Every week, I visit around 280 anime sites looking for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. These are my five favorite posts for the week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
You can see a list of the sites I check here: Massive List of Sites!
Worst Anime Challenge: Revisiting Infinite Stratos and Understanding The Intentions Behind Izuru Yumizuru’s Chef D’Oeuvre
As you could probably guess from my reviews of the series, I really enjoyed Infinite Stratos. My review format stresses what I like about a show. When I started this site, my goal was simply to celebrate anime. As I refined my format, I focused on celebrating anime by describing what I like about a given episode. My hope is that at some point, I’ll be able to more effectively convey emotion through prose. After actively writing for over fifty years, you’d think I’d have that down by now. But even if I don’t completely suck, there’s always room for improvement!
The downside is that I don’t often discuss the technical merits of a series. Fortunately, infinitezenith, on the site The Infinite Zenith, is adept at describing the technical elements of a show, and whether that show delivers on the potential of those elements. I was very happy to read that there are actual reasons for me liking this show! It’s not that I necessarily want affirmation — I’m just glad infinitezenith explained things so clearly and thoroughly! See if you agree with his points!
The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Part 2 continues its power drive into the depths of tragedy, and I’m enjoying it so much I feel guilty — some of the characters are in seriously bad situations! None are in worse than Philomela, who figured prominently in this arc. The story’s wonderfully complex, and there are times I miss details. Fortunately, I came across this review by kvasir369 on the site Kvasir369. The post, through a synopsis, a review, and a comparison to the manga, gave me a much better handle on the episode. That’s a lot of coolness to pack into a single post! See what you think!
I was half afraid to start watching Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End. It started so strong, and it touched so many people, that I worried it would stumble and let us down. But it looks like my fears have been unfounded, at least so far, if this review by Lesley Aeschliman on the site LESLEY’S ANIME AND MANGA CORNER is any indication. Given the eloquence and clarity of the post, I think the series is doing just fine. Now, all I need to do is invent a time machine, and I can watch it before I retire! But you can read Lesley Aeschliman’s review right now!
I’m used to making tough decisions about what not to watch. What I’m not used to is coming across a review of a show I’ve never even heard of! That was the case when I read Merlin’s review on the site Merlin’s Musings. The review was of Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World. After reading the review, I have to say I was a little bummed — because it sounds like it was a fun little series! Well, maybe not so little — it ran for 24 episodes. But the fact remains, this review made me aware of another cool series — and made me want to watch it!
Blood-C was a lot of fun to watch — but only if you don’t have a weak stomach, or if you don’t mind hyper-violence in service of a narrative. Some of the violence was so over the top that it became iconic! But if you could get past that, I thought the central mystery was a lot of fun. It had more to offer than just that, too. What I find surprising is that Yomu, on the site Umai Yomu Anime Blog, was able to write an entertaining review of a show known for its twists and turns — without spoiling a single plot point! Seriously, that’s a skill. Check out the post, and please don’t forget to read the comments. Some of them are great, too!
Want to Read Favorite Posts from Other Sites?
- Anime Feminist: Weekly Round-Up, 15-21 November 2023: “Anime Tourist,” Labor Union Negotiations, and Vita Otome Games
- LESLEY’S ANIME AND MANGA CORNER: Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (November 24, 2023)