Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 50!
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 reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
My Favorite Anime Posts from 2020 Week 50
What’s the difference between fine dining and fast food? Certainly, the expertise put into preparing the food puts a fine dining restaurant on a different level than something like McDonalds. There’s nothing like a steak that’s perfectly cooked and seasoned (please feel free to substitute your favorite dish here!). But eating in a restaurant like that requires a significant investment, not only of money, but of time. And sometimes, you just want a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (again, free free to substitute your favorite fast food item here!). Anime can be like that. Sometimes, you just want fast food. And if it’s good by the standards of fast food, so much the better! The Misfit of Demon King Academy was a series like that. I enjoyed the series a lot, which is one of the reasons this post by Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime. It not only gets the show’s connection to fast food, it also correctly identifies the best character in the series! See if you agree.
Attack on Titan: The Final Season is under way. It’s hard to believe that the original began back in 2013. Honestly, it seems like yesterday. The scale of the show was as enormous and unexpected as the titans themselves. I hadn’t seen anything like it, and other seasons so far have gotten better and better. So, of course, I had to wonder: could the final season live up to my expectations — or better yet, my hopes? Well, we won’t know until the series ends, but based on this review by DEZ POLYCARPE from SAE With a K, we’re off to a good start. How good? And what was good about it? You’ll need to read the review to see, but I’ll say this: The review caught a lot of what I liked, and more!
I like Top lists. But do you know what I like better? Favorite lists. Maybe it’s a distinction with no meaning, but when I think “favorite,” I think that I’m getting the writer’s honest feelings. I look for signs of sincerity because we live in a world that is too often defined by marketing terms, spin, and SEO. None of those things are bad if they are in the service of authenticity. That’s why I liked this post by Wooderon on A Richard Wood Text Adventure. It’s a list of his 10 favorite OPs and EDs of 2020. Now, you might suggest that I gave this post extra points because it not only contained a lot of my favorites, but that it included two entries from a series that I seriously enjoyed. I can neither confirm nor deny, but I’ll just say this: I think you’ll find at least some (and maybe 10!) of your favorites, too!
Only with the benefit of decades of hindsight can I say, with any confidence, that a given work of art is culturally important. So the best I can do with something like Attack on Titan is that as best as I can tell, it has all of the hallmarks of greatness. Two things jump out in particular: First, the artists working on the series all seem to have brought their best work, from the animators to the voice actors to the musicians. Second, its fans aren’t just excited about the series. They’re passionate about it. Something about it affected them (and me) deeply. Take this post by In Asian Spaces on the site In Asian Spaces. It’s impossible to read this review and not feel the passion. It’s doubly impressive because In Asian Space has already read the manga, so they know the story — yet, they’ll still so obviously excited to see the anime version. Reading why made me even more glad I’ve watched the series since the start.
I’m collaborating with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime to review DanMachi III (and if you don’t believe me, here’s our review of episode 11 as proof!). A funny thing happened as I tried to write my portion of the review. I realized I just wasn’t getting this season. I try to celebrate series and wonderful anime moments on this site, but in this case, my subconscious made me link to a scene from The Fairly OddParents (the early years — not the wretched later seasons!). Where the show tried to be dramatic, I saw contrived. Where it tried to be emotional, I saw melodrama. What’s bumming me out is I really wanted to like this season! Well, it might just be my increasing cynicism, because this post by Eva from AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog clearly found a lot to enjoy about the episode. So if I can’t enjoy it, at least you might be able to! See if the review brought up what you liked about the episode.
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