Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2023 Week 02!
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!
There are some anime genres that I’ve struggled to embrace. In almost every case, it’s not because I don’t acknowledge their appeal — it’s that the appeal isn’t, well, appealing to me. If that makes sense. It’s been a long week, so I can’t really tell if I’m making any sense or not. So, business as usual!
One of those genres is sports anime. I want to stress that I don’t dislike the genre; it’s that there are too many others things I want to watch! But I’m still curious, which is why I wanted to read this post by ANNIEMEADDICT on the site Annie-Me. This post is all about sports anime. It even has a handy guide to why sports anime is so riveting! And guess what? I think more kindly of sports anime now because that handy guide was really insightful! Also, the post spoke well of the series Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls. I had enjoyed it because I’d never seen an anime about rock-climbing before. Now that I’ve read this post, I recognize it’s a decent example of the genre. See if you’re really a fan of sports anime and just didn’t know it!
Did you watch Call of the Night? I did. I even reviewed it! And you get points if you read those reviews! It was one of those shows that I think about randomly from time to time. That’s a good sign — and if it keeps up, the show might end up in the Caw of Fame! Talk about a coveted award! Or not. I should probably look up what coveted means.
Anyway, because I liked the series so much, I was excited to find this review by Anteiku Anime Reviews on the site Anteiku Anime Reviews. This post had three outstanding traits. First, it spoke well of Nazuna Nanakusa. But that’s a given, isn’t it? I mean, she’s one of the main characters. Second, the writer seemed impressed by Anko Uguisu. Now, that’s the sign of a discerning reviewer! Best of all, the post clearly conveyed the writer’s affection for the series. That sort of thing is like a cool breeze in summer (or a space heater in winter — depending on which hemisphere you’re in!). I enjoyed remembering how much I had enjoy the series as I read this review. See if you have a similar experience!
Sometimes, I feel like I’m trapped in a horror movie. I’m one of those dumb protagonists who hears a noise in the basement. I grab the flashlight, find it has no batteries, and shrug as I trudge down the dark stairs. I open the basement door and recoil in terror. Before me, growing more huge by the moment, is my backlog! As soon as the light from upstairs touches it, it convulses — another growth spurt! Then it lunges.
That’s a metaphor for me and my Friday night journey into the anime blogsphere. Every time I turn around, I find another series to throw on the backlog! This time, I would blame Irina and her site I Drink and Watch Anime. But faulting her for having the skill to bring out what’s great about a series like Do It Yourself!! seems kind of silly. In fact, I’ll classify it as morally objectionable. Because it’s the opposite of what I should do, which is thank her for bring another great series to my attention. See if you think the same thing!
If you’ve read these posts for a while, you might sometimes suspect that I’m biased towards positive reviews of shows I like. Well, please let me disabuse you of that notion. You should have no suspicions whatsoever. Because it’s a fact: I like posts that celebrates shows I enjoy. Bias? Yes. That’s why I call this post my “Favorites” instead of “Posts I Have an Objective Set of Criteria to Measure against as a Subjective Human Because That’s How Humans Are.” Perhaps I should turn it into a light novel. Clearly, I already have a title.
So, yes, when I came upon SINH’s post on OTAKU SINH, there was no small amount of positive bias. The post was about The Eminence in Shadow, which I am having an absolute blast reviewing. SINH distinguishes himself first with his witty and theme-specific image captions. Seriously, when I read the post for the first time, I just read the captions — and I have no regrets! Even better, the post contains humor and critical insights into the the show’s plot and characters. So I can laugh and feed that part of my brains that’s fine-tuning how to plot stories! It’s a win-win. And you’ll win, too, when you read it!
I’ve been trying to think of a new title for a novel I’m working on. There were too many exact matches and similarities within my genre to the one I had chosen. The last thing I need to inflict on my readers is confusion. I mean, they’re already reading my books. Clearly, they have enough problems on their hands! For the new title, I almost chose The Backlog Groweth. But frankly, it was too scary.
It’s so scary because once again, I read a review and once again, it was so insightful and conveyed such a sense of enjoyment that I had no choice. I had to feed the backlog. This time, TakaCode Reviews wrote a review of The Girl Who Leapt Through Space (on the site TakaCode Reviews). The show sounds so quirky, and it sounds like it has so many allusions to other titles, that I can’t not be interested. So, that loud cracking sound you hear is my soul buckling under the weight of an ever-growing anime backlog. And I couldn’t be happier!
Want to Read More of My Favorite Anime Post Lists?
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, 4-10 January 2023: Afro-Anime, Aro/Ace Survey, and BL’s Influence on Shounen
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (January 13, 2023)