Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 27!
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!
I remember watching the first RWBY trailers when they came out. The originals by Rooster Teeth, I mean. RWBY “Red” Trailer | Rooster Teeth was far and away my favorite, though all four amazed me. Ruby’s trailer perfectly choreographed the action to the music. It showcased Ruby’s skill and grace and beauty. I stopped watching the original series at some point, maybe during the third or fourth season. Monty Oum’s passing cast a shadow on the series for me. I saw huge promise in his work. It just made me sad to watch after that.
I was curious to see how Japan would handle RWBY. I always considered the Rooster Teeth version to be an honorary anime anyway, because it carried on the same visual and trope traditions. I’m going to watch the new series, so I was on the lookout for reviews from reviewers whose perspectives I respect. And guess what? I found one! Flareknight just posted on RWBY: Ice Queendom on the site Anime Evo. It looks like the series is going to be everything I’d hoped for. Plus, it looks like it’s going to throw in some surprises, Japan-style. See what you think of the review!
There’s a feeling you get when you start watching a series that will end up being one of your favorites. That series was Re:CREATORS for me. You watch the first few episodes and start think, “Hey, this is pretty good!” Then you spend the next few episodes in a state of near panic, because you’re scared the show’s going to blow it. By the time Re:CREATORS entered the final stretch, I was almost in a daze. I couldn’t believe what the series had accomplished, and when it stuck the climax and then the spin-down, you realized, “Oh my god. It meant that much to me.” The feeling doesn’t come along very often. When it does, it deserves celebration.
Every week, it’s my honor to bring you my favorite posts from the anime blogging community. I like every post I celebrate here. They’ve all had an impact on me. But my favorites among my favorites are the reviews that capture the feeling I had when I watched Re:CREATORS. This week, I found one: Bluehawk’s review of Komi Can’t Communicate on the site Anteiku Anime reviews! I search for moments like that in any fiction I enjoy; I hope to God that my writing inspires that reaction in my readers. But putting myself aside, I found this review to be a wonderful glimpse of what it’s like to find a series that hits you just right. See if you see your own reaction in this review!
One of the things I like about anime is the breath of its offerings. One day, I can watch something like Re:CREATORS that feels like the writer spoke just to me. Next, I can watch something like Healer Girl that feels like it’s healing my soul as it entertains me. And then I can watch something like Penguindrum that… You know, I’ve never been able to articulate what I felt about that show. That’s why I liked Scott’s post on Mechanical Anime Reviews. He could not only say what he thought and felt about the show. He was able to put it in context of the writer’s other works! See if you were as impressed as I was!
We’re not likely to see another anime with Attack on Titan’s artistic vision. That’s not a comment on whether or not the series is good or bad. It’s a recognition that Hajime Isayama created a work of literature, that he brought something into the world that expresses his perspective. It’s beyond “good” or “bad.” It’s its own thing. It’s an artist’s vision that has already left a major impact. I expect that we’ll still be talking about it decades from now. I think it’d be hilarious if I could write one of these posts in 2052 that expresses amazement that yet another anime blogger was writing thought pieces about this series!
I’m not sure where the urge to label things comes from. I’ve seen a lot of opinions about Eren Jaeger that attempt to judge him in light of one agenda or another. In the end, most of those opinions seem to boil down to “Eren did something I don’t like, so he sucks.” That’s sad to me. It means someone has inoculated themselves against enjoying something for what it is. But I wasn’t in the least bit sad reading Merlin’s review on Merlin’s Musings. This review gets Eren Jaeger. So much so, in fact, that I think Merlin must have channeled Hajime Isayama’s intent for Eren. Because looking back over the entire series, looking at what Merlin had to say, it all fits. See if you agree!
One of the criteria I have for whether a review is effective is how much I want to watch the series after reading the review. Of course, that criteria is not perfect. For example, I was going to want to watch Re:CREATORS no matter how bad the reviews were. But in the cases where I have no intention of watching the show, but feel like doing so after reading the review, I have to say that was an effective review. Yes, I’m making assumptions, most obvious of which is that the review intended to make me watch the series. Just work with me here!
I had no intention of watching Cardcaptor Sakura. It’s not that I don’t like the genre. I enjoyed Fantasista Doll, for example. I also liked its OP and ED, too! But Cardcaptor Sakura just hadn’t caught my attention. Then I read Dewbond’s review on Shallow Dives in Anime. Dewbond has a good eye for character, and that’s on full display in this review. After reading it, my backlog has grown — again. Seriously, I’m going to need to invest in serious medical technology to live long enough to watch all these shows! See if his review makes you want to watch, or re-watch, the show, too!
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Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 22-28 June 2022: Queer Games Bundle, Boys Run the Riot Interview, and Pro-Trans Rally in Japan
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (July 1, 2022)