Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 18!
Every week I look for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. I check around 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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Do you know one way to tell if a blogger knows what they’re doing? Of course, writing good content is one thing. There are dozens of other factors that you could pick, too, so I guess my question was a little vague. But I’ll give you the answer I had in mind: You can tell a blogger knows what they’re doing if their post titles attract your attention.
It sounds pretty straight-forward, doesn’t it? And certainly, the ani-blogging sphere creates a lot of good titles. But some writers stand out by crafting a lot of good titles. Take this title that Irina came up with on her site I Drink and Watch Anime: “The Great Ooting.” On one hand, it’s just three words. On the other, it completely sums up the charm and energy of the third episode of SPY x FAMILY! That shows some serious skill. Not only that, but the post itself is also a lot of fun to read! See if you agree!
I’ve noticed a trend in social media, and I don’t think it’s healthy. I’m talking about the tendency to judge people based on characters they say they like. As in, morally judged them. I’m particularly aware of this problem because I have a lot positive to say about Jobless Reincarnation.
For example, I’ve seen some people express respect for the complexity and realism of characters like Rudeus Greyrat. I’ve seen those same people come under-fire for moral failings. It challenges my faith in humanity to see respect for characterization labelled as a moral failing. There are a lot of adjectives I could apply to it, but they all boil down to this: People leveling judgement in that was are wrong.
To put it in a positive way, a good character challenges our pre-conceptions. If I like the writer’s characterization, humanization, and redemption arc for Rudeus, it doesn’t mean I advocate for widespread adoption of his moral failings. Rather, it’s a recognition of story craftsmanship. As you might imagine, the aniblogging community is home to people who understand that distinction. Take this post by Nora from It’s Your Fault I’m Not Popular, for example. Nora talks about five characters that were so well crafted that she enjoyed them despite them not being stellar examples of humanity. That’s a sign of an enlightened intellect, don’t you think?
Let me get this out of the way: I hope you’re watching Healer Girl. Within the context of shows dealing with music, it’s succeeding where a lot of other shows have failed. There are several reasons for its success, and I try to cover some of them in my reviews (like this one of episode 4). But I’m not going to ask you to take my word for it. Jane the Anime Witch on her site The Magic Planet just reviewed episode 4. Like her reviews of the previous episodes, in this post Jane the Anime Witch captured the essence of what makes the show so compelling. See if she talks about what you liked about this episode!
We just talked about a good character can rise above our preconceptions. Turns out, a series as a whole can do the same thing! The series I’m talking about is My Dress-Up Darling. Just what did it do to completely exceed the expectations of Merlin from the site Merlin’s Musings? I’ll direct you to the post for the answer, because it’s well worth the read. But I’ll just say this: As in our previous example above, story craftsmanship plays a role. See if you agree!
Healer Girl is the kind of series I would recommend if I recommended series. I’ve stopped recommending series (okay, I never really started) because there’s just no way for me to know what any given person will like. I know there are sites dedicated to recommending anime based on what you might like. I’m willing to say that they know something I don’t, because from my perspective, tastes just vary too much.
There are alternatives to making direct recommendations, though. And some of those alternatives can be very effective. Take, for example, the format that Jessi Silver uses on her site Season 1 Episode 1. She lays out what she liked and didn’t like about the episode. She also calls out aspects that might make some folks feel uncomfortable. Were there any parts of Healer Girl’s first episode that warranted a warning? What did Jessi Silver say she liked and didn’t like? There’s one way to find out!
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