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 helps you find some of them!
You can see the list of the sites I check here!
This week, I reviewed the sites in alphabetical order (A to Z).
Every once and a while, a series comes along that just seems to speak to us as anime fans, bloggers, YouTubers — creative folk in general. If we’re really, really lucky, that show can do more than speak to us. It can inspire us. That’s what Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is doing this season. The show just might be the most realistic view of the creative process that we’ve seen in years. But do you know what’s really, really cool about it? It doesn’t stop there. It gives us more than “just” an authentic experience of the creative process. Just what that “more” includes is part of the post by CONARTISTSUSHMA on The Con Artists. It’s something I’ve gone through multiple times in my career, and I thought the post’s insights on the topic were awesome. See if you’ve had a similar experience!
You might have read a lot about Interspecies Reviewers lately. Not only about the show itself, but about Funimation’s unusual decision to drop it. I mean, can you imagine the discussion at Funimation HQ? “Boss, can you believe there’s nudity in this show!” “Nudity in a show where the main characters review prostitutes? How is that possible? We have to act — and act now!” I mean, really? Now, I’ve stayed out of the discussion, because I have my own thoughts on the matter and while they’re really amazing — in that you’d be amazed I have thoughts — I’ve been too busy reading other folks’ content about the topic. Among those fascinating articles, this one by Mary Lee Sauder on Honey’s Anime stood out. Why? Because it’s such a great summary of why the show’s so darned entertaining — regardless of what its detractors might try to make you believe. I have to say that I heartily agreed with each of the points. See if you do, too!
This is the second time in 2020 that I’ve celebrated the work of a blogger in back to back Other Posts to Crow About posts. I have an unwritten rule that I don’t want to do that so I highlight as many writers as possible — but no! Some bloggers just have to keep writing amazing stuff so often I’m trapped. Sigh. Anyway, this week, Inskidee from Inskime forced me to break my own rules with a post about — brace yourself! — Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! A few seasons ago The Promised Neverland dominated the seasonal posts. This season, it’s Eizouken. There are worse problem to have! What attracted my attention to Inskidee’s post was its perspective on episode 8 and a topic that has been on my mind since the Toradora! scenes with Yasuko Takasu. What scenes, you might (reasonably!) ask? I don’t want to spoil the surprise. But I think you’ll enjoy reading about it.
I review a lot of seasonal anime, and the longer I do that, the more I appreciate a series that was so enjoyable that I want to watch it again. It’s one thing to provide one-shot entertainment. That takes skill, and I appreciate those series. But an anime that I can watch again and again — and get more out of it each time? Now, that’s a treasure. One of those series was How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. Yes, I am saying that an ecchi series is a treasure. Don’t believe me? Well, I have evidence. Please, let me present Lynn Sheridan’s post from The Otaku Author. What made the series so interesting? Was it Shera L. Greenwood? Rem Galeu? Alicia Cristela? Well, yes, those characters played their (significant!) parts, but there was more to the series than these amazing characters. Read the article to see what I mean!
There are a handful of series that touched me so deeply that merely recalling key scenes can make me physically stop in my tracks. The sound of the acoustic guitar falling in Angel Beats’ third episode (20:49) is one of those. Another is “Sleep… along with my daughter,” in Re:ZERO’s fifteenth episode (21:28). This site celebrates amazing moments in anime, and those are two of the most amazing moments. But getting to those moments isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s the dramatic difficulty of the journey that makes those moments possible. That’s a clumsy way of saying what Mari said so eloquently in a recent post on Starting Life from Zero. Re:ZERO is seriously powerful, and I wish I could convey why as well as this articles does. It’s a great take on a great series.