5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 18
Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 18!
Every week I look for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. I check hundreds of sites, and I can tell you that the ani-blogging community constantly produces a ton of amazing posts. I hope this list helps you find some of them!
Here’s the list of the sites I check!
If you watched Fruits Basket – The Final episode 4, “I’m… Home.,” then you’ll remember the scene where Haru confronted Akito. You get bonus points if you remember that I picked this moment, and what happened immediately afterward, as my favorite moment in my review of this episode. Here’s a quick in-line spoiler alert: I’m about to give something away, so if you haven’t seen the episode, skip to the next article!
In this scene, Haru stood up to Akito. So much so that his fist damaged the wooden pillar Akito stood against. Even more importantly, Haru walked away. That’s not something members of the zodiac do to Akito. Akito’s power over them is such that they may rage or feel like rebelling, but they never actually do it.
Now, there was something that Haru did — or almost did — immediately afterward. I didn’t mention it in my review, because my focus was on the initial decision to leave. The moment I celebrated was worth celebration, because of its novelty and because of what it said about Haru’s character. But what happened afterward was as important not only to Haru, but to another character. What am I talking about? Let me direct your attention to this post by Shadow on the site AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog. The post is a great overall review of the episode. But it’s more than that. This article also places the moment after the one I celebrated in perfect context — and explains why it was so important. In fact, it’s arguably more important than the moment I celebrated. See if you agree!
Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime recently wrote a post named “When Anime Fans Hate Anime.” In that post, she challenged anime bloggers to go to My Anime List (or similar site), pick out their 5 lowest-rated anime series, and say something nice about them. That post reminded me that remaining positive isn’t easy. At least, it’s not for me. Negativity can suck me in. Once I start deriding a series, it’s hard to stop. The momentum feeds on itself. It doesn’t help that the internet rewards rants or trolling. Even running a site that celebrates anime, I sometimes forget that.
That’s the context of my foray into the world of anime blogging this week. I was particularly on the watch for posts that would either defend a heavily attacked series or that would attempt to point out the good parts of a series even if that series had a lot of issues. I actually found several, but this one seemed to be the most ambitious. Nonon, on the site ANIME SOLSTICE, actually had the courage to defend Ex-ARM, a series whose My Anime List entry “earned” a rating of 2.98. Did Nonon manage to defend the series? Was there anything good to say about Ex-ARM? Yes! See what you think!
There are times that I want to read a list where I look at the choices and say, “Yeah! And yeah! Oh, perfect choice!” It’s not about self validation (as far as I’ll admit!). I just want to see the things I like get recognized. That’s particularly true of characters. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get attached to characters I like. It’s fun seeing them show up in lists. Unless the list is something like “Bottom 5 Characters You’re Stupid to Like.” I don’t think that post would be enjoyable to read, especially if all five were characters I liked.
In fact, I’m sure of it. I wouldn’t like that list at all.
That’s why I thoroughly enjoyed reading this list by D&A Anime Blog on the site D&A Anime Blog. It’s a list of top ten female characters. But not just any top ten characters — this list is about the top ten female characters with silver hair. The list started strong, at least judging by my tastes. Then it got even stronger! I would have switched #3 and #4. Probably switched #5 and #6, too. But talk about nitpicking! See if your favorite silver-haired female characters got listed!
Every season, it happens. We get three or four episodes in, and bam! I realize there are at least 2 other series I wish I had reviewed. To put that into context, I’m starved for science fiction that presents me with complex characters, a well-constructed plot, and weighty themes. What can I say? I grew up with Frank Herbert’s novel Dune. It forever raised my expectations and hopes for what science fiction could do.
This season is no different. There are a couple of series that I wished I had reviewed. One of those series is 86: EIGHTY SIX. No, it’s not because Vladilena Miliz looks drop-dead gorgeous! Just how shallow do you think I am? Okay, it’s not only because of her looks. She has a fascinating personality too — a personality that plays directly into the show’s plot and themes. But instead of me telling you about it, let me direct you to a reviewer who has a talent for taking any topic, no matter how complex and inaccessible, and making it both understandable and approachable. Jessi Silver on the site Season 1 Episode 1 delved into 86: EIGHTY-SIX and managed to make sense of the series so far. The review expertly captured the show’s strengths and weaknesses. See if it talks about your favorite parts of the series!
In the spirit of full disclosure: I loved Demon Slayer. I loved almost everything about it. To this day, I maintain that the lead character, Tanjirou Kamado, is the combat form of Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket — he’s just that good and pure. In the first season of Demon Slayer, there’s a scene in episode 16 when Tanjirou hurled himself through the air, prepared to strike down the demon Kumo Oni Haha. Seeing her surrender at the last instant, he changed his attack to Fifth Form, Blessed Rain After the Drought. Instead of dying in pain, she felt only a warm release. That’s the kind of moment that sticks with me.
I felt apprehensive when I saw the announcement for the movie Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train. That’s just my general negativity in action. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that it wasn’t going to be a good movie. Since then, I’ve read several reviews that raised my hopes. And now, having read this review by Mari on the site Starting Life from Zero, I feel more confident than ever that I’m going to enjoy seeing this movie. The reason is that I’ve read most of Mari’s reviews (okay, all of Mari’s reviews!), and I’ve each one hit the mark. I’m looking forward to watching the movie more than ever. How about you?
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