Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 38!
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 reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
My Favorite Anime Posts from 2020 Week 38
I’ve seen a lot of Tweets and blog posts lately that mention Code Geass. I don’t think there’s any reason for it other than coincidence, but my brain likes to identify patterns. Even when there’s no pattern to identify! So I took it as a sign when I came across a reference to Code Geass in a review of Eureka Seven, which is one of those shows I’m always on verge of starting to watch. Well, this post by planet Jane on the site The Magic Planet compared Eureka Seven to Code Geass. It did so in such a way that I want to watch the Eureka Seven even more than I did before. What was the comparison? I’d rather you read it in planet Jane’s words. In fact, I think you’ll like reading the whole review — it’s thoughtful, insightful, and fun to read. What more can you ask from a review?
Fruits Basket Season 2, especially taken in context of the setup in its first season, is a masterpiece of subtle character development intersecting with an intricately constructed plot. How can I not be impressed when a show can make a cynical old man like me sit up in astonishment when Tohru attacked Kyou with a pompom? It was a perfect character moment. So I’m always on the lookout for posts that celebrate this show. I was lucky this week in that I found Lesley Aeschliman’s post on Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner. Lest we forget, Fruits Basket is not all flirting with pompoms. There’re some high stakes drama going down, and episode 24 was the intersection point for several arcs. This post gave us a good overview of those arcs, as well as some insights and interesting reactions. I particularly liked the post’s insights about Machi. See if the article talks about your favorite parts of the episode!
Have you ever heard so much good about a series that you were frankly reluctant to watch it out of fear that it wouldn’t live up to your expectations? That happened to me with Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Not only had I heard tons of good about it, I had watched the earlier Full Metal Alchemist, and it captured my imagination. Did I dare watch Brotherhood? I finally decided to, and I swear, as I watched each episode, I was nervous that something was just about to happen — some stupid character moment, some dumb plot development, anything! — to ruin the high. The ruination never happened. The show was lived up to my expectations. Surpassed them, in fact. So I was really excited when I came across Irina’s review of Brotherhood on I Drink and Watch Anime. Irina always does a fine job on her reviews, but this one in particular is a tour de force. It’s a fitting match. I particularly liked what she had to say about the characters, which are among the most powerful, well-realized, and realistic characters I’ve seen in fiction. Take a look and see if you agree!
Re:ZERO Season 2 continues to dominate my attention this season. You might know that Irina (from I Drink and Watch Anime) and I are collaborating to review the series. Both of us have struggled with the question of whether Emilia is actually Satella. In one of our more recent reviews, Irina’s insights suggested they might be the same person, though we still don’t know for sure how. The discussion made me remember the very first episode of the original series, when Subaru and Emilia exchanged introductions. Do you remember what she said? With a straight face, with no hint of humor or deceit, she said that her name was (15:44) “Satella.” Is it that simple? Probably not. There are a lot of other things to consider, which is why I was happy to find this post by Greatsxshogun from Fortress William. The post asks some intriguing questions about Emilia/Satella. I have to say that I buy into the article’s final conclusion. See what you think!
Yes, I found another post about Re:ZERO Season 2. And I have a good reason to include it here! First, no single post can contain the narrative greatness that is Re:ZERO. How’s that for sententious? Second, the wonderful creativity that went into its conjecture was a blast to read. Re:ZERO has created a world that is so intricate and inter-related that it invites such conjecture. This post by DoubleSama on the site DOUBLESAMA not only delves into the mystery of Emilia’s behavior, but facts and incidents surrounding Beatrice, Roswaal, and more! And for the record, DOUBLESAMA correctly concluded who was behind the mabeast attack in episode 31. Fascinating conjecture and a proven track record? That’s a hard combination to beat. See what you think of the latest round of theories!
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