Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 44!
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 reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
My Favorite Anime Posts from 2020 Week 44
I thoroughly enjoyed Demon Slayer. In many ways, it’s a poster child for why I created this site. I want to celebrate amazing moments in anime, and this show created more than its fair share’s worth. Episode 19 was so popular that it trended on Twitter world-wide. As of the time I’m writing this post, my collaboration review of episode 19 with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime is my third viewed post ever, so it seems like it struck a chord with my readers. With good reason, too, as this post by sushiiiwithsoysauce on the site 𝒮𝓊𝓈𝒽𝒾𝒾𝒾𝒲𝒾𝓉𝒽𝒮♡𝓎𝓈𝒶𝓊𝒸𝑒 – An Anime Blog points out. With enviable enthusiasm, this post talks about two key elements of Demon Slayer’s success. It keeps the points accessible, too! See if you come away with a deeper appreciation of what the show had to offer.
The opinions I read about Kirito’s character fascinate me. I remember when I first finished the series and went in search of other perspectives. I was shocked to see that a lot of popular YouTubers and bloggers said was a typical superficial, uni-dimensional harem male lead. But… I saw episode 3, “Red Nosed Reindeer.” I saw what Sachi’s death did to the poor guy. I couldn’t reconcile the two positions. So it was with something like relief that I came across this post by Dewbond on Shallow Dives in Anime. The post takes a look at Kirito’s character from the perspective of someone who just finished watching all of the Sword Art Online seasons. That perspective has produced the definitive work on the topic. If you have any doubts about the success SAO’s writer had with Kirito, look no farther. And if you think Kirito is that generic harem lead, give this article a try. It might help you see the character in a new light!
Irina and I, in our collaboration review of episode 5 of DanMachi III, stayed at a pretty high level and didn’t delve into some of more brutal details — details like what happened to Ranye, More importantly, we didn’t explore in depth why it happened. I respect writers who respectfully dig into these ideas, because treating them lightly can trivialize trauma. Exploring these impulses can not only move a narrative forward; it can help us in the real world understand why these things happen so we can prevent them. In fact, I’d argue that it’s particularly important, in this moment in history, to understand this darker side of humanity. That’s why I liked this post by Zaiden from Random Curiosity. It’s honest, and it doesn’t sensationalize the subject. Plus, it’s a solid review of the episode as a whole. So, well worth celebrating!
Date a Live is one of those series I keep almost reviewing as part of my throw-back series (I’m reviewing Land of the Lustrous this season). I like a lot about the series. All of the Spirits have their charms (though my favorite hands down is Tohka Yatogami). The male lead, Shido Itsuka does two things that seem to be rare with male harem leads: He has a personality, and he’s not useless. Gotta respect that! But that’s not all, and this post by Voyager from Galvanic shares another series high point: the anti villain Kurumi Tokisaki. What makes the character so compelling? Why is it so hard to get an anti-villain right? This article lays it all out. I came away from the post (and its YouTube video counterpart) with an even greater appreciation for the character and the series. That’s saying a lot!
Speaking of male harem leads… One of my pet peeves is a male harem lead who attracts women for no reason. My post child for that character is probably been Ichika Orimura from Infinite Stratos, despite how much I like watching that silly show. Even though he’s the only male within miles, there’s no reason for someone as awesome as Cecilia Alcott to give him the time of the day! Okay, maybe Laura Bodewig had a reason… I’m off track, aren’t I? The point is that I don’t like male leads who haven’t earned their role. Finding a character that does earn it — or at least presents a reasonable explanation for attracting all that affection — is notable. That’s why I liked this post by GEATSXSHOGUN on Fortress William. It offers several great reasons why Bell Cranel has earned his role, and they all make perfect sense! See what you think.
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