In 2017, anime fans got a ton of anime to watch for four seasons. Thus, with so much anime, we also got a lot of female characters to begin our 2017 waifu wars. Various girls filled our screens on a weekly basis and provided viewers ample amounts of entertainment based on the girl’s respected show. With so many girls showing up last year—seeing as how we’re writing this in 2018—aren’t you curious of one little question? Who are the best female characters in anime from 2017?
Here at Honey’s Anime, we too wondered about this question. We entered a room, our waifus each on a list and we began defending them to the best of our skills. After furious debates and a lot of disagreements, we finally were able to put together the Top 10 Female Characters in Anime 2017. Trust us folks, our list may agree with you and it may not. Though nonetheless, we feel these are the top girls for various reasons to appear in anime last year.
10. Moriko “Morimori-chan” Morioka from Net-juu no Susume
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Oct, 2017-Dec, 2017
At 30 years of age, Moriko Morioka is unemployed. However, Moriko isn’t sad but actually thrilled to finally be free from the daily grind of working. Without delay, Moriko finds a way to spend her free time productively. Playing online video games as a male hero. Named Hayashi. However, little does Moriko know that this online game will change her life in numerous ways and may even lead to her finding the love of her life…
Beginning our list of females hailing from 2017, we start with Moriko Morioka from Net-juu no Susume. Moriko, in many ways, symbolizes girls who get enveloped within the world of MMORPGs and that’s not a bad thing. We love Moriko because unlike a lot of fictional anime girls, she feels very real. The way Moriko reacts and acts in Net-juu no Susume are close to how real gamers react with romantic situations and how she falls in love in the show make every scene feel so genuine. Moriko may be an unemployed gamer but we still love her and think she was one of the best girls from 2017.
9. Nina Drango from Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr, 2017-Sept, 2017
Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul is a direct sequel to Shingeki no Bahamut. Following a young bounty hunter named Nina Drango, we see her normal adventuring days become anything but normal upon a chance meeting. Nina ends up caught up in a power struggle when she runs into the Rag Demon. Wanting revenge against humans but more so Kaisar Lidfard, Rag Demon is prepared to do horrible things without hesitation. Nina will enter a battle where she will be pushed to her limits as well as learn a secret about herself. She might even run into some familiar faces along the way…
Back in the summer 2017 season, anime fans of Shingeki no Bahamut got a treat as the sequel Virgin Soul released. Fans also got in turn a very infamous female lead named Ninja Drango. Throughout Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul, Nina both made viewers jump for joy and get agitated at her in equal amounts. Regardless of what Ninja did right and wrong in Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul, we can’t deny that she was still cute and cool throughout all 24 episodes. It also goes to prove that even if Nina is a hybrid dragon and human, she still makes mistakes. Thus, we here at Honey’s Anime look past her mistakes and failings to feel she was a great character from 2017.
8. Shizuku Hanaoka from Ballroom e Youkoso (Welcome to the Ballroom)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul,2017-Dec, 2017
Introverted middle school student Tatara Fujita has found his life to be pretty rough thanks to constant bullying and harassment at school. Tatara however finds a change in his life when a man named Sengoku saves him from a group of bullies while at school. Without much warning, Tatara finds himself in a dance studio ran by Sengoku causing him to enter the world of ballroom dancing. Now, Tatara must learn the proper ways of dancing and enter the limelight of competitive dancing. Can he find a place in this new world or will Tatara fail before he even starts?!
In Ballroom e Youkoso, we are introduced to several female dancers of various skill levels. One of the first dancers introduced is the gorgeous Shizuku Hanaoka. With elegant moves, a stunning body and a truly kind heart Shizuku stole our hearts not only on the dance floor but off it as well. Shizuku, however, appears near the bottom of our list for the simple reason that during the second cour of Ballroom e Youkoso her role is less than the first. However, the fact that Shizuku beat out dozens of other girls to appear on our Top 10 Female Characters in Anime 2017 list shows she’s a pretty awesome girl.
7. Nayuta Kani from Imouto sae Ireba Ii. (A Sister’s All You Need)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct, 2017-Dec, 2017
Ask novelist Itsuki Hashima what the perfect girl is and he will give you one simple answer: a sister who loves and cares for her brother. That’s why many who know of Itsuki realize he is a siscon novelist through and through. Together with his friends, Itsuki lives quite a fun and strange life. However, there’s never a dull moment to be had when you’re in the mind of a siscon.
Many fans of anime look for numerous traits in their waifus. They want girls who are fun and adorable. Typically, they also want a girl who will show them love and affection in their mind. That’s what make Nayuta Kani from Imouto sae Ireba Ii. so perfect. Extremely loving—and we put emphasis on the word extreme—Nayuta shows Itsuki constant love in Imouto sae Ireba Ii. to the point it becomes almost scary. Yet, for many fans of Nayuta they wouldn’t see her devotion as a creepy thing. In fact, many of them—including us—would see Nayuta as the perfect waifu through and through. If you haven’t already be sure to check out Imouto sae Ireba Ii. not just for its hilarious comedy and funny romance story but for Nayuta Kani.
6. Chise Hatori from Mahoutsukai no Yome
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct, 2017-Present
In an auction unknown to most, a young 15-year-old named Chise Hatori was sold for five million pounds. Chise’s buyer a strange tall man hiding his face with a simple mask named Elias. Though Chise doesn’t care about being bought like an animal because her past has already ruined her spirit in many ways. Even when she discovers her buyer is a strange skull headed creature, Chise is unfazed. Though as time passes, Chise will come to understand a new world of magic and fantasy and in the process, will finally find her heart being reborn as she gets closer to Elias.
Chise Hatori has come from a rather cruel background that many wouldn’t survive from. However, as Chise comes to grow as a person in Mahoutsukai no Yome, we see her kindness and her cute nature overshadowing her dark past. Chise has shown not only impressive levels of compassion for others—both human and non-human—but she’s shown an indomitable spirit that impresses even the characters in Mahoutsukai no Yome. We would have put Chise higher on the list, but we felt that would-be kind of cheap. Chise’s story has only been halfway told so far and thus, for now, she can only take sixth on our Top 10 Female Characters in Anime 2017 list.
5. Meteora Osterreich from Re:Creators
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Apr,2017-Sept,2017
As a human race, we have built various fictional worlds for different form of medium like video games and anime. What if those characters could talk though? What if they invaded our world? Souta Mizushino has just witnessed the what ifs coming to fruition as several fictional characters have entered his world. With various reasons for existing, these men and women are about to show the world the beauty and devastation of a creator’s creation.
Meteora Osterreich from Re:Creators was one of our favorite females from the show without a doubt. Calm and collected, Meteora was less about causing a scene like the other creations and more about trying to analyze the means of why this event happened and if there was to undo it. Meteora was also a powerful ally for the humans in keeping Altair from destroying their world and even made quite a sacrifice in the final episode of Re:Creators. We won’t spoil what that sacrifice was though and if you’re curious you’ll just have to check out Re:Creators for yourself. Did we also mention that Meteora was extremely cute making us fall for her quiet charms?
4. Maika Sakuranomiya from Blend S
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct,2017-Dec,2017
Maika Sakuranomiya is in trouble. Due to Maika’s dark smile most employers see her as a scary employee. Though Maika catches a break when a man named Dino see her smile. Offering her a job at his Café Stiles, Maika jumps on the offer eager to work. However, Café Stiles isn’t normal as all the girls that work there adhere to arch types like tsunderes and little sisters and Maika is about to become a maid too but a sadistic one.
Maika Sakuranomiya’s smile might scare off many but in Café Stiles people love it on her sadistic persona. We too here at Honey’s Anime would love to see Maika at work. Though like many fans of Blend S we know that Maika is more than her work attitude. Maika is actually very cute and kind outside of work as she always tries her best to obtain of her dreams of studying abroad. Regardless of what you thought of Blend S, you have to admit thanks to tons of gifs and videos, Maika was well known throughout the anime community.
3. Yumeko Jabami from Kakegurui
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul,2017-Sept,2017
There are many ways schools prepare their students for the real world. Institutions will sometimes require strict grading methods or wish for athletic students. However, Hyakkaou Private Academy teaches their kids to be excellent gamblers and the students are judged by how well they can gamble. Even the student body adhere to this gambling system and have gained tons of power both in the school and outside as well. Yumeko Jabami is a recent transfer student but soon will show all of Hyakkou Private Academy how great her gambling love truly is and the school will find a very eminent shift because of her.
Long black hair, huge oppai and an adorable personality makes Yumeko Jabami at first seem like a normal girl in Kakegurui. Quickly though, you realize Yumeko is far from normal and is a gambling crazed female. With a strong poker face and nerves of steel, Yumeko seems to never let herself panic when a game goes in favor of her opponent. In fact, Yumeko actually seems to get pleasure from any gambling game especially when the stakes increase. Yumeko is truly a very unique individual but that’s what we love about her.
2. Kanna “Kanna Kobayashi” Kamui from Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan,2017-Apr,2017
Kobayashi, one day, gets a very unusual guest in her apartment. A dragon appears before the young programmer in her abode. Though quickly the dragon changes form becoming a cute—and extremely well endowed—girl who now wants to repay Kobayashi’s prior night act of giving her a place to crash for the night. Thus, with a mixture of guilt and intrigue, Kobayashi agrees to have the dragon named Tooru stay with her. Unfortunately, Kobayashi isn’t prepared for the randomness that comes from having a dragon as a maid.
While Tooru and Quetzalcoatl Lucoa could have taken the second place on our Top 10 Female Characters in Anime 2017 list, we couldn’t do it. The one who beat them all for being incredibly cute and taking over the internet in the gif world is Kanna Kamui from Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon. Sure, Kanna is indeed a loli and and quite young. Nevertheless, Kanna is still so amazingly cute and the subject of so many fans affection that we knew she needed to be high on our list. We also knew that not including Kanna would probably cause a riot on the internet. Thankfully, even we know Kanna was perfect for our list and was probably one of the most popular girls in anime back in 2017.
1. Ruler from Fate/Apocrypha
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Jul,2017-Dec,2017
For generations, the Holy Grail has been a subject of much devotion and love for its hidden powers and abilities to grant the desires of worthy men and women. That’s why various warriors have always relied on the Holy Grail War to act as a means of weeding out all who wish to abuse the powers of the Grail. A new Holy Grail War was already in session but when the Grail disappears the war ends with no victors. Years pass and the Yggdmilliennia—a group that left the Mage’s Association—has claimed to have the grail. During an attempt to get it back, 50 mages perished but one lived activating a reverse Holy Grail War known as the Greater Grail. Now instead of seven servants, there will be 14 and that means a larger war than ever is about to begin.
Taking number 1 on our spot we see Ruler from Fate/Apocrypha. Ruler is everything we love about a Fate series character. Strong, righteous and kind, Ruler is just so easy to love. From the Heroic Spirit Jeanne d’Arc or better known as Joan of Arc, it’s not really surprising that Ruler is the mediator of the new Grail War but becomes something so much more as Fate/Apocrypha goes on. We here at Honey’s Anime loved Ruler in Fate/Apocrypha and we know we aren’t alone in the community.
We can feel already many of you are praising our list while others are ready to rage about your favorite anime females not being mentioned. Trust us folks, we understand. This was a tough list to come up with and it is at the end of the day our opinion here at Honey’s Anime HQ. That’s why we recommend you commenting down below to tell us who you think should have made the list and why. Remember to keep the waifu wars to a low-key discussion and don’t be harsh on anyone—including us—as you write your opinions. As always folks, if you did like this article make sure to keep coming back for more here at Honey’s Anime.