My Favorite Posts from the Anime Blogging Community
Welcome to a Crow’s eye view of the posts that caught my attention this week! These are my favorite anime blogging community posts from 2020 Week 25.
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).
My Favorite Posts from The Week
I loved Zombieland Saga. If you’ve read the Zombieland Saga collaboration reviews that Irina (I Drink and Watch Anime) and I wrote, you probably got that impression. At least I hope you did, or I’m a worse writer than I think — and I’m not sure that’s possible! That means I’m always on the lookout for interesting posts about the series. Usually, when I check a site, I see a headline that promises to explore the series from a different light, and I dive in eagerly. This post by ANISHILL from Bad Reviews almost caused the opposite reaction! My brain picked out “Bad Review” and “Lily,” and I was already thinking of how I’d write a strongly worded comment defending the smallest of the zombie idols! But there was no need. I jumped to a conclusion. In fact, I jumped to the conclusion 180 degrees from where the post was going. Not only is the post kind to Lily, it offers a powerfully personal perspective on what Lily was going through. By the time I’d finished reading article, I had an even deeper appreciation of what Zombieland Saga had accomplished. And that’s saying a lot!
It’s “Crow Jumps to Irrational Conclusions” week in Other Posts to Crow About. Maybe I need to get out more? Something’s definitely up. Anyway, we’ve talked before about how Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t exactly anime, but it’s close enough that I’ll talk about it here. I thoroughly enjoyed the series, as much for how great it was (I mean, come on — Toph Beifong as a blind earth bender? That absolutely rocks, pun intended!) as for what it did (it gave me an almost-anime series to watch with my wife!). So, it’s another one of those shows that I enjoy finding articles about. I came across this post by blubbyweb on the site Blubbyweb and thought, “Man, talk about shooting fish in a barrel!” I mean, Uncle Iroh’s every line was practically quote-worthy! Ah, but this post quickly proved its title. By the time I’d read the third quote, I understood one thing very clearly: blubbyweb had done their homework. These are some seriously good quotes here! And now I want to watch Avatar again! Sigh. The backlog grows…
Have you ever written and published a review, then looked back on it and thought, “Wow, that didn’t say anything I wanted to say.” That just happened with my review of episode 12 of Tower of God. I wanted to highlight the grandeur and pure coolness that is Yuri, but I somehow managed to completely not do that. I can’t rewrite it, because I don’t anything like that kind of time in my schedule. I had accepted that I would just have to let that injustice of a post stand when I came across Irina’s article on I Drink and Watch Anime. This is the kind of post I should have written. It talks about exactly why Yuri is such a great character. It mentions some other stuff about the episode (including that scene with Rachel), too, so it’s also a well-rounded look at the episode. If you want to see what makes Yuri so special, or if you already know and just want to bask in the prose of someone else who also knows, you know what to do!
I’ve often mentioned how the number a posts a series generates is a rough indicator of the series’ impact. I suspect that’s even more true when a series continues to generate posts months or years after the season wrapped up. Case in point? The Promised Neverland. Its first season concluded more than a year ago, and it continues to generate fascinating articles. In addition to just generating content, the type of posts is also an indication of quality. This post by Tiger from Tiger Anime is a great example. It’s an ethical and moral analysis of Isabella’s decision and actions. A series has to build a believable world, including its philosophical and theological underpinnings, to support this kind of analysis. The Promised Land held up its end of the bargain, and so did Tiger Anime! See if you agree with the author’s conclusions!
Speaking of series that continue to generate content even after they’ve ended, I have another candidate here. Before I watched this show, if you had told me that it would still be inspiring posts three and a half years after it ended, I would have thought you were crazy — or that you thought I was gullible! That series is Keijo!!!!!!!!. A series about a sport where women attack each other using only their breasts and butts? Really? Then, two things happened. First, I watched the show. I almost didn’t. I mean, I like good fanservice, but I’ve dropped shows like Triage-X that seem to think that fanservice substituted for plot (and character and theme and, well, you get the idea). Second, I realized that yes, the show featured really good fanservice, but it was way, way more than that! That’s why I was so happy to find this review by TwoHappyCats on the site Two Happy Cats. This review really understands the show, including how it dedicated itself to its premise. See if you agree!