Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 39!
I look for posts that celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. Every week, I check hundreds of sites, 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 39
Of course, there was no way we’d get though this edition of Other Posts to Crow About without celebrating a post about Re:ZERO Season 2 episode 37, “The Witches’ Tea Party.” The anime blogging community has written way so many good posts and that episode, in fact, that I had to change tactics. I had to go through all 395+ active anime sites before deciding which of the reviews was my favorite. I was tempted to do a special edition featuring all of the episode 37 (or episode 12, depending on how you’re counting them). In the end, I decided to direct your attention to Setsuken’s post on Anime Evo. It touched on almost everything I liked about the episode, and then some. See if it talked about your favorite parts!
I know that my taste in anime is esoteric. Maybe unfathomable is a better word. I mean, on MAL, I gave Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? an 8, and its overall score was 5.57. in my defense, Mamako. That’s it. That’s my defense. Oh, and Wise. But mostly Mamako. What you might not know is that I’m actually aware of how my taste differs, and I can usually guess when a show will be popular. Or even if I miss my guess, I can, in retrospect, look at the show and understand why. But, there are a handful of shows where I have no idea why they aren’t more popular. I think the standard bearer for this kind of show is Princess Principal. I hope it would be very, very popular. Why? Turns out I found a post that explains it in fantastic detail. That post is by Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews. I mean, the post correctly identifies the best character in the series, so it has to be insightful. And that’s not the only thing it gets right!
I’ve been watching Fruits Basket Season 2 (you can read my review of episode 50 here!), and the show’s rich character development and its ability to elicit genuine emotional responses continue to amaze me. I can’t believe that I’ve already watch 50 episodes. But I have, and each episodes remains distinct to me — because in each, something important happened to one or more characters. That was never more true than in the 50th episode. What do I mean? Well, Lynn Sheridan from The Otaku Author explained it better than I can. He not only expressed what was so strong in the last episode. He also mentioned that he also guessed a major secret about Akito — like, back in episode 7! I’m a witness! I remember reading his post, so you can rest assured that no creative editing was involved. If you have any interest in being a writer, you’ll also appreciate his insights about the episode.
I don’t want to jinx us. In terms of sheer destructive power, 2020 is pretty much up there. I mean, even the Borg got involved — and it’s only September! But so far, 2020 could only slow anime down. It hasn’t been able to stop it. You know what else 2020 hasn’t been able to stop? Pancakes’ publishing the Fall 2020 review on Random Curiosity! Once again, I’ve read a lot of previews. I enjoyed most of them! But yet again, my favorite was the one from Random Curiosity. It’s insanely well-researched and easy to read. It’s also really effective. I think I’m going to have to invent a time machine to watch all the series I want to. Either that or investigate cloning. And I’m not sure either would turn out well in 2020!
If there’s one thing I can say about the current political climate in the United States, it’s that it has left me absolutely starved for grown up conversation. For example, I’d like to be able to talk about the merits of various health care systems and not end up with someone screaming in my face. Some of that has bled over into anime. For example, the series Interspecies Reviewers generated polarizing conversations during its run. Some reviewers pointed out its sex-positive view, while others lamented some less than gracious behavior of some of its characters. After awhile, both sides just kind of hurled insults at each other. Like I said, I’m starved for grown up, complex conversations, so I was extremely happy to find Jessi Silver’s review on Season 1 Episode 1. This is the best review I’ve read for Interspecies Reviewers. It’s interesting, it’s nuanced, and it’s complex. She’s actually capable of holding two ideas like “sex-positive” and “some questionable behavior” in her mind simultaneously — and speak intelligently about both! That’s a breath of fresh air!
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