5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 24
Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 24!
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!
I have a love/like relationship with list posts. Not love/hate; love/like. If a list helps me see a topic in a new light or rediscover something I thought I’d lost, I love it. If it just entertains me, I might merely like it. There’s really no down side, is there? Sometimes, if I’m really lucky, there are cases where a list post shocks me. It’s kind of like helping see a topic in a new light, but the light’s all flashy and bright and dangerous and stuff. You know, the “dang I stuck my finger in the electrical plug by accident” sort of shock.
That’s what I got from this post by Misaka on the site 9 Tailed Kitsune. The list started out innocently enough. “Under appreciated anime?” I thought. Sounds right up my alley! All was well until I get to number 3. “Huh,” I thought, wondering how under appreciated that series could be. Number two? Another “huh.” And then I hit number 1. Is that series really under appreciated? How the hell did that happen? That’s an amazing series! I’m shocked. Shocked, I say! A tad bit outraged, too. Of course, I’m being a little hyperbolic, but seriously. That number 1 is amazing… See what you think!
I sometimes joke about this, but there’s a core of seriousness. My joke’s about how I look at the world as if I’m sitting in high orbit. I see how you humans go about your lives, and I take copious notes. When I’m not watching humans directly, I watch television (streaming more often, now!) and movies to get an idea of how you humans interact. I take more copious notes. Then, when I’m forced to interact directly with humans, I pre-load all the routines I think I’ll need and hope for the best. That’s a science fiction slant on how I view life.
Which is why I like to find posts like this one by THEAWERSOME on the site At a Glance Anime. This post not only described my reaction to the refreshingly enjoyable My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!. It also described the thought process I went through as I tried to decide to watch it or not. Now, I’m not saying THEAWERSOME is up here in orbit somewhere with me. For one thing, it’s a big planet, and I can’t see habitats in geosynchronous orbit on the other side of the planet. Second, I’m pretty sure he’s down on the surface somewhere leading a normal life. Still, the similarity makes me feel just a little worried on his behalf! See if you think I’m exaggerating or not!
I don’t know if you have the same experience as I do. No, not the high orbit thing. I’m going to make what I think is a safe assumption and say the orbital thing makes no sense to you, being a normal human being and all! No, in this case, I’m asking about whether a single image can sometimes come to define a series for you. There’s a picture from Samurai Champloo that I can’t shake. The image comes from the show’s beautiful ED. It’s a shot of Fuu Kasumi looking out over the darkening sea. There are tears in her eyes, and she looked vulnerable and alone. For some reason, I noticed that her neck looked slender and graceful.
My strange brain aside, it really was a hell of a series. The sword fights set my expectation for what an exciting sword fight should look like. I could praise all sorts of things about the show, but instead, I’d like to celebrate DIMA’s post on the site CRADLE VIEW, which already took care of all of that. In the astonishing off chance that you never watched this series, I’m convinced this review will show you what you’ve been missing. And if you’re in the same camp I’m in, you’ll put yet another series into the rewatch queue. It’ll probably be in my rewatch queue for awhile — it’s very, very crowded! But at least it won’t be lonely!
I’ve read a lot of posts about Your Lie in April. It provoked an impressive range of reactions! Everything from adoration to dismissal. A range of opinions isn’t anything new. But the intensity of the reactions likewise impressed me. For my part, when I watched the series as it aired, my daughter had been attending lessons at a piano conservatory. She participated in recitals a lot like the ones the series portrayed. Maybe it was how much the series reminded me of my daughter’s competitions. Or maybe the the relationship between Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono spoke to me. Whatever the reason, I loved the series, but I never found an opportunity to review it or express my perspective about it.
That’s okay, because I’m part of a community that often finds a way to say things I can’t. And by “often,” I mean all the time. Take this post by perseus54321 on the site The Otaku Exhibition, for example. Instead of taking the mopey/contemplative approach of not talking about the series, perseus54321 boldly lays out why the series had such a powerful emotional impact. This post not only achieves that: It also talks about the reaction to Kaori’s technique, which is something I’ve seen far too often in real life. If you watched the series before, this post will help you appreciate it even more. And if you haven’t watched it, it might tip the scales for you!
I can’t tell you how much fiction I’ve read or watched. In 95% of the cases, I enjoy them well enough. They help me push back the darkness for a few minutes, or an hour. And then there’s the 5%. Those are the moments that inspired me to start this site. I want to celebrate those moments — the moments that help me transcend this reality, and if only for an instant, experience the thrill or warmth or terror of another world. Their impact can keep the darkness at bay or days or even weeks.
If I had to rank that 5% in terms of the intensity of their emotional impact, “The Outside of Madness,” episode 15 of Re:ZERO would be near the top of the list. Even to this day, there’s a moment that still makes the breath catch in my throat. Do you remember Subaru, holding the dead Rem in his arms, turning to behold the towering figure of Puck? “Sleep… Along with my daughter” hit me so hard it redefined the impact I thought fiction could have.
It’s not about hyperbole. It’s about characters or plot or some combination of both touching us as viewers. The idea is hard to quantify, but that’s one of the reasons I so enjoy reading review like this one by Dewbond on the site Shallow Dives in Anime. He’s adept at capturing the essence of a series without resorting to exaggerated claims or repetitions of popular opinion. His second look at Re:ZERO is a perfect example of that approach. It reminded me all over again of why I love that series so much. See what you think!
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