Eleventh 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 blogosphere. I hope this article helps you find some of them!
This week, I reviewed the sites in alphabetical order (A to Z).
Want to know the secret to finding your post highlighted in Other Posts to Crow About? It's really simple, and it boils down to two steps: First, pick a series that I adored as the main subject. Second, write something really interesting and cool about it! You can substitute a character that I loved for a series that I adored. Aria's post on The Animanga Spellbook nailed part 1 by writing about Zombieland Saga. The second part? Well, I could jokingly say the writer almost asked the impossible by saying, "who’s your favourite leading lady of Zombieland Saga and why?" You might as well ask me to choose which of my children I like best! But that's not what the post was about -- it was a discussion about how Zombieland Saga treated the concept of idol, using the mechanism of its idols coming from different eras as zombies. It's an interesting post about an equally interesting show. It's the perfect way to kick off this week's Other Posts to Crow About!
Did you watch the original Sailor Moon back in 1992-1993? Have you watched it lately? I'm to the point in my entertainment watching career (which is a fancy way of saying I've watched a boatload of stuff) that I often wonder: is the fond memory I have of some shows based on me being so younger when I watched them? Would I still I still like them now? Amelia from A Girl & her Anime asked that question about Sailor Moon. Would its themes seem relevant today? Would the characters still seem vibrant and interesting? In short, would the series still evoke the kind of feelings it did when it premiered back in the early 1990s? Her answer is fun to read. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say this: this post reminded me what it means for a series to truly be a classic.
You ever really, really want to like a show, but the show itself fights you -- hard? That's what I'm feeling about The Rising of the Shield Hero. I objected to dramatic elements in the first episode, but some of my mutuals on Twitter said to stick with it -- it will get better, they said! To be fair, in some ways, it did. Raphtalia is an absolute dear (I've threatened to mount an isekai-like expedition to rescue her from this show!). But in other ways... I know the show is considered controversial in some circles. I don't consider it controversial at all. It's just that the show... You know what? Instead of me yammering, how about I direct you to this post by KVASIR369 on KVASIR 369'S ANIME, MANGA, AND GAME BLOG? It uses great examples to show how the series is leaving itself open to criticism. And it doesn't need to!
Have you seen a dramatic increase of intolerance for some perspectives on anime, especially in the last couple of months? I have. Some voices I used to enjoy have gone silent; many more are becoming increasingly exhausted by the climate. AlwaysLethargic from Lethargic Ramblings has noticed the same thing and has important thoughts on the matter. The thoughts are well-articulated and resonated with me. What was as interesting to me were the conclusions, especially regarding how politics may not be of interest to everyone. To me, it sounded less like a firm commitment and more a plea -- because amid the rise of intolerance, I've also seen a tendency to judge, often using various political interpretations as justification. That kind of judgement is exhausting and annoying, and you can see its impact in this article. Just between us, I got accidentally slapped with such a judgement recently because I liked Black Bullet. In some circles, that brands me as a lolicon -- and if you've read my posts for any time at all, it should obvious I liked the series for very different reasons. Anyway, as this article suggests, let's be kind to one another and enjoy anime. Certainly we can find a way to do that without tearing each other down!
If I ask you about the movie "Ghost in the Shell," I'll bet you think of the original 1995 version. There's good reason for that! The original could easily have been the reason reviewers invented the phrase "ground breaking." The movie also heavily influenced The Matrix, which itself was an amazing experience. And the influence didn't stop with the Matrix. So if I asked you to name your favorite "Ghost in the Shell" movie, you'd probably pick the first one, wouldn't you? Well, I was happy to read Matthew Magnus Lundeen's post on Sakura Sunrise, because he chose the same movie I would have: the sequel, The Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. The post does a fantastic job of celebrating what was beautiful and affecting in this movie. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say this: It has to do with one of my favorite characters in the franchise, and this time, it's not Motoko Kusanagi! Hard to believe, but it's true!
If I ask you to think of a show that has WAY more than its share of powerful, intelligent, dedicated, resourceful, and beautiful women, what show would you think of? I can understand if you guess High School DxD, because Akeno, Rias, and many others are the demonic equivalent of capital ships. Or Arpeggio of Blue Steel, where Takao, Haruna, and others were mental models of capital ships! Or maybe even Kantai Collection: KanColle, where Kongou, Yamato, and others actually were capital ships! Those would have been my guesses before I read Takuto's post on Takuto's Anime Cafe. This post takes a different tack (see what I did there?): it discusses the "stellar women" of Space Battleship Yamato 2199. It's a series I'm ashamed to say I dropped because of time constraints, but reading this article, I'm seriously rethinking my mistake. As I read this article, I remembered the characters he wrote about, and I was thinking, "Oh, yeah! I remember her! She rocked!" I guess it says something when the article has four examples and I said the same thing four times! See for yourself if you agree.