This is my Crow’s eye view of the posts that caught my attention this week. I 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 can tell you that the ani-blogging community’s quality and quantity of posts is amazing. I hope this helps you find some of them!
You can see the list of the sites I check here!
This week, I reviewed the sites in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
I have a special relationship with School Days. It has the distinction of being the series that I hate the most. I detested it. It made me furious. It’s the antithesis of everything I want to stand for. But do you notice something? I made no claim that the series is bad. After all’s said and done, I’m just saying it wasn’t for me. That’s why I like to see posts explaining a different perspective; that demonstrate I may have missed something that might make me think differently about the series. This week, I found a perfect example in one of Dewbond’s post on Shallow Dive in Anime. His post talks about Kotonoha Katsura, one of the lead characters, and it does an amazing job of describing the character’s motivations and perspective. So much so that I’m actually considering rewatching the series (though I’d prefer to wait for a remake). Above all, this post was able to celebrate a character and an anime that I couldn’t. I think that’s cool! See what you think!
Penguindrum is one of those series that has everything going for it, but is one I just can’t finish. It’s has beautiful imagery. Amazing symbolism, fantastic characters, and an engrossing premise. But whenever I get time to watch something, I pick something that’s currently airing. Maybe I just don’t want it to end! Or maybe I need some solid reasons to finish it! That’s why it was with something approaching relief that I saw this post by Casper on Reasons to anime. It gave me 5 solid reasons that I should watch — and finish! — the show. Gotta say — every reason made me want to watch the show even more. That’s exactly what this kind of post sets out to do!
I have yet to find a way to celebrate all the anime that needs celebrating. Each season puts me farther behind. Each season reminds me that I have to regard the cause of sharing the wonderful moments in anime as a communal effort, and that’s part of the reason I started Other Posts to Crow About. I want to draw attention to other bloggers who celebrate amazing content. In this case, it’s about Aldnoah.Zero. There’s a shot in its OP that seared itself forever in my imagination. Against Kalafina’s Heavenly Blue — a song that showcases that group’s ability to transcend this reality and bring eternity in touch with space/time, if only for a moment — we see Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia. The wind whips long blonde hair and her pretty white dress around. Tears are in her eyes as, with an anguished expression, she brings up a pistol and points it at the camera. I had to like the series after that! So when I found this post by LitaKino from Lita Kino Anime Corner, I wondered — would this review capture the essence of the series? The I read the sentence saying that “this wonderfully, flawed series” was going to stick with her because of “the rollercoaster it sent me down.” She not only captured the essence; she effing nailed it. Sometimes, you have to acknowledge a show’s failings to properly celebrate its achievements, and this review excelled at that.
There are a lot of ways to measure just how good a series was. You could focus on the character designs, the quality of animation, the depth of themes, or any of a dozen (at least!) criteria. One of those is how well the series supports a thorough and in-depth character analysis. I mean, it’s the characters I fall in love with, and the deeper the characterization, the more complete the illusion of a real person. That’s why I was so intrigued when I received a Tweet from K at the Movies about a new post on the site K at the Movies. The post was about Kousei Arima, his relationship to his mother, and his art. Of course, all of that was in the context of the force of nature that was Kaori Miyazono. It’s a very deep analysis of how character and performance interact with plot, and it’s only something you could write about a series that had the depth to support it. Full disclosure: The Tweet only drew my attention to the post — I would have included it in Other Posts to Crow About anyway! Read the post and see what you think.
There are a lot of ways to make the kind of anime moments I like to celebrate here on Crows’ World of Anime. Sometimes, the plot drives these moments, like when two characters happen to be on the same train. Sometimes, it’s an aspect of world building, like when there’s a particularly beautiful sunrise shining through early morning mists. But for the moments that carry the most impact, there has be some kind of conscious choice involved. Random moments are cool and all, but moments based on a character’s deliberate choices are among the most interesting. That’s an idea that Ethan_07 from Anime as a Cup of Tea understands very well, as proven in this post. It takes a look at some consequential decisions, like one from One Week Friends — a series I’d never even heard of until now! Choices matter, and they can give us some of the best moments in anime.