Twenty-fifth 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!
- 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).
When I first watched Your Lie in April, my daughter was in high school. She was also participating in piano recitals that looked a lot like the ones Kousei Arima and his rivals competed in. So much of this series mirrored what was going on in my life that it's almost like the show had an unfair advantage! I was heavily invested since the first episode. By the time we learned what was happening with Kaori Miyazono, well, let's just say that series resonated and leave it at that. Knowing that I'm severely biased in favor of this series, it was with great interest that I read Ethan_07's recent post on Anime as a cup of tea. It examined the themes and characters that made the show so powerful. At the same time, it contained a healthy dose of objectivity. Give the article a read; it might expand how you think of this series!
I hope you're following my Demon Slayer collaboration review with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime, because we're having a blast! If you read our review of episode 11, then you know I struggled with Zenitsu Agatsuma. There's no need to go into why, because it's best if you read it in this review that Ang posted on Couch and Chill. There were a couple of things that stood out about this review. First, where I kinda went off on Zenitsu, Ang was more measured, yet every bit as thorough. Second, I loved the humor, especially in the headings. They're worth the trip by themselves, but don't short-change yourself -- read the full article to get the maximum effect!
It's a Demon Slayer kind of week here in Other Posts to Crow About! It's really not surprising -- the show's been enjoyable, with strong protagonists like Tanjiro and Nezuko and intriguing antagonists like Muzan Kibutsuji. Heck, even the animation is beautiful and has an instantly-recognizable style! But I've wondered if that's all that makes the show so compelling. I just found a post that has the answer: this one from Scott writing on Mechanical Anime Reviews. In retrospect, it's easy to see what he's talking about, but only in retrospect. The best answers are so often like that. See if you agree!
I've shared some secrets in these posts before, and so far, you've honored my trust. So, I'm pretty confident I can unload another secret on you. Are you ready? I like harems. I know, right? It's so unexpected! Of course, I don't like all harems. The harem's focal point can't be a blithering idiot or jerk; the harem can't just fawn all over the center of attention -- they have to have interesting personalities and dreams themselves! Well, this post by Merlin on Merlin's Musings ranks among the best list of harems that I've come across. I haven't seen numbers 1 and 2 in the list (yeah, I'm embarrassed for me, too!), but numbers 3, 4, and 5 compete for my favorite depending on my mood and which show I watched most recently. Right now, it's #3. Did the article capture your favorites?
You didn't think you'd get through this Other Posts to Crow About without another amazing post about Attack on Titan, did you? With what that series manages to achieve after 55+ episodes, I'm still thanking my lucky stars that I'm alive to see it. And no, that's not hyperbole. This week, The Gaijin from Trust the Gaijin puts the spotlight on a character I don't often see discussed: Commander Erwin Smith, leader of the Scout Regiment. The series has been so packed with characters and revelations that honestly, I'd lost sight of just how great this character was. I came away from this article with a greater appreciation for what he achieved -- and the cost of that achievement. Don't let this opportunity to remember greatness pass you by!