Welcome to my favorite anime community posts from 2021 week 11!
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 11
Are you watching the latest season of Re:ZERO? The latest episode (as of this writing) was episode 23, “Love Me Down to My Blood and Guts,” and a lot of stuff went down. This side of the second season took an interesting turn when Subaru decided to get through this iteration without using Return by Death. That added a surprising amount of drama, which should not have surprised me. I mean, not having Return by Death is how most other shows get by! This week’s episode took things up a notch, and the post that had my favorite description of what happened was from Berry on the site AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog. It contained a great rundown of the major plot developments, as well as lamenting the possible death of a major character. Gotta say — I’m as worried as Berry is. See if you had the same reaction!
Reviewing seasonal anime is a lot of fun. Each season starts with the thrill of the hunt — did I find the right shows to watch or review? Did I find a new favorite? But as enjoyable as it is to find new material, there are times when I’ve had enough of the unknown. There are times I want to revisit something comfortable and/or up-lifting. That’s when I revisit a favorite series episode. It’s like relaxing with old friends!
I just came across this post by Jack Scheibelein on the site Animated Observations that express a similar sentiment. It also listed five series that Jack considers some of his go-to comfort series. What struck me about this article wasn’t just that it listed five outstanding series. The list contained four of my favorites, including what might be my all-time favorite. So, of course, I have to say that the list shows exceptional taste! See if your favorites are there.
Speaking of comfort series, of the series that I most often rewatch has to be Gate. On the surface, it doesn’t sound like it could possibly be very interested. It starts with a gate opening between Japan and a fantasy world with Middle Ages technology. They storm through and attack Japan, which, of course, provokes a response from the Japanese Self Defense Force! Talk about the outcome being a foregone conclusion! But the show manages to take that concept and make it not only compelling, but interesting.
This post by Blue Hawk on the site Anteiku Anime Reviews describes a lot of the things I loved about the series, as well as a few places where the delivery could maybe have been better. I mean, it’s a work by human hands, right? No way it’s perfect. But that doesn’t prevent it from being enjoyable! See if the article includes what you liked about the series!
Toradora is one of those series that proved to me that I’ll like anything genre if the characters feel compelling. That even applies to the romance genre, which isn’t one I typically enjoy. Several of the characters really stood out. The one who spoke most to me was Ryuuji Takasu. He inherited his absent dad’s looks and raw physical strength, so no one messed with him. At the same time, he took household dirt as a personal affront and cleaned diligently. He also doted on this mother Yasuko Takasu, who did the best she could — but who needed a lot of help just to get through the day.
Taiga Aisaka was also an interesting character, but my reaction to her was a lot different. I didn’t give it a lot of thought until I came across this post by The Overage Otaku on the site Confessions of an Overage Otaku. This post analyzed Taiga’s character in amazing detail. After reading this post, I now understand why I reacted the way I did. But don’t let the post’s educational value mislead you — it was a lot of fun to read, too!
You like authenticity in anime, right? In fiction in general? I know I do. I go out of my way to look for series that have characters, plots, worlds, circumstances, or some combination of all four that convey a sense of realness. It not only helps with suspension of disbelief, but It can elevate the series into something amazing. It can also be a single moment, like Samwise Gamgee seeing a single star in The Return of the King: “There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart…”
I’ve had that kind of a moment. At the same time, authenticity can give us more than we thought we wanted. This post by GEEKNABE on the site GEEKNABE talked about one such moment in Wonder Egg Priority. Every season, there’s a series that I choose not to watch and regret it. GEEKNABE’s post convinced me that Wonder Egg Priority is such a series. Any series that deliver authenticity at the level this post describes sounds like something very special.
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