Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2023 Week 12!
Every week, I visit about 310 anime sites looking for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. 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!
Special Feature: Spring 2023 Seasonal Previews
This time around, I thought it might help you if I broke out a separate section for seasonal previews. Each preview has its own charm, and I think you’ll enjoy reading them. So as a special feature this week, let me present my favorite previews so far:
- Anime Evo: FlareKnight’s Spring 2023 Preview
- Lost in Anime: Spring 2023 Preview and Video Companion
- The Magic Planet: Vote on the Next Let’s Watch for the Spring 2023 Season
- Random Curiosity: Spring 2023 Preview
- Star Crossed Anime: Spring 2023 Season Preview
5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2023 Week 12
You know how sometimes you look at the promotional graphic for an anime series, and you think, “I really hope they don’t go in the direction they might.” Well, that’s the feeling I got when I saw the graphic for Reincarnated as a Sword. The main character, Fran, wasn’t an adult. That could be problematic. Because, well, you know, it’s anime…
I did watch the first episode. I liked how Shishou, who had been reincarnated from Earth, was a sword in this world. That made the show distinctive! But watching the next episodes got crushed in the rush to write daily reviews and keep up with other series. Fortunately, I came across this post by Odyssey on the site Anime Hajime. You can tell from the title that Odyssey thought well of the series, and the post describes why with keen insights and great details. Also, Odyssey addressed my fear about the direction the show could have taken — and didn’t! Mostly. See if Odyssey’s review convinces you to watch the series!
Isn’t it fun to learn how things work? When I was a kid, I used to take broken clocks apart. Sometimes, they worked when I put them back together! But not at first. That was because I needed to learn what made them tick (dad joke intended).
The Overage Otaku on the site Confessions of an Overage Otaku specializes in doing to stories what I used to do clocks. He takes stories apart to understand what makes them work. In this post, he looks at an interesting form of antagonistic — one that’s often invisible, or at least operates beyond the sight of the main characters. If you’re at all interested in story craftsmanship, then you’ll have a lot of fun reading this one!
DoubleSama, on the site DOUBLESAMA, just nailed, with stunning clarity, a critical aspect of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV Part 2. Was it the plot? Well, DoubleSama did a fantastic job describing the plot, but that’s not what I had in mind. Same with the side characters and development of the MC. Solid insights all around. No, what I’m talking about is that he identified the Best Girl in the series — for all the right reasons. See if you agree with his selection. I know I do!
IS IT WRONG TO TRY AND PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON SEASON 4 REVIEW: RISE UP ARGONAUT, RYU, AND ALL WHO FIGHT FOR THE HESTIA FAMILIA
I came across another post with an interesting perspective on Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV Part 2. GETMOREXP, on the site GETMOREXP, talked about other aspects of the series. It’s not that he didn’t recognize the Best Girl, but he also dove into other points of interest. Most importantly, he spoke of a couple of key dramatic decisions that the writers made that elevated the season. GETMOREXP brought them to life in an entertaining way! See if you saw the same things GETMOREXP did.
Bocchi the Rock! succeeded on multiple levels. It was a character-driven comedy that I thought worked very well. It also worked as a vehicle to build awareness of a real medical condition: social anxiety. What I thought made it particularly distinctive, though, was its authenticity. There were points where I’d laugh, not at the joke, but in defense against memories of my life, or the lives of people I know.
This post by perseus54321 on the site The Otaku Exhibition started out as one of perseus54321’s usually compelling reviews. I’ve featured many of them in Other Posts to Crow About for just that reason. This review stood out even among those. Bocchi the Rock! is a work of art. Art connects with us and helps us understand ourselves and the world. I really enjoyed reading perseus54321’s discussion of how this anime connected with him. I can read reviews of Bocchi the Rock! on a lot of sites. I can only get perseus54321’s perspective here. That makes it worth reading! It’s also a fun review to read, too.
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- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 15-21 March 2023: Sailor Moon Fashion, Aggretsuko Finale, and Free March Movies
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (March 24, 2023)