Welcome to my favorite anime community posts, Other Posts to Crow About, for 2021 Week 05!
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 05
I want you to brace yourself, because I’m about to give you a major shock. Ready? You’re sitting down? Okay, here it is. I enjoyed Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina. Aren’t you glad I warned you? You probably had no idea even after reading my reviews of the series that I found anything positive about it at all!
In all seriousness, I was surprised at how many people didn’t like this series. Since the third century BCE, we’ve known that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I’m used to works of art dividing a community. Still, this kind of thing is really interesting to me, and that’s what attracted me to Karandi’s post on 100 Word Anime. She has a history of writing insightful reviews, and this is no exception. She came down on the largely positive side of the series, and her post helped me understand why. I thought her reasons were really interesting — one fashion statement in particular! See if you agree.
There’s a reason I don’t read a manga before watching the anime. It’s because I want to experience the anime as a standalone work. It should either be compelling, or not, on its own. I often will read the manga after the anime, just to see the differences. But my view is anime centric. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in seeing what other people have to say. In fact, I’m very interested, especially if the conversation explores the reasons for any differences. That’s what attracted me to this post by Thathilomgirl on the site Beneath the Tangles. It’s not only an enjoyable review of The fourth episode of The Promised Neverland Season 2. It’s also an interesting analysis of the differences between the anime and the manga around the same point in the timeline. I also appreciated the post’s prominent manga spoiler warnings, because, oh boy, are they spoilers! At least to me.
Speaking of series I’m not sure you could tell I liked… That schtick isn’t working, it is? Okay, I’ll be straight forward. After deciding to be straight forward, I was going to say The Devil Is a Part Timer is one of my favorite anime series. Then I realized there are too many series in that list for the word “favorite” to apply. I could say Caw of Fame candidate. That’s closer. Or I could just point you at my review of the The Devil is a Part Timer. Hmmm. I’ll give it some more thought.
While I do that, please let me direct your attention to Irina’s review of the series on the site I Drink and Watch Anime. Instead of fumbling around like I just did, she uses flowing prose to describe why the show was so much fun to watch. It’s not only an entertaining read, but she made an observation about the closing scene that went right over my head — and I’ve watched the series at least a dozen times. Had you caught it?
I’ll tell you what: I’m glad as heck that I didn’t choose to review Attack on Titan. That show is so deep and so wide that even thinking about how to write engrossing reviews week after week about it exhausts me. I mean, English only has so many superlatives! And then they release Attack on Titan Final Season. It took everything that came before and… Well, like I said, there are only so many superlatives. I have tremendous respect for bloggers that continue to review it. This week, there were several great review of episode 7. Among them, this review by In Asian Spaces on the site In Asian Spaces stood out. I want to say why, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. I’m conflicted! Because if I told you, you’d want to read it! But then the surprise would be less. So how about this? The surprise fit the episode perfectly! In fact, I think it made the review even more distinctive and entertaining. See what you think!
I’m even going to try to make a joke about how my affection for Sword Art Online would surprise you. Never let it be said that I beat a dead horse! Back to this post, most of the time, I don’t pay attention to haters. I don’t mean people who are critical of SAO. I often enjoy reading their perspective. But if someone just wants to hate on a character like Asuna because of “Volatile Opinion Goes Here,” I tend to overlook those posts. The polar opposite of that kind of post is this article Dewbond on Shallow Dives in Anime. He took a trait of Asuna’s that seems to have generated a lot of consternation and, calmly and clearly, showed why that trait was actually a strength. And not only Asuna’s strength, but a foundational positive for the entire series. See what you think of his “no BS” reasoning!
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