Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 23!
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 amazing posts. I hope this list helps you find some of them!
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When I think of JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR, the first thing I think of is how much I liked its OP. The second thing is how hard it was to watch. Not in terms of “man, this sucks,” but in terms of “these poor characters…” It almost felt like Penguindrum in that respect, though not quite. Because nothing’s like Penguindrum.
Juni Taisen was hard to watch because of what it put Nezumi through. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the thought of his trials stuck with me years after I finished watching the series. That’s part of the reason I so enjoyed Kyle Tam’s post on Anime Herald. The other reason I liked the post is because it was just that enjoyable to read. It raises valid points about war and how JUNI TAISEN comments on it. The topic could easily become depressing, but Anime Herald’s presentation avoids being maudlin to focus on the real issues. See what you think!
I’ve seen a lot of years in corporate America. Enough to know that there are two ideas that get a lot of lip service, but precious little support. The first is teamwork. Everyone’s for teamwork, until each individual wants the credit, or exploits their team-mate’s desire to be a real team player for selfish gain. What I’m saying is that if you find yourself on a team that works well, celebrate. It’s a rarity.
The other idea is servant leadership. The search for this kind of leadership is why I don’t work in for-profit companies anymore. I’ve stuck with non-profits for the last 25 years, and I plan to retire that way. In my experience, non-profits tend to have leaders who are interested in the right things. It turns out there’s an anime character like that, and it’s none other than Ya Boy Kongming!’s Kongming Zhuge. Claire’s post on Beneath the Tangles perfectly captured this idea, much better than my halting attempts here. Head on over and see if you agree!
I’ll just come out and say it: I liked Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2. I also liked reviewing it with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. The series was complex and multi-faceted, and being able to rely on her insights during our reviews kept me from looking like a complete idiot. So I guess that meant I looked like an incomplete idiot?
Is that better?
Anyway, a couple of things stood out about the second season, and I’ve rarely seen reviewers directly talk about those things. That’s why I was so excited to read this review by gentlemanotoku on the site GENTLEMANOTOKU’S ANIME CIRCLE. The review talked about those things. What were they? I’ll give you a hint: the ideas revolve around both Subaru and Emilia. The post even mentioned Echidna! If that’s not a mark of quality, I don’t know what is. See if the review talks about your favorite aspects of season 2!
If you have a website, or a YouTube channel, or anything dealing with the public, branding is important. For example, it’s undesirable for a reader to see your web site’s name and have zero reaction. You want them to remember your site’s name — for better or worse. And guess what? For me, The Infinite Zenith has a very specific brand: this site writes detailed, in-depth and thought-provoking reviews. With an emphasis on “in-depth.” I think that’s a great thing!
Take infinitezenith’s recent post on The Infinite Zenith, for example. This is the ultimate review of My Dress-Up Darling. It presents prominent objections to the show and addresses them. Not straw-man versions of the objections; clear and complete versions. The review lays out what the show got right, too, in a way that I found very satisfying. I’ve read a lot of reviews of this series, and I think this review is now my favorite. See if you agree!
We just talked a little bit about branding. When I think of The Otaku Exhibit, I think of balanced, nuanced, and thoughtful reviews. So when I saw this title, I paused. Was this title an indication that the reviews were taking a turn for the mundane? I mean, that’s a pretty typical take for click-bait! Or was perseus54321 being ironic? I read the post, and guess what? Branding won! The post talks about how Demon Slayer implements shonen anime’s tropes. And from where I sit, perseus54321 nailed it. Down to what made the show popular. Yes, the animation was part of the equation — but only a part. See if you agree!
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- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 25-31 May 2022: #OurFlagMeansUnion, PIXIV Lawsuit, and Precure’s Tokusatsu Connection
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (June 3, 2022)