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 every week, 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).
There are some series that I like so much that I can’t help but rewatch them again and again. I’ve been slowing inducting those series into the Caw of Fame. I try not to induct more than 1 or 2 a year just to keep the honor fresh and special. That pace is the only reason that Toradora isn’t in that list right now! I could (and eventually will!) go on and on about how I saw a lot of myself in Ryuuji Takasu. Or how I so thoroughly enjoyed Taiga Aisaka’s barely-restrained rag, which was such an honest expression of who she was — at least at first. I even liked the side characters, like Ryuuji’s mom Yasuko Takasu, who did everything she could for her son — even if her job wasn’t glamorous or well-respected. I could go on, but why do that when I found a great review by MattDoyleMedia from the site Matt Doyle Media? It not only has great insights about what made the series so special. It also has some great screen caps! Minori Kushieda rarely looked so good!
I often feel out of step with the voices in the anime community. Since I try to find something to like in every series I watch, I end up liking all sorts of series — including some that didn’t have a great reputation among other bloggers. My Hero Academia Season 4 is a perfect example of that. Even within that series, there were some characters who seemed particularly unpopular with reviewers. No character seemed to draw as much ire as much as Gentle Criminal, which I couldn’t really understand because I thought the character was delightful. Why did I react that way? Well, it turns out jernahblunt from Jonah’s Daily Rants already answered the question for me! His post offers fantastic insights into Gentle Criminal’s mind — and in doing so, explained exactly why I enjoyed the character so much.
I can forgive a lot in an anime if its characters capture my imagination. It could have plot holes large enough for Tohru in dragon form to fly though, but if I love the characters, I can overlook that — most of the time. That’s one of the reasons I am enjoying Tower of God so much. I’m really rooting for Bam given his underdog status — even though that status might be an illusion! Endorsi started as a stuck-up princess, and while she’s still pretty much a stuck up princess, we’ve learned there are solid reasons for it. And I just realized she has this adorable little horn! If that’s not endearing, I don’t know what is. Even more interesting than the individual characters, though, are their relationships. And that’s just what GEATSXSHOGUN wrote about on the site Fortress William. What’s up with Rachel? Why did she leave Bam? I think it’s a great sign that a series can intentionally generate this kind of discussion. See what you think of this article’s conclusions!
I’m a simple farm boy from the midwestern United States. That means I have strange and unfathomable ideas, like we should help each other reach our potentials. I know. It’s crazy, isn’t it? But it’s been a guiding principle of my life. So when my daughter asked to play Unreal Tournament, I didn’t try to talk her into a Barbie video game. There’s nothing wrong with them, but my daughter asked for Unreal Tournament. So I setup a Linux server, bought a license for her, and spent hours with her playing CTF. Fast forward to today. I like anime. I want to share that enjoyment with others. So when I see some elements within the community try to limit, change, or even outright block other fans, I get annoyed. No, I get seriously angry. Trying to interfere with others bypasses the label of “stupid” and goes right to “affront to humanity.” Because at its core, it’s not about fandom. It’s about freedom. And trying to limit another’s freedom is abhorrent. But I’m just a simple farm boy, remember? What do I know about such complex topics? Well, I found someone who does know: fanofacertage’s post on the site Fan of a Certain Age. This is a fan who has been some deep insights into this topic, and what’s more, explains them well. And I swear that choosing this post to celebrate had nothing (or little!) to do with the phrase “into one gelatinous cube of fandom theory” in the first paragraph. Though it was an amazing phrase!
I think we’re seeing a bit of a counter revolution going on. For the longest time, most of the blog or YouTube traffic I saw about Sword Art Online was almost completely negative. You know the type of I’m talking about: Kirito is over-powered, Asuna is uni-dimensional, Klein has halitosis — that sort of thing. I never understood any of it. It was like the reviewers had watched a series other than the one I had watched. Recently, I’ve celebrated several of Dewbond’s posts like this one he just posted about Alicization. These are posts that take a fresh and, at least to my mind, more honest look at the series. I found another great example this week: Daze3x’s post on A Certain Dazed Producer. Don’t let the post’s title fool you: it’s an insightful look into Kirito’s character, and it touches on a lot of the reasons I so enjoyed watching Kirito’s journey. See if the article captures what you liked about the character!