Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 35!
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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I just started watching Eighty Six-86 and the moral controversy has some real world parallels that should not be ignored
The anime series 86 EIGHTY SIX has impressed me on two levels. First, I think it presented a realistic world with conflicts that give us a safe sandbox in which we can consider similar issues in our world. I talked about one of those issues in my post 86 EIGHTY SIX’s Message: Decadence And Discrimination Are Context. Series that present a world like that are among my favorites. I appreciate a series that can give me another perspective on our world, because let’s face it: The more perspectives we can bring to bear on a problem, the higher the chances we can fix it.
The world world’s not the only thing that has impressed me. The series has generated a lot of fascinating analysis. This week, I found this post by brendan2k5 on the site Aurabolt’s Anime and Manga that explores another way that this series reflects our world. That other way is something I wish I had thought of! It strikes to the heart of how the 86 framed its drama and what that says about our our world. The post is entertaining and insightful at the same time! See if brendan2k5’s point is something you had considered!
I didn’t know what to expect when I started watching Zombie Land Saga: Revenge. On one hand, I was terrified that they’d mess it up, given how much I loved the first season. On the other hand, I hoped it would explore some of the loose ends from the first season, like Yuugiri’s backstory. I’m happy to say that I really did enjoy it. Especially moments like Junko playing an electric guitar! That ending, though, was a real puzzler. And the series still left some loose ends!
Theories about what those loose ends might mean are the reason I enjoyed this post by Chua Tek Ming on the site Chua Tek Ming~Anime Power~ !LiVe FoR AnImE, aNiMe FoR LiFe!. I don’t want to spoil anything by saying what the theories are even about. But I’ll say this: several of them touch on topics I have been wondering about myself. It’s hard to know if Chua Tek Ming’s theories are right, at least until we get a third season (fingers crossed!). But they sure are certainly entertaining and thought-provoking! See if you agree!
Wonder Egg Priority is another one of those series that continues to generate a lot of blog content. Viewed from the outside, it seemed that the bloggers’ reactions were overwhelmingly positive in the beginning and almost as overwhelmingly negative at the end. What interested me is that if the ending reactions wasn’t negative, some of them were extremely positive. Series that provoke that kind of reaction fascinate me. I wonder what drove the differing reactions and why.
That’s why I really enjoyed this post by Ashley Capes on the site The Review Heap. In this post, Ashely Capes talks about how some of the show’s aspects that generated lots of negative press did not appear to be bad things at all. Most importantly, Ashley Capes said why. I love it when reviews do that! This post gave me a lot to think about the series. If you liked it, see if the article rings true to you. If you didn’t like the series, this article just might give you something to think about!
I want to say that reviews succeed for me to the extent they make me want to watch a series. But then, how do I account for reviews that aren’t at all positive about a series? Maybe I should amend my standard to say something like I see a review as successful if it accurately conveys the author’s feelings about a series. Hmmm. I’ll have to give that some thought.
The reason I brought that up is that this post by Jessi Silver on the site Season 1 Episode 1 really, really made me want to watch the new series Fena: Pirate Princess. The series first attracted my attention because I thought Fena Houtman, the main character, reminded me a lot (at least visually) of Asseylum Vers Allusia from Aldnoah.Zero. But Crunchyroll co-produced the show. I wondered if that was good or bad. After reading Jessi Silver’s post, I can now say that I really want to make time for the series! What did she say about it to make me think that? There’s one way to find out!
I watched Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works some years ago. I was thinking about doing a throw-back review of that series, but I wondered: Where does it fit in the larger Fate universe? If I wanted to, say, review all of the Fate series, what would be the correct order? I checked out several YouTube videos and have to say that Gigguk’s video called “trying to understand the fate series” was not only the most informative. It was the most hilarious! “Oh, it’s canon!” still makes me laugh. He even referred to the Prisma☆Illya branch of the series, though it was only briefly. “I think I’ll need to watch that!” he said.
Do you know who else is talking about Prisma☆Illya this season? Dewbond is on his site Shallow Dives in Anime! Of all of the facets of the Fate universe, I know the least about Prisma☆Illya. That’s why I’ve really enjoyed reading Dewbond’s exploration of the series and its movies this summer as part of his Summer of Love III. His post this week particularly attracted my attention. Finding out how a given Fate series ties into the rest of the Fate universe’s lore can be a challenge, but he lays it out clearly and with gusto! I came away from the review thinking that maybe, just maybe, I should try to review all of the Fate series and movies! See if the articles gives you a similar inspiration!
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