Thirty-third 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 article helps you find some of them!
If you've been following my reviews of Planet With (like this review of episode 6, I say with shameless self-promotion in mind), you'll know that the show has seriously impressed me. I haven't talked one of my favorite features in any of my reviews, because the topic hasn't come up naturally: the show's thematic conflict between Nebula's Sealing and Pacifist factions. So I was super happy to find this article from Curiously Dead Cat that not only dealt with the issue head-on, but did so from the perspective of humanity's history of philosophy and theology! And it does so in a highly entertaining way!
There's a malady that we don't talk about much in the anime community. Based on my own observations, the topic might be too embarrassing for some; for others, they might be blissfully unaware that they, themselves, are afflicted. For yet others, they may have deluded themselves into thinking that the disease affecting Rikka Takanashi is completely benign and might, in fact, be something beneficial. I'm talking about chuunibyou. I know, I know; I should have introduced the idea more gently! But sometimes it's better to yank the band aid off in one swift motion. Don't know what to do? Don't how to diagnose it in yourself or others? Worry not! I Drink and Watch Anime has you completely covered with a fantastically informative public service announcement.
Okay, before you ask, no, I did not choose to highlight this post from The Infinite Zenith because of the copious -- and high quality! -- screen caps. I just want to get that out of the way for the sake of clarity. The real reason I chose it is that I think it does a great job of breaking the episode down from multiple perspectives, like the construction of something as large-scale as the plot or something as intimate as the lighting in a specific scene. That kind of analysis added to my enjoyment of the episode! That, and I had to agree that "There has been a deficit of Claire screenshots around here as of late, so I’ll rectify this with a still of Claire massaging her leg after overextending it during stretches." It's an artistic statement that I can fully support!
You know how when you really, really love a show, but you've read one too many negative reviews of it? You know the kind of defensive feeling you get whenever you find a new review of the show? Well, that was my experience when I came on this article from Ka-chan Anime Reviews. Would it be yet another negative review that would put me in a foul mood? Dare I even try to read it? After having ventured bravely into the lion's den (well, Ka-chan Anime Reviews' den, anyway), I can proclaim that it's a great review, and not just because it agrees with my opinion. It has solid reasons to like the show -- some you might not have considered before!
I've seen (and enjoyed reading!) several posts about the best opening themes (OPs) or ending themes (EDs) for anime series. I like comparing my list to the writer's. It's a fun way to catch songs I might have missed! I also enjoy collecting anime soundtracks, like one of my all-time favorites Re:CREATORS (which I still think you should buy from Amazon!) or The Asterisk War soundtrack (which is available on iTunes), so I try to be very aware of a show's music. That's why I was so interested in this article from Mel in Anime Land. It lists the author's top 10 insert songs -- songs that are designed to set the mood for a scene. Better yet, the article includes links to the songs so you can hear them! There were several that I'd missed -- how about you?
Non Non Biyori for me was a rare show. Last year some time, I started watching it, but I never finished it. I didn't drop it. It's still sitting in my Crunchyroll queue. Why didn't I finish it? Well, I kinda forgot about it! I grew up on a farm, so much of the show's rural charm wasn't new or fresh for me. On the other hand, there was a lot to like about it. Which is just what this article from #moe404. points out. The article details what makes this show so endearing and well-loved. And for the record? After reading this article, I now want to finish watching the series.