Fourth 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!
We’re all about celebrating anime here at Crow’s World of Anime. There are, of course, as many ways to celebrate anime as there are fans, and each way is as valid as the last. There’s one way to celebrate that I don’t see get much attention: the academic approach. That’s a shame, too, because an intense intellectual study of anime could turn up all sorts of interesting facts! I just read a post from Anime and Manga Studies that, as the title suggests, talks about some of of the things that are missing from modern anime studies. I was surprised at some of the blond spots; I’ve seen others in action in some of the discussions I’ve seen on various sites. If you’re curious about the state of anime studies, you should really read this article!
If you’ve read many of my posts (like my review of Concrete Revolutio episode 9), it’ll probably come as no shock to you that I often enjoy talking about the political implications of any given anime’s storyline or themes. At the same time, I think it’s critical that we help each other feel safe to discuss and enjoy anime any way we’d like. That’s why I was really excited to find this post from The Aniwriter. It’s subtitle almost says it all: “Everything is Politics, Including Anime, and What That Should Mean.” I say almost because it also talks about the value of respecting each other’s perspective. After all, it’s impossible to have an open discussion if all parties aren’t welcome at the table! The article ends with a plea for us all to work together so we can focus on the real problems — and just what those are might surprise you!
Sometimes a straight-forward list can generate all kinds of great memories! The writer of this article from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS made a list of anime characters sharing the writer’s birthday. I’ve seen most of the series (except for the character in #2), and I don’t want to give anything away. I’ll just say that I have really fond memories of numbers 1, 3, and 4. Give the list a read and see what you think!
Spent much time on social media lately? If so, you’ve likely seen more than enough hostility surrounding two recent shows: Goblin Slayer (which I reviewed last season) and The Rising of the Shield Hero. Arguments raged on both sides, ranging from “If you liked Goblin Slayer you were a misogynist” to “If you talk smack about Goblin Slayer you’re a SJW.” It’s hard to continue a conversation from either perspective! But you know what? That’s not the worst of it. There’s a good chance we’re driving fans (or potential fans!) away from anime! Fortunately, there are wise and sane voices like this one from Lita Kino Anime Corner to bring us back to reality. If you can get behind a statement like “Reading and enjoying The Lord of the Rings doesn’t make me pro-Orc,” then I think this article will restore some of your faith in humanity.