There’s this thing called reality out there and to be honest, lately its been getting me down. Nothing in particular is going wrong, it is more a culmination of small annoyance and a feeling of general futility. Fortunately, I know I’ll bounce back sooner or later so in the meantime I’m going to enjoy the interactions I’m having online discussing anime because that’s been a blast and a nice escape at the beginning and end of each day. So here is this week’s collection of blog posts that I’ve come across and enjoyed. If you have a post or know of one that should get some attention (anime related or similar) please feel free to link in the comments.
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From Mechanical Anime Reviews we have a discussion about what elements mech anime contain. It’s a good introduction into the genre if you think that its all just about giant robots (although, there are certainly robots involved). Well worth the read.
Still on the robot thing I came across this amusing read from Curating the Future about whether giant robots should be used in warfare. Okay, the answer to this should be obvious from the start, once you remove the cool factor and start thinking logically, but the post is a great read and quite fun. Makes you wonder where the anime is that focusses on the reality of giant robots in war.
The Challenge List has 5 Inspirational Anime about hard work. Its got a nice variety of anime on the list and some good explanations as to why each show deserved its spot.
Aldael’s Attic looks at the expanded universes of original anime shorts where they look at three shorts that were given either a series or an OVA to tell a larger story. Mostly this post grabbed my interest because the first example came from Death Parade but its an interesting post and gets you thinking about other shorts that may or may not make for great series.
Palpable Emoji has a post on March Comes in Like a Lion that examines the death of a world unexplored. It is a great post that really looks at Shimada’s journey in the anime and the significance of it as well as the impact on Rei. A very interesting read for people who’ve been enjoying the anime.
Archi-Anime has a review of the SAO movie Ordinal Scale. Some spoilers involved but its a nice overview of what to expect if you are undecided about whether to check it out.
Still on SAO, Jon Spencer also shares his thoughts on Ordinal Scale. This post discusses the franchise as a whole as well as the movie and how it comes together, in a mostly non-spoiler manner.
Kurumi Shim has a post sharing 5 valuable lesson from Full Metal Alchemist. For an action anime built on the use of alchemy, there really are a lot of real world take-away lessons that can be gained while watching it and this post did a great job of highlighting the more serious side of it.
Okay, totally not anime related but I couldn’t pass this one up. Aedan Juvet has a post on why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still essential pop culture. Seriously worth reading and if you’ve never watched Buffy (yes, it is dated but watch it anyway) this post might convince you it is worth checking out.
That’s it for this week.
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