Twelfth 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 reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
Have you ever started watching a series, thought to yourself that the show was fantastic, but never finished it? Psycho-Pass is that show for me. I got three episodes in, was all excited about its great characters, deep and interesting world, and solid production values. And then… I just never got back to it! I suspect I’m missing out on a great show, and posts like this one by Emikothewriter from Ramblings N’ Scribbles give me more evidence that I need to get off my lazy parts and watch the show! This post is all about Akane Tsunemori, one of the main characters — about the many ways she’s a great character. You know, the kind of characters my site is supposed to be about? If you’ve already watched the series, check out this post to revel in Akane’s amazingness. If you’re like me, check out the post to see what we’ve been missing. Really, I need to do something about that…
Let’s keep the character celebration theme going! We’re barely into 2019 (okay, we’re 3 months in, but it seems like it started just a few hours ago!), but many of us bloggers have had time to internalize what we really liked about 2018. On railgunfan75’s Geek blog, Railgunfan75 just published a retrospective on the seven most amazing characters from 2018. Think you can guess which characters made it? Let’s make this a little harder: Can you also guess why? I have to say that numbers 5 and 6 were among my favorites. The others? They proved I have GOT to make more time to anime! I haven’t gotten time to watch their series yet!
Was Avatar: The Last Airbender really anime? I don’t care. For me, it was and I loved it. So I’m covering it! And so, apparently, are other ani-bloggers! Take this post on Lumi Reviews Things by Lumi. I like to celebrate beautiful moments on this site, and posts that do the same thing really resonate with me. This post does exactly that. Do you remember the episode called “Tales of Ba Sing Se?” It contained six vignettes, and one of them dealt with Zuko and Jin. Until I read this post, I had utterly forgotten about this episode. But as I read, it all flooded back, and I had the same feeling as the author: “I’m upset not more people seem to bring up is the Tale of Zuko.” Read the article and see if you have the same reaction.
So far this week, I’ve highlighted three posts that focus on characters. Now it’s time to celebrate technique, which allows artists to bring us all kinds of good stuff — characters included! Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime turns her attention to how anime artists use color to pull us into their world. There are some great examples — and, no, I’m not highlighting this post just because it includes two screen captures from Beyond the Boundary! That is completely coincidental! Seriously, if you’re even a little interested in how something as deceptively simple as color can affect how you see a show, check out this article. You’ll be glad you did!
Back to characters! Of all of the series this season, one stands out to me as the most surprising: Manaria Friends. It surprises me for three reasons. First, I’m surprised to see there are so few ani-bloggers reviewing it. Second, I’m surprised at just how much I look forward to it every week — almost as much as The Promised Neverland, and that’s saying something! Third, I’m surprised at why I like the show so much, and it has a lot to do with the relationship between Grea and Anne. It’s perhaps the most authentic and beautiful and… You know what? Zeria from Floating into Bliss does a much better job of describing it than I would. I’ll just say this: Grea might be my favorite character of the season, and this article does her justice!