Welcome to my 5 favorite anime blog posts from 2022 week 01!
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!
Here’s the list of the sites I check!
There are a handful of shows that mark the epitome of what I think anime has achieved, at least so far. For me, the absolute pinnacle is Re:CREATORS. There are other series that, while on pedestals that aren’t quite so lofty, are still dear to me. One of those shows is A Place Further Than the Universe. I’m not sure how to articulate a grading scale for the shows that affect me, but of A Place Further Than the Universe, I’ll say this: The friendships between the main characters were precious and kept me glued to the screen. And then the ending happened. It was as powerful as it was inevitable, and I admired the show’s courage for being so honest.
If you write a review of one of the series I hold in such high esteem, you’re going to attract my attention. That might not be a good thing, though. My standards for posts about these series are as high as I can make them. So if I choose to celebrate a post about, say, A Place Further than the Universe, then you know I really, really liked it. That’s exactly the case with Alo’s post on Alo’s Watchlist. This post celebrated the characters like Shirase Kobuchizawa, and it celebrated the show’s themes. It did such a thorough job of talking about why the series was so enjoyable that I just had to include it here. See what you think!
You ever watch an anime that is so powerful that, under certain circumstances, you just can’t watch it? I have two examples to share with you. The first is the movie No Game No Life Zero. I’ve been trying to rewatch it for two years now so I can review it. But with a pandemic and the real possibility that the United States’ democracy might fall, I just don’t have the emotional reserves to feel what that movie would make me feel.
At the same time, I don’t think it’s healthy to forget about emotionally powerful shows, just because the world is where it is. That’s why I liked so enjoyed this post by Jack Scheibelein on the site Animated Observations. It’s about Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, a series of immense emotional power and impact. It’s also the second example I mentioned above. Jack Scheibelein’s review covers the series in beautiful detail. And then, he does something that I found humane and enlightened: He warned of the consequences of watching the series under the current circumstances. You may need the warning; you may not. But he made it a clear choice. That’s super cool!
Here’s a statement that will shock nobody: I really enjoyed the series Mieruko-chan! I had an absolute blast reviewing it this past season. I could go on and on about what I liked about the series, but it’s more fun for me to direct your attention to this post by Bluehawk from the site Anteiku Anime Reviews. Bluehawk’s review talks about the show’s characters, artwork, and story before giving the series an overall rating. The post also included some great shots from the series. I particularly liked the shot Hana took in the shrine and the last shot of Hana and Miko together. I just finished watching the series, and this post made me want to watch it again. Talk about an effective review! See if you have a similar reaction!
I don’t read a lot of manga. It’s not because I don’t want to. It’s the opposite, actually. But the last twenty or thirty novels I’ve read were audio books, because I just don’t have the time to sit and read. I barely have the time to sit and watch anime or write novels. But there’s a rare case where I actually did read the manga before watching the anime, and that was Sankarea: Undying Love.
There’s a lot to say about both stories. And I mean that literally, because despite having the same characters, situations, themes, and even the fictional world, the stories were different. Why were they different? I’m glad you asked! Or maybe, The Overage Otaku, who just wrote a post answering that question on Confessions of an Overage Otaku, will be glad! The post is a fascinating discussion of the differences in the manga and anime versions. Even more importantly, the post answered why the artists chose to make the changes. And as is always the case after reading one of The Overage Otaku’s posts, I came away with a deeper understanding of the material! See what you think!
I don’t follow trends in anime. I’m not interested in who’s angry about what aspect of what show. The entirety of the planet could hate a show, but I would feel no pressure to follow if that I had enjoyed it. Conversely, I wouldn’t hesitate to hate it, either. The point I’m flailing around trying to make is that my opinions are almost completely divorced from the world at large. Mostly.
There are times I watch a movie or a series and wonder if I interpreted it right. I might be independent, but I also know I have an enormous blind spot. I can’t map it, because it wanders about. Stupid thing… So if I’m not sure about something I just watched, there are about five sites that I go to for an opinion I trust. In fact, I did that last week after watching Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] II. lost butterfly. Can you guess which site I went to first? If you guessed Dewbond’s site Shallow Dives in Anime, you’d be right! But wait, you might protest, seeing the title of this section. Shouldn’t this be about Jobless Reincarnation?
Yes, it should, because that’s what Dewbond’s post this week is about! But I may or may not feel guilty for not celebrating Dewbond’s Fate/stay night posts back when they first came out, because they were great reviews! I suck at handling guilt, so I wanted to throw mention of lost butterfly into the mix. But please don’t be distracted! His review of Jobless Reincarnation is a perfect example of Dewbond’s brand of non-nonsense, “this is absolutely what I think” reviews. So, if you want to know Dewbond’s considered opinion, you know what to do!
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Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: AniFem Round-Up, 22-28 December 2021: Difficulty as Accessibility Issue, Aggretsuko Season 4, and Year-End Lists
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (December 31, 2021)