Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 39!
Every week, I check around 330 anime sites. I’m 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 these 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!
Call of the Night continues to be one of my favorites of this season, and probably of this year. It’s not surprising at all. I live for captivating characters, and this show is filled with them. But it’s more than that. The show touches on some universal ideas, and it does so in a nuanced and sensitive way. The vampire Midori gave me my favorite moment in episode 10, and I chose that moment because it reflected that idea. Turns out Twwk from Beneath the Tangles noticed, too! The moment was beautiful when viewed from multiple perspectives, and I admire and respect the lens through which Twwk viewed it. What perspective did he take? There’s one way to find out!
I like seeing other bloggers talk about my favorite moments. Sure, it’s fun to feel a little vindication, but what I enjoy quite a bit more is seeing the same moment from another perspective. DoubleSama from the site DoubleSama just talked about my favorite moment from episode 12. That was cool in and of itself. But one of the things that distinguishes DoubleSama is the effort he puts into conjecture. His theory about the sentiment that drove my favorite moment helped me enjoy it even more. See if you have a similar reaction!
I’m a simple farm boy from Ohio. At least, I was until I read William Gibson’s book Neuromancer. When I read The Lord of the Rings, I just knew that it chronicled the world as it had been in pre-history. When I read The Uplift Saga, I just knew that was humanity’s future. And when I read Neuromancer, I knew that was humanity’s present. Every day since then, when I wrote web-based business systems or later worked to secure them, I just knew that was the environment in which we operated — or would very, very soon.
Did you know William Gibson termed the phrase cyberspace?
When I say I enjoy cyberpunk, you need to understand that I don’t do so willingly. I love it, but I hate that I love it, because it’s too real. It’s similar to the difference between a scary movie like Halloween and a scary movie like Silence of the Lambs. I can enjoy Halloween because I can keep it at arm’s length. It’s harder to enjoy Silence of the Lambs because it’s too real. Just like cyberpunk. But I still loved Bladerunner.
And I think I’ll like CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS, too, if this review by Harshit Sagar from Harshit’s Blog is any indication. Harshit Sagar’s review is short and to the point. It contained enough tantalizing hints that I’m excited to give the show a chance. Which is saying something, given that I consider Neuromancer my gold standard! See if the review entices you watch the show!
My first inkling that CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS was a thing were images of Lucy on Twitter and Pixiv. And by the way, if you don’t visit Pixiv from time to time, if you like anime imagery at all, do yourself a favor and visit. I actually use it as a visual aid to help me write my novels.
But back to Lucy. Talk about hitting my strike zone! I’ve watched anime just to experience a specific attractive characters, and my first glance inclined me to watch the series. But time is so tight that a pretty face alone wasn’t going to draw me in. Reviews like this one from jcenno on the site JCEnno, though, absolutely are going to convince me to watch this show. Does jcenno suggest the show is perfect? No, and that’s part of the charm! Read the article to see what I mean!
I really do consider myself just a simple farm boy. Who’s well over half a century old. So I should say “farm boy at heart.” Or a recovering farm boy? Be that as it may, there are things that just don’t make sense to my simple self. Take, for example, the violent backlash against Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie. It wasn’t a series that I’d chosen to review or watch when it aired, but the severe negative reaction attracted my attention. What could get folks’ panties in such a bunch that they would go out of their way to criticize the show. So, of course, I watched it.
During the first episode, I noticed that Shikimori was a very strong woman — not only mentally, but also physically. Which I liked. A lot. She was seriously attractive when she shifted to kick-ass mode. I could see her as someone I’d happily fight beside. I never did figure out what triggered the hatred (well, I did, but I don’t want to sound sanctimonious). But the experience made me really appreciate this post from TakaTempest Reviews on the site TakaTempest Reviews. The reason’s simple: TakaTempest Reviews was also curious, and instead of buying into the group mind, they looked into the matter for themselves. I respect that! See if you do, too!
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Want to explore more amazing anime blog posts? Check out the previous editions of My Favorite Anime Community Posts!
Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 14-20 September 2022: Anti-Union Action at Crunchyroll, The Ainu Times’ Anniversary, and Devs of Color Expo 2022
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (September 23, 2022)