Twenty third and twenty fourth weeks 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)
This week is a double edition because a family vacation interrupted last week's post!
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 post helps you find some of them!
I loved Gate. I reviewed the second season on this site. There's just so much to like about the series! And do you know what? This post from AllYourAnime.Net nailed it. The only quibble I have it that the article showed little love for the second season -- but that's okay, because it was so spot on about the first season.
We've talked before about how Uma Musume: Pretty Derby is so much better than it deserves to be. It's a blast to watch, and I've grown to really like Special Week as a lead character. As the show closes in on its final episode, it's become clear that the writers have thoroughly researched the history of the characters' namesakes, like Special Week and Silence Suzuka. But did you know that the show also stands up to an analysis of its philosophical underpinnings? This post from ATELIER EMILY for me, in full bloom explores how the show weaves the concept of determinism into the plot. That includes a definition of what determinism means!
When's the last time you watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? Of course, I'm assuming you've watched it! If you blinked (figuratively speaking, of course!), you may have missed the character named Van Hohenheim. In fact, as I read this post from I Drink and Watch Anime, I had to refresh myself on who the character was! But, boy was I glad I did. This post made me reevaluate the character's position in the series! And it made me reflect on the nature of heroism and virtue as themes in the series.
I've seen a lot of lists about a lot of subjects, but this one from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS caught my attention for two reasons. First, it's a top 10 list of favorite females under the guise of Woman Crush Wednesday (catchy title!). Second -- and this is the distinctive part -- it's favorite females with eyepatches! How cool is that? I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that by the time the list included a character from Rokka no Yuusha, I'd almost decided to include this list in Other Posts to Crow About. But then I found the character from Unbreakable Machine Doll, and that clinched it!
If you use MyAnimeList, you're probably aware that the site has had some technical issues lately. In fact, as of this writing (June 16, 2018), the site's still not fully operational. It's impacting my reviews, because I like to link the first mention of a character to his or her record in MyAnimeList. That way, readers who might not be familiar with the series can see exactly who I'm talking about. This post from Lethargic Ramblings talks about why so many of us use the site, including as a resource to organize our anime enjoyment. But you might be surprised some folks tried to celebrate MyAnimeList's troubles! Fortunately, this post does a great job defending how most of us use the site.
Maybe it's the political climate in the United States, but I've become a ton more sensitive to toxicity in relationships. The show Citrix was not only one of the few shows that I've dropped, it featured the kind of relationships this post from The Lily Garden talks about: "not okay" relationships where one woman forces herself on another (Citrix got so bad I started calling it "Non Consensual Touching: The Animation"). This post does a great job of exploring a seldom-discussed topic.
Every once and a while you realize you're watching a series that's going to be recognized as a classic -- for all the right reasons. My Hero Academia (currently in its third season) is one of those series. And its 11th's episode? It's the epitome of an already rarefied drama. This post from Lost in Anime describes this episode the same way I would -- if I were a better writer. This article captured the spirit and achievement of this episode.
I love stories whose arcs span multiple episodes. That construct allows for some large-vista stories! But I also love stories that are self-contained within a single episode. Both concepts can be a blast if handled correctly. In fact, from a dramatic perspective, there's no reason I can think of that both can't be wildly successful. And there's certainly no reason to disrespect either! In case you don't believe me, this post from Mechanical Anime Reviews clearly makes the case for episode-based dramas.
I can't believe it's been two years (okay, a little more) since I watched this series! Momokuri is a rom-com, and though it's not on the same level as Toradora (honestly, what is?), it was refreshingly pleasant to watch. I could bore you with my reasons why, but why don't I direct you to this article from When Sirius Writes? It does a great job of of saying what's good about the show!