Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 46!
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!
Here’s the list of the sites I check!
If you read my review of the sixth episode of Mieruko-Chan, first, let me say thanks! Second, you’ll know that the episode it triggered a rare theological geek out. I loved how that episode depicted the supernatural battle at the end! But that wasn’t the only thing that I loved about the episode. Some of the things were subtle, but still important. That’s why I was so happy to read Karandi’s review on 100 Word Anime. She picked up on some of the details that will likely play an important role as the series goes on. What was her keen insight? Well, I could tell you, but I can guarantee you’ll have more fun reading her post yourself! So, you know what to do!
This is one of those shows that slipped right past my every effort to find series that I’d like this season. In fact, it took Gigguk’s YouTube video “Fall 2021 Anime in a Nutshell” to make me realize my mistake. I mean, a deaf protagonist? How could I have missed that? Clearly, mistakes were made.
Since I watched that video, I’ve been on the lookout for reviews to remind me of what I’m missing. And this week I found a great one! Guardian Enzo posted a review of episode 5 on Lost in Anime, and after reading it, I wanted to drop everything and go watch the series. That tells me two things: First, that the series is clearly something that I want to watch (if only I didn’t have to much to do, I could watch more!). And second, that this review did a great job of capturing the series’ greatness. I’ll bet you have the same reaction!
Ordinarily, I try not to feature the same blogger in two consecutive “5 Favorite Anime Blog Post” posts. There’s a reason for that. Through these posts, I’m trying to spread awareness of the fantastic work that this community produces on a weekly basis. I even wrote a post about why I do this as part of my Blog Shop Talk series. In terms of that informal rule, there have been a few exceptions, like Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime. But for a single blogger to appear in five of the last six “5 Favorite Anime Blog Post” posts? That’s unprecedented.
I could say it’s because this blogger is writing about take op.Destiny, but that’s not true. Well, it’s not entirely true. Yes, I adore this series. It’s speaking to me in a way that few series have. It’s not quite in Re:CREATORS territory. But then, what is? And yes, that plays a part in why I’ve featured this writer so often. But the reason is much more simple.
This writer not only gets the series. She’s able to articulate why she gets it. This post by Jane the Anime Witch on the site The Magic Planet is another great example. I tried to explain why I liked this episode so much in my review through my favorite quote and moment. But honestly I prefer Jane the Anime Witch’s take on this episode, especially since we touched on some of the same points. It’s more lucid, and it’s more fun to read. See what you think!
Demon Slayer 2 has a lot going for it. If I had to choose one element that sets it apart, it’s Tanjirou. I used to joke that he was the combat form of Tohru from Fruits Basket. That joke was actually a way of explaining what I liked so much about Tanjirou: He was, in his heart, a kind and gentle man. But in form, necessity drove him to slay demons. That dichotomy propels the series forward. So I like it when I come across a post that shared my understanding of Tanjirou.
This post by WOODERON on A Richard Wood Text Adventure starts with that common understanding. But it really distinguishes itself by how it talks about Tanjirou’s battle against Enmu — and by how it, without rancor, takes on some of the less stellar aspects of episode 4. See if this post captures what you liked about the episode — or what you might not have liked!
It might not be obvious, but I honestly do not want to harsh anyone’s buzz. We humans have fashioned a society that inflicts quite enough pain on its members. I have no desire to make that worse. One of that ways that manifests itself is I become more quiet as the tide of public opinion turns against a series. Sometimes, folks just want to grouse, and the more popular a series gets, the more they seem to want to grouse. That’s particularly true of long-running series like My Hero Academia. I’ve enjoyed the series since day one. An arc here or there might not have captured my imagination. But it’s always recovered, and the premise and its execution have fasincated me.
That said, I’m merely a fan. I’ve reviewed a couple of the seasons (season 4 with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and season 5 alone), but I’ve not taken the time to articulate my thoughts on the series’ broader perspective or themes. That’s why I liked this post by THESAKURASUNRISE on the site Sakura Sunrise so much. THESAKURASUNRISE gets My Hero Academia. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his perspective of every season to date. It helped me remember what I liked about the series. It helped me remember why I’m looking forward to the next season. In short, it reminded me of why the world of My Hero Academia captured my imagination in the first place. After the week I’ve had, I have to say, that was a real treat. I think you’ll enjoy the post, too!
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