Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 33!
Every week, I check around 325 anime sites looking for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. 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!
Lycoris Recoil is now half way through its first season, and I’m more nervous about it than ever. The show’s been executing well. Its characters, especially Chisato and Takina, are compelling and simply a delight to watch. The villain is, if not multi-dimensional, at least 1.5 dimensions. And its supporting cast is more than carrying their weight. So why am I nervous? I’m nervous because it’s gotten my hopes up, that’s why! And I’m anxious that it’s going to let me down!
That’s despite the mounting evidence that it’s executing well. And I’m not just saying that because of my bias towards the show. For example, this review by Flareknight on the site Anime Evo talks about episode 6. The view practically glows with praise! That’s not quite right: the review glows with well-deserved praise. So now my hopes for the show are even higher! Head over the review to see what I mean!
Anime is a form of art, and that means the most effective series, or moments, or characters, can touch us in deep and personal ways. There are a handful of series that I look on in awe, both in terms of their technical artistic achievement and in terms of how deeply they reflect deeply personal and sometimes deeply painful experiences. One of those series is Aria the Animation and its successors. The high esteem in which I hold the series is what attracted my attention to Josh’s review on Beneath the Tangles. The honesty and quality of the review are what held my attention. I don’t want to say much more than that, because I don’t want to detract from the review’s impact. But I came away from the review with an affirmation of the role art can play in our daily lives. See if you agree!
I often joke about how scary my anime backlog is. I try to keep it light, but it does bother me that I don’t have enough time to watch all the series and movies that I want. It’s the same with books, or writing, or living, or, well, you get the idea. So when I see a review that’s about a movie I never even heard of, I have to admit: I’m excited and apprehensive at the same time.
But I’m not going to let that stop me from checking out n enjoyable review, like this one by Mary Lee Sauder on the site Honey’s Anime. The review is about the movie Inu-Oh, and as I read the review, two things happened. First, the review fired up my imagination, and by the time I’d finished reading it, I really wanted to see the movie! But the second thing was that once again, my back-log grew. Soon, I suspect it will get so big that it’ll develop a gravitation pull — and then where will I be? But don’t worry about my back-log — check out the review and see if it gets you excited about the movie!
Call of the Night is a masterpiece of character exploration. I find it equal parts moving and disturbing in a way that reminds me strongly of Jobless Reincarnation. Fiction doesn’t need to just show us the Dekus of the world. It can, and should, show us morally ambiguous characters. In other words, it should show us realistic characters. No disrespect to Deku or folks who prefer characters like him, but I found Rudy to be a breath of fresh air. A character of that complexity elevated the series.
Why am I getting Jobless Reincarnation vibes from Call of the Night? I could try to tell you, but I’d likely screw it up — I’m still working on the whole “communicate complex emotional interactions” thing. Fortunately, I don’t have to leave you hanging, because I found Guardian Enzo’s review in Lost in Anime. This review does a fantastic job of wrestling with what Nazuna and Kou represent. Other characters, too. If you’d like insight into the dichotomies that make Call of the Night so compelling, this is the review for you!
I’ve watched the first few episodes of Uncle from Another World. I intend to finish it, if just to encourage Netflix to keep releasing anime weekly instead of all in one lump. No, that’s not fair. I intend to finish it because it’s caught my attention. It’s hard to describe why. I could stumble around and try to talk about the main character. I could not admit how much I really like the tsundere elf. Which is tempting. Or I could do you a greater service and point you to the lucid, well-considered review that Jessi Silver wrote on Season 1 Episode 1. I enjoy her format of looking at the first episode and talking about its potential, and I think she captured the essence of this show’s first episode. See if you agree!
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- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 3-9 August 2022: Uchikoshi Tweets, Vanishing Shoujo Anime, and RightStuf Buyout
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (August 12, 2022)