Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 43!
Every week 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, 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 43
I have a huge problem this season. I think other bloggers have it, too, though they may be putting on a brave face. It’s hard to talk about this kind of thing, because it can be misinterpreted. But I think I can trust you! So here it is: There are too many good shows this season. I know — it’s a catastrophe, right? I only have so much time that I’m not earning a living. How can I keep up with all the new good shows? Fortunately, we anime bloggers are a diverse lot, and we all review different shows. Case in point: this review of Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle by David on Another Anime Review. Not only is it a show I haven’t had time to watch. It sounds like a hilarious show that I haven’t had time to watch. But after reading this review, guess what? I want to make the time! See if that’s your reaction.
Toradora was one of those rare series I awarded a 10 out of 10 in My Anime List. Every year or so, I’ll rewatch all or parts of it, and each year, I walk away comfortable with that score. And each time, I have a different reason for keeping the 10! There’s a scene in episode 8, for example, where Taiga… You know what? Instead of me telling you, please let me point you at this post by TWWK on the site Beneath the Tangles. The post talks about that memorable scene, and it even went beyond capturing the things I noticed about it. It brought the site’s unique perspective into play to look at the scene through its lens. Different perspectives can often be fun and rewarding to read. And that’s certainly the case here!
I sometimes joke that I feel like I watch humans from high Earth orbit, then try to mimic their behaviors. At least, I publicly call it a joke… That said, I’m not saying anything about the tastes of folks who dislike the shows I’m watching. What I am saying is that I get a huge amount of enjoyment out of some of the shows that others actively dislike. One example is Fire Force Season 2. This season has had some amazing moments with some equally amazing characters. My only regret is that I don’t have many people to share the joy with! That’s why I really liked this post by Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. Not only does she really get the show, she’s enjoying it! I in particular liked her insights about the show’s technical/artistic merits and her respect and affection for Arthur. See if you agree!
I’ve talked before how impressed I am by series that inspire posts years after they aired. And certainly, that’s a measure of a series’ success. Would you like to know another sign of a series’ success? I really hope you said yes, because here it is: A series is successful if it can challenge and change a seasoned reviewer’s expectations about its genre. I’ve experienced that a few times, and it’s an amazing feeling when a show can literally expand your horizons! That’s why I was so happy to find this review by Matthew Lundeen on SAKURA SUNRISE. His post is about ACCA:13 – Territory Inspection Dept., an amazing political thriller. What’s amazing about it? The answer is where this post shines. Having watched the series, I can vouch for what the post says. See if you do, too!
We’ve all seen divisive series come and go. I mean, we all remember the turmoil surrounding Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!. The discussions surrounding the physical proportions of the main character, Hana Uzaki were often less than civil. But there’s divisive and then there’s divisive. This season, when I began reviewing Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, I thought it was a charming story about a talented witch apprentice (whose parents had, let’s say, unorthodox ways of teaching their daughter). What I didn’t expect was it to go so dark — or to generate so much dramatically opposed comments about Elaina, the main character. That polarity of opinion not only exists in the comments like those of my review of episode 3, but within individual bloggers’ posts! Take this article by Mr. Xenodude on Xenodude’s Scribbles. I know well the struggle this writer faced trying to understand Elaina’s actions in the third episode. I give full credit to Mr. Xenodude: His explanation included a vital fact that I think probably explains everything. These kinds of insights are why I love reading articles like this!
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