Welcome to my favorite anime community posts from 2021 week 06!
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 Community Posts from 2021 Week 06
Like the seasons before it, re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2’s reputation proceeds it. You just know that if something beautiful happens, you’re seconds away from a visit by the Great Rabbit. So in episode 42, when we saw the ridiculously adorable little Emilia in the present Emilia’s memory, I got seriously nervous. When we saw how much she loved Fortuna, I got positively apprehensive. And when Geuse genuinely fawned over little Emilia? I prepared myself for blunt emotional trauma. So… did episode 18 deliver any of that? Let me direct you to the best post I found on the subject: Berry’s post on AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog. Did the episode live up to expectations? I’ll just say this: I’m beginning to see what Emilia blocked some her memories…
It’s hard to talk about Attack on Titan: The Final Season. With the types of posts that social media rewards, the talk seems to revolve around an imperative to judge the meta impact of the work. “It’s over-hyped.” “It’s pandering.” Whatever. Those discussions all miss something I think is key. Namely, that Attack on Titan, from its opening season until now, is a profoundly moving work of art. We don’t often see the breadth of its scope, the depth of its characters, and the universality of its themes contained within a single work. I’ve been happy to see those concepts addressed in many of the posts among the anime bloggers, and this week, I came across another fantastic example: This post by Setsuken on Anime Evo. This post gets Attack on Titan, in all of its imperfect glory. What the heck does that mean? Let me direct you to this post — its answer is more clean than mine would have been, anyway!
My son sometimes asks me to explain things. What’s cool about it (aside from the fact that even as an adult, my son still thinks his dad is a reliable source of information) is that he’s deaf. For him to really understand a concept, I have sign it to him. Now, the thing about sign language is that it is surprisingly blunt. So when my son asks why so many people in the USA are in jail because of drug addiction, when drug addiction is a medical condition, it’s hard to sign the answer — because the honest, blunt truth is painful to express. Sometimes, art forces us to face questions like that. Carefully crafted art can slide the question under our painstakingly-constructed defenses. It turns out that Wonder Egg Priority is just such a work, as this post by Emily Rand on Atelier Emily describes. What’s particularly cool is that the post talks about a true expression of heroism that doesn’t involve power-ups or magic tricks. I thought that was a profound way to look at it!
I was surprised to see Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 2 when it started, because I’d missed the news that it had been green-lit. I had thoroughly enjoyed the first season. The leads Special Week and Silence Suzuka had this great friendship dynamic going on. The world of horse-girl racing was fresh and new, and the series really leaned into it — including showing telephones with receivers that reached up the ears on top of the horse girls’ heads. Details like that distinguished show. The second season switched lead characters, though. The main focus seems to be on Tokai Teio, with an emphasis on her competition with Mejiro Mcqueen. Does the show have the same magic? Well, this post by chikorita157 on the site Chikorita157’s Anime Blog nails the answer. Not only does it talk how well the characters work, but the post talks about another aspect of the show that sets it apart from the first season and makes this much more than a rehash of its predecessor.
We started this post with re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2, and we’re ending with it. Given the scope of what happened in episode 18, that’s fitting! I mentioned before that the show’s reputation proceeds it. Yes, it has a reputation for being brutal. It has another reputation, though, and that’s for building an insanely detailed world and weaving it all together. As emotionally painful as parts of this episode were to watch, other elements we as fascinating and fulfilling in terms of what they explained, and what they opened as future possibilities. This post by Pancakes on Random Curiosity explains what I mean by that cryptic statement. It also talks about how, as much as this episode explains, it leaves open an important question for Subaru — and Beatrice.
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