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 can turn up all sorts of interesting things! I just read a post from Anime and Manga Studies that, as the title suggests, talks about some of of what's missing from modern anime studies. I was surprised at some of the blind spots; I've seen others in action while reading discussions 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 in 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 perspectives. 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)! I don't want to give anything away, so 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, 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 after a statement like that! 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 you pro-Orc," then I think this article will restore some of your faith in humanity.
There was a ton of anime to enjoy in 2018, and I've read a lot of posts with interesting angles or perspectives about which series were best or most interesting. This post from railgunfan75's Geek blog takes a look using a filter I haven't seen before: 2018 series that were continuations of series from previous years. That covers either direct sequels or new stories in the same universe. Can you guess which shows are highlighted? I'll give you two hints: The title of the blog should clue you to one of the titles, and a pink P90 should be a clue to another!
I haven't seen many reviews of The Magnificent Kotobuki. In fact, it's not even listed in I Drink and Watch Anime's most recent roundup of all anime reviews on all known anime sites! The show has a certain charm that I enjoy. It also has some fantastic technical elements, like its sound effects. Those merits don't stop there, as this post from Season 1 Episode 1 explains. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but I'll give you a hint: one of my favorite things about this series is the same as one of my favorite things about Arpeggio of Blue Steel!