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5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 42

Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 42!

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!


Anime Herald

AKUDAMA DRIVE: STYLE IS SUBSTANCE

I feel like “5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts” has exposed a terrible flaw in my character. I know that’s a pretty broad statement, so please do let me clarify. Searching the amazing ani-blogging community posts reminds me of just how often I miss picking amazing series to review. I mean, my record’s pretty terrible. I missed JUJUTSU KAISEN, after all. How much more proof do you need?

Well, this week, this post by David Lynn from Anime Herald discussed Yet Another Series I Missed (YASIM — I figure it’s happened enough I should probably acronym-ify it). This time, the series was Akudama Drive. Why am I wrathful with myself for missing it? Well, the post says it all. The title of the post also says it all. Well, not “all,” really. But it gives a great hint to what the post talks about. It’s exactly the right kind of analysis that I love to read, even if it reminds me of YASIM! Whether you missed the series or not, the article is a lot of fun to read.

Check out the post here!


Bonutzuu

takt Op. Destiny Ep. 1-2 review – Pathetique is not pathetic, mind you

If you’ve read either my episode 1 or my episode 2 review of takt op.Destiny, then you probably know my opinion of the show is something between “I freaking adored it” and “I freaking adored it.” I never was much one for subtlety or ambiguity. At least not intentional ambiguity. God knows my writing is often somewhat less than clear by accident… But there is one thing that is clear: takt op.Destiny spoke to me in a way that fired up my imagination. It was partly because of the beautiful and brutal fight scenes; it was partly because of the unconventional beauty and grace of the Musicarts. In other words, the show spoke to me on an abstract level.

But the show can also speak personally to folks. One of the main characters, Takt, is a talented pianist. It stands to reason, then, if the show can portray a pianist in a compelling and realistic way, then that character could be very appealing to some folks. That’s exactly what seems to have happened based on this post by bonutzuu on the site Bonutzuu. It seems that bonutzuu’s experience playing piano greatly affected how he responded to Takt. It takes a certain measure of courage to be honest about how a series affects you. It’s a lot easier to talk about the series in the abstract. But the personal dimension is so much more interesting to read. At least, it is for me! See what you think!

Check out the post here!


Demon God Tadd

Yuji Is A Human-Cursed Spirit Hybrid- Jujutsu Kaisen THEORY(MANGA SPOILERS UP AHEAD. PROCEED AS YOU WISH.)

Yes, yes, I know I missed watching (and reviewing) JUJUTSU KAISEN when it came out. Do you need to bring that up every time we talk about the series? Oh. Wait. I’m bringing it up. I should probably stop doing that. I’m going to give you the impression that I’m a perfectionist or something. I’d much rather be known for my exceptional wit and insight. Which means I should probably develop both of those…

Anyway, we’ve talked before about how one sign of a well-crafted world within a story is how well that world supports audience theories. A good writer can foreshadow developments in a way that an astute viewer can catch. A great writer does goes beyond that by layering foreshadowing and details so that there are multiple and amazingly cool possibilities! That gives an audience ample room for conjecture. Demon God Thadeus on the site Demon God Tadd is a perfect example! Perhaps befitting the name (or is it a title) Demon God, Demon God Thadeus often posts fascinating, creative, and well-reasoned theories. The theory in this post deals with a possibility for one of the main characters, Yuuji Itadori. If it’s right, it would explain quite a bit! It would also present some seriously interesting possibilities for the show’s future! Read the article and see what you think!

Check out the post here!


A Richard Wood Text Adventure

Demon Slayer: Season 2 – Episode 1: Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku

I tend to get excited about the series I like. I’m collaborating with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime to review Demon Slayer 2 this season, and if you read our review of episode 1, you might have gotten the impression that I’m a bit excited about this season. I am, truth be told. But that excitement had actually abated when I saw that the first several episodes would adapt the movie Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train. Why? Primarily because I wanted to see new material. I mean, I’ve seen the movie. I want to see something new and cool like Fifth Form, Blessed Rain After the Drought!

But there was another reason, and that was something I considered a flaw in the movie. It wasn’t a fatal flaw, but it was something turned out to be important as I watched the first episode of the new season. That’s because, unless I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew about storytelling (and I wouldn’t put it past me), this season is going to fix the problem! That’s why I was particularly happy to find this post by Wooderon on the site A Richard Wood Text Adventure. He saw the same thing that I did! The first episode took the time to fix something that the movie didn’t get quite right. And it could make all the difference in this season. Or at least in the first arc!

Check out the post here!


SushiiiWithSoysauce

Why Zenitsu isn’t so Bad – short anime pep talk – SPOILER FREE

Speaking of Demon Slayer, because it’s a lot of fun to do, there was a character in the first season that was less than universally loved. In fact, some folks out and out hate the dude. I have to admit I had a problem embracing the character until episode 15, when suddenly, I saw the world from his perspective. And then his personality made complete sense.

I’m talking about Zenitsu, of course. I’ve read a lot of opinions about the character during the first season and since. But among all of those opinions, I don’t think I’ve seen one that so well captures Zenitsu’s character as this post by happyanimecamper on the site SushiiiWithSoysauce. I thought the post was both heart-warming and spot on. If I hadn’t already had changed my opinion of Zenitsu, I certainly would have after reading this! See what you think!

Check out the post here!


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