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5 Favorite Anime Blog Posts from 2024 Week 15

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!

Note: Starting this week, I’m making a minor change to how I publish this post. Until now, on Friday night, I’d sent a Tweet on Twitter (I’m not calling it by its other name) for each post I celebrate. Recently, I haven’t a lot of engagement; I don’t think those posts generated much traffic to anyone’s sites. So, as of this week, I’m not going to send out the Friday night Tweets anymore. I’ll still send both FaceBook posts and Twitter Tweets on Saturday.

This isn’t an idealogical choice, though, for the record, I do have serious reservations about the decision making process at Twitter. This is a purely business decision. The Tweets, which require an editorial effort, returned no value. I’ve noticed this condition accelerating under Twitter’s current management. It’s unfortunate, not only because that venue used the be viable, but because potential competitors have yet to show any return on my test investments.

I thought I’d mention this because I didn’t want you to think I just forgot! Let’s face it: that’s always a plausible explanation if I don’t do something!

The Con Artists

Sousou no Frieren – Episode 28

I should probably ask you to sit down before you read this next piece, because it’s pretty shocking. You ready? I finished watching Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End! Yes, a series that had been in my backlog has been freed!

Kinda gives you hope for the future of humanity, doesn’t it?

That said, I’m finding it hard to articulate just what I thought of the show. My score on MAL should give you a general indication. I gave it a 10. Now, I could blithely say that it gave me everything I could reasonably ask an anime to give, but that wouldn’t say much would it? I think that CONARTISTDAN, in this post on The Con Artists, came really close to capturing why. I say “close” because I’m not sure myself what I felt. But this post is a great starting place, because it’s authentic and clear. Which are two things I love in a review!

Hanime on Anime

Characters of the Month: Aya Rindo and Tsugaru Shinuchi

It’s no secret I thoroughly enjoyed Undead Girl Murder Farce. You can tell by reading my reviews! The characters made it for me. I was partial to Shizuku Hasei, but that’s probably because some of my novels feature combat maids. They use assault rifles and everything. But Shizuku wasn’t the only interesting character. In this post, Hanime on Anime, on the site Hanime on Anime, offers insights on why Aya Rindou and Tsugaru Shinuchi are her favorite characters. I gotta say: Hanime on Anime nailed it! See if you agree!

Harshit’s Reviews

The Witch and the Beast – A masterfully crafted fantasy

I almost reviewed The Witch and the Beast last season, but my schedule wouldn’t let me. I still watched the show, and the exploits of Ashaf and Guideau kept me entertained. It’s because I enjoyed the show that I wanted to direct your attention to Harshit Sagar’s review on the site Harshit’s Reviews because the post celebrates the same parts of the show that resonated with me — and I think they’ll resonate with you, too! I especially appreciated his insight aboutn how the show handled revealing its world to us. See if the review strikes you fancy!

The Magic Planet

Seasonal First Impressions: JELLYFISH CAN’T SWIM IN THE NIGHT, But With The Moon on Them, They Can Shine

I’m going to have to make time to watch Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night. It’s as simple as that. I know this because I just finished reading planetJane’s post on The Magic Planet. I’ve always been a fan of the way planetJane breaks down an episode or a series, and this post is a showcase of why. It’s not just the clear synopsis. It’s a lot of things, like how the analysis proceeds from a deep understanding of narrative structure and how it permeates all aspects of a show. That’s not very clear, is it? Yeah, I’m working on that. In the meantime, please don’t let that stop you from taking a look at this post!

Shallow Dives in Anime

Solo Leveling: Hot Single Korean Men in YOUR Area.

I should keep track of which bloggers add the most titles to my backlog. Or maybe not — that would just emphasize how little time I have to enrich my life with fiction. Or remind me I’m still alive to build a backlog. I guess it’s just a matter of perspective, isn’t it?

Regardless, I think Dewbond, on the site Shallow Dives in Anime, would be a leading contender for this not-yet-decided-upon award. I want to make clear that I intend this as a compliment: his tastes are so close to mine that if he likes a series, it’s almost certain that I will, too. In this case, Dewbond just added Solo Leveling to my backlog. I’m going to look on the bright side and say Dewbond just made my retirement years that much more rich! If I can ever get there… See what he says about the show!

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