Sixteenth 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!
If you read my post from last week, you already know how I feel about this topic. After hearing the news about some irrational folks threatening the writers and voice actors from Darling in the FranXX, I was really happy -- okay, happy and relieved! -- when I came across this post from All about Anime and Manga. This article does a great job of not recapping what happened, but putting the drama in its narrative context. It also provides some good insights into the characters and their motivations. But don't take my word for it!
Why do you remember a series or an episode? Is it the quality of the art? The music? Characters? All of the above? This post from Anime Corps shares a fascinating perspective on what makes an anime memorable. The post makes good use of Little Busters, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, and Violet Evergarden as examples.
Have you been watching Food Wars: The Third Plate? There's a lot to like about this series. The drama's well-presented, and the characters are great. The ending of the previous season was one of the most satisfying culminations of plot and character that I've seen. The most recent episode, number 14, builds on that climax. This post from Anime Evo is an enjoyable celebration of everything that makes the series worth watching.
I'm not sure if I'm right, but I suspect that the problem with some "fans'" reaction to Ichigo from Darling in the FranXX has something to do with broader trends in society. While I don't have the proofs necessary to actually write about it, this post from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS presents an insightful perspective on the immediate causes -- and what they mean to real fans of anime.
Given how recent events have involved threats against the voice actor who plays Ichigo from Darling in the FranXX, I was happy to come across an article from Kurumi Shim's Blog that celebrates the dedication and skill required for a good voice actor. Want to know the challenges facing a voice actor? Want to know some of the misconceptions about the vocation? Then you know what to do!
It's no secret that I seriously enjoyed The Ancient Magus' Bride. Did you like it? What appealed most to you? The music? Themes? Characters? This post from Let's Talk Anime presents the writer's perspective on what made the second cour of the series so great. It even includes rumination on the nature of romantic love!