Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About for 2020 Week 28!
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 post quality and quantity are 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 reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
My Favorite Anime Community Posts from The Week
Did you watch the first episode of Deca-Dence? What did you think of it? I came away with three distinct impressions. First, it looked a lot like Natsume was an isekai-ed version Aoi Miyamori from Shirobako. She’s got to be wondering what in blue blazes happened! Second, it looked like Deca-Dence had recruited its soldiers from the same place God Eater’s Lenka Utsugi comes from. Sad to say, they didn’t include Alisa Illinichina Amiella, though I don’t want to sell Kurenai short. She looks like she can take care of herself! And finally, it seemed like Zuellni’s somewhat scarred older brother had escaped from Chrome Shelled Regios and now walks Deca-Dence’s post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s that last point that attracted my attention to this review by braverade from RABUJOI. The post actually made a brief comparison to Chrome Shelled Regios, which is one of my all time favorite series! This article made some other apt observations, too, as well as having an overall astute take on the opening episode. See what you think!
I pride myself on my independence of thought. I like what I like. I never have to ask myself what’s cool or popular, so I’m free to enjoy whatever I want. By and large, this approach to life works. But, to borrow a quote from Hamilton’s Right Hand Man, “Can I be real a second? For just a millisecond?” There are times I just want someone else to celebrate a series with me — or at least celebrate it in parallel. Especially a series that, at least as far as I can tell, has not been as appreciated as it might have been. In addition to having a wonderful OP (which I think might have been the best in Spring 2020), Listeners falls into that category. That’s why I was so excited to read this post by RisefromAshes on the site Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan. This post gets Listeners. It makes a fantastic and clear case why the show is more than its reputation suggests. It also raises some really interesting questions. Best of all? It speaks well of Nir. What more could you ask?
Hype is dangerous. Before a show airs, hype can drum up interest. Or, it can smother it. That’s why I don’t pay much attention to it and prefer to get my pre-season coverage from Random Curiosity. I guess what I’m saying is that hype isn’t a reliable indicator of a series’ quality or chances of success. However, I’ve found that reviews coming out after the series are a much better indicator of quality. Since I seriously liked Tower of God, I’ve been on the lookout for its reviews, and I found a great one! This review by neverarguewithafish from the site Never Argue with a Fish nailed it! It’s a testament to what made the show so great. See if the post captures what you liked! Also, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This site’s graphics are fantastic! They’re so unique that I know at a glance what site I’m looking at. And the depiction of Endorsi is perfect, right down to her adorable little horn!
What did you think of Fire Force Season 2’s debut episode? I don’t need to tell you what I thought of it because I already did in my review, so I don’t want to make you sit through it again here. The short version is that I liked it quite a lot. Now, you may remember that the first season had its high points, and overall, I enjoyed it, too. I liked a lot of the things that many fans enjoyed, but there were a few things that, let’s say, detracted from the experience. How’s the first episode of the second season stack up those expectations and concerns? Well, glad you asked, because Irina just posted her review on I Drink and Watch Anime, and I think you’re going to like her answers. I particularly liked how she talked about Maki’s contribution to the episode. And Tamaki’s reduced contribution, too, if you catch my drift… See if you agree!
If’s confirmation bias week in Other Posts to Crow About! First, I offered evidence of how enjoyable Listeners could be — because I thought the series was under appreciated. And now, I found a post that talks up one of my all-time personal favorite series. It’s a series that I also get trash-talked a lot. As in, all the time! But despite that, I persist in my dogged determination to like it. What is this maligned show? It’s The Asterisk War. I loved that series when I first saw it. I still rewatch it, or parts of it, all the time. Rather than explain why, though, I’d like to direct your attention to this post by Daze3x on the site A Certain Dazed Producer. If you want to know why I like this series so much, this article has the answers. It has some really good screen captures, too! See if you come away with a better appreciation for what the show got right.