First week of 2019 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!
I've read a lot of very interesting round-ups of favorite/top 2018 anime titles. Maybe I'm paying more attention than before, but this year's crop seemed even more vibrant and heart-felt than last year -- which itself had its share of great posts! For me, three titles stood out, and guess what? Anime Feminist's choices for Best in Show and its two runners up matched the three I had in mind! I'll give you a hint about one of the runners up, because I've been so public about my support of Zombieland Saga that... Wait, that's more than a hint, isn't it? Anyway, I really enjoyed this post's rationale for the choices, and if it's possible, I came away with an even deeper appreciation for the titles they picked.
Have I mentioned recently how this site is all about amazing moments in anime? I hope so, because it is! In 2018, we had our fair share of amazing moments, from The Ancient Magus' Bride's "Thanks for letting go" to Planet With's moment of Ginko's gratitude to the slow clap in the last episode of Zombieland Saga. We got to share some beautiful, powerful, and amazing moments. There's one moment that I didn't mention, and it's the emotional equal of anything else I saw in 2018. What am I talking about? I think it's best if I let A Carriage Return tell you. Its article captured the spirit of that moment in vibrant detail. It describes one of the moments I still think about, to the point where I wonder if it's really among the all-time great moments in anime? Only time will tell. Until then, you know what to do!
Did you watch Ergo Proxy? If not, you missed a series that bordered on magnificent. One of its many strengths is its depth. I think I've read more interesting (and valid!) perspectives on this series than most others. Not only that, its OP might be one of my favorite of all time. There's something ancient and sacred and profane and futuristic about it -- all a the same time! But I digress. I offer this post from Confessions of an Overage Otaku as evidence of the depth of this series: it discusses a delightful perspective (i.e., a key to understanding the series) that I've never read before. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
I can remember when I first watched Bakemonogatari. The mix of quirky animation, complex characters, nuanced dialogue, and engrossing themes pulled me into a world that has grown through multiple series. Ordinarily, I welcome each new season of anime, because I get to experience new shows. But a very small part of me wishes that I could have a few seasons' break, because I'm afraid I missed so much the first time (or two!) that I watched Bakemonogatari and its siblings. Then I came across this post from Crushing on the Moon, and do you know what? It confirmed my worst fears. I not only missed a little; I missed a lot! So much for a dual Bachelor's degree in English and Theology... This article is actually part 7, but I think it reads great on its own! Or you could go back and read all seven!
Every week, I go through the 300 or so anime blogs that I list here. You might think that sounds like a lot of fun, and honestly, it is! But it has a subtle downside that I only noticed after six months or so: There are a depressingly large number of blogs that just suddenly stop publishing! We had a large crop back in April; another set through the summer months. I understand that sometimes real life makes demands that can derail a blogger's plans. At the same time, many of these blogs had fantastic voices -- voices that are now silent. Leave it to I Drink and Watch Anime to present a compassionate and graceful perspective on what I'd been seeing largely as something sad. Reading this post made me simultaneously less concerned about the impression I'll leave someday when this blog goes dark and more dedicated than ever to pushing that date farther into the future.