5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 21
Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 21!
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!
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How many of our assumptions are left over from our primitive humans ancestors, or even from the Neanderthals? We developed a lot of instincts when it was just us and our flint weapons against the efficient carnivores of the time. I’m pretty we haven’t shed them those assumptions! It’s the only way I can explain certain behaviors and tendencies. For example, why do we think the nice equates to weak? Maybe being nice to the big cat carnivores who preyed on Neanderthals was a bad idea. But being nice in a diplomatic situation can mean the difference between being taken seriously and silently judged into oblivion.
The question’s not confined to diplomacy. It pervades even the art we enjoy. This week, I came upon a thoughtful exploration of the topic by Karandi on 100 Word Anime. She asks the question of why there’s a perception that nice characters are boring, weak-willed, or just plain forgettable. I loved the example from the article — it’s not only entertaining, but it perfectly illustrates her point. See if you agree!
Every once and a while, I come across and anime that I would dearly love to review, but I can’t. The best example is probably Kyousougiga. I’ve read a lot in my life, and I’ve watched countless hours of television and movies. But that show’s artistic vision far outstripped my ability to talk about it. In fact, I’ve only seen a handful of reviews do it justice, and the best was from I Drink and Watch Anime. But Kyousougiga isn’t the only series.
There’s another series that, while maybe reduced in sheer scope of vision, is still offers a beauty and strength that is too far outside of my experience to address with any confidence. That series is Flip Flappers. It’s one of the few series that makes me wish I could write poetry (specifically, good poetry!). However, proving that prose is up to the task, THEAWERSOME from At a Glance Anime just published a review that does the show justice. In a succinct and to the point review, THEAWERSOME captures the essence of what made the show so incredible. See if he captured the things you loved about the series!
Reading THEAWERSOME’s review of Flip Flappers got me thinking. Maybe short and to the point is the way to go, especially when there’s powerful emotion to be discussed. I tend to be verbose (and yes, I saw you shake your head in disbelief that I would say something so stunningly obvious — well, I imagined you did that, anyway) and get frustrated that I can’t get my feelings across. Hmmm. Maybe the fact I emulate human emotion is actually the problem…
Regardless of the source of my struggles, if you’re watching Fruits Basket – The Final, then you know each episode has been a masterclass in how to present characters. This review by CONARTISTSCOTT on The Con Artists presents an idea that completely took me by surprise, because it so clearly describes at least part of how Fruits Basket achieved its magic. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense — and it had been hiding in plain sight! See if it’s something that you realized before I did!
Have you enjoyed My Hero Academia Season 5? I have. It’s hard not to root for Izuku Midoriya/Deku. I mean, the guy didn’t even have a Quirk when the series started, and he wanted to be a hero more than anything! Talked about rooting for the underdog! The themes also helped. The series is going in an interesting direction with its exploration of hero versus villain culture. But those aren’t the only reasons I keep watching.
The show has an amazing cast of secondary characters. And they’re not simply plot devices for Midoriya to interact with! One character that’s starting to shine this season is Hitoshi Shinsou. Except, it’s not only been this season, as this post by jernahblunt on the site Jonah’s Daily Rants points out. Interesting and in-depth character analyses are trademarks of this site, and this post is yet another great example! See if you agree with why this post says Shinso is so popular!
How do you want to be remembered? When you interact with people, either in person or through the written world, do you think about how you want them to remember you? If you’re a blogger, you might be tempted to think less of that question and more about how to get more clicks. Controversy can drive a lot of clicks, can’t it? Ranting or screaming can generate a quick audience, and I’m sure you’ve seen examples of that. But is that the kind of audience you want? Is that the legacy you want to leave?
Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This post by Yomu on the site Umai Yomu Anime Blog reminded me a lot of that quote. In it, he talks about the benefits to being polite when you write your reviews. Looking around the internet, it seems like we should make this post required reading! But what’s most amazing of all is that what Yomu suggests as the answer might actually be easier than going off on a rant! Easier, and more effective. That’s a great combination! See if you agree!
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