Anime

Other Posts to Crow About – 2020 Week 1 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 quantity of posts that the ani-blogging community creates. I hope this article helps you find some of those posts.

What sites do I check every week? You can see the list of the sites here!

Review Order

This week, I reviewed the sites in alphabetical (A to Z).


Anime Evo

Shinchou Yuusha Review

Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious was an interesting series. Did you watch it? For me, it was like going on a journey. A really pleasant journey with great characters. Just to put the idea out there — I’d love for Valkyrie to have a spin off series. Just sayin’. Anyway, There was something more than just the individual laughs or plot twists in each episode. There was something more than just a well-crafted plot. What was that something? Let me direct your attention to Flareknight’s post on Anime Evo for a full, clear, and delightful explanation. The article captured the essence of the series. And like all good reviews, this one made me want to watch the series again…

Check out the post here!


Shallow Dives in Anime

Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious: The Last Word

Seems like it’s Cautious Hero week for Other Posts to Crow About! It’s not surprising, really. It’s the end of the season, so many bloggers are wrapping up their seasonal reviews — including those for Cautious Hero. And like any complex, deep, and wildly entertaining show, there are many reasons it is so enjoyable. This post from Dewbond on Shallow Dives in Anime places the series in context with its peers (hint: it doesn’t come out looking bad at all!). It also speaks well of Adelena, which automatically gives it a lot credibility! And I think you’ll get a kick out of the similarity that the article points out between the main character, Seiya Ryuuguuin, and Kazuma from Konosuba.

Check out the post here!


When Sirius Writes

I want more of Unbreakable Machine Doll

Do you have that one series that you just know is objectively not so great, but you love it? You can list its flaws in excruciating detail, from plot holes to character motivation issues, yet you keep watching it over and over again? That single series that you’re so embarrassed you like that even though you run an anime web site, you’ve never mentioned it to your readers? You may have guessed, but I have such a series in mind. It’s Unbreakable Machine Doll. For whatever reason, I loved that series. I suspect it has something to do with Shouko Karyuusai. Or, it could have something to do with what attracted Will Sirius of When Sirius Writes to it. Does it have anything to do with the amazing OP? Well, there’s one way to find out!

Check out the post here!


TigerAnime

Eromanga-Sensei – They’re Not Blood Related, So It’s Not Incest!

The human brain is an amazing thing. Some of them have pushed the boundaries of science by extending our understanding to the very limits of the observable universe. Others have studied medicine to help rid humans of diseases that used to claim countless lives. And others can also twist reality in almost scary ways. Consider Eromanga-Sensei. On one hand, young writer Masamune Izumi and his artist little sister Sagiri Izumi have a relationship that is, let’s say, frowned on in certain circles. But at the same time, it’s a lot of fun. So the human brain can find a technicality that enables the human to pull a Miles Lane and enjoy the show, as Tiger from TigerAnime points out in this post. But wait, you might say. Didn’t I just give away the contents? Nope! That’s just the hook, and it was in the title anyway! The articles does a great job of describing why the show was so much fun.

Check out the post here!


Umai Yomu Anime Blog

School-Live! / Gakkou Gurashi! Review

I remember watching School-Live! for the first time. I nearly dropped it half way into the first episode. Sure, Yuki Takeya’s antics were crazily adorable. Sure, her friends, like Kurumi Ebisuzawa, had their hands full with her, and it was enjoyable to watch. Then I started to notice… Well, the problem with School-Live! is that it’s almost impossible to talk about without spoiling it, and I really do not want to spoil it for anyone! Fortunately, Yomu at Umai Yomu Anime Blog not only figured out how to do it, but how to do it in a very entertaining way! So, whether you’ve seen the series or not, this article is well worth your time to read.

Check out the post here!


7 thoughts on “Other Posts to Crow About – 2020 Week 1 Edition

  1. Random question! I have been following you for some time and you always have linked and referenced other bloggers works.

    My question: Is there an etiquette to linking another bloggers works? For example, is it frowned upon to link without express permission of the other blogger? Or if you do link something, you do it in good faith? Granted most sites are public and the assumption is that one would want exposure.

    If I were to write on a topic for instance, and wanted to say that this person had a great idea that inspired me to write this you should check it out their blog, is there a best practice on how to do that?

    Mostly curious as to what you think on the matter.

    1. That’s a very interesting question.

      I’m from a pre-web time. I remember when CERN created hyperlinks with the idea that information should be shared. I seriously bought into that idea! So for me, if something’s published, it’s not only an invitation for readers to read — it’s an invitation for others to link to.

      It is, I think, the differentiation between the web and social media platforms. The first seeks to openly share; the other seeks to build a garden with a wall around it. Pleasant, but isolated.

      So to me, it’s not a question of etiquette. I think it’s a matter of honoring those works I link to. I’m saying, in effect, that I think my readers would be enriched by visiting the other sites posting about the same topic. If a reader enjoys Somali and the Forest Spirit, I want them not just to read my site, but I Drink and Watch Anime and Bateszi as well.

      It’s all about trying to enhance the reader’s experience.

      I think it’s wonderful that you’re thinking in those terms, though!

      I think you’re right. I’m making the links in good faith. If another blogger would ask me to remove the link, I would cheerfully do so.

      As far as a best practice to link to someone who inspired you: I’ve never seen the equivalent of a style guide, but I think your instinct is solid. Say it just like you asked it! Say so and so blog/writer inspired you, and link to the post that was the inspiration.

      For me, it’s all about giving my readers not only what I can give them, but what other bloggers can give them.

      Does that make sense?

      1. Tracking. It all makes sense.

        I am very conscious about crediting others for there works when they do good work and its an idea I might want to borrow from. So far its not something I have done because I was unsure if there was a convention to it.

        From my time in school I was careful to cite sources and and let people know where ideas were coming from. In an internet/blogging free for all I wasn’t sure if there was a best practice or way to do it.

        Thank you for the answer!

  2. Woah. Crow, the way you write about my review is so much cleaner than what I wrote in my own review. Sigh, now I’m envious… Thanks for covering my review, I guess.

    1. Isn’t it funny how we perceive our own writing? I wasn’t feeling particularly confident in this edition at all! Very glad to think you thought it didn’t sound so bad!

      Have you ever watched Food Network? Guy Fieri’s show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives gave me the model. If you read them in Guy Fieri’s voice, you’ll see what I mean.

      I really enjoyed your take on Eromanga-Sensei!

      1. Thank you! It is indeed fascinating how we perceive our own writing, considering I thought yours sounded really clean and well-written.

        Unfortunately I don’t know the Guy or the channel. The closest I’ve come to a Food Network would be the travel channel.

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