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 alphabetical order (A to Z).
Many things I don’t understand are haunting me in 2020. For example: I’ve seen a number of anime distributors announce support for Black Lives Matter. I’m not an expert on this topic. I don’t honestly know how to talk about it in a way that offers support and encouragement where it’s needed. But I know this: Supporting a cause that asserts that lives matter is a good thing. This is just a single aspect of a much larger discussion, of course — a discussion that many are willing to fund with their own blood. The least I can do is understand what they’re saying. That’s why I’m glad I found a post like this one from Len Fenette on the site Anicourses. The post explores this topic in terms even I can understand, so you know it’s clear! And for the record? The anime clips the author included are spot on. See if you agree!
One of the drawbacks to my favorite moment-focused review format is that there are many other moments that don’t get the attention they deserve. The most recent Tower of God episode (my Best in Show review is here!) is a great example. I focused on Bam’s decision about how he was going to treat Rachel. But there were so many other deserving moments! That’s why I was so happy to come across this review by Ang on Couch and Chill. I knew I was in for a treat when the post’s subtitle was “Two words: Little Rak!” And it just got better from there. It hit on pretty much everything I liked about that episode (except drunk Serena, but I caught that in a Tweet!). Give this article a read to see how much fun episode 10 was.
You know how sometimes you watch a series and walk away feeling it was fantastic — but can’t really just why? When I first watched Bakemonogatari, I felt elated. Here was a series that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters like Koyomi Araragi and Hitagi Senjogahara were an absolute delight. Characters alone, though, couldn’t account for just how strong my reaction was. Was it the distinctive animation style? It certainly contributed, but there was something more. The concepts? The plot? Again, those played part, but there was something more. Then I read this post by Jacob on The illusion of Memories. Rarely has a post so firmly hit the nail on the head, so to speak. Here, finally, was the perfect explanation of why I loved this series so much. What was the secret? Well, there’s one way to find out!
I’m celebrating this post a week late, and I apologize for missing it last week. It’s about a series I haven’t found a way to say enough good about — Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World. There seems to be a popular school of thought, bordering on a prevailing opinion, that Subaru Natsuki is a reprehensible character — or at the very least, that he’s a selfish idiot. That wasn’t what I took away from the series. Seeing how Subaru interacted with Emilia and Rem didn’t exactly disprove the assertion that he was selfish, but that wasn’t the end of the story. Instead of me trying to explain this idea, I’d like to present illegenes’ post on Isn’t It Electrifying? This is a wonderfully balanced piece on these three characters — and I’m pretty sure it’s a perspective you haven’t read before.
Earlier in this edition of Other Posts to Crow About, I talked about how I’d been wondering why I liked Bakemonogatari so much. And there was the post from The illusion of Memories with an answer! But sometimes, there is no single answer. There are some series that I can watch over and over, and every time I try to say why I like it so much, I come up with a different and no less correct answer. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is one of those series. Sure, I really like Kobayashi herself because she’s a software developer, and even though I now work in computer security, I’m still a developer at heart. It might be the adorably hungry Elma. It could be the animation. It could be… Well, you get the idea. Turns out, I’m not the only blogger pondering this question. Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime has been thinking about the same question. I enjoyed reading how he looked at the question. Visit the article for the GIFs of Kanna (and Lucoa!); stay for the engaging content!