Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 31!
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 alphabetical order (A to Z).
My Favorite Anime Community Posts from The Week
Did you watch Sailor Moon? Not the more recent version (not that there’s anything wrong with it!), but the original. It had a pretty big impact on the anime community. So much so that it’s relatively populate even today, almost 30 years after its initial release. There are a lot of reasons for that, from the basic concept to its themes. Probably the aspect of the show that gives it the most longevity is its characters. And of all the characters, Usagi Tsukino had the most impact. I could give you my impression of why, but I’d rather direct your attention to a post from character expert The Overage Otaku on the site Confessions of an Overage Otaku. The post is incredibly insightful about the character, which is all the more amazing when you consider that early on, of Usagi, the post said, “From a writing standpoint she’s such an awful person that she’s a dream character.” How does that make a dream character? Take a look and see what you think.
Okay, I’m going to say something, and I want you to let me explain before you pass judgement. Ready? Cat Planet Cuties slipped in some really progressive themes amid its frolicsome ecchi content. No, I’m not kidding. I have evidence! I remember in episode 5, “We’ve Come to Rescue You,” when Eris pointed out to her captors who asked her to let a cult worship her that “It is against my service regulations for me to pose as a deity.” Seriously, that’s some enlightened thought for a species that travels the galaxy and meets other races as backwards as humans. But there was another scene that impressed me even more by how thoroughly it trounced a trope I would like to see go away. And wouldn’t you know it, Lynn (a.k.a. The Otaku Author) writing on Ecchi Hunter just talked about that very scene! Which scene am I talking about? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the swim suit scene, though I made its own kind of statement.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 is doing a fine job exceeding my expectations, which were already pretty high. One of the ways it’s done that is by curating its own mythology. It rarely dumps a ton of exposition on us. Rather, it expresses concepts and mysteries through its characters and situations. It’s hard to tell if a line was a throw-away joke or a clue to something that’s coming — or that’s already happened. One character that’s particularly mysterious is Roswaal Mathers, who got some fascinating screen time in episode 28. Who is this guy? What’s his angle? Rather than lay out my questions and theories, I’d like to highlight a post by GeatsxShogun on the site Fortress William. There are some outstanding, and potentially damning, questions about Mathers’ decisions and plans. If either Mathers or the lore of Re:ZERO’s world is interesting to you at all, I think you’ll really enjoy this article.
If you read my reviews of last season’s Tower of God, you might have gotten the impression that I liked it. It wasn’t an anime original, as a lot of you probably already know. It was based on a popular Webtoon. The anime version generated some controversy because of how it adapted the Webtoon. Some Webtoon readers didn’t like how this or that character was treated. Others didn’t like what was added or taken away in the adaptation. I don’t know if any of you have ever had to do a translation, but I have, and I’ll tell you this for free: even translating from one language like English to another like American Sign Language is a challenge. Each language has the weight of cultural expectations and norms behind it. An English idiom may make no sense if translated literally. I can begin to appreciate how translating not only a language, but a medium (Webtoon to anime) could be a minefield. If you’ve ever wondered about that, I found the perfect post for you: Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime just published a thoughtful and insightful discussion on the subject. I came away from the post with an even greater appreciation for what Tower of God achieved. See if you have the same reaction!
I’m not complaining (not even a little), but being a writer sometimes takes the magic out of experiencing fiction. There are times when I watch an episode when the writer part of my brain start cataloging mechanics and projecting plot. Oh, there’s a foreshadowing event; it probably means such and such. Oh, violins in the soundtrack? The writer thinks it’s tear time! It’s a rare event when an episode can take my breath away and I have no idea how it did it. This season, I had the privilege of watching Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2, episode 20, “Parent and Child.” Let’s put aside how the series made me practically fall in love with Echidna with just a few minutes of screen time. I was an emotional wreck by the end of this episode! Even after studying it, I’m only starting to understand the artistry that produced it. Fortunately, we have writers like Mari from Starting life from Zero who can explain things. Mari gets re:ZERO, and it really shows in this post. What made it so effective? I didn’t see it because I was looking in the wrong place. How about you?