Thirty-fifth 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 I think will be interesting to you.
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 remember back when I was in high school in the late 1970s (yes, AD or CE). I wrote science fiction/military novels back then. They were terrible, but I couldn’t not write. I hated my work (even more than I do now — I must be getting more mellow in my old age), but there was one thing that I thought made perfect sense was that the starship crews were all mixed gender. I grew up with the original Star Trek, after all, so what could be more natural? Well, it’s 2019, and fiction in general and anime in particular still under-represents female characters. It’s an important and difficult to discuss topic, and that’s why I was glad to come across Karandi’s post on 100 Word Anime. The post is succinct, clear, factual. It’s not only an important topic, it’s exactly the way we should be conducting public discussions!
You might remember that Irina (from I Drink and Watch Anime) and I reviewed The Promised Neverland. At least, I hope you remember — we had a lot of fun sharing our reactions to that series. Now, if you haven’t watched it, you might want to skip this post (and this section of Other Posts to Crow About!) because there are spoilers. If you’re still here, then you (like me!) might have wondered, “Why harvest the children’s brains at 12?” And you wouldn’t be alone! Chris Meharg asked that very question on Anime Science 101. Would you believe that there’s a valid scientific answer? I’ve read that learning can keep your brain young, but after reading this article, I’m convinced that I don’t want my brain too young!
My Best in Show review of Astra Lost in Space won’t be published until Monday. But there’s no way I can wait that long to share the amazingness that was episode 9 with you! I know, this post goes live Sunday, and it’s just one more day, but dang it, this episode was such a wonderful experience! What do you I mean? Let me direct you to a post by Guardian Enzo, Kitamura Kou, on the site Lost in Anime. Everything great about the episode — even its slight (but irrelevant!) missteps, is perfectly captured and represented. I really hope you’ve been following the series so far, because this episode is a gift from the writers to reward the viewers, and this article tells you how.
Every season brings us a new crop of Isekai anime series — or the occasional reverse-Isekai series. There are some examples of that genre that I’d hold up as examples of amazing anime. There are other that… well, that I’d skip. And I’d advise you to skip them, too! But if you ask me which you should watch and which you should skip, I’d have to sheepishly admit that I don’t have a comprehensive list. But you know who does? Oigakkosan from RAUJOI! This list is wildly complete. Heck, the time investment in watching all the series represented is impressive! Beyond that, the list does a solid job of advising you which series are worth watching and which are, well, less worth watching. My only complaint? The reverse-Isekai series, Re:CREATORS, isn’t listed higher. Everyone (and by everyone, I mean me) knows it’s the best example of its genre! Otherwise, I think you’ll enjoy the rankings this article gives you.
When you hear the phrase “classic anime,” what do you think of? Let’s say you think of a series like Cowboy Bebop. Would it become a classic if released today? In other words, is there a relationship between a series, its potential to become a classic, and the period in which it’s released? This is the kind of question that Ty-chama’s post on Watashi Wa Bucho!! addresses. The post presents a lucid and interesting discussion of the topic. That alone would be enough to earn it a place in Other Posts to Crow about, but there was something else about it that stood out: It wasn’t a “things were better back in the day” kind of post. The older I get, the more I appreciate articles that don’t look at the past through rose-colored glasses. The post also generated a lot of thoughtful and insightful comments. That’s always a good sign!