Here we go again, though I am going to announce that this will be my last blog round up post for the year. These will return for the 8th of January. It isn’t that I’m not going to be online or posting, but I know that when I’m distracted I forget to save links during the week and then these posts take a lot of time to put together finding all the posts again. So with Christmas travel and family stuff coming up (as well as a desire to finish a couple of other things I’ve been working on) and some minor work things (though that has finally settled) I decided to put these on hold for a few weeks and get back to them in the new year.
In the meantime, here are some excellent anime relate blog posts that I came across during the week, and if you have a great post (or find one) over the next few weeks that you would like featured when I return to these posts, send me the link via my contact or twitter.
Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonders has a great post about technology in anime, specifically how phones and phone use has changed to reflect the times and what that has done to characters and stories. I’m fairly interested in this topic having previously looked at a top 5 uses of phones in anime and I find it fascinating how character interactions change to incorporate new technologies and reflect new realities. Anyway, it is an interesting post and definitely worth checking out.
Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has some thoughts about Girls’ Last Tour. This show has been a surprising hit for a lot of viewers despite its slow pace and episodic nature and Scott does a good job of explaining just why it has worked so well this season. If you haven’t checked out Girls’ Last Tour this is a great post to have a look at (there’s a minor episode spoiler in the post but the show isn’t exactly plot driven so this shouldn’t be a major concern).
Moe Sucks brings us a fairly blunt review of episode 9 of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. If you are tired of seeing pieces praising this anime, this might be what you are looking for. While I actually really love the series and the atmosphere the show is creating, I can kind of see where this blogger is coming from because if you take some of Chise’s inner thoughts literally they make practically no sense. By the way, if you love the show and don’t want to see an opposing view, don’t read this post. For everyone else, a nice counter point.
Ka-Chan Anime Reviews asks whether anime is better with or without source material? It is a pretty unanswerable question but they raise points for and against both and it makes you think about some adaptations as well as some original anime and how they both sometimes end up brilliant and other times just fall flat.
Arthifis on Arthifis’ Place discusses why as a gay guy he doesn’t like shounen ai or at least how relationships are depicted in a large number of shounen ai. For those who have watched any number of anime in this genre, you’ll already be familiar with the tropes and some of the less than wonderful depictions of romance that show up but this is a great post for pointing out why we need a little more variety in this genre.
Hinode Reviews has a great write up of Episode 9 of Land of the Lustrous (Houseki no Kuni). There’s certainly some spoilers in the post but if you’ve been following the show and want to look at the episode in more detail, this post is definitely one to read. It highlights Phos’ transformation but looks at the reactions of the other characters in quite some depth. Well worth the read.
Pick of the Week
Floating into Bliss has a fantastic video (and the script in case you’d rather just read it) that breaks down one of March Comes in Like a Lion‘s episodes from season 2 and explains why it is the best episode of anime this year. It is no secret that I love this anime, but this post and video give such an excellent explanation of what makes this story so good to watch that even if you aren’t a fan of the series you should really check it out because it really looks at how execution can really make or break an idea. Many anime deal with bullying but few manage to emotionally connect the way this are of March Comes in Like a Lion has. Definitely a post to check out this week.
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