Twenty-first 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).
Even though this site is all about celebrating moments in anime, sometimes I have to consider the obstacles some series face delivering moments worth celebrating. Consider, for example, Bleach. The first 30 or so episodes kept me on the edge of my seat. By episode 96, not so much. What I'm saying is that it's hard for long-running series to maintain the surprise and energy and the splendid-ness that defined them early on. This especially affects seasonal reviewers. We've seen just about everything, right? So once a series starts to loose steam, we can turn on it pretty fast. That's why this post from Karandi James on 100 Word Anime is so remarkable. First, Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 is getting up there in the episode count, and the latest episode itself was just spectacular in the purest sense of the word. It was stunning! It's amazing the series still has the energy it had in its youth. Second, for such an experienced and insightful reviewer as Karandi James to almost gush about the show? Well, you just know you've got something special! You really should check out the article to see what I mean.
[Feature] When Creators Strive to Improve Female Representation: The case of Sword Art Online’s Reki Kawahara
When I was in junior high and high school, I wrote novels. They were terrible, but that didn't stop me. I'd incorporate my classmates as starship captains, engineers, soldiers, and science officers (because, you know, Star Trek had science officers, so I had to as well!). It wasn't unusual for my stories to have both men and women in positions of command. It did not occur to me then -- and it does not make sense to me now -- why that would be unusual. With that verbose bit of background, maybe it'll make sense when I say that Sword Art Online's last 12 episodes of the first season bewildered me. No, they actually pissed me off. The show had spent 12 amazing episodes building up Asuna, the second in command of the Knight of the Blood Oath, only to shove her in a cage for the second 12 episodes? Just waiting for Kirito to save her? What the what all about? So, when I saw Frog-kun's post on Anime Feminist, I had to give it a read. And I'm glad I did! Because it turns out that SAO's writer, Reki Kawahara, had some interesting things to say about those episodes -- and more! I particularly enjoyed Frog-kun's general insights about the discussion in general and its place in anime in particular.
Get off my lawn! Kids today have it easy! They just don't make 'em like they used to! Familiar phrases, aren't they? The harken back to a more simple time, when people sat under trees and drank lemonade and stuff. Thing is, the time they harken to probably didn't exist; the sentiment that the past was better than the present or the future is just, well, wrong. That applies to anime as well as medical science. This post by AJ on The Anointed Geek not only makes this same assertion; it backs it up with some great examples of modern anime that will likely take their place beside recognized classics. Of the five series listed, I have to admit: I agree with all five! That makes two weeks in a row that another writer and I shared the same perspective! I hope the planet survives... Better read the article quickly, before Armageddon hits!
Sometimes, a headline is so out there, so hyperbolic, that I can't help but check it out. The most heartfelt anime of "all time?" Really? Before reading the article, three titles immediately popped into my mind, and I figured that if they weren't in the list, I could just dismiss this post. But The Gaijin (ニクラス)'s article on Trust the Gaijin kinda freaked me out: all three titles I had thought of were there! I haven't seen #1, but I have it on good authority it was a candidate for this list. I'm still trying to recover from #4. It's fun to step back and think about what series really affected you -- and to remember them fondly.
Certainly, you've seen Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, right? Then you know it's one of the highlights of the Spring 2019 season! And if you don't, well, you could just trust that Irina (from I Drink and Watching Anime) and I wouldn't review a series and get all positive about it if it weren't good! But I get it! Many of you are critical thinkers and would like to review the facts. Fortunately, I have just the ticket: Ty-chama from Watashi Wa Bucho!! has put an effort into enumerating five reasons you should watch the show. One reason is so obvious that I don't mind sharing it before you read the article: Nezuko is "like, 99.9% puppy dog eyes!" I mean, that's just about impossible to argue! But the other four reasons? They're every bit as good and they're even more profound.