Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2021 week 52!
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 huge number of amazing posts. I hope this list helps you find some of them!
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I’ve spent more time thinking about takt op.Destiny than almost any other series in recent memory. The reason is simple: I should hate it, but I loved it. I’ve invested a good portion of my adult years trying to understand how to write novels. That includes a ton of time trying to understand plot construction. Everything I think I know says I should hate this series. Yet, I looked forward to this as much as I looked forward to Jobless Reincarnation.
I’m still trying to figure out why. That’s why I’ve appreciated the reviews that Jane the Anime Witch published on her site The Magic Planet. It’s clear she understands why the series worked, to the extent that it did. Diversity of thought isn’t an abstract. Cases like this prove it’s invaluable. By reading and considering Jane the Anime Witch’s perspective, I’m beginning to understand why the series worked. Since I’m trying to write novels, and since I’m still new to the publishing game, I have no idea what realization might propel my books to the next level. From that perspective alone, this post was more than worthwhile. Plus, reading Jane the Anime Witch’s posts were just a lot of fun! See if you agree!
It’s been a long time since I watched Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. I remember that when I saw the first episode, Castaway, I was very, very impressed with the space battle. Then the series changed tone entirely when the main character, Ledo, tried to retreat with his mech, Chamber. They ended up on a water world, and the show got even better.
It was with that pleasant memory that I came across one of Scott’s latest posts on Mechanical Anime Reviews. This post, another of Scott’s series of posts about Gen Urobuchi (like this one that I featured in 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2021 Week 51), offers several keen insights into why the series was so enjoyable to watch. I remember smiling when I read Scott’s description of the character’s designs (like Amy’s) — because (in my not so humble opinion), he was spot on! That wasn’t the only thing he got right. See if he talked about something you liked in the show!
I talked earlier about how I enjoyed takt op.Destiny in spite of what I saw as structural flaws. There’s another side to that coin. This season and last, there was a series whose construction impressed the hell out of me . Its plotting, character, settings, and practically everything else could be considered a master class for writers. I have rarely encountered a work of fiction so well crafted. That show was Jobless Reincarnation.
Another thing that impressed me about the series is the quality and tone of the praise it has earned. Take this post by Lynn from The Otaku Author, for example. Lynn describes what happened in the episode and gives his general impressions. Then he presented my favorite part of his post: the section called “What have you learnt?” It’s a great capsule summary not only of why the last episode was so immersive, but also how it demonstrated the show’s overall craftsmanship. Whether you liked the show or not, you’ll find interesting observations. See if you agree!
We’re almost to the Winter 2022 anime season. Do I know this because the calendar tells me so? Nope. I know because Princess Usagi just wrote Random Curiosity’s seasonal preview! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I read many anime bloggers’ seasonal previews that are wonderful and well-researched. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say I haven’t read many I would consider anything other than enjoyable! But when it comes to breadth and depth, Random Curiosity stands alone. It’s been my favorite preview for a while now. See how many new shows you can find to watch!
Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc has been a lot of fun so far. I’m reviewing it this season with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. The most recent episode introduced us to Daki, who appears to be the antagonist for this arc.
While watching the latest episode, I noticed something about the the trio of main characters, Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Inosuke. I won’t tell you what I noticed, because I think Wooderon from A Richard Wood Text Adventure explained it way better than I could. In a more fun way, too! My favorite part? Wooderon’s description of Tanjirou’s role in the episode. Though the descriptions of Zenitsu is a close second! Come to think of it, his description of Inosuke was spot on, too… Head on over and you’ll see what I mean.
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Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 15-21 December 2021: Galko-chan Author Arrested, Border Closures, and Shoujo Manga Roundtable
- Isn’t It Electrifying? LET’S GO! ANIME CRITICISM IN 2021
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (December 24, 2021)