Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 45!
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 45
I’ve been watching The Journey of Elaina, as you may have figured out from my review of episode 5. I was surprised by the strong reactions that Elaina, the main character, has provoked in some viewers. While I find the character confident and intriguing, others see her as aloof, arrogant, or worse. I can confidently say neither “side” is right or wrong, because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I will say that an explanation of the perspectives (either perspective) is interesting to me. That’s why I really liked this post by DAZE3X from A Certain Dazed Producer. It offered a clear, insightful view of Elaina’s character through the lens of her actions. I like articles that expand my understanding of a character.
A Certain Magical Index is one of those series that hit me just right. I’ve always been interested in theology because of what it can tell us about who we are, so a series that deals seriously with that topic is guaranteed to get my attention. One thing I noticed, though, was that as the series went on, I seemed to enjoy its companion series, A Certain Scientific Railgun, more. I have some ideas about why, but I’ve never taken the time to write them down. Now, it looks like I don’t have to, because this post by KVASIR369 on KVASIR 369’S ANIME, MANGA, AND GAME BLOG just did it — and did a great job of it! I particularly liked the discussion of the characters and the different perspectives the two series offered on the same fictional world. I’ve watched those series for years, and I came away from this article with a deeper appreciation for both. See if you do the same!
It’s been a while since I last watched Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It’s one of those shows that looks so perfect in my memory that I’m half afraid to rewatch. I’m afraid it’ll disappoint me! I really should man up and rewatch it… Anyway, the show did so much right that it’s hard to pick a single topic to write about. They’re all so appealing! But for me, one idea that floats to the top is the quality and strength of the women characters. Strong female characters are endlessly fascinating, and that’s why this post by Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews caught my attention. It’s about Olivier Mira Armstrong, whose strength is legendary. But that’s not even her more most defining trait! Check out the article to see what it is — in retrospect, I should have seen it coming!
What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions Black Lagoon? If you’re like me, three things come to mind in rapid succession. First, I think of Revy. Even if you never watched the series, you probably know what she looks like — and you’re likely impressed. Second, you may think of pirates and the seedy atmosphere that surrounds them. Finally, if you know a bit more about the series, you might think of violence — sometimes profound violence. So I wasn’t surprise to see those things mentioned in Fred’s post on This Is My Place. However, I was surprised by the insight that the post offered: Both by the insight itself, and the fact that I couldn’t believe I’d missed it! It improved my already positive impression of the series. See what you think!
Did you watch The Misfit of Demon King Academy? I did, and, as you can probably tell from my reviews, I enjoyed it quite a lot. The characters played a big part, especially the main character Anos Voldigoad (with his ridiculous levels of power) and the Necron sisters Misha and Sasha. The former was skilled in defense magic; the latter was a great commander in the field as well as being a powerful witch in her own right. But was that all the show had to offer? The answer is no, and this post by Yomu from Umai Yomu Anime Blog proves it. You might be surprised by what else the show has going for it — including one trait that is rare nowadays. The post even gives a helpful list of other anime series that are similar. See if the article captured the things you enjoyed about the show!
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