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The world of anime in 2017 didn’t give us any obvious breakout hits like last year’s “Your Name.,” but the past 12 months still had its share of winners:

One of two films Masaaki Yuasa directed this year, “Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” adapts a novel by Tomihiko Morimi about a group of university students partying their way through one impossibly long night on the magical backstreets of Kyoto. At its core is a love story between the two protagonists, but the film also serves as a love letter to all the strange and wonderful people you meet when you leave your house and open yourself up to the possibilities of the night.

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