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).
If you read my review of Tower of God episode 9 (and please do if you haven’t — I celebrated a great but subtle moment this week), you might get the impression that I love the show. You’d be right. A week ago, if you asked me what I liked so much about it, I might rave about the beautiful and temperamental Juri Jahad. Or the no less beautiful and utterly ruthless Endorsi Jahad. Or the ever hungry and oh-so-modest Rak Wraithraiser (where modest really means wildly self confident). But there was a deeper reason, and I wasn’t able to articulate it until I came across this post by Guardian Enzo on Random Curiosity. Like all subtle truths, it’s really obvious when you realize it. It puts Tower of God completely in line with other works that I adore, like The Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Children of Time. What is this wonderful realization? You’ll have to read the article to find out!
It seems like every season, no matter how hard I try to prepare, I overlook a series I end up really liking. This season, that show is Princess Connect! Re: Dive. Even going back and reading the description, it didn’t really sound like something I’d like. I mean, yet another isekai anime with an overpowered main character? Well, apply the “can’t judge a book by its cover” logic here, because I started watching it and I’m having a blast. There’s a lot to enjoy: characters like Pecorine and Karyl, the fast paced humor, and the solid battle sequences (and the main character’s tendency to end up in the jaws of whatever creature is attacking). I found this review by magicalchurlsukui (Preston Yamazuka) on the site RABUJOI that describes the shenanigans in the most recent episode. They involve our heroes trying to tutor the almost guild Little Lyrical… which of course doesn’t go as planned. It’s a perfect example of why the show’s so much fun to watch.
What makes an anime series memorable? There’s no one answer, of course. For me, among all the series I’ve watched, there are a few that stand out because of how hard they hit me in the feels. To use a non-anime example, there’s a scene in The Return of the King where Éowyn confronts the Lord of the Nazgûl. That scene, from start to finish, moved me to tears when I first read it. Even writing this, its power is such that it makes me pause — and I first read it about 40 years ago! Moments like that are so enchanting that this post by More XP on MOREXP immediately attracted my attention with its promise of 5 really power moments in anime. I heartily endorse at least three of them, with #3 literally giving me chills when I read it. See if any of your favorite moments are listed!
I asked earlier what makes a series memorable. In addition to powerfully emotional moments, a series can burn itself into my memory by being wildly passionate about its subject matter. Things like showing me the little details of beach volleyball in Harukana Receive or insights into the creative process in Re:CREATORS are great ways to attract my attention. And attract attention is just what Miru Tights did, as reflected in Inskidee’s post on The Inskihole. Having just written indirectly about Endorsi’s tights in a recent review, I can admit to a certain professional interest in the topic. All other considerations aside, though, what this post had to say about the series’ passion and focus on its subject matter was honestly moving. Other Posts to Crow About celebrates posts that celebrate anime, and this post definitely fits the bill!
Did you see the latest Fruits Basket Season 2 episode? Preparing to write my review of episode 8 was characteristically hard. The show is packed with so many exquisite character moments that not only is it hard to choose one, it can sometimes be hard to tease them apart into individual moments. Episode 8 was particularly challenging because of Isuzu “Rin” Sohma. It’s not just her pain and rage that I find fascinating. It’s her absolute commitment to power her way through whatever torments her. Her plight, though, is just part of the web of interactions that made the episode so powerful. That’s why I was so happy to find this post by Shadow on AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog. In breaking down the episode, it not only touched on a lot of what I enjoyed, it pointed out things I hadn’t considered! That’s particularly true of Kagura’s situation. See if it talks about the things that you enjoyed!