Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About for 2020 Week 27!
How do posts catch my eye? They celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. I check hundreds of sites every week, and I can tell you that the ani-blogging community’s quality and quantity of posts is amazing. I hope this helps you find some of them!
Here’s the list of the sites I check!
This week, I reviewed the sites in alphabetical order (A to Z).
My Favorite Anime Community Posts from The Week
My reviews of Tower of God might have given you the impression that I liked it. In fact, I liked it quite a lot! I could list what I liked about it, starting with characters like Endorsi and Yuri. If you had more time, I’d probably go on about how the narrative respected the viewer by showing and not telling or by using subtlety to build anticipation. The animation would likely be on that list, too, since I thought it was distinctive and fun. But even thinking about what I liked about it left a vague feeling that I was missing something. Enter this post by jernahblunt on the site Jonah’s Daily Rants. It brings up a perspective I hadn’t read before. Now that I’ve read it, I think it has a great answer to its own title! See what you think!
Writing a series with tragedy as a central element takes skill. For example, in a series where one of the main characters will die, it’s easy to over-sell the tragic element, which would disappoint viewers. That’s what Somali and the Desert Spirit did for me (though I enjoyed the show otherwise). It’s also easy to make cliche choices and make even a terrible death feel lackluster. But then sometimes a series finds a way to present a character’s death in such a way that you expect it, you prepare for it, and when it happens, you still feel devastated. That’s the topic of LitaKino’s post on the Lita Kino Anime Corner. It’s about Plastic Memories. The story’s execution was so sad that LitaKino had to some up with a new term: Choblannad. What’s the term mean? How did Plastic Memories earn the term? You’ll need to read the article to find out!
It’s Tower of God week here on Other Posts to Crow About! I’m very much okay with that. As I mentioned earlier, there’s a lot I liked about the show. There were, in fact, so many things that I liked that it’d be hard to list them without turning it into its own post. I could do that, I suppose, but this is the space where I direct your attention to other bloggers’ works. To get this back on track, please let me point you to moyatori’s recent article on the site The Moyatorium. It’s a list of the 10 best things in Tower of God, and I can personally vouch for, well, all of them! I’d like to voice particular support for numbers 6 and 2. And 5. The Bonus favorites were really cool, too. And… you know what? It’s best if you just go read it.
The Changing of the Seasons may not have the pomp and circumstance as the Changing of the Guard, but for many of us bloggers, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes. For a site like this one, I have to be careful to juggle end of season activities like creating the Tower of God Episode Guide. Not only that, but I have to be sure that I have posts to cover days where 12 episode seasons leave off and the new seasons start. It’s even more challenging when some of the series, like Campione!, go 13 episodes. On the plus side (for me!), I don’t publish a preview guide, so I’m spared that huge investment of time and effort. The aniblogging community publishes a lot of good previews, but every season, one stands out: The one published by the team at Random Curiosity. Not only is this installment up to their regular standards of quality and completeness, but it sounds like they produced it under some difficult circumstances. Circumstances many of us can relate to. See what you think!
I wonder about me sometimes. I often like examples of genres that are decidedly not aimed at my demographic. Not withstanding its author’s recent social media stumbles, I enjoyed the Harry Potter series. I’m currently rereading Goblet of Fire, and it’s aimed at a young adult audience. I only fit half that description! In my defense, I try to like the best of anything. I enjoy reading stuff like Instructions of Shuruppak just for fun, for heaven’s sakes! To get this conversation back to the topic at hand, I like all sorts of genres. It’s exhilarating to find posts that explain why I like a certain series better than I can, which is the case with this article by Shoujo on the site Shoujo Thoughts: Otaku Ramblings. It’s about that amazing series Fruits Basket Season 2. The post delivers a message about how art can shine all the brighter in difficult times. Fruits Basket certainly qualifies as art and our times qualify as difficult. See if you away feeling a little better about things after reading this article!