Twenty-seventh 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!
Is It Wrong To Suck A Cat Girl’s Ear In Another World? – ‘How Not To Summon A Demon Lord’ Episode 1 Review
You know certain scenes just rub you the wrong way? I watched the first episode of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, and to be honest, it was so not new and fresh that it was starting to annoy me. Then the main character, Diablo, pushed Rem Galeu, one of the two women who had summoned him into their fantasy world, down onto a bed and, let's just say, commenced to touching her without her consent. That was it. I was done! But you know what? I might have been too hasty (only time will tell!). This post from Anime Q and A made me reconsider. You might not realize the implication here, but changing my mind ain't easy. Want to see what it took?
There are a couple of Summery 2018 shows that have really stood out for me (so far!). One of them is Hanebado!, which is a surprise because "serious" sports shows don't usually click with me. This post from BiblioNyan does a great job of laying out what's so great about the show. Hint: It's not just all about gorgeous animation, but that's part of it!
I've been around the track a few times. It's really, really hard to surprise me with either content or presentation. And lo and behold, this post from Curiously Dead Cat does both! We get a review of Hanebado!, Island, and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord -- in haiku form! The thing about poetry is that it forces the poet to pack a lot of meaning in a tiny space. I think that this post said the most about these three series in the least space of any article I've seen.
Do you like green-eyed anime girls? I like green-eyed anime girls. Okay, I like anime girls in general, but green-eyed girls seem to have a higher probability of emotional impact. I should probably figure out why that is... In the meantime, this post from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS ranks the top ten anime girls with green eyes. I don't want to give anything away, but I can't disagree at all with #1, #3 was an excellent choice, #7 was an outstanding choice, and... Oh, heck, I'll just be honest. They were all excellent choices.
I haven't finished Yuki Yuna is a Hero yet. It's not that I dropped it. It's that I can't finish it. I have two episodes left, and I just can't bring myself to push through them. There are two reasons. One's complicated because one of the characters in this series, Mimori Tougou, is in a wheel chair. One of my children lives with a disability, so any dramatic and authentic portrayal of someone with disabilities is a two-edged sword for me. I'm happy that a series would treat the topic with respect, but at the same time, it rips me apart. The second reason is, well, one of the things that this article talks about, and it revolves around watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica first . Confused? You won't be after you read this post from The Pantless Anime Blogger.
Did you watch the first episode of Hanebado!? Were you as impressed as I was with the intensity of the sports action? Especially for badminton, a sport that (in my ignorance, it seems!) I've not really associated with furious intensity? Do you also love seeing how art is created? I've always been fascinated with the creative process in all of its forms, and if that sort of thing interests you, this article from Sakuga Blog is right up your alley! It has some fascinating descriptions and videos about how the artists approached key sequences. After reading this article, I am even more excited for this series!