5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 19
Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 19!
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!
Do you remember your first car? I remember mine. My grandma gave me her old 1964 (or so) American Motors Rambler. I immediately put a decent car stereo in it. Do you remember cassettes? Yep! My stereo had a cassette player. That stereo rocked! The car, however, exploded on my very first date. Literally. On that all important moment in a high schooler’s life, I had to ditch the car in the middle of the highway because a blown gasket blew steam everywhere. I’d like to say such a disaster was an anomaly in my dating life. Sadly, it was the high point. At least the explosion was entertaining.
My next car did much better for me. It was a 1975 Ford Maverick. I loved that car! It’s only major problem was that it had an in-line 6 cylinder engine, and it tended to vibrate so much the carburetor would come loose. I kept a 9/16 wrench in the glove box so that at traffic lights, I could jump out, flip open the hood, tighten the 4 bolts that held the carburetor in place, then get back in before the light turned green.
Where the heck am I going with this? Those cars let me do something I hadn’t been able to do before: Go off on my own. Sure, I had to tell my parents where I was going, but once I sat behind the wheel, I made the decisions. I went where I wanted. That was a more important milestone than even a first date. Sometimes, an anime series can capture a moment of realized freedom like that. That’s one of the interesting themes that Alex wrote about on her site The Afictionado based on the series Super Cub. I’m not watching that series, but after reading this review, guess what I’m adding to my backlog? That’s right! Super Cub! Read the post to see why.
All For One’s Grand Ambition: The Birth Of The Ultimate Evil Is Upon Us All- My Hero Academia THEORY
I’ve seen two main reasons that fans come up with theories for events within a series. First, the show might have botched something, like a major plot transition. The best example that comes to mind is DARLING in the FRANXX. It started strong by weaving an intricate plot using interesting characters within a dystopian world. Then it didn’t so much go off the rails as convert itself from a train to a giant ground sloth that tried to swim. In ice. It left me feeling baffled.
The second reason a fan might come up with a theory is 180 degrees from the previous example. The show builds such a wonderfully complex world, inhabited by multi-faceted characters facing layered threats, that the series is fertile ground for the imagination. This season offers up a great example of that kind of show: My Hero Academia Season 5. In fact, the show has all sorts of opportunities for conjecture. I came across those post by Demon God Thadeus on the site Demon God Tadd. This post theorizes about a core mystery within the MHA universe: Just what is All for One up to? What’s his master plan? Because you know he has one! Demon God Thadeus offers a well-researched, lucid theory — and if he’s right, we’re in for a heck of a ride as the series progresses! See what you think.
I thoroughly enjoyed the humor, characters, and settings of all seasons of Wagnaria. Later, I really got a kick out of seeing Asuna Yuuki, Kazuto Kirigaya, Rika Shinozaki (who needs a ton more screen time, if you ask me), and Keiko Ayano chilling in a Wagnaria restaurant at the beginning of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Wagnaria, a comedy series, made such a positive impression on me that I kept my eyes open for another series that might be similar. That’s when I found Blend S and thought I’d found one.
Boy, was I wrong!
Blend S is nothing like Wagnaria. Well, that’s a little extreme. I should say that Blend S was very different. Like, a lot different. But in a good way! How so? I could continue to fumble around, but instead, let me save you a lot of time and direct you to this post by AK on the site Everything is Bad For You. This post does a wonderful job of explaining just what Blend S is and what it does. If you’ve seen the series, it’ll be fun to read this post to see if it talks about your favorite parts. If you haven’t seen the series, this post is a great introduction — you might have missed a series that would be perfect for you!
Do you like zombie series? I like zombie series. George A. Romero gets credit in the west for making zombie movies successful. Personally, I think he deserves more recognition for his contribution to culture, as this article from Slate suggests, Romero’s movies had depth and breadth. Each stood as multi-layered works that, like their creator, deserve more attention.
That goes for zombie anime series, too! Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime put together a list of her five top zombie anime series. So instead of me just vaguely saying stuff like “zombie movies good!”, Irina went to the effort to lay out exactly which series deserve more attention. I’ve watched all the series in her list except one of them, and I can personally attest to their quality. Also, I would have put the series at #2 in the #1 spot. When you read her post you’ll see why. In fact, the post’s waiting for you! you know what to do!
Constraints can drive creativity. I remember reading something about that back in the mid-1970s in a David Gerrold book called The World of Star Trek. The book covered a lot of territory, but one of the things he talked about was his experience writing the Star Trek Original Series episode The Trouble with Tribbles. He had written the original script with an IBM Selectric Typewriter with a 12 pitch head. That mean the type was smaller than the 10 pitch head (12 versus 10 characters per inch). As a professional, he’d been sure to keep the page count right. The producers, though, set the page count with an assumption writers would use a 10 pitch typewriter. That meant he had to cut several scenes.
At the time, he’d cursed the IBM Selectric’s 12 pitch head. But looking back, he realized having to cut scenes made the script better. In other words, the limitations of having to fit his story in into a TV show’s time slot forced him to write a better story.
I feel the same way about the format I’ve chosen for my reviews, like my review of episode 94 of My Hero Academia Season 5. It forces me to distill the review around a single quote and a single moment. But there are times I want to say more! I want to explore other ideas! Well, my challenge is your good fortunate, because I just came across a great review of that same episode that doesn’t have my limitations! It’s by Jiraiyan on the site Otaku Orbit. For example, he gets to explore Kinoko Komori’s contribution, and I think you’ll like what he has to say about her Quirk. That’s not the only thing — the article is a lot of fun to read!
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