Thirty-ninth 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've read a lot of posts discussing plot setup, pacing, or complexity. It's a handy way for the writer to talk about how the story unfolded -- or didn't unfold, as the case may be! I've even read posts that talk about whether the climax wrapped up all of the loose ends or fulfilled the promises made earlier in the series. But 100 Word Anime presents a subtly different question: What's the importance of the final impression a series leaves us with? It's an interesting discussion made all the more fascinating by the great examples -- like comparing the final impressions left by How Not to Summon a Demon Lord and The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar.
I really hope you're watching Attack on Titan Season 3. The show's always kept me on the edge of my seat. The first season because of the expertly executed conflict against the titans; the second season because of the revelations about those titans; and now because of the colliding characters and political movements in the third season. One of those characters is Kenny "The Ripper" Ackerman. His backstory is fascinating, and so is what happens to him in the most recent episode. This article from Beneath the Tangles takes a look at his fate and what it means.
Want to know how to attract my attention? Write an article about Youkai. Want to keep my attention? Write something new an interesting about said Youkai! Want to see your post end up in Other Post to Crow about? Pull xxxHolic into the mix! That's exactly what this post from Bloom Reviews does this week. The post also gets bonus points for weaving The Ancient Magus Bride into the narrative! The post talks about some well-known aspects of human/youkai interaction, like how the human is almost always in mortal danger. But my favorite parts of this article are less well known, and I don't want to spoil the surprise by spelling it out! One hint: It's kinda heart-warming!
I'm on record saying that I enjoyed How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, in part because it exceeded my expectations after watching the first episode and in part because it had a strong plot. I felt a little uneasy about the whole slave collar subplot, even when Diablo used it to save Shera from her evil brother, but I didn't give it a lot of thought because it seemed innocuous. After reading this post from Marshmellow Pastel, I can say that I still enjoyed the series, but now I understand my unease a little better. I wonder if that was one of the points of the narrative? Regardless, I love articles like this that help me reexamine my assumptions and come to a more nuanced understanding of a series!
It's no secret that I loved Planet With. I feel really lucky to have reviewed it for the Summer 2018 season. There was a lot to love about this series, and I thought this post from Star Crossed Anime Blog did a great job of talking about them. Some of the points are pretty well known, like the show's astounding plot density. Other points are less obvious, and they make this article all the more interesting.