Thirty-fourth 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!
Of everything I watched this week, I think I most enjoyed the seventh episode of Overlord III. First, I'm excited about any episode that features the Pleiades Battle Maids. Those characters have impressed the daylights out of me since some of my earliest reviews! But there was a lot to like in this episode, and I think the review from Angry Anime Bitches did a great job of pointing them out. Though the less said about what the article calls "the torture hentai demon," the better! < shudder >
One measure I use to gauge an anime series' quality is the depth of the conversation it generates. I've read a lot of interesting, insightful, and thought-provoking articles inspired by The Ancient Magus' Bride. Some of them were uplifting; some of them resonated with my less uplifting memories. This article from Anime Feminist compares the writer's personal experiences with Chise Hatori's depression and self-loathing. It's not a topic I discuss here on CWOA, because that's not this site's mission. But I'm glad there are sites like Anime Feminist to write articles like this. It's a tough read in spots, and should take its content warning seriously. But I think the article's honest treatment of its subject is worth a read.
Calamity of a Zombie Girl: A Ridiculous Rompy (Failure) Tribute to Western Horror Films – Anime Review
Every anime season, I check out the list of coming attractions and try to decide what to watch. I like zombie horror, if done right, so the movie Calamity of a Zombie Girl showed up on my radar. Busy with other shows, I didn't get to this one, but I intended to. Then two things happened. First, I read 100 Word Anime's review, and the show dropped to near the bottom of my list. I held out a little hope that it might be worth a view just to see how bad it was, until I read this article from BiblioNyan. This site is all about celebrating anime, and an article that thoroughly trashes a show -- with detailed examples of precisely why it's so terrible -- might seem like a nonintuitive inclusion. But here's the thing: It seems this anime is so bad, it might degrade your enjoyment of the genre in general! So I consider this a public service announcement! Plus, the article's a lot of fun to read!
If you're like me, you have a growing anime figure collection. Some of my favorite figures, like Kiss Shot Acerola Orion Heart Under Blade, Rory Mercury, and Miia, represent honest to goodness financial investments, so it's important to take care of them. Unfortunately, I have the physical finesse of a jack hammer, and my figures continue to collect dust. Fortunately, this article from Hue Hue Anime Reviews has a great description of how to keep figures in great condition. Not only does it give you ideas of what to do, it warns you of things not to do, like use a can of compressed air. Guess who might have considered doing just that? Sigh. Glad I read this article first!
Did you watch Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid? I did, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. And before you say, "Well, you seem to enjoy everything!", please let me direct you to the post from BiblioNyan, above! But, if you're on the fence about whether or not you want to watch the series that launched a thousand memes (or at least a couple dozen good ones!), you should read this post from Reasons to Anime. All five are really good reasons. I'm particularly partial to #3 (and really, Funimation?).
I've read a lot of opinion pieces recently saying that Summer 2018's anime season is weak. That's not my impression, and if I can make the time, I'll try to post about it. In the meantime, I'd like to direct your attention to a recent post from Watashi wa bucho!! Yes, I'm selfishly highlighting a post that agrees with my position, but I'd never share a post with you that I didn't think was worth reading. This writer makes the case that the Summer 2018 season might be stronger than you think! If I didn't think well of this season before reading this article, I think I might just have a different perspective now!