Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 20!
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 335 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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SPY x FAMILY continued to inspire a lot of good blog content this week, but some of the reviews were less enthusiastic. Though mine was not among them, I can understand the reviews that said the second half of the episode was different than what came before. What was the issue? Well, it’s not an issue per se. Maybe I’d better let FlareKnight explain in his review on Anime Evo. FlareKnight gives his usual crisp, insightful views of the episode, and he addresses what some saw as an issue and others did not. See what you think!
I’ve mentioned before that my son is deaf. Having a son or a daughter with a disability gives you a unique glimpse into the human spirit — particularly in how others react to him. Early on, I wanted to see the world through his eyes, so I put on hearing aids and walked through several stores as if I were deaf. I heard people say many things I would liked to have not heard. Let’s just say that were I given omniscience, I would probably break and remake this world.
So let’s all thank our lucky stars I’m just some dude with delusions.
Anyway. Seeing how a select minority of humans talked about my son changed me. For one thing, it made me more aware of the issues he and others with similar challenges face. Also, it made me want to celebrate posts from folks who can help others understand. That’s what drew my attention to this post by Borealis Capps on the site Anime Feminist. The post talks about how The Duke of Death and His Maid dramatizes the experience of those with handicaps. I can say this from my own experience: The post got it right. See if you agree!
You might see the title of this post and say, “Damn, Crow! We get it! You thought My Dress-Up Darling was an enjoyable show! When are you going to stop celebrating posts about it?” The answer is easy: when bloggers stop writing interesting posts! And, as this post by AK on the site Everything Is Bad For You demonstrates, we obviously haven’t exhausted the “interesting posts” part yet! What cool aspect of the show did AK discuss? There’s one way to find out!
If you read my site regularly, thanks! And if you do, you might have noticed that I’ve mentioned my writing site, TerranceACrow.com, more often than I used to. That’s because I’m about to launch my first novel. I don’t want to talk about it a lot here, because this is an anime site. But it bears mentioning here for two reasons. First, I’m shamelessly promoting my other site during the lead-up to the launch! I hope you don’t mind, and if you’re interested, I hope you think about checking out my other site!
Second, and this has a bearing on this post, my desire to write compelling characters drives my interest in specific topics. For example: what makes a show like Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai so interesting that it generates posts years after it wrapped up? And how do I create stories that do the same thing? This post by Harshit Sagar on the site Harshit’s Blog has some great insights, and like all great insights, they are amazingly clear after you see them. Take a look and see if you agree!
In my review of The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 episode 6, I made the point that if you consider human literature across the five or six thousand years for which we have records, there’s really nothing new under the sun. That means it’s hard to write something that could be described as innovative or ground-breaking. But that’s not to say it’s impossible. It’s like lasagna. We’ve all eaten it (and if you haven’t, please work with me — substitute your own favorite dish here!). To even be considered a lasagna, it has to have certain characteristics. Lasagna tropes, if you will.
But if your family is anything like mine, your mom or your grandma or your brother (or substitute your family’s chef here!) bakes it a certain way, or includes ingredients in a special combination, that sets it apart. It’s not just lasagna. It’s your favorite lasagna.
SPY x FAMILY is turning out to be the anime equivalent of lasagna. And wow, that sounds way less profound than it did before I wrote it! But I’m going to roll with it anyway. SPY x FAMILY has that certain bake or ingredient that sets it apart. And what might those be? It should come as no surprise to you that Irina, on her site I Drink and Watch Anime, figured it out. Not only that, but she explained it in a way that made several related literary construction techniques and genre tropes accessible and understandable! That takes real skill. See what you think!
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Want to explore more amazing anime blog posts? Check out the previous editions of My Favorite Anime Community Posts!
Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 4-10 May 2022: Bloodborne’s Pregnancy Horror, Animator Vlogging, and Requiem of the Rose King Interview
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (May 13, 2022)