Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 40!
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 reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
My Favorite Anime Posts from 2020 Week 40
You know how sometimes you can’t help building expectations about a show, even though you know better? That was me with Monster Girl Doctor. What drove my expectations through the roof was its Romaji title “Monster Musume no Oisha-san.” As soon as I saw “Monster Musume”, my hopes soared. I knew it wasn’t a second season of Monster Musume, but, well, you know how it is. The series is my favorite in the harem genre and Miia’s one of my favorite characters regardless of genre. So, the first couple of episodes of Monster Girl Doctor rubbed me the wrong way. But when I realized what I was doing with my own expectations, I let Saphentite just be Saphentite, and the show started to feel very, very different. Different how? Let me direct your attention to Dewbond’s post on Shallow Dives in Anime. This post captures the essence of the show, untainted by my expectations. It explains exactly what was great about the show and why you might want to watch it. See if you agree!
To this day, I maintain that Saga of Tanya the Evil was named ironically. I will argue to my dying day that Tanya’s choices weren’t evil. They were utilitarian. What’s more, I say they were forced on her (him?) by an unjust and capricious god. There. I’ve said it. But those opinions aren’t exactly reasons to watch the show, are they? Not unless you’re really into theology or philosophy. So instead of me using boring ideas to entice you to watch the series, how about I celebrate this post from Reasons to Anime? This article gives five outstanding reasons why you should watch Tanya’s saga. I can personally testify that each reason is absolutely valid! Take a look and see if you agree!
The world is jam-packed with series I think deserved more attention. Overflowing, in fact! Take a look at Fire Force. Even when Tamaki’s clothes flew off at drama-defeating moments, the show still had a lot going for it. The second season is even better! A few seasons ago, there was another show that I thought deserved more attention, and that show was To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts. I personally loved how it took PTSD seriously. The show had a lot more going for it, too, as this review by neverarguewithafish on the site Never Argue with a Fish proves. I particularly like how this review described the show’s narrative structure and Hank Henriette’s struggles. I just wish more people would have enjoyed the series. Maybe this review will convince you to give it a chance!
I enjoy reviewing anime series. I hope that comes across when you read my reviews! So it follows that I particularly enjoy reviewing series that I love — like Re:CREATORS. There are a handful of series that I haven’t and probably won’t review. It’s not because I don’t like them. In fact, they’re among the series I’ve enjoyed the most. I’ll figure out why someday, and if the reason’s interesting, I’ll share it with you! One of the series I won’t review is A Certain Scientific Railgun T. But I not only watched it, I enjoyed the heck out of it. I admire the enormous courage that the main character, Mikoto Misaka, shows. I think her humility, especially given her power, is laudable. As you might expect, there’s more to the series than just one character. This review by LofZOdyssey on the site LOFZ ODYSSEY ANIME REVIEWS talks about what made this season so compelling. Its insights about how Railgun compares to Index were especially interesting.
Earlier, I mentioned that To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts didn’t get the attention it deserved. I suspect the art may have played a role, because at first glance, the animation didn’t feel sophisticated (though I still enjoyed it a lot). There’s another series I think deserved more attention, and that’s Trinity Seven. It had no problems with its art. In fact, it looked great. Its “problem,” I think, was that it was an ecchi series (I even talked about it in a post about 5 ecchi series that were surprisingly complex), and for some folks, that implies an inane lead male character and less than intellectual female characters. That wasn’t the case for Trinity Seven, as this post from Harper Anime Reviews shows. What was it about Arata that made him distinctive as the male lead? What made Lilith or Mira so different from typical harem female characters? You’ll have to read the review to find out. It was nice seeing Trinity Seven get some love — see what you think!
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