Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 40!
Every week, I visit about 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!
There’s a lot of talk of Lycoris Recoil being a surprise hit. I can identify with that talk. I had not even planned to watch it this season. I forget now which series I had planned to review instead. But on a whim, I watched the first episode. By the time I saw Chisato gleefully laugh at the glass shattered by Takina’s machine gun fire, I was hooked! But the show had much more going for it than Chisato laughing and Takina firing, as this post by FlareKnight on the site Anime Evo points out! What did FlareKnight recognize as the show’s strengths? You can find out easily enough by reading the article!
If you’re one of those people who hated The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2, believe me, I get where you’re coming from. I reviewed the second season. I saw your concerns play out first hand! When I read the most negative reviews (and there are a lot of them), I find myself unable to refute the negativity. At least, I can’t on an objective level. But, despite all of the valid bad press, I still liked the season. Am I insane? Well, maybe. But there were specific things I liked. And I just found a post by GetmoreXP on the site GETMOREXP that literally says it better than I could myself. And I know — I tried! Why did some of us like this season despite many reasons to the contrary? This post has you covered!
I feel like I let you folks down. I don’t think I give you the kind of reviews you deserve. It comes down to time (well, and ability, but that’s a separate matter). I have a primary career that takes up about 50 hours if I’m lucky. I have a secondary career that takes up at least 15 and sometimes 20 hours a week — and sometimes bursts to 30 or more. I try to give my family as much time as I can, so that does not leave a lot of time for reflection. Or watching anime. That means when I give you my favorite quotes and moments, I sometimes can’t give you best explanation of why I chose those moments.
My reviews for Call of the Night are good examples. There’s something about that series that resonates like a plucked, perfectly-tuned guitar string through my being. But I can’t find the vocabulary to explain why. So, to make up for my lack, I try to find other bloggers who are better able to articulate themselves, then share those posts with you. Even in that august company, this post by Jane the Anime Witch on the site The Magic Planet is a shining example of what happens when a sensitive intellect filters keen observations through in-depth reflection. If you want to know why Call of the Night is worth watching, this is the post for you.
The first post that I celebrated this week was about Lycoris Recoil. More specifically, it celebrated what made it into the series — its animation, its characters, its plot, and its music. For most series, that’s as deep a view as I can get. After all, I’m not in Japan, and I don’t have access to any of the animation studios.
But by a stroke of great fortune, I came across this post by kViN on the site SakugaBlog. It tells the story of how Lycoris Recoil came to be. Or maybe I should say, it tells the story of how the show had no right to work so well as it did given the tumultuous path it took to get to our screens! As much as I liked the series — and I already liked it quite a bit — I came away from reading this post with a heightened sense of awe and gratitude. The pre-production animations were a great added touch! If you liked Lycoris Recoil, you’re in for a treat with this post!
You know that I try to celebrate anime here. Despite how hard I try, there are times when a show hits me so wrong that I just can’t look at it. That’s when my old habits — the habits I’m trying to jam into the basement and keep there — try to reassert themselves. It strikes me as odd that even as I’m experiencing such a negative reaction to a series, there’s a quiet voice in my mind that suggests that maybe my opinion is skewed. That maybe there’s another angle to consider.
I’m trying to encourage that quiet little voice.
the series Knight & Magic was a series that struck me like that. Maybe I tried to watch it on a particularly bad day. Maybe I had run out of coffee. Whatever the reason, I loathed it! Even while I knew darn well it didn’t deserve loathing. That’s why I liked this post by Dewbond on the site Shallow Dives in Anime. He has a knack for laying out how he sees an anime. The net effect is that his post helped me see the series from his perspective. Do I love the series now? I don’t know, because I haven’t seen it. But now I might, after reading this post! See what you think.
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