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!
I have a soft spot for political intrigue. You might that impression if you’ve read any of my novels! I blame the book Dune. It blew me away in high school, and it set my expectations for what that genre could deliver. That’s part of why I’ve so enjoyed Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2. I’m not saying I’ll remember it like I remember Dune. But I am saying it’s scratching the same itch.
However, there’s a drawback to well-crafted political intrigue. It requires attention. There are times when I lose track of the characters, situations, and institutions in The Witch from Mercury. That’s my fault, but it makes me sensitive to reviewers who apparently don’t share that particular shortcoming. InfiniteZenith falls into that category! This post on The Infinite Zenith proves that. This is the most detailed, thought-provoking, and downright fact-based review I’ve ever read of this series — and I’ve read most of them! See what you think!
I think I warned you that I was going to gush about The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 this season, didn’t I? I hope I did, because there’s something about this show that speaks to me. Part of it has to do with the authenticity of the world and the relationships of its inhabitants. My reaction reminds me of how I felt about Lord of the Rings or David Brin’s Uplift novels. These works feel like they always have been and always will be. They feel real.
One of the things about KVASIR369’s reviews is that he conveys the vibe a show presents. He will also often compare the anime to its manga roots, as he does in this post on Kvasir369. I think that combination is why KVASIR369’s reviews of this series resonate so strongly with me. They capture the show in a visceral way. See if this review helps you relive the fourth episode!
Why do I watch anime or read novels? I could be flippant and say it’s to find “amazing moments in anime,” which is part of this site’s tagline. But why am I looking for amazing moments? To be completely honest, it’s because I want a reminder. It’s like Sam said in The Return of the King, when he saw a single star shining above the clouds Sauron had sent over Middle Earth:
For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
Tolkien, J.R.R.. The Return Of The King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings (p. 95). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
The last decade’s been tough; the last five or six years in particular. I look for amazing moments to remind me that what I’m dealing with now is not permanent. In a recent post on her site Lita Kino’s Anime Corner, Lita also talks about how anime can be uplifting. It’s no casual thing — fiction is powerful, and I can vouch for the series that Lita chose to illustrate her point. See if she mentioned any series that are special to you!
Fiction doesn’t have to be deep, or touching, of even subtle. Sometimes, you just want to laugh your butt off. Which kind of describes my week! So it’s a good thing that I came across this post by MARK KING on the site The Mind of the Hybrid One, because it brought the series Space Dandy to my attention. I’d heard about it, but I think my initial impression was a bit off — which means that yet once again, because of an excellent review, my Back Log Grows(tm). Well, there are worse things. See what you think!
How to explain the Fate Franchise? The best attempt I’ve found is Gigguk’s funny video “trying to understand the fate series.” It helped clarify things for me! Even if it didn’t, it was hilarious. My point here is that the series is hard to explain. Every time I start one of shows, I go in with sky-high expectations because of how close the previous show I watched came to greatness. But none of them seem to hit the bullseye. Which is okay, because I’d much rather watch a series shoot for greatness and fall short than not try at all.
And let’s face it: my tastes are subjective. There are plenty of folks who adore the Fate series, and I respect that. As proof, please let me direct your attention to Jacob – Your Friendly Overlord’s post on the site Side of Fiction. The post talks about Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower. He talks about what made the movie so powerful. I gotta say, I watched the movie before. I even bought the Blu Ray. And this post made me appreciate it even more. See if you agree!
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- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 19-25 April 2023: The Apothecary Diaries, Sailor Moon Manga Chat, and Shinkai Makoto Interview
- Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (April 28, 2023)