Well, all those Unicorn Frappuccinos have fully melted, and our Millennial-pink fidget spinners have ceased their useless rotating. Yes, much like many stores this year, 2017 is coming to a close (curse you, Retail Apocalypse!).
But wait — before 2018 barges in, let’s take one last look back on the past year. Here are FANDOM’s most popular stories, month by month, from 2017.
We Kicked Off the Year With Anime
Article: 15 Must-See Winter 2017 Anime
2017 was a phenomenal year for anime. Attack on Titan finally returned for a second season. My Hero Academia delivered some of the most spectacular animation of the year. It’s no wonder our January article about upcoming winter anime won the hearts of fans everywhere.
With Netflix pledging to create more anime content in 2018 and the return of Miyazaki to Studio Ghibli, next year’s anime content seems just as promising. Stay tuned!
Just because those men in leggings have taken a temporary break from their rousing game of sportsball (or whatever you call it), it doesn’t mean you should remove your eyes from the screen. Historically, Super Bowl Halftime is the real show. And, with Lady Gaga headlining this past February, we expected full entertainment during halftime.
This upcoming Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake is slated to perform. You’ll find Timberlake on this list of memorable halftime moments due to his involvement in 2004’s Nipplegate, perhaps the most famous wardrobe malfunction since the emperor got new clothes.
In 2011, Nintendo confirmed what many Zelda fans already strongly suspected: each of the games in the Zelda franchise was somehow connected in an intricate timeline.
On March 3rd, Nintendo released Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which almost instantly considered one of the best games of the year. (It even won the top prize at the Game Awards.) It, of course, follows Link, but after one hundred years of slumber. What, you ask, happens after ten decades of shuteye? You’ll have to play 2017’s fan-favorite game (plus the recent DLC) to find out.
Back in April, the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi thrilled fans everywhere, but had everyone questioning one thing: “Will the Jedi go gray?” (And, no, we weren’t referring to Mark Hamill’s look 34 years after Return of the Jedi.)
Would we see the end of traditional Jedi? Would Rey bring more balance to the force? In April, only time would tell.
Article: The ‘Wonder Woman’ You’ve Never Seen
On May 25th, director Patty Jenkins thrilled audiences with Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the eponymous Amazonian badass. Gadot & Co. brought us a thrilling origin story that flipped gender roles on their head and even gave us high hopes for the DC Extended Universe.
(Cut to six months later when Justice League smashed those hopes to bits.) (Cut to a month later when official images from the Aquaman standalone film, starring a shirtless Jason Momoa, reeled us right back in.)
At the end of 2016, Blizzard released a Christmas comic revealing Overwatch’s hero, Tracer, is gay and has a girlfriend named Emily. In the game’s June update, fans were thrilled to discover an in-game mention of Tracer’s relationship. “Wonder if I have time to visit Emily?” Tracer asks. “No, better stay focused.” This character reveal was a significant step forward towards LGBTQ visibility in the gaming world, though there’s still plenty of room to go.
In early July, Doctor Who fans thought they had gotten to the bottom of the ultimate mystery: who would replace Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord? While most fans suspected it would be a woman, many thought the BBC had hinted at the exact actress, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
It turns out it was but a ruse. Only a few days later, BBC announced the Thirteenth Doctor would be actress Jodie Whittaker, who had accepted the iconic role. Maybe you should leave the mysteries to the Sherlock, BBC fans.
Sure, Julie Andrews, the hills are alive, but what the hell is going on with the Mountain? Historically, Game of Thrones has blurred the lines between life and death. Jon Snow has risen from the dead. We’ve seen icy zombie men, icy zombie polar bears and icy zombie dragons (oh my!).
But we’re genuinely puzzled by the status of Ser Gregor Clegane. Resurrected by Qyburn to do Cersei’s twisted bidding, Mountain hasn’t yet taken his helmet off. And maybe that’s a good thing?
Between American Horror Story: Cult and It: Chapter One, 2017 was not a good PR year for clowns. It was, however, a good year for Stephen King, who had not one but three adaptations of his work come to the big screen. The most successful by far was the aforementioned It.
Director Andrés Muschietti revitalized and updated King’s iconic story (including a particularly controversial scene), terrifying audiences a whole month before Halloween.
Star Trek was alive and well this year. CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery was an underdog success. Seth Macfarlane’s The Orville is indeed a parody, but an homage as well. This year even marked the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
It’s no wonder, then, that FANDOM’s most read story featured Star Trek veteran (and current Orville cast member), Penny Johnson Jerald sharing her favorite memory from her Deep Space Nine days. “I loved the uniforms,” she said. “And the best part of the uniforms, ladies? It was the bra.”
Kiwi director Taika Waititi breathed life into the otherwise dull and joyless Thor franchise with this year’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Though quirky and relentlessly funny, Ragnarok wasn’t all fun and games — it featured Cate Blanchett’s Hela, Goddess of Death and Smoky Eye Makeup. Plus, as this article explains, there’s plenty of Asgaardian family drama in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Norse Gods — they’re just like us!
We began the year with anime, and that’s exactly how we will end it. It all comes full circle. Between the return of My Hero Academia and the final season of Fairy Tail, 2018 promises to deliver exciting content for new and veteran anime fans alike.
Thanks for reading along with us throughout this exciting year. Join us in 2018 for more content made for fans by fans.