Forty-fourth 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 reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
Land of the Lustrous is one of those series that I keep coming back to. Every time I rewatch it — even the times when I rewatch just a single scene — I pick up something new. A gesture; something in the background; a character’s reaction. Yet, despite the accumulating number of perspectives, bloggers like Bobduh from Wrong Every Time still manage to surprise me with new and delightful insights. It’s especially cool when the insight starts with the blindly obvious and makes connections I just didn’t see before. Now, though, I can’t unsee them! I know; I’m not telling you what the insight was. I think you’ll enjoy reading the original article more than me just telling you, so you know what to do!
There are some anime series that are so compelling, so well-done, and so, well, mythic, that the very mention of them has a power over people. Even people who hate the series (probably) love it deep down. The only people who don’t love it are the ones who haven’t seen it. Of course, this build up lacks some of the dramatic impact that it might otherwise have had, because the headline comes out and says we’re talking about High School of the Dead. But I think the series deserves some kind of build up. Not only does it bring us several of the most awesome women in anime (with Saeko Busujima standing out even in that august crowd), but it actually does convert people who didn’t want to watch it into fans. The latest casualty? Will Sirius from Sirius Writes. What about the series did Will Sirius find so compelling? You should read the original article to find out.
Have you ever watched a series, absolutely loved it, then promptly forgot about it? That happened to me and Flying Witch. For the longest time, I didn’t understand this reaction. I found the main character, Makoto Kowata, to be compelling. I wanted to be friends with Inukai. Not only that, but I could practically feel my soul healing as I watched the show! So why didn’t it stick in my mind? Well, I think Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews just gave me the answer. It’s entirely positive, and it was staring me right in the face. Check out the article to see if you can figure it out!
Have you been watching Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious? Comedy is hard. Like, very, very, very hard. Getting the timing right, keeping the humor in character, ensuring the physical comedy focused and on point — it’s a nightmare of coordination. That’s why I have such respect for writers and artists who can pull off a consistently funny series. Arthifis on Anime Shelter asks if Cautious Hero is funny or not and takes a look at how the show’s done in its first four episodes. Did the premise work? Are the characters funny? What’s the conclusion? I’ll give you a hint: go to the article and look at Ristarte’s expressions.
Like Land of the Lustrous, The Promised Neverland is one of those shows that, even though it ended its run, continues to generate thoughtful content. In fact, it sometimes generates content that makes us reflect on painful realities. You may have noticed that a few of my reviews lately have touched on some uncomfortable topics, like the effects of bigotry in Zakuro’s fourth episode. Sometimes it’s through writing I become aware of my own perspective; something it’s through reading the work of others. That’s the case for this article from Caitlin Moore on Anime Feminist. It joins a long line of posts examining Isabella. This time, though, it’s both more personal for the writer and more personal for us. But we don’t live in Grace Field House, you might say. How can Isabella be personal to us? The article has the answer