Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 37!
I look for posts that 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 writes a ton of amazing posts. 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 Posts from 2020 Week 37
I’ve talked before that there are some anime series that I absolutely adore, but I haven’t had a chance to talk about. Some of them, like xxxHOLiC, are generally well-regarded, with an 8.02 score on My Anime List (MAL). Some of them have a slightly lower score. I still have no idea why MAL’s readers scored The Asterisk War so low… There’s another show that’s inbetween for me. It’s something I watched shortly after it came out, and I thought it was simply charming. That series was Unbreakable Machine-Doll. In addition to having a fantastic OP and ED, as well as distinctive artwork, the characters were just a lot of fun to watch. That’s not all there was to it, of course, and that’s why I was so excited to find this post by Austin Harper on Harper Anime Reviews. The post gives a great summary of the series’ three arcs, then dives into some of its more enchanting aspects. As is usual, after I read this really good review, I’m all fired up to rewatch the series. Again. Now if I could only find the time…
We have an early theme this week — shows I want to review but haven’t had the time! The next show up is The World God Only Knows. I remember first seeing the title and passing it by. I didn’t know what it was about, but it didn’t immediately appeal to me. Then I learned it was, of all things, a harem comedy. The utter mismatch between the title and its subject convinced me to give it a look, and I’m really glad I did. I’m no stranger to harem series. I mean, one of my all time favorite series is Monster Musume. But there was some really special about The World God Only Knows. Want to know what it is? I did, too! I knew I liked it but hadn’t analyzed why. Good thing I came across this post by Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime! In her usual, delightfully insightful way, Irina explains exactly what made this series so special. See if you can guess what it is!
I like some series that are, by most objective measures, not terribly good. Take Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!, for example. If I were hauled into Anime Quality Court (where there are tons of objections!), there’s not much I could say to defend the show. I mean, one question about Arrester Blanket’s “uniform,” and I’d have to throw myself on the mercy of the court. Yet, I still like the show. I had a similar reaction to Märchen Mädchen. No, it wasn’t because Mahakali reminded me of Storm from the X-Men. Though that’s a good guess! There was something else about it. Rather than describe it myself, since this is Other Posts to Crow About (where the “other” means not mine!), I found this post by Pinkie from Pinkie’s Paradise that does a fantastic job. Pay attention to the post itself, certainly, but don’t forget to read the captions. They’re hilarious!
If you’ve read Other Posts to Crow About for very long (and if you have, thank you!), you may have figured out there’re unwritten rules that determine what posts I celebrate. I mean, the reasons I talk about in the introductory paragraph above are absolutely true. But within that context, there are a few things that can more or less guarantee I’ll select a post. You could almost call them absolutes. The first is to write anything honestly complimentary about Re:CREATORS. It has to be honest — I can tell! Only slightly lesser well known (and why am I now thinking of the Princess Bride? Did I just compare Re:CREATORS to a land war in Asia?) is the same rule, but for Zombieland Saga. I could blather on for days about what I liked in that series, but to spare you that fate, let me direct your attention to Dewbond’s on Shallow Dives in Anime. If you somehow missed the series, this post is a great introduction. If you have seen it, check out the article to see if it mentioned your favorite parts of the show.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 is one of those rare shows whose track record gives me the confidence to raise my expectations week to week. As I started watching the first episode of this season, I experienced a moment of anxiety. Would the show be able to equal some of the heights of the first season — like “Sleep, along with my daughter” from The Outside of Madness? I mean, come on. How do you top that? After watching the first 10 episodes of this second season, I realize that was completely the wrong question. It’s not about topping or exceeding. It’s about the story remaining utterly true to itself. Those moments then take care of themselves. That idea is clear in this post by aidanak47 on Star Crossed Anime. This article is a fascinating exploration not only of episode 10, but of some of the questions at the core of the series — including one particularly insightful discussion of Emilia. And I’m saying that as a huge ram of Rem!
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