Twenty-ninth week of 2019 edition!
This is a Crow’s eye view of the posts that caught my attention this week. That usually means they were posts that celebrate some aspect of anime, like strong characters, moments of beauty, or amazing worlds.
If you’re a reader, I hope that this helps you find interesting posts that you might otherwise have missed!
If you’re a blogger, 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).
There are some studios whose very name conveys a level of quality that is timeless. We’re fortunate to live in a time that we can celebrate the work of one such studio, Kyoto Animation (KyoAni). Their work over the years has come to represent the nearly perfect fusion of character, plot, theme, and animation. This week, I came across a review by IWatchedAnAnime on I Watched An Anime that talked about just how K-On achieves what it does — and the examples are great. Also great? The illustrations. Not sure where IWatchedAnAnime found then, but they’re simply fantastic.
Attack on Titan this season blew me away. Its first season was a masterpiece of action, drama, and world-building. For it to not only maintain, but accelerate its pace and energy in the third season is unprecedented in my experience. I’ve highlighted articles on this series before in 2019 Week 24, 2019 Week 25, 2019 Week 26, and others. This week, I’d light to highlight a post by In Asian Spaces on the site In Asian Spaces. In many cases, I love reading posts that follow the series as it comes out. Those reactions are fresh and vigorous. At other times, I like to read posts whose authors have considered the episode’s presentation over time. This is one of the latter. Want to see how deep this series is? What to see the results of weeks of pondering? Then you know what to do!
Remember everything I said about Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) and K-On? That’s the starting point for this post from Kinoreviews on Lita Kino Anime Corner about the series Sound Euphonium! How do you react when you pour yourself into something — and fail? How do you recover if you try desperately to create something amazing, only to lose to someone who produced something more amazing? What is it that drives some of us to create, to strive, to pour our hearts and souls into creating, despite it clearly being easier to just eat lunch, or go home and watch television? If any of those questions resonated with you, you should really check out this post to get the perspective of a kindred soul.
Have you see Samurai Champloo? If you have, skip the next couple of sentences… You haven’t? Is the rock you’re living under comfortable? I hope so, because it must be astoundingly heavy! Kidding aside, it’s a terribly interesting series from Shinichirō Watanabe, who directed some minor hits like, you know, Cowboy Bebop and Carole & Tuesday. You know. Minor hits. And yes, I say that sardonically! In all seriousness, if you haven’t seen the show yet, you should, but you’re not alone for delaying! Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews hadn’t seen it until recently, and he’s a pillar of the ani-blogging community! So now that he’s watched it, you owe it to yourself to see what he thought so you can watch it, too!
Put aside the perceived controversy. What do you think of when you think of Goblin Slayer? You may know that I reviewed that series on this site, and if you’ve been a reader at least since then, you know I liked the series. So you might think “Crow, no disrespect, but aren’t you biased?” I’d say no, so please allow me to offer evidence on my behalf! Take at look at this post by Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime. Want to know why the title character Goblin Slayer works so well? Want to know the pivotal role the Sword Maiden plays? Even if you already know the answer, I think you’ll enjoy the unique perspective from this article.