogy), this spring 2017 anime is headed by the best of the best. And while the show’s site doesn’t reveal much about the plot – just hints of storybook characters coming to life – the trailer does feature epic action along with beautiful visuals.

Grimoire of Zero

  • Premiere Date: April 10
  • Studio: White Fox
  • Genre: Action, Fantasy

Based on the light novel series of the same name, Grimoire of Zero follows a witch named Zero who’s ignorant of the world and a half-beast half-human mercenary who longs to be human. They set out on a journey to find Zero’s grimoire, a magical book that hides an immense power capable of destroying the world.

Fairy Tail Movie 2: Dragon Cry

  • Premiere Date: May 6
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Director: Tatsuma Minamikawa
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen

This spring 2017 anime season is all about sequels to long-awaited series, and here’s the last major one to keep track of. Based on the popular series, Fairy Tail, the movie will follow the gang from the Fairy Tail Guild on their journey to recover Dragon Cry – a magical artifact – from the Kingdom of Stella. And while the mission may seem simple enough there are new challenges for the mages.

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Zuleika Boekhoudt
Zuleika is a fan contributor at Fandom and focuses on Anime. Her anime specialties are horror, gore, and mystery anime. Loves series, movies, and games that have to do with bloodthirsty but equally intelligent psychos.
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