Nineteenth 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).
There are ton of ways to measure the quality of an anime series. I tend to stay away from all of them. My reasoning a simple: I think the impact of an artist work is best measured by its impact on its audience. There are object measures, and if you’re into that kind of analysis, you can see some solid work at the Sakuga Blog. I think that kind of analysis is important, but I leave it to the experts, so I focus on impact. And a show that had a lot of impact, based on how many reviews and posts it generated within the aniblogging community was A Place Further than the Universe. This show finished airing over a year ago, and it’s still generating content! Take this in-depth, insightful review by Al on the site #moe404. for example. The post analyzes the script, the cast, the visuals/art, and even the music. Best of all? The post describes why Al found the work so impactful. See if Al’s reaction matches yours!
Let’s stick with the topic of quality series for a minute. Writing good characters is hard. At least, it is for me, and if it’s easy for you, you should write a book about why and rake in the cash. Because I’d at least buy your book! Anyway, character complexity is one measure of quality. After all, too simple a character isn’t interesting and can’t generate a lot of realistic drama. So I’d say that any character that can not only stand up to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), but who can generate actual results, might be considered a quality character! This post by 7mononoke on Anime Rants groups the personality types into four categories (Innovators, Idealists, Sentinels, and Explorers) and gives some fantastic examples. My favorite is the third example for ISFJ. If you’ve taken the test, you can read the article to see who matches your personality type!
Did you catch my favorite moment in episode 5 of Fruits Basket? If you did, it’s never too late — it’s just a click away! If you didn’t, then you know that it had to do with grandpa and a rescue. I thought it was a great scene, told from two perspectives, that was emotionally satisfying and at the same time, humorous. This post from conartistscott from The Con Artists looked at the same scene and asked a different question: What did the same events look at from the other perspectives in the room? And wow, what a different view it was! I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I’ll just say that I’ve watched the episode at least three times, and this interpretation never occurred to me! Was it something you thought of?
Another theme for this week’s Other Posts to Crow About is A Place Further than the Universe. The series was so good, it didn’t generate one notable post over a year after it ended — it inspired two! Admin over at Prattler’s Paradise just wrote one about their favorite moments from the whole series. Interestingly, when I think back over the series, two moments come to mind. First is the climax, which I won’t disclose because there’s a chance you haven’t seen it. And it’s so emotionally powerful that you should. The second moment deals with Shirase Kobuchizawa and her friendship with Hinata Miyake. The scene itself was splendid — the perfect culmination of Hinata’s arc. Even better, Admin’s description of the scene’s setup is spot on. The article includes the 2+ minute clip, and it’s beautiful.
If you’ve been following my Best in Show series for Fruits Basket (like this one for episode 4), you’ve probably gotten the (correct!) impression that I like the series. Quite a lot. And when I like something, it’s amazing to watch what my brain does to anything negative about the show: it finds creative ways to explain away the badness or it ignore the badness completely! Honestly, that’s not healthy. It can leave me appearing to advocate for something that might not be the right thing to advocate for! This post by Xenodude from Xenodude’s Scribbles raises an issue that I’m still grappling with, and it has to do with Kagura and her unorthodox (problematic?) ways of showing affection. This article has me doing some reflection — and I’d love to know what you think!