Eleventh week of 2018 edition!
This is a Crow's eye view of the posts that caught my attention this week. Typically, they'll be posts that celebrate some aspect of anime, in particular strong characters, intricate plots, or amazing worlds.
There are only two rules:
- I have to find the site to read it. So, if you never see your site mentioned, it might be that I don't know it's there! Please feel free to mention your site in the comments.
- Your post had to have been published during the last seven days (or so)
You can find a list of the sites I check every week here.
There're a lot of good posts in the anime space. I hope this post helps you find some of them!
A Place Further Than The Universe has had more than it's fair share of beautiful character moments. Episode 11 was no exception! In this review from AngryAnimeBitches, we learn about Hinata Miyake's backstory (disclaimer: she's probably my favorite character in the series) and how it follows her to Antarctica. But she's not alone, now. She has friends like Shirase Kobuchizawa. This review captures the show's heart and clearly demonstrates why the show's so high on my list of favorites this season.
Sometimes, understanding the creative techniques used to evoke your feelings can make the experience even more enjoyable. That's the topic of this post from Atelier Emily for me, in full bloom. If you watched Land of the Lustrous, you may have been struck by the shows visual beauty and by the drama and relatability of Pho's journey of self-discovery. You may have missed some of the subtle techniques the animators and others used to elicit those reactions. I know I did, and I thought you might enjoy some fun enlightenment!
I want to make this point before saying anything else: Yes, I still like A Record of Grancrest War. No, I'm not lying. No, I'm not insane (that anyone can prove). I like what I like.
That being said, I can't disagree with the points in this post from I drink and watch anime. For example, I have to admit that the show continues to hurl new characters at us at an alarming rate. Case in point: Marrine Kreische's little sister, the leader of the hitherto unknown Nordic fleet. I only know her name's Ururika because I had to pause the playback to copy it down so I could write my review. That name's so obscure that even MyAnimeList and Anime Planet don't list it! Anyway, if you're tired of my positivity about the show, I'd like to present you with a very rational and fun alternative perspective to read.
I hope you'll forgive me -- this isn't the last post you'll see me reference about Violet Evergarden! But when I like something, I really like something, so thanks for your indulgence!
But I think you'll understand when you read this post from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS. The writer focuses on what I thought was the most emotionally powerful moments in an episode packed with such moments. As compelling as the secondary characters are, the show is about Violet. This reviewer highlights Violet's contribution to this episode -- and if you saw it (you lucky folks who live in a country where you can legally stream it!), you'll know what I'm talking about.
I hesitate to make statements about the community of anime reviewers and commenters even though I consume tons of blogging material (I don't have anything even close to the time I'd need to follow YouTubers!). But I see trends and wonder about them. Peach's Almanac has a thought-provoking post about an emerging trend in anime reviews -- and touches on the price some of us on the outskirts pay for having a different perspective. If you're interested in diversity in opinion about anime, this is really worth reading!
At work the other day, I made an off-hand comment that I'd changed my mind about something based on a co-worker's feedback. I wasn't prepared for the general celebration that followed. Apparently, I'm not known for changing my mind! So I read this post from Therefore It Is with even greater interest than usual. The writer starts out with a neutral tending negative impression of the character Sayaka Miki from Puella Magi Madoka Magica and describes how looking at the character from a different perspective completely change the writer's opinion. As a fan of the series, I have to say it changed my opinion, too! My coworkers would be very happy.
I'm sure you are already aware of this, but while writers and artists love their vocation, they, too, need to do things like pay bills. And what do you need to pay bills? It's not good will, I can tell you that! This post from Tiny Ugly Animal doesn't just rehash the old arguments against consuming free bootleg content. The writer shares a compelling perspective on why you shouldn't "Bundy that book."
On a side note, looking up a source for the phrase "Don't Bundy that book" made me realize that I first heard it in 1987, which was after I graduated from college. Criminy, how old am I?
I live for enthralling character moments. But I like analyzing how all of the elements of fiction, like plot, characterization, theme, and setting, work together to make those moments happen. This post from Wormwood (みみドしま 歪んだ白に、真っ直ぐな黒) caught my attention because of how well it analyzed episode 10 of Violet Evergarden. If you're lucky enough to live somewhere were you could legally watch this episode, you'll know the kind of impact it had. This post breaks down the differences between the anime episode and the light novel source material in a way I found fascinating.