Seventeenth 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 saw this week's My Hero Academia 3rd season, then you know that it was something special. I've seen concern voiced that the third season might be weaker then the second, and I think some of that criticism is justified. This week, though, we got a hugesly inspiring performances from our main character, Izuku Midoriya. What was inspiring about it? This post from Anime Evo explains it in clear detail. The post not only shares insights about the main event, but points out some important plot details that you might have missed in all the excitement.
If you're not a fan of the ecchi genre, please feel free to skip to the next entry! Just trying to be aware of the sensibilities of all of my readers... If you're still here, and if you're watching High School DxD Hero, have you gotten use to the new visual style yet? As an unabashed fan of Akeno Himejima, I'm still on the fence. She looks less like the Priestess of Thunder and more a cuddly teddy bear. Akeno shouldn't be cuddly! Well, not all the time... But a change of style isn't the only thing that's distinguishing this season. This post from Anime Q and A talks about a key difference from season 3, and it has to do with... Well, I don't want to spoil it for you.
There's a lot to like about Food Wars the Third Plate. It's always had strong characters, well-crafted plot, and up-lifting themes. And somehow, it's been able to keep the foodgasms interesting without becoming completely lewd. Did you see the end of the previous season? The reveal was a fantastic culmination of the first two seasons. At the same time, it set the stage for this season. This post from blautoothdmand explores some of what makes this season so great. It also highlights some of the character moments that I think distinguish this season. If you aren't watching the show, after reading this post, you might want to start!
I still don't know how to handle the fact that I like a show called Pretty Derby! A main character who is a horse girl named Special Week? Girls running competitively around a horse track -- and the winners having to put on an idol show afterward? Seriously, when I describe it, it still sounds like a parody! But it works, and it's fun to watch! This post from Chikorita157's Anime Blog describes the high points of episode 5, which include some of the series' funniest and most touching moments so far.
Don't get me wrong. For most of my life, my perspective has set me apart. Which is a polite way of saying that the way I think often puts me at odds with, well, most of Sol III. So it's not like that I felt alone or wrong for liking Grancrest Senki since its first episode. But even I, as used as I am to my solitary opinions, enjoy seeing someone else like a series that most others seem to have written off. This post from I Drink and Watch Anime explains why episode 16 was so interesting and likeable -- and it wasn't only because of realistic battle tactics!
Absolutes are hard to justify. Saying "best" or "most" or "ultimate" carries a heavy burden of proof. So it's with trepidation that I approach any post that makes a claim like "most underrated." But you know what? This post from JAREM'S SANCTUARY makes the case! There's a lot to like about Princess Principal, from the engaging characters to the music to the geeky-cool steam-punk alternative timeline. This article goes on to point out other things that make this show so worth watching.
While most of my material's based on the output, I'm still fascinated by insights into the inner workings of the anime industry. Shows like Shirobako are a blast to watch, and they're not completely inaccurate, but they are fictionalized views. That's why I get excited by posts like this one from Sakuga Blog! It talks about outsourcing studios, nearly unsung heroes who keep series going when their studios are are maximum output. This article gave me a new appreciation for their contribution to the industry.