This week I was definitely playing catch up after being off the internet the week before and I will admit, there’s still a lot of stuff I’ve just missed, but this week was great for anime posts and I’ve tried to link to quite a few to make up for last weeks absent post. As always, if there’s some great anime related content that you would like to give a shout out to, feel free to do so in the comments below. In the meantime, hopefully you will find a great post to read from one of the awesome bloggers I’ve managed to include this week.
Wherever-I-Look covers episode 5 of Sword Art Online Alternative and is pretty much on the fence about the whole thing at this point. Given I dropped the series at episode 4, I’m following reviews now to see if it is worth binging once it is done, but to be honest, reviews like this one just make me glad I dropped it from my line-up.
Lita Kino responded to a post I wrote about getting tired of anime (or not) and firmly declares she’ll be loving anime until she’s in a rocking chair. It is interesting to see how people consider this topic and whether or not they will ever get tired of the medium.
Umai Yomu Anime Blog discusses 7 Anime Cliches they could do without. There probably won’t be many surprises on the list but it is fun to think about all the over-used tropes and cliches in anime that the rest of us wold like to see put to bed and left there. Rather like an anime character with a cold after getting caught in the rain really.
Crows World of Anime has a review of episode 17 of Record of Grancrest War. By itself, episode 17 is reasonably solid and yet when I think about the series as a whole the inconsistencies in plot, character and world building are just really hurting it. Still, this was a fun review to read of the episode and how it played out.
Anime Parlay looks at world building in Gundam 00. The Gundam franchise has always done some interesting things in terms of looking at conflicts that can be related to current issues, even if they simplify things to a handful of factions, and Gundam 00 is no exception with some very specific players and goals. Yet, it is quite an interesting setting for a story.
KimchiSama looks at the events of episode 5 of SAO Alternative and why they are not interested in it. I’ve seen a lot of love for this spin-off of SAO but for me it was pretty much a miss and I felt this post pretty clearly explained why I wasn’t enjoying it, even if I never got as far as this episode.
Watashi wa bucho has a discussion about why 2018 is a great time to be an anime fan. So nice to see a positive post about being a fan in the current era. This actually got me thinking about all the positive things that are happening for anime fans and just made me pretty happy to read.
Fragglepuss has a short review of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens and as a series I really enjoyed last season that didn’t seem to get a lot of attention, it is fun to read the few reviews that are around of this show. This one is short and relatively spoiler free so if you are kind of interested in the anime, this might get you interested without giving anything away.
Nefarious Reviews gets critical of Hunter X Hunter in a review and as I’m nearly finished watching it (still, I never seem to actually get to finished) I kind of appreciated some of the points they made here. It’s an anime that gets a lot of praise and while I’ve enjoyed it, there are definitely a few things that just don’t sit quite right. For a slightly different perspective on a show that normally gets nothing but praise (mind you, the review isn’t scathing), this one is worth checking out.
Moetology shares a review of Dame x Prince Anime Caravan. This silly anime was kind of overlooked last season but I kind of enjoyed it and I enjoyed reading this review of it. If you want a closer look at some of the characters of the show, this is a post to check out.
Cactus Matt from Anime Q and A has a review of Lostorage Incited Wixoss which is amusingly written as well as reasonably informative, as are most of his reviews if you haven’t checked them out. The twenty question format works in this review’s favour though as it allows him to ask the questions most of us have about this show. Most notably, what is with that title?
Pick of the Week
The Luminous Mongoose delivers a fantastic review of March Comes in Like a Lion season 1. For those still fence sitting about whether to give the anime a go or not, you need to check out this review and then go and give the anime a shot. I loved reading this as I love the anime a lot and this review kind of covers the highlights and reasons to watch without going into too much depth that it would be considered spoilers. Anyway, definitely one to check out this week and I look forward to their review of season 2.
- Top 5: Tragic Back Stories
- Feature: Plot vs Character in Darling in the Franxx
- Series Review: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Series Review: March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2
- Manga Review: Demon Love Spell Volume 1
- Episode Reviews: Anime for the Season: Spring 2018 Week 5
And that was my week, in case you missed it.
Thanks for reading.
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