Welcome to a Crow’s eye view of the posts that caught my attention this week! How do posts catch my eye? They 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!
Here’s the list of the sites I check!
This week, I reviewed the sites in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
Is Sword Art Online the savior of anime? A scourge on this land? The pinnacle of anime entertainment? An example of how low and pandering anime can be? There are two things that I find interesting about those questions. First, they (and their derivatives) make great click-bait! Otherwise, we wouldn’t see as many of them. Second, and most importantly, they are all completely and utterly beside the point. They’re burdened with assumptions and tribal affiliations — to the point where they’ve become an impediment to any discussion of SAO. That’s why I’ve broken tradition (yet again!) to celebrate another consecutive post from Dewbond’s series on Shallow Dives in Anime. His articles on Sword Art Online , including this post about Sword Art Online II, does something I’ve seldom see other posts do for SAO. It treats the material honestly, based on what it is and how it was delivered. I think it’s an important string of articles, and I think this post is an important installment in that series of SAO reviews. I hope you’ll think so, too!
I’ve talked before about some of the challenges my son’s had to face because he’s deaf — and because the world has an unfortunate percentage of less than kind people. I like to think that anime movies like A Silent Voice shine a light on this problem. I want to believe that art in general can improve the situation. Though as is too often the case, the people who most need to learn the lesson would probably cheer the bullies in that movie, if they watched it at all… But maybe the real hope isn’t to change the minds of those inflicting the pain, but to give strength to those who have to endure? That’s where the idea of representation comes in, and that’s why I thought this post by Jack Scheibelein on the site Kawaiipaperpandas is so important. It touches on the deaf community, which is a sure way to get my attention. It also highlights the plight of the trans community and their similar need for honest representation, this time using the series Wandering Son as a touch point. See if you agree why this kind of thing is so important — and maybe add some of your important reasons in the article’s comments!
Is there a series that gets you fired up? Like, when you watch it, you get so wrapped up and excited that it’s hard to talk because the words all come out in a stream? I like series that can produce that effect. One of those for me is Kill La Kill. I’ve tried a half dozen times to describe it to my wife, and all I’ve managed to do is convince her (as if she needed convincing) that I probably need a long vacation. My opinion of the show helped me recognize a similar reaction in this post by jernahblunt on Jonah’s Daily Rants. As soon as I started reading his review of Kill La Kill, I knew I was in for an enjoyable ride, and boy was I right! Talk about a celebration of anime! The fact that anime can generate such a reaction is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much. Note that this article contains adult language, but I think even it perfectly fits the joyful rant.
Are you watching Tower of God? I’m have a heap of fun with it. In fact, the most negative thing I can say about it is actually a positive: the fans of the Webtoon love it so much they can’t seem to stop dropping hints in their tweets and comments! The most recent episode as of this writing, Episode 5 The Crown’s Fate, was a showcase of everything that makes the series enjoyable. I could go through the list, but I happened to find the perfect blogger and review to do it better than I could. Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime just filed a post that talks about everything that made the episode great — from Aguero Agnis Khun’s blue ribbon to Rak Wraithraiser’s sense of humor to… You know what? It’s better to just to read the article. That’s way more fun anyway!
I can forgive a lot when I watch an anime. The reason is simple: I go in with the goal of finding something to love. Even with that mindset, though, there are some things I can’t get past. Plot doesn’t make sense? I can work with that. World building inconsistent? That can be annoying, but not fatal. A character pulls out a Colt .45 in a medieval fantasy? I can brush that aside with a faint hope the writer will explain it later. But uninteresting or ridiculous characters? That’s where I draw the line. That’s the mindset I took into Neon Genesis Evangelion, and as a reward, the characters absolutely blew me away. So it’s been with a sense of incredulity that I’ve read so much harsh criticism of the character of Shinji Ikari. He’s a wimp? He’s too passive? He’s an idiot? Statements like that made no sense to me. Well, turns out that there’s a reason for that: They were, in fact, senseless. Who am I to make such a judgement? No one! That’s why I’ll turn to The Overage Otaku on the site Confessions of an Overage Otaku for evidence. This site often provides wonderfully insightful character analyses, and this one is another great example. Want to know why Shinji was an authentic character? Then you know what to do!