Eighth 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!
Ever watched a series and enjoyed the voice actor for a given character, like Magane Chikujouin from Re:CREATORS, then find out that they did a completely different character, like Crona from Soul Eater? Isn't it awesome to see the range of some of the voice actors in this industry? Writer Ahneemeh from the site AhNeeHem thinks so, too. What's more, this writer went to the work to research 10 examples where the voice actor performed two entirely different characters. And by entirely, I mean utterly, completely personas. It's to the extent that you have to ask, "How the heck did one actor do both of these roles?" Numbers 7 and 6 surprised me, as did #4, But numbers 1 and 2 were completely amazing! The article will give you a deeper appreciation for the amount of talent we get to enjoy.
When I saw that A Certain Magical Index was going to get a third season, I was ecstatic. It's one of my favorite franchises, so how could not look forward to A Certain Magical Index III? As much as I want to be positive, I have to admit that I've been a little disappointed in the frenetic pace. I don't know what constraints the writers faced, but moments I wanted to relish flashed by on the way to the next plot point. Despite that, there were some equally great moments, like every second Itsuwa is on screen. At least, I thought those were the high points, until I saw episode 19. The confrontation between Accelerator and Misaka Worst freakin' bypassed epic and boldly emerged in legend territory. That might sound like a brash claim, but allow me to offer this post from Anime Evo as evidence! The article, written by setsuken, not only talks about how amazing the scene was -- declaring it to be S class! -- but it does so with a respect and understanding of what the scene meant in the context of the entire series -- and the companion series like A Certain Scientific Railgun S.
How many times have you watched Cowboy Bebop? Was it very long ago? I hope not, because I'm about to give you a quick quiz on it. Ready? What's Cowboy Bebop's over-arching plot (a.k.a. meta-plot)? Would it help if I told you there were only seven to choose from in all of human literature? No? You're not alone. Before reading this article from Confessions of an Overage Otaku, my guess would have been wrong. It took this post by davedalessiowrites to spell it out for me. Three cool things jumped out at me about this post. First, the examples are great -- they really illuminate the points! Second, the discussion is concise and interesting. And third? It's the conclusion! I just love reading articles that are enjoyably educational!
In the middle of February, some of the world celebrates Valentine's Day. Unless you've been able to completely ignore the world, you know that the whole idea of falling in love -- complete with flowers and chocolate and fancy dinners and kisses and the like -- is only half of the equation. Or maybe a third. Okay, a quarter of the conversation. The rest is the pain of breakup and the long road to recovery! If you feel like you spend more than your fair share of time traveling that road, I have good news! Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime had come up with a list of the 5 anime series (shhhh -- it's actually six!) to help you out! I'll just give you one warning: #2 is there just to give you an idea of how much worse it could be. Sometimes, that's helpful knowledge!
Lists can be fun. Writing a list that stands out is a challenge, and that's why I'm so glad to see a kind of list I've not seen before. Take, for example, this list from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS. A collaboration between Ayano Kitsune and The Weeb Commie from The Aniwriter, this article presents which anime characters would be perfect representatives of each sign of the Chinese zodiac. Each choice has its own logic and charm, but I have to say I'm particularly fond of their choices for the Horse, Pisces, and Ox. My absolute favorites, though is their choice for Goat and Libya. I would never have picked that character, but now that I see it, I couldn't pick any other!