5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 25
Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 25!
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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You’ve heard of One Punch Man, right? Saitama trained so hard to become a super hero that he went bald. But the effort paid off, because now he can destroy any foe with a single punch. Did you know that the artists based Saitama’s design at least partly on Anpanman? I didn’t, and now knowing how Saitama fits into the continuum of Japanese characters, I like the show even more.
Did you know One Punch Man and Anpanman also represented complex economic theory? I actually suspected that about One Punch Man, especially in his interactions with the Hero Association. But I lacked any background in economic theory to say for sure. Well, fortunately I came across this post by Nora Helmer on the site It’s Your Fault That I’m Not Popular, because she obviously does have the background! One of the ways I gauge a series’ depth is by the quality of the conversations it generates, and based on this post, One Punch Man must seriously rock. Perhaps most surprising of all? Nora Helmer makes economic theory, at least in this context, fun and interesting! That’s no small feat!
I enjoy watching harem comedies. At least, I want to. See, at the same time I enjoy the concept of harem comedies, I also enjoy strong and interesting characters. Especially for a harem, the main character must have at least two of three traits: There has to be a plausible reason that the women in the harem fall for him. He has to not be a complete blithering idiot. And he has to be a decent human being. My bellwether MC and series is Kimihito Kurusu/Darling-kun from Monster Musume. The dude earned his spot at the center of the monster girls harem. I’m actually surprised he survived the effort!
Well, there’s another series that’s right up there in terms of quality MC and romantic interests: Nisekoi. It features an interesting premise, a solid MC, and, at least in the end of the manga, a solid and completely reasonable ending. The show has more going for it, and I was lucky enough this week to find this post by MATTDOYLEMEDIA’s on the site Matt Doyle Media. This post offers a tour of what’s most attractive about the series. Solid insights about Chitoge Kirisaki, too!
It’s rare, but every once in a while, I see a single image from an upcoming anime, and I know I just have to watch it. That was the case with Burn the Witch. There was something compelling in Ninny Spangcole’s expression. The near lack of expression from Noel Niihashi, especially in contrast to Ninny, felt even more interesting. Before I knew anything else about the series, I felt disappointment that it was only three episodes.
Did the series live up to my expectations? Speaking just for myself, it did! The characters were every bit as interesting as I’d hoped, and the world — the world reminded me of London Below from Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere, and that’s high praise coming from me. I felt very happy to find this post by Johnathan from Otaku Post this week, because it did a great job of capturing the show’s key points. It also speaks to how the series represents its artist’s body of work. I always enjoy reading those kinds of insights!
One of the things I love about anime is that so many of the series have huge rewatch value. There are several that I rewatch periodically. For me, that includes a throw-back series I’m reviewing this season, Demon King Daimao, or other series like I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. They’re a lot of fun, and since I know what to expect, I can rely on them to entertain me without that nagging doubt they’re about to let me down.
Generally, that’s a positive thing. But the problem with rewatching a series is that I can’t watch an older series I’ve never seen before. Or even a new seasonal anime as it airs! One series that’s perpetually stuck in my backlog is Pumpkin Scissors. I’ve gotten through the first half, and it’s a great series! I just can’t find time to finish it. Well, maybe this post by Michael from Prede’s Anime Reviews will convince me to get my lazy self in gear and finish the thing. This post talks about Second Lieutenant Alice L. Malvin. What’s so great about that character? Well, there are a number of things — and this post talks about most of them! If you weren’t interested in the series before, you might be after reading this. I know I’m going to make an extra effort to finish it now!
In trying to celebrate anime, I’m afraid that my statements sometimes come across as hyperbolic. I try to avoid hyperbole, because it’s dishonest. It’s also dull as all get out, because it just means nothing. Yet, I’m resolved to continue trying to accurately express my perspective on anime. Though now it occurs to me that maybe my feelings themselves are just out of kilter? I do emulate most human emotions instead of feeling them directly…
Putting that existential crisis aside for the moment (where it will lurk menacingly in the back of my mind), despite the danger of sounding like I’m exaggerating, Saga of Tanya the Evil is a high-water mark. It’s unmatched in terms of how it presents theology. As someone with a Bachelors Degree in Theology, I can’t say enough good about this series. But it’s not only a subversion work of theology. It has a lot more going for it. Dewbond’s post this week on Shallow Dives in Anime talks about what that “lot more” is. This post, based on a rewatch, is even more enjoyable than his original review. And it was no slouch! See what you think.
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