Welcome to my favorite anime community posts from 2021 week 13!
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 13
Do you like a good fight scene? I like a good fight scene. Anime is filled with them. Some of them are well-assembled and advance the plot, like many of the fights in Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions. Others are spectacles that are designed to dazzle us, like many of the battles in Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season. Do you have a favorite battle? Karandi from 100 Word Anime does! As you can tell from the title, the scene is from the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and it involves the main character Bell Cranel. What makes the scene so memorable? Why is it Karandi’s favorite? I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I’ll say this: I found her reasoning to be spot on!
Back in April 2018 when I had sometime called “spare time,” I felt a need to add another seasonable anime to my watch list. So, I checked out Crunchyroll’s list and saw something called Umamusume: Pretty Derby. Knowing how much anime likes to turn anything into a pretty young woman, I thought I’d check it out. I spent most of the first episode with my jaw figuratively hanging open. Special Week instantly won me over! I enjoyed it more than any sports anime before.
In the season just ending, I was pleasantly surprised to see it had been graced with a sequel, Umamusume: Pretty Derby Season 2. In my mind, it almost stumbled out of the gate (pun intended!) with a switch to Toukai Teiou as the main character. Even worse, they sidelined Silence Suzuka! My initial impression half way through the first episode was the writers had made a colossal mistake. Was my initial impression correct? Did the sequel not live up to surprising awesomeness of the original? Well, King Baby Duck published an answer on B3: Boston Bastard Brigade, and I have to say, it was delightfully on target. Want to see just how much fun this season of Uma Musume was? Then you know what to do!
I started watching Otherwise Picnic when the season started. I liked each episode I watched, but time forced me to pause after three episodes. I’ll get back to it, when and if I ever find that elusive thing called “time.” I swear, when I started working from home, I thought I’d have more time to watch anime, not less! Stupid work ethic…
The two main characters, Sorao Kamikoshi and Toriko Nishina, played a big role in making those episodes so enjoyable. I suspected that trend would continue and maybe even improve as the series went on. After all, it looked to me like the writer had a good handle on both characters and would further develop their relationship. So, I was really glad to come across this post by FoundOnWeb on the site FoundOnWeb. It’s an insightful and enjoyable read about those two characters. I came away from the article with an even stronger desire to finish watching the series. See what you think!
The older I get, the faster time seems to go. Seems like it was just yesterday I was getting ready to start the Spring 2018 season. The day before that, it seems like I was going through our source code, compilers, and runtime environments looking for problems that January 1, 2000 might unleash. Turns out there’s a term for it: the Holiday Paradox. And yes, I am officially off track…
Getting back on track, it’s time for the Spring 2021 season to start. And what better way to get ready than to use this post Choya on Random Curiosity? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (because it’s true): There are a lot of good seasonal preview guides published every season. I came across at least 5, and maybe 10, that I thought were excellent. Even in that competitive environment, I find Random Curiosity’s contribution to be the most comprehensive and in-depth. Check it out: You’ll see we have a great season ahead of us!
Back when I watched the first episode of Jobless Reincarnation, the show’s world-building impressed me. I began to think the show might be a candidate for review. Then we got the scene where Zenith used healing magic on Rudy, and the show hooked me. The show made magic feel like something beautiful and astonishing. I can’t remember the last time that happened.
While I was busily enjoying the show, I forgot something. I was so busy geeking out at the show’s craftsmanship that I forgot to take into account, in my reviews, of how some of my readers might interpret Rudy’s less laudable traits. To me, they were simply part of what made the character so engrossing. Note I said engrossing, as in interesting. I did not say “worthy of emulation.” Some folks couldn’t get past those traits, though. That’s fair, and it’s a failing on my part that I didn’t adequately warn readers of the content. There are times, though, when I long to celebrate something for what it is. That’s why I so enjoyed this post from Dewbond on Shallow Dives in Anime. Dewbond, in his typical no-nonsense way, takes a look Jobless Reincarnation and comes to the conclusion that yes, it was something amazing. Why does he say it was amazing? Well, there’s one way to find out!
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