Twenty-sixth 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!
If I asked you what you liked about any given episode of anime, you'd likely say something about the art, the plot, the characters, or the music. But if you stopped to really think about it, you might come up with other details that make an anime feel complete. That's just want I Drink and Watch Anime did: Think deeply about the little things that make an anime engrossing and memorable. Things like background sounds, or color selection, or even... Well, I don't want to give too much away. You'll have to read for yourself!
I make no secret of the fact that I enjoyed the original Sword Art Online and its sequel series and movie. Yes, I know that some in the ani-blogging community consider this grounds to call for my impeachment, Putting aside my legal worries, I was excited to see this post from Jarem's Anime Sanctuary. Not only does the post make the same reckless claim to like SAO that I do, but it goes on to make the even more outrageous -- and interesting! -- claim that Gun Gale Online might even be the... Well, again, no point in ruining it. You can read it for yourself!
There's a lot that I like about anime, like how anime explores issues that other media avoids. Just a few years ago, it was almost taboo to discuss homosexuality or transgender issues, but anime didn't shy away -- in fact there were some genres that specialized in those topics. I think that's a positive and healthy thing! But one topic I seldom see addressed, and one that I think should be address more often, is asexuality. This post from A Nerdy Perspective is a great conversation on this topic.
I gave up trying to write preview reviews a long time ago. Why? Because there's no way I could compete with the completeness and clarify of posts like this from Random Curiosity! I always been impressed with the quality of this site's seasonal previews, and once again, they come through -- this time, of the Summer 2018 season. Just in time, too!
Some tropes in anime are unavoidable. Many are harmless mechanisms that help quickly establish a setting, or a relationship, or some other aspect of an episode. Others can trigger terrible memories and, even under closer scrutiny, offer nothing to the viewing community. This post from Tiny Ugly Animal is a brave and, I hope therapeutic, view of this topic. Warning: The post contains a candid discussion of rape, so please be cautious if that sort of thing is disturbing to you.