This is a Crow’s eye view of the posts that caught my attention this week. I 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 can tell you that the ani-blogging community’s quality and quantity of posts is amazing. I hope this article helps you find some of them.
What sites do I check every week? You can see the list of the sites here!
This week, I reviewed the sites in alphabetical order (A to Z).
We all have a handful of series that we dearly love, but have no idea why — and in fact might be just a bit embarrassed to admit any affection. Well, at least I hope it’s “we” and I’m not alone in this experience! That would be just plain sad… Anyway, one of those series for me is Okami-san & Her Seven Companions. I’d watched it first around the same time I started watching A Certain Magical Index, and I thought they had a similar look and feel. I liked the shows for several reasons, and that’s why I was really excited to find this post by Mia on 9 Tailed Kitsune. It identifes 7 other series that are similar to Ookami-san based on just about all of the reasons I liked it! How lucky is that? I’d tell you how lucky, but it’s easier to just show you.
There’s a reason there’s a saying like “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s because for whatever reason, lots of folks seem to take one look at a book — or an anime series — and decide it’s not for them. They get penalty points from me if they go further and harass others who want to like that book or series. It’s a bit of a bummer, because folks miss some great shows that way. Take The iDOLM@STER, for example. I enjoyed that series. Now, a little of that negative attitude affects me, too, because I enjoyed it more than I expected — which is probably prejudicial! Why wouldn’t I expect to enjoy it? Silly me. But I’m rambling now, and it’s time to introduce the post that DAZE3X wrote over on A Certain Dazed Producer. He explores the idea that series within the idol genre as different as other shows within any other genre. He includes some great examples, too. And no, I wasn’t influenced by him speaking well of Zombieland Saga. Okay, well, maybe a little…
Writing a good review is hard. I find it a lot easier to write a Representational State Transfer (REST) interface from a Java/Tomcat application, consume the results using the generic JSON Java objects, and maintain a transaction processing rate of at least a million plus transactions a day against a MySQL database. No. I’m not joking. I know how to POST or GET a REST request. It acts a certain way the first time and the millionth time. But writing a review to convey the timeless beauty and the ethereal elegance of a series like Kyousougiga? That’s hard. That’s something beyond me. And — just for a moment, now — I’m going to be honest: I don’t suck. Not nearly as much as I think! So when I tell you this is hard, you should understand that I mean it’s really, really hard. That context should tell you why I was so blown away by this post from Irina on I Drink and Watch Anime. She did it. She wrote a moving review of a series that is almost too sublime to represent any way other than its original presentation. Interestingly, she might as well have written it as a case study for another of her posts, “In Defense of Subjectivity in Anime Blogging,” which further expands on the idea of why writing reviews for some series is so challenging. And that, ladies and gentlemen, marks the first twofer in the history of Other Posts to Crow About. Do yourself a favor and check out what I now consider to be the reference implementation for anime series reviews.
Getting a villain right is tough. Generally speaking (and there are always exceptions!), a good villain needs to be clearly evil, but not irrationally so. They need to be powerful and dangerous enough to challenge the protagonist, but not be over powered or they kill the drama. They have to be part of the world they inhabit, but they have to stand out in some way or they get lost in the background. If a writer can balance all of those concerns, the results can be amazing. This week, I came across a fascinating post by Micahangello from The Ramen Stand that describes, with great insight, just why Demon Slayer’s antagonist Muzan Kibutsuji deserves to be counted among the great villains. The explanation is as clear is it is convincing. If you like Demon Slayer (and I do!), then I think you’ll enjoy this character study.
The anime community, even its ani-blogging subset, is no stranger to controversy. Not a week goes by without Funimation dropping a series like Interspecies Reviewers or something even more outrageous. But not all controversies divide the community. Some can actually help unite it, even if it’s only to bring the community together to utter a collective “WTF?” That’s the case in this post by Jenn from Welcome to Hell Zone. If you watched one of the recent episodes of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, then you may have seen the incident in question. It dealt with ketchup, a cake, and an anime community going crazy trying to figure out what was going on. If you saw the episode in question, check out the post to see if its conclusions are the same as yours. And if you don’t have any idea what’s going on, you don’t really want to be left out, do you? So you know what to do!