Welcome to the thirty-third 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 or otherwise blew me away with their wit and charm.
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, 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 alphabetical order (A to Z).
I've lamented before that I've seen so many anime series over so many years that I've begun to forget series that were my favorites. The good news? It feels great when a post helps me remember one of them! That's one of the reasons that I was so excited to read K at the Movies' post on the site K at the Movies about Kotoura-san -- I'd completely forgotten about how much I loved that series! There were two other reasons that I liked this post. First, it offers a fantastic breakdown of what made the first episode so darned powerful. Second, it called out and described a scene that to this very day makes my soul cringe in sympathetic horror. The emotional devastation was so complete and perfectly delivered that... Well, why don't I do us all a favor and shut up so you can go read the article?
You didn't think you were going to get through this week's Other Posts to Crow About without some mention of Demon Slayer's Twitter-Trending episode 19, did you? I feel very fortunate that I've been able to review this series with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime (you can read our review of episode 19 here), because I didn't have to watch it alone. It's best shared! The episode blew me away, and I've been on the lookout for posts that could articulate why I liked it so much. I mean, let's face it: I'm way too verbose! There's got to be a concise, clear reason that episode packed such a powerful emotional punch. There've been a lot of good reviews of this episode, but the one that seemed to capture what I experienced was this one by MissSimplice from Random Curiosity. Want to re-experience what it was like to watch the episode for the first time? Then I've got the perfect article for you!
I focus on celebrating anime, which means I will often (consciously) set aside technical challenges. The thing is, after having studied literature from almost all human ages from the earliest works to the present, I learned that there was no work of human hands that I couldn't trash. And realizing that, I felt sad. Fortunately, the opposite is often true: I can also pick out what's good in most works, if there's any good to be had. But I recognize that some of you might enjoy reading more critical analysis. In many cases, understanding the effort and technical achievement that produced something beautiful only deepens our appreciation of the work. In that spirit, I present to you kViN's post about Demon Slayer episode 19 on Sakuga Blog. The post offers a balanced (warts and all) analysis of the episode's technical aspects, and if you thought the episode was as amazing as I did, I think you'll love the article's final analysis.
Harem anime have a bad reputation. That's too bad, because examples of that genre are among my favorites, like Monster Musume, or are at least shows I really enjoyed, like Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs. But even I can see why this genre has a bad reputation: Too often, the shows are derivative or otherwise lack imagination. Or the main character is an idiot. Okay, sometimes it's a combination! But it doesn't have to be that way, and this post by Dewbond on Shallow Dives in Anime proves it with an example from High School DxD. The show's main character, Issei Hyoudou, might look like an idiot, but upon closer examination, he's anything but. And talk about not derivative! Reading the article should give you a greater appreciation of what Issei brings to the show -- and maybe give you hope for the harem genre!
Don't you love it when you find an interesting, deep, and realistic character? I do! I think one of the reasons I love those kind of character so much is that they seem to be so rare! I mean, it's not often that you find a character that can stand up to a vigorous analysis and come out still feeling real! WhoAmI? from the site Who... Am I? just published an analysis of one such character, and it was a blast to read! Have you seen My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU? Do you remember one of the protagonists named Hachiman Hikigaya? He was an amazing character whose dourness was a critical component of his character! I enjoyed the series and character before reading this article. Now, I want to re-watch it to look for the things I missed!