Twentieth 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, like strong characters, intricate plots, or amazing worlds.
There are only two rules:
- I have to find the site to read it. I publish a list of the sites I review every week, so please do look for your site! If you don’t see it, I’d love for you to mention your site in the comments.
- Your post had to have been published during the last seven days (or so)
Remember, 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!
You ever read a title and just pause to admire it? That’s what happened when I read this post from I Drink and Watch Anime. It’s about the series Natsume’s Book of Friends. It’s hard to say a lot about it without giving too much away, which is the last thing I want to do! But here’s a quote to give you a taste: “Natsume’s brilliance lies in the understated and gentle way it probes at the core of human existence.” The post then goes on to talk about the character Tsuyukami, and the article’s insights into relationships and the human condition had me reflecting for days!
Toradora! is one of my favorite shows of all time. I’ve read a ton of articles about it, but I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting opinions. I’m happy to report I found one this week! The Moyatorium brings us a new perspective on how Taiga Aisaka, Minori Kushieda, and Ryuuji Takasu interact through the course of the series. What does Takasu see in Kushieda? What doesn’t he see in Aisaka? How do Kushieda and Aisaka see themselves? If you liked the series, or even if you didn’t, this will be an interesting read.
WataMote was a tough show to watch at times. The main character, Tomoko Kuroki, is painfully awkward in social situations — to the point where in many episodes, I had to pause the show to shake off the chills. This post from A Nerdy Perspective talks about some uncomfortable aspects of Kuroki’s personality, and how those aspects affected her prospects — and us as viewers!
Comic Girls was a pleasant surprise for me this season. It’s light-hearted, has characters who are easy to root for, and best of all, it’s about young artists trying to create successful manga! One of the main characters, Kaoruko Moeta, has terrible self-esteem, and becoming the last of her friends to have a serial manga deal hits her hard. This post by Random Curiosity investigates Moeta’s experiences in this episode. I especially like the discussion about the impact Suzu Fuura has on Moeta — skeletons and all!