Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 43!
Every week I look for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. I check over 300 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 a lot of fun to pick a series, start watching it, and realize it’s better than you had expected. Of course, it’s not a downer if it’s better than you expected. But when it’s better even than you had hoped? That’s something special. That’s how I see Mieruko-chan this season. It’s entanglement of fan-service and horror reminded me strongly of love of 1980s horror films (before everything went all torture-porn). I had expected it would be mildly enjoyable, certainly enough to review. But as I watched the next two episodes, I realized it wasn’t just more enjoyable than I expected. It was more enjoyable than I had hoped!
What about the show makes me react that way? Well, there are a number of things. Seeing them so prominently mentioned in Karandi’s post on 100 Word Anime was a real treat! Karandi has a unique way of distilling a series down to its essential elements. She turned those skills on the third episode, and I was glad to see discuss some of the show’s elements that I most appreciated. I would go on, because it’s so much fun to talk about! But I’d rather you read Karandi’s words. They’re more fun, anyway!
I like a good romantic tragedy. Not something like Romeo and Juliet, which I maintain is not a romantic tragedy but is instead a dark comedy instead. I mean, seriously: Juliet drinks a potion to make herself seem dead. How is that a good idea? Romeo finds her, goes all, “Verily, she’s dead and woe unto me!” before he sucks down some real poison and dies. Then she awakens and is all “Verily, he’s dead and woe unto me too!” and stabs herself to death. That’s hilarious stuff!
No, I like romantic tragedy where there’s a real tragic element keeping the lover interests apart. Last season gave us a perfect example: The Duke of Death and His Maid. The tragic element isn’t the only thing going for it. in fact, there are a lot of reasons to watch this show. Which is why I so thoroughly enjoyed reading this post by Bluehawk on the site Anteiku Anime Reviews. Reading this review is like walking through the series’ Hall of Fame moments. It’s a great celebration of the series because it offers such clear examples. And of course, it speaks well of Alice. Talk about a credibility boost! See if the review talks about your favorite aspects of the series.
What can any of us bloggers say about Attack on Titan that hasn’t already been said? I mean, it’s right up there with Neon Genesis Evangelion in that regard. Practically every facet of its plot, character, and lore have been picked apart.
Well, it turns out there is one aspect of the show that no one else has covered, and Demon God Thaddeus on the site Demon God Tadd just published a post exploring it. I’m talking about Demon God Thaddeus’ own reflections on his own personal viewing experience watching the series. Reading the post was like reliving many of my own memories of the series. There’s a ton of interesting insights in this post, but one of the things that stuck out was which episode Demon God Thaddeus started with. Talk about brutal! I can understand how it left such a strong impression! See if the recollections match any of yours!
Earlier, I talked about Mieruko-chan is even better than I had hoped. takt op.Destiny is in a similar situation, but it gave itself a huge handicap in the first episode. I went into the episode expecting to enjoy it. Then I watched the brilliantly animated battle scenes, which inflamed my imagination to the same extent as the battles in Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (which has become my benchmark for such things). I immediately clicked with takt, Destiny, and Anna. Even the situation felt exciting. So, now I wasn’t only expecting to really, really like it. I hoped it might become a new favorite, a new potential inductee into the Caw of Fame. Unfortunately, with hope comes fear. As in, “I’m afraid this anime is going to face-plant and take my hopes with it!”
I just reviewed the third episode. How’s the show holding together? Any cause for concern? Reasons for hope? Well, let me direct your attention to this post by Jane The Anime Wizard on the site The Magic Planet. Back in 5 Favorite Anime blog Posts from 2021 Week 41, I celebrated Jane the Anime Wizard’s post about the first episode. That post was positively poetic, which seemed appropriate to me: takt op.Destiny seemed to almost demand more than mere prose. Which might be hyperbolic, but hey — this site’s all about celebrating anime, isn’t it? So what did Jane the Anime Wizard think of the third episode? Is she excited for its future? I’ll give you a hint: Actually, I won’t. Go read the post! It’s well worth it!
It seems like every few seasons, there’s a series that airs that makes me ask, “Why aren’t more people watching this?” Now, I know I have tastes have, let’s say, a strange mixture between astonishingly low standards and impossibility high standards. Someday, I will have to write a post analyzing my tastes in anime. And before you panic and flee, let me reassure you: Today is not that day!
Instead, today I’m wondering why more people didn’t watch (and love!) the series Kageki Shojo!!. Instead of just wondering and lamenting in silence (which accomplished precisely nothing!), Scott from the site Mechanical Anime Reviews just posted his take on the series — which included a short lament on its apparent lack of audience numbers, too. But fortunately for us, he didn’t focus on that. He more productively talked about what made the show feel so compelling. See if he mentioned what about the series spoke to you!
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- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (October 22, 2021)