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5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2023 Week 40

Every week, I visit almost 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!

5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts

Hanime on Anime

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 (the Human Inventory Arc): The Anime I Didn’t Know I Needed

It’s going to be Philosophical Week here on Crow’s World of Anime. You’ll see why I say that as we celebrate my favorite posts this week. We start out with Hanime on Anime’s post on the site Hanime on Anime. She spoke of how she had no intention of watching a particular arc in Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2. Then she did. You know the feeling, right? You have zero (or negative) expectations going in. A few minutes later, you’re sitting there, stunned, at the profundity of what you just saw.

The arc spoke to her on a personal level. As she described how and why (and I love how movingly she described it!), it struck me that this is exactly what kind of connection I’m looking for when I read a book or watch an anime. It’s not that I’m looking for validation, necessarily. I’m way past that. I’m just looking for a sign — any sign! — that my experience of my humanity bears some resemblance to that of others. In this post, I saw something of that, and I thought that was cool. See if you have a similar reaction!


Ancient Magus Bride: Season 2 – Episode 13 Review

This season is so packed with shows I want to watch that I almost missed one of my favorites: The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Part 2. Yeah, I know — I feel guilty about it! But I didn’t miss it, so all’s well. Now, no lie, one of the first things I thought when I saw it was up this season was, “Hey, I wonder if Kvasir369’s going to review it (on the site Kvasir369).” I’ve enjoyed Kvasir369’s review format for its rich insights and comparison of the anime to the manga. Also for the kind of details he discuses. And guess what? I had a very pleasant surprise waiting for me on my anime blog excursion tonight! The review has me even more excited for this season. See if it whets your appetite for the show!

The Magic Planet

Seasonal First Impressions: A Lullaby For You To Come Back Home – Endings and Beginnings in FRIEREN: BEYOND JOURNEY’S END

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End looks like it’s going to be one of those shows — well-crafted, visually appealing, and philosophically engaging. For those who want to engage it on that level, anyway. That’s an undervalued aspect of entertainment. It needs to entertain, first and foremost. But if it can entertain and show us something about our world, well, then. We have art. And I think anime has way more than its fair share of artistically successful vehicles.

I was really glad to see planet Jane’s post this week on The Magic Planet. planet Jane is able to identify complex philosophical presentations and break them down into easily accessible morsels. That’s not easy to do — by any stretch of the imagination. That ability is perfect for this series, and all the proof you need is in this post. I appreciated the series before I read this post. If I said I understood the series less now, would you be surprised? It’s because planet Jane gave me a glimpse into the show from an angle I didn’t know existed. So yeah, I understand it less — because I understand it more. I told you this was Philosophical Week!

Season 1 Episode 1 Anime Reviews

It’s Spooky Season! – Day 1: Healer Girl Episode 10

I can tell how much I like a series by how much it inflames my imagination. By the time I’d gotten through the first two or three episode of Healer Girl, I’d come up with an entire fanfic companion universe. I don’t have time to write it, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), but I’m always on the lookout for insightful posts about the series. And I found one in Jessi Silver’s post on Season 1 Episode 1. This post is part of her series about Halloween-themed shows, and in that context, she managed to perfectly capture the heart of Healer Girl. The post made me want to watch the series again! See if it sparks your interest!

Wrong Every Time

Land of the Lustrous – Episode 12

Queen’s song Under Pressure speaks of “the terror of knowing what the world’s about.” If you’ve experienced that, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then, I envy you. Mostly. No. I don’t envy you, really. But I wish I could. Not knowing hurts less than knowing. But it’s less… something. Satisfying? Fulfilling? I don’t know how to put it; I don’t know enough about your experience and frames of reference to explain it. That’s my approach — trying to find common ground, trying to establish a connection so we can communicate.

My inability to get the idea across is a failing. This week, I found that once again, Bobduh, on the site Wrong Every Time, doesn’t share that failing. The way he explained Phos’ journey in Land of the Lustrous’ episode 12 was nothing short of revelatory. When I watched the show, I saw many of the threads he picked up, but I lacked the vocabulary (and probably the patience) to assemble them in a coherent way. The way he described the intertwined relationship and destiny between Phos and Cinnabar gave me such a deep insight that I want to rewatch the series with that concept in mind. If you liked this series at all, seriously, take a look at this post.

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