Welcome back to another week and I must admit that while at first I was worried that there wasn’t much I was interested in watching this season, some of the later releases have kind of appealed. Whether my current watch list lasts the season or whether I do some shuffling mid-season is yet to be seen, but it certainly has a range of shows on it.
As always, there are many spectacular bloggers out there sharing their thoughts on the current anime and all sorts of other things that are anime related and here I’ve gathered a collection of posts that caught my eye this week. Feel free to give a shout out to another post in the comments below.
Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers gave us a nice post discussing love and romance as they shared their thoughts on Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimetres Apart. There are some minor plot spoilers in the post but it is nicely done and clearly they enjoyed the overall story more than I did (I liked the set up but then felt it dragged a little). However, if you are looking for a sweet romantic story, check out this post as it may give you your next title to watch.
Patdes looks at Sanrio Boys and how for a show that is essentially product placement it has actually managed some decent depth. I think this show surprised a lot of us by actually having characters and a story that weren’t dreadful even though the core goal of the anime is still blatantly obvious. But it has actually managed to be pretty good so far, for what it is.
As part of this months OWLS blog tour, Archie Anime looks at the theme of revival in Barakamon. I’ve read a lot about this anime and many reviews of it, but I felt this post kind of perfectly captured what the anime was really getting at. It was a great read and well worth checking out.
And while we’re looking at the OWLS blog tour, Nice Job Breaking It, Hero took a look at Samurai Flamenco and the hero’s journey or rather finding a way to walk your own truth. I must say, this month the OWLS have gone all out with some of their posts and the theme has been really great. Looking forward to finding out what the next theme is.
Over on the Treasure Box the 30 Day Anime Challenge is ongoing and I really liked their explanation for their pick of Best Supporting Male Character. Okay, I really liked their choice of character and their reasoning just kind of fit with what I liked about the character but Haikyuu fans should have fun reading this.
Purposefully Lackluster looks at the A-1 Protagonist with a focus on Hiro from Darling in the Franxx. While the post admits there is heavy speculation about the character given he’s only had one episode, there are some interesting comparisons made between Hiro and other A-1 protagonists. Worth a read and a think even if you disagree.
Frog-Kun shares some information about Haoliners and where their shows are actually animated. Now Haoliners is a name I kind of flinch when I see it come up at the start of a show as so far there’s been one show that they’ve made that I actually ended up enjoying and it was still objectively not very good. Still, given they’ve only been around since 2015 and everyone needs to start somewhere, it is interesting to learn more about them and some of the stories they’ve animated could have been very good. So, all and all, this was a fairly interesting post to read.
Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime has reviewed/discussed Terror In Resonance. If you want a review of this show that is critical of the plot, you will find it here even as Irina praises other aspects of the production. I enjoyed reading this despite having a slightly different view of the show.
Kurumi Shim has a post about understanding the role of the deuteragonist in anime. There are some great character examples to illustrate the points made and it really does get you thinking about some of your favourite characters particularly in shounen anime.
The Writing Waifu compares Tokyo Ghoul with Devilman Crybaby and how they approach similar themes in different ways leading to very different outcomes. I wasn’t the biggest fan while watching Devilman Crybaby and the second season of Tokyo Ghoul kind of killed off any affection I had for that series, but thematically both shows are interesting so this was kind of a fun read.
Let’s Talk Anime shares their thoughts on Haikyuu Season 2. In addition to giving thoughts on what works in the anime, this post also looks at the fan base around Haikyuu. Quite a fun read (though spoiler for the end of season 1 if you hadn’t watched.
Pick of the Week
Ideas Without End has a post that essentially looks at why Record of Grancrest War might be a pretty bad show and this isn’t a rant post but a careful look at the characters and plot as presented in episodes 1 and 2. While I personally disagree with their conclusions given I’m finding Theo and Siluca fairly entertaining so far, I really appreciate it when people put this much thought into explaining why something doesn’t work for them and present a reasonably good argument in support of their view. It did give me a moment of reflection about the show. An interesting post to read whether you like the show or not.
If you are looking for my episode reviews from last week they are all linked in the season overview so be sure to check it out if you missed it.
I also added a feature over the last week where I answer questions from my followers so if inquiring minds would like to know hop on over and check out the first question and answer. There is also a link to the survey so feel free to leave me a question to answer in future weeks.
That was my week in case you missed it.
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