Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2020 Week 51!
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 51
Anime as a Cup of Tea
Zombieland Saga: What Makes Its Comedy Works
I sometimes joke that I probably have unconscious rules that some bloggers could exploit to get their posts in Other Posts to Crow About. In effect, some of them may have penetrated the bureaucracy! One of those unspoken rules is to speak well of Zombieland Saga. Ah, but these rules are actually double-edged swords. Yes, writing about Zombieland Saga automatically attracts my attention. But it kicks my expectations way up, too! So if I feature a post about series like Zombieland Saga, you know it’s a compliment! And that’s exactly the case with this post by Ethan_07 on the site Anime as a Cup of Tea. I’ve read a lot of posts about the goodness that is this series, but I’ve never seen one that zeroes on on the series’ humor. I thought this perspective shed more light on what made this series so special. See if you agree!
I Drink and Watch Anime
Nanana’s Buried Treasure – Just A Start
Have you been watching anime long enough to have this problem? A season ends, and you’re excited about a show you just watched. You plan to talk about it or blog about it or whatever, but other things come up. Soon, you forget all about it. It’s not that the show wasn’t fun — it’s that new, also enjoyable shows come out every season, and some older ones just get lost. Well, that’s happening to me more and more often, and it’s why I’m glad to find posts like this one by Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime about Nanana’s Buried Treasure. The series, which first aired in 2014, was a lot of fun to watch, even though it wasn’t perfect. Why was it fun to watch? How was it imperfect? Irina presents the answers in her usual insightful and accessible way. Did she talk about your favorite parts of the show?
Jonah’s Daily Rants
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Oregairu) Tore My Heart Out
You would think after living as long as I have, and after developing such an independent streak of liking whatever the heck I want to like, I would not still feel a twinge of embarrassment to admit I like some romance series. Well, I do. So there. Some are light-hearted with only occasional dips into darkness, like Toradora. Series like My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU take a different approach, as this post by jernahblunt on the site Jonah’s Daily Rants points out. What approach does this series take? Well, the post’s title gives a hint. “Tore my heart out” is a really good introduction. But the article’s even stronger in the details it presents. The post talks about not only the series’ strengths, but also about what made the series so distinctive. If you haven’t seen the show yet, I bet you’ll add it to your backlist after reading this review! And if you have seen it, see if the review talks about what you liked most about the show.
Shallow Dives in Anime
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina: With all its Joy, and all its Horror.
Did you enjoy Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina this year? I liked it from the first episode. Others bloggers I know and respect not only didn’t like it. They actively hated it, so much that several wrote posts to talk about why. I respect their positions, and I’m glad they shared their thoughts. At the same time, I’m glad that when confronted with a series that goes in a direction I didn’t expect, I ask the question: What’s the writer trying to do here? Why did they zig when I expected them to zag? Do they not understand the tropes of the genre? Do I not understand them? Or is there something else going on? I considered writing a post to explore the question, but that was before I came across this post by Dewbond on Shallow Dives in Anime. This post is it. It’s the explanation of what this series is about and why it might not have resonated with everyone. It’s also one of the major reasons I enjoyed it so much. Whether you liked or disliked it, the post presents an important perspective.
12 Days of Anime 2020: Princess Mononoke
Have you ever watched an anime that left you speechless — that was so good you felt like you were glowing for days afterward? I like finding reviews by bloggers who have just gone through that experience. Of course, it’s not effective if the blogger reacts that way to everything! On the other hand, if they react that way once in a blue moon? That’s a lot of fun to read. That was the case with this post by Will Sirius on the site Sirius Writes. Will Sirius just watched Princess Mononoke for the first time, and reading her reaction was just uplifting. Sometimes, the day to day grind of seasonal anime makes me forget how delightful the medium can be. Posts like this help me remember!
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3 thoughts on “My Favorite Anime Community Posts – 2020 Week 51 Edition”
Penetrating the bureaucracy? Oh, this is just the start. 😏
Though I am curious as to why Zombieland Saga attracts your attention, could there be any special reasons for it?
“Though I am curious as to why Zombieland Saga attracts your attention, could there be any special reasons for it?”
That’s a good question!
Irina (I Drink and Watch Anime) and I collaborated to review the first season:
There were several things about the show that appealed to me. The idea of a group of zombie idols is so ridiculous that it worked. I loved the music (I bought the soundtrack — best purchase ever!). I even liked the CG dance scenes. What I liked most, though, were the characters. They were all distinct. They all had to learn to work together. There were little things, like at the beginning, when Yuugiri and Lily were the first to really embrace the idea that they could perform (after Sakura, of course). Or Lily’s backstory (or any of their backstories for that matter). Or the idea that start to finish, the story was about how much Koutarou loved Sakura, to the point of resurrecting the dead so she could fulfill her dream.
I mean, I’m not partial to love stories, but I found that moving!
I only wish we’d gotten backstories for Yuugiri and the LEGENDARY Tae Yamada. Maybe next season!
Couldn’t agree more, more Zombieland Saga is definitely welcoming!