Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 21!
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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I really get into anime soundtracks, especially OPs and EDs. At least 1/3 of my iTunes library (which currently says it could play for 16.2 days without repeat) is anime OPs, EDs, and Original Soundtracks (OSTs). You might think that with all of those OPs, it would be hard for me to pick a favorite. But, surprisingly (because I know that I’m surprised!), it’s easy for me to pick just one. The perfect union of music and imagery made it easy. My favorite OP of all time, bar none, is from Ergo Proxy.
Shameless plug time! The OP of Ergo Proxy made such an impression on me that it inspired several scenes in the novel I intend to publish this year. The novel, Evolution’s Hand Book 1: Execution Action, includes some scenes of the Board room for Terran Consolidated Products. If you read my novel (you can watch for news about when it will be published here!), I think you’ll be able to tell which scenes I’m talking about.
Because of how much I adore Ergo Proxy’s OP, I’m always on the lookout for posts that praise it. And, lo and behold, I found one! The Overage Otaku, on his site Confessions of an Overage Otaku, doesn’t just sing the OP’s praises. He brings his own perspective as an animator! How freaking cool is that? Well, I’ll tell you: Pretty freaking cool! After reading his post, I have even more reason to like this OP. See what you think!
Have you been watching The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2? I have. I’ll be honest: I can understand why some reviewers like it less than the previous season, but I actually like it better. Why? Because my biggest issue with the first season isn’t present! To this day, I think the way a certain character (who I won’t name) tried to frame Naofumi just did not make dramatic sense. So, everything to do with that character annoyed me. Though conversations around that topic did teach me some new terms! Come to think of it, I’d like to unlearn some of them…
Anyway. Season 2 is a bit of a departure, and I’m enjoying it. One of the things I like about this season is its world-building. Doublesama, on the site Doublesama, just published a post that looked at episode 7 and asked some really, really interesting questions. Interesting to the point where I frankly feel a bit ashamed that I didn’t think of them myself! See what you think of Doublesama’s thoughts!
I often wonder if my affection for a series biases me in favor of certain posts. The answer is that yes — of course it does! What’s more, I think that’s appropriate. I mean, you want me to be honest with you, right? So yes, I’m biased towards things I like. Which means if you’re a blogger and say nice things about Healer Girls, you’re going to attract my attention.
But here’s the thing: I only celebrate posts here if they do more than attract my attention. Even if I hated Healer Girl (and it’s neck and neck with SPY x FAMILY this season for my favorite — that’s how much I like it!), I’d still celebrate this post by Jane the Anime Witch on her site The Magic Planet. Her ability to distill the essence of a series and share it with her readers impresses the daylights out of me. And she gets Healer Girl. See if you agree!
Time is my enemy. I’m not talking specifically about my own mortality, though it’s closely related. No, here I’m talking about how little time I have to watch the series that seem perpetually trapped in my back log. Anything about Lupin III is in that category. That’s sad, because I can’t think of another anime that so effectively sets its mood with a single screen shot. Oh well, maybe someday I’ll have time.
Until that mythical time arrives, I’ll have to live vicariously through posts like this one by Matt from Matt-in-the-Hat. This review of Lupin the 3rd: Goemon’s Blood Spray made me once again curse my lack of time. Because by the time I’d finished reading this review, I wanted to drop everything and watch the movie. If I’d done that, you wouldn’t be reading this now, because I would not have had time to write it! Which, come to think of it, might have been a mercy for you! That aside, see if the review makes you want to watch the movie, too!
There are some series that I think generate far too little content. One of those series is Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. The show had so many fascinating images: ships sailing through the air, mechs in seriously cool combat, and, of course, interesting and varied characters. Horizon Ariadust was a favorite of mine. So was Makiko Oriotorai. But what initially hooked me on the series was Horizon’s singing. There was something hauntingly beautiful about her voice.
I see so few reviews of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere that the sheer novelty attracted me to TakaTempest Reviews’ post on TakaTempest Reviews. But what kept me reading was the incredible breadth and high quality of the insights about the show and its characters. I had a high opinion of the show going into this review. The review raised my opinion even higher! There’s not much more I can ask for out of a review! So check it out and see if it helps you see the series in a new light!
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Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 11-17 May 2022: Evolution of BL, Neurodiverse Manga, and Okinawa Protests
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (May 20, 2022)