Welcome to My 5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2023 Week 34!
Every week, I visit over 290 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 favorites 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!
Maybe my experience fighting in the Great Usenet Flame Wars gave me a different perspective. Maybe writing my own novels gave me a different perspective. Whatever the reason, I just can’t understand folks freaking out over Jobless Reincarnation II. I’m not talking about the people who just don’t like what Rudy does and stop watching because it offends them. I’d be a bit of a hypocrite if I criticized that, because I’ve stopped watching shows for the same reason. But beyond that, I just don’t get it.
That means I gravitate to reviews from writers who do get it, like Roderick J “Jay” Friz on the site D&A Anime Blog. In this post, Roderick J “Jay” Friz not only talks about the bits that some folks have declared are controversial. He puts those bits into context. Ever since I read Dangerous Visions, I’ve had an appreciation for just how dangerous it is for a writer to honestly and accurately portray a character in a fantastic world, so it did my heart good to see how Roderick J “Jay” Friz talked about this episode. See if you agree!
Okay, you might be suspicious about my motives for picking Hanime on Anime’s post on the site Hanime on Anime. Because in it, she said some very nice things about one of my posts. But that’s not why I picked it! I skim posts to get a sense of their content before I read the ones I like in detail. I had already picked this post before I realized she had mentioned Crow’s World of Anime at all! I mean, just look at the subject matter! It’s an interesting question — and she gave an even more interesting answer. It’s so interesting that I’d love to talk about it, but I don’t want to spoil it! So you’ll just have to read it yourself.
We just talked about what makes a great villain. Let’s turn the question around. What makes a great protagonist? Jonah Hunt, on the site Jonah’s Daily Rants, just weighed in on Kazuma Sato from KonoSuba. What makes Kazuma great as a protagonist — specifically an isekai protagonist? Well, maybe great’s not the right word. Or maybe it is. There’s a lot of variables to process here, and Jonah Hunt does a great job of keeping everything on track. I really enjoyed how he placed Kazuma in the appropriate context — and what a context it is! See what you think!
I really, really enjoy Undead Girl Murder Farce. But I learned something reading perseus54321’s post on the site The Otaku Exhibition. I learned that my enjoyment is limited by my own experience! I can only like something to the extent my tastes and experience have prepared me to like it. Specifically, I learned that I completely missed the non-anime series Penny Dreadful and the perspective it provides on this anime! This is a bad thing. I don’t have time to process my anime backlog, much less non-anime material! Fortunately, perseus54321 walks us through the basics in the review. See if the post mentions something you like about Undead Murder Farce!
One of my favorite things is to find a review from someone who loved an episode, a series, or a movie, and then read why they loved it. Just knowing they enjoyed it is itself a cool thing. But the why makes it that much better. That’s what made me like this post from MARTIN BUTLER on the site Spilled Pixels. The post is about the final episode of Gunbuster — and apologies if I linked to the wrong MAL page! Reading MARTIN BUTLER’s review, I couldn’t help but get caught up in what the episode accomplished. And yes, my backlog just grew by one title! See if you have a similar reaction!
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