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5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2024 Week 04

Every week, I visit about 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!


Reincarnated as a Sword First Impressions

It’s fun to find a new series you enjoy, isn’t it? Every season, we check out the new crop of anime, hoping to find a series that capture out imaginations. Except, it doesn’t have to be that way, does it? There’s no rule saying we have to keep up, season by season, with what’s a very real embarrassment of riches. This post by ADVANCED495 on the site ADVANCED495’s ANIME BLOG reminded me of that. It was great reading how much ADVANCED495 enjoyed Reincarnated as a Sword, which came out over a year ago. It doesn’t matter how long ago something came out — if you’ve never seen it before, it’s new to you! For those of us with massive backlogs, this is quite a statement of hope!

Confessions of an Overage Otaku


Each of The Overage Otaku’s posts on Confessions of an Overage Otaku has the potential to amaze me, educate me, or both. This post is an excellent example. How many words have been written about Steins;Gate? You’d think we’d be out of new things to say! But this post found something new — something that, like many amazing insights, is obvious only in hindsight. But only after posts like this point it out — or writers like The Overage Otaku come up with it! So if you want to enjoy another insight about this venerable series, this post is exactly what you’re looking for!

Merlin’s Musings

The Horrible World of My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia Season 6 impressed me. As far as I’m concerned, the way it brought together all of the elements that came before elevated it to another level. But don’t take my word for it! Instead, let me direct you to this post by Merlin from Merlin’s Musings. Merlin’s post focuses on one aspect of the story and how it came into focus in this last season. Reading how Merlin came to this conclusion was cool — it mirrored my own thought process. Which isn’t a slam against Merlin at all! All joking aside, see if you noticed the same thing that Merlin did.

The Otaku Author

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (Season One)

Zom 100 started so strong that the production issues that delayed the release of its final episodes hurt more than usual. To be clear: those issues affected the artists in a real way, while I was just inconvenienced. Still, it blunted the show’s impact. But did it cripple it? Lynn, on the site The Otaku Author, weighs in on that question. And he does so with his casually deep insights about the story and characters. See if his conclusions matched yours!

Shallow Dives in Anime

Black Lagoon: The Best 90s anime from 2006.

It’s easy for nostalgia to cloud our memories. I remember adoring the series Space:1999 when I was younger (I was in high school when it came out). Years later, I tried to rewatch it. Boy, was I disappointed! Reading Dewbond’s post on Shallow Dives in Anime about Black Lagoon reminded me of that experience. Would Dewbond also feel disappointed? Did nostalgia affect how he remembered the series? I don’t want to give it away, so I’ll just give you a one word hint: Revy. See if Dewbond’s experience matches yours!

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8 thoughts on “5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2024 Week 04

  1. TCrow, for 7th Time Loop, I think it hinted something fundamental to the direction of the series in Episode 3, and I only just realized it now.

    Arnold stated in Episode 3 to Oliver that he brought Rishe here to be his wife not for the benefit of the imperial family or the nation, which shows his reason for doing so is entirely for selfish reasons. Given how Arnold is trying to implement policies that help commoners right now in Episode 4, that he didn’t include improving the nation as being one of the reasons for making Rishe his future wife in Episode 3 suggests that he doesn’t believe widespread reform is possible in Galkhein or the world even if he were to become the Emperor of Galkhein, so the blood-stained future that has seen the death of Rishe in every previous loop so far is probably on course to manifest itself again unless Rishe kills Arnold.

    1. You might be right. If the series wants to be a tragedy, and I can’t tell if it does yet or not, she might end up killing him.

      I find myself hoping she instead inspires him. I hope she gives him the grounding he needs to engage with the problems instead of letting them drive him to bitterness and despair.

      I’m interested in seeing where the series goes from here!

  2. TCrow, Sousou no Frieren and The Apothecary Diaries are some of the best anime in years. I believe you’ll enjoy them when you finally get around to watching them.

  3. Thanks for sharing! There are still a lot of anime I have on my backlog. Another great example is when I watched Flying Witch last month. It came out over seven years ago. I wanted to watch an iyashikei anime I haven’t seen before, and it was good. No matter how long an anime has been sitting in my backlog, I will eventually watch it unless I remove it.

    1. You’re welcome!

      I remember watching Flying Witch. What a pleasantly relaxing series!

      I’ve come to think of a backlog as comforting. I’m still trying to work out why!

  4. Thanks for sharing. It’s as good an example as any as to why they shouldn’t be working on shows as they air. Finish it and then release. You can work on the next one while that’s going on. Anyhow, more zombies is always a good thing… just in the stories, not the animation studios.

    1. You’re welcome!

      And I think you’re right — both in saying this is a good example and in saying more zombies is a good thing!

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