Every week, I visit over 300 anime sites looking for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. These five posts are my favorite for the week! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!
You can see a list of the sites I check here: Massive List of Sites!
In my post last week, FlareKnight, on the site Anime Evo, gave the debut episode of the series Oshi no Ko astonishingly high praise. His post was exciting to read! But it got me wondering: could the second episode live up to the promise of the first? I haven’t been able to watch either yet, so I have to live vicariously through others! Fortunately, FlareKnight continues his streak of vivid descriptions and evocative insights. Is the series off to a good start? There’s one way to find out! Now, if I can just make time to watch the show…
My definition of a good fantasy is The Lord of the Rings. It’s a very high bar. But from what I saw, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, in its own limited way, measured up. the more I watched it, the more I respected what it had achieved. Even better: I cared about the characters. I cheered for Chise every time she took a step forward. I felt Elias’ lonely isolation.
But in the back of my mind, I felt uneasy. I’ve seen too many slave fantasies, and I’ve seen too many real-life cases where an older man takes advantage of a younger woman. For most of the first season, I was on edge — would Elias take advantage of Chise? Or worse? I lack the vocabulary or experience to address the question intelligently. Fortunately, I found this post by Jessica Engelbrecht on the site Anime Feminist and, I have to say, after reading it, I feel a lot better. What did Jessica say? What’s her take on the relationship between Elias and Chise? Head on over to read the article — you’ll be glad you did!
I’ve heard a lot about the movie Suzume. So much so that I already plan to watch it! Then I came across this review by Dewbond on the site Shallow Dives in Anime. If there’s one problem I have with Dewbond’s reviews, it’s that every time I read one, my danged backlog gets bigger! Seriously, he has a knack for describing a show in a way that makes it sound like it was tailored for me! Sigh. Seriously, the review does a great job capturing why the show is interesting. So if you need another excuse to watch Suzume, here it is!
I just talked about how the reviews of the first episode set expectations so high, I had no idea how Oshi no Ko’s second episode could compare. Well, the evidence is mounting that it not only compared — it compared well! This review by Theron Martin on the site USA Anime effectively builds the case. If you want proof, or you just want to celebrate an amazing anime, this article is for you!
Some days go by, and I don’t think back on just how amazing Bocchi the Rock! felt to me. But not many. Even putting aside the authentic presentation of Hitori Goto’s character, the show had a light-touch that snuck emotional beats right past my intellectual barriers. And I didn’t even notice until it was too late! Or just in time, depending on your perspective. This post by Bobduh on the site Wrong Every Time talked about episode 5 with clarity and respect for the episode’s nuances. It was great reliving that episode through Bobduh’s eyes! See if you have the same reaction!
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- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 12-18 April 2023: AroAce Spectrum in Japan, Influential Women Authors, and Genderless Writer Arai Shou
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (April 21, 2023)