Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 07!
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 340 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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Toradora is one of those series that I don’t think of as a great comedy, or a great romance, or even as a great rom-com. I think of it as a great story with great characters. That was a lot of “great” in a small space, wasn’t it? Anyway, back to Toradora: But is it really peak fiction? Well, to make the case (or not!) let me direct you to JACK SCHEIBELEIN’s post on the site Animated Observations. Does the show live up to the hyperbolic title that JACK SCHEIBELEIN gave their post? I’ll give you a hint: I loved the series, and I’m encouraging you to read this article!
So, late last year, my son in law asked if I had seen an anime whose name he couldn’t remember. All he could remember was that it had Lil’ Slugger in it. Intrigued, we searched Google, which gave us a title; and then we searched YouTube to see if the OP was what he remembered. Over the next minute and thirty-six seconds, I watched the OP of Paranoia Agent. Actually, I should say I watched it — in mounting horror. That might be the most disturbing OP I’ve ever seen!
Was the OP indicative of the series’ content? Well, I can’t say, because I never watched the series. I don’t need that kind of psychological horror in my life, if it’s anything like the OP! I like my horror in the vein of Cthulhu, because once I’ve had enough, I can remind myself that I’m perfectly safe. Cthulhu’s asleep, after all! But it turns out that Harshit Sagar from Harshit’s Blog is much more brave than me. He watched and reviewed the series! How was it? Did it creep out Harshit Sagar? There’s one way to find out!
My Dress-Up Darling has been a delightful surprise. Before the season started, I thought it might be a fun little rom-com. Well, that’s where it started. But it’s become a lot more. What elevates the series is, at least in concept, simple and straight-forward. But in practice, it’s something that’s tough to get right. The fifth episode had an example of that simple concept. In her post on I Drink and Watch Anime, Irina talked about that moment. She has a fantastic eye for character, and that skill is on full display in this post. See if you saw what distinguishes this series, captured in a single moment, in the same way she did!
Have you ever watched a magic trick, like Criss Angel walking through a metal gate? Sometimes, the effect borders on the supernatural. But once you see how a magic trick is done, sometimes, it can feel like it loses its magic. At least, some folks seem to think that way. I have a little different perspective. Watching Criss Angel apparently walk through a metal gate is fun and all. But if I learned how he did it, far from losing the magic, it would boost its effect for me. Seeing something amazing, then understanding how it came to be, is a type of magic for me.
You might have read my recent review of Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 4. I’d wax poetic about that episode, if I could. It triggered such an intense suspension of disbelief that I’m inclined to call it magic, of a sort. And in this case, learning how the studio created that magic would absolutely increase its effect. Or, I should say, “having learned,” because I just finished this post by KViN on the site SAKURGABLOG. I loved episode 4 before I read this post. I loved it even more afterward. See if you have the same reaction!
Angel Beats is one of those shows that has intruded into my daily life, even though it’s been years since I watched it. To this day, if I hear someone bump an acoustic guitar, my breath catches in my throat. If you’ve seen the series, you likely remember the Masami Iwasawa scene that I’m talking about. Thinking about it now, I remember my reaction seeing that scene for the first time. What more could I ask of a work of fiction?
That wasn’t the only notable moment in Angel Beats, of course. Was it representative? What was the rest of the series like? The Traditional Catholic Weeb on the site The Traditional Catholic Weeb just published a thorough and insightful review of the series. If you haven’t seen the series, I think this post might help you add it to your back log. And if you have watched it, then I think you’ll enjoy remembering your favorite scenes.
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