Forty-eighth 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. 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).
I’ve been watching Dr. Stone this season. In fact, in a demonstration of shameless self-promotion, I’ve been reviewing the series since it started! There’s been something about the show that I find almost infinitely appealing. It’s something that triggers a feeling of hope unlike any other show I’m watching. Heck, any other show I can think of! Can you guess what it is about the show that speaks so strongly to me? SheeGee from WEEBMETA knows the answer — and talks about it with wonderful clarity in this post! Think you can guess? There’s one way to find out!
Every once and a while, a series slides under the radar. It’s nowhere near bad enough to earn a reputation as being terrible. But it’s no where near exciting enough to generate the kind of buzz that a series like Attack on Titan does. The series Endro~! was like that. I watched the first couple of episodes and thought, “Meh.” Then I watched the next couple, and the next, until suddenly I was finished — and I was sad that it was over! What is it about the series that triggered that kind of reaction? Well, neverarguewithafish on the site Never Argue with a Fish has a great answer. Not only that, but this site has got to have some of the most unique and charming art within the ani-blogging community. Go for the art, stay for the quality of the writing — or vice versa!
Writing a good review is hard. I know I use the formula “this thing is hard” a lot, but I do it to try to draw attention to a specific aspect of writing. Overtly, my reviews celebrate anime. Covertly, I’m trying to convince you to watch this or that episode — or series. For example, if you read my recent Call of Fame induction of Re:CREATORS, you should get the impression that I’d love for you to watch and adore the series. When I read other reviews, I look for reasons to get excited about a show. It might not be something the writer explicitly says. It might be an attitude, or an observation, or stray thought. When I find a review that makes me feel excited to watch a series I hadn’t otherwise decided to watch, I know I have a winner. And that’s exactly what I found in Inskidee’s review posted on Inskime. I knew Beastars debuted this season, but I couldn’t get interested in it. After reading Inskidee’s review? I feel like I’m missing out on something special. That’s the definition of a great review, isn’t it?
The more I think about it, the more I have come to think that there isn’t an anime series with the depth of meaning, richness of visual expression, or complexity of characterization of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Not a week goes by that I don’t come across an analysis of one character or another; of one plot point, or of an animation technique. What’s so amazing to me is that I’ve rarely seen the same point made multiple times! The show’s just that deep. This week, we have another fascinating example by iniksbane on the site In Search of Number Nine – An Anime Blog. This post explores the question of whether Shinji Ikari is an anti-hero. Best of all, the article compares Shinji to the main character in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant — which is a trilogy I haven’t read in 30 years! Very cool stuff.
Lists are fun. When I read them, I excitedly look to see if my favorite answer to the list’s question is present. This list seems pretty brave to me: It says it’s going to list the top 10 anime couples. Talk about a topic where everyone is going to have an opinion! It’d like trying to juggle eggs while riding a pogo stick to cross a mine field! But I’ll give daze3x from A Certain Dazed Producer credit. The list not only felt complete, it included some couples that made me say, “Oh, yeah! Of course,” even though I’d forgotten about them. I would have swapped out two or three of the couples, but the list more than made up for them with startlingly appropriate choices. Numbers 7, 5, and 2 were particularly delightful!