Welcome to the thirty-second week of 2019 edition!
This is a Crow's eye view of the posts that caught my attention this week. I especially look for posts that celebrated amazing moments in anime.
Like to Read Blogs?
If you're a reader, I hope that this guide helps you find interesting posts that you might otherwise have missed! There are hundreds of sites out there, and it's not easy to read all of them all the time! I go through the list of the sites every week to find posts that celebrate the amazing moments that keep me coming back to anime.
Like to Write Blogs?
If you're a blogger, I've love to know about your site so I can check it out every week! There are only two rules to get on the list:
- 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, please 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.
This week, I reviewed the sites in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
It happens almost every episode of Fruits Basket. It happened in episode 18, which I covered in my Best of Show review. For my Best in Show reviews, I have to pick my favorite moment in the episode. A single moment, from Fruits Basket! Creatively, that's really hard for me, because almost every episode is not only packed with amazing moments, but the writer weave those amazing moments into emotionally charged tapestries that take my breath away. That's why I'm really happy to find other bloggers who review this show -- and who get it! This post by Ty-chama on Watashi Wa Bucho!! is a perfect example. I could only pick a single moment, whereas Ty-chama could explore what happened to Kisa Sohma with emotionally intelligence and insight. Check out this article to see if it touches on what you loved about the episode!
Celebrating anime is where it's at. I'm always on the lookout for posts that tell me why a series is amazing; why I should watch something that I might have missed. Given the sheer volume of series that come out each season, I can tell you from experience: missing great shows is easy to do! This post by raistlin0903 on Raistlin0903 is a reminder of that. I completed missed Garo: Vanishing Line when it came out in 2017, and after reading raistlin0903's article, I've come to an important conclusion: I need to remedy that! Take a look at this article and see what you think.
I talk a lot about celebrating anime, but this post by Merlin from Merlin's Musings made me realize something. I don't spend nearly enough time talking about celebrating anime's visual art. I mean sure, I talk about character animation. I even talk about mechs and CGI animation But I don't often talk about something that's every bit as important, and that's the background art. Merlin's post picks 5 backgrounds that are beautiful and immersive. Did the article mention one of your favorites? There's only one way to find out!
Every season, I pour over the new schedule (for the last several seasons, I've preferred the seasonal guide like this one from Random Curiosity for Summery 2019) trying to decide which shows to review, which to just watch, and which to skip. Despite that preparation, I usually enjoy one or two shows a lot more than I expected. This season, Astra Lost in Space is one of those shows. Seeing the cast and basic premise, I was hoping for decent action/comedy with a science fiction window dressing. What I got was a fascinating mystery, equally fascinating characters, and a lot more. Guardian Enzo's post on Lost in Anime talks about episode 6, and it touches on the elements that shows just how enjoyable this show has become -- with a promise for even greater to come!
I've come to realize that I have a problem. I think this problem affects those of us who have a) been around a long time and b) watched anime for any appreciable percentage of that time. The problem? And keep in mind I just realized this -- the problem is that I have too many favorite anime series. I can't remember to talk about them all! Take Log Horizon for instance. I can tell how much I like a show by how many extra plot lines my imagination can generate from the source material. I imagined enough material for a couple extra seasons -- and for most shows, I'm lucky if I can get a handful of scenes! Why did I like this series so much? Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime just wrote a review of Log Horizon, and she beautifully expressed what attracted me to the show. Check out the article to see your favorite characters matched her!