Other Posts to Crow About – 2018 Week 38 Edition
Thirty-eighth 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!
I almost dropped How Not to Summon a Demon Lord after the first episode. Between the enslavement collars and Rem's less than consensual ear-rubbing event, I felt like the show didn't know when not to cross a line. But the reviews at Anime Q and A made me reconsider, any by the end of the second and third episodes, I found (much to my surprise!) that I was looking forward to each episode! So much so that I actually went to the trouble to create an animated GIF of Alicia Cristela... But I'm getting off topic. This article reviews the last episode, and it talks about the unique combination of actual plot and frolicsome fanservice that defined this show.
If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I've discussed political themes. From the trend of the most recent presidential campaign to follow in the steps of late 1930s Germany to dehumanizing scape goats to rally a twisted political base, I've talked about politics in anime for about as long as I've run this site. Candidly, those are not my most popular posts. It's possible my writing sucked more than usual in those cases. But it's also possible that this post from Floating into Bliss is on to something: Why are so many vocal fans seemingly against politics in anime? This post does a deep dive into the question, from wondering if it's even possible to be apolitical to whether it's desirable. If you're like me and like a deep, meaty post from time to time, this one's for you!
It's theme week here in Other Posts to Crow About! We just talked about how anime should include political content. In this article, Mechanical Anime Reviews makes a similar argument, but throws in religion and economics. Think about it: if a series excludes politics, religion, and money, just how realistic could it possibly be? This article builds on that idea and comes up with some interesting conclusions.
There are several series that I've really enjoyed but have not talked about here, because I haven't found the right conditions. One of those is The World God Only Knows. My favorite season was the Goddesses arc (third season). The series took a simple idea and built it into something complex and fascinating. What am I talking about? Well, this post from #moe404. explains it better than I can! Let's just say that the series takes a concept that sounds like it could be dull and turns it into something fresh and interesting.
We're really lucky in the anime community to have more than our share of great season preview posts. But I'll be honest: The last couple of weeks, I've been anxiously wondering when Random Curiosity was going to post its Fall season preview, because it's become my favorite. Is it because the guide's so thorough? Because it gives a complete schedule for what's showing when? Or is it the great descriptions of each show? If you read the article, I think you'll find the answers. I'll give you a hint: It's all that and more!