Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 49!
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 constantly produces 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 49
There are a handful of series that I’ll celebrate every chance I get. Re:CREATORS is one of those series (no — don’t roll your eyes; I’m not going to talk about it today!). Another one of those series is Princess Principal. It got so much right: the steampunk feel, the pathos of subterfuge, and beautiful characters, among other things. What are those other things? Well, The Droid just published a great post on Anirecs that describes exactly what made the show so enjoyable — with strong rewatch potential! I should know, because I’ve rewatched the series… I guess I’m not sure how many times! See if the post captures some of the reasons you liked the show. And if you haven’t seen the show yet, be cautious reading this post — you’ll likely want to add it to your watch list by the time you’re through!
Looking back over Other Posts to Crow About, I had to wonder: Do I favor posts about series I enjoyed and/or reviewed? Am I secretly picking posts that I can leverage to showcase my own reviews? It’s a fair question, and the post I’m about to celebrate does cover Astra Lost in Space, which is a series I reviewed — and enjoyed quite a lot! But after reflection, I can say that while I may have a bias towards showed I loved, it’s because I want to expose as many people as possible to interesting titles. And the best way to do that is to find and highlight interesting and insightful posts about that series. That’s what drew me to this post by nabe-chan on GEEKNABE. The post is an exuberant look into what made Astra Lost in Space so interesting. And it wasn’t just the plot twists, which were a lot of fun. Now, after reading this post, I want to watch the series again. My backlog is looking awfully big…
Have you ever started watching an anime series based solely on the strength of a single screen shot? I do it all the time. I remember seeing a screen capture from Another. If I remember correctly, it was a shot of Mei Misaki, standing obviously alone on top of the school. I couldn’t tell if she felt sad, bored, or apathetic, but the image captured my imagination. Here was this lovely young woman, wearing an eye patch, in an unusual place — what was her story? Was she alone by choice? I’m glad I watched the series, because it had a lot going for it. Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews recently watched the series, and from the look of it, he was glad he watched it, too! What did he like about it? What didn’t he like? Would he recommend it? He covers all of that in his review. And yes, I want to rewatch the series after reading his review!
I’ve been watching anime long enough that it’s rare that I come across a title that I’ve flat out never heard of before. When I came across the title Magical Girl Squad Alice, I was interested. I liked the title; it has an almost Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka vibe to it. Well, the story of its obscurity might have more to do with its localized English title, which was Tweeny Witches. Quite a different vibe, isn’t it? I wanted to watch Magical Girl Squad Alice. I have absolutely no interest in Tweeny Witches. Fortunately, we have posts like this one from Reasons to Anime to clear up the misunderstanding caused by a misleading title. You know my standard for reviews: It’s a success if it makes me want to watch or rewatch the series. After reading this post, I absolutely want to see what this is about. As a bonus, Reasons to Anime also has a post explaining the history of the Tweeny Witches title. Talk about great service!
I can understand if I missed a series like Magical Girl Squad Alice from 2004. Not because it was before I started watching anime (it wasn’t), but because it’s in the years I wasn’t tracking series as closely as I am now. But when a current series slips beneath my radar? That’s kinda embarrassing. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened with the series Ikebukuro West Gate Park. I came across this post from Yuki the Snowman and wondered if the series was from Spring or Summer. Nope. It’s currently airing! So how the heck did I miss it? Turns out, the post describes a likely explanation. It also makes a strong and clear case for why I need to consider watching it. And based on the post’s description, I will definitely reconsider. The post is a great reminder that I need to pay more attention to what’s going on, or I’ll miss something important and interesting.
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