Fifteenth 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).
I like to celebrate the little moments in anime, and to be sure, there's a lot to celebrate in the first episode of Meddlesome Kitsune Senko-san. We get an adorable kitsune named Senko, who's hundreds of years old. We get a beautiful mission that I'm sure most of us can relate to: Nakano, a software developer (no wonder I can relate!), is working himself to death. His attitude and energy have gotten so negative that his very presence on the train sucks the joy out of anyone nearby. Senko, seeing his misery, decides to help just because she doesn't want to see him suffer! But that's just where it starts. Falreknight's post on Anime Evo captures the positive spirit of this show. But do you know what's even better than celebrating an anime? Finding out that this particular anime celebrates you! What to know what I mean? It's spelled out in the article!
You probably know that I'm collaborating with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime to review this very same series! And if you don't, just pretend you did -- we'll all feel better that way! Anyway, if it were just me reviewing the series, I'd offer this post by Arthifis from Anime Shelter as proof that I wasn't completely off my rocker because of how much I like the show. As it is, Arthifis gives three outstanding reasons why the first episode impressed him. Did you like the show? Did the same things capture your attention? There's only one way to find out!
From time to time, I give you hints that you can take advantage of if you'd like to see your posts featured in Other Posts to Crow About. This week, you get another hint, and it's fairly straight forward: Writing glowingly about Re:CREATORS. See, I've never cared what other people think, so I ignore the reaction when I say that I freaking adored this show. I'm not saying you have to react the same way, but if you write a post that speaks well of the show? Well, you'll have my attention! But remember: Your "glowingly" has to make sense! Dave D'Alessio's post on Confessions of an Overage Otaku started out with a great idea for a Re:CREATORS post. Then it delivered a delightful analysis of how Re:CREATORS is not only meta, it's several dimensions of meta. If you like Re:CREATORS even a fraction of how much I like it, I think you'll find this article wildly entertaining.
There's a danger to trying to focus on the positive: Sometimes, I pick a series to review that turns out to be less than stellar. I accept that risk because if's more often that I stick with a series that starts so-so and ends up very interesting. Still, staying with a painful series isn't pleasant, so especially early in the season, I look for other reviews of series I just started to review. There's safety in numbers, after all! I have to admit I felt some affirmation as I read Starseeker's review of Fairy Gone on Dimension Gate. The review picked up on many of the same positives and negatives that I did. Did the article came to same conclusion? One way to find out!
If I haven't made it clear before now, please do let me make it clear now: I abhor piracy in any form. Writers, animators, and studios who produce anime deserve to be compensated, and pirate sites don't provide any form of compensation to the people who created the anime series they pirate. Rights-holders legitimately point to this as a problem. Trouble is, that's only one side of the equation. It's one thing if a rights holder offers a series for sale and a malicious agent pirates it. It's quite another when the rights holder withholds the anime. These series are part of humanity's cultural heritage. Doesn't the rights holder have some obligations to provide access to the content -- especially if they argue for a strong response to piracy? This post from Casper on Reasons to Anime takes a balanced, realistic look at the question. It's a fascinating read!