Forty-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, moments of beauty, 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 so I can add it to the list!
- 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 blogsphere. I hope this article helps you find some of them!
You probably know that I'm enjoying Goblin Slayer. You can tell from my reviews, like this one for episode 1. One of the things I like about it is how realistic it tries to be -- well, as realistic as you can be when dealing with magic and goblins! There's a drawback to a series claiming to be so realistic, though: It invites criticism if it doesn't live up to its own goals. You can see this sentiment reflected in the comments on some of my reviews (Dawnstorm in particular makes some great points!). You can see more of it in posts like this one from Arthifis' Place as he and Karandi from 100 Word Anime give their perspective on the show. I'll give you a hint: The post is a solid, insightful review from start to finish! It's well work the read!
Have you ever watched an anime series and wondered why it didn't get more attention? Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches was one of those shows for me, even though I had some initial hesitancy when I started to watch the first few episodes. That's why this review from Jon Spencer Reviews first caught my attention. The review kept my attention because a) it was a lot of fun to read and b) it sounded like the writer's reaction was identical to mine! Great minds and all...
And just for the record? The witches look amazing in their hats. Just sayin'.
Apparently, it's "Read Crow's Mind" week in Other Posts to Crow About world, because here's another post that might as well have interviewed me to get the list! Have you every watched a show, and after the 12th episode ends, you find you aren't sure if you liked it or not? KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS just published a list of 10 series that fit that description! I found myself nodding so often reading this post that it gave me a headache! The article had great accompanying images, too!
Unless you're way more fortunate than the rest of us, you see a whole lot of darkness in the world. Some of it is at a distance and is manageable. Some of it... Well, it's less manageable. Music often strengthens us or makes the dark seem more bearable. It's either because of the music itself, or if it's an OP/ED, it's because the music reminds us of the struggles some characters go through, and through their strength, we can derive some comfort. This article from tfwanime brings us some beautifully inspirational anime themes, starting with (it's the first, so I don't think it's a spoiler) Haruna's Startear from Sword Art Online II. It features my all-time favorite SOA character, Shino "Sinon" Asada, whose back-story is heart-stabbingly sad. Her struggle against it, though, is what makes her so inspirational and powerful! And that's only one of the songs this article talks about!
Women folk make up around 50% of this planet's population. If you've ever met a woman, it's likely you've noticed that in terms of strength of character, intelligence, resolve, or any other measure of worth, they at least match the other 50% of humanity. Have you ever stopped to wonder why there aren't more fictional series of any kind (and in our case, anime series) that feature women as the lead role? Regardless of the reasons behind the dearth of female leads, this post from The Visualist's Veranda shows us the top 10 series with female leads -- and the list includes some absolutely outstanding series! Numbers 8, 6, 5, 4, and 1 particularly resonated with me. And the rest were pretty cool, too! Best of all, the list proves that there should be more such shows.