Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2023 Week 01!
Every week, I visit about 320 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 those 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!
You know that feeling you get at the beginning of a new anime? That “is this going to be great, average, or eye-gougingly horrific” feeling? Or maybe I should say “eye-rollingly horrific.” I’ve been watching too much Chainsaw Man…
Whatever you want to call it, that’s the feeling I had when I sat down to watch Spy Classroom. Then I saw the main characters, each more cute than the last, running down the middle of a street. In the middle of an operation. Under fire. I have never seen my expectations crater faster. But I stuck it out. There were several moments, mostly revolving around Lily, where I thought maybe, just maybe, this was a show I could like. And then one particular moment happened. I bring this up because FlareKnight noticed the same moment in his review on Anime Evo. Can you guess what moment it was? I’ll bet you can!
The problem with having a full-time job is that, while it sure beats rummaging in trash cans for foot, it takes a lot of time. And energy. And focus. So much so that by the time I get around to watching anime, I can’t reflect deeply on some questions I have. I’d like to imitate Socrates, but more often than not I have to follow the lead of Mediocrates.
Case in point: the relationship between Denji and Power. It’s not romantic, that’s for sure. I thought it might be buddies, like those old cop-buddy movies I used to see in the 1980s and 1990s. However, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, and bang! I had to move on to the next task. Fortunately, Irina casually mentioned the right answer on her blog I Drink and Watch Anime. There is was, clear a day. Finally, their relationship made sense! My only regret is now I feel like an idiot for not figuring it out on my own. See if you’re less an idiot than I am (spoiler: you are less of an idiot than I am)!
Remember that feeling I just described when I sat down to watch Spy Classroom? Well, I had the same sensation when I started watching Ningen Fushin: Adventurers Who Don’t Believe in Humanity Will Save the World. Then I heard the main character’s name was Nick. I have no idea why, but my Suspension of Disbelief heard that and said, “Later, dude. You’re on your own with this one.” I mean, I’m sure Nick is a fine name, but this is a fantasy world. I guess I was expecting more like “Nicholas” or something.
But since my Suspension of Disbelief had already left, I figured I’d stick around to watch the rest of the episode. And something very odd happened. I liked it. Why? Well, I could tell you, or I could do one better: I could point you to Nora’s post on IT’S YOUR FAULT THAT I’M NOT POPULAR. Our reactions were similar. Enough that I can confidently point to this post and say, “Yep! Nora nailed it.” Go see what I mean!
Do you find Makima terrifying? I hesitate to answer for myself, and the reason is telling. I hesitate to answer because I’m afraid Makina, like Saki Hanajima from Fruits Basket, might not believe in the fourth wall and could well decide to come after me if I give the wrong answer. That kinda gives my answer away, though, doesn’t it? Hmmm.
Anyway, I’ve read several posts that describe Makima as scary to some degree or another. Each gave solid reasons, but this post by Jonah on the site Jonah’s Daily Rants gives the most comprehensive perspective I’ve read. In the back of my mind, I had a few reasons stored away, but this post hit all of them and way more. See if his description matches what you think of Makima’s impact on the cast — and you!
With BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense. 2 starting soon, I caught sight of this review of BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense and thought, “Cool! I wonder if that series was as much fun as I think I remember!”
Real life is tough on short-term memory! It’s not great for long-term memory, either.
So, I dove into this review by TakaCode Reviews on the site TakaCode Reviews. And guess what? The show sounds even better than I remembered! I particularly like TakaCode Reviews’ perspective on Maple and Sally. And now I want to both rewatch the previous season and watch the new! Well, it’s only time, right?
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Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 28 December 2022 – 3 January 2023: Dear Brother Out of Print, Otome Localization Survey, and Year’s Best Yuri
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (January 6, 2023)