Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 26!
Every week I check around 330 anime sites, looking for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. I can tell you that the ani-blogging community constantly produces a lot of amazing posts. I hope this list helps you find some of them!
You can see a list of the sites I check here: Massive List of Sites!
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex will always have a special place in my heart. When I started watching anime years ago, it was almost like this series welcomed me back by demonstrating what kind of stories anime could tell. If you’ve read my reviews for any length of time, you’ll probably expect me to gush about Motoko Kusanagi. You’d be right; she’s an endlessly fascinating character. But I find myself randomly thinking about Batou and how tenderly that beast of a man treated the Tachikoma.
It’s no surprise that I’m not the only anime fan who adores this series. This week, I came across this post from Scott on his site Mechanical Anime Reviews that reads almost like a love letter to the series. That is, if love letters were well-reasoned and contained insightful critical analysis of the series! In all seriousness, I found myself nodding a lot when I read this review, and I bet you will, too!
I’ve tried writing a variety of genres, and there are two I’ve most the most difficult: comedy and horror. Both require a precision of language and a deep knowledge of genre tropes to get right. So when I find an example of either genre that I enjoy, it’s cause for celebration. Parasyte -the maxim- was one such series. It might be for the horror genre what Ghost in the Shell was for science fiction/cyberpunk: a reference implementation, or an example of how I think the genre should be done.
That’s why I was excited to read thenerdygirlnews’s post on MyAnimeGo this week. The series in question surprised me in many ways the first time I saw it, and I think this post mentioned every one of them. It also talked about some of the things that made this series so distinctive. See if it mentions the things you admired about the series!
This week, I tried to attack my back log. Well, “attack” might be too strong a word. It’s more like I loitered in its vicinity and one of the series precariously balanced near the top fell on my head. That series was Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie. I watched the first episode and only realized after watching the third that I really liked it. I was too busy watching the second episode to think about it. Shikimori impressed the heck out of me with her strength and vulnerability; Yuu Izumi earned my respect for his equanimity in the face of natural disaster as well as the kindness he learned from his misfortunes.
Now, I knew that I would eventually watch this show, so I had avoided posts and social media about it. Imagine my surprise when I started looking for tweets or posts and found a ton of negativity! How in the world can anyone be negative about this adorable couple?
That question was on perseus54321’s mind in his post on The Otaku Exhibition. I like his answer way better than mine. It has the up side of being well-considered. Mine’s more an insult. Because in my experience, the only people who hate strong female characters — because they’re strong female characters — have TDS. That’s Tiny… well, I’m trying to be a relatively family friendly sight, so let’s just say the word I’m looking for has the same first letter Deuteronomical and the last three letters of firestick. So I’ll stay TDS means Tiny Deuteronomical-Firestick Syndrome. Look, I have to laugh about it to avoid the whole WTF-anger thing!
Another anime season is about to start. You know what that means! Well, besides the need to pick several new series to review, then rush to finish the previous season, and hope like heck I can make the transition without falling behind! A new anime season means it’s time for a new crop of seasonal previews! Like previous seasons, I found a lot of previews that I liked. But once again, one of them impressed me more than any others. That’s the one from lead writer Princess Usagi on the site Random Curiosity. This review is wide, it’s deep, and it helps me prepare for the new season. If you’re at all curious about what’s coming in Summer of 2022, then I encourage you to check out this post!
Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse is my favorite mech series. I have enjoyed a lot of them — Planet With in particular — but Total Eclipse has remained my favorite. There are a lot of reasons for that, and I was pleasantly surprised to find most of them in this post by TakaTempest Reviews on the site TakaTempest Reviews. His favorite character resonated with me, and so did his affection for the OP. See if he talks about what you liked about the series!
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