Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 37!
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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It’s more fun to talk about shows that exceeded my expectations rather than the shows that disappointed me. That’s why I feel like I’ve generated a personal cliche by so often saying that this or that show surprised me by being more enjoyable than expected. But if there ever was a show that was the perfect example of blowing away expectations, it was A Place Further than the Universe. I expected a pleasant Cute Girls Doing Cute Things series. I got… Well, let me direct you to AK’s post on Everything is Bad for You to say what I got and how this series did what it did. Shows that rely heavily on emotion can be hit or miss, but for me at least, this one was a strong hit. This post reminded me of why!
There are a lot of anime series available to watch, and that catalog just gets bigger with so many new series coming out every season. With my responsibilities in real life and trying to write a series of novels, I don’t have time to carefully consider which shows to watch. If the key art speaks to me, or if a clip I see sparks my imagination, I check out the series. If not? Well, I don’t. And that’s a problem, because I end up missing a lot of series that I might have loved. JUJUTSU KAISEN is a perfect example. And now, I’ve found another perfect example!
Irina, on her site I Drink and Watch Anime, just wrote a post about a series called Princess Jellyfish. I’d heard of the series, but I knew next to nothing about it. The key visual didn’t attract my attention, so I skipped it back when it came out. Reading Irina’s review, though, convinced me to reconsider. On the surface, the plot and situations still don’t look seem something that would pull me in. But Irina has a deft touch when it comes to describing characters. Since characters can be a huge draw, well, let’s just say that I found the series is streaming on Funimation. See what you think of the review!
Speaking of series that just didn’t capture my attention when they aired… neverarguewithafish on the site Never Argue with a Fish just posted about another series that I should have watched: ODDTAXI. The promotional art didn’t resonate with me, so I dismissed it and went on to watch Zombie Land Revenge and Fruits Basket The Final. After reading neverarguewithafish’s review, I think what I should have done was watch those two those, plus ODDTAXI! I had no idea the show had woven such a complex plot! I’ve always liked how neverarguewithafish describes plot and character, and this time was another great example. See what you think!
I’ve read a lot of posts about Neon Genesis Evangelion. In fact, it’s in contention for The Show That Generated The Most Posts award. That presents a challenge for bloggers who want to write about it. With so much analysis and opinions already published, is there anything new to say? So when I came across this post by Dewbond on his site Shallow Dives in Anime, before reading the first word, I had to wonder: What new angle would he explore? Because going in, I knew he wouldn’t retread common ground. And wouldn’t you know it, he found the one perspective that he and only he could write. And even though I’ve read dozens of posts about this series, I came away from this review with a new and different appreciation for the series. See if your experience is something similar!
I just realized there are two things I really miss: Chaika Trabant and her memes like “Shocking truth!” And Akari Acura. I really miss her, too. You may recognize those references to the series Chaika -The Coffin Princess. That was one of those series that captured my attention immediately. The title by itself felt compelling — what’s that coffin about? So when I came across this post by YOMU on the site Umai Yomu Anime Blog about the series, I wondered what direction he’d take. I was also surprised it would be another spoiler free review. I mean, is there anything interesting you can say about this series without giving away important details?
Turns out I need not have worried. Like another of YOMU’s posts I celebrated, he managed to write a review that rekindled my interest in the series without giving away a single spoiler. That takes a lot of skill! Check out the article to see what I mean!
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