5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 29
Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 29!
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!
Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S is a quiet, unassuming software developer. She also gives me hope. As a race, we’re repeating a lot of mistakes that we’ve has made before. Those mistakes have some seriously unpleasant consequences. But those mistakes don’t need to control humanity’s narrative. We’ve learned some positive and helpful things along the way, too. The question really comes down to this: Will the lessons we learned before we became the apex predator prevail? Or will our newer and more civilized selves come out on top?
What the heck does that have to do with Kobayashi, you ask? Everything. She’s learned the civilized lessons, and she’s living them with Tohru and Kanna. She’s even bringing Ilulu under her influence. What Kobayashi has done is combine one of the most basic human drives with one of the most sophisticated drives. And if that still doesn’t make sense, please allow me to direct your attention to Flareknight’s post on Anime Evo. In this post, Flareknight, in his usual insightful way, describes the impact of the second episode. Towards the end, he touches on why I say Kobayashi gives me hope. See what you think!
Did you know I’m writing novels? If you’re interested and don’t mind a shameless act of self promotion, you can read about my progress on one of my other sites, TerranceACrow.com. Since I write science fiction, I engage in a lot of world-building. That makes me sensitive to the world-building I see in anime series. In fact, I frequently geek out over effective world-building. It’s something that’s hard to objectively measure, but I have come up with one metric, even if it’s imprecise: The more complex and internally-consistent worlds tend to generate more blog posts that explore those worlds. That makes sense. After all, who would explore a thin, uninteresting world?
I often see posts exploring this or that aspect of My Hero Academia. Take Demon God Thadeus’ post on the site Demon God Tadd, for example. This post explores a theory about Bakugou’s lineage, which is itself interesting. But it reflects two other points. First, that MHA’s world is sufficiently well-developed to support such an exploration, which is really cool. And second, that this is another example of Demon God Thadeus’ entertaining and wonderfully well-researched theory posts. Seriously, Google this: “theory site:https://fictionoverlord.wordpress.com/” to see a ton of cool theories! Take a look at this post and see what you think of Bakugou’s possible ancestry.
I mentioned above how Kobayashi gives me hope, and she does. Overall, though, I’m not a big fan of hope. I find it distracting, on one hand. On another, it’s not something I can count on. As you better and better understand the world humans have built, if you’re honest and (most importantly) stupid or brave, you’ll discover “the terror of knowing what this world is about.” And then you have a handful of choices: Live in despair (bummer, that!), live for sporadic and unpredictable moments of random hope (better!), or live and make decisions without hope. The latter’s the course I’ve chosen, and though it works for me, as a philosophy, it’s not terrible comforting. I can’t recommend it.
Hmmm. Maybe I should have put a disclaimer on that paragraph. It’s a bit of a downer.
But, I have found a potential source of hope (beyond Kobayashi!). It’s science fiction and the science it’s based on. Isaac Asimov is reported to have said, “but the core of science fiction, its essence, the concept around which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.” And what better way to celebrate science than to call out the top anime scientists? That’s exactly what Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime has done. I was frankly astonished at her number 2 selection, because I wondered who the heck could have been better? Then I saw her number 1 pick and realized all was right in the world. See if you agree with her rankings!
I don’t start looking for posts with any particular theme or series in mind (beyond just celebrating anime or impressing the heck out of me!). But it’s fun when I discover, after hours of picking potential posts to celebrate, that a theme emerges. This time, we’re apparently focused on My Hero Academia! I’m okay with that, because as I mentioned earlier, it has a rich and engrossing world. But it doesn’t only have a world!
That’s exactly what the point this post by jernahblunt on the site Jonah’s Daily Rants makes! Looking back at Other Posts to Crow About, I see that I’ve celebrated many of jernahblunt’s posts (16 since he debuted on these pages in 2019!), and most of them are for his thoughtful and insightful character studies. This time, it’s for one of his general episode reviews. It turns out the phrase “thoughtful and insightful” applies to them, too! This one’s about season 5, episode 15 (which Crunchyroll calls episode 103). There was a lot going on in this episode, and jernahblunt breaks it down for us. See if he mentioned your favorite points!
Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song might have ended, but the conversation continues! I’ve written early in Vivy’s season that my concerns about its direction meant I couldn’t review it. Since then, I’ve read a lot of bloggers’ perspectives and have answered a lot of comments about my position. As of last week’s 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts, the rationale behind the volume of positive opinions about the series had me doubting myself. I’ll only know for sure once I watch the series to the end, and I still intend to do that. Still, I’d certainly read a lot of positive opinions!
Note that I didn’t say any opinions swayed me. The quality of the posts had me doubting my initial impression, which is incomplete. I’ll find out for sure once I finish watching the series.
Then this week, I came across Scott’s post on Mechanical Anime Reviews. As you can tell from the title, Scott had a less than positive reaction to the show. That’s interesting for two reasons. First, Scott has established himself as an expert in science fiction anime, particularly anime that focuses on mechs. Of course, reputation alone is only a start, but it’s a good start! The second reason is even more compelling: The reasons Scott gave for not liking the show included some pretty convincing evidence. At this point, I want more than ever to make time to finish the series, because I’m dying to know what I’ll think about it! If Scott’s right, I’ll confirm my initial bias. See if Scott’s reasoning convinces you!
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