Thirty-fifth 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!
My Hero Academia's third season continues to showcase several of the things I like most about anime: great characters in a fascinating setting doing important things. This week's episode was no exception. In fact, in some ways, I think it might represent a high point. What am I talking about? Well, you'll need to read this article from Anime Evo to find out. It does a great job of explaining what I liked this episode, particularly how it presented Shouto Todoroki dilemma. Character flaws make for great drama!
I think Monster Musume is my favorite harem comedy. Okay, it's actually one of my favorite series period. That feeling has everything to do with Miia, Centorea, Lala, Suu, and Rachnera. No offense to the rest of the cast, but I just really enjoyed those characters! Now, I've not only watched the anime (more than once!), but I've also read the manga. I've often mused which I enjoyed more. Guess what? Anime Q and A wondered the same thing! But the site took the next step of actually writing the article! Want to know which had the better comedy? Or the better fanservice?
In ancient days, I earned my dual English/Theology bachelors degree. One of my areas of concentration was moral systematic theology. What the class clarified for me is something that seemed subtle at the time. Honesty's not just telling the facts. It's being certain you're communicating the facts completely. If I omit something knowing it'll cause a misunderstanding, it's the same as lying. If I emphasize one word over another knowing it'll disguise the truth, I'm lying. So, when I read about the reactions among some in the ani-tuber community to Crunchyroll's High Guardian Spice announcement, I remembered that class. The cries of SJW in response to hearing that a mostly female crew would create the series rang hollow, because I remember CLAMP. But why listen to me ramble on when you can read this article from The Glorio Blog? It presents a great perspective on how to interpret the some of the reactions.
I've been thinking alot about Land of the Lustrous lately. I even recently tweeted about a scene where Diamond runs home after talking to Cinnabar. The music, the camera angles, and the animation were just beautiful! So it was with great interest that I read this post from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS about the animation technique used in this series. That process is called CGI, and though it's gotten a bad reputation, it can produce spectacular results -- if done well. This article describes how Orange Animation Studio succeeded -- and it's a fun read!
Maybe, just maybe, you walked away from The Glorio Blog's post on this topic (highlighted above) thinking maybe those opposed to Crunchyroll had a case. Maybe you needed a little more convincing? If so, I have good news for you! This post from Mechanical Anime Reviews gives you more reasons to not listen to negativity -- unless that negatively is supported by the facts! You remember facts, right? Little bits of reality? Things that are real? I'm happy to say that articles like this one further the cause of facts, and I like that!
Do you remember Avatar: The Last Airbender? Except for its last two episodes, I really enjoyed that series. It's a little nostalgic for me, for a couple of reasons. First, it's one of two series that my wife enjoyed watching with me (the other being Soul Eater). Second, the series featured Toph, who was a blind Earth Bender. My son is deaf, so I'm always looking for positive/more accurate depictions of folks with handicaps. When I saw this list from The Spooky Red Head, I was really excited to read it. Imagine my delight when I find that the five things to know included cool facts about Toph!