Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2022 Week 44!
Every week, I visit about 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 writes 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!
I wasn’t going to watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War. I had watched about a hundred episodes of the original run with my daughter, and those memories are precious to me. I didn’t want a modern disappointment to taint them. Then I thought about the pessimism that drove that decision, and I thought about the theme of his site (celebrating anime). I reconsidered.
Damn, I’m glad I did. Of course, we’re only three episodes in, but so far, Thousand-Year Blood War took everything I liked about the original and made it new. The scene in the first episode that reintroduced Ichigo and carrier battle group he calls his friends? Spectacular in the best sense of the word. But my pessimism tried to reassert itself. It tried to tell me the enjoyability would fall off with each subsequent episode. Did it? Well, as an answer, please let me present FlareKnight’s recently posted review on Anime Evo. He did a great job of capturing what made this episode so interesting — and it had a lot to do with the show’s lore. See if he talked about what struck you as interesting!
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Yes, Crow’s World of Anime yet again fails to publish a single topical post about the holiday! It’s hard work, but every year I manage not to stay in sync with the rest of the world. Honestly, I would like to, but with Real Life Family Events competing with Real Life Work Events to see which can consume most of my time every day, it’s all I can do to publish my regular seasonal review and write my novels.
Fortunately for those of you who like to read Halloween-themed reviews (myself included!), other bloggers manage their time better than I do. I came across proof of that in the form of this post by THEAWERSOME on the site At at Glance Anime. Have you seen the series Another? If you have, then you know why that after watching that series, I can never look at umbrellas the same way again! What else did THEAWERSOME say about the series? There’s only one way to find out!
I’m not a huge fan of romance series. It’s not that I look down on them or anything. It’s just a taste thing. But every once and a while, one hits me pretty hard. Dusk Maiden of Amnesia was one of those. Would you think less of me if I said that the last episode had me in Ugly Tears Mode? Oh. Well, then, let’s pretend I didn’t just say that. It’s probably for the best.
I don’t see many bloggers talk about the series. Of course, it came out a decade ago, but to me, that doesn’t matter much — time doesn’t mean what it used to. But this week I had the great fortune of coming across this post by Irina on her site I Drink and Watch Anime. Astonishingly, she had not seen Dusk Maiden of Amnesia before. I say “astonishingly” because I assume if I’ve seen it, she’s seen it twice and has reviewed it at least once! In this case, she described the series in as beautiful as way as I’ve ever seen. She even gave em a deeper appreciation of a show that most definitely did not affect me emotionally in any way whatsoever. Okay, just go read Irina’s post before this conversation gets any more awkward.
Masterpiece Anime Showcase: Revisiting Puella Magi Madoka Magica A Decade Later, Understanding Magical Girls As A Metaphor For Mental Health and The Importance of Good Decision-Making Through Simplexity
Do you know what I miss about college? I miss a) having the time to consider complex subjects and b) classmates and professors who want to talk about and understand those topics. There are times I just want to dive into something and immerse myself in it. I not only want to understand it. I want to understand it from multiple perspectives, each with their own sets of assumptions and suppositions. That layering of thought is exciting! And no, I do not get out very much. Why do you ask?
Joking aside, there’s a real intellectual value in diving deeply into a topic. My first novel, Executive Action, is one long dive into one or two simple questions. I can’t tell you what they are. The Writer’s Code of Conduct forbids me from talking about themes! But that code doesn’t apply to celebrating posts who conduct deep dives into important series. This week, I was happy to find one of infinitezenith’s deep dives on the site The Infinite Zenith. He tackled a series whose depth and complexity still impress me: Puella Magi Madoka Magica. What did he have to say? Quite a lot, and all of it engrossing. See if you agree!
I swear, I was not going to watch Chainsaw Man. I don’t have a great history watching shows that have a lot of hype. But then I watched Gigguk’s video “Chainsaw Man’s Author is Insane,” and I got the “I’m a writer and there’s another writer who might have done something cool so I’d better check it out” itch. Don’t you hate when that happens? Well, maybe hate’s the the wrong word…
Anyway, I watched the first episode. I fell in love with Makima. I watched the second episode. I fell in love with Power. I watched the third episode… Well, you get the idea. The writer part of my brain furiously took notes through all three episodes! I can only hope it came up with something useful. Regardless of whether it did or not, I wanted to celebrate perseus54321’s review from the site The Otaku Exhibition with you. Why? Because he nailed what makes this show so much fun to watch. This is one of those reviews I wish I had written!
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Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 19-25 October 2022: Magical Girl Otome Game, Shoujo Romance, and Idolmaster Composer Arrested
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (October 28, 2022)