Thirteenth 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).
Did you know that embarrassment can be life-threatening? Of course you know that -- if you've watched enough anime! Anime has brought us a delightful number of tropes like near death by embarrassment. It's rare a week goes by without me seeing another example (harems comedies seem especially prone to these moments!). Karandi from 100 Word Anime has assembled a delightful survey of anime threats to life and limb. Can you guess what she says is the most dangerous threat? The one I thought wasn't mentioned until someone brought it up in the comments, so if you don't get it right, I'd say you're in good company! But looking at her answer, I have to agree she got it right. Head on over to the site to see if you agree!
I love fiction. I love lots of different kinds of fiction. When it comes to topics and plots and characters, I adore Shunma Suruga's philosophy. She was one of the creators in Re:CREATORS, and she basically said that'd write anything -- anything -- if it would please her readers. In that context, I really enjoyed Goblin Slayer. You may remember the storm of controversy that surrounded particularly its first episode. As an adherent to Shunma's philosophy (I might patent that...), I have to confess that it didn't make a lot of sense to me. The sensitivity of the topic? I understood that. But the vehemence? Not so much. So I felt both relieved and impressed by BiblioNyan's post on BiblioNyan about this very topic! I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that sometimes, you just want to read a clearly written, lucid presentation to puts things into perspective, and that's exactly what this post did.
Lists are fun. The more unique, and the more of the writer's personality that comes through, the better! This list from LitaKino on Lita Kino Anime Corner scores a bullseye on both counts! I mean, whenever you mention mechs, the Gundam family of series immediately come to mind, doesn't it? So excluding them from the list makes it interesting (and I mean absolutely no disrespect to Gundam fans!). The picks range from obvious to "oh my God I'm glad that's on the list!" to "I'd forgotten all about that series!" There's one glaring omission that I felt compelled to mention in the post's comments, but I won't hold that against the writer. After all, any "top" list is based on the writer's preferences! Did the list represent your perspective? Or would you have selected others?
You probably know that Irina (from I Drink and Watch Anime) and I are reviewing The Promised Neverland this season. So why am I highlighting a review from a "competitor?" That's easy -- because it's a good review! This series has been consistently solid across all aspects of its art, and it did something that's almost as amazing: it ended as strongly as it started! This review by Lynn Sheridan from Lynn Sheridan looks at the final episode of the first season. And what an episode it was! I don't want to spoil anything, but the review touches on a number of the points that made the episode (and the series) so powerful and affecting.
The Earth orbits around the sun. With the same certainty that we get Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, we get the Random Curiosity seasonal preview post! And like its predecessors, CHOYA's post on Random Curiosity gives us everything we need to prepare for the upcoming anime season. Not only does it present a thorough list of the upcoming series, it includes a ton of information about each! I read over 300 sites every week, and I still haven't come across a preview list that I like better. I even prefer it to the commercial sites like MyAnimeList and Anime Planet. That's not a slam on either of those sites; it's an endorsement of this list!