Forty-first 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 celebrate amazing moments in anime or otherwise blow me away with their wit and charm. Every week I check hundreds of sites, and I’m humbled by the quality and volume of posts that the ani-blogging community creates! I hope this article helps you find some of those works!
What sites do I check every week? You can see the list of the sites here!
This week, I reviewed the sites in alphabetical order (A to Z).
Sometimes, it’s hard to reflect on an amazing series or episode as we become immersed in a new season. As I’m enjoying Ristarte’s delightful expressions in Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (and thanks to Zeke Changuris for the recommendation!), I’m not thinking at all about the emotionally stunning Attack on Titan 3rd Season. Time moves on, of course. It’s natural to not get stuck in the past. But you know what? I think it’s also natural to recall emotionally powerful or dramatically compelling moments from time to time. There’s a moment in the third season of Attack on Titan that is absolutely amazing. It was literally three seasons in the making; almost everything in the series built to a single moment in Eren’s life. It not only changed Eren’s life. It changed how I thought about the character and the world he lived in. What moment am I talking about? Let’s give bateszi from Bateszi Anime Blog a chance to answer that question. This article captures the emotions of the moment in an elemental and profound way. And it makes me want to watch the whole series. Again.
I started this site to celebrate anime. Sure, a secondary goal is to prevent my soul from sliding into darkness by forcing myself to look for beauty, but the primary goal is celebration. Some series make that stupidly easy — like Violet Evergarden. At least, that’s what it looks like on the surface. There’s a part of me that sees Violet Evergarden and instead of simply enjoying it, huddles in fear. What if… What if I pour my intellect into disassembling the show — its motifs, its characters, its art, its writing — and find it lacking? What if, in other words, in my single-minded zeal to celebrate anime, I’m actually advocating for a crap series? Well, my neurosis aside, it turns out that in this case, not only does Violet Evergarden stand up to multiple levels of analysis, but it it gets even better. All it took for me to realize/remember that was to read this post by The Overage Otaku on Confessions of an Overage Otaku. Now, I can not only enjoy Violet Evergarden again. I can celebrate it with a clear conscience!
It’s October. You know what that means! No, we don’t celebrate the first witchcraft trails in Paris in 1390. That’s just barbaric! No, we celebrate Halloween! And what better way to celebrate Halloween than with a top ten list of spooky ladies from anime? Personally, I can’t think of any. When I read the list that Ayano published on KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS, I have to admit I was in a happy place. The list is fantastic! It includes most of the spooky woman-folk I would have included. I might have put number 4 a little higher. Maybe numbers 6, 7, and 9, too — but then I realized I can’t put all of them on top! So my respect for Ayano’s list grew even more. See where your favorites ended up!
We’ve talked about it before. When is fanservice okay? When is it great? When is it terrible? What’s the criteria? Is there a difference, for example, between Miia choosing to open her shirt to entice Kimihito Kurusu in Monster Musume, and pretty much everything that happens to Tamaki from Fire Force? The answer is yes. But it’s not quite as simple as that. Fortunately for all of us, Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews presents a clear discussion on the topic! First, some good news: Miia deciding to leverage her assets to further her goals is a positive thing. In other words, it’s okay to appreciate Miia! That’s a core requirement, after all. Second… Just go read the post. It does a better job of presenting its ideas than I can.
What does it take to help you take a step back from the “real” world and reevaluate who you are or what you’re doing? That sounds pretty dramatic, doesn’t it? It is, actually. But it’s what good fiction does for you. Decent fiction can help you feel more comfortable with who you are. Amazing fiction can make you aware of worlds that were previously beyond your perception — and help you redefine yourself in context of a new reality — or at least a reality new to you. Look, words are hard. Using just words to make you reevaluate yourself is hard. That’s why I consider media like anime to be (at least potentially) superior to “just” the written word. Want an example? How about Chobits? This post by Peach’s Almanac on the site Peach’s Almanac explores that series and how it gently pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a person — and what it means to be in a relationship with a person. Science fiction often explores this subject. But I haven’t seen a better treatment than Chobits gives us. Don’t want to just take my word for it? Then you know what to do!