Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2021 Week 02!
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!
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My Favorite Anime Posts from 2021 Week 02
Earlier this week, I got a great surprise — Uma Musume got a second season! When it aired, I checked out the first season with no expectation of staying with it. I mean, it’s about derby horse girls! But 13 episodes of moe anthropomorphism later, I found that the adventures of Special Week and Silence Suzuka had completely charmed me. It succeeded for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was Special Week herself. As I got into the first episode of the second season, I realized that the series introduced a new main character, Toukai Teiou. How’d she do? Can she continue the magic of the previous season? Well, Flareknight from Anime Evo took a look, and what he reports back matched exactly what I’d thought of the episode. Was it a positive review? There’s one way to find out!
We’ve been blessed with a seriously high percentage of interesting first episodes this season. One of them that I still haven’t decided not to review (how’s that for decisiveness?) was Otherwise Picnic. It had supernatural elements. It had horror elements. And it has quality yuri! Wait, what’s quality yuri? Well, I’d start by saying it’s an honest yuri relationship that’s growing between two interesting, dynamic characters. Yeah, I know, I’m some dude in Ohio, so you could reasonably ask what I know about such things. And I’d respect you for that! And I came prepared! You don’t have to take my word for it (it meaning anything I just said about the episode). Please let me direct your attention to a post written by Vrai Kaiser from Anime Feminist. This post offers an insightful take on all aspects of the first episode. See if it touches on the things you noticed about the episode!
I’m really excited that I’m going to be collaboratively reviewing The Promised Neverland season 2 with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. Among her skills, she has a keen eye for all aspects of what I loosely call cinematography, and if there’s a series that uses cinematography to its benefits, it’s The Promised Neverland. The second season hit the ground running, so to speak. And though I certainly hope you drop in on the collaborative review, I also wanted to draw your attention to this review by Emily Rand on ATELIER EMILY for me, in full bloom. Want to know what made this episode so powerful? Wand to know what it meant for Emma and Ray? Then look no farther! I especially liked this article’s analysis of the final scene.
It’s become almost a cliche to call a series unique. Sometimes, though, you come across a series that manages two seemingly contradictory things: It manages to fulfill the tropes of its genre and stake out new narrative territory — in other words, does something unique. That’s exactly what Planet With did. It’s probably why I liked the show so much! But my tastes are pretty erratic, aren’t they? So, as evidence for just how good this show is, I’d like to present this post by Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. I’ve read some absorbing reviews of this series, but I think Irina’s review does the best job of capturing the show’s heart and spirit. If you haven’t seen the series, this review will help you decide if it’s for you. And if you have seen it and want to relieve some great moments, you know what to do!
Was Warlords of Sigrdrifa a perfect series? Hmmm. I’m probably not good at rhetorical questions, am I? But the question isn’t invalid. The show wasn’t perfect, and it wasn’t perfect in how it portrayed Norse mythology. But that not only didn’t have to be fatal; it wasn’t. In fact, despite its presentation of Odin, I still enjoyed the show quite a lot. That might be because I identified with Azuzu Komagome. Or it might be because of the elements that infinitezenith talked about on the site The Infinite Zenith. The post is a solid insight into how a series can fumble one aspect (world-building) and still be enjoyable — or even leave a positive impression. See if you agree!
I liked Burn the Witch as soon as I saw the promo art. Noel Niihashi reminded me of a slightly less god-tier Ayaka Kagari from Witchcraft Works (I’m going to have to review that series some day…) and Ninny Spangcole reminded me of a little of… Well, okay, she was a little more distinctive. But both were engaging, and I enjoyed their relationship. Though it, like Warlords of Sigrdrifa, had a misstep or two (or one big misstep named Balgo Ywain Parks), overall, it was a lot of fun to watch, for the reasons that Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews points out. If you can get past the obstacle that this review insightfully describes, it’s well worth checking out. See if you think the same!
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