Welcome to my favorite anime community posts from 2021 week 15!
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 15
Fruits Basket – The Final Season is underway. That is at once glorious and tragic. It’s glorious because I have yet to find a series that delivers its emotional beats with such deftness. As someone who wants to some day publish novels, I am honestly in awe of what this show achieves, all the while making it look like the most simple and natural thing in the world. On the other hand, it’s tragic. It’s the final season. At some point, I’ll need to say goodbye to Saki and Tohru and Arisa. But until they leave, I’m confident we will have a chance to experience some powerful and uplifting drama.
Do you know what’s even better than watching Fruits Basket on your own? Sharing it with friends and community! I feel grateful to have read so many good reviews of almost every episode in this series. This week, I’d like to celebrate a post from a site that’s been reviewing this series since the remake first aired. CONARTISTDAN just posted a review on The Con Artists of the first episode of the final season. It lives up to its heritage on that site. It provides an insightful view of the episode, covering topics such as Akito’s culpability and the true heart of the series. See if the article captures what you liked about the episode!
One season starts, and the previous season ends. While I’m almost always excited for several shows in the new season (like Fruits Basket in Spring 2021!), I’m often sad to see other series end. Winter 2021 had a couple of series like that, and one in particular was Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table. The show might not have had eye-popping fight scenes like Re:ZERO Season 2 Part 2. But what it did have is covered very, very well in this post by In Asian Spaces on the site In Asian Spaces. The post not only gave an enthusiastic view of what the show did well. It also took a couple of moments I already loved from the last episode and shared insights to make those moments even more special. I love it when a review does that!
Awhile back, I watched a Harlan Ellison biography called Dreams with Sharp Teeth. You can watch it if you have Amazon Prime. The biographer filmed it as Ellison neared the end of his life. One of the things that struck me is how concerned Ellison had become with his legacy. Considering he’d been named a Science Fiction Grand Master in 2006, I wondered at that. Didn’t he know his body of work had secured at least a measure of fame that would outlast him? Why would worry about his legacy so consume him?
I think it’s taken the experience of writing seasonal anime reviews to help me understand, at least a little. Shows that are well-regarded or even loudly praised while they air quickly vanish from memory, whiles other persist for decades or longer. That got me wondering about what makes a show persist in our imaginations. In other words, why do some series leave a legacy that we still discuss after 20 years — while some disappear after 20 minutes? Well, this post by jernahblunt on the site Jonah’s Daily Rants talks about one thing about Full Metal Alchemist that still generates posts even though it debuted in 2003. The post talks about the remarkable and authentic brotherhood between Alphonse Elric and his brother Edward Elric. The may not explain everything about the show’s durability. But I think it’s an important part. See what you think!
We’ve talked before about how Umamusume: Pretty Derby’s impact came as a surprise. I did not expect a series about horse girls to be so interesting or so danged much fun! I won’t bore you by talking about how much I liked Silence Suzuka or the first season’s lead, Special Week. I don’t have to, because Lita from Lita Kino Anime Corner already took care of it. And she captured so much of what I liked, especially about Special Week, that it’s a little unnerving. Did she read my mind? Probably not. It’s more likely that we just have a common perspective on Special Week and what made her such an interesting character. See if you agree!
I’ve been thinking about harem series lately. It’s not something that preoccupies my mind all the time. It’s just I’ve been thinking about the genre since I decided to review Demon King Daimao for my throwback review this season. It’s apparently not at all easy to write a memorable, interesting harem series. In fact, I can count on one hand the series that have managed it. Well, maybe two if I’m feeling charitable. One of the harem series that I keep meaning to review, or least celebrate in some way, is Shuffle!. There’s a lot of things I enjoyed about the show. So I felt thrilled to find this post by Casper on Reasons to Anime. It reminded me of the show I’d enjoyed so much. Not only that, but it listed 5 great reasons to watch Shuffle!. I can personally attest that all five reasons are completely valid. See if you agree!
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