5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 23
Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 23!
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!
The 2021 Spring Anime season has delivered not only some solid entertainment. It’s delivered some series that are noteworthy. One series that I had my eye on early was Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-. It looked like a winner — stunning art, impactful stories, and a sympathetic lead character in Vivy. Trouble was, there was one thing — and only one thing — that really bugged me about the series, as I described here. Much to my dismay, I found that I couldn’t embrace the series.
However, I’m willing to be convinced my initial impression had been mistaken. The show itself shows some signs that it’s moving in the right direction. And then there’s this post by Karandi from 100 Word Anime. If a post were to directly attempt to argue me into reconsidering, it would likely fail. But Karandi post did something much, much more effective. She told me why she liked the series. She had some really good reasons, too! The most compelling from my perspective were her observations about Vivy’s character. Did she capture what you like about the series?
Sometimes I pick a series to stretch my emotional vocabulary. I did that with The Ancient Magus’ Bride. But frankly, and I can admit this now, I was cheating. Yes, that series dealt with heavy topics, and yes, there was some high beauty that really made me stretch to talk about it. But it was still distant. The Ancient Magus’ Bride dealt with magic and abstract concepts, and those, in a small way, insulated me from having to deal with the raw emotional aspects. But Fruits Basket doesn’t have that buffer.
Instead, Fruits Basket deals with accessible human drives and feelings. Sure, it plays with the idea of the Souma curse, but it’s so far in the background that it leaves the characters painfully authentic. I often find myself resorting to the upper limits of my ability to describe things by using either passages from Tolkien or leveraging religious imagery. That’s why I like posts like this one by Shadow from AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog. This post makes talking about even episode 9 look easy. I’m not saying it was easy; for all I know, Shadow had to labor mightily to achieve this tone! But it describes what made episode 9 so emotionally impactful. See if you saw the same things that Shadow did!
Looking back at all of My Favorite Anime Blog Posts/Other Posts to Crow About, if I had to call out a single theme, it’s this: I don’t have enough time to watch all of the anime that I want to. There are too many new series to watch as they air, so that by the end of each season, my backlog is even larger. I suppose I should gracefully accept this as a limitation. But I don’t accept any of my limitations gracefully, so why start now?
So, all of my BS aside, you might be wondering what series I’m going to lament not watching now. This time, it’s Vineland Saga. It got fantastic press as it aired, and almost every review gushed about how great it was. There’s a measure I use that gives me an accurate measure of how memorable a series was: At least a couple of years after it aired, is anyone still gushing about it? In the case of Vineland Saga, the answer is yes! As evidence, please let me present this post by Marshal Brummel on the site Armchair Anime. It does more than simply gush about the series. It methodically explains why the series is so darned interesting. So, onto the back log Vineland Saga goes!
Hey, let’s keep the trend going, shall we? Let’s talk about Yet Another Series I Was Too Stupid to Watch (YASIWTSTW, which is probably harder to say than the original phrase). This time, it’s Dorohedoro. What was it about the series that made it so great? Well, I wouldn’t know, having not watched it! Fortunately, I have the authentic testimony from neverarguewithafish on the site Never Argue with a Fish to fill in my information gaps. So, after reading this post, I find that not only was the series itself interesting. It’s a fantastic example of what makes anime itself so compelling a medium. So, backlog, meet Dorohedoro! If you were smart enough to watch the series when it aired (or since!), see if neverarguewithafish talks about the reasons you liked the series!
Okay, finally. A series I’ve seen! And what’s more, it’s a series I enjoyed the heck out of! I remember watching Heaven’s Lost Property for the first time. I came away with several strong impressions. First, I had to respect Tomoki Sakurai’s absolute dedication to his calling. Sure, his calling involved migratory flocks of flying panties, but hey, who am I to judge? Second, something about Ikaros captivated me. Maybe it was the initial air of mystery. Maybe it’s that we later learn she had the power to destroy civilizations. Whatever it was, I adored Ikaros.
There was a lot more to the series than Ikaros, as this post by Lynn Sheridan on the site The Otaku Author shows. This post focuses on the first episode, which introduces us not only to Tomoki and Ikaros, but several other characters who play major roles as the series goes on. It also highlights an event that foreshadowed that this show wasn’t just going to be ecchi/comedy/harem. For me, it elevated the series from “something enjoyable that I’d quickly forget” to something more. See if you agree!
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