As with last year, eligibility is determined by when I first encountered the thing in question, not when the series started.
The relatively few new things this year means that some of the awards have relatively low thresholds to get on. It also means I’ve skipped out on a few sections. That and the fact that some data has disappeared due to computer troubles over the course of this year and I’m either unable or unwilling to get it back.
Top 10 new female characters:
10. Kusanagi Yuma (Soushin Shoujo Matoi)
9. Kouro Hotaru (Black Bullet)
8. Kanna Kamui (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon)
7. Kokonoe Yae (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni)
6. Kaneshiro Sora (Tenshi no 3P!)
5. Re=L Rayford (Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records)
4. Toriumi Sakura (Tenshi no 3P!)
3. Nephren Ruq Insania (Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?)
2. Satanichia Kurumizawa McDowell (Gabriel DropOut)
1. Nina Alexandrovna (Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic)
Top 10 new male characters:
10. Kamisama (Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni)
9. Halter Vainney (Clockwork Planet)
8. Sasajima Gakuto (Nana Maru San Batsu)
7. Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer)
6. Riku Dola (No Game No Life)
5. Fafnir (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon)
4. Kashimura Zouroku (Alice to Zouroku)
3. Ayanokouji Kiyotaka (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
2. Heine Wittgenstein (Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine)
1. Glenn Radars (Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records)
And back down to zero male characters in the top 10 overall. Only 2 in the top 20 in fact.
Top 10 pleasant surprises (anime only):
This is a list for series that most exceeded what I expected from them. Thus low expectations are as important as high results.
9. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?
8. Princess Principal
7. Akiba’s Trip The Animation
6. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (TV)
5. Soushin Shoujo Matoi
4. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
3. Isekai Shokudou
2. Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic
1. Kemono Friends
Of course Kemono Friends is top of this list.
No drop rankings this year due to some key data having been lost.
Top 10 new manga/light novels:
Series are not counted as read if I am less than 20 pages in.
I did quite a lot of reading comparatively this year, but it was mostly reading stuff that I had already started in previous years. When there are only 9 new things between both manga and light novels, why separate them? There are no manga adaptations of light novels (or vice versa) on the list, but I marked the manga entries anyway to make it clearer.
8. Anne Happy♪ (manga)
7. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
6. ReLIFE (manga)
5. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica: Homura’s Revenge (manga)
4. Goblin Slayer
3. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
2. Rokka no Yuusha
1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Top 10 new anime:
10. Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic
9. Tenshi no 3P!
8. Isekai Shokudou (AOTS Summer 2017)
7. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
6. Soushin Shoujo Matoi
5. Gabriel DropOut
4. Youjo Senki
3. Kemono Friends (AOTS Winter 2017)
2. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
1. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (AOTS Spring 2017)
There is no AOTS for Autumn 2017 as I didn’t watch any Autumn anime.