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!
This week, I reviewed the sites in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A).
When you love anime as much as I do, it’s easy to get carried away. Blu Rays, DVDs, figures, and other memorabilia are more available than ever, so it’s easy to start buying — and get intoxicated. Recently, I got to a critical point: I was running out of space for Blu Rays, DVDs, and CDs. And I own my own house! How the heck did I get there? I can tell you, but why bore you with my words when I can point you an interesting and insightful post form Takuto from Takuto’s Anime Cafe? As I read that post, I briefly wondered how the heck Takuto had learned of my problem! Then I realized, with some considerable relief, that I wasn’t alone. I can attest to the good advice in this article. See what you think!
This is the second week I’m going to talk about liking an anime despite my better judgement. And once again, I find I’m not alone! In this case, though, you might think I’m bringing up Darwin’s Game because I’m reviewing it this season. Not so! Well, not entirely so. See, Darwin’s Game exhibits certain traits that I’ve come to associate with series that end up feeling less than satisfying. Yet, I can’t help but watch them! They have a certain quality that I find irresistible. It might be Shuka Karino’s elegant red dress. Or, it might be the traits that moeronpan from Moeronpan! talks about. I not only liked how this post lays out what’s interesting about the show. I also liked how it presents what’s not so interesting but doesn’t bring down the enjoyable bits. That’s the kind of balance I like!
I think we all know that movies like A Silent Voice (and many series) are trying to make a thematic point. The best movies are entertaining and make their points without impairing the narrative, and A Silent Voice is a positive example of that. Within the ani-blogging community, I find it’s common to read posts that not only clearly understand the point a movie or episode is trying to make. These posts also articulate the point in an entertaining way. This week, I came across a post that took this to a new and beautiful level. Writer K at the Movies, on the site K at the Movies, not only movingly reviewed the movie. He included GIFs depicting the American Sign Language (ASL) interpretations of key concepts. As the father of a deaf son, I can tell you that elevates the review — it not only attempts to communicate in a different language, it tries to convey the sensibilities of another culture, in that culture’s native tongue! That’s just cool. And yes, I know Japan properly uses JSL, but deaf communities the world over appreciate any attempt at manual communications.
There are times when my philosophy of writing blinds me to certain aspects of the community. For example, I am intellectually aware that there are swaths of the anime fan base who hate Sword Art Online in all of its incarnations — including Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld. That hate can spill into the community in the form of verbal attacks. Now, folks can like or not like whatever. No worries there. But to hate on someone just because they like SAO? As if SAO is objectively worse than other series? Yeah, I’m not seeing that. So reviews that deride folks don’t interest me. That’s why this post by Jon Spencer from the site Jon Spencer attracted my attention. It celebrates what the author liked about the series. It discussed how negative fans can affect enjoyment. But it didn’t lambast those fans — it just pointed out the effect their hating had on the author. That’s like dead-shorting the hate so it doesn’t go farther! Loving anime and limiting hate — that’s a great combination!
I like a good list. I never used to, and to be sure, I still see list posts that don’t inspire my imagination. But the best list posts remind me of stunning characters or moments in anime series that I love. They’re like a quick, inspiring trick down memory lane! Even among the best lists, even among the lists that inspire my imagination, it’s rare that I get above 50-60% agreement. Either I’ve never heard of the series, or the entry on the list is just a little off my tastes. And then there are posts like this one from Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime. First, I love interesting supporting characters. They can make or break a series! So I was really excited when I read her title. Then, I found that the characters she chose hit 80% agreement — especially #1! What a great selection of characters! See if you agree.