Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 30!
What kind of posts do I look for? They have to 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 list 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
Have you ever watched a series where the characters just clicked with you? Little Witch Academia was that way for me. Atsuko “Akko” Kagari had a powerful desire to be a witch, but she lacked something. Finding out what was a fun part of the story. Diana Cavendish started as the prototypical rich, snobbish young witch and went on to be a lot more. Then there are Akko’s friends, Lotte Yansson and Sucy Manbavaran, who are everything great sidekicks should be. Even the side characters like Amanda O’Neill were memorable. It didn’t hurt these characters were involved in a story that I thought was clever and fascinating. I don’t see a lot of review posts about the show, though, which is why I was pleased to come across this gem of a review by Traditional Catholic Weeb on the site The Traditional Catholic Weeb. The post captures a lot of what made the series such a powerful experience. It has great screen caps, too!
I’ve watched a lot of anime in my time — about 435 series, according to my list on MAL. I watched a lot of them before I started this blog, and every new anime season, I pick an older series to review. This season, I’m reviewing Outbreak Company. Next season, who knows? I bring this up because there are some series that I’d like to review, but I can’t figure out how to approach them. Some series are so deep or complex or just “out there” that I don’t even know where to start. One such series is Blast of the Tempest. How do I fit a series like that into my Best in Show/Favorite Moment format? I mean, some of the episodes that are one long argument/reveal. How do I distill a single moment? Well, other sites don’t have my self-imposed limitation and can tackle the more complex shows. A perfect case in point is this review by TheSakuraSunrise on Sakura Sunrise. The review breaks the series down in a clear, entertaining way. And now I want to watch the series again!
Telling the future is hard. I get reminded of that every anime season when I try to pick which shows I’ll enjoy. My success average is about 80%. Given my site’s mission, you might guess that I often go easy on series, and I have to admit there’s some truth to that. I rarely drop shows. Where I err more often, though, is on the other side of the equation. I more often don’t start watching a show I later learn would have been a lot of fun. Last season, I was lucky enough to catch it early, in the second or third week of the season. It turned out to be one of my favorite shows of the Spring 2020 season. The show was Princess Connect! Re:Dive. There’s so much to like about the series, not the least of which was Karyl’s character and struggles. But instead of telling you what I liked about the show, let me direct you to neverarguewithafish’s review on Never Argue with a Fish. This review enthusiastically describes why the show was such an absolute blast to watch. I had to stop myself from heading to Crunchyroll to watch it right now!
I enjoy talking to anime fans. If I didn’t, I would never have started this blog. But I have to admit there are times when they confuse me. Well, at least some of them do. For example, I’ve been watching a new series this season and I’ve really been enjoying it. When I took to Twitter to see what other people were thinking about it, I was baffled at all the negativity. I’ll bet you can guess the series. It’s Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! A couple of things really appealed to me about the show (no, not those two things — at least not by themselves). First, I laughed at the humor. A comedy being funny is important to me! Second, Hana Uzaki, the main character, is in college. She’s not in high school! That’s a big deal. Yet, there’s a lot of hate out there for the character. Well, in my world, it’s better to talk about why you like something than to disagree with someone who doesn’t. That why I was happy to find this review by Average Joe Reviews on the site Average Joe Reviews. At the very least, I came away from the review knowing I wasn’t the only one seeing the show in a positive light. See what you think!
I think you know that I’m collaborating this season with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime to review Re:ZERO’s second season. You can read our review of the first episode here. I enjoy the format we’ve chosen for the reviews. We focus on the major plot points, talk about our reactions, and discuss characterization. One thing we typically don’t do, though, is delve into the show’s lore or analyze the finer plot points. Given how amazingly detailed, deep, and wide the mythology is for the world, I’m always on the lookout for posts that look at the show from that perspective. And this week, I found one! This post by Setsuken on Anime Evo not only dug into some of the more amazing aspects, it also talked about my new favorite character, Echidna. There was just something about the scene where the talked to Subaru that really appealed to me — and this article addresses that, too!