Fifteenth 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!
I hope it's no secret that I long strong female characters, and you don't get much stronger than Akeno Himejima, the Priestess of Thunder. I'm also a fan of "good" fanservice, which means, as we discussed last week, fanservice that's at the discretion of the fanservicer (if that's a word). High School DxD had a lot of that, but I'm apprehensive about the new season: it changed studios. Would they get Akeno and Rias Gremory specific (and sexy!) looks right? Would they retain their character? Would the show still honestly embrace its ecchi-ness? I have to say that after watching the first episode, if I were a better reviewer, I might have written something a lot like this post from Anime Q and A! The review did a great job of saying what worked and what didn't , and it had a great discussion of the plot changes when compared to season 3. If you're interested in this series, I think this post is a great read!
In ancient days (okay, a year ago), I reviewed Alice and Zouroku (yes, the link is shameless self-promotion; I do feel a little guilty about it). I haven't given it a lot of thought since, but after reading this post from I Drink and Watch Anime, I realized how much I've missed the show. A lot of what makes the series special is its characters, particularly Zouroku Kashimura and and Sana. But there's more, including some technical issues, that somehow makes the series distinctive. But don't trust my halting words. Read the article for yourself!
No, I'm not just fishing for another blogger who liked the first episode of Caligula! I honestly think this review from Moeronpan! captures some interesting points in the first episode -- points I missed! I love one of this post's key insight, which is "Caligula’s first episode is a little dense, but not impenetrable." The review does a great job of fleshing out that idea. So, if you didn't believe my review of the first episode, now you have a second opinion!
Remember the Crows World of Anime Observation about Lists? Making an interesting one is hard! Want to know another observation? I don't think Attack on Titan gets the respect it deserves. Popularity seems to make enemies in some quarters, and that's a shame. AOT not only has dramatic story telling and a premise that takes lethality to a whole new level. It also has great characters. Don't believe me? Check out this post from A Spooky Redhead. You'll get 8 solid reasons to read the Japanese novel that explores some of the women from AOT.