Forty-sixth 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).
Do you know what anime series I think deserved more attention than it got? Alderamin on the Sky. Why do I say that? Is it because of how much I liked the raw power, courage, and grace of Yatorishino Igsem? Is it because of the sarcastic genius of Ikta Solork? Is it because of the deep trust those two have for each other — a trust so absolute I’ve rarely seen its equal? I think those are part of it. But I was really happy to come across Casper’s article in Reasons to anime because it lists 4 more (and arguably better) reasons you should watch the show. And guess what? Those 4 reasons are yet more evidence that the show’s underrated. See what you think after reading the article.
We’re apparently developing a theme this week, and it’s Anime That Deserves More Attention(tm). This time the anime in question is Punch Line. Now, there’s something I need to explain about Punch Line: It’s not easy to explain. At least, not without giving you the wrong idea. For Alderamin in the Sky, it was easy to talk about Yatorishino or Ikta in terms of their role in the story. But with Punch Line, I’d have to start talking about how if Yuuta Iridatsu sees panties, the world ends violently. As in an asteroid-sized body slams into Earth and destroys all life. And I just don’t know how to explain that without giving you the wrong idea! Fortunately, Lynn Sheridan from The Otaku Author is adept at explaining such things. It’s worth reading the article from from that “challenge accepted” perspective alone! It’s also worth reading to witness the author’s excellent choice in favorite character.
I don’t think it’s any secret that I love series that deal with tough subjects. It’s why I so enjoyed Concrete Revolutio, for example. I even went so far as to review it. That’s why To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts captured my imagination. It dealt with a variety of hard subjects, like PTSD — which doesn’t just affect members of the military or first responders. There were a lot of other traits to like about the series, too, and I think this post by Merlin on the site Merlin’s Musings does a great job of describing what some of those are. If you haven’t watched the series yet, check out this post: it will help you decide the show’s worth you time. And if you have watched it, it’s fun to read the article to see if Merlin noticed the same things you did.
My Hero Academia Season 4 has spent its first several episodes busily setting up a monumental conflict — a conflict that looks like it could threaten the social foundations of that world! Talk about high stakes! Even while it was doing something that momentous, it was giving us some of the wonderful emotional moments that has made the series so popular. Episode 67 was a great example. In my collaboration review with Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime, I noticed something else: the episode packed an enormous amount of drama into a very small space, and I didn’t exactly know how to articulate that. Fortunately, jernahblunt from Jonah’s Daily Rants does know how to articulate that. The review is also a great overall discussion of what the show did right — and it was quite a lot!
You know what’s even better than sitting back and enjoying an episode in the moment? Being able to look back on the episode and understand why it was so enjoyable. It’s one of the things I like best about being on both sides of the keyboard, so to speak. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for bloggers who can shed light on the mechanics of building a good story. So it was with delight that I came across this post by The Overage Otaku’s on Confessions of an Overage Otaku. The article starts out singing the general praises of Kill la Kill, which to me is a perfect way to establish credibility. It then goes on to describe “the most warped Hero, Sidekick, Girlfriend trios in history.” Now, come on — doesn’t that make you want to dive into the article?