Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 48!
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!
ROMANCE ANIME, “GOLDEN TIME,” AND AMAZING DRAMA
I don’t often watch an anime and think, “Wow! That was so good I want to see what else this writer has done!” It has happened exactly two times. The first was Shkabane Hime (which I liked so much I inducted it into the Caw of Fame). That almost cured me of the urge: the author, Yoshiichi Akahito had no other anime! Which was a bummer, because I really liked his work.
The second was Toradora. I watched that show, which will end up in the Caw of Fame some day, God willing and the creek don’t rise and push me in front of a speeding bus — which was speeding to escape the rising creek! Then I thought, “Wow! That was so good I want… hey, I know how this ends!” But this time, I was much more lucky. The writer, Yuyuko Takemiya, did have other shows. One of those was Golden Time.
How did it compare to Toradora? Well, the lead female character, Kouko Kaga, did something few other anime characters do: She changed outfits, sometimes within a single episode! That’s so rare that it stuck with me. How was the show otherwise? Well, to answer that question, please let me direct you to this post by Jack Scheibelein on the site Animated Observations. This post answers that question on all levels: Character, plot, theme… It’s the most complete review I’ve ever read of Golden Time. It’s a show that, frankly, needs a review like, because it had a lot going on. See if the post talks about your favorite aspects of the show!
Anteiku Anime Reviews
I enjoyed watching Girlfriend, Girlfriend. Not in the same way I like watching Jobless Reincarnation or takt op.Destiny. More like how I enjoyed watching Konosuba. It was an ecchi comedy where one guy wanted to date more than one woman. Was the premise plausible? If you squint and don’t look too closely, no. But it wasn’t trying to be. What it tried to be was funny. And I laughed at it. Quite a lot, actually. Plus, I want a second season, because I’m really pulling for Shino Kiryuu. She’s the most sensible of the women in the series, and I really like how dedicated she can be to her ideas.
I’ve seen a lot of negative opinions on the show, and that’s fine — I have no objection to anyone having any opinion they want about the show! But it means that when I find a post that’s not entirely negative, it really stands out. That’s the case with this post by Bluehawk on the site Anteiku Anime Reviews. This review nailed the series, especially the characters! Of particular interest were the comparisons between the previous roles the voice actors had played! My only quibble is that the post didn’t talk enough about Shino! But that’s the anime’s fault — she only had a speaking role in a few episodes. See what you think!
Confessions of an Overage Otaku
THE POWER OF TWO: PRINCESS JELLYFISH
Some of you might know that I’m working on a series of novels. You might think that after spending as many years as I have studying and writing that I’d have the basics down. But here’s the thing: I think it’s impossible to perfect the basics of novel writing. At least, I’ve met few people who even come close. For most of us mortals, it’s a constant struggle first to understand, then to express. Did I foreshadow this plot point correctly? Did I reveal enough of this character’s backstory to explain her motivation? Did I setup this character’s tragic end so it’s tragic — and not comedic?
That’s why I enjoy The Overage Otaku’s posts on about the craft of storytelling on the site Confessions of an Overage Otaku. It’s clear he has a handle on these elements. Do you know how I can tell? It’s because he can explain them clearly. It’s easy to think you understand something. But you only know if you know something when you can teach it. This time, The Overage Otaku talks about two key characters in Princess Jellyfish. It’s particularly cool because it’s a topic that I need for the first book in the series I’m writing. If you’re a writer, of if you appreciate the skill that goes into writing anime, I think you’ll enjoy this article.
Kvasir 369’s Anime, Manga, and Game Blog
The Faraway Paladin: Episode 7 [Review]
The aniblogging sphere has a ton of talent, and I look forward to using my Friday nights to take a grand tour. One of the things I enjoy most is seeing when a blogger carves out a niche that no one else has claimed. It means I get to look forward to reading a perspective that I can only get from one place!
That’s the case with KVASIR369 on the site Kvasir 369’s Anime, Manga, and Game Blog. KVASIR369’s posts present thoughtful insights about a specific episode, which all by themselves make the posts worth reading. But he goes further by comparing episodes to their source material in a respectful, thorough way. In this case, the post is about episode 7 of The Faraway Paladin. Not only is that fun to read, but it also gives me an appreciation for telling stories in different media. A light novel requires a different approach than an anime, at least under some circumstances. And KVASIR369’s posts give me a framework to think about that!
The Magic Planet
Let’s Watch TAKT OP.DESTINY: Episode 8
Okay, this is kind of a big deal. At least it is for me, so YMMV. I have finally figured out why I so enjoy Jane the Anime Witch’s takt op.Destiny posts on The Magic Planet! It goes back to me trying to write novels. I’ve noticed that takt op.Destiny has evoked very different reactions in its audience. Those of us who really like the series seem to respond to its emotional appeal. The show uses a visual, textual, and contextual language that I, to put it mildly, suck at.
But Jane the Anime Witch speaks this language fluently. You can see it in her posts, like this one. She gets the show, and even better, like The Overage Otaku about story craftsmanship, she can explain it. This is a language I really want to learn. I don’t want to write novels that readers merely enjoy. I want to affect them like takt op.Destiny affects me. But it’s not only the emotional aspects of the show that Jane the Anime Witch gets. She also gets the story craftsmanship angle, too. Now, if you excuse me, I’m going to go re-read this article and take some notes!
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Thanks again! I had completely forgotten that the person who wrote Golden Time also did Toradora, but it makes sense since both shows are pretty fantastic.