Third 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!
If you're on Twitter at all, I'll be you've seen tweetstorms denouncing the latest anime series that are based on light novels. At least, I've seen them. Each time I do, I wonder why there's so much hate. Is it only because of Sword Art Online and the (irrational, in my opinion!) dislike it seems to generate in some circles -- and it was based on a light novel? And then I read this post from 100 Word Anime. It considered the same question, and do you know what technique the writer used? Fact! Yes, actual facts! Based on original research! Even better -- she used the facts to build conclusions! In all seriousness, I think the world would be a better place if more folks used this model to shape their opinions! I was so impressed that I had to include it in this week's Other Posts to Crow About.
You probably know that I'm collaborating with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime to review The Promised Neverland this season. You can see our review of the first episode here! The show's really something special, from the art to the pacing to the characters. But it has even more going for it than that, and this post from Beneath the Tangles lays it out in vivid detail. Want to know the four important things that this episode brings to the table? Then you know what to do!
This may come as a shock to you, but I loved Beyond the Boundary. Okay, I jest; it's listed in the Caw of Fame, so of course you knew that (but if you didn't, please do take moment to read my I liked it so much!). A writer has to have a deft and subtle touch to extol a series while simultaneously pointing out its flaws, all the while painting a picture of a beautiful work of art. But guess what? That's exactly what this post from I Drink and Watch Anime did! As many times as I've watched this series, and as many words as I've written about it, I came away from this article with an even deeper appreciation for what the series accomplished. Give it a read to see if the same thing happens to you!
The first episode of The Rising of the Shield Hero had more than its share of concerning tropes. In fact, it seemed to almost be engineered to offend, as this post from The Anime Feminist so clearly -- and accurately -- articulated. But there was a point during the second episode where I realized that I liked the series. Can you guess where that point was? It was when Raphtalia remembered that the Shield Hero had an affinity for the demi-humans. In effect, he was their protector, and goodness knows that in this world, the demi-humans need all the help they can get! Guess I have a soft spot for the defenders of the down-trodden! This article from Rabujoi does a great job describing what made this episode so enjoyable -- I encourage you to check it out! You might ask if the second episode lays to rest the concerns raised by the first. The answer? The jury's still deliberating. But with a theme that reminds me of the X-Men comics from the early 1980s? That's at least a start...
You know how in our our collaborative review of the first episode of The Promised Neverland Irina and I talked about the amazing animation? Okay, okay, you know how Irina talked about it and I nodded silently in the background? As you might have expected, it turns out that such art work isn't magic. It takes a lot of talent and work to pull it off. This post from Sakuga Blog has some fantastic insights into the kind of skill and effort that went into making the first episode. If you have any interest into the craftsmanship that goes into making an episode like this, you'll love this article! And might I just add that this site has one of the most beautiful and elegant mastheads!
Crow's World of Anime celebrates anime -- especially interesting characters or moments of beauty. There's an assumption implicit in that idea. Namely, that this celebration is best among friends and people of good will. Even being able to celebration means being safe to celebrate. If you've been watching Twitter or other social media outlets, you might be aware of an unfolding story where some underage/vulnerable people were subjected to decidedly unsafe behavior at conventions. That has implications beyond the specific events. This article from Season 1 Episode 1 offers a brave, personal perspective on those implications. As you check out this article, please remember: Let's watch out for each other. The world's not always a safe place, and sometimes, a single word or action can have a profound impact.