Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2023 Week 05!
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!
Faith in the divine is a difficult topic. It’s not because it’s complex, because when you boil it down, it’s really a binary: yes, or no. It’s difficult because we make it so. I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a degree in theology, with concentrations in moral systematic theology, Christology, and Eschatology. Which, roughly translated, means I exist in a state of constant annoyance at how those who scream the loudest seem to misappropriate theological concepts the most!
I’m not about to advise anyone on how to live their inner faith life — or not live it, as they choose. But one thing I would really like to do, if anyone wants to pursue the question, is encourage them to do whatever it is they chose in such a way that at least resembles the original intent! And that means I am going to encourage folks so inclined to look to sources that at demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals. And the way I worded that probably falls under the category of “we make it so.”
Anyway, I was excited to come across Claire’s post on Beneath the Tangles. It shows shows a solid understanding of fundamental movements within the Old Testament — in context. Not only that, but the post understands Suletta, one of the main protagonists from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury. I really enjoyed how Claire pointed out the thematic parallels between the two works. Understanding literature in its wider context — that’s some good stuff! See if you enjoy the post as much as I did!
I recently read a review that hated Sound Euphonium. I could joke about it and say I wasn’t aware that was possible. I mean, doesn’t Kumiko and her floofy hair make everything wonderful? But I won’t, because floofy hair is no joking matter. No, I bring it up because it describes the mindset I was in when I came across one of Irina’s posts on I Drink and Watch Anime. She reviewed Liz and the Blue Bird (which, of course, means I want to watch it now — her reviews kinda have that effect on me). The movie sounds lovely. It sounds exactly like something I’d want to watch, and the way Irina describes it reinforces that conclusion.
But it also got me thinking. I might even write a post about it. But, not only have I frowned at a lot of reviews hating shows I love. I’ve also noticed a trend of some reviewers burning out. I wrote a post describing why I’ve decided to celebrate anime, and what I’ve seen lately makes me think I made the right choice. We choose what we like; we control out own standards. I want to celebrate anime; I want to read others who do the same thing. Celebrating the positive makes the world a better place. What I’m saying is, Irina’s post, and the other posts I celebrate here, are making the world a better. It just so happens Irina’s post is particularly good at it! See if you feel better about the world after reading her review!
If you read my review of My Hero Academia Season 6 episode 130, then you know what I think about it (and thanks for reading!). But in that review, I didn’t say enough. Not by a long shot. Fortunately for you, I found this post by Jonah Hunt on Jonah’s Daily Rants that does say enough. Just enough, in fact. I’ve been looking for a review like this because I think this episode is something special. Why do I think that? What about it makes it special? Jonah Hunt has you covered! Head on over to see what I mean.
You might think you know the secret to landing a spot in my top five favorite posts every week. Find out what shows I most adore and write a glowing review. Right? Well, close! But there’s a missing component. Two components, actually. First, the review has to be well-written. Which is to say, it has to demonstrate skill in execution. If I’ve ever celebrated one of your posts, you need to know it’s a statement. Namely, that I love your writing.
The second missing component is that whatever your write has to express your honest perspective. I have to come away form the post convinced that I know how you really think about the topic. I don’t want a blogger to tell me what they think I want to hear. I want them to tell me what they really think. And that’s what I got from Scoop’s Animation Corner’s post on the site Scoop’s Animation Corner. This post reviewed Zombieland Saga Revenge, and it did the show proud. Want to know why it was worth watching? Then you know what to do!
Have you seen Paprika? I’d like to encourage you to see it if you haven’t, but even thinking about how I’d go about saying why makes me realize that I don’t have that kind of space here. Fortunately, Traditional Catholic Weeb on the site The Traditional Catholic Weeb took the space necessary to describe what makes the movie so interesting. The movie’s not perfect, of course, and the review reflects that. But there’s a lot that’s worth watching, and the review reflected that, too! So go see what you’re missing!
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Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 25-31 January 2023: Elderly Yuri, Magical Girl Trivia, and Assault Lawsuit Rulings
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (February 3, 2023)